Brenda McClain, Gallery Director for Art on the Green in Conway, tells of her love for Hot Springs and its nationally recognized art community.

Gallery Central

For over 25 years, art galleries in Hot Springs have stayed open late on the first Friday of each month for Gallery Walk; hosting openings of new exhibits by local, regional, national and international artists and inviting visitors in to meet the artists.

According to frequent Hot Springs visitor, Gary Robinson of North Little Rock, Arkansas “our family began an annual reunion in Hot Springs more than 15 years ago. We are a mixed bunch and could not find a better place to meet. We plan a year ahead, and for my money there is no more perfect place." Robinson continued, “A few of us rent a party barge on Saturday, then we all meet someplace great for dinner (his group is about 40 people strong). Our Sunday tradition is Church at Airport Road Church of Christ, then lunch at Red Lobster. The most fun we have is attending the Hot Springs Art Walk. We try to schedule the First Friday of the month so we don’t miss it. We have great fun every single year.”

These Friday Art Walks have become well-known for discovering emerging artists and finding new work by more established talents. On Central Avenue alone award-winning galleries include Justus, American and Central.

A very successful, nationally known artist told me she was carrying a painting into a gallery on Central Avenue when a man rushed her from across the street saying, “I want to buy that painting.” Hot Springs reputation for the arts is as well-known nationally as their hot springs.

Our family discovered an impressionist painter several years ago, Trey McCarley. McCarley was painting at the Art Walk one summer and we all connected with his work. We’ve watched him emerge as a really fine artist, and our children have learned to value the difference study can make for artists honing their craft.

Hot Springs has it all. It’s affordable, fun and there’s something for everyone. Meet me at Art Walk this summer, you will be hooked too.

Post by Brenda McClain. Brenda  is Gallery Director for Art on the Green, in Conway, Arkansas.  Her blog, tells about her life and experiences in the Entertainment Business as the former CEO for MPR, a Nashville, TN. based Public Relations agency. You will usually find her having a morning Starbucks in Art on the Green, reading the headlines on her iPad mini.