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Lieven A.H. Bertels

Lieven Bertels learned his craft through doing. His early foray into arts programming and organizing were harbingers of future successes.

Subscriber onlyIt's not every day that a Knight of the Belgian Order of the Crown moves into Northwest Arkansas. Continue reading...

Small brewery, big splash - Brewmaster mixes different, meaningful beers

Subscriber onlyFor Leigh Nogy, two-time, U.S. Open Beer Champion and founder of Dark Hills Brewery, beer brewing involves deep emotion. Like any art, brewing a good beer requires creativity, innovation, a dash of courage and a whole lot of heart. Continue reading...

Iraqi students spend part of summer at UA

Subscriber onlyOn a recent weekday in July, nearly 30 young Iraqi college students sat quietly in the City Council chambers at Fayetteville City Hall, listening carefully as Mayor Lioneld Jordan talked about the challenges and triumphs of running a mid-size, southern city in the United States. Continue reading...

UA's All-Star Lyrique Quintette Releases New CD

Subscriber onlyThe Lyrique Quintette, a University of Arkansas faculty woodwind chamber ensemble in residence, will be releasing its second CD at an event Sept. 16 at the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville. "Arrivals and Departures: Music of the Americas" includes two new works -- specially commissioned by the Quintette -- one by Miguel del Aguila and the second by Robert Mueller, both of whom who will be in attendance at the release party. Continue reading...

Dave and Jenny Marrs

Couple builds better world

Subscriber onlyAfter you meet Bentonville-based developers Dave and Jenny Marrs, it is both easy to believe and difficult to understand how the two came to find themselves in the unusual position of starring on their own HGTV show. Debuting in January, "Almost Home" is a reality television show that will follow the duo as they renovate and rebuild historic houses in the Northwest Arkansas area. Continue reading...

Arkansas Collaboration

Fayetteville Film Fest showcases ‘Antiquities’

Subscriber onlyWhen director Daniel Campbell took his first project -- a short film called "Antiquities" -- to the 2010 Little Rock Film Festival, he won the Charles B. Pierce Award for Arkansas Film. But he walked away with more than just a prestigious film award -- he also won a new friend and collaborator. Writer, producer and actor Graham Gordy's short film "Spanola Pepper Sauce Company" was also featured in the festival, and he was sufficiently impressed with "Antiquities" to introduce himself to Campbell. The two have spent the last few years expanding "Antiquities" into a full-length feature film, which will receive a screening at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Fayetteville Film Fest Continue reading...

Fayetteville Film Fest Antes Up

New prize will help a movie get made

Subscriber onlyThe 2018 Fayetteville Film Fest kicks off on Sept. 20 with a rockin' street party -- complete with musicians, street performers and visual artists on hand -- to celebrate its 10th anniversary. That's quite a milestone for a festival that was originally intended to be a one-time event. Executive Director Morgan Hicks chalks up the success -- and the longevity -- of the festival to the unquenchable thirst for the arts in Northwest Arkansas. Continue reading...

'The Good Life'

Rogers celebrates with a weekend of ‘experiences’

Subscriber onlyRogers' upcoming event, "The Good Life Experience," will give participants a special peek into the wide variety of food, art and outdoor activities the city offers, says Brad Phillips, Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce's senior vice president of marketing communications. Continue reading...

Sensory Iconoclasts - In fifth year, ACO art event tackles pay inequality

Subscriber onlyWhen Eve Smith, artist and Arts Center of the Ozarks director of exhibitions and public programs, and noted area chef Case Dighero teamed up years ago for a project for the Wednesdays Over Water event at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, they sensed a certain magic in the pairing. Inspired by the experience, the two put their heads together and came up with Sensory Iconoclasts. Continue reading...

Bassoonist's balance - Music and community important to musician

Music and community important to musician

Subscriber onlyLia Uribe's career is an example of what can happen when someone finds her passion early. Continue reading...

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Residents of Magdalene House wash dishes in the modern farmhouse-style kitchen. The mission of St. P...

Residents of Magdalene House wash dishes in the modern farmhouse-style kitchen. The mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Faye...

Published: December 14, 2017

Anita and Edward Hejtmanek, founders of Heartwood Gallery, pause in front of a display of Anita’s st...

Anita and Edward Hejtmanek, founders of Heartwood Gallery, pause in front of a display of Anita’s stained glass jewelry.

Published: December 3, 2017

The Dashwood women’s trials and tribulations are the subject of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility...

The Dashwood women’s trials and tribulations are the subject of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility.” A witty, fast-moving adapta...

Published: October 13, 2017

Department of theater designers displayed their work outside the banquet hall at Saturday night’s ev...

Department of theater designers displayed their work outside the banquet hall at Saturday night’s event.

Published: May 14, 2017

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