Members - Arkansas Craft Guild & Gallery

Aaron Gschwandegger

Aaron Gschwandegger was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, but has spent much of his life moving around the nation before returning back to his birth state in the fall of 2009. He was born to a father who was an immigrant from Austria and a mother who had been raised on a farm in eastern Arkansas.
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Adriana Morrisette

Adrianna Morrisette’s career as a potter began by chance after taking a few pottery classes at a local community college in Texas. Her initial success in juried shows propelled her to continue to work in clay. In 1994, pottery became her full-time profession when she opened Morrisette Pottery in Leslie, Arkansas.
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Ann Snyder

“I paint because I have to. There’s something about creating that brings out the best in me.”

From oil, acrylic and watercolor painting to collages, Ann Snyder uses her passion for color to give energy to landscapes, still life and floral works. Creating something I’ve never seen before gives me a sense of fulfillment…it’s experiencing a God-given expression. The challenge lies in seeing the world with fresh new eyes.
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Beau Anderson

Beau Anderson, born in Bellingham, Washington in 1980 was introduced to the torch at a very young age by his mother, bead maker Sage Holland. He has traveled extensively, including a pilgrimage to Pillchuck Glass School, Corning Museum School and Mussee de Perle in France, furthering his knowledge of the art of bead making. Over the years, he has incorporated his own new and unique techniques into his art. He is a member of the Glass Art Society and International Society of Glass Bead makers.
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Beverly Coltrane

I like the traditional quilts, but also like to work with different patterns and colors. I like it all!

Beverly Wilhite

I was born in Memphis, Tennessee were my love for art led me to take many private lessons and workshops. I also studied with artists in Paris, France. I worked for 24 years as a visual artist and interior decorator, which influences my love of vibrant colors, and stylized design and painting. I’m currently working in acrylics, but use any medium to make my work more interesting. I particularly love to paint large colorful flowers and stylish ladies from the 20s and 30s.

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Brian Watson

I sculpt, twist and manipulate sterling wire and add semi-precious stones, crystals, glass from the Czech Republic and sterling and gold fill beads to create each earring which are not the same for each pair. Each pair of earrings is unique just like us. People come in many shapes, colors and sizes. My jewelry designs have that same concept. We are all equal but we are not identical.
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Christy Marchand – Whimzee Glass

Stained glass artist Christy Marchand can’t remember a time when she wasn’t compelled to create.  After enjoying a variety of mediums over the years, she found her passion in stained glass.  She is most inspired by whimsy and humor and likes to create playful art and gift items for the home and garden for every
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Dan Butkowski

Beginning in high school, Dan Butkowski was drawn to clay, and he still follows that attraction. “As I open each piece of clay it is as if it is taking its first breath. Each pot that I throw takes on a bit of my personality.”
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Daniel Adams

The impetus for Daniel Adams’ prints is finding relationships between images or ideas. Most of his work does not contain human figures, but they are never very far away. “I am interested in how we as people shape our environment and what that says about us as individuals and, on a larger scale, as human beings.”
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David & Becki Dahlstedt

David studied with Joe Coulter at Henderson State in Arkadelphia, while Becki received instruction at the Berkeley Potters’ Guild in California. Their paths converged in 1984 at the Ozark Folk Center where David had been the potter for 6 years producing a complete line of decorative functional stoneware under the name American Beauty Pottery.  They continued to demonstrate pottery at the Folk Center while building a studio adjacent to their home near the Court Square in Mountain View, with assistance from an Individual Artist Fellowship David received from the Arkansas Arts Council.
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Delisa Eads-Wagar

It’s all child’s play! I believe I was born with a crayon in my hand! My heart has always been in sculpture, my eye towards art quilting.
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Diana Taylor – Ficklesticks

I have always enjoyed making things and have been involved with fabric all of my life – some would say in an unnaturally close relationship! I now have the perfect vehicle to support my fabric addiction in Ficklesticks.

Dorothy Anderson

Dorothy Anderson, whose business is Dot’s World of Valley Springs, is a new member with embroidered artwork and Christmas greeting cards featuring needlework designs are currently available at the Arkansas Craft Gallery, member cooperative just off the Square, Mountain View. After traveling for 30 years with her husband Bobby, who was in the Army, they retired to the
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Ed Alexander

Each day the splendor of his natural surroundings draws Ed Alexander’s attention as he works to capture its beauty on film. From his studio atop Wildcat Mountain, Ed’s photos tell a story of the rugged and sometimes delicate beauty of Arkansas. Images of dramatic vistas and intimate wildlife scenes contrast with photos recording the subtle changes of light and shadow on delicate leaves and flowers that appear in his work.
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Ed Pennebaker – Red Fern Glass

The garden and woods surrounding his home and the Red Fern Glass studio provide Ed Pennebaker with inspiration for his work where he uses traditional offhand glass blowing techniques to manipulate the fluid qualities and interaction with light that glass provides. “I see no need to replicate nature, but I prefer to interpret and reimagine it.”

