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The Art Odyssey 2015 Artists

The idea for The Art Odyssey was born October 9, 2010, during the dedication of the Donald W. Reynolds Library. The artists whose works were purchased to be a permanent part of the library were on hand to meet visitors and answer questions about their art.
Some local supporters of the arts stopped to watch a video made by local mosaic artists, R. Scott and Neilla Flanagin, which explained and showed how the mosaic river, Journey, was inspired, created, and installed. They asked why our area could not have a studio tour of local artists, echoing questions the Flanagins had been asking themselves for years. That question led to a meeting which included the Flanagins, Lori Kauffman (Interior Designer for DWRL), Gwen Khayat (Director of DWRL) and Eddie Majeste (Director of the MH Chamber of Commerce).
The idea was immediately met by artists and patrons alike with enthusiasm. A committee was formed, a name chosen and trademarked, and The Art Odyssey, with its mission to encourage public awareness of art and promote artistic expression in the Arkansas Ozarks, was formed. May 14th, 15th, and 16th of 2015 will be the 5th Annual Studio Tour of The Art Odyssey.

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1) Jack Arnold

Oils / Carved Sculpture

Wild Haw Studio & Gallery
3296 West Road
Mountain Home, AR 72653
870-430-5287(home)
Directions: From the traffic light on 62B at the NW corner of the Mountain Home square, turn onto AR178/West Road. Travel 3.2 miles west to the studio/home on your left. (Watch for the Native American sculpture near the road.)
Biography Jack Arnold’s reverence for nature was nurtured as he grew up on a Baxter County Farm. At about five years of age, Arnold began illustrating letters he wrote to his sister, a teacher. At 10 years old, he received a paint-by-numbers oil set; after painting one canvas by the numbers, he determined to fill the remaining canvases with his own creations.

Arnold holds several degrees in biology and minored in art and sociology.

"I paint mostly in oils," says Arnold, "until the image matches the way my mind thinks it should look; then it is finished." In his sculptures, Arnold focuses on wildlife and Native American subjects, working with bronze, clay and carved wood. Most of his current work is being done in oil paintings of landscapes, and he badly needs to reduce his inventory. Therefore, for this TAO exhibit, some prices are negotiable.

Arnold’s art may be purchased at 3296 West Road in Mountain Home. He may be contacted at (870) 430-5287 or jarnold@centurytel.net

2. Allison Backus

Colored Pencil / Watercolor / Graphite

870-431-3884(home)
870-405-0201(cell)
Biography Alli Wade is one of six siblings, born and raised in the Bull Shoals area, is an award-winning artist whose realistic images range in medium from colored pencil and graphite to watercolor. She focuses her subject matters mainly on portraits and wildlife. Both Renaissance and more contemporary artists inspire her work and influence her style. She says that Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Norman Rockwell are such artists, but “what inspires me to create the most is the fact that I can make something that somebody actually wants to have in their home to look at every day.”

Alli grew up being home-schooled with her siblings and attributes much of her success to her supportive parents. “We were home-schooled, and a great part of that training was that my parents made sure to encourage us and help us achieve our goals wherever they could, in order that we would develop the talent that God gave us.” Since discovering and developing her talents, Alli has earned several “Best in Show” awards at both county and state art competitions and has shown her work during the Harvest Fest at Silver Dollar City. She loves what she does. “I now draw every day, doing commissions and selling my art,” she says.

Interested in viewing Alli Wade’s work? She has set up a website where her art can be viewed at www.alliwade.com.

If anyone would like to purchase here work, e-mail her at abackus17@gmail.com.

2. Katie Backus

Lampwork Beads (Jewelry)

72 Willingham Rd.
Lakeview, AR 72642
870-431-3884 (home)
870-405-1171(cell)
Directions: From the intersection of AR62B and AR5N in Mountain Home, turn onto AR5N and travel 6.2 miles to Midway and turn left onto AR178W. Travel 4.8 miles and turn left just past Grover Township Fire Station onto Trimble Flats Lane. Continue for 1 mile, around a sharp right curve, and turn left onto Willingham Road to the third house on the left. There are 2 driveways to the house. Walk up the first driveway to the sidewalk along the back of the house. Katie’s studio is inside the garage on your right, before the entrance to the house. Allie’s studio is through the kitchen. (Someone will be there to guide you.) Park in the driveways or along Willingham Rd. There is a pond on the property. Please do not leave children unattended.
Biography Katie Backus is an up-and-coming artist who works primarily as a glass bead maker and a painter. Her lifelong home is in Bull Shoals, where she was home-schooled as a child. She attends college at Arkansas State University Mountain Home.

Katie finds inspiration from all types of flowers. “When I see the magnificent colors, I just have to capture the beauty on canvas,” she says. She also claims Tom and Sage Holland as inspirational role models after visiting their studio in Mountain View during Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour.

Katie started taking art classes from Cheryl Blasdel, ranging from pencil drawing and pastels to water colors and oil paints. When she began working with oil paints, she discovered she loved the medium and would continue working with it for a long time to come. Katie found her love for glass work the first time she visited Silver Dollar City and watched the glass artisans work their magic. At 13, she was given the opportunity to take a lamp-work class at Morning Star Studio. That following Christmas, Katie’s parents gave her a glass bead making set, and she has pursued beading ever since.

