Artists from across Arkansas will display and sell their works from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 27, along Main Street in the Argenta Arts District of downtown North Little Rock at the second annual Thea Arts Festival.

While the Festival itself is open and free to the public, money raised through sponsorship of the festival will help support the arts in schools across Arkansas.

As a proud advocate for the arts in education in Arkansas, the Thea Foundation is passionate about communicating the importance of the arts’ role in a student’s, as well as an adult’s, life.

"The mission of the Thea Arts Festival is to raise awareness throughout the arts, education and business communities of the MidSouth region about the Thea Foundation and its initiatives to encourage creativity among Arkansas students through this celebration of the arts in the Argenta Arts District," says Paul Leopoulos, Executive Director of the Thea Foundation.

Thirty-nine Arkansas artists, including featured artist Matt McLeod, representing a plethora of mediums, will occupy booths along Argenta’s Main Street. In addition, throughout the day talented local musicians will provide live music and artists will demonstrate their techniques. Hands-on art activities, including relief printmaking, caricatures, and a collaborative paint-by-number project, will be offered to children and adults alike.

Main Street will be blocked to vehicular traffic from Broadway to Sixth Street, but the trolley will continue to operate. Local businesses will be open, and many will have street-side displays and offer specials.

— Greg Rayburn