First Thursday Fayetteville to celebrate Cinco de Mayo


It’s Thursday, May 1, and that means it’s time for First Thursday Fayetteville, the city’s monthly art walk and festival on the downtown square.

The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Here’s what we know about:

On the square

This month’s festivities are focused around a Cinco de Mayo celebration, with kid-friendly music by local entertainer Papa Rap at 5:30 p.m., and Latin music from local salsa band Calle Soul at around 7 p.m.

As always, there’s an art walk around the square with nearly 40 local artists and crafters exhibiting their wares.

A beer garden featuring brews by New Belgium and local brewery West Mountain Brewing Company will be set up on the patio behind the Old Post Office building. Proceeds from this month’s beer garden will benefit the Veteran’s Employees Association.

Fayetteville Underground

Work by artist Greg Moore


Local artist collective Fayetteville Underground will feature artists from the popular Upstream Art Project, a program intended to raise awareness of the importance of storm drains by drawing attention to them with murals painted by local artists. Local photographer Stephen Ironside captured several of the murals from around the region, and his photographs will be on display.

Also at the Fayetteville Underground, local artist Greg Moore will exhibit his work in a farewell show before he moves to San Francisco next month. Moore’s work focuses on images from the natural world painted on top of repurposed industrial materials.

Visiting artist at the Underground this month are watercolorist Janis Gill Ward. Also, a new art installation called Envirofountain, commissioned as part of the Walton Arts Center’s annual Artosphere festival, will also be on display.

sUgAR gallery

University of Arkansas’ sUgAR gallery will host a new photography and printmaking exhibit at their space inside East Square Plaza. The work was created by selected printmaking and photography students at the University of Arkansas. Here’s more information on that exhibit.

Around town

Joan Hall, Acid Ocean


Walton Arts Center will host an art reception for a new exhibit called Translating Earth, Transforming Sea by artists Shawn Bitters, Joan Hall & Laura Moriarty at 5 p.m. in Joy Pratt Markham Gallery. It’s also the last night to view and photograph Out of the Woodwork, the stick installation created by Patrick Dougherty that has been on the Tyson Plaza since Artosphere 2012. A de-installation process will begin after the reception and patrons will be able to take home mulch made from the installation on May 16.

Other art-related events happening around town tonight include a photography exhibit at Fayetteville High School and an art/music event at Nightbird Books.