Rogers Art on the Bricks features Steampunk, Cosplay

ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – According to a press release, the theme for Downtown Rogers Art at the Bricks Art Walk is “Fashion, Steampunk, and Cosplay.”

Anime and cosplay performances have been popular in 2021, so organizers are showcasing artists and fashion designers during the event, which includes interactive, visual and performance arts. Gallery and pop-up exhibits are planned throughout downtown Rogers from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in addition to live music performances that continue into the evening.

Photo opportunities will be available with Cricket the Dinosaur, a 7ft tall, 10ft long Muppet-like character. Miss Cricket visits Brick Lane Books from the Mesozoic era – via White Hall – south of Little Rock, Arkansas.

It was created to the specifications of owner David Bowerman by some of the artists who created a number of props for the Jurassic Park film. Miss Cricket will be at Brick Lane at 113 p.2nd Street and a hands-on architectural dig provided by Scott Family Amazeum will be held across the street near the Arkansas Public Theater.

The public is invited to participate in the free family fun on Thursday, April 14 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to showcase themselves as their favorite cosplay characters, the art of students from Rogers Public Schools, and fashion creations and – to see performances by students from the Arkansas Arts Academy. Art is also available for purchase and music and dance performances are scheduled.


  • Brick Lane – Books, Gifts and More welcomes the world-changing special guest at 113 S 2nd Street. Miss Cricket, a friendly dinosaur “muppet”, will enhance the cosplay experience and pose for selfies.
  • Scott Family Amazeum is hosting a hands-on learning experience with a mini archaeological dig. Art Walk guests are invited to bring the kids and let them get their hands a little dirty as they use shovels, funnels, and strainers to uncover artifacts in sand-filled art trays.
  • Continuing the prehistoric theme, Altered Alley, a blockchain-based geolocated augmented reality art, will host a pop-up gallery in Railyard Park. A wide variety of art will be on display including: non-fungible tokens (NFTs), 3D models, live performances, gaming and retail. Altered Alley took a pony-sized dinosaur to visit friends at the Arkansas Public Theater last week, but just this weekend a much larger animal was spotted at Railyard Park and captured on Tik Tok.
  • The Ozark Ballet Theater performs at 6:00 p.m. in Railyard Park and at 6:30 p.m. at Turntable Plaza in Railyard Park. Twelve professional guest artists from the region and advanced students from the ballet school will perform short excerpts from their forthcoming professional production of Stravinsky’s The Firebird.
  • Brick & Mortar hosts a performance by Arkansas Arts Academy dance students led by dance teacher Amy Kessler-Weber. The performance explores the many possible forms and meanings of clouds. As a contribution to her choreography, students from Anne Wenzel’s Department of Elsewhere wrote aphoristic poems in the style of Mark Strand’s 89 Clouds, which were layered and composed into a ‘cloudcast’. Kendall Hunnicutt adds a solo singing piece to this collaboration and Andi Renick adds an original poem involving students from 7th to 11th graders.
  • The Rogers Experimental House at 121 W. Walnut Street is home to students from the Arkansas Arts Academy under the direction of Emily Konomi. The exhibition of teaching projects includes clothing and doll constructions, as well as miniature forms of doll-sized mannequins. Ozark Talent Bank interns showcase their best Vogue poses with mannequin modeling and a live fashion shoot at Rogers Experimental House, (RXH) 121 W. Walnut. Also on show at RXH is the 8th grade student portfolio show by art students from Greer Lingle Middle School, directed by Joel Martin.
  • Cosplay pro Wyatt Beck will don one of his costumes and be available for photos or answering questions about his passion for this performance art form. The colorful Bentonville resident has embodied the Joker since 2013 and has created his own interpretation of the Batman nemesis through various incarnations. Hopefully Batman will respond to the bat signal to protect everyone from his devious plans.
  • Into+View Gallery and Studios has transformed their gallery at 300 N. 2nd Street into a California beach-like setting with the incredibly colorful art of Kansas City artist Jill Stewart. Join them for an artist reception.
  • Mavis Wine Co. features live music from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at their wine shop and tasting room at 718 N. 2nd Street.
  • The ANA Gallery at 121 W. Walnut Street celebrates its one year anniversary with an art exhibition, artist reception, drawings for artwork and live music.
  • The Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services will host a COVID-19 vaccine booth offering Pfizer’s vaccine to people 12 and older and Pfizer’s second booster shot to people 50 and older.

Additional participating galleries and pop-up locations are participating throughout Downtown Rogers and can be found at


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