Today I am partnering with Marshalls for a fun project they launched earlier this year! The #projectfab bloggers all styling the same bag and featuring it in parts of their city. I thought long and hard on where I was going to shoot my #fabtravelingbag photos. As many of you know, I am from Northwest Arkansas. There are so many beautiful parts of my state and hometown that I wanted to share, but I wanted to focus on one part of NWA that is the reason so many amazing things are made possible. Including my job!
I immediately thought to feature Crystal Bridges Museum. Crystal Bridges opened November 11, 2011. The permanent collection spans across five centuries of American artists. From the iconic Rockwell’s , “Rosie the Riveter” to Warhol’s “Dolly Parton”, this Museum has a distinct collection that shows many important moments in the American artistic evolution. The Museum is always expanding their collection and just acquired the Jasper John’s “Flag” art piece. Needless too say, this Museum is impressive. This museum is sponsored by Wal-Mart, so admission is free, which is absolutely amazing! Which brings me to the part of my town I wanted to feature.
Wal-Mart! Wal-Mart was founded in 1962 in Bentonville, Arkansas by Sam Walton. Wal-Mart is the worlds largest company as well as the biggest private employer in the world. The original “Five and Dime” Wal-Mart store is still located in downtown Bentonville and now operates as a visiting center. The Walton family is among the richest families in the world and they are known for their generosity. In addition to Crystal Bridges, Wal-Mart sponsored the outdoor music venue that brings in acts ranging from Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney and Boston!
I honestly could go on and on about Wal-Mart as I work for a vendor for the Wal-Mart division. It is hard to grasp that this company started in my local downtown square and is now operating in 11,000+ stores in 28 countries. An amazing feet, and the company continues to grow.
I shot my pictures at our downtown square by the late Mr. Walton’s “Five and Dime” store. That is even his old truck parked in the front. 🙂
Be sure to follow along on instagram (#fabtravelingbag) to see where all the #projectfab bloggers are featuring the “Traveling Bag”