If you were to visit the Basin Park Hotel, and travel to the first floor, taking a left from the staircase, you would see the entrance to the lovely and unique Ozark Room. Outside the door, on the wall to the left of the entrance, you could read a plaque that perfectly prepares you for the artwork within. It reads:
Ozark Room Artwork
The Ozarks Mountain Country
Art Inspired by Nature
The Ozarks Mountain Country is much more than a geologic highland located in Middle America…it is a work of art waiting to be captured –on canvas, through a lens, or in a poem, play or song- by those who come upon this jewel along the Arkansas Art Trail.
Some say the work Ozarks is derived fro the linguistic corruption of the French abbreviation “aux Arks”, Arks being short for Arkansas. Others say the name is the French term “aux arc” which refers to the top most arc or bend in the Arkansas River. While others say it means “of the arches” referring to the dozens of natural bridges formed by erosion and collapsed caves in the Ozarks region. Regardless of the origin of its name, to an artist, Ozarks means pristine beauty, the kind the first settlers might have seen hundreds of years ago.
The art here in the Ozark Room of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel was created by Larry Mansker, a resident of Eureka Springs. It was an “Ozark Spring” that served as the inspiration for these paintings. The larges of these creations depicts a spring morning at Eureka Springs’ Lake Leatherwood.
Larry Mansker very well captured the essence of the Ozarks in these paintings.
Now the Ozarks are part of every event held in this room: wedding receptions, music festivals, and meetings, among others. We embrace the nature and beauty presented in these works of art, and we hope you will enjoy them just as much as we do.