Walton Arts Center proudly announces the 2015 Artosphere Festival line-up featuring family events, movement, visual arts and music performances beginning Tuesday, June 16 to June 27 throughout Northwest Arkansas. Tickets to Artosphere events are free or low cost. For more information call 479.443.5600 or visit waltonartscenter.org/artosphere

“At its heart, Artosphere represents what makes Northwest Arkansas so special”, says Jenni Swain, VP of Programming at Walton Arts Center. “This festival gives the community the opportunity to interact for two full weeks with over 150+ artists visiting our region and sharing their art form with us. This challenges us to see our community through a different lens and invites meaningful dialogue about nature through innovative arts experiences.”

Below is Artosphere at a glance. For a complete listing and more information on Artosphere events and activities, visit waltonartscenter.org/artosphere:

Festival Line-Up in Chronological Order

I Think I Can
Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, Walton Arts Center
Tuesday, June 16 - Saturday, June 27 Open Daily
Free to Public

I Think I Can is an interactive installation by Terrapin Theater of Australia that will place a model railway and city layout in Joy Pratt Markham Gallery. This exhibit unites model trains, intricate puppetry, live video and audience participation to create an innovative public artwork that invites participants to become temporary residents through 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.


Remembered and Rendered: A Ceramic Garden
Created by artist Katie Sleyman in collaboration with Community Creative Center
Tyson Plaza, Walton Arts Center
June 11 - Saturday, June 27
Free to Public

Northwest Arkansas is home to hundreds of species of wildflowers, some exclusive to the region. Excursions on the Fayetteville trail system gave volunteers and students the chance to experience the beauty of native wildflowers on a guided nature walk. Afterward, participants gathered to translate their experiences with nature into thousands of handmade porcelain wildflowers. Their individual pieces of art, when put together, make up Remembered and Rendered: A Ceramic Garden, an outdoor installation by Fayetteville artist Katie Sleyman in collaboration with Walton Arts Center's resident company Community Creative Center. The installation includes small paths that invite viewers to stroll through the porcelain wildflower garden on Tyson Plaza for reflection and appreciation for the natural world around us. Porcelain wild flower creations workshops and excursions will take place in April. Please register at Community Creative Center.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center
Tuesday, June 16, 7 pm
Tickets range from $10 to $25

This celebrated contemporary ballet company leaps into Artosphere with a bold new dance featuring the natural soundscapes of Bernie Krause and composer Rickard Blackford. Krause has spent over forty years travelling the globe with microphones tuned to the earth and its creatures. His recordings of over 15,000 species immortalize entire ecosystems. LINES Ballet thrives on collaboration; pairing music and sounds from all over the globe with extraordinary dancers who will dazzle and inspire audiences.

Join us at the Creative Conversation with Alonzo King before the show at 6pm and a post-show party at the conclusion of the show. Masterclasses will be held for all levels of dance enthusiasts, from children to adults and beginner to advanced. Please check the website for specific times and classes.

Chapel Music Series – Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem
Thorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs
Thursday, June 18, 7 pm
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. Plan to see them again at Trail Mix on June 20 and June 21.

Food & Music Night
Downtown Square, Bentonville
Thursday, June 18, 6 pm
Free to Public

Settle in or move around your favorite local restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and other gathering places around downtown Bentonville to hear Artosphere Festival Orchestra ensembles perform “tiny concerts.” For more of these live music informal gatherings, don’t miss the Food & Music Night in Fayetteville on Thursday, June 25.

Earth Sounding
Symphonic Works by Edvard Grieg, Bernie Krause/Richard Blackford and Carl Nielsen
Artosphere Festival Orchestra 10x10 Concert
Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center
Friday, June 19, 7:30 pm
Tickets range from $10 to $25

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 perform selections from Grieg and Nielsen alongside a piece taken from Alonzo King LINES Ballet performance, which features natural soundscapes of Bernie Krause and composer Rickard Blackford. Krause has spent over forty years travelling the globe with microphones tuned to the earth and its creatures. His recordings immortalize over 15,000 species and ask us to consider the effects that our actions have on entire ecosystems.