All of Backus’ art can be purchased at her art studio.

3. Tammy Davis

Acrylic

Eclectic Revival Studios
2004 Ivy Lane
870-404-8227 (cell)
Directions: From the west end intersection of AR62 (bypass) & AR 62B, travel east on 62B (toward MH) .2 mile and take your first left (across from entrance to ASU) onto Fuller St. Continue .5 mile and turn right onto Ivy Lane. Stay left to house on right. Enter studio through gate to left of garage.
Biography Local artist, Tammy Davis, has been artistic from a very young age. Her parents owned a canoe rental business on the Buffalo River, so she grew up loving nature and spending her days playing in the woods. Not only does she get inspiration right here in the Ozark Mountains, Tammy also loves traveling with her husband around the country and other parts of the world. She finds sources of inspiration, creativity and originality from different cities, architecture, landscapes and people.

Her favorite artistic medium is using acrylic on canvas. "Don't be afraid of color," she says. When it comes to painting, Tammy says she can see the vivid colors dancing around in her mind before she ever puts paint to a picture. She especially enjoys bright, cheerful colors and textures, such as those that one would find within traditional Mexican art. She has also found a niche in creating Arkansas Razorback pieces.

Tammy also spends her time repurposing older, used, and vintage furniture pieces. She owns a business called Eclectic Revival Studios, which solely focuses on refurbishing furniture and bringing those pieces back to life for useful purposes.

When she's not working, Tammy enjoys spending time with her husband, Shane, her children, Bailey and Landon, and her stepson Jake. 

If you'd like to purchase any of Tammy's pieces or are interested in speaking to her about her work, contact her at tammydavis71@hotmail.com or 870-404-8227. 

4. Neilla Flanagin

Mosaics / Art Glass

Biography Neilla Flanagin and her husband, R. Scott, are best known locally for their stunning mosaic river piece, “Journey,” which features prominently in the great hall of the Donald W. Reynolds Library in Mountain Home. “Color makes me happy and I reflect this feeling in my art,” says Flanagin. She frequently finds inspiration in observing people, and her creations sometimes take the form of human faces. However, it is color, not people, which dictates the majority of her artwork. “Ordinary objects become extraordinary by adding bold, bright colors,” she said.

Flanagin uses tesserae from materials as varied as broken pottery, ceramic tiles, and other found objects to create her beauties. Due to the bright and vibrant colors, stained glass is her favorite medium with which to create. She sometimes uses fusible glass, beads, driftwood, rocks, and wire in her works.

Flanagin is a native of this area and is a retired English and creative writing teacher. She and her husband of 51 years have “always been artistic,” Flanagin says, “but we have worked to improve what we know and have learned more since our retirement from education.” The pair love traveling, especially on their Harley.

4. R. Scott Flanagin

Mosaics / Wood / Folk Art

Black Turtle Creations Studio
(2-story gray building with no house number on Spring St.)
721 Cedar St. (main house)
Mountain Home, AR 72653
870-404-0216 (cell)
Directions: From AR62B in midtown Mountain Home, at the traffic light near Taco Bell, turn south (away from Taco Bell) onto Sanford Lane. Take the first right onto Redbud. Travel 5 blocks and turn right onto Spring Street. Continue to the 4th house on the left, a 2-story gray building with a mosaic black turtle above the garage door. (If you turn onto the next street, Cedar St., walk behind the house at 721 to the studio on Spring St.)
Biography Over and over again, R. Scott Flanagin returns to the inspiring realm of nature to foster the ideas for his next creation. “The fabric of true nature always calls to me as I begin to create,” Flanagin says. “I use the many shades of blue, green, and brown that lay the foundation for the natural world, often incorporating very bold colors for effect. I also use metal, wood, and combinations of the two to create functional art pieces. It is this combination that eventually manifests itself into a mosaic piece that focuses not on detail so much as the essence of the subject,” he says.

Flanagin, a retired educator, continues reinventing himself as a mosaic artist. With a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a Master of Science degree in entomology, Flanagin is well-positioned to recreate his natural visions with both realism and flair. To create such pieces of intricacy and beauty, he incorporates tesserae from many sources, including tile, glass, rocks, metal and other found objects.

Flanagin and his wife, Neilla, often work on commissioned pieces together and are very proud to have a 10’x6’ mosaic, “Perspective” above the fireplace in the Student Union at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. When not working on new pieces they enjoy traveling on their Harley.

5. Liz Gamelin

Clay (Pottery)

22 E. 7th
Mountain Home, AR 72653
870-424-5818 (work)
870-404-9579 (cell)
Directions: This studio/business is located inside Mountain Home Floral Company on the southeast corner of the Mountain Home Square, next door to Nature’s Way Health Foods.
Biography Liz Gamelin is an inspiration to any person wanting to pursue a future in art. At 50, Gamelin decided to become a potter, since she had wanted to be one since she was a little girl. “Starting at 50 showed me that you are never too old to learn something new and be good at it,” she says.

While learning the necessary skills to become a successful potter, Gamelin found a tutor and partner in Deborah Mitchell, a ceramic artist based in Yellville. “I studied under her careful tutelage for three years, and we continue learning together, as we are now partners on a collaborative project,” she says. In 2010, she attended the J.C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. There, she learned there is always something new to pick up in pottery making, as she shared and received knowledge with fellow potters.

