Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere festival kicks off April 22

Artosphere features over 30 performances across Northwest Arkansas

Walton Arts Center’s second annual Artosphere Arts & Nature festival is set to begin with a celebration and kick-off party at 5:30 p.m. on Earth Day (Friday, April 22).

The event begins with an opening reception for the Garden as Muse exhibition in the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery. The exhibit will feature work by five contemporary artists (Sally Apfelbaum, Marcus Baenziger, Syd Carpenter, Lois Dodd and Sarah McEneaney) that draw inspiration from gardens and botanical themes.

Live music will be provided by local singer/songwriter Shannon Wurst in the Rose Garden beginning at 5:30 p.m., and Ohio-based bluegrass/classical band DePue Brothers will play on the Tyson Plaza beginning at 5:45 p.m.

The six-week Artosphere festival features over 30 performances of music, art, theatre, speakers, film, and other events throughout Northwest Arkansas, all influenced by nature, and intended to inspire us to live more sustainable lives.

Festival passes are $79, and include admission to more than 20 Artosphere events. The full schedule of events, as well as festival passes or tickets to individual performances are available at waltonartscenter.org.