Enhanced photograph by Michael Preble, courtesy Artists' Workshop Gallery

Hot Springs has a vibrant arts and culture scene, with dozens of art galleries, museums and annual events.

It’s no wonder artistic expression abounds in Hot Springs. The Spa City’s beautiful surroundings, rich heritage and diverse culture provide plenty of fodder for the many galleries and museums you’ll find here. With works of art in any medium and modern exhibits that feature the city’s exuberant past, you’re bound to find something to pique your interest.

One of the main attractions is the monthly Gallery Walk, which takes place the first Friday of every month. Stroll downtown Hot Springs and immerse yourself in the thriving arts culture by meeting artists and fellow art lovers while taking in beautiful works at various galleries.

ART GALLERIES

Alison Parsons Studio
1017 Lakeshore Drive, Hot Springs
(501) 655-0604 | AlisonParsons.com

Visit a working artist’s studio on Lake Hamilton. Paintings, prints, note cards of local landmarks and much more! Come by boat or car — located just 2.5 miles from Sam’s Club. Facebook: Alison Parsons Studio. Open during special events or for private previews by appointment: (501) 655-0604.


American Art Gallery
724 Central Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 624-0550 | AmericanArtGalleryAndGifts.com

Local, regional and national artists are featured in this large gallery. Fine art fills two floors and 4,000 square feet. Upstairs is a Thomas Kinkade Showcase Gallery. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. M-Sa.


Art by the Park
216 B Central Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 623-2363
For a one-of-a-kind aesthetic experience, visit historic Hot Springs' Art by the Park — an art gallery with hand-painted recreations of the Old Masters. Call for hours.


Artists' Workshop Gallery
610-A Central Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 623-6401 | ArtistsWorkshopGallery.com

Hot Springs’ premier fine arts gallery, this cooperative in downtown Hot Springs includes 30 regional artists creating work in a vast range of styles and subjects. It offers affordable and collectible original art — paintings, watercolors, photographs, sculpture, ceramic art/pottery and jewelry, as well as prints and handmade cards. You’ll often find artists creating their work in the gallery! Support your local artists! Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. M-Sa and noon-5 p.m. Su.


The Blue Rock Studio
262 Hideaway Hills Drive, Hot Springs
(501) 262-4065 | BarbaraCade.com

Art studio and gallery featuring the contemporary fiber and multi-media art of local artist Barbara Cade, whose art focuses on the environment...the good, the bad and the ugly. Open by chance or by appointment.


Dryden Art Pottery Studio
341 Whittington Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 623-4201 | DrydenPottery.com

Visit Dryden Pottery Studio at 341 Whittington Ave. Beautiful, collectible artware available to purchase made from mid-America clays and Arkansas quartz. Pieces also available in the All Things Arkansas store. Come and watch us in action making pottery! Ask about our potter's wheel demonstration. Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. M-Sa.


Forest Path Gallery
107 Stillmeadow Lane, Hot Springs
(501) 617-0594 | GeneSparling.com

Fine Art and Contemporary Craft by Gene Sparling. Wood bowls, vessels, sculpture and furniture. Each piece is individually crafted in the adjoining studio by the artist. It's art you can use, every day for generations. Just 10 miles south of downtown in a beautiful natural setting. Open anytime by appointment, please call.


Fox Pass Pottery
379 Fox Pass Cutoff, Hot Springs
(501) 623-9906 | FoxPassPottery.com

Fox Pass is a small studio producing high-fired functional stoneware pottery. The artists mix their own clay, fire in both gas and wood-fired kilns and create their own glazes. Visitors are welcome to visit the sales gallery or the studio to watch the artists at work. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tu-Sa.


Justus Fine Art Gallery
827-A Central Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 321-2335 | JustusFineArt.com

Owned by artist Dolores Justus, Justus Fine Art Gallery offers a wide range of original art including paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and more by recognized artists. New exhibitions are featured monthly. Opening receptions are held in conjunction with the Hot Springs Gallery Walk held from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. the first Friday of every month in downtown Hot Springs. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. W-Sa or by appointment.


