32 | CITISCAPES | JUNE 2019 A R T S & C U LT U R E iscover art, nature, color, sculpture, music and more at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. This summer, the museum is bursting with activities and exhibitions for the whole family to enjoy. First, discover two special exhibitions for the price of one combo ticket. In the museum’s temporary exhibition galleries, discover Nature’s Nation, exploring how artists have portrayed our natural world over the past 300 years. Outside, be wonderstruck with colorful, bold sculptures against the backdrop of the North Forest in Color Field. Members, veterans and visitors under 18 get in free. And, of course, there’s more – five Dale Chihuly sculptures from the 2017 exhibition Chihuly: In the Gallery + In the Forest are returning — permanently — to Crystal Bridges. Be dazzled by glass- blown masterworks in the galleries and on the grounds with Azure Icicle Chandelier, Niijima Floats (in the pond), Turquoise Reeds and Ozark Fiori, Sole d’Oro, and fan favorite Fiori Boat. Summer also brings the return of the Forest Concert Series. Spend Saturday evenings singing and dancing in the forest surrounded by beautiful artwork installations ranging from the Dale Chihuly sculptures to the Color Field exhibition. The lineup of local and national bands includes The Werks, Black Pumas, Yarn, Arkansauce, Flor de Toloache and more. Check the museum website for dates and tickets. All ages will enjoy visiting the Studio, a creative art-making space. Formerly known as the Experience Art Studio, the space has been redesigned and refreshed to offer art-making activities for adults and children alike. Offering a wide variety of visual and experiential activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this summer at Crystal Bridges. ■ KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series Returns he Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society presents the 21st season of the KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series. The series will feature five world- class performances at five different venues. Proceeds from ticket sales support the Jazz Society’s student scholarship program, University of Arkansas Jazz Band college competitions and concert events throughout the area. Featuring singer Kim Prevost and guitarist Bill Solley, the season kicked off last month with Jazz in Bloom at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville. The season continues this month with the Jonathan Kreisberg Trio, performing at Sunrise Stage in Fayetteville on June 22. Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg has been steadily building a name as one of the most compelling composers and performers in jazz, combining timeless melodicism with forward-thinking lines and textures. As part of the Crystal Bridges Forest Series Concert, on July 27 at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, the Charlie Hunter Trio will perform. With a career spanning 16 years and almost 20 albums, Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He is widely considered the authority on the seven- and eight-string guitar, and he continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms. On Aug. 30, the Hip Spanic All Stars take the stage at Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale. This group was born out of the San Francisco music scene, a hotbed for many creative styles. The city’s Latino-flavored Mission District provided the musical backdrop for the collaboration of the longtime friends and residents of the Mission. The season finale will consist of two shows, both on Sept. 7, featuring Peter Martin and Romero Lubambo at Guisinger Music House in Fayetteville. Pianist Peter Martin and guitarist Romero Lubambo merge two different, yet soulful flavors of music. Their synchronicity and vitality is powered by the improvisational solos and virtuosity. ■ D T Summer Fun at Crystal Bridges Visit CrystalBridges.org for information and tickets. Tickets for the KUAF Summer Jazz Concert Series are available at www.digjazz.com. Jazz Society members are eligible for discounts to all events. For more information, call (479) 225-2306. Jonathan Kreisberg Claire Ashley Close Encounters: Adam’s Madam, 2018 MOCA Jacksonville Atrium Project Spray paint, acrylic, sharpie, PVC-coated rip stop nylon, fans, fake fur, shag rug Approximately 42 ft. x 30 ft. x 25 ft. Photo courtesy of MOCA Jacksonville, Florida