Category archives: Arts & Culture

Final Thought

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June, my high school class, the Class of ’70, held its 45th reunion. I hated to miss the gathering, but I chose to go to Southeast Asia with two Vietnam War veterans. I hope to someday pass along a story or two from that trip, but right now I’m thinking about some of my old classmates and the summer of 1970. It was the first summer I had an honest-to-goo[...]

July's Top 10 Things to Do

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1. Oaklawn’s Spa Blast Hot Springs July 3: Bring the entire family out to Oaklawn Park for a day of fun. There will be a misting tent, a kids zone with inflatables, a rock wall, petting zoo, concession stands and more. The party begins at 4 p.m., with live music from six bands, including Hillbilly Vegas and Brian Kelley, and the fireworks will start at a[...]

Art Scene: Delta Exhibition

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Each summer, some of the top, most innovative artwork is amassed for one amazing show at the Arkansas Arts Center. This year, more than 70 juried works in mediums including, but certainly not limited to, photography, painting, sculpture and woodwork will be unveiled at the 57th Annual Delta Exhibition. Photography courtesy of Arkansas Arts Center  [...]

Final Thought

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dampens my running. I do well to run 80 miles per month in warm weather. By contrast, last November I ran 132 miles as I prepared for December’s Three Bridges Marathon. In July, in highly humid Arkansas, a good time to run is around sunrise. Once the sun is up, running is akin to jogging through a thin, warm broth. I’ve never been much of a morning perso[...]

Art Scene: Setting the Atmosphere With Art

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Photography courtesy Walton Arts Center   April showers bring May flowers, then the vivid and colorful May flowers all about are a sign that one of Arkansas’ most unique festivals is just around the corner. Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival, held annually in northwest Arkansas in June, is the only event of its kind in the region. The fe[...]

Historical Gem: Subiaco Abbey and Academy

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Photo courtesy of Subiaco Abbey and Academy   unsuspecting traveler in Logan County might do a double take at the first sight of Subiaco Abbey and Academy. For a moment, that traveler might even think the road is leading to Paris, France, rather than Paris, Arkansas. Reachable by Arkansas Highways 22 and 197, the abbey sits on a hilltop overlook[...]

How to Edit Mobile Photography

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Tools of the Trade Photography by Mauren Kennedy   I made the conscious decision to use my Instagram account as a photography page (rather than a personal feed), the one question I often find myself answering is, “What kind of camera do you use?” Truth be told, I particularly enjoy being asked this question because I can honestly say “I shoot with[...]