Terra Studios, home of the Bluebird of Happiness, is a wonderland of art. At Terra Studios you will find unbridled creativity – from fun fantasy to world-class art. Explore the enchanted art park, with sculpture gardens, fountains, murals, woodland trails, giant interactive games, and a seven channel stone labyrinth.
Marvel at the unique, artist-created gallery building where you will discover the outstanding works of over 100 regional artists. Watch in awe as glass artists create the world-famous Bluebird of Happiness. Treat yourself to a delicious snack in the fanciful café. Find treasures or create your own in one of the many, fun art classes or workshops offered each weekend.
Experience art as never before. Enjoy the quiet beauty, reflect by the pond or walk the labyrinth. Bring a date and stroll the paths hand-in-hand. Experience a magical adventure with the entire family. Find hand-made, one-of-a-kind gifts for any occasion. Come relax, play and explore. Terra Studios is fun for everyone!
When exploring Northwest Arkansas, don’t miss this “must-see-must-do” attraction. Create warm memories to last a lifetime!
Terra Studios is open every day from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m, with live, heritage art glass demonstrations from noon – 4 p.m. (We are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.) Admission is free.
Vision & Mission:
Jamie Ulick (with his entrepreneurial, artistic background) and Val Gonzalez (with her nonprofit background,) along with a dedicated staff, cooperatively manage Terra Studios, and enthusiastically embrace Terra Studios new mission of “using art to create a better world.” To reinforce this new vision, Terra Studios has been redesigned, employs Compassionate Communication and The Dream Manager management system, partners with local schools and non-profits, has added interactive art installations, has transformed the gallery to be about regional arts and continues the tradition of creating inspiring and fun art! The entire staff is committed to making everyone’s experience at Terra Studios wonderful and to keeping the magic alive while developing a vision of a premier gallery and a thriving art community. Many, many artists contribute to this endeavor, making Terra Studios a wonderful place for everyone to enjoy.
As we move into the future, Terra Studios is dedicated to forming collaborative relationships in the community, expanding education at Terra, continuing to create more inspiring installations and keeping the admission free. We are committed to Terra Studios being an important part of the social capital of Northwest Arkansas.
Who we are:
Seven days a week, from noon until 4:00 p.m., you can watch glass artists Duane Dunn and Gary Carter create the hand-crafted Bluebird of Happiness, Pink Bird of Hope and other glass creations. Each of the original bluebird and pink bird collectibles is dated and signed. No molds are used in the creation of the Bluebird of Happiness or Pink Bird of Hope. The brilliant glass is made using 80% recycled materials.
The gallery at Terra Studios is a wonderful showcase of the creative works of over 100 regional artists and operates on a consignment basis allowing artists an opportunity to test market, explore new creative avenues and a year-round outlet for their work. The gallery building itself is a hand-crafted work of art. Twenty artists collaborated to create this truly unique building where everything, from the carved entry door, and the tiles on the floors to the light fixtures, is handmade.
This building also houses the café which offers light savories, quiches, lasagna, sandwiches and delicious desserts all made by local chefs and serves fresh, locally-roasted Arsaga’s coffee in a fantasy environment featuring five one-of-a-kind booths which are in themselves a treat. As an added bonus, there’s live, local, original music in the café every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The Center for Creativity at Terra Studios is being developed to inspire an “I can” attitude and to promote out-of-the-box thinking, problem solving, and an “I am creative” mindset. The Center for Creativity at Terra Studios offers art classes and mini-workshops, Leadership and Team-Building classes and day long retreats, community outreach (like First Thursday Fayetteville,) and free events like 3rd Sunday=Fun Day at Terra Studios to inspire and explore the human creative potential. The mission of the art park is to maintain and improve the remarkable sculpture and mural gardens, to add new art installations showcasing the amazing artistic talent present in Northwest Arkansas, to create fun, interactive art works designed to inspire and educate, to encourage diversity, and to provide accessibility for everyone. Our goal for 2013-2014 is to upgrade existing paths and create new paths that are accessible to all.
In 1975, in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, 13 miles east of Fayetteville, Leo and Rita Ward and their son, John, established Terra Studios as a family glass and pottery studio. Leo is a master glass craftsman, Rita is a recognized potter and sculptor, and John is accomplished in a variety of media including cartooning, pottery, sculpture, painting, and photography. The original Bluebirds of Happiness were created in 1983, and soared from a fledgling mail order business into a successful national and international gift-ware business. To date, over 8 million Bluebirds of Happiness have been produced at Terra Studios. This success enabled the Ward family to follow their artistic passions. They personally produced many wonderful art installations and enlisted over 100 different artists to create the whimsical wonderland that is Terra Studios. In 2007, Leo and Rita retired, and James Ulick, artist, musician, and entrepreneur, bought Terra Studios. The Ward family continues to create wonderful art in their private studios.