Giveaway: Tickets to TWO upcoming Artosphere shows!

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Photo Credit: Stephen Ironside

If you didn’t win show tickets last week, don’t despair! We’ve got two giveaways starting today for Artosphere Festival Orchestra tickets plus gift cards to Panera Bread!

  • One mama will win a pair of tickets to the June 19th AFO “Earth Sounding” concert
  • One mama will win a pair of tickets to the June 27th AFO “Bold Spirit” concert (this is the festival finale concert!)

Plus each winner will receive a gift card to eat at Panera Bread in Fayetteville before or after the show!

ABOUT THE SHOW: The Artosphere Festival Orchestra is made up of more than 80 premier musicians from around the world come together musicians from around the world come together for a series of truly inspired orchestral performances. The music director for both AFO shows is Corrado Rovaris.

Here’s more about each concert:

Earth Sounding

Featuring symphonic works by Scandinavian composers Edvard Grieg and Carl Nielsen, alongside the natural soundscapes of Bernie Krause and Richard Blackford. 

Friday, June 19, 7:30pm (plus post-show performance)

Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center

*You’ll want to stick around after the show for a post-show party to see The Fruits’ breathtaking outdoor performance. This world-renowned performing arts company fuses theater, dance and circus on 14-foot-tall flexible poles. They’ll be joining NWA for a night under the stars on Dickson Street to perform “Spheres,” a cosmic and awe-inspiring performance that takes an imaginative look at the laws of physics. Performances begin at 9:30 & 11:30pm on Tyson Plaza.

Tickets are $10

The Fruits

The Fruits

Bold Spirit: The Best of Beethoven

The orchestra closes out the 6th Annual Artosphere Festival, performing Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony and his Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring renowned Italian pianist Pietro De Maria.

Saturday, June 27, 8pm (this is the Artosphere Festival finale concert, so there will be a post-show party)

Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center

Tickets: $10

panera bread logoABOUT THE FOOD: When we’re craving a great soup and sandwich, or a bagel with cream cheese, or a salad,, or … well, we can’t think of anything we DON’T love at Panera Bread.

My picky daughter adores their broccoli soup. Veggies! YES!

And, as we mentioned in last week’s giveaway, we also love that by the end of 2016, they’re removing all artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners and flavors from their food. Cool, huh?

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these orchestra tickets plus dinner at Panera Bread, throw your name in the online hat, mamas!

Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us about one of your favorite sounds (since these tickets are to win tickets to hear beautiful orchestra music!). A certain type of music? Crickets at dusk? The sound of your kids laughing in the summertime?

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: Help us spread the word about this giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. Click here to sign up.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

CLICK HERE to read more about “Earth Sounding” and to buy tickets. CLICK HERE to read more about  Bold Spirit and to buy tickets.

Tickets are only $10 for these shows!

We’ll choose the winners a little earlier this time (our giveaways typically run Monday to Friday), so heads-up! We’ll choose two winners on Wednesday, June 17, at 5 p.m.

Artosphere events for the family!

artosphere iconArtosphere, Arkansas’ Arts and Nature Festival, has returned and starting June 16, we’ll get to enjoy two weeks packed full of exciting events, art exhibitions and performances.

Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts and Nature Festival is presented by Walton Arts Center and celebrates artists influenced by nature, who inspire us to live more sustainable lives.

The festival will be kicked off on June 16th with the Alonzo King LINES Ballet show, which we mentioned on Monday, since we’re giving away two tickets! If you haven’t had a chance to throw your name in the hat, click here to comment on the post. The winner will receive two tickets to the ballet show and a gift card to eat at Panera Bread!

Here’s are some of the highlight events that kids and families will enjoy:

I Think I Can (visual arts exhibition)

Walton Arts Center’s Joy Pratt Markham Gallery

June 16-27 | Free to public

Join the city! I Think I Can is an interactive installation by Terrapin Theater of Australia that will place a model railway layout in Joy Pratt Markham Gallery. The exhibit unites model trains, intricate puppetry, live video and audience participation to create an innovative public artwork that invites participants to become temporary residents in the form of tiny puppets. Each participant plays a role in creating a community story that evolves throughout the project and is accessible to all through an online newspaper.

