Hot Springs continues to be ranked high on The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America. Hot Springs' Fine Arts District, in historic downtown, is filled with artists that have renovated Victorian and early twentieth-century buildings into galleries and studio spaces. Opening receptions for new exhibits of international, national and local artists are held at the galleries the first Friday of each month, and the artists are often present to discuss their work. The Antique Walk along our historic Antique Row should not be missed. It is held the third Friday of every month.
Art Festivals and Events
The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, considered by many to be the premier documentary film festival in the country, attracts thousands of people to Hot Springs each October. The Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute also hosts film events throughout the year at the Malco Theatre, located in historic downtown. (Note: The Malco Theatre in Hot Springs has a 'haunted history' and an apparition of a woman is said to haunt the theatre basement, even today).Phone: 501-321-4747, Website: www.HSDFI.org
The Hot Springs Music Festival brings together 250 international musicians each June in the historic Spa City. Over 20,000 people attended events last year, and an additional 6.4 million heard its concerts on nationwide radio broadcasts. Phone: 501-623-4763, Website: www.HotMusic.org
The Hot Springs Jazz Fest, held each September, features nationally recognized traditional and modern jazz artists. Phone: 501-767-0211
The Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild supports and promotes the Arkansas Symphony orchestra, making a wide variety of professional musical concerts available to the community. Many Symphony Guild concerts are presented free of charge, and others have a nominal ticket charge to cover expenses. The Guild further supports and encourages music education for young people in the Hot Springs area. Phone: 501-922-6270, Website: www.SymphonyGuild.org
American Art Gallery - Exhibiting art by local, regional, and national artists. Two floors, over 4,000 sq. ft. of fine art. Gallery II: Thomas Kinkade Showcase Gallery. Hours: Mon. – Sat., 10-5. 724 Central Avenue, 501-624-0550, www.AmericanArtGalleryAndGifts.com
Artists Workshop Gallery -A fine art cooperative exhibiting original works of 30 local artists. Featuring traditional paintings to contemporary abstracts, pottery, jewelry, fused glass, miniature paintings, scarves, woodturning, sculpture, and photography. Established 1990. Hours: Mon. – Sat., 10-5; Sun. 12-5. 610A Central Ave. 501-623-6401
Gallery Central - Featuring internationally recognized artist Daniel Mark Cassity, named an “Artist to Watch” by Southwest Art Magazine, along with showcasing 35 outstanding artists, from impressionists to contemporary acrylics and oils, pottery, blown glass chandeliers, and sculptures. Hours: Mon. – Sat., 10-5. 800 Central Avenue, 501-318-4278, www.GalleryCentralFineArt.com
Justus Fine Art Gallery - features the original work of respected artists including: Kari Albright, Michael Ashley, Dustyn Bork, Beverly Buys, Taimur Cleary, Donnie Copeland, Kristin DeGeorge, Virmarie DePoyster, Mike Elsass, Robert Fogel, Jennifer Libby-Fay, Randall M. Good, Matthew Hasty, Jeri Hillis, Robyn Horn, Don House, Dolores Justus, Jill Kyong, John P. Lasater IV, Gerri Much, Charles Peer, Sammy Peters, Laura Raborn, Jason Sacran, Tony Saladino, Sandra Sell, Gary Simmons, Gene Sparling, Rebecca Thompson, Dan Thornhill, Emily Wood, and others. Paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewelry, and more are offered. New exhibits are hung monthly. Hours: Wed. – Sat., 10-5 and by appointment.
827 Central Avenue, Suite A, 501-321-2335, www.JustusFineArt.com
Landmark Building – Henderson State University
201 Market St. 501-625-3837
A museum art/humanities gallery at the Henderson State University’s Hot Springs campus. The 2019 exhibits include: Limited Editions – AR Society of Printmakers, Next Generation – figurative and portraiture of youth, Latino Art Project – artwork by Hispanic and Latino Arkansans, and Hot Water — a Hot Springs National Park exhibit. Hours: Mon.- Fri., from 9 am – 4 pm, and by appointment on Sat. and Sun., (501) 545-0534.
Legacy Fine Art Gallery is a completely renovated gallery featuring incredible works by local, national, and international artists such as Carole Katchen, Byron Taylor, Ed Pennebaker, Vangelis, Desjardins, and many more. Open during Gallery Walk and by appointment. 804 Central Ave. 501-762-0840 lfagallery.net
Linda Palmer Studio - Featuring Palmer’s colored pencil drawings and oil paintings. Limited edition archival prints from her Arkansas Champion Trees series and notecard series are also available. Signed copies of her recent book, The Champion Trees of Arkansas: An Artist’s Journey can be ordered on her website or purchased at Gallery Central. Studio is open for visits when the artist is in the studio or by appointment.
800-B Central Ave. 501-620-3063
Whittington Gallery & Studios is a laid back gallery exhibiting the work of 38 local artists in a 5,000 sq. ft. gallery space. Featuring oil and acrylic paintings, pastels, watercolor, pottery, jewelry, wooden bowls, photography, and more. Hours: Mon. – Fri.,9-3; Sat. from 10-4. 307 Whittington Ave. 501-607-0214