Elizabeth Scesniak

Farmers, Santas, cooks, clowns, and golfers are just a few of the happy gourd people Elizabeth Scesniak makes with brightly painted faces and clothing, and accessories to match. She has been decorating gourds since moving to Arkansas in 1970s, and has turned her love of gourd art into a craft others can learn through a series of published books.
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Gene Sparling

I make wood bowls, sculpture, furniture and other things which highlight the natural beauty of wood. Each piece is individually crafted, by me, in my shop in the Ouachita Mountains, just south of Hot Springs, Arkansas. My bowls are made to be used, have food safe finish and should provide years or generations of use and enjoyment.
I live in a beautiful natural setting; you are invited to visit my gallery and bring a picnic or take a hike in my woods.
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Harry Branton

Harry “Bub” Branton and his wife Darla moved to Mountain View in 2019 after retiring from 42 years of family Farming in the Mississippi Delta. Having studied Fine art at LSU as a Painting Major

Hironi Matsuyama

Professionally educated, earning an Accounting degree &  Industrial Engineering degree, working as an Industrial Engineer.  I always kept my art close at hand.  At the age of 15, I started selling, paintings and wood carvings.  Six years ago I found gourds.  I still sell paintings and wood carvings, however gourds are my joy! Gourds combine all my creative  abilities.
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Jeanette Larson

Jeanette Larson’s path to Mountain View, Arkansas and her job as the craft director at the Ozark Folk Center has been as winding, steep and bumpy as the local roads, but her path has a fiber artist has run straight through her life. Jeanette learned to crochet from her grandmother when she was eight-years-old and has rarely put down her crochet hooks since then. She crocheted while on the bench during high school basket ball games and in lecture halls in college. “Crocheting helps me relax and keep still while letting my mind work on things,” she said. Her mom is a talented seamstress who made many clothes for Jeanette and her two brothers. “I learned all the basics of fabric manipulation, fiber behavior and pattern piecing from watching my mother,” said Jeanette.
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Jeff & Judy Goodwin

We have always found enjoyment working in clay and most specifically colored porcelains. Starting in 1997 we began to learn and experiment with the Japanese process known as Nerikomi. The process begins in our studio with the mixing of the porcelain using our own recipe. Stain is then added to the porcelain to make several varieties of colored clay. Designs are created by layering the colored porcelain in various ways while actually building the patterns into large blocks or loaves. Each piece of jewelry is sliced from the log and carefully shaped, sanded and wiped clean with a damp cloth. It is then bisque fired, followed by a glaze firing to cone 6. A third and final firing of 24 karat gold luster is applied to the edge of each piece. All the rich depth of colors found in our designs are from the colored porcelains. No paints, colored glazes or underglazes have been added.
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Jerry & Judy Lovenstein

Seeking change, the Lovensteins left their Forest Service jobs in Washington State to live a simpler life. “We were drawn to Stone County, Arkansas because it is a community with strong ties to the past, when life was slower,” says Jerry. In 1976, they and their two-year-old son, Adrian, settled on a secluded 59 acres along Grassy Creek. “We came with a Mother Earth News education in homesteading and a determination to make it here. Jobs were scarce. Seasonal waitress work at the Ozark Folk Center turned into the key to our future” recalls Judy.
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Jerry Faulkner

Jerry Faulkner has a way with clay. From her idyllic studio setting at the site of the historic Rhea’s Mill in Northwest Arkansas, she produces a broad spectrum of functional bowls, platters, and mugs; outdoor accessories, and jewelry. Her clay work focuses on both form and function. Functional work primarily is wheel-thrown stoneware, while the decorative pieces are often hand built and more organic in design, and often raku or pit fired. In addition to her own work, she devotes time to teaching pottery.