Many of Gamelin’s pieces are inspired by nature, and many “reflect what you might see on a forest floor.” For example, she says that she loves to put leaves and vines at the edges of her bowls. The clay itself inspires Gamelin as much as anything else. She feels that each piece of clay has its own voice, and she is always excited to work it into something unique and beautiful. “My idea and the clay’s inclination merge into something even better that the original intent,” she says.

Gamelin’s pottery is on display at Mountain Home Floral Company.

6. Bonnie Heenan

Oils

164 Sycamore Dr.
Gassville, AR 72635
870-430-2056 (home)
Directions: From the traffic light on AR62B at the NW corner of the Mountain Home square, turn onto AR178/West Road. Travel 5.2 miles to the intersection of AR126. Turn right for 0.2 mile to the first left, BC9/Monkey Run Road. Travel 1.8 miles and turn right onto Sycamore Dr., a well- maintained dirt road. Turn into the second lane on your left, through the open green gate, and to the white house. Studio is inside the house.
Biography For Bonnie Heenan, form is the essence of beauty. This love of form is not only the inspiration for all of her work, it is the driving force behind her passion for creating portraits. “It is so fulfilling to accomplish portraits,” Heenan says. “It’s almost like giving birth when I put the sparkle into their eyes.” Whether in the posture of a tree or in the shape of her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s faces, Heenan loves to study and re-create forms of all shapes and sizes.

After graduating from Mountain Home High School and marrying husband John, Heenan moved off to Kansas City, MO, where she raised two daughters and earned an Associate’s Degree at Longview College in Lee’s Summit, MO. Later, she studied under some of the best instructors in the Midwest and seized an opportunity to study in France. “In 1981, I took courses in Paris, France,” she says. “I was able to return to Paris, with a grandson as my chaperone, in 1998.”

Now an art teacher herself, Heenan has worked in every medium but has recently returned to her original love, pencils. “I began with pencils, and then learned every medium, and loved them,” says Heenan. “But I have come full circle. Now when I begin a piece, I think carefully about which medium would work best for each piece.” Heenan thrives on portrait commissions and often works from photographs to complete her work.

7. Dana Johnson

Watercolor / Oils

Dana’s Studio of Art
660 AR202W
Yellville, AR 72687
(mail: 13MC6018)
870-656-2057(cell)
Directions: From the traffic light at the west end of AR62/412 in Mountain Home (bypass), travel 20.6 miles, through Yellville and past Miller Hardware and turn right onto AR202. Travel just 0.1 mile to the first building on your right, Dana’s Studio of Art & Gallery. It is a blue metal building with lots of parking.
Biography Dana Johnson, a native Texan, finds her source of inspiration in the Ozark Mountains and the experiences she has when meeting the interesting people that live in the area. “What better visual than the Ozark Mountains when I “plein air” she says.

Johnson uses multiple mediums and the subject matter dictates whether it will be oil, pastels, or watercolor. Johnson offers art classes for all ages and levels of abilities. “I want my students to see by working with the negative space and see color by understanding values” says Johnson.

Johnson describes herself as “self-taught” but has some formal training. She was also mentored by artist and teacher, Jo Rowell. Currently, Johnson is the President of The Palette Art League and the Area Art Club. She also serves as Vice-President of the White River Artists and is on the board of the Ozark Regional Arts Council.

Johnson’s artwork is featured in numerous galleries and private collections in the United States and European countries and included in “Art with a Heart Animal Book. Her artwork is available for purchase online at www.paletteartleague.org and www.danajohnsonsart.com or at her gallery.

8. Joe Jostes

Pottery

Biography Joseph Jostes has a love for traditional pottery and its place in everyday life remains a strong lure and influence. “My goal every day and with every piece is to see my work advance in skill and craftsmanship,” Jostes says. Pottery offers an unending chain of ideas and challenges. Jostes says he “has more ideas than time allows.”

Jostes produces redware, mocha ware and salt glazed stoneware. The main body of the work is thrown using slips to decorate. He uses hand-building to augment his work.

Jostes has been a potter for 35 years and considers “Tonnage” to be his main teacher. In 2014, he was invited, with his wife, to teach a slab pottery class at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He has been selected numerous years to be listed as one of the Top 200 American Artists in “Early American Life” magazine Annual Directory of American Craftsman.

His work can be seen and purchased at his gallery in Salesville.

8. Sue Skinner

Pottery

SJ Pottery LLC
10605 ARHwy 5 So.
Salesville, AR 72653
870-499-9900 (home)
Directions: From the East end of the AR5 South Exit off of AR62/412 (bypass) travel south 8.5 miles to Salesville and turn right immediately after the entrance to Dollar General to the studio and showroom. (A large white building with plenty of parking.)
Biography “My greatest love is the story-telling redware of German potters using sgraffito decoration” says Sue Skinner, a potter of 27 years. Skinner uses sgraffito to capture images of everyday life. Many are often inspired by family and friends. “It fills me with joy when someone looking at my pots laugh or smile at my images” reflects Skinner.

Skinner produces redware and salt glazed stoneware. The main body of the work is thrown using slips to decorate. She uses hand-building to augment her work.

Skinner considers “Tonnage” to be her main teacher. In 2014 she was invited, with her husband, to teach a slab pottery class at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She has been selected numerous years to be listed as one of the Top 200 American Artists in “Early American Life” magazine Annual Directory of American Craftsman.

