Walking art tour planned for storm drain project in Fayetteville

Local artist Tina Oppenheimer puts the finishing touches on her storm drain mural on Friday, May 16 at the southeast corner of School Avenue and Mountain Street across from the Fayetteville Public Library.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

Residents will soon have a chance to get an up-close look at all of the storm drain murals recently painted in downtown Fayetteville.

Officials with UpStream Art will lead participants on a walking tour of the outdoor exhibit on Sunday, June 1, as part of the Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere celebration.

The public art and awareness project, now in its third year, seeks to remind people that water entering storm drains ends up in local streams.

Todd Gill, Flyer staff

Five storm drains in Fayetteville, four in Springdale, two in Bentonville and one in Bella Vista were slated for murals this year. They add to the existing 19 storm drains already painted across the region.

Drains painted in Fayetteville drain to Town Branch which flows into the West Fork White River and then into Beaver Lake Reservoir.

Those interesting in the tour should meet at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Fayetteville Underground gallery on the southwest corner of the downtown square.

The event includes 10 stops with interactive booths set up along the route, and concludes at the Fayetteville Public Library, just in time for the Artosphere Trail Mix concerts planned along Frisco Trail at 5 p.m.