8862 W. McNelly Road Bentonville, AR 72712 (479) 273-1798
Welcome To Wishing Spring Gallery
Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Your Gift and Home Decor Destination!
"An Art & Crafts Show Every Day"
Wishing Spring Gallery is a co-op organization featuring original works by local and regional artists/crafters, sponsored by the Village Art Club of Bella Vista, AR. We invite you to view three floors of hand-created fine art and fine crafts “made in America” by 50+ artisans. As you’re browsing, watch for special displays or maybe an artist offering a free demonstration. Many of the artists are willing to make special orders; please don’t hesitate to ask [click on Exhibitors, above].
Village Art Club Scholarship Program
The Club's most exciting endeavors is our Art Scholarship Program. We provide higher education scholarships in Fine and Applied Arts for graduating high school seniors who are going on to college and majoring in the visual arts.
In April of each year the students are interviewed at The Studio with their completed art portfolios. For the details on who is eligible for a scholarship contact Scholarship Director, Dustie Meads or go to www.Village-Art-Club.org/Scholarships.
In 1982 the Village Art Club began to lease an old native oak and stone barn from Cooper Communities. The barn, located on County Road 40 just east of Highway 71, had a long and varied history. Originally built in 1941, it began life as a dairy barn, and through the years was used to house not only cattle, but buffalo as well!
The metamorphosis from a neglected cattle barn to Wishing Spring Gallery was not an easy one. Two years, a goodly amount of financing (mostly donated), and countless hours of labor by visionary, dedicated volunteers, helped the old barn complete its re-birth! Today, in place of livestock and farm equipment, this graceful old barn houses fine art and fine crafts created with loving detail by members of the Village Art Club of Bella Vista, Arkansas. In 1999 the Cooper family made a generous donation of the Gallery and surrounding five acres to the Club.
The Gallery is open to the public year ’round (extended hours: Sundays after Spring & Fall Festivals, and Sundays from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Closed New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day). Inclement Weather: Gallery closes when local schools are closed.
Artists who exhibit at the Gallery are active members of the Village Art Club of Bella Vista and give their time to work at the Gallery during open hours. Artists who exhibit their work for sale at the Gallery must meet special standards and qualifications, assuring the quality of the fine art and crafts exhibited at the Gallery, as well as commitment to the Village Art Club of Bella Vista. Click the "Become an Exhibitor" above to find out how.
Wishing Spring Gallery eligibility requirements:
- Be a current member of the Village Art Club of Bella Vista.
- Apply and have work juried and approved by a Gallery Jury Committee. [Application below]
- Agree to the conditions of a 6-month contract. [Contract below]
- Work three one-half days in the Gallery each month.
- Serve on a Gallery Committee.
- Pay $20 (in advance) per month for exhibit space, and 20% commission of sales.
Click on Exhibitor Information below for complete information and procedures.
[Button links below will open pdf files for download. Right click and "Save As" to download.]
(The Village Art Club of Bella Vista is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization)