The Wall That Heals Coming to Bentonville // Better World Mural Unveiling Ceremony in Fayetteville // London-based Artist Commissioned for 50-foot-tall Mural in Rogers
The Wall That Heals: A replica of the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial
The Wall That Heals will be coming to Bentonville on Memorial Weekend (May 23rd-27th)! The three-quarter scale Wall replica will be placed at Buckyball Field located at the entrance to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and will be open 24 hours a day.
The 53-foot trailer that carries The Wall That Heals transforms to become a mobile Education Center. The exterior of the trailer features a timeline of “The War and The Wall” and provides additional information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Additional exhibits give visitors a better understanding of the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the collection of items left at The Wall.
Downtown Bentonville is currently seeking volunteers to help with this huge undertaking. If you would like to help setup and/or tear down or you would like to help staff the Wall or Education Center, DBI is hosting a volunteer training at 6:00pm on Wednesday, May 22nd. Learn more below.
The Better World Mural Unveiling Ceremony
The celebration and unveiling of the Better World Mural, an unprecedented collaborative art project between 19 local artists, will be on April 13th at Terra Studios. The goal of the project is to inspire us and others to envision and take action in creating a more just and sustainable world. The 32ft x 12ft depicts the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals and The Charter for Compassion.
The program will begin with a musical prelude by John Two-Hawks, a short program including remarks by Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan and the Rev. Lowell Grisham. A reception will follow the unveiling with refreshments and music by Kelly & Donna Mulhollan and Elizabeth Scott & Diana Welch. The event is free and open to the public. Learn More below.
The Featured Artists: Matt Miller, Jaquita Ball, Suzie Sanford, Obed Gonzalez, Carol Hart, Valerie Hubbard Damon, Trent Talley, Olivia Trimble, Eugene Sargent, Octavio Logo, Xi Krump, Brandon Bullette, Susan Crabtree, Jason Jones, Amy Eichler, Lisa Crews, Drew Gentle & Cathrin Yoder, and Susan Idlet.
A New 50-foot-tall Mural Coming to Downtown Rogers
The mural by London-based artist, Rich Simmons, will be painted on the side of the Old Ice House Building in downtown Rogers. Rich currently has a few pieces on exhibit at Crystal Bridges’ Men of Steel, Women of Wonder. The museum is hosting a Gallery Conversation with Rich on April 11th, where he will discuss his artwork and answer questions about the new mural. The mural is currently in progress and should be complete by April 16th.
Rich Simmons is a Contemporary Urban Pop Artis who has exhibited all over the world. Raising to fame with an iconic piece of street art of Will and Kate before the royal wedding, Rich has gone on to exhibit in some of the biggest galleries in London, Geneva, Tampa, New York, and LA. As a self-taught artist, Rich has taken his love of different genres of art, from street art, pop art and comic books to pioneer a new fusion style which draws on all of his inspirations.