Category archives: Arts & Culture

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[...]

Women in Focus

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The first Bentonville Film Festival aims to celebrate diversity in the movie industry and to raise awareness about just how far there is still left to go in achieving parity on the big screen.   Film festivals, like the films they screen, need the right leading actor to really work. The first Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), which will champion wome[...]

How to Host an Instameet

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was raised to believe that meeting anyone in person from the Internet is a pretty bad idea. And at the time — with countless, faceless online lurkers trolling chat rooms for naive youngsters — it was a good rule to live by. But fast forward to October 26, 2013, to when I attended the very first instameet in Arkansas hosted by local Instagrammers @brenton[...]

AY's Best 2015: You Voted. We Listened.

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best: adjective \’best\ superlative of good; excelling all others; most productive of good; offering or producing the greatest advantage, utility or satisfaction asked you, our readers, to tell us which restaurants, businesses, service providers, retailers and professionals — there are more than 100 categories — you deem the BEST. You responded reso[...]

Historical Gems: Reflecting on Rohwer

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Photo courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration   tiny Desha County community of Rohwer sits alongside Arkansas Highway 1 amid the lush green farmland and murky swamps of the Mississippi River Delta. Traveling in southeast Arkansas this time of the year, you might stop for a spell and observe the aerobatics of the crop dusters, l[...]

Travel Arkansas: Music for the Masses

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Arkansas’ music festivals draw crowds while the weather’s warm and spirits are high. Photographs courtesy of the venues   weather means good music in Arkansas. The arrival of spring kicks off a procession of music festivals across the state that stretches well into the fall, a bounty that includes something for everyone, from sit-down classical pe[...]

Final Thought

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commencement season. At graduation ceremonies far and wide, speakers will look to inspire tomorrow’s leaders. And what will tomorrow’s leaders be doing? A few may be hanging on to every word, but I imagine many will be squirming from cellphone withdrawal, fingers twitching as they prepare to take tons of selfies with their diplomas. I avoided my own coll[...]