The FAC Gallery is Closing

It is with sincere regret and sadness that the Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, a 501 (c)3 non-profit, announces it is closing its doors on their gallery on Central Avenue as of October 1, 2016. The Fine Arts Center has lost its lease. Since 1947 The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs has been serving the community, starting its history on Whittington and Park Avenues. After the move to Central Avenue the center provided programming to the art loving public on Gallery Walk evenings with the ever-changing exhibits of Hot Springs artists’ works of fine art.

Notable to the community, such programs as Art on the Corner held for several years at Spencer’s Corner gave the public the opportunity to participate in art activities downtown. The Fine Arts Center, in association with the Farmer’s Market, provided music programs and artisan booths to the public on Saturday mornings. The Fine Arts Center scheduled the musicians that play in Adair Faire Park in support of the Hot Springs Parks and Recreation Department.

Yearly exhibits such as the Annual Photography Exhibit and the International Diamond Exhibit have brought artists from across the country and around the world to Hot Springs. Too many shows to mention, such as Still Life, Self-Portrait, Civil War Songs, & Letters, and Color, Line, & Form provided a venue for the community to view thematic exhibits and encouraged our local artists to create new works of art. The Short Story contest resulted in three printed books with the winning stories illustrated by our local artists. The FAC has hosted with our Japanese Sister City, Hanamaki, and welcomed poets and artists during a week of celebration. Programs and workshops at the FAC have included watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, Ikebana, fiber groups, ceramics, music, lectures, book signing and many more.

The upcoming art exhibit MACROS & Minis Art Exhibition will open at Garland County Community Library October 7 though November 26. It is an exhibit of large paintings over 3 feet and miniature paintings under 8 inches.

The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs appreciates all of it members, foundations, and the Hot Springs art community for helping us with our mission of bringing inspiring art experiences to the public through the years. The FAC has helped make art a part of the Hot Springs citizens and visitors’ life.

As we watch the changes taking place in our town, so to must we change and move. The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs would like to ask the community for assistance in our next move. If you are interested in providing a venue for these programs to continue, make a donation, or are able to help in any way, please contact the FAC and Donna Dunnahoe at 501-624-0489, or contact us at info@fac.org.

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