Fairfield Bay Library
Here, art and books go hand in hand: the library has its own art gallery! It is truly a community effort with volunteers helping visitors to navigate the library or to get internet access. They welcome you to browse books, DVDs, audio books, newspapers and magazines. There are even 1,400 movies available to patrons! The library’s Art Gallery presents rotating exhibits, highlighting pieces from members of the North Central Arkansas Artist League. The work of famed watercolor artist Richard Stephens has been shown at the library; individuals and corporations around the country own his pieces.
– Book signings
– Summer reading program for kids
– Cozy reading areas
Art Center in the FFB Conference Center
This is a great place to “experience” art—whether that means getting lost in the pieces, being inspired or simply relaxing. At the NCA gallery, you will discover the work of local and national artists. Exhibits include paintings in oil, watercolor and acrylic, photography, sculpture, stained glass, pottery and fusion glass.
Rotating quarterly exhibits provide the opportunity to view different showings on a regular basis. These collections are made up of art chosen by a selection committee under the direction of Art Coordinator Charlotte Rierson. The committee welcomes entries from painters, three-dimensional artists and photographers who are 18 years of age and older.
Special events and creative exercises are easily arranged. After one tour, children received paper and colored pencils to recreate their favorite pieces. One mission of the NCA Gallery is encouraging children to learn the etiquette as well as the enjoyment of art galleries.
– Tours by art docent (a knowledgeable guide in art galleries or museums)
– All artwork available for purchase
– Free admission and donation box
– Conveniently located in the Fairfield Bay Conference Center
– Registered with Arkansas Arts Council, and in collaboration with the North Central Arkansas Foundation of Arts & Education and the city of Fairfield Bay
North Central Arkansas Foundation for Arts & Education
Arts, Music, Drama & Literacy in Your Community
This foundation brings an amazing array of art, music, drama, dance and education to Fairfield Bay. The goal of NCAFA&E is enhancing the cultural environment in the area, and it is doing just that! The philosophy is that visual and performing arts are profitable to the development of children as well as the community.
The premier organizer of fine arts events in the area works with the NCA Art Gallery to showcase renowned artists and budding local talent. Live performances at the Fairfield Bay Conference Center are enhanced by the state-of-the-art sound and lighting of the venue. Dr. Aaron Alfred Lee has performed several times for the NCAFA&E. He is a world-renowned pianist, organist and composer. Steve Carrell is slated for a return visit to present his informative and entertaining performance of classical, jazz and timeless favorites.
Another forte of the foundation is outreach to area schools. Advocacy is in keeping with the aim to give all students the chance to enjoy art, especially for those children who would never be exposed to them. Programs include an artmobile, public exhibits of student artwork, young artists concert and puppetry presentations.
– Sponsors concerts at the annual Bloomin’ in the Bay event
– Conducts painting workshops
– Presents a wide range of music–from spirituals to exotic Ecuador sounds
– Strives to provide more resources for arts education
– Support for some programs provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts
Contact: 501-884-6288 or 501-940-7493
Fairfield Bay Continuing Ed Center
The FB Community Education Center offers courses that are ongoing, one day or weekly. Classes range from fun to serious or a combination of both! The diverse curriculum features painting, crafts, computer, digital photography, geocaching, internet and more.
Contact Dr. Catherine Swift: 501-884-4440
Email: [email protected]