Lovers of the arts are invited to help celebrate the publication of the latest issue of “Cave Region Review: A Journal of Literary and Visual Art” magazine, published annually by North Arkansas College.
A launch reception for the journal's most recent issue will be held from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the L.E. "Gene" Durand Center on Northark's Center Campus. Guests will be treated to live music, arts and crafts, food, activities for kids, and door prizes.
The event is free and open to the public.
While local bands, including Still on the Hill, Aaron Smith & The Coal Biter, and Tessa Kate, play on stage, visitors can sit and enjoy the music or interact with artists, including photographers, painters, jewelry makers, and wood workers.
Artists include Shawnna Werner, Sandy Williams, Rita Szabo, Amanda Case, Christine Ayres, Donna Joudan, The Photography Club of the Ozarks, Kim and Joe Brecklein, and many more. Artists will be selling their wares, so this would be a good opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done.
Additionally, local craftsman Jon Dezort will be printing several designs on shirts, and guests are encouraged to bring their own T-shirts and sweatshirts if they would like to have them printed that day.
The Community Creative Center at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios is sending its Wheel Mobile, a one-of-a-kind custom-designed RV, for the festival. It will feature interactive demonstrations and hands-on clay experiences for kids of all ages. Funding for the visit is provided by Northark and Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.
There are also activities for the kids, such as face painting and interactive creative projects designed by the artists.
Plus, there will be popcorn, cookies, punch, and a sit-down meal, including barbecue, beans, and potato salad.
The 2018 issue of Cave Region Review, the tenth volume of the journal, includes poetry, short stories, photography, and artwork by artists and writers from across the Ozarks region, as well as a few featured guests from outside the area.
The festival is supported in part by the William P. & Susan Stiritz Endowed Chair in the Humanities.