Installation Hours:

· June 17-18, 22-26 | 12:30-2:30pm, 4-7pm

· June 20 | 4-7pm

· At least one hour prior to and after all Artosphere performances in Baum Walker Hall

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I Think I Can exhibit

Chapel Music Series:
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem

Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs
Thursday, June 18, 7pm | Tickets are $10

For fifteen years, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem have been brewing their own blend of American roots music. Their shows sparkle with songs and stories that celebrate and tackle the human condition. From an early 1900s farmers’ lament to a swing tune penned for Arbo’s elderly neighbor, the band’s repertoire is crafted to build bridges between musicians and listeners and between performance and life. The quartet’s energy and warmth pull audiences in, enthrall them, and return them home with opened hearts. Musically, the band is a melting pot of American folk melody and style, “a mini music festival of different styles filtered through the vibrant interaction of all four players.” (Dirty Linen) Gleefully drawing from a variety of traditions, they hang a Georgia Sea Islands song on a New Orleans groove and sneak an Afro-Cuban cajón groove under an Irish fiddle tune. Their signature four-part harmonies can shake the rafters or hush the room. Audiences will be transported as they listen to exquisite music played in this architectural marvel.

See them again at Trail Mix on June 20 & June 21.

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Food & Music Night

Downtown Square in Bentonville
Thursday, June 18, 6pm | Free to public

Grab your favorite beverage, some food and settle in to hear Artosphere Festival Orchestra ensembles perform “tiny concerts” in your favorite local restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and other gathering places around downtown Bentonville.

Trail Mix

Frisco Trail in Fayetteville

Saturday, June 20, 6pm | Free to public

&

Crystal Bridges Trails in Bentonville

Sunday, June 21, noon | Free to public

Capturing the essence of Artosphere, Trail Mix is a time for families and community members to explore our trail systems. Creating one-of-a-kind musical and outdoor experience, audiences can visit artists and musicians set up in various locations along the one-mile stretch of the Frisco trail to enjoy music from bands across the country.

Trail Mix continues on the Crystal Bridges Trails in Bentonville on Sunday, June 21.

Trail Mix and Family Sunday

Crystal Bridges Trails in Bentonville

Sunday, June 21, noon | Free to public

Artosphere Festival’s signature event, Trail Mix gives families the opportunity to walk on the museum trails while enjoying local and international bands playing a variety of musical genres. This year, Australia’s new circus daredevils, The Fruits will present their original, groundbreaking performance that tells a spectacular story of love, loss, joy and freedom on high. Performances begin at 1 and 2:30 on the South Lawn.

Food & Music Night

Dickson Street & Downtown Square in Fayetteville
Thursday, June 25, 7pm | Free to public

Artosphere Festival Orchestra ensembles will be performing “tiny concerts” in your favorite local restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and other gathering places around downtown Fayetteville.

You won’t want to miss AFO’s final performance on Friday, June 27 at Walton Arts Center.

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Look for “tiny concerts” like this one around downtown Fayetteville starting at 7 p.m., June 25th

Artosphere Festival Orchestra

Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall
Saturday, June 27, 8pm |  Tickets are $10

In its fifth year, the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, comprised of more than 80 musicians from prestigious ensembles, orchestras and music programs around the world, will once again gather in the Ozarks for professional a music-making experience unique to Artosphere. Under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Corrado Rovaris, the orchestra will close out the Artosphere festival with their third performance which will consist of two works by Ludwig van Beethoven, featuring Pietro de Maria on piano

Visit artospherefestival.org to see a full listing of events!

Giveaway: Tickets to see Alonzo King LINES Ballet!