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Jim Tindall

A passion for painting and a love for the Arkansas landscape Jim is comfortable painting in most any media in a wide range of subject matter. Living by his faith in Jesus Christ, Jim finds peace and joy in the living of this life. He credits his Creator with all that is wonderful and beautiful in the universe and gives Him the glory in all things. Beauty is truly subjective to each person. Jim is struck by the abundance of the natural beauty one can find once they are willing to open their minds eye and look. He feels there is no greater part of the world to find it than right here in the “natural” state. “I love this state, its people and its wealth of visual pleasures.
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Jim Young

Jim is an award-winning potter and a member of the Arkansas Craft Guild. His work is influenced by travels in Europe, Latin America and Asia as well as his beloved Ozark mountains. His personal pleasure is sharing the beauty of the Ozarks through pottery whose flowing shapes and earth tones are enhanced by subtle combinations
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Jo and Marvin Smith

We live, work, garden and walk our two dogs on 40 beautiful acres in the Arkansas Ozarks, a wonderful place for inspiration. We began exhibiting at juried art shows in 1987, and have been members of the Arkansas Craft Guild since 1988.
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John Kelly

I have been progressively learning my craft for more than 50 years, but have spent the last twenty years acquiring good tools and learning various techniques on my own and through practice. My first experience with shop tools was from my teenage years in local youth programs. In that class, I learned the basics of
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John Perry & Judi Munn

We produce our pottery at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas. During the visitor season, we demonstrate the art of making wheel-thrown pottery to the public. We form pots out of raw clay. The following day, we trim and decorate them. To decorate the pot we press a fern or hand-made stencil into the surface of the clay. Colored clay, or slip, is then painted over the stencil. Once the colored clay stiffens, the fern or stencil is removed.
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Karen Gehl

The Ozark Hills of Fairfield Bay are home to Karen where she designs and fabricates with light and color decorative glass art. Traditional design and free form with use of accent materials often enhance designs providing interest.
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Kate Baer

Kate Baer is an artist celebrating the elegant geometry of nature through hand crafted adornment. Among her designs you will find impressions of fossils, which are used as a reminder of our physical impermanence and to live a life of meaning and spirit.
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Leigh Abernathy

I love the feel of the metal as I work with it, transforming it into art you can wear and use. I start with an idea, then take sterling silver or solid copper wire and sheet and hand cut, form, shape, forge, fuse and polish or patina each piece as its design directs. My inspiration comes from the world around me—walks in the woods, sitting by the water and even my sons’ bubbles have driven my designs.  They all fuel my creativity, helping me to translate those ideas to metal.  My designs are unique.
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Lewis Lloyd

Ever since I was a kid I have always loved knives and after buying a few hand-made knives I decided “Hey, I can do this”. I have been a tradesman all my life so the transition was not hard. Now, I try to make the best hand-made knives of the best steels, woods, leather and other raw material available.
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Linda W. Moore – Lil’Mo Studio

After retirement in 2016, I wanted to expand my craft skills beyond quilting and learn the art of wood turning on the lathe. I started turning and haven’t stopped.  I focus on turning functional works that are for everyday use and enjoyment. Primarily I turn bowls and platters, but also turn wine stoppers, seam rippers,
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Lisa & Jim Krause

If faces can tell a story then the characters in Lisa Krause’s collection of gourd people have plenty to tell. Their detailed expressions are sure to amuse and delight. These brightly decorated ‘individuals’ are crafted from simple gourds, then painted and embellished to create unique personalities. Each piece is like no other and can be displayed effectively alone or as part of a grouping.
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Liz Lloyd

I was raised in the country and have always had a love of nature. Most of my life I have been too busy with work and raising a family to pursue this love. Now, I have the freedom to do as I please. I go to my shop and form God’s handy work into the form of my choosing. I have not found an ugly piece of wood yet!
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Loretta Babak

A passion for painting, combined with love of nature, paves the way for Loretta’s creations. Many of her paintings of wildlife, are on wood that has nature’s flaws (knots, etc.) incorporated into scenery, that is not only lovely, but fanciful.
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Maggie Lusk

”Each photograph we take has a story. A photograph can tell what can’t be put into words.”

Maggie Lusk has spent countless days and many miles traveling Arkansas recording the state’s natural beauty and wildlife, and discovering its history. She produces images as photographs, note cards, and bookmarks.
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Maria Smith

All my life I have been fascinated by colors, the brighter the better.  First with fabric, then with tile mosaics and now with glass.  I have endeavored to use colors found in the tropics, bright and eye catching.  The color schemes are endless as are the designs.  There is nothing more satisfying than stringing a
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Mary Laurie

Traveling with clippers at the ready, Mary Laurie gathers and collects the natural materials she uses for basketry and non-functional gourd vessels. While most of the materials are native grasses, vines, and woods from Arkansas, she explores the use of unusual weaving resources collected wherever she travels as well as found objects and metals. She prefers contemporary to traditional influences.
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Nancy Blades

Nancy’s images are photographs, not paintings.