Legacy Fine Art Gallery
804 Central Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 762-0840 | LFAGallery.net

The gallery features a broad range of fine art with nationally and internationally known artists such as Garcia, Hooshang, Byron Taylor, Carole Katchen and Elizabeth Weber. Open by appointment only and for Gallery Walk the first Friday of each month.


Linda Palmer Studio/Gallery
800-B Central Ave. (upstairs), Hot Springs
(501) 620-3063 | LindaWilliamsPalmer.com

Linda Williams Palmer's original art, archival prints of “The Champion Trees of Arkansas” and her recent book The Champion Trees of Arkansas; An Artist's Journey can be purchased at her upstairs studio/gallery. Open by appointment or visit the website. Her art and book can also be found downstairs at Gallery Central.


Riley Art Glass Studio
710 W. Grand Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 318-6193 | RileyArtGlass.com

A glassblowing studio and gallery open to the public for live demonstrations. Several pieces on display and available for purchase year-round in a wide range of sizes and prices. The Riley brothers create all pieces on-site and encourage the public to learn more about the art of glassblowing up close. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tu-Sa (we close early in the summer due to heat). Call or check website for current demonstration schedule.

ARTS EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Hot Springs Blues Festival
600 Block of Central Avenue, Hot Springs
SpaCityBlues.org

The annual Hot Springs Blues Festival is scheduled for Aug. 31 at the Hill Wheatley Plaza. Past acts include Kenny Neal, Hubert Sumlin, Coco Montoya, Eddie Clearwater, Lil Ed & Blues Imperials, Bobby Blue Bland, Michael Burks, Wes Jeans, The Stella-Vees, Fiona Boyes, The Blue Birds, Reba Russell, and Barbara Blue.


Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival
Hot Springs
HSCraftBeerFest.com

Spa City Blues Society presents the Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival. This year, the event will be billed as the “Hot Springs Craft Beer Weekend,” which will include a Five Beer Five K fun run on the evening of Friday, May 10th. The Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival will take place Saturday, May 11, and the Hot Springs Beer Brunch will take place on Sunday, May 12. All event activities take place at the Hot Springs Farmers Market near downtown Hot Springs. For more information, visit website.


Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
659 Ouachita Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 538-0452 | HSDFI.org

More than 1,000 documentary films are submitted, and 100 are selected for the festival. Filmmakers from around the world participate in Q&As with the audience. There are workshops, musical events and festivities that culminate in a Filmmaker Gala. Festival held in October. Check website for dates.


Hot Springs Gumbo & Crawfish Festival
600 Block of Central Avenue, Hot Springs
HSGumboFest.com

Spa City Blues Society presents the Hot Springs Gumbo and Crawfish Festival which will take place on Saturday, April 20 at Hill Wheatley Plaza, downtown Hot Springs. This gumbo cooking contest is a family friendly event that allows festival attendees the opportunity for unlimited samples of gumbo while supplies last. Live music, games, and freshly cooked crawfish also available on-site. For more information, visit website.


Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival
1008 Central Ave., Hot Springs
HotSpringsHorrorFilmFestival.com

From killer shorts to full-length feasts of terror, films from the Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller and Fantasy genres are represented. Submissions come from around the world. The four-day event includes panel discussions, a film competition and Q&A sessions with industry professionals. Held at the historic Central Theater in downtown.


Hot Springs Jazz Society
P.O. Box 22662, Hot Springs
(501) 627-2425 | HSJazzSociety.org

Join us for the annual Hot Springs JazzFest over Labor Day weekend. JazzFest is presented with a variety of venues with both free and fee concerts. The signature event is the free “Jazz in the Streets” on Saturday in the outdoor entertainment district on Broadway Street.


