Art Springs

Saturday, April 27, 10am-6pm & Sunday, April 28, 10am-4pm

A free, 2-day, outdoor, juried festival, is bursting with talented, fine artists, artisans, kids’ events, and the Art Springs Stage featuring many live performances. Art Springs is held at Hill Wheatley Plaza and the adjacent Entertainment District on Malvern Avenue between Bridge Street and Spring Street in historic downtown Hot Springs. Approximately three dozen artists set up shop at Art Springs. There will be live demonstrations and art for sale from a variety of genres including, fabric, blacksmithing, painting, jewelry, pottery, glass, and so much more.

Art Springs Stage

The Art Springs Stage will feature the final round of the Glover Awards for Songwriting and favorite local artists such as Jacob Flores, Miranda Brewer, Christine DeMeo, Big Pappa Binns, and the Arkansas Highlands Folk Band.

Artist’s Village at Hill Wheatley Plaza

Madame Zara brings her own zany spin to reading Tarot, “I tell truth” she says, “mostly bad news. You know, like real life. But hey, I read for cheap so it evens out.” For a small fee Madame Zara will read your cards at Art Springs

Graffiti Wall

Presented by Cutwell for Kids
A favorite for all ages! Leave your mark on the graffti wall at Art Springs.

Art Interactive Area

Saturday, April 27, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, April 28, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Entertainment District

Located adjacent to Hill Wheatley Plaza in the Entertainment District on Malvern Avenue between Spring Street and Bridge Street, Art Interactive is the hands-on portion of Art Springs. Festival Goers can enjoy a sampling of the Hot Springs Renaissance Faire, Interactive Storytime with Lanie Carlson, Big Poppa Bubble, Children’s Book Giveaway, Graffiti Wall, lots of arts and crafts from the Garland County Library and Emergent Arts, and more.

Hot Springs Renaissance Faire

Enjoy the merriment of the faire as we share a glimpse of the Hot Springs Renaissance Faire at Art springs. Play with the pirates, frolic with the far, visit the townsfolk and even meet the queen herself. Play games, listen to stories, enjoy medieval activities, and even have a chance to come a knight of the realm. All this and so much more.

Startstuff Studio Storytime Workshop with Lanie Carlson

4/27 10:00am – 2:00pm Drop-in Story Free-Play
4/28 11:30am – 12:30pm Drop-in Story Free-Play
12:30pm Story Theater Workshop with 1:00pm stage performance

Lanie Carlson brings her interactive storytelling to Art Springs. Kids will get to share, create, and play with the story inside the StarstuffStudio Pop-Up Theater, facilitated by Ms. Carlson. Lanie will also facilitate a Storybook Theater Workshop with a small group of kids to explore, play, and perform a story on the Art Springs.

Free Children’s Books

Sponsored by Theta Pi Sorority and a grant from the Hot Springs Community Foundation, HSACA offers free children’s books to Art Springs visitors.

Arts and Crafts

Saturday, April 27, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, April 28, Noon – 4:00pm

Presented by the Garland County Library and Emergent Arts. Free arts and crafts and hands-on activities that change hourly.

Saturday-Only Events, April 27 | 10:00am – 6:00pm

Chalk Walk

8:30am – 12:30pm
Hill Wheatley Plaza
Pre-registration recommended of this event.

The Cultural Alliance will host the annual Sidewalk Chalk Event during Arts & The Park-Art Springs. This free, judged sidewalk chalk event is for students in kindergarten through twelfth grades. Judging will occur between 12 and 12:45pm, with winners announced at the Art Springs Stage at 1:00pm. The art is created on the sidewalks adjacent to Hill Wheatley Plaza in Hot Springs

Chalk Art by Anna Voricek

Hill Wheatley Plaza
Live professional chalk art by Arkansas artist Anna Voricek

Face Painting

10:00am – 5:00pm
Hill Wheatley Plaza
Presented by Hot Springs World Class High School Art Club. Free faceprinting for all ages.

Glover Awards for Songwriting

Art Springs Stage, Hill Wheatley Plaza

Henry Glover, a Langston High School alumnus, was a pioneering black songwriter, producer, arranger, A&R man, and musician who grew up in Hot Springs. Later, he became one of the first black music executives and the first black producer of country music. A few titles in Glover’s catalog include: “Fever,” “Drown In My Own Tears,” “Blues Stay Away From Me,” “California Sun,” and “The Peppermint Twist.” To help cement Henry’s legacy in his hometown, HSACA created a songwriting competition in his honor. This Glover Awards will be emceed by Arkansong’s Stephen Koch. The Glover Awards will be held on Saturday, April 27, at 6pm on the Art Springs Stage. The Glover Award trophy is handcrafted by artist Brad Wreyford and donated by the Arkansas School for Math Sciences and the Arts.
Go here to Sign-Up!

Saturday Art Springs Stage Schedule

April 27, 11:00am – 6:00pm Hill Wheatley Plaza

  • 11:00am – Lakeside Jazz Band
  • 12:00pm – Arkansas Highlands String Band
  • 1:00pm – Chalk Walk Awards
  • 4:00pm – Stone Crows
  • 5:00pm – Big Papa Binns
  • 6:00pm – The Glover Awards

Sunday-Only Events, April 27 | 10:00am – 6:00pm

Under Pressure

Spring Street next to Hill Wheatley Plaza
This event is free and open to the public to watch the block printing done with a steam roller on Springs Street during Art Springs. Any artists wishing to create a block to print must be pre-registered.

Big Poppa Bubble

1:00pm and 2:00pm
Art Interactive Area
Arkansas’s premier big bubble entertainer will be performing big bubble artistry live at Art Springs with two 30 minute sessions. Get ready to be entertained like never before! Big Poppa Bubble brings to you an amazing range of BIG bubbly, extra foamy fun-filled experiences that will leave you wanting more. The Bubble King is always a POPular hit!

Art Springs Stage

  • 12:00pm – Christiine DeMeo
  • 1:00pm – Starstuff Storytime Performance
  • 1:30pm -I Can Dance! Garland County
  • 2:00pm -Jacob Flores
  • 3:00pm – Miranda Brewer

Food and Drink

  • Chrissy’s Pub Style
  • Big Mike’s BBQ
  • Flossy’s
  • Hot Dog Cart

Arts & The Park is presented by Oaklawn

We partners with Emergent Arts, the Garland County Library, Hot Springs Renaissance Faire, Theta Pi, and Hot Springs World Class High School to produce Art Springs.