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story.lead_photo.caption Ben and Molly Blakeman (from left), Don and Lynn Blakeman and Rod Bigelow, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art executive director, gather at the sponsor’s preview of “The Art of American Dance” on Oct. 20 at the museum in Bentonville. - Photo by Carin Schoppmeyer

The Art of American Dance exhibition sponsors enjoyed a special preview of Crystal Bridges of American Art Museum's newest temporary exhibition Oct. 20 at the museum in Bentonville.

Museum officials say it is the "first major traveling exhibition to explore American visual art related to the many forms of dance."

At a Glance


Who: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

What: Exhibition sponsors enjoyed a preview of “The Art of American Dance.”

When: Oct. 20

Where: The museum in Bentonville


Mad Hatter Ball

Who: Eureka Springs School of the Arts

What: The annual benefit helps support the arts school.

When: Oct. 21

Where: Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs

Information: (479) 253-5384

Ultimate Tailgate

Who: Pagnozzi Charities

What: Proceeds from the 25th annual benefit will help the group provide sports scholarships to area children.

When: Oct. 22

Where: Fayetteville Town Center

Information: (479) 443-2550 or

Featuring 90 works, the exhibition includes pieces from Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, Faith Ringgold and Nick Cave. The exhibition in Bentonville will conclude Jan. 16.

Events planned to complement the exhibition include the Oklahoma Dance Film Festival on Thursday; a Spotlight Talk and Performance to guide guests through the exhibit led by Alice Bloch, dance scholar and Isadora Duncan-trained dancer, on Friday; and two performance labs: SLIPPAGE on Nov. 11 and Dancing Earth on Nov. 17.

The Director's Reception that evening in the museum's Great Hall featured a special performance by Ballet Arkansas.

Among those enjoying The Art of American Dance included Lynn and Don Blakeman, Avis and Bill Bailey, Meza Harris, Laura Williams, Leslie Gardner and Molly and Ben Blakeman.

Hatters went mad Oct. 21 for the Eureka Springs School of the Arts annual Mad Hatter Ball at the Crescent Hotel.

Toppers were festooned with peacock, ostrich and other fowl feathers, foam, sequins, beads, lights and metal, among other materials.

The school just poured concrete for a new wood studio, planned to open in late spring 2017. Jim McCoy, development assistant, told me the new studio will include lathes, knives, sanders and other woodworking tools for the classes to be held there.

The arts school offers instruction in pottery, painting, ceramics, leather, textiles and other special media.

Those topping off the week at the Mad Hatter Ball included Jean Elderwind and Doug Stowe, Peggy and Jim Hart, Sue and Charlie Runnels, Julie and Doyle Freeman, Nancy and Dan Lanik, Elise Roenigk, Doug Purifoy, Tommy Reinhart, June Owen, June Hegedus, Lizelle and Harold Dawson and Paige and Shelley Morris.

Pagnozzi Charities champions went all out for the 25th annual Ultimate Tailgate and Auction on Oct. 22 at the Fayetteville Town Center. The fundraiser also included a golf tournament Oct. 21 at the Fayetteville Country Club.

Proceeds will help the sports scholarship nonprofit organization support area children in various sports. Pagnozzi scholarships assist with expenses, such as team registration fees and equipment.

The championing sports for all kids included Mary Bassett and Hank Broyles, Teri and Gary Head, Steve Wood, Marie-Laure and Ian Rowland, Joni and Clayton Harrell, Caroline and Norm DeBriyn, Carol and Jonny Waddle, Tarenehand Lance Manning, Jamey and Mike Sims, Russell Winburn and Taruna Bolding.

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Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at

NAN Profiles on 10/30/2016

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