We are excited to once again be able to bring you the Illinois River Salon. The call for the 2016 event has been posted. Click here to see the prospectus and rules for entry. Please note that this year we will not have a separate membership application.
Looking forward to seeing all the great entries. Thank you for helping us promote the beauty of Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma.
There’s a new plein air festival in Arkansas, you may have seen advertised in Plein Air Magazine. It’s called Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival. Several HOAAA members that are planning to go, and we hope even more can make it. It starts on May 22nd. Click here to read more and register.
We are excited to announce that Julie Hayes will become a part of the administration of Heart of America Artists’ Association. Julie is a natural fit with our organization, and she will add be able to help us take the mission of HOAAA much further.
She’s also an excellent artist, which makes her an even better partner. You might remember she was one of the winners of the 2015 Illinois River Salon. You can see her work at http://juliehayesart.com.
Thanks Julie. We look forward to having you on board as we strive to elevate the arts here in the heart of America.
The third Illinois River Salon art exhibition got a great kickoff on Wednesday night with a dinner hosted by the Illinois River Watershed Partnership. The Salon was curated by Todd A. Williams and John P. Lasater IV, also founders of the Heart of America Artists’ Association.
Many of the participating artists were present to hear the judge, Chad Alligood, present the awards. Chad is Curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Speaking from his experience with art and artists around the United States, he gave high compliments to the quality of the work at the Illinois River Salon.
The 2015 Illinois River Salon features nearly 75 works by 50 different artists. The participating artists came from all over the Midwest including Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Colorado and Wisconsin, all in an effort to record their artistic impression of the Illinois River Watershed. For those of us that call this region home, we are grateful because their efforts help us be proud and remind us of the beauty we have here. The exhibition is made possible thanks to a grant from the Windgate Foundation.
We are pleased to announce this year’s winners:
Best of Show and $2,500 went to Michele Wells of St. Louis, Missouri, for her painting “Day Break”. Michele also had the honor of winning the Artists’ Choice award, voted on by the artists on Wednesday evening.
Second Place and $1,500 went to Julie Gowing Hayes of Bella Vista, Arkansas, for her painting “Sager Creek Bubbly”.
Third Place and $1,000 went to Nancy Harkins of Tulsa, Oklahoma, for her painting “Sunlight on Cedar Creek”.
Beyond the Frame: Experiencing Art in Downtown Siloam Springs is an exciting new series of art events that will feature a reveal of new pieces of public art, and Outdoor Art Market, and an Art Walk with indoor gallery exhibits. These events will be hosted on the second Saturdays of summer months from 4-7p.m. in historic downtown Siloam Springs. Dates are May 9th, June 13th, July 11th, and August 8th.
We would love for you to be involved! Main Street Siloam Springs is funding a series of smaller-scale public art projects to be revealed in June, July, and August of this year. I have attached information about these projects to this e-mail – we hope you consider applying! Also, you’ll receive more information from me soon about Beyond the Frame: Experiencing Art in Downtown Siloam Springs, which is coordinating a series of outdoor summer art events that will be hosted in historic Downtown Siloam Springs where you can showcase and sell your art – we’d love to have you participate!
For the past two years, artists have found a welcome retreat here in Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma as word spreads about the prestigious Illinois River Salon art exhibition, an event resulting from a partnership between Illinois River Watershed Partnership and Heart of America Artists’ Association. These participating artists come from all over Arkansas and neighboring states like Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Illinois, all in an effort to record their artistic impression of the Illinois River Watershed. For those of us that call this region home, we are grateful because their efforts help us be proud and remind us of the beauty we have here. The exhibition is made possible thanks to a grant from the Windgate Foundation.
The night of October 2nd was the opening reception at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for the 2014 Illinois River Salon, featuring 28 selections from the larger show of over 75 artworks (viewable digitally here). Judge and Curator of Crystal Bridges, Manuela Well-Off-Man, spent considerable time evaluating the artworks for a total of 11 awards. We are pleased to announce this year’s winners:
Best of Show and $2,500 went to Jason Sacran of Magazine, Arkansas, for his painting “Fog, Mist & Rain”.