New sculptures and new featured exhibit spring up at Crystal Bridges

Portland-based artist Jessica Pezalla recently visited Crystal Bridges to create a large-scale floral installation made of paper. The work is part of the new featured exhibit called “The Garden.”

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Spring may be getting a late start in our part of the world, but “The Garden” is open at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

The new focused exhibit assembles floral works and nature scenes by artists both inside and outside of the museum’s permanent collection. The exhibit, which seeks to recreate the experience of being in a garden, opened Saturday and can be viewed through Oct. 15.

What: “The Garden” and new sculptures in the North Forest area
When: Sculptures join the permanent collection; “The Garden” is on view through Oct. 15
Where: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville
Cost: Free
Tickets: Call 479-418-5700 or visit

Works by artists such as Andy Warhol and Martin Johnson Heade are included in the exhibit, as are works borrowed from other institutions. Additionally, Portland-based artist Jessica Pezalla spent the last weekend creating a large-scale paper installation for the exhibit.

The works can be found in between the Early American and Modern Art sections of the museum.

Crystal Bridges has also announced the purchase of several sculptures that will be displayed in the North Forest area of the museum campus, which recently featured an exhibit by famed glass artist Dale Chihuly.

Among the new works going on display is “Dancing in Nigeria” by Melvin Edwards and “Shuttering Screen” by Alyson Shotz. Crystal Bridges has acquired several other sculptures that will be installed later this summer, including “Flowers that Bloom Now” by Yavoi Kusama. This piece will be installed in time for the museum’s summer concert series, which begins June 16 and continues into the fall. These Saturday night shows feature regional and national music acts performing in the North Forest, which drinks and food available for purchase.

Tickets for the concerts are $10 for the public and free for members or those under the age of 18.

The museum is also gearing up for its next indoor temporary exhibit, “The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art.” It opens May 26. 

Crystal Bridges Summer Concert Series

All shows are $10 (free for members) and begin at 7 p.m.

June 16 – Digging Roots, featuring Native American musicians
June 23 – Latin flavors with Cunao
June 30 – Crescent City Combo
July 7 – Dom Flemons (co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops)
July 14 – Liverpool Legends
July 21 – Amasa Hines
July 28 – Funk Factory
Aug. 4 – Rochelle Bradshaw and Hypnotion
Aug. 11 – 1 Oz. Jig