Nancy Muffett Pirani – Ponderosa Bliss

After retiring in 2017 from being in the corporate world for 36 years, my family and I moved to beautiful Heber Springs, AR, and I decided to start my own home-based natural soy wax candle company – Ponderosa Bliss LLC. Owning and operating my own business is the most satisfying and fulfilling job that I’ve
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Nathan Doster

I started woodworking sitting on my rear. As a kid my Dad would often say “I need your help.” “Sit on this board while I cut it.” I learned so much from my father, just by being around him while he accomplished whatever needed to be done, using his hands and mind. I think of him all the time as I work. Little things “pop” out at me showing he is still a part of me and all of my woodworking.
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Neilann Verdell

Neilann Verdell has a BA in Art from Ouachita Baptist University and an MA in Art Education from UALR. She has taught art the last 32 years at Sylvan Hills Junior High and High Schools. Neilann created all the line drawings for Moody Brown, a company created with her husband Randy Verdell and her best
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Nikki Bond

“I’m enthralled with herbs; intrigued by their many uses. They are a passion.”

Nikki Bond transformed her early interest in herbs and gardening into a line of products that combine the best attributes of the plants she cultivates with traditional, high quality craftsmanship to create artisan soaps and specialty herb products. Soaps are all natural (no animal products or animal testing) and cured for before packaging to lower the PH level and harden the bars for longer use. Her soaps are gentle to the skin and ideal for sensitive and dry skin types. They lather luxuriously and rinse easily.
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Patricia Bergman

Being a one person operation, my fabricated work is created by simply taking a piece of metal in hand. The metal is manipulated into a form which represents several steps, including, cutting, bending, soldering, hammering and buffing. Three lines of my work are verdigris, which is an oxidized copper or brass; tri-metal of brass, copper and sterling; and all sterling, which sometimes includes stone settings.
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Patricia Munson

Clay artist Patricia Munson moved to her home in the small community of Chimes in Southern Searcy County in 1973. She lives there with her husband Greg in the home where they raised their two children. They grow most of the vegetables they eat and enjoy the quiet life, living about 30 miles from the nearest stop light.

She studied pottery and art at the University of Central Arkansas in the 1980’s.
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Paul Caldwell

Paul has been a photographer since he was a teenager.  His intensity for his work is evident in his finely crafted images. His work ranges from abstract compositions of natural subjects to outdoor scenic panoramas.  
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Paul Gillam

From Blue Mountain Woodworks at Timbo, Paul Gillam works with his father to make custom furniture, cabinets, cutting boards, serving pieces, other products using native hardwoods, including walnut, cherry, red and white oak, hickory, ash, maple, and aromatic cedar. Each piece is handcrafted and finished to perfection to bring out the warmth of the wood. The natural color variations of different species are used to create interesting patterns and tasteful lines.
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Paul Pitt

Although Coyote Clay is formally educated and teaches sculpture and drawing at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas he has chosen a different path from the norm. He and Sharon, his wife of over forty years live in the woods in a cavehouse, make an organic garden and experience directly the Creator’s gentle touch.

The flute-making studio is also underground. When the weather is warm enough some of the work on the flutes can be done outside where the sounds of the forest provide an appropriate backdrop.
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Phil Milan

Phil Milan of Harrison, Arkansas is a multi-talented artist whose favorite mediums include woodworking, sculpture, pen and ink drawing and wheel-thrown  pottery. He particularly enjoys making raku pottery, a method of firing first developed in Japan. He recently retired as the art teacher for Harrison High School in Harrison, Arkansas. Although he was born in
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Ramona Buss

After several years of studying and experimenting with fiber manipulation Ramona Buss began weaving what she calls ‘sculptural basketry’ using wild fibers, vines, and branches which she gathers from the woods and roadsides. Her weaving process is free form, often dictated by the materials she uses. Bark, along with reeds and seagrass hand-dyed with vegetable and procion dyes, add accents of texture and color.
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RC & Jane Schroeder

RC Schroeder was born in Beloit, Wisconsin where is grew up in the country on a small farm.  He worked at his father’s Bakery in Beloit, Wisconsin until he graduated from High School. He took an apprenticeship at Fairbanks Morris Industries becoming a Machinist/Fabricator. All through his apprenticeship, he was working on his unique style of metalworking. From there he moved to Arkansas in 1972 with his family where he continued incorporating nature’s beauty and design into his work.  After a couple years they moved back to Illinois to be closer to their families.  Later he moved back to Stone County Arkansas around 1977 to begin his long-lived love of creating works of art in various metals. He is self-taught in the technique of chase and repousse’ and produces his own tools in the process.
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Ron Mynatt

