The theme for for the Downtown Rogers holiday Art on the Bricks virtual art walk November 12 – December 24, is “The Art of Giving”. The public is invited to show their support for the local creative economy by viewing, liking, sharing and purchasing original art from talented artists and craftsmen from across Northwest Arkansas and adjacent areas.
The Virtual Exhibit resides on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ArtOnTheBricks. There are also more than two dozen businesses continuing to exhibit and sell the works of local artists, artisans and makers in Downtown Rogers.
Each year, the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce encourages holiday shoppers to “Shop Local” during this holiday season. One unique way to do so is to view the works of more than 30 featured artists on the Art on the Bricks Facebook Page. Starting November 12 and continuing through December 24, online patrons may scroll through posts that showcase original works of art. From there, they may connect directly with artists to inquire about the purchase of special gifts that come from the heart - not only the gift givers but also the creators.
Local artists create unique works that are ideal for gift giving during the holidays and contribute to the creative economy in Northwest Arkansas. There are far-reaching advantages to deciding to “Shop Local.” Karen Wagaman, Vice President of Downtown Development with the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce is a cheerleader for locally owned businesses and coordinator of the Chamber’s Art on the Bricks art walk.
"By supporting local businesses, you are making a bigger impact in your local economy than when you shop with big corporations,” she explained. “When you shop local, significantly more money stays in your community as compared to shopping with nationally-owned businesses. The money you spend generates tax revenue that fixes roads, pays for parks, supports schools, retains jobs, and so much more,” she continued. “When small businesses thrive, they are able to support local charities, sponsor your child’s sports team, donate to non-profits and invest back into their businesses, employees, and the community.”
While the current art walk is virtual, prior to COVID-19, more than 25 downtown Rogers businesses participated in the second Thursday Art on the Bricks art walk. The monthly pop-up art show allowed patrons to discover local businesses and meet local artists that populated the shops and restaurants along the brick lined streets. The event provided a popular interactive experience that has continued to serve the artists now that it is offered virtually on Facebook @ArtOnTheBricks.
The gift of art is personal, thoughtful and timeless and purchasing from a local artist provides a community connection that gives and even greater meaning to art. Additionally, having a strong arts scene is good for the well-being of the city as a whole.
Even during the pandemic, at least dozen downtown Rogers businesses exhibit and sell the work of local makers, artists, artisan and crafters. We encourage you to support these businesses and shop local this holiday season.
•Hawkmoth Brewing Company
•Honeycomb Kitchen Shop
•Arkansas Public Theatre
•Avenue Design Company
•Brick and Mortar
•Ozark Beer Company
•Rogers Experimental House
•Comida Artesenal Tapas Bar
•Selah Design Studio
•Ed Cooley Gallery
•The Art Collective Gallery
•The Dotted Pig
•Urban Bath Company
•Golden’s Designer Jewelry
•Woof & Wander