Her work can be seen and purchased at her gallery in Salesville.

9. Jared Kauffman

Wood & Metal Furniture

JK Designs
150 BC 634
Mountain Home, AR 72653
870-405-6129 (cell)
870-424-2099 (studio)
Directions: From the traffic light at the west end of AR62/412 (bypass) in Mountain Home, travel 2.3 miles west on AR62 and turn left (south) onto AR126 (across from the Kabota Dealer, Twin Lakes Farm & Lawn). Travel 4.4 miles to the 4-way stop. Continue straight onto BC59 for 0.8 mile and take the first right onto BC634. Travel 0.1 mile to the driveway on the left. Plenty of parking & turn-around space is available at the studio/home at the end of the lane.
Biography Jared Kauffman finds continual inspiration in the varied landscapes of Arkansas. “I strive to integrate the beauty of the Arkansas landscape that surrounds us into my pieces,” he says.

Kauffman graduated from internationally renowned Savannah College of Art and Design in 2004, and he moved back to Arkansas in 2005 to establish his own design firm, JK Designs. “I specialize in incorporating curvilinear designs with a variety of materials to create functional pieces of art,” Kauffman says. He works to incorporate into his art the beauty that he sees all around him.

He and his wife, Julie, enjoy rural life in Buford with their daughter Olive and their two dogs, Tucker and Cooper.

10. Dick Keener

Acrylic on feather / Watercolor

57 Blackbird Circle
Flippin, AR 72634
303-870-3715 (cell)
Directions: From the traffic light at the west end of AR62/412 in Mountain Home (bypass), travel 11.2 miles and turn right onto AR178 toward Flippin Business District. Cross the railroad tracks and continue 4 miles, to the community of Fairview. Turn left onto MC8064. Travel 0.2 mile and turn left again into Strawberry Fields Subdivision. Take the first left onto Blackbird Circle to the only house on the cul-de-sac. Studio is located inside the house, through the garage. Plenty of parking.
Biography Dick Keener is a New Mexico native who grew up in various states across the western portion of the country.  He graduated from the University of Colorado with dual Bachelor’s degrees in engineering and business, which he used while helping design numerous newspaper printing facilities across the country.

Keener’s interest in painting on feathers came from work by Oklahoma artist Bill Jaxon.  Keener met his inspiration while attending a private art show hosted by Jaxon and received many helpful tips.  However, his love of the outdoors and wildlife, along with a strong interest in Native American history, plays a strong role in Keener’s style.

Keener expresses his artistic flair by painting beautiful images on feathers.  This is sometimes a challenge, as “each feather is unique.”  In addition to feathers, Keener also paints on flagstone, roofing slate and canvas.  He has done work with oils and ink drawings as well.  Keener has recently added watercolors to his portfolio.

In 2009, Keener officially retired and moved with his wife from his home in Colorado to Arkansas to be closer to family.  Currently, he lives in Fairview and has become increasingly active in his painting since retirement.

Anyone who is interested in purchasing any of Dick Keener’s work should contact him directly.

11. Laurie Kollins

Silver, Unique Stones & Gems (Jewelry)

680 Northpointe Dr.
Mountain Home, AR 72653
870-424-2746 (home)
Directions: From the traffic light at the intersection of AR62 & AR5, in Mountain Home, turn onto AR5N. Stay in the right hand lane and turn right onto AR201N at the next light. Travel 1.4 miles and turn left onto Russell Lane. Travel 0.9 mile to the Northpointe Subdivision sign. Continue to the second intersection (which is Northpointe & Northpointe). Turn right and proceed 0.5 mile to the studio/home on the right. Walk around the right side of the garage to the studio entrance.
Biography Silversmith and jewelry-maker Laurie Kollins began her journey into creating art with that oh-so-common Arkansan treasure, the rock, when she found that she was “growing” them in her backyard. All it took was a trip to Mount Ida, and she was hooked. Once she started collecting all of the pretty crystals, she started wire-wrapping.

Kollins claims to have always had an artistic flair, but her inspiration was not truly found until she moved to Arkansas in 2002 and witnessed the “beautiful sunsets, hills, rivers, and wildlife.” Of course, the beautiful and unique stones she finds lend much in the ways of inspiring her to create beautiful jewelry. She also draws inspiration from traveling the Ozarks and watching other silversmiths work and create at county fairs and craft shows.

“I love to search for that one-of-a-kind stone and let it talk to me,” says Kollins. Once found, she uses either copper or fine sterling-silver, along with gem facets, to fix the stone into place. She compares the process to telling the stone’s story. “I especially revel in a client who wants to wear one of my ‘children’ and have a part in its design. This makes my heart sing,” she says.

Kollins studied art throughout high school and continued at Arkansas State University under Phyllis Bailey. In 2011, she studied with goldsmith Joan Tenebaum and continues to be mentored by her. “It made me hungry to learn more,” she says, and with the encouragement of her “loved one,” she will continue to grow and pursue her passion for creating beautiful pieces of art out of seemingly insignificant stones.

12. Steve Landrum

Stained Glass hangings & sculpture

Stained Glass by Steve Landrum
219 Thunderbird Lane
Mountain Home, AR 72653
870-491-7617(home)
Directions: From 62/412 (bypass) in Mountain Home, take the Hwy. #5 South exit. Travel 0.6 mile and turn left onto CR#53/Old Tracy Road. Proceed 3.5 miles and stay left at the Y onto Tracy Ferry Road. Travel 0.6 mile and stay left at the Y onto BC#52/Rocky Ridge Road. Travel 0.7 mile and turn right onto Thunderbird Lane (a well-maintained gravel road). Proceed 0.3 mile to the house at the end of the road. (Driveway is paved.)
Biography When Steve Landrum designs a new stained glass window or sculpture, he is most often inspired by nature, although he also enjoys designing and producing other subjects such as dragons, fairies, and geometric designs.  In his studio in the woods, he is surrounded by animals, plants, and landscapes, which are prominently featured in his work.

Steve's 3- dimensional glass sculptures are among his most popular, and he enjoys the challenge of creating new creatures and "critters".  His works range in size from very small to large church windows.  He has created windows locally for the Methodist churches in Melbourne and Yellville, and the Arkana Baptist Church.

After over 38 years of making stained glass items, Steve still enjoys the creative process of taking an idea and making it come to life.

Landrum’s work is on display at the Riverview Emporium and Terrapin Trading in Norfork.

13. Wil Love

Pencil / Markers / Pen&Ink / Acrylic / Faux Stained Glass

artboldasLOVEstudios
903 Maple
Bull Shoals, AR 72619
870-405-7824 (cell)
Directions: From the intersection of AR62B and AR5N in Mountain Home, turn onto AR5N and travel 6.2 miles to Midway and turn left onto AR178W. Travel 9.3 miles to just past Harps in Bull Shoals and turn left onto C.S. Woods Road. Continue .1 mile and turn left onto Maple to the house on the right just across from the Presbyterian Church. Studio entrance is from carport.
Biography Pen/ink, markers, mixed media, oil, acrylic, wood, poster art, faux stained glass and the use of anything “cool” to make “cooler” is what you will find in the studio of Wil Love. Love grew up in the Pine Bluff/Stuttgart area and the mystique of the delta/Grand Prairie region drives much of his creative “push”. The number one aspect behind it all is music. “Much of my goal as an artist is to make someone hear, taste and feel what they see” says Love.

About 10-15 years ago, Love began creating concert posters for the band he was in and was eventually approached by other bands and promoters to do the same for them. His early work was done with simple pens and copy paper. Eventually, however, he would be introduced to faber-castell pens, prisma color pencils and markers and everything fell into place. Love feels this is when he truly began learning art.

Love has created poster and t-shirt art for bands, organizations and events including the 2014 Bull Shoals Haunted Hay Ride and the 2008 World Championship Duck Call contest.

Love’s states “Art is vision. It’s everything going on in the background; it’s what you feel before you see and it’s what you see only after looking at it twice. Art is what’s there when you close your eyes and all the senses dance in your head.”

Love and his wife moved to Bull Shoals in August 2012 and immediately fell in love with the area. They have 2 daughters, a son-in-law, 3 granddaughters and 2 ½ grand-dogs.

14. Linda Mahoney

Mosaics

Kay’s Reflections of Life
1208 Hall Court
Mountain Home, AR 72653
870-425-2536 (home)
870-404-7433 (cell)
Directions: From the traffic light at AR5South and Cardinal Dr., travel East on AR5South .3 mile and turn right onto McClure Lane. Continue .2 mile and turn left at the 4-way stop onto Glenbriar Dr. Stay right first chance and then stay left second chance onto Hallmark. Turn right onto Hall Court to the white house with red shutters on the right before the end of the cul-de-sac. Studio is down the driveway and through the metal carport.
Biography Linda Mahoney creates many forms of mosaic art using stained glass, recycled material, metal, tile, wood beads, and leather. She likes the feel and colors of stained glass. “There is a warmth in reds, oranges, and yellows and something soothing about blues, greens and browns” she says. “I can take one look at a piece of brown glass for example and see a tree limb forming. Many times when I wake from a dream or return from a long walk, I know immediately what I want to create.”

The inspiration for her art first came from her sister Betty. Years ago, she watched her create wonderful pieces of artwork using bits of glass, metal and beads. “She is an amazing artist who truly inspires me” Mahoney says of her sister.

While it may have started as a hobby, it has grown to so much more. “I have been given a ‘gift’ to create art that touches people. Knowing it brings them so much joy makes me want to continue for many years to come” says Mahoney.

Mahoney and her husband, Charly, moved to Mountain Home 43 years ago and raised their family. Before retiring, she worked in the medical field for 34 years. She can be reached by phone, (870)425-2536 or (870)404-7433, or email kmahoneyu286@gmail.com.

15. Christy Marchand

Stained Glass

Whimzee Glass
71 Weezie Loop
Gamaliel, AR 72537
870-467-5389 (home)
225-571-5022(cell)
Directions: From the east end of AR62/412 (bypass) in Mountain Home, travel on AR62/412 east (toward Norfork Lake) 4.2 miles. Turn left (north) onto AR101. Drive almost exactly 10 miles, through the town of Gamaliel, and turn right onto Creole Place (a dirt road). Take the first right onto Weezie Loop and right again into the first driveway. The studio is downstairs, but can be accessed either through the front door and down the stairs or by walking down the driveway to the basement level. You may park in the driveway.
Biography Christy Marchand loves bright color and whimsy, both of which are evident in her stained glass art and studio. Even when she tries to construct a dignified piece of art, it ultimately ends up with wire curlicues or decorative soldering. “I wish I could say I’m inspired by something profound,” she confesses, “but the truth is I’m most inspired by humor and personality.”

