There’s a reason Arkansas is called “The Natural State.” Learn why as the Red Earth Art Center offers a two-day scenic adventure to Bentonville and northwest Arkansas including tours of the acclaimed Crystal Bridges Museum, the Frank Lloyd Wright house and other attractions. Tour participants will travel in complete comfort November 2-3 to view beautiful artwork, breathtaking architecture and do a little shopping in Bentonville’s charming town square before returning to Oklahoma City.
Tours of the Crystal Bridges Museum include a private special guided “Collections Highlight Tour” of the museum’s permanent collection including some of the best-known names in American art. The Crystal Bridges Museum collection spans five centuries of American masterworks. Typical stops on the private tour include world-class art by renowned artists including Gilbert Stuart’s George Washington, Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Andy Warhol’s Dolly Parton and Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter. Trip participants will also get a firsthand view of the exhibition Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now before it travels to major museums in the US and Europe. The exhibition features over 80 Indigenous works from the 1950s to today.
In addition to viewing the Crystal Bridge’s stunning architecture, Red Earth travel guests will tour a restored Usonian house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright relocated from New Jersey to the museum grounds in 2015.
Day two of the Arkansas excursion includes a leisurely visit to downtown Bentonville City Square, the home of Walton’s 5-10 where Red Earth travelers can tour the Walmart Museum, peruse the many local shops and boutiques and have lunch at one of the many restaurants located on the Square.
The trip is priced at $240 per person double occupancy and $290 per person single occupancy including deluxe roundtrip transportation from Oklahoma City to Bentonville, AR. Price includes luggage handling and tips, all admission and tour fees, and breakfast both days. Guests will stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Bentonville, named recipient of the 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Reservations are due by Friday, Sept. 21 and can be made online at www.redearth.org.
Oklahoma City’s Red Earth Art Center hosts a diverse and changing schedule of art and historical exhibitions. It is custodian of a permanent collection of fine art, pottery, basketry, textiles and beadwork – including the Deupree Cradleboard Collection, one of the finest individual collections of its kind in North America.
Red Earth is an Allied Arts member agency, and is funded in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.
The Red Earth Art Center is open free to the public Monday through Friday at 6 Santa Fe Plaza. Visit www.redearth.org or call (405) 427-5228 for additional information. Red Earth, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets.