SWAAC announces updates, shows for 2019

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It’s still not too late to buy tickets for Peter Pan on Ice. One of the most anticipated shows of the year will be at Hempstead Hall, Friday, February 22, 2019. What a Christmas present for the entire family!
What makes this an extra-special show is not only ice-skating on the Hempstead Stage but this is the World Premiere of the show! The entire cast will be practicing the week prior to the show at Hempstead Hall. Call 870-722-8565 or go to for tickets.
Other upcoming shows in 2019 include:
The Tortoise and the Hare at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 23, Children’s Show but all are invited. Classic tale comes to life! This Children’s Theater on Tour presentation takes this well-known tale and creates a vibrant stage performance for all members of the family.
The Emperor’s New Clothes at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2. You heard it here first – Emperor. No clothes. Just Kidding, G+ rating safe for kids, but all are invited to attend. Go to for tickets.
In other SWAAC news:
New gallery shows with riveting artists and historical themes are in the planning stages for January and February at the Art Station at 200 East Division in Hope. Check your local news sites and the SW Ark Arts Council Facebook page for details.
Bazaar review:
The SWAAC’s first annual Holiday Bazaar featuring hand-made items and collectibles from more than 20 artisans hosted more than 200 visitors in its 17-hours of shopping frenzy time. The Thursday, Nov. 29 event was from 4 to 7 p.m. and held in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce “Hope for the Holidays” downtown event.
The Bazaar was held at the Arts Station at 200 East Division St. in Hope and featured hand-made items and collectibles including: One-of-a-kind egg ornaments in the intricate Ukrainian style (nine of which are still available and on display) painted, original holiday-themed pallets for yard decorations, hand-woven hot pads in a variety of colors, unique, Americana walking sticks, hand-crafted jewelry, painted rocks and bricks, wooden pens, post office mailbox banks, bird houses, wooden urns, bowls and platters, antique cameras, antique bottles from the defunct Hope Beverage Company, plus many other items.
For sale at the Arts Council:
Pallet painter Jason Smith of the Sutton Community has five holiday-themed pallets at the Arts Center (200 East Division Street in Hope) left from the Holiday Bazaar. Designed for yard decorations, they are $35 (small version) and $50 (larger pallet… shown). Smith will deliver free within 20 miles of Hope. Special orders are also available for messages or gifts, any season or floral or other design. Also available are nine eggs dyed in the unique Ukrainian style by master artist Sue Allen Pico of Clinton. Several of her watercolors are also on display and would make excellent Christmas presents.
Join the Arts Council:
If you have not renewed your membership or if you know someone who has never been a member, please contact the Arts Council at 870-777-8200 or email to [email protected] to get more information.
Our members not only provide general operating money for the Arts Council, they are responsible for providing the fiscal means to allow us to apply for matching grants which provide artists from around the state and other areas to working within area schools, enhancing the artistic opportunities of our children and grandchildren.
If you have a relative or friend who have not been a member, what better time to get on the bandwagon? Members get to attend members-only events at the Art Station and get this newsletter plus advance notice for upcoming shows in order to get the seats you want.
Buy that special someone a membership in the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council. Members start at $5 for students, $25 for individuals and $50 for couples.The mission of the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council is to enrich our community by experience, expression and education in all the Arts.

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