Marchand creates stained glass art in many forms, using both lead and copper foil techniques. She prefers lead for large-scale panels and copper foil for smaller, more detailed and free-form items. “I like to play with embellishments and textured soldering, and to include other elements such as wire, metal, paint, china, copper overlay, bevels and nuggets,” says Marchand. This past year she began including feathers, wood, bottles and flatware in her work.

Originally from Baton Rouge, she and her husband live in the woods where their next door neighbors are Marchand’s own siblings, fellow artists themselves. She and her husband enjoy traveling and participating in art festivals throughout the year.

Marchand says she is happiest and most inspired in her studio. After working for 30 years as an executive assistant, she says it’s a joy to work at home, drinking more coffee than she needs, cats lounging on her worktable, and dogs underfoot.

“I love light-hearted, fanciful art and creating things that make people smile,” Marchand said. Marchand feels everyone should be able to own a unique, whimsical affordable piece of stained glass art.

16. Barbara Moore

Gourd Art

Moore Whimsies
84 Bluebird Lane
Flippin, AR 72634
(mail: P.O.Box 1823)
870-453-5268 (home)
479-209-1342(cell)
Directions: From the traffic light at the west end of AR62/412 in Mountain Home (bypass), travel 11.2 miles and turn right onto AR178 toward Flippin Business District. Cross the railroad tracks and continue 0.3 mile and turn left onto AR202. Continue 0.9 mile and turn left onto BlueBird Lane. Travel a short distance to the last house on the left. The studio is just past the house. Plenty of parking.
Biography “Art is nothing but the expression of our dream. The more we surrender to it, the closer we get to the inner truth of things, our dream-life, and the true life that scorns questions and does not see them.” This quote by Franz Marc, along with the beauty and artistic potential of the gourd, serves as the inspiration that guides Barbara Moore's work.

She says that she has “always been a creative craftsy-artsy type of person,” but her love of using gourds to make art went undiscovered until she attended the annual Show Me Gourd Society Festival, held in Springfield, Missouri. She quickly fell in love with gourd art and has pursued it ever since.

Completely by chance, Moore met nationally known gourd artist and instructor Joyce Campbell. For a year and a half, she learned from Campbell, developing her own personal style, using a plethora of mediums and techniques including wood burning, carving, cutting, clay modeling, embossing, painting, and decoupaging, paired with mediums ranging from ink, dyes, paints, gold leaf, and decoupage, to create her works of art.

In addition to having won many awards for her work, Moore also serves as the workshop coordinator for the annual Show Me Gourd Society Festival and is a member of the American Gourd Society & Missouri Gourd Society. Moore & her husband have also started a “Gourd Patch” in Arkansas with 20 members currently.

Presently, Moore makes her home near Flippin in close proximity to the White River with her husband. She also teaches classes at Interior Marketplace & Design and in her own studio in Flippin. Her artwork may be viewed and purchased at both locations.

17. Dave Powell

Pastel

225-772-0681 (cell)
Biography Born and raised in south Louisiana, and now living in the beautiful Ozarks of Arkansas, Dave has always loved nature and the natural landscape.

Upon retirement in 2011, and with the encouragement of his artist wife, Dave attended a scratchboard workshop at Hill Country Art Gallery in Mountain Home. Although he had no prior training in any form of art, he realized he had an aptitude for this medium and had discovered a true passion for art.

In 2014 Dave attended a pastel workshop at the Florence Thomas Art School in North Carolina and a workshop at the Eureka Springs School of Art later that year.

Dave enjoys creating pastel paintings of mostly landscapes, in particular mountains, streams, lakes and beautiful skies. His scratchboard drawings focus primarily on animals, with his specialty of creating drawings of customer’s pets, especially dogs and cats.

According to Dave, “Finding a beautiful scene of nature and then reproducing that scene as interpreted through my eyes is one of the most inspiring and enjoyable activities I can imagine. I hope the passion that I feel when creating a piece of art will be felt and enjoyed by others as well.”

17. Kevin Powell

Watercolor / Encaustic

Bon Temps Studio
233 Weezie Loop
Gamaliel, AR 72537
870-467-5365 (home)
225-772-2793(cell)
Directions: From the east end of AR62/412 (bypass) in Mountain Home, travel on AR62/412 east (toward Lake Norfork), 4.2 miles. Turn left (north) onto AR101. Drive almost exactly 10 miles, through the town of Gamaliel, and turn right onto Creole Place (a dirt road). Turn at the first right onto Weezie Loop to the 3rd house on the right. The studios are in the smaller cabin across the street on the left. Park along Weezie Loop.
Biography Art has woven itself throughout the life of Kevin Powell and into the present day. Inspired by the natural beauty of her surroundings in south Louisiana, Powell began painting with watercolor many years ago but it did not become a passion until adulthood.

In addition to watercolor, Powell loves to create “unique” artwork with encaustic painting. “I adore the process of melting beeswax, adding oil pigments, and applying the paint to the board,” Powell says, “and there is something really exciting about ‘painting’ with a blowtorch!”

