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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

John Bell Exhibit - Original Paintings

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 to Sunday, March 25, 2018
Time: 11:00am to 6:00pm
Location: Fort Smith Regional Art Museum (RAM) 1601 Rogers Avenue, Fort Sm

Two hundred years in the making, 2018 will mark the bicentennial of one of the oldest cities in the country, Fort Smith, AR. To help celebrate this historic event, RAM has organized an exhibition by Fort Smith legend and native, John Bell, Jr. (1937-2013).

Bell was an acclaimed American painter and sculptor whose career spanned nearly fifty years. His memories and influences of western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma are the topics reflected in most of his works. Bell had a keen appreciation for the beauty of our state and the character of its people.

This dynamic exhibit will showcase works by John Bell, Jr. that reside in private collections across our region, brought together to honor this truly unique artist and his works, that literally painted our local history.

Friday 11AM–6PM
Saturday 11AM–6PM
Sunday 1–5PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 11AM–6PM
Wednesday 11AM–6PM
Thursday 11AM–6PM

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Communities and Cultures in Fort Smith: Exploring Identities in the Region

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Fort Smith Museum of History 320 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72

As part of the City of Fort Smith Bicentennial Celebration, the Fort Smith Museum of History will offer “Communities and Cultures in Fort Smith: Exploring Identities in the Region,"  a new speaker series addressing the communities and cultures that have influenced and shaped the region and the city as we know it today. 

The speaker series will be a monthly Thursday evening event.  The March 22 program features Dennis Peterson from Spiro Mounds Archeological Center.   Peterson will discuss the “prehistoric gateway” of the region, Spiro Mounds. 

The mound site, “located seven miles outside of Spiro, Oklahoma, is the only prehistoric, American Indian archaeological site in Oklahoma open to the public. The mounds are one of the most important American Indian sites in the nation. The prehistoric Spiro people created a sophisticated culture which influenced the entire Southeast. Artifacts indicate an extensive trade network, a highly-developed religious center, and a political system which controlled the entire region. Located on a bend of the Arkansas River, the site was a natural gateway from which the Spiro people exerted their influence. Yet much of the Spiro culture is still a mystery, as well as the reasons for the decline and abandonment of the site.”

View a conch shell from Spiro Mounds featured in the museum's Timeline Exhibit and a 1914 photograph of the mounds.  (Courtesy of the Oklahoma Historical Society).