Diamond "Bear"

Located at Diamond Bear Brewing Co. 600 N. Broadway Street, Artist Nancy Jordan’s mural was inspired by the rich history of diamonds and bears here in the Natural State.

The name "Diamond Bear" comes from the first two nicknames for Arkansas. Initially, Arkansas was called "the Bear State." But in 1905 when diamonds were discovered in Arkansas, it was changed to "the Diamond State." Diamond Bear Brewing Company was founded in 2000 by Russ and Sue Melton with the mission of providing Arkansas and the region with a beer of their own. Diamond Bear was Little Rock’s first production brewery in 15 years

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Meet the Artist

Nancy Griffey Jordan

Little Rock native Nancy Griffey Jordan attended the Memphis Academy of Arts where she pursued a degree in fiber arts, graduating in 1984. She stayed in Memphis and worked as a stained glass designer, helping to design and refurbish some of the nation's most beautiful stained glass windows. Nancy eventually moved back to Little Rock to join her mother in running the family's retail business. In 2018, she made a big career move to become a full-time artist. Her murals can be seen at Diamond Bear Brewing Company, The Gym WLR, Cantrell Gardens, as well as several private commissions around the city. She also created Diamond Bear's newest can designs.