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City to unveil mosaic mural on trails: Journey Oz

The City of Bella Vista and members of its Arts Council are excited to unveil a new addition to the public art found along the trails in Bella Vista.

The mural titled Journey Oz, a new mixed media mural by resident artist Stevie Stevens, will be unveiled at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at the Tweety Bird trailhead on the Little Sugar trail system.

This is the Arts Council’s third public artwork contribution to the City of Bella Vista following the “Marilyn Monroe” abstract sculpture and the six lighted “FireFlys” installed at the Bella Vista Public Library.

Stevens’ vision for the mural project uses waterproof porcelain, mirror, glass, and glass gems to create outward radiating lines to accentuate the Tunnel Vision Trail name. It includes her starburst effect looking toward the sky, which is typical of her art theme of transformation. The journey in search of the ever-changing beauty of the “OZ”arks, in Bella Vista and beyond, is depicted in the mosaic.

Stevens uses methods known for thousands of years, but also breaks the rules to create modern abstract designs. Her process starts with a loose concept in sketch form and is intuitively expanded to the end project. All tiles are cut, nipped or hammered to create one-of-a-kind design elements for the home, office, or public spaces. 

Her works are functional as well as fine art. She excels in creating solutions and the connection experience within her designs, which are graceful, flowing, meditative and inspired by esoteric concepts.

Stevens holds a degree in Plant Science from Texas A&M-Commerce, and she owned and operated a landscape design/build business in Dallas, Tex. She exhibits and sells her work throughout Northwest Arkansas and has been recognized as one of the Arts Council’s featured Artists of the Month. She also teaches workshops at her studio in Bentonville.

The Art Council’s president, Demara Titzer, has been working with Mayor Peter Christie and the Bella Vista City Council members to invest in public art to build community pride and connections, attract tourism and enhance our public buildings and trails. Emily Guffin, City of Bella Vista Art Council Liaison and Trails Manager has been instrumental in providing guidance and support for this project.

This event is open to the public and easy to access from the trailhead parking lot. The Tweety Bird trailhead is located on Chelsea Road and Prescott Road in Bella Vista. Find it on Google Maps here: https://goo.gl/maps/JbkfnXFVt1j3LVTJ9.