Delta Arts Festival

Slide1The Delta Visual Arts Show has some big changes for 2019!  First, the Delta Visual Arts Show is now the Delta Arts Festival, dedicated to a wide variety of arts from the visual to the literary to the musical and more.  Second, the Delta Arts Festival is moving to June 7th and 8th in 2019 to become part of the Downtown Entertainment Series in downtown Newport!  The new dates will allow for the use of outdoor venues for the celebration of the arts.  Third, the Delta Arts Festival is becoming a two-day arts celebration that will start around noon on Friday and run through Saturday.

Currently the show is full!  We have 235 visual artists (170 fine artists, 35 functional artists and 30 craft artists), 19 authors, 16 musical performances and two performance art exhibitions.  We do have a waiting list for artists interested in participating in the show in case someone drops out.

For more event information visit these two Facebook pages:

Monster Nights: Newport’s Downtown Entertainment Series

Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts Facebook Page 

Visual Artists

235 artists in 220 booths spread across 13 building venues downtown.  The Visual Arts booths will be open on Friday from 1 pm to 6 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Literary Artists

19 authors will be featured in 17 booths in the M&P Lobby in downtown.  Some of the authors will do readings in the Jackson County Library during the show.

Jackson County Library

Friday Readings

2:30 pm – Bonnie Best – Children’s Selections

3:15 pm – Rebecca Ivy Gorrell – Children – “Byrd of Play”

4:00 pm – Donna Nelson – Children – “I Want to Ride a Hippopotamus”

Jackson County Library

Saturday Readings

11:00 am – Ashley Berry – Adults – Poetry

11:45 am – Sadie H. Jones – Adults – Poetry

12:30 pm – Corinna Montgomery – Adults – Clipped Wings

1:15 pm – Kathy Parish – Adults – Selections

2:00 pm – L.H. Taylor – Young Adults – Selections

2:45 pm – Talya Boerner – Adults – The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee

Musical Artists

Frankie’s Place Courtyard

Saturday, June 8th

10:30 AM – Nancy Browning, Jazz – Judsonia, AR

11:30 AM – Joie Dickinson, Jazz – Jonesboro, AR

12:30 PM – Casey Sparks, Singer/Songwriter – Little Rock, AR

1:30 PM – Grateful Impressions, Grateful Dead Covers – Des Arc, AR

2:30 PM – Ben “Swamp Donkey” Brenner, Delta and Hill Country Blues – Little Rock, AR

3:30 PM – The Lance Curtis Band, Country – Batesville, AR

4:30 PM – Exit from Dark, Psychedelic Rock – Hot Springs, AR

Terry Scoggins Memorial Stage

Friday, June 7th

7:00 PM – Seeing Red, Rock and Pop – Memphis, TN

Saturday, June 8th

10:00 AM – JR and the Hymntimes, Country and Gospel – Lafe, AR

11:00 AM – Artis Roush, Bluegrass and Gospel – Paragould, AR

12:00 PM – Savanna Hindman, Country, Rock & Pop – North Little Rock, AR

1:00 PM – Effron White, Americana/Folk – Nashville, TN

2:00 PM – Revolution, Rock and Southern Rock – Northeast, AR

3:00 PM – Reverb Sugar, Rock – Hardy, AR

4:00 PM – Divided Highway, Rock, Country and Blues – Batesville, AR

5:00 PM – Griffin & Friends, Rocking Country Blues – Fayetteville, AR

Performance Artist

First Baptist Church Gym (outside)

Saturday, June 8th

11:00 am – Maggie Maddison, Performance, Painting to Music – Little Rock, AR

3:15 pm – Maggie Maddison, Performance, Painting to Music – Little Rock, AR