Australia’s The Fruits – Spheres
Tyson Plaza, Walton Arts Center
Friday, June 19, 9:30 pm and 11:00 pm
Free to public

After the AFO Concert, enjoy a night under the stars on Dickson Street on Tyson Plaza featuring the world renowned performing arts company that fuses theater, dance and circus on 14-foot tall flexible poles. Spheres is a cosmic and awe inspiring performance that takes an imaginative look at the laws of physics. If you love this performance, make plans to attend their next performance of “Swoon” at Trail Mix on Sunday, June 21 at 1 pm, 2:30 pm, 4 pm in Bentonville.

Trail Mix Concert Tour
Frisco Trail, Fayetteville
Saturday, June 20, 6pm
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. Artists include: Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, AFO ensembles and many more. Trail Mix continues on the Crystal Bridges Trails in Bentonville on Sunday, June 21 at noon.

Chapel Music Series – The Dover Quartet
Berry Performing Arts Center, Siloam Springs
Saturday, June 20, 7 pm
Tickets $10

Considered one of the most talented string quartets to emerge at such a young age, The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. Recently dubbed “the young American string quartet of the moment” by The New Yorker, the quartet was formed at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 2008 when the members were just 19 years old. Members Bryan Lee, violin; Joel Link, violin; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; and Camden Shaw, cello draw from the musical lineage of both the Vermeer and Garneri Quartets but bring a youthful enthusiasm to the repertoire that is truly their own. See The Dover Quartet again in another one of our beautiful Chapel Music Series concerts at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville on Friday, June 26.

Trail Mix Concert Tour and Family Fun Sunday
Crystal Bridges Trails, 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, Swoon that tells a spectacular story of love, loss, joy and freedom on high.

Australia’s The Fruits – Swoon
Crystal Bridges Trails, Bentonville
Sunday, June 21, 1 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4 pm
Free to public

Enjoy the world renowned performing arts company that fuses theater, dance and circus on 14-foot tall flexible poles. Spheres is a cosmic and awe inspiring performance that takes an imaginative look at the laws of physics.

Chapel Music Series – Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project
With Margaret Glaspy, Eli West, Tatiana Hargreaves & Joe Phillips
Cooper Chapel, Bella Vista
Monday, June 22, 7 pm
Tickets are $10

Winner of the Canadian Folk Music Award for Instrumental Artist of the Year and two-time Juno award winning banjoist and composer, Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world. His new project is focused on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, and the new album brings together some of North America's most distinctive and creative roots musicians to recycle, re-imagine and recast traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, homemakers, prisoners and farmers. Audiences will be transported as they listen to exquisite music played in this architectural marvel.

Chapel Music Series - AFO Brass & Winds
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville
Tuesday, June 23, 7pm
Tickets are $10

The Artosphere Festival Orchestra is comprised of musicians from major symphonies and distinguished music programs from around the world, who gather in the Ozarks for professional music-making experiences unique to Artosphere. In this concert, join brass and wind players from the AFO for an evening of chamber music arrangements played in a beautiful local church with captivating acoustics.

Transfigured Night
A Special Concert and KUAF 91.3 FM Public Radio Live Broadcast from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Artosphere Festival Orchestra
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville
Wednesday, June 24, 8 pm
Tickets are $40

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 a professional music-making experience unique to Artosphere. Under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Corrado Rovaris, the orchestra will perform Transfigured Night, an all strings concert featuring compositions by Arnold Schoenberg and Giuseppe Verdi that will be produced and performed as a live radio broadcast from the Great Hall at Crystal Bridges. The performance will stream live for the audiences of regional National Public Radio affiliate KUAF 91.3 FM.

Food & Music Night
Dickson Street & Downtown Square, Fayetteville
Thursday, June 25, 7pm
Free to public

Settle in or move around your favorite local restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and other gathering places around Dickson Street and downtown Fayetteville to hear Artosphere Festival Orchestra ensembles perform “tiny concerts.” After visiting these tiny concerts, come see AFO’s final performance on Friday, June 27 at Walton Arts Center.

