In our August issue, we visited bustling Northwest Arkansas and shared a roundup of places to go and experiences to have—including the Fayetteville Roots Festival, which begins August 22. In addition to the events celebrating music and food that the festival offers every year, Olivia Trimble and Samantha Sigmon have organized a visual arts exhibit called Grassroots: Artists and Arkansas to coincide with the event.
The exhibit features work by Northwest Arkansas artists Cindy Arsaga, Brandon Bullette, Ashley Byers, Ashley Kaye Gordon, Meredith Mashburn, Matt Miller, Joanna Reid, Emily “Onemanband” Smith, Monica Smith, Brandon Weston, and Made By Few. In a press release, Cindy Arsaga explained her connection to the exhibit like this: “For me, the idea of ‘Roots’ harkens back to where a person has come from, the things that have affected them, or the memories that tie them to a place. It’s a very personal and subjective knowing. In honoring our roots we give ourselves a foundation and a well of meaning from which to draw.”
Grassroots: Artists and Arkansas runs from August 22–26 at the Fayetteville Town Center.