Bentonville Art Walk

My wife and I just returned from the fairly low-key Bentonville Art Walk. This was the first year I attended and didn’t know what to expect. Most of the works were paintings, with a number of potters and a few people working in pastels. Two or three photographers, glass workers and one person working in pen and ink. And about two or three spaces we didn’t get to.

I’m still surprised at how many painters work in an impressionistic style. I’m also surprised at how many of the two dimensional works reminded me of 1980s wall-hangings. The ceramists’ work was typical craft fair stuff with the exception of the work of a recent graduate’s wood-fired pots. One of these in particular (which actually looked salt-fired to me; the artist’s attending mother wasn’t certain) really caught my fancy, though I had no cash on me to buy it.

Dan McWilliams’ paintings interested me as much as any others. It appeared he works from photographs much of the time.

A large part of my reason for attending the art walk revolved around the opening of Crystal Bridges at the Massey.


This gallery will feature some traveling shows over the next few years, prior to the 2009 completion date for Crystal Bridges. A wonderful William Christenberry show hung today, along with photographs showing the progress of construction on the museum.

See Crystal Bridges’ new website, which includes a blog.

About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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