There’s nothing Colton and I love more than a road trip. We decided to pack our bags for a day road trip to Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. Crystal Bridges is funded by the Walton family, the owners of the Walmart Corporation, as well as other major donors. For those of you who aren’t aware, Sam Walton founded Walmart in Bentonville, Arkansas in the early 1960’s before turning it into an international, multi-billion dollar corporation. A few years ago, the Walton family wanted to give back to Arkansas by building this glorious museum that houses pieces of art, both paintings and sculptures, that span five centuries. Whatever your opinion of Walmart is, you have to see this museum. Admission is free year round and you’re guaranteed to find more than a few thought-provoking and interesting pieces to linger over.
Take a look at our adventure through the museum, the outfit I wore, and where we shopped after!
They say a sign of good art is when it evokes emotion. This painting, The Indian and the Lily, is that kind of art. I saw this painting on my first trip to Crystal Bridges a few months after the museum’s opening. The portrait depicts a Native American Indian kneeling beside a river, a dead swan draped across his back. A small amount of the creature’s blood is smeared on his shoulder. The man is grasping a delicate vine to keep his balance as he stretches out to reach a water lily floating next to the bank. From the first moment I saw it, it moved me. The artist paints the man shortly after he has killed a swan, a creature of grace, beauty, and elegance. But then he stops to pluck a beautiful flower from the water, depending on a delicate vine to hold the weight of his strong, sinewy body. The man kills a trophy of grace and beauty, yet he yearns to possess something as beautiful and delicate as a flower. I believe I fell in love with the artist’s balance between strength and fragility. It moves me to tears.
After the museum, of course we had to go shopping! On our way back to East End, we made our way through Rogers and Fayetteville to stop in some of my favorite stores.
Our first stop was Steak & Shake since Colton’s stomach was growling.
Our first stop in Fayetteville was the Lauren James corporate store. I have been a fan of Lauren James for years so visiting the only corporate store in the country was incredible! Shop my haul below.
Next stop: RiffRaff Boutique. You may have heard of “Shop RiffRaff” in a few of your favorite Youtuber guru hauls, but what you may not have known is that it was founded in Arkansas! I picked up a few cute items and placed an order right after I left the store! Shop my haul below.
And finally, our last stop was Alchemy Macarons. Ever since the bakery I used to buy my macarons from closed down, I’ve been wallowing in the sadness that I’ll never have freshly baked macarons again. Then I found Alchemy Macarons in Fayetteville. Four hours away from my house. Nevertheless, Colton and I stopped by to see sample a few of their famously delicious Parisian treats. They were divine!