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What an amazing night it will be when Alonzo King LINES Ballet performs at Walton Arts Center on June 16th!

And we’ve got two tickets to  give away to one lucky mama and her date PLUS a gift card to eat at Panera Bread in Fayetteville before or after the show! It’s this celebrated contemporary dance company’s first visit to Walton Arts Center with a new program that’s just perfect for Artosphere, the Arts + Nature Festival!

During their debut appearance, they will be performing Biophony, which combines ballet and the {real, recorded} sounds of nature.

alonzoABOUT THE SHOW: The ballet company collaborated with natural soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford. For more than forty years, Krause has traveled the globe with microphones tuned to the earth and its creatures. His vast archive catalogs the collective sound of entire ecosystems – what Krause terms biophony.

The sounds of crickets, elephants, whales, birds, thunderstorms and more set the backdrop for this exciting performance featuring the soundscapes of bioacoustician Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford.

Krause has spent more than 40 years traveling the globe with microphones tuned to the earth and its creatures, and his recordings of more than 15,000 species immortalize entire ecosystems.

The dancers’ senses are heightened amid calls of killer whales and tree frogs; their sweat seems to mingle with the mud, salt, and dust of their new sonic environments.

SPECIAL EVENTS BEFORE & AFTER THE SHOW: Prior to the performance, guests are invited to join Alonzo King for a Creative Conversation at 6 p.m. Then, following the show, guests can help kick off Artosphere with a roar at a post-show party!

The day after the show, there will be four Alonzo King LINES Ballet dance workshops for different ages — and skill levels. What a unique opportunity!

There will be master classes in beginning and intermediate ballet for youth and adults, on Wednesday, June 17 at Walton Arts Center.

All workshops are $10:

• 1pm – Beginning Ballet for Youth with Michael Montgomery

• 1pm – Intermediate Ballet for Youth with Meredith Webster

• 3pm – Beginning Ballet 14yrs – Adult with Michael Montgomery

• 3pm – Intermediate-Advanced Ballet 14 yrs – Adult with Meredith Webster

Click here to find out more about these special classes.

panera bread logoABOUT THE FOOD: We love Panera Bread’s …. well, everything! The salads, the soups, the bread, the sweet treats. Panera is always a happening place and always lots of fun to visit — or enjoy a date.

And we love that by the end of 2016, they’re removing all artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners and flavors from their food. :)

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these show tickets plus dinner at Panera Bread, throw your name in the online hat, mamas!

Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us about your favorite place in Northwest Arkansas to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Do you love Devil’s Den or an out-of-the-way place that you could introduce the rest of us to? Maybe it’s your own backyard!

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: Help us spread the word about this giveaway by emailing your friends and family alonzo balletabout the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. Click here to sign up.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets if you don’t want to take a chance! They’re only $10 and this is going to be an amazing performance :)

Giveaway: Tickets to see “Timber” at Walton Arts Center

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It’s all about stunts and acrobatics in this toe-tapping musical by French Canadian circus company, Cirque Alfonse.

Taking inspiration from the woods surrounding their own real-life family farm, Timber! presented by Cirque Alfonse includes talented tumblers and musicians who create a crazily-unique acrobatic experience set in the world of loggers and traditional Canadian farm life.

The experience looks and smells authentic.

And we’ve got FOUR tickets to see the show on Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m.! Who wants to win these tickets PLUS a gift card to U.S. Pizza, right up the street from Walton Arts Center?

Read on!

Timber_266x375WebAdABOUT THE SHOW: Taking inspiration from the woods surrounding their own real-life family farm, Cirque Alfonse’s talented tumblers and musicians create a crazily-unique acrobatic experience set in the world of loggers and traditional Canadian farm life.

The artists perform incredible feats of aerial acrobatics that are directly inspired by the natural raw materials of the forest and the equipment used on the farm. There are balancing acts on tree stumps and the sound of banjos and men with bushy beards performing synchronized axe juggling.

