Welcome Mat: May 2019

Your monthly “to do” list: What to hear, tour, bag, see, and make the fest of

Hear  This

A month of concerts at the Walmart AMP

When it comes to this month’s roster of talent gracing the stage at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, the Rogers venue is simply killing it—and not just because The Killers are performing on May 6. Just feast your eyes (and ears) on this incredible lineup (waltonartscenter.org/AMP):

May 1: Leon Bridges

May 6: The Killers

May 17: Earth, Wind & Fire

May 18: The Avett Brothers

May 25: Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert


Tour This

55th Quapaw Quarter Association Spring Tour of Homes

Really, it’s not entirely unlike your typical open house: You wander through, ask questions, go about your business. The difference, however, is that the MacArthur Park Historic District homes opening their doors for this year’s QQA Spring Tour of Homes—from the fifth-generation-owned Pollock House*, which contains the same art, silver and furniture from when it was built, to the Mills-Davis House, which only recently underwent an extensive year-and-a-half-long renovation—are packed floorboards to rafters with history of all sorts. (quapaw.com)

May 11-12: Spring Tour of Homes

Bonus: In addition to the normal tour, there’s also a Candlelight Tour, Dinner & Silent

Auction from 5-9:30 p.m. on May 11 and a Mother’s Day Brunch on May 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

*Editor’s note: The Pollock House is only open Saturday evening.


Bag This

Bryant Phelan at Thea’s Art Department

When he was 14, the story goes, inspired by an antique Venetian masquerade mask his mother had picked up in Italy, Bryant Phelan started stitching together scraps of leather to make his own masks. In the years since, as his interests shifted to handbags and he honed the process, Bryant’s work has become enshrined as art in its own right, showcased on runways all over the world. At this quarter’s Art Department, in an exhibition dubbed Artcessories, he again turns his eye to old-world inspiration, debuting a series of bags based on iconic periods of art history from Greek to Pop. (theasartdepartment.com)

May 3: Opening reception, 6:30-9 p.m. ($20)

May 3-31: Artcessories on display at the Thea Foundation


See This

61st Annual Delta Exhibition

Each year since 1958, the Arkansas Arts Center’s Delta Exhibition has sought to showcase the incredible artistry and craftsmanship from across the mid-South. The artists telling the region’s story today are as diverse as they are talented, with previous exhibition-winning pieces ranging from an intricate Chinese ink, watercolor and acrylic painting by Lisa Krannichfeld to Tim Hursley’s photo of a taxidermied two-headed calf. This year’s exhibition features works selected by guest juror and Arkansas native (and 42nd Delta Exhibition artist) Kevin Cole, including pieces from local artists such as Joshua Asante and Daniella Napolitano. (arkansasartscenter.org/61-delta)

May 2: Opening night lecture & awards, 5:30 p.m. ($15, free for members)

May 3 to June 30: 61st Annual Delta Exhibition on display at the Arkansas Arts Center


Make the Fest of This

A month full of fun festivals for family and friends

Are you a bluegrass aficionado? More specifically, do you tend to enjoy your banjos and mandolins with a side of ice-cold beer? Well, there’s a festival for that. Can’t get enough yoga in your life? There’s a festival for that, too. And if you’re a hardcore, obsessed, fervent fan of … juggling? Well, we’ve got great news for you …

May 1-31: Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts

May 3-5: Fayetteville Yoga Festival

May 3-5: Toad Suck Daze in Conway

May 4: Arkansas Brewgrass Festival in Fayetteville

May 7-11: Bentonville Film Festival

May 9-11 Fifth annual Southern Food & Wine Festival in El Dorado

May 10-12: Northwest Arkansas Juggling Festival 2019 in Eureka Springs

May 11: Little Craft Show in Springdale

May 16: Made in Arkansas Film Fest in Little Rock