This historic bathhouse is now open and will be utilized as a venue for park events and programs, including community programs co-sponsored with other civic groups, and also as a venue for (at fee) private events. Operating hours for the cultural center are from noon to 5pm Fridays through Sundays with free admission, and it is available daily after 5pm for special events. History of the Ozark: Designed by architects Mann and Stern of Little Rock, the bathhouse was completed in the summer of 1922, just a few months after the Quapaw opened for business. Built at a cost of $93,000 in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, the building is set between low towers whose receding windows suggest the nascent Art Deco movement. Like the Quapaw, the Ozark was more impressive in its exterior facade than in its interior appointments, with only 14,000 square feet and twenty-seven tubs. It catered to a middle economic class of bathers unwilling to pay for frills. The Ozark closed in 1977. It re-opened May 2, 2014 as the Ozark Cultural Center. –Information from http://www.nps.gov/hosp/historyculture/ozark-bathhouse.htm
This gallery has 4,000 square feet of exhibition space on two floors. The upper floor is reserved for solo or small group shows of featured artists. The gallery represents artists of varied backgrounds but showcases artists particularly from the South-Central region of the United States. Most media is considered, but the gallery is noted for “the truly unique and unusual.”
Stephens’ work shows a wide range of subjects and techniques. “I feel my style is evolving to a more impressionistic approach to traditional watercolor subjects such as landscapes, architecture and figures.” Stephens was recently named as one of ten “Artist to Watch” by Watercolor Magic magazine (December 2005 edition). Four of his paintings were featured in 200 Great Painting Ideas for Artists, by Carol Katchen, published by North Light Books.
Hot Springs, Arkansas, is a hub for artists and art enthusiasts alike. Several art galleries and museums offer a taste of the rich history and culture of the city represented visually.
Take a look inside the city’s various art galleries like The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, Gallery Central, and the Artists’ Workshop Gallery. Be sure to take a look at the local pottery scene inside Dryden Pottery.
The city of Hot Springs also hosts several music festivals to complete the cultural experience.
Take note of the following cultural events:
Valley of Vapors – an annual independent music festival organized every March.
Hot Springs Music Festival – a music festival showcasing classical music during the month of June.
Hot Springs Documentary Festival – a 10-day event every October where thousands of filmmakers and actors gather for film screenings, workshops, and other special events.