Not only does Cirque Alfonse represent three generations from one family, it also features professional acrobats from the École Nationale de Cirque de Montreal, as well as professional dancers, an ex-skiing champion and three talented and versatile musicians.

“SCARILY THRILLING.  IT’S A SHOW THAT SEEMS TO IMPLY THAT MONTY PYTHON WAS RIGHT IN BELIEVING ALL LUMBERJACKS ARE IN A PERMANENT STATE OF DELIRIOUS HAPPINESS.” ~ The Guardian

u.s.pizza-logoABOUT THE FOOD: You know we adore U.S. Pizza, which is why we’ve partnered with them multiple times over the past seven years of running Motherlode. They know pizza and they appreciate mamas enough to give us gift cards when we ask.

They not only have award-winning pizza, but also delicious salads, sandwiches and a great location right on Dickson Street. With their own parking lot! Hallelujah :)

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these show tickets plus U.S. Pizza, throw your name in the online hat, mamas!

Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us about a note-worthy “daring act” one of your kids has displayed — unintentional or not! :)

Did your son set up a crazy “ramp” and try to fly over a row of obstacles on his bike? Did your daughter wave down to you from her perch on top of the kitchen cabinets?

If it made your internal mama alarm scream “Danger! Danger!” tell us the story. Please. We’d like to think we’re not alone in having those unexpected panic attacks after seeing our kids do something that made us say: Whew! That was close! (I’m remembering the time I rode with a friend on a go-kart without brakes and we careened through a barbed wire fence. There was lots.of.blood. And it was all mine. My friend didn’t get a scratch.)

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: Help us spread the word about this giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. Click here to sign up.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

There will be two performances of Timber on Thursday, May 14 at 7 pm and Friday, May 15 at 8 pm in Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall. Ticket prices range from $15 to $35 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting www.waltonartscenter.org. You don’t want to miss this show!

Watch your inboxes, mamas. We’ll choose a winner on Friday at 5 p.m.!

Crystal Bridges: Summer Camps + Things to do with the Kids

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Crystal Bridges has some awesome summer camps coming up.

These indoor/outdoor programs include time in the galleries, outside on the trails, and in the studios for a fun-filled week of art for kids ages 6 to 12.

Sessions include: Drawing, Painting, Mixed-Media Mania, Art and Animals, Art and Nature, Video Selfies, The Dancing Museum, and All About Andy, centered around Warhol’s Nature, an exhibition opening at the museum in July.

PrintAll materials, plus healthy snacks, are included. CLICK HERE for more info.

In addition to info about summer camps, we also asked some questions about visiting Crystal Bridges with kids.

Here’s the Q&A:

Q: Some museums are “stuffy” and kids don’t seem welcome. Are kids allowed in every part of Crystal Bridges?

Kids are always welcome in all of Crystal Bridges’ galleries!

Kids often respond to works of art quite differently from adults, because they don’t have that sense of needing to “know something” about the works in order to appreciate them. In fact, if you feel a little puzzled about, say, the Abstract Expressionist works in Van Gogh to Rothko, bring a kid along to help you see the works with fresh eyes!

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Q: Can you tell me about the areas of the museum that cater to kids?

We have two great art-making areas in the Museum right now that kids of all ages will enjoy:

  • The Artist’s Studio, associated with the exhibition Van Gogh to Rothko: Masterworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
  • Experience Art Studio, our year-round space for art making and creative play.

stellaAnd of course the Museum grounds are a wonderful resource for families—especially the Art Trail, where kids can encounter playful sculptures such as Stella the pig!

Q: For those who have never been to the museum, but they want to visit with their kids, what would you say they MUST do?

First: take it easy.

Don’t feel like you have to cram everything into one visit. And be willing to experience the artworks at a kid’s pace.

My own son, when he was about 5 to 7, viewed art galleries by moving through them three or four times at top speed. At first I thought I should slow him down, but in fact, his rocket pace kept him from whining about me moving too slowly, and me from being irritated by the whining, and we still got a good experience of the art, noticing something different on every pass.

