Exploring Hot Springs – First Friday Gallery Walk

It only took me 10 months to make my way to Gallery Walk. I know, I know, it’s ridiculous but that’s what my life has been like since moving back to Arkansas. One good thing about it is that this was a fantastic month for my first experience. I was truly and pleasantly surprised to see the variety of art on display. Some of the artists came in from over an hour away to show at the Henderson State University Landmark Building.

I took my time to walk around and wandered into the Hot Springs area high school student displays first.

I found vibrant color and pencil work that really exceeded my expectations. One of the pieces impressed me enough that I made an offer on it. 😉

Weaving my way in and out of the various rooms upstairs I found several works that tried their best to empty my bank account. Crystal Jennings, Jason McCann, Sondra Steing and Aj Smith especially tugged at my heart. Now I know I’ll be visiting their work several times during the showcase.

The final treat of the night was being able to hear the ASMSA band perform live for my first time.

I know it’s not always easy to end a long week when the weather isn’t ideal by going out to walk the galleries, but I am glad that I made the effort and had the opportunity to meet many of the artists who were showing this evening. They need to see us out in Massey showing our support of them in THIS community.

Marta C. Youngblood is a writer, education and social entrepreneur based in Hot Springs, Arkansas. For more information on her current projects visit https://about.me/MCyoungblood.

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