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Thank goodness for Eureka

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Eureka Springs is in the midst of celebrating its annual May Festival of the Arts, with visual and performing artists appearing all over town, in galleries, restaurants ("A Taste of Art"), banks and Basin Springs Park. There's a class in winemaking today at Keel's Creek Winery and Gallery, and the White Street Studio Walk, the Books in Bloom Literary Festival and a garden tour are coming up later in the week.

But Eureka always goes out on a limb, and it did so literally this year with the "Finding Nature — Art in the Landscape" installations around Carroll County. Artists were invited to create outdoor sculptures from fallen dead limbs and branches collected on pasture land at the Hills of Keels Creek (see above).

Organized by Christopher Fischer and John Rankine, the exhibit features 23 Eureka Springs artists. There will be a gallery exhibit as well the site installations; opening reception is set for 5 p.m. May 19 at The Space, 2 Pine St., across from the Post Office.

Because Eureka is Eureka, artists will celebrate the closing of the exhibit May 27 by setting several of the outdoor sculptures on fire. The blaze is set for 5-10 p.m. that day. The Hills of Keels Creek is off of Rockhouse Road, and is the first road left after the second bridge.

A pocket map giving directions to the installations will be available at various locations. You can read more on the Finding Nature Facebook page.

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