Naturally Artistic, Artosphere expands, diversifies


Art, nature, music, community, sustainability, conservation... The Artosphere Festival combines and celebrates these elements each summer to raise awareness, as well as provide opportunities for people to experience them in nontraditional settings. Entering its ninth year, the annual festival created and hosted by Walton Arts Center blooms across Northwest Arkansas for the next two weeks.



WHEN — Today through June 23

WHERE — Fayetteville to Bentonville

COST — Prices vary; many events free

INFO — waltonartscenter.org/artosphere


There are 24 events taking place over Artosphere’s two weeks. These events are evenly split between free and ticketed programs, but WAC public relations director Jennifer Wilson points to a few “can’t miss” experiences she is sure will sell out. Reserve your spot for the unique programs on the Artosphere website.

Still on the Hill: Water Music — 6:30 p.m. June 10 at Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale. $10.

“Still on the Hill is doing this based on their albums ‘Once a River’ and ‘Still a River,’ which of course has an nice water tie to it for us,” Wilson shares. “They kind of curated this performance focusing on the importance of water, especially in Northwest Arkansas because that’s where they’re from. And Sassafras is a great venue for something like this, especially that folksy roots [style of] music.”

Arx Duo: Percussion Re-imagined — 7 p.m. June 13 at Hunt Chapel in Rogers. $15.

“This is our first time to have anything at Hunt Chapel, and the venue is gorgeous. I think getting to see a chamber percussion group, which is a little unusual, in Hunt Chapel, which is an area that a lot of people can’t get into, is a really great performance.”

Bill Frisell Trio — 7:30 p.m. June 14 at Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. $30-$40.

“We actually have a jazz show as part of Artosphere this year, and this may be the first one in a while. I thought that would be an interesting piece — not [music] that is traditionally chamber or classical, but still a really interesting performance.”

An Evening of Music with Roberto Diaz and Friends — 7 p.m. June 20 at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville.

“It is not only [Diaz], who’s a world renowned musician, but you’re also going to have Dover Quartet performing, and then the Zora Quartet, which is the Curtis [Institute] quartet in residence. So really a large number of world class musicians just like [Artosphere Festival Orchestra] is, but that don’t come in on a regular basis.”

Diaz will also perform at the AFO finale concert “The American Spirit,” at 8 p.m. June 23 at Walton Arts Center.

For a full schedule of events, times and locations, visit the Artosphere website and download the smartphone app.

Courtesy Photo "We've decided to expand [AFO Off the Grid] to two nights and now three different locations so that we can impact more lives with that ...

Courtesy Photo Renowned musician Roberto Diaz will perform twice during the Artosphere festival.

Courtesy Photo Still on the Hill's performance at Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale is a "can't miss" performance, says WAC public relations di...

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