The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum is about to turn 75 next year.

With events planned to recognize the museum next year, the museum’s Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, October 8, as downtown historic sites join in the seasonal celebration.

At RAM, “Family Fun Day,” is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum, 1601 Rogers Ave.

The grounds were decorated for other events this year, including paper bees. A painting of pumpkins in the fall was done by RAM educational assistant Petra Radcliffe so children could pose in front and have their picture taken on Saturday.

“Come join us at RAM for a fun fall afternoon of crafts, face painting, food, art, and a live John Bell Jr. line!”

RAM “Fall Family Day” is in conjunction with the third annual Fort Smith Fall Festival centered around the Fort Smith National Historic Site. There will be a rotating festival cart at the RAM.

RAM was born in 1948 under the Arkansas College Women’s Association.

In 1951, the Associated Artists of Fort Smith began exhibiting artwork and holding classes at various Fort Smith locations. In 1960 space for an art center was purchased and in 1968 the Fort Smith Art Center was incorporated.

Exhibition of bees:The Regional Art Museum sets up an exhibition on bees

The small art center has provided a valuable service to local and regional artists by providing space for its artists for five decades.

On Saturday, booths will be set up for make-up and for photographs with props. There will be a draw for a $25 museum gift card. Skull painting, yard sign pumpkins, air dry clay fall leaves, pumpkins, skulls, owls, fall wreaths

Children can color pages based on the work of John Bell Jr.

The museum has the John Bell Jr. Legacy Collection, a permanent feature preserving the history of Fort Smith. Bell’s paintings depict many of the buildings, landscapes, and settings of the frontier and early city.

Children can colour, have their face painted and discover art on Saturday morning

The museum hosted a series of events featuring the work of Fort Smith artist John Bell Jr.

Bell painted historical scenes, many of which are valuable to scholars and historians, such as Bell’s paintings of U.S. Marshals, “Marshals Series”.

Fort Smith Historic Site Ranger Cody Faber said Bell’s paintings were important because frontier-era photographs are rare.

Fort Smith National Historic Site hosts the 3rd Annual Fort Smith Fall Festival featuring the Fort Smith Trolley Museum, Fort Smith History Museum, Fort Smith Farmer’s Market, Fort Smith Regional Art Museum , Miss Laura’s Visitor Centre, Clayton House and Judgment Town. Events are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about the Fort Smith Fall Festival, contact Cody Faber at [email protected] or call 479-226-3727.

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