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Arkansas — World Class Arts Destination

It will be if Alice Walton — daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton — has her way.  Visitors to Bentonville, Arkansas (pop. 35,000) will soon be treated to 600 important works by American artists, to be housed at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, designed by much-feted architect Moshe Safdie.  Square footage is 201,000, and the building’s setting is a woodland park with trails that lead to town.  The collection is said to be growing as you read this, with an emphasis on 19th- & 20th-century work.  Opening day is November 11th of this year, so keep your eye on Bentonville in the fall . . . .