Chapel Music Series – The Dover Quartet
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville
Friday, June 26, 7 pm
Tickets are $10

This foursome catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The “New Yorker” recently dubbed them “the young American string quartet of the moment,” and The Strad raved that the Quartet is “already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble.”

Bold Spirit – The Best of Beethoven
Featuring pianist Pietro de Maria playing Piano Concerto No. 1, and the quintessential, Symphony No. 5
Artosphere Festival Orchestra
Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center
Friday, June 27, 8 pm
Tickets range from $10 to $25

In its fourth 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 a professional 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, Bold Spirit – The Best of Beethoven, which will consist of works by Ludwig van Beethoven, featuring Pietro de Maria on piano. Join us at the pre-show Creative Conversation to hear about our special featured artist, Pietro de Maria. Then, help us bid adieu to the sixth annual Artosphere at the post-show party.

Additional Artosphere Events at Crystal Bridges

Thursday, June 11, 8 am - 9:30 pm
Summer Poetry Series at Crystal Bridges
Enjoy poetry performances in the circular shape of the Skyspace designed by the artist James Turrell at Crystal Bridges. Houston Hughes leads the night of poetry slams featuring poets on light, color and the Universe! (Sunset is at 8:35 pm)
Free, drop-in program.

Friday, June 12, 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Photo Salon: Landscape Photographer
Join photographer Dan Snow in exploring the Crystal Bridges grounds through landscape photography inspired by 19th Century Painters of the Hudson River School.
$10 for non-members, free to members. Register online at Crystal Bridges.

Friday, June 12, 8:15 pm - 10 pm
Outdoor Performance and Screening with the Oklahoma Dance Film Festival at the Skyspace
OKDFF presents a screening of short contemporary dance films exploring the body’s relationship with nature produced by filmmakers from around the world. The festival screening will kick off with a special dance performance around the Skyspace, starting at 8:30 pm.
Free with online registration at Crystal Bridges.

Saturday, June 13, 9 am - 10:30 am
Discover the Grounds: Medicinal Plants
Get to know Dr. Justin Nolan who will take you on journey foraging of medicinal plants found on Crystal Bridges grounds. Dr. Nolan will discuss unique perspective on Ozark native flora through his studies of the human's relationship with nature and our health belief systems often found in region-specific folkways and traditions. Starts at the Tulip Tree Shelter.
Free with online registration at Crystal Bridges.

Monday, June 15 to Friday, June 19, 9 am - noon
Summer Camp at the Museum: Art & Environment!
Two camps are offered for ages 6-9, and 10-12 year olds to explore art-making and the natural environment throughout Crystal Bridges scenic trails and grounds.
Registration fee, register online at Crystal Bridges.

Saturday, June 20, 9 am - 10:30 pm
Outdoor Film: KOYAANISQATSI at the Skyspace, followed by telescope stargazing.
KOYAANISQATSI is the first film of the QATSI trilogy. The title is a Hopi Indian word meaning "life out of balance." Created between 1975 and 1982, the film is an apocalyptic vision of the collision of two different worlds -- urban life and technology versus the environment. The musical score was composed by Philip Glass.
Free with online registration at Crystal Bridges.

Sunday, June 21, 7 am
101 Sun Salutations for the Summer Solstice at the South Lawn
Start out the first day of summer with 101 Sun Salutations experienced at Crystal Bridges lush South Lawn, and facilitated by Cindee Joslin of Yoga Story.
Free with online registration at Crystal Bridges.

2015 Festival Supporters:

Artosphere is funded in part by an Art Works grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. Other supporters include Bentonville A&P, Walton Family Foundation, Walmart Foundation, Bob and Becky Alexander, Les and Mina Baledge, Rosamond Banks, George and Mary Benjamin, Dale and Prudy Caudle, Nick and Carolyn Cole, Pete and Shirley Esch, Hershey and Denise Garner, Orville and Susan Hall, Meza Harris, Malcolm and Ellen Hayward, Morris and Ann Henry, John and Mary Jackson, Tom and Jill King, Greg and Hannah Lee, Robert and Melinda Nickle, Mary Lynn Reese, Charles Rigsby, Frank and Sara Sharp, Mitchell and Barbara Singleton. Media Partners: CitiScapes Metro Monthly