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Arkansas Heritage Festival sponsors Longhua Xu exhibit in Hot Springs Village


As part of the upcoming Arkansas Heritage Festival on August 27-28, the Lifelong Learning Institute of Hot Springs Village and the HSV Property Owners Association are proud to announce a month-long exhibit of artwork by internationally acclaimed artist Longhua Xu of Hot Springs. The exhibition runs through the month of August. Like the Arkansas Heritage Festival itself, the art exhibit is free and open to the public.

Longhua’s work is widely recognized as being representative of the people of Arkansas. His majestic sculpture called “Mother Nature” has been a focal point of the historic downtown district of Hot Springs since 1992. Longhua’s artworks have been designated as national treasures and are included in the Smithsonian Institution Catalogue of Great Public Works.

The exhibit of more than a dozen large works of art at the Woodlands is titled “The Soul of Arkansas.” His subjects include slices of Arkansas life such as animals, farmers, gardening, woodcarving, musicians, and family gatherings, with subjects ranging in age from children to grandparents.

According to Larry Wilson, Heritage Festival director, “It’s a real honor to have an artist of Longhua’s stature as a month-long highlight for the Arkansas Heritage Festival in August. His paintings at the Woodlands will underscore the rich heritage of our state. No one captures the soul of Arkansas better than Longhua does in his artwork, which makes it a perfect centerpiece for the Festival.”

The first annual Arkansas Heritage Festival will be held in Hot Springs Village on Friday-Saturday, August 27-28. It is co-sponsored through a grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The Festival will include Arkansas culture, entertainment, and history. Sites around Ponce de Leon Center in Hot Springs Village will include Woodlands Auditorium, Grove Park, and Festival Tent outside the Ponce Center. The Arkansas Heritage Festival is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Arkansas Heritage Festival, the website is https://www.arkansasheritage.hsvlli.org/


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