Other than that, I’d say don’t miss some of the outside attractions, in addition to the galleries: the walk up to Crystal Spring from the South Lawn is short, and leads you to an enchanting little area that kids will enjoy where the spring comes up from under a rocky ledge.

Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture and others are out on the South Lawn, as well.

Q: What about if they’re visiting without children?

The Crystal Bridges Library is located on the third floor and is a great place for quiet reflection, to take in the views of the upper pond, and to browse through a huge selection of books about American art and artists.  Once you’ve discovered an artist you like in the galleries, come upstairs to the Library and look up some more information on that artist!  (By the way, the Library has a children’s section, too, so it’s not just for grown-ups!)

Q: What about things to do just outside the museum doors? 

This is the time of year to GET OUTSIDE at Crystal Bridges!

crystal bridgesThings are starting to bloom everywhere and in some places it’s just breathtaking, so get out there!

We have more than three miles of trails here on the grounds, and each trail has its own attractions. Pick up an Outside brochure in the lobby and choose your path, or join the Spring Showcase Trail Experience, a guided tour of the grounds that provides information about the spring blooms.

Crystal Bridges’ new Outdoor App will be available in early May and will feature maps, a plant guide, information about artworks, and more. Watch for its debut on Mother’s Day weekend.

Look for the green “Eco-Boxes” on the grounds, too: they are hand-powered audio devices that play recorded information about the history, artworks, or plants in a specific area.

If you come in the evening, stroll up the Orchard Trail or the Tulip Tree Trail toward the Museum’s Additional Parking area and stretch out on one of the comfortable benches to enjoy the mesmerizing colors of Leo Villareal’s illuminated artwork, Buckyball.

Q: Since the museum is free, do visitors have to check in or can they just walk in and start looking around?

We ask everyone to check in. It helps us keep track of how many guests are visiting Crystal Bridges and where they are coming from.

Our Guest Services associates will ask you for your zip code and one or two other questions for our records. They can also give you lots of information about the Museum and events or programs that may be happening the day of your visit.

Of course, if you want to purchase tickets to a temporary exhibition, you would do that at Guest Services, as well.

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Q: Does the museum restaurant, Eleven, have food options that would appeal to kids?

Yes, there are children’s options on both the lunch and dinner menus. Eleven’s grilled-cheese sandwich is one of the snazziest anywhere!

Q: What about special evenings out for couples at Eleven?

Dinner at Eleven on a Wednesday or Friday night can be a relaxing, romantic event, and on Fridays, you can enjoy live music in the restaurant from 5 to 7 p.m.

Our Gallery Guides offer a short “Nightcap Tour” at 7:30 on Wednesday and Friday: it’s a half-hour tour that focuses on three or four of the favorite artworks in Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection.

Q: What’s new at the museum right now?

We are very pleased to have recently reopened our 1940s to Now Gallery, which was closed for re-installation.  There are many artworks in this new arrangement that are either new acquisitions, or have never been on view at the Museum before.

Q: Are there any future plans we can look forward to?

There’s always something new coming!

Mother’s Day weekend will be especially fun this year, because it coincides with our first-ever Crystal Bridges Garden Party in celebration of National Public Gardens Day on Saturday, May 8.  We’ll have art making, information, live music, activities, and a native plant sale at various locations all around the grounds.

Plus, award-winning garden writer Amy Stewart will give an illustrated presentation on her popular book Wicked Plants, so don’t miss it!  The Museum Store is also hosting a jewelry trunk show and sale that weekend, just in time to pick out something pretty for Mom.

Looking further ahead, of course, we eagerly anticipate the completion of the reconstruction of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman Wilson House on the Museum grounds later this year! Keep your eyes on the Museum’s website for information about the date.

For a full list of events coming up at Crystal Bridges, click here. CLICK HERE to register for summer camps online or call guest services at 479.657.2335.