Hot Springs Music Festival
P.O. Box 1857, Hot Springs
(501) 623-4763 | HotMusic.org

For the first two weeks in June, Hot Springs is filled with music provided by 100 exceptionally talented international student musicians and 20 world-class mentor/teachers who present 250 open rehearsals and nightly chamber or orchestral concerts in various venues around the city. According to USA Today, “The Hot Springs Music Festival is a classical music wonder.” The atmosphere is casual, classical and fun! Season 24 is June 2-15, 2019.

MUSEUMS

The Galaxy Connection
626 Central Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 276-4432 | TheGalaxyConnection.com

Walk into a personal collection of Star Wars and superhero props, characters, and exhibits! Lots of photo opportunities and fun to be had! See website or call for hours.


The Gangster Museum of America
510 Central Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 318-1717 | TGMOA.com

Take a trip back in time when some of the most infamous criminals in America visited Hot Springs to enjoy the hot water, wagering and whiskey. A guided tour through seven galleries shows you where America's rich, famous, powerful and notorious vacationed. Shop in Arkansas' most famous hat store, The Hatterie. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Su-Th and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. F-Sa.


Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum
250 Central Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 623-5836 | SeeHotSprings.com

At Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum you'll find recreations of celebrities, royalty and presidents, as well as historically accurate battle scenes and a wax version of Leonardo da Vinci's “Last Supper.” Open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. M-Th and 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. F-Sa.


Maxwell Blade's Curiosity Museum
817 Central Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 623-6200 | MaxwellBlade.com

The museum exhibits over 300 rare and unusual items from around the world. From the Fiji mermaid and two headed animals to items belonging to giant people and small people. A two-headed, five-legged pig or a 200-year-old 7-foot ship built by the French prisoners of war. An eclectic collection unlike any in America! Open daily in season 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and various hours in the off season. Open all holidays.


Mid-America Science Museum
500 Mid-America Blvd., Hot Springs
(501) 767-3461 | MidAmericaMuseum.org

Discover more than 100 engaging, hands-on science exhibits including the world’s most powerful conical Tesla Coil. Experience the Bob Wheeler science skywalk, the Digital Dome Theater and the new DinoTrek, the state's first ever outdoor dinosaur exhibit located on the 21 wooded acres around the museum. Regular hours are Tu-Sa 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Su 1-5 p.m.; Summer hours are M-Sa 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Su 1-6 p.m.


Mountain Valley Spring Co. Visitor Center & Museum
150 Central Ave., Hot Springs National Park
(501) 246-8017 | MountainValleySpring.com

Come sample the finest natural spring water from the Ouachita Mountains. Tour the museum and hear the history in this beautiful one-of-a-kind historic building. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sa and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Su; Extended summer hours 9 a.m.-8 p.m. M-Sa.

PERFORMING ARTS & THEATERS

Hot Springs Bathhouse Dinner Theatre
701 Central Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 318-1600 | HotSpringsBathhouseDinnerTheatre.com

One of Hot Springs' best attractions and is within walking distance of all the major downtown hotels. We offer quality, family-friendly entertainment year-round! The theater features live theatrical productions and a distinct variety of acts ranging from magicians to tribute acts. Tickets include an awesome buffet dinner and the show. Buffet starts at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


The Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic
817 Central Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 623-6200 | MaxwellBlade.com

Mystery Awaits! The Maxwell Blade show will take you on a journey inside the world of magic, illusion and comedy, suitable for the entire family. Master Illusionist Maxwell Blade has recently relocated back to “the Malco” theatre with a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility — bringing back his Vegas-style show unlike any show in America today. This is a must see as we celebrate 23 years in downtown Hot Springs. Call or visit website for tickets and information.


The Pocket Community Theatre
170 Ravine St., Hot Springs
(501) 623-8585 | PocketTheatre.com

The Pocket Community Theatre is a nonprofit volunteer-based theater located at the corner of Ramble and Ravine streets in downtown Hot Springs. The theater's mission is to provide quality productions at reasonable prices for the citizens of Hot Springs and surrounding communities. Call or check our website for performance schedule.