Eureka Springs Historical Museum boasts a large collection that capture the history of the city and area, but even more intriguing is the art work that has been donated and purchased throughout the years and is hung in the recently renovated art gallery space. In the 1930´s Eureka Springs had a renaissance as an arts community led by the famed Louis and Elsie Freund. They created work that is now in private collections, the Smithsonian and at the Historical Museum. Their passion for art and growing our arts community can be felt today through our own 200+ artists living in the area.
Over the years Eureka Springs has been the home to hundreds of artists. The
Museum has a large and growing collection of paintings, photographs, prints, art pottery,
jewelry and sculptures by many of them, who, over the years, have lived in the area been
inspired by its natural beauty and Victorian architecture. Some are known not only
regionally but nationally. They include Louis and Elsie Bates Freund, father and son
painters Fred and Glen Swedlun, Miriam McKinnie, Tommy Thomas, Glen Gant, Ken
Addington, Bettie Maffei, Gary Eagan, Charlie Stehm, Florence Fish, W.H. Farnum, F.
Weatherell; and many more.
As the excitement for American Art has been unleashed by the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, you can have the opportunity to see some prime examples in the intimate setting of the Historical Museum located at 95 Spring Street in the renovated Calif Building. The Museum, open daily, is a wonderful window into the arts culture of the American Ozarks and a true delight to tour.