Powell has attended many workshops over the years, including the honor of being trained by a prominent encaustic artist in Santa Fe, NM this past year. Currently, she lives a cozy life with her family in Gamaliel.

Powell’s artwork can be found in several private collections around the country, as well as in her “Bon Temps Studio” located in the beautiful Ozarks.

18. Jerry Preator

Watercolor

201 Grand Oak Road
Lakeview, AR 72642
870-431-5255 (home)
Directions: From the intersection of AR62B and AR5N in Mountain Home, turn onto AR5N and travel 6.2 miles to Midway and turn left onto AR178W. Travel 3.4 miles and turn left onto Grand Oak Road. Continue 0.1 mile to the 3rd house on right. Turn right onto the dirt lane driveway. The home is on the left and the studio is directly at the end of the short lane.
Biography Jerry Preator is a native of Independence, MO. He is well known throughout Mid-Central United States for his exquisite paintings in watercolor and watercolor classes. He has over 55 years’ experience as a watercolorist and over 45 years’ experience teaching over 1,000 students.

After completing four years in the U.S. Navy, Jerry attended and graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a major in Graphic Design and a minor in Painting and Illustration. He worked in advertising and promotions for Meredith Corporation (Better Homes & Gardens), served as Art Director for Meredith Corporation and H.D. Lee Co. and spent 3 years with R.R. Donnelley Printing Company overseeing the color quality reproduction of all 128 Better Homes & Gardens magazines.

Jerry’s paintings have been exhibited in “Art in the Park” at the Des Moines Art Center, the Iowa Artist Show, Hallmark Show in Kansas City, MO., Iowa State Fair, Esterville, Iowa Winter Carnival, DeArt Center, Harlingen, TX, and a number of one-man exhibitions.

Preator is a lifetime member of the Des Moines, Iowa Art Center. He has won awards in Kansas City, New York, Chicago, Des Moines, and several national awards for graphic design, and has many watercolor paintings in private collections.

Preator has conducted watercolor workshops and painting classes for many years, and was the first artist to teach watercolor painting in Adult Education in Des Moines. He has studied under watercolorist Tony Couch and commissioned and worked with Charles Reid.

Preator coined the phrase “The less you paint, the better you ain’t.”

19. Jeanne Roth

Acrylic / Watercolor / Collage

29 Briarview Lane
Gamaliel, AR 72537
870-467-5505(home)
870-404-9759(cell)
Directions: From the east end of 62/412 (bypass) in Mountain Home, travel on 62/412 east(toward Lake Norfork) 4.2 miles. Turn left onto AR101N. Proceed another 4.2 miles and turn left onto BC806. Proceed 0.6 mile and turn right onto Briarwood Lane. Stay left at the little white pumphouse onto Briarview Lane. The smaller of the two houses is the studio. Plenty of parking.
Biography Inspired by diverse and legendary artists, Jeanne Roth lets her imagination run wild on her canvases.

“Growing up in Cape Girardeau, Missouri as the oldest of six children, I was always interested in art,” says Roth. After she graduated from college, she married and moved to St. Louis County, where she and husband Wayne raised two girls.

“When our daughters were in high school, a one-day substitute position turned into a 20 year career as an art teacher, Roth recalls. She and her husband retired to Arkansas in 2000 and Roth has been active in the local arts scene ever since.

“My life is artful,” she laughs, “as I participate in clubs, shows and exhibitions, teach workshops and create in my studio.” Roth’s current favorite mediums are watercolors, acrylics and collage. Within those bounds, and inspired by everything from Henri Matisse’s use of pattern to Vincent Van Gogh’s colors and brushstrokes, Roth begins with a vague idea, and then lets her imagination soar.

“I often paint flowers as subject matter,” she says, “although they may not resemble garden flowers. They may bloom only in my mind and on my canvases.” As a former art teacher, Roth says she always enjoys experimenting with new methods and materials when creating her art.

Roth’s work is on display at Interiors and Fabrications Design Studio, First Street Framing and Art Gallery and Hill Country Art Gallery.

20. Chris Royer

Wire-wrapped stones & gems (Jewelry)

TRAVELERS
870-321-4329 (cell)
Directions: He will be showing at Nature’s Way. Nature’s Way Health Food Store is located on the south side of the Mountain Home Square, next door to Mountain Home Floral Company.
Biography Individual styles of people he sees every day anywhere inspire the works of Christopher Royer. Music and the cultures surrounding different genres and the art and culture of people around the world are also motivations.

Royer uses semi-precious metals such as copper, silver (sterling or plated), bronze, nickel, or even gold plated wires/pendants to accent semi-precious stones such as turquoise and various others (jasper, jade, etc.) He also uses leather from time to time.

Royer is a Mountain Home High School Graduate and part-time student at ASUMH. “I’ve traveled across America as a musician since I was 14 playing in various groups and playing a lot of Music Festivals such as Memphis in May and Mulberry Mountain Harvest Festival,” says Royer. He states, “I’ve always had a knack for making my own jewelry as an expression to my style and recently branched out to wire wrapping stones and various other things to accent others personal styles and throwing in some world culture and things I’ve seen on my journeys thus far.”

Royer can work personally with anyone on something they would like. His work can be seen and purchased when on display with The Art Odyssey or at facebook.com/travelersjewelry.

