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January 14, 2020

For Immediate Release

For more information, please contact:

Mary Zunick at 501-545-6960 /



A Tribute to Henry Glover and George Hunt

Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance (HSACA), the City of Hot Springs Art Advisory Committee (AAC) and Hot Springs Parks and Trails (HSP&T) are collectively producing this outdoor exhibit of paintings, drawings, and photographs reproduced on metal panels to be displayed along the Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail. Artwork submitted should be inspired by the life and art-forms of Henry Glover (May 21, 1921 – April 7, 1991) or George Hunt (July 6, 1933 – December 4, 2020). Both men grew-up in Hot Springs and eventually became a Griot (a traveling historian, storyteller, musician) using their art to express the joys and hardships of life in the south.

Henry Glover was a pioneering songwriter, producer, arranger, Artist and Repertoire (A&R) Man, and musician. He was one of the first and most successful black executives in the music industry of his time. He was a trailblazer that opened the path for racial and musical genre integration.

George Hunt has long been recognized as one of the top artists in the South and has also gained a national reputation through touring national exhibits. His first love was Blues Music which found its way in to most of his paintings. But George Hunt also created incredible images about Civil Rights, African beauty and the rich history of African-Americans in the South. 

Submitted artwork should be an interpretation of either Henry Glover’s or George Hunt’s life. It can refer to a song or record, their influence in the arts industry, a career highlight, or personal history. Brief articles about about their accomplishments and on-line links are provided at the end of the prospectus.

A panel of jurors will select ten works of art from the submissions to be in the ART MOVES: HOT SPRINGS GRIOTS exhibit. The selected artwork will be reproduced on metal signs that will be displayed along the Hot Springs Greenway Trail. Area galleries will display the framed original artworks during Arts & The Park celebration.


Exhibit Dates:

Entry Deadline, Thursday, April 1, 2021

Opening Reception, Friday, April 30, 2021

Green Way Trail Exhibit, April 30 – the end of summer, 2021

Original Artwork Exhibit, April 30 – May 9 (2021 Arts & The Park)


  • Regional artists (Arkansas and surrounding states) 
  • 2-D original paintings and drawings, photography, digital artwork
  • Artwork submitted should be inspired by the life and art-forms of Henry Glover’s or George Hunt’s life or art career.
  • Selected artwork will be reproduced on a 30×40 metal sign and the original canvas needs to be at ratio. (9×12, 12×16, 15×20, 18×24, 21×28, 24×32, 27×36, 30×40)
  • If artwork is selected, artist must either furnish a high resolution photo of the unframed artwork or be able to bring original unframed artwork for a scheduled photo session and be able to deliver and pick-up framed artwork for Arts & The Park exhibit.

Fees, Prizes, Commissions, & Copyrights

  • No entry free 
  • Artists of the selected artwork will receive $100 for the rights to reproduce and display the artwork for the Greenway Trail exhibit. Copyright and ownership of the painting belongs to the artist.
  • Winning artists allows HSACA, AAC, and HSP&T to reproduce and publish the artwork for marketing purposes.
  • Original artwork does not have to be for sale to be included in the exhibits. If an artist wants to sell the original during the gallery Arts & The Park exhibit, they will need to follow that gallery’s commission agreement. HSACA, AAC, and HSP&T will not receive a portion of the commission.

Submission: Email to Mary Zunick at • (501) 321-2835

Artist may submit 1-2 artworks. Submit each artwork in a separate emails, each with two attachments:

Attachment #1:  Artwork JPEG, 300 dpi, high resolution

Attachment #2:  Information PDF should includes the following information:

  • Artist name, address, phone, and email
  • Title of artwork, medium, and unframed size
  • Artist biography of 50-75 words
  • Artist statement (referring to the submitted work) of 50 words or less



September 10, 2020

For Immediate Release

For more information, please contact:
Phone: 501-545-6960

Eden Restaurant’s Chef Josh Barr to Host a Personal Cooking Class
(Hot Springs, AR)—Award-winning Chef Josh Barr of Eden Restaurant at Hotel Hale in Hot Springs, Arkansas will host a live virtual cooking class on Tuesday, September 30, 2020 at 6 p.m. as part of Arts and The Park, the 10-day celebration of the arts in the spa city. The class will last approximately one hour and include instruction for a cocktail, entrée, and side dish. Chef Barr will demonstrate how to prepare the dishes and will be available for questions during the class. At the end of the class, participants will be able to enjoy a delicious meal from the comfort of their own home.
Those wanting to cook along with Chef Barr can register at beginning September 11, but space is limited so early registration is recommended. A shopping list and Zoom link will be emailed to those who are registered seven days prior to the class. Prior to the class, participants will need to shop for the ingredients, all of which will all be available locally. Attendees will also need to assemble the ingredients (which should be pre-measured and ready to cook) and join the virtual class via the Zoom link provided a few minutes before 6 p.m. on September 30. The registration fee is $25 per household.
Josh Barr, Executive Chef of Eden in Hot Springs, AR, first found himself drawn to cooking as a small child while watching his grandmother in her kitchen and knew by ten years old that he wanted to turn the culinary arts into a career. His childhood in Arkansas, where he learned Southern favorites from his family, shaped his Modern French with Southern flair culinary style. He was also deeply influenced by chefs such as Anthony Bourdain, who inspired him to look into the connection between storytelling and food. In 2008, Barr began his training at Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis, where he learned classical and French cooking practices. Chef Barr currently leads Eden’s kitchen, where he likes to unite his Southern upbringing with his classical training.
This culinary arts experience is just one of the many events taking place as part of Arts & The Park, the 10-day celebration of the arts in Hot Springs September 25 – October 4. For more information on this or any of the other events, visit the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance’s website at: or email

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Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance Seeks Festival and Programming Director

July 31, 2020

For Immediate Release

For more information, please contact:

Mary Zunick 501-545-6960 /

(HOT SPRINGS, AR)— The Hot Springs Area Culture Alliance, a non-profit organization with the mission to celebrate, advocate, and promote the arts in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is seeking a Festival and Programming Coordinator.  This part-time contract position will be the key management leader for Arts & The Park, a ten-day celebration of the arts that showcases local and statewide artists and includes an outdoor juried exhibition and festival, gallery walk, virtual studio tours, and community-partnered events. Arts & the Park held annually in Hot Springs in the spring, but due to COVID 19 has been rescheduled for September 25 – October 4, 2020. The Festival and Programming Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the administration of Arts & The Park and other HSACA programming events throughout the year. A job description is attached. For more information or to submit a resume, email Please submit resume prior to August 15, 2020.