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Ice Cream Social

Please join us for the 2nd Annual Emergent Arts Ice Cream Social! We are inviting the community to come to Emergent Arts for this back-to-school open house event where you can learn about our classes, meet our teachers, and of course, have ICE CREAM!

Hand-made bowls will be for sale in support of our scholarship fund. The purchase of a bowl includes ice cream and toppings. We will also have small ice cream cones for the little ones to enjoy.

Just like last year, we will be repainting the mural on the front of our building. Please come by and grab a brush and put your mark on Emergent Arts!

Emergent Arts

Ice Cream Social

Saturday, Aug 22nd


Come and meet our teachers, register for Fall classes, have some ice cream, and help paint the next mural!

Emergent Arts

341-A Whittington Ave, HSAR 71901


Did you know that the original Dryden Pottery building once housed the Terry Dairy Ice Cream factory?  341 Whittington was home to the Terry Dairy until it was sold in 1927, and eventually became part of Yarnell’s Ice Cream Company. In fact, part of our art gallery was a neighborhood soda fountain serving Terry Dairy ice cream to Whittington residents. Check out the Encyclopedia of Arkansas for more details!

Ice Cream Social and Open House

One year has passed since Emergent Arts opened our doors at our new location! And what a year it has been with dance, book-making, sculpture, and plenty more art classes and workshops! Not to mention all of the wonderful exhibits we have had in our gallery.

Our new facility has come a long way during this past year. We want to show you all of the progress Emergent Arts is making! Please come have some ice cream at our upcoming Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 24th between 2-6 p.m.

We will also be having our Open House as fall classes begin in September. The Fall 2014 Schedule for classes and workshops will be available for you to pick up and many of our teachers will be in attendance if you would like to know more about their classes.

As always Emergent Arts wants to thank you for your ongoing support. Let’s celebrate!

Summer Art Camp: Registering Now

We are offering two sessions of our annual summer camp this year.  Session 1 runs from June 23 through the 27th and Session 2 runs from July 7 through the the 10th.   Students will work in three visual arts classes each day, from 9am to 3pm.  Projects will include painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, paper-making, tye-dye, and more!  All materials and a snack will be included each day.  Students are required to bring a sack lunch.

Fee: $120

Click here for Online Registration

Nelson Guda at the Ozark Bathhouse

nels-in-old-srinagarEmergent Arts is proud to sponsor Nelson Guda as he presents a version of his Life as Canvas talk at the Ozark Bathhouse on June 14, 2014. Mr. Guda has presented a similar presentation for previous TEDx conferences. For more information about Nelson Guda, please visit

Nelson Guda has worked in paint, ink, glass, steel, emulsion and electrons. He began his studies in art and physics in the US and then moved to Japan for three years to study traditional calligraphy, ceramics and printmaking with Japanese master artists and craftsmen. After studying and exhibiting in Japan, Nelson returned to the US where he worked in glass sculpture and architecture and earned a PhD in biology.

In 2007 Nelson returned to art full time and began “ROADLESS,” a project in which he looked at 60 million acres of little known wilderness areas across the US. The ROADLESS Project ended with a show in the US Senate Building in Washington, DC and numerous smaller shows around the country.

In 2009, while working as a visiting artist at the Archie Bray Foundation, Nelson conceived of “ENEMIES” – a project focused on understanding the way people move back into light from places of extreme darkness. ENEMIES began in East Africa in 2011 where Nelson brought people together from opposite sides of brutal conflicts in the slums of Kenya, the border of Sudan and South Sudan and the killing fields of Rwanda.

The ENEMIES project set Nelson on a path to make the actions involved in creating his art as important as the artworks themselves. In the case of ENEMIES, Nelson sees the act of seeking out conflict and resilience as a form of art in its highest sense of expression of the human experience.

Nelson has also produced work under several aliases and gives talks about his experiences and the stories that have come from his projects.