21. Susan Schneider

Acrylic / Beadweaving (Jewelry&more)

Cabin Hill Gallery
270 Cabin Hill Trail
Gamaliel, AR 72537
870-467-5704 (home)
Directions: From the east end of AR62/412 (bypass) in Mountain Home, travel on AR62/412 east (toward Lake Norfork), 4.2 miles. Turn left onto AR101N. Drive about 9.5 miles and turn left onto BC44, a well-maintained gravel county road. Travel just under 1 mile and veer right onto Cabin Hill Trail. Turn left onto the first road on the left. (Cabin Hill Trail takes a sharp turn to the right at this point.) This is the driveway and a small rock wall will be on your right just after you turn. Proceed a short distance to the house. Susan’s studio is inside the house. Plenty of parking.
Biography Susan Schneider began her full time career as an artist four years ago after retiring from being a Certified Public Accountant for more than 25 years. She is inspired by all of the abundant natural beauty that can be found here in the Ozarks. “I don't have to leave my yard to see the mountains, wildlife, or beautiful sunsets,” she says. Schneider says that she feels a closeness to nature and history that she has never felt anywhere else before.

Schneider is a bead weaver and painter. She uses a variety of beads including Japanese Miyuki, vintage, and sterling silver beads to complete her work. As she weaves the beads into her work, she prefers to use off-loom and herringbone stitches. As for her painting, she uses acrylic paint to create images both from her memory and of the world around her.

Schneider earned a Bachelor of Art degree from Barat College in Lake Forest, IL. She boasts a 20-year marriage along with a lovely daughter and beautiful grandson. Her artwork can be purchased at the Arkansas Craft Guild & Gallery in Mountain View, or appointments can be made if necessary.

22. Luanne Stone

Watercolor

912 Twin Oaks Trail
Gepp, AR 72538
870-458-2405(home)
870-404-7699(cell)
Directions: From the east end of 62/412 (bypass) in Mountain Home, travel on 62/412 east to the bridge over Lake Norfork. Continue 9.3 miles and turn left onto AR87, just past service station and the Gepp Post Office, also on your left. Travel on AR87 2.2 miles and turn left onto Twin Oaks Trail, a dirt road that appears to be a driveway to a house with a rock wall. Continue on Twin Oaks Trail, past the house and large metal building with hunting blinds for sale. Continue about 1 mile, curving left to pass in front of the white house with a red roof, over a concrete low-water bridge, and a sign on your right reading “Sweetwater Farms.” Coming out from the woods into a beautiful valley, a gray house with a green roof is on your left. The studio is in the walk-out basement, best accessed by exterior stairs with handrails from the “high side” of the house. Stay left and circle around the house. Park along the circle drive.
Biography “Nature is my biggest source of inspiration,” says Luanne. “I want to convey the beauty of God’s creation.” She is also inspired by the paint and how it mixes and reacts to stimulus. Luanne Stone paints mostly in watercolor but also uses oils and acrylics when she needs a change of pace or has a special subject matter.

Stone has always had an interest in art and majored in art for three years while in college. She eventually went on to learn dental technology. After retiring ten years ago, Stone came back to painting.

Stone’s paintings have been featured in the Area Art Club Exhibits at The Corner Joint, 9th Street Grill and at Southfork Restaurant in Salem. Interested buyers can also call or stop by the studio anytime.

23. Ron Ufkes

Woodturning / Carving

Out of the Woods
29 Eastgate Dr.
Lakeview, AR 72642
870-507-0007 (home)
Directions: From the intersection of AR62B and AR5N in Mountain Home, turn onto AR5N and travel 6.2 miles to Midway. Turn left onto AR178W. Travel 4 miles and turn right onto Eastgate Dr., just past the Welcome to Lakeview sign. Tun left immediately into the driveway. The studio is the separate building in front of the house.
Biography “It seems to me that I have worked with wood almost forever,” says wood turner and carver, Ron Ufkes. As a young boy, he can remember cutting firewood with a crosscut saw with his father. Later, while building furniture for his own family, he used a lathe to make some table legs.   “I’m sorry to say that wood turning has not revealed the meaning of life or disclosed any of the deep philosophical insights that some have experienced while practicing their art, but I do enjoy the sound of the tools cutting into the wood blank and watching the ever-changing patterns in the wood as the waste is cut away, knowing that I am the first person ever to have seen it”.

While his passion and inspiration for his craft come primarily from the wood, itself. He also likes his “toys.” “Like everyone else, the wood turner needs lots of 'toys' to make it really fun,” he said.

After high school, he joined the Army, then married his wife Jan. Together they raised four children and have ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  After graduating from the University of Illinois, he became a National Park Ranger.  Later, he worked for the San Bernadino County Sheriff's Office in California for 20 years then retired to work for another 10 years in the defense industry.  Ron and Jan retired to Arkansas in 1997 and now he can usually be found in his shop, which is a real mess, working on the lathe.

His work is on display in the Butler Center Galleries of the Central Arkansas Library System in Little Rock and the Arkansas Craft Gallery in Mountain View, Arkansas. He exhibits at the North Arkansas Woodcarver's Show and the Wood Turner’s annual show and sale. Recently, Ufkes was commissioned to make the awards for the Arkansas Arts Council held in February.