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Bella Vista Arts Council December Artist of the Month


The Bella Vista Arts Council is pleased to honor BJ Tassin as the December Artist of the Month.


Tassin will be honored at a public reception at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 16 at the Bella Vista Country Club in Bella Vista, 98 Clubhouse Drive.

Tassin is the author of the novel Bona-Fide, released in 2016 and the author’s first published novel. She and her husband Scott are Louisiana natives and moved to Rogers, Ark. 17 years ago. Six months later, she was inspired to pen this Ozark Tale. Less than a year into her writing, the couple opened their own business in Bentonville. They settled in Bella Vista that same year, and Tassin’s writing continued around their active lives. Once the story was complete, the finished manuscript sat unpublished for nine years.

“There are more companion books in the works to go along with this one,” Tassin said.

Book tours and promotional events have kept her busy since the book made its debut. She is currently working on a musical production of the story with musicians, songwriters and project manager Neil Greenhaw, producer and owner of Haxton Road Studios in Bentonville.

BONA-FIDE by BJ Tassin is available on the author’s website — www.bjtassin.com — and other online booksellers, as well as in local book stores and at the Bella Vista Public Library and Bella Vista Historical Museum.


The Bella Vista Arts Council, an advisory board to the City Council, was created by the City Council in February 2016 to help promote the arts in Bella Vista. The board established an Artist of the Month program, in which selected artists and their work will be showcased to the public. Three volunteers serve on our selection committee — Sara Parnell of the Artist Retreat Center, Pearl Williamson, president of Wishing Springs Gallery, and Demara Titzer, curator of several galleries in Bentonville.

The committee will choose each month from qualified artists, who must be residents of Bella Vista and have their work displayed somewhere in the city. Showcased artists will have their work displayed at the Artist Retreat Center, and during the month they are recognized the work will be on display in a location around the city, such as the Bella Vista Library or Historical Museum.

To submit your name or other nominations for consideration, contact Parnell at the Artist Retreat Center, 479-268-6463, or email artscouncil@bellavistaar.gov.