An art museum moves into a community center

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The Eureka Springs Art Museum has a home.

The newly formed group will soon be housed in the Highlander Room at the Eureka Springs Community Center after a recent partnership between the two organizations.

The two partner councils signed an agreement last week and announced the new museum, which will open in the new space after some renovations to the community center’s former band room.

The museum itself is cause for celebration, according to local business owner and artist Jim Nelson.

“Our community has waited a long time – in fact, it’s overdue – to truly recognize the great contributions made by artists here,” Nelson said.

The museum’s founding board of trustees consists of Nelson, Steve Beacham, Glenn Crenshaw, Lucilla Garrett, Jim Magee, Elise Roenigk and Doug Stowe. Before long, the group received 501(c)(3) non-profit status, worked with the community center’s board of directors to secure the space, and began discussing ways to exhibit works of art in the new location.

The museum seeks to promote and preserve the works executed by past and present artists.

“In a city that flows with history, art is part of the flow,” said Beacham, chairman of the museum’s board of trustees. “From the early days of photography and visitor paintings, to a wartime art community, to the thriving art gallery movement of the 1970s to the present day, Eureka’s art is part of of the soul of our community.”

The new location at the community center on Highway 62 will be convenient, said Crenshaw, a local realtor.

“[The museum is] progress…another step in realizing the vision of the community center,” Crenshaw said. “I am happy to serve on two boards working to make Eureka Springs a better place.”

Allen Huffman, chairman of the community center board, said the museum is another way to bring the community together.

“The board is very excited about this partnership between the ESCC and the new Eureka Springs Art Museum,” Huffman said. “We look forward to the additional opportunities this partnership provides to expand the Community Center campus as a place to gather and grow.”


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