ArtsFest combines the beauty and emotion of visual and performance art. Exhibits and presentations, interactive demonstrations and opportunities encourage people of all ages to participate and interact with the arts. Enjoy readings, paintings, photography, sculpture, modern dance, theater, bands, pottery, ballet, film, symphony, Shakespeare, drawing, community theater, Hip-Hop, 3-D interactive installations, Street Performers and more. It’s all at ArtsFest 2011! For latest updates, go to artsinconway.org.

 

Friday, Sept. 23

 

• Winner’s Show, Conway League of Artists, during regular library hours through Sept. 29. Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler Street, Conway FREE

 

• Conway Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven, Vivaldi; Darby BeDell, violin soloist, 7:30 p.m, Simon Park, Downtown Conway FREE

 

 

Saturday, Sept. 24

 

• CyberLaunch, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; drawing for Nook give-away, noon, Faulkner County library, 1900 Tyler Street, Conway, FREE

 

• Benefit For Bethlehem House, 4-11:30 p.m., Simon Park, Downtown Conway, donation. Bands include: Yesteryear, Smokey Emerson, This Holy House, Blackbird Academy, Ticket to Ride, Syndrome, Big Water Possum, Suburban Legend, Da Boomers and the Conway Institute of Music.

 

• Silver Moon Cinema presents "Tangled," 7:15 p.m.; on the green at The Village at Hendrix. $1 donation and sales of popcorn and drinks go to Bethlehem House. 

 

 

Sunday, Sept. 25

 

Second Annual Gospel Music Festival, time TBA, Simon Park, Downtown Conway

 

 

Monday, Sept. 26

 

Public forum/debate "The Arts," University of Central Arkansas Debate and Competitive Speech, 7 p.m., University of Central Arkansas College

of Business Auditorium 107 (across from AETN Studios)

 

 

Tuesday, Sept. 27

 

Arkansas Arts Center Mobile Touring Exhibit, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., continues through Oct. 1,

Log Cabin Democrat parking lot, 1058 Front Street. See a slide show of the work on exhibit at arkarts.com FREE

 

 

Wednesday, Sept. 28

 

• Street Corner Symphony, 8 p.m., Worsham Performance Hall, Student Life and Technology Center, Hendrix campus, Conway FREE

 

• Arkansas Arts Center Mobile Touring Exhibit, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., continues through Oct. 1,

Log Cabin Democrat parking lot, 1058 Front Street. See a slide show of the work on exhibit at arkarts.com FREE

 

 

Thursday, Sept. 29

 

• CASA Festival of Chairs Artists’ Night, 4-6 p.m., Fletcher Smith’s Jewelry, 1115 Oak St., Conway, open to artists donating work to the CASA auction Oct. 15.

 

• 101 Years of Broadway, University of Central Arkansas Public Appearances, 7:30 p.m, University of Central Arkansas Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas. $$$ Ticket. 

 

• Book Arts: Dressing up Art, Literature, and the Printed Word, 7:30 pm, Reves Recital Hall,

Hendrix College, FREE

 

 

Friday, Sept. 30

 

Artists, Exhibits, Galleries, Installations and more open 4-8 p.m. – see separate list.

 

• Ricki, band, 4 p.m., Kris Allen Stage, Simon Park, FREE

 

• Contemporary Oral Interpretations, University of Central Arkansas Competitive Speech Team, 5-7 p.m., Michelangelo’s Foyer, 1117 Oak Street.

 

• Don’t Stop Please, band, 5 p.m., Kris Allen Stage, Simon Park, Conway FREE

 

• Conway Film Festival, Psi Delta Kappa, 5-8 p.m., ThatChurch, 1105 Deer St, FREE

 

• Hoop Dreams, band, 6 p.m., Kris Allen Stage, Simon Park, Conway FREE

 

• Handmade Puppet Dreams, Heather Henson, 7:30 p.m., 1300 block of Oak St. FREE

 

• Arkansas Arts Center Mobile Touring Exhibit, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., continues through Oct. 1,

Log Cabin Democrat parking lot, 1058 Front Street. See a slide show of the work on exhibit at arkarts.com FREE

 

• Kitchen Witches, 7:30 p.m., Conway Community Arts production at The Lantern Theater, 1021 Van Ronkle, Conway -$10, $5 for students.

 

• Downtown Illuminated, 80+ art lanterns, dusk, Downtown Conway.

FREE

 

• Storefront Video Projections, dusk to dawn, 2nd floor, multiple buildings, downtown Conway FREE

 

• Light Installation, Sandra Luckett, dusk, Caboose in Simon Park, Downtown Conway FREE

 

• Street Performers: Living Statues, Fire Batons, Moving Lanterns and more, Downtown Conway

 

• Swear and Shake, band, 8:30 p.m., Kris Allen Stage, Simon Park, FREE

 

 

Saturday, Oct. 1

 

• Children’s Parade of Art, 9:30 a.m., kicks off Saturday’s KidZone. Parade will begin at the Log

Cabin Democrat and proceed to Simon Park to begin a day of family interactive art. FREE

 

• KidsZone

Interactive stations include: Face painting and Caricature drawings, Sidewalk murals, stamping, painting, community mural, clogging, clay and more. FREE

 

• Scrap Exchange will offer budding artists of all ages an opportunity to create works of art from a vast collection of art supplies and materials, including pieces and parts collected all over the world and presented as an interactive creation station. FREE

 

• Local artists will paint and display their art, the ArtsFest exhibits will be open around the area and the Kris Allen stage will be the center of attention all day.

 

• Third Ever Conway Civic Club Chili Cook-off Challenge, Simon Park. Bowl, $5. Vote for People’s Choice. Event benefits Conway Alliance for the Arts and ArtsFest. Sale of home-baked goods benefits Rotary Club’s Polio Plus campaign.

 

• SonShine Academy will be offering free Hip-Hop and Theater workshops in the afternoon at their location on Donaghey. FREE

 

• The traditional Story Time by Amy Ness, Blackbird Academy, at Cakes By Catie, in the Montebanq Building on Oak Street, 3 p.m. FREE

 

• Conway Film Festival, Psi Delta Kappa, 5-8 p.m., ThatChurch, 1105 Deer St., Conway, FREE

 

On the Kris Allen Stage:

10 a.m.: Blackbird Academy of the Arts, dance

11 a.m.: Soul Speak, dance

Noon: Arkansas Shakespeare Theater, scenes

1 p.m.: Arkansas All-Star Clogging Competition Team, dance

2 p.m.: Hendrix Dance Ensemble, The Bright Lights of the Jurassic, choreographed by Brigitte Rogers

 

• Arkansas Arts Center Mobile Touring Exhibit, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., last day. Log Cabin Democrat parking lot, 1058 Front Street. See a slide show of the work on exhibit at arkarts.com FREE

 

• Kitchen Witches, 7:30 p.m., Conway Community Arts production at The Lantern Theater, 1021 Van Ronkle, Conway — $10, $5 for students.

 

 

Sunday, Oct. 2

 

2nd Annual Faculty Collage, Blackbird Academy of the Arts, 2 p.m., Kris Allen Stage, Simon Park. Art, dance, readings.

 

 

Art Exhibits

 

Artists, Exhibits, Galleries, Installations, Receptions and more open during ArtsFest.

Friday, Sept. 30th (4-8 p.m.) and Saturday, Oct. 1 (10 a.m. -2 p.m.)

All exhibits are FREE unless otherwise noted.

 

• Arkansas Arts Center Touring Exhibit, Log Cabin Democrat, 1058 Front Street.

 

• Artists Demonstrations: Kateri Joe, Robby Burton, Karen Freeman, Michelle Caldwell and more will be demonstrating and displaying art at different times downtown on Friday or Saturday.

 

• Art Exhibit, Conway School Children, American Management Co, 824 Front St.

 

• Art Exhibit, Independent Living Services, Bob’s Grill, 1112 Oak St.

 

• Art Exhibit, Kateri Joe, Brooks Fine Jewelry, Suite 10, 611 Court St, until 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-

3 p.m. Saturday.

 

• Art Exhibit, The Art School, Mike’s Place, 808 Front St,

 

• Interactive Art Installation — Conway Schools Art Classes, OneChurch, 1073 Front St,

 

• Community Art Show and reception, Open to all Conway area artists, ThatChurch, 1105 Deer St,

 

• Community Canvas, Interactive creation with Blackbird Academy, Saturday, Front Street, across from

Simon Park.

 

• Euphoria Spa Gallery, exhibit and reception, 4-9 p.m. Friday, 723 Parkway.

 

• Lights, Lanterns, Video Projections, and more, dusk to dawn Friday, Simon Park Area, Downtown.

 

• Sculpture Display, Sydney Rasch, Mike’s Place, 808 Front St.

 

• Sculpture Display, The Art School, windows of the school at 915 Oak St,

 

• Window displays, Conway League of Artists, ongoing, PK’s, 830 Front St, 

 

Sponsors

Sponsors of ArtsFest 2011 are Conway Alliance for the Arts, the Conway Advertising and Promotion Commission, Strange Family Properties, the Log Cabin Democrat, the City of Conway, the Arkansas Arts Center, Blackberry Academy, ThatChurch, Carmen’s Art and Antiques, the Conway Rotary Club, and Dr. Mary Ruth and Dr. Jeff Marotte.