From Callahan Mountain Studios in Northwest Arkansas, Ron Mynatt creates hand-blown decorative and functional glass pieces with the emphasis on form and pattern. His work varies widely including large and small vases, bowls, paper weights, ornaments, and perfume bottles, to name a few, as well as custom glass creations. Intricate use of color and attention to the interaction of transparency, reflectivity, and color sets his work apart.
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Rusty Wright

Rusty not only creates beautiful images with his wildlife photography, but also creates the beautiful handcrafted frames that each of the pictures are in.  Each frame is hand rubbed, using various oils, stains, and waxes. He strives for precision with joinery and the beauty of the natural grain of the wood – using walnut, cherry,
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Sharon Baker

The first time I picked up a crochet hook I was ten years old. When I started my first rag rug, I felt a renewed love for the art of crochet. Finding bargain material in a variety of colors is quite a challenge. I like visiting my local fabric store always heading to the $1/yard
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Skip and Racheal Mathews

Skip and Racheal Mathews have a passion for flame painting copper. They have learned to separate the natural colors one gets when heating copper into 15 distinct colors with intentional patterns and compositions. Skip is known as the “father of flame painting”, and together they make a wide variety of pins, jewelry, wall decor and vases.

Soyoon Ahn

Soyoon Ahn is an artist in residence and a pottery instructor at the River Valley Arts Center in Russellville, Arkansas. She graduated summa cum laude in 2019 from Arkansas Tech University with a B.F.A in fine arts. She has won many awards for her ceramics and Korean folk paintings. She was born and grew up
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Sue Lukens

Sue Lukens Creasy has used her interest in sustainable living and a love of herbs and medicinal plants to develop a line of fine handmade soaps, bath salts, and other products to pamper and soothe the body. Her simple soaps are made with no artificial ingredients or colorings, just extra olive oil and chamomile and calendula flowers that provide anti-inflammatory properties as well as a natural creamy color. Lilac, lavender, rose and patchouli are some of the favorite fragrances that are blended into soaps for different uses and bath salts that relax tired bodies. For those who prefer the absolute basics, she also makes a plain and mild white soap.
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Suzi Dennis – Pottery

The everyday images, designs, and colors in our environment intrigue me. God has given us the gift of all that surrounds us and He has given to me the gift of taking these ordinary everyday images and translating my perception onto clay images I have created. I celebrate God’s gift of Life through my art.
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Tammy Pope

Tammy Pope is a goat farmer in Central Arkansas, she has a herd of French Alpine goats and uses their milk to make her products.Her soap is made with 25% fresh milk and all natural ingredients. When her son showed up with two goats seven years ago, Tammy had no idea that it would lead her to where she is today. Besides soap, she is making lotion, and body butter from the milk.
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Teresa Schlabach & Michael Rowlands – Teresa’s Thread Studio

Teresa Schlabach is a fiber/textile artist that has been sewing since she was 10 years old. She first learned to sew garments through a local 4H program and then with the help of her parents, continued to sew clothing throughout her high school years. After receiving her degree in communications from Southern Nazarene University, Teresa
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Terri Parson

What starts out as a raw lump of polymer clay, in the hands of Terri Parson becomes wearable sculpture that looks deceptively like glass, stone, wood, metal, and bone. She mixes clay like paint, with color suspended in the clay – not painted on, and uses intricate textures and visual effects. She borrows techniques from the ancient metalsmithing art called Mukume Kane, which creates a wood grain metal look, and adds metal inclusions or uses metallic clays to create dramatic depth.
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Thomas Dunn

I was born in Ohio some 60 years ago. I moved to Arkansas almost 30 years ago. I live alone, so I can devote a lot of time to my wood turnings. I started turning wood over 20 years ago on a homemade spring pole lathe. Over the next several years my equipment improved and so did my turning skills. Whenever I thought I was at the top of my skill level I would try to push myself to a new higher level. About 10 years ago I started doing some simple segmented bowls. Every year or so I try something a little more challenging. I have come a long way, but I still have a long way to go.
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Tom & Sage Holland

Tom and Sage:

In Washington, D.C. in 1990 Sage met Tom and he told her about Arkansas. They joined studios in Stone County in 1993. Now they teach and lecture together on the mysteries of ancient glass through the art of glass beadmaking. Being surrounded by nature inspires them to look closely for the harmony in the designs in plants and animals and in the transformation of the seasons and the clean air and water that gives life force to all beings. 
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W. J. “Kip” Powers

Hardwoods from the Ozarks, particularly burls, crotches, stumps, and spalted wood marked by lines and colors of fungal attack, are some of the woods Kip Powers uses to create a diverse array of fine wood turnings. Mesquite and other non-local tree varieties often find their way to his lathe as well.
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