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The Art Odyssey 2016 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 19th, 20th, and 21th of 2016 will be the 6th Annual Studio Tour of The Art Odyssey.

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1) Paul Bates

Paint

6638 Hwy 62 E
Gassville, AR 72635
Directions: From the traffic light at the west end of AR 62/412 in Mountain Home (bypass) travel 4 miles toward Gassville. The destination is right off the highway, located inside the Custom Glass & Mirror business that looks like a big red barn. It is beside Red Apple Acres, almost into the city of Gassville.
Biography A native Arkansan, born in Magnolia on February 24, 1979, Paul Bates has preferred to pave his own way, and started his first business when he was 16 years old. Following graduation from Mountain Home High School in 1997, he moved to Kansas City and studied at DeVry University. Shortly following the move, Paul was offered a job with a solid company, so at 19 years old he left college to enter the high paced corporate world. Years passed, and so did his motivation of working for anything other than his dreams. Leaving the corporate world in 2010, he relocated to Little Rock, and lived life outside of an office building as the Director of an Event Planning/ Transportation Company. His life journey is cultured and diverse, ranging from IT analyst, process server, radio talk show personality, and most recently worked as a Pet Care Specialist for a premiere company in Little Rock. All of these life experiences are reflected in his art.

During a very dark period of recovery from addiction, Paul discovered a talent in his love for art. He was able to express his emotions through a paint brush. His paintings lure people into a unique world of color, form, emotion and life. Music is a common theme within his work, and has also been a major healing force in his recovery.

Paul is a self-taught emerging artist of less than a year. He is honored to sell paintings inside and outside of the United States, and has also displayed his work at several locations throughout the state. Paul recently returned to Mountain Home for its beauty and tranquility, and the inspiration to pursue his dream as an artist. Soon, his work can be viewed at his gallery: Custom Glass and Mirror, located at 6638 Highway 62 Gassville, AR; as well as on his website, www.PaintsandBottles. com.

2) Jeanne Louise Chauffe

Oil/Mosaic/Watercolor & Ink/Restoration

270 Little Bird Lane
Flippin, AR 72634
870-221-1948(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. Travel on AR178 across the railroad tracks. Continue 4 miles and turn right onto MC7001 (at the sign pointing to Stetson’s Resort). Continue 0.5 mile and turn left onto Little Bird Lane. Stay left to the house and studio at the end of the dirt lane. Plenty of parking.
Biography Jeanne Louise Chauffe has worked as a decorative artist for over 29 years. Close up details of nature and her reproduction work of pieces from the 16th century, romantic period and impressionism, inspire Chauffe’s technique and color palette. She has worked with every medium throughout the years, with gouache mosaics being her favorite. As a mosaic artist, she is inspired by the luxurious materials she has discovered around the world, including smalti pearls, vintage glass, gelded glass and stainedglass.

Chauffe is a native Louisianan, and has a fine arts degree in music and a minor in psychology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. For 4 years, she taught visual arts at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. Her work has taken her around the country and abroad with time spent in France, New York, New Jersey, Mobile and New Orleans. Chauffe has been featured in publications such as Town & Country, Better Homes and Gardens, New Orleans Magazine and Gulf Coast Living Magazine, as well as the locally published Living Well magazine.

Chauffe’s commissioned work is developed with the client while at her studio or the client’s home. Works include decorative painting, restoration, luxurious mosaic frames and trompe L’oeil. She can be reached by phone or email jlc.art@icloud.com.

3) Bethany Ferrell

Charcoal/Chalk/Pastel

Bethany will be showing at Nature’s Way
16 E. 7th Street
Mountain Home
870-405-1352
Directions: 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 Although born in Oklahoma, Bethany Ferrell has lived in the Twin Lakes area since she was 12 years old. A love of art has been with her for her entire life, and she has been drawing since she was a toddler. Ferrell holds a certificate from the Art Institution School in Minneapolis, MN. Most of her artistic work is comprised of portraits, and she uses a variety of subject matter. Ferrell works with multiple mediums, but notes that most of her work is charcoal and chalk pastel. Her work can be viewed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArtByBethanyLee.

4) Liz Gamelin

Clay (Pottery)

Mountain Home Floral Company
22 E. 7th St.
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 years old, Gamelin decided to become a potter; something she has 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 and are now partners on a collaborative project,” she says. In 2010, she attended the J.C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. While there she learned there is always something new to pick up in pottery making, and 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 inspires her. 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 than the original intent,” she says.

Liz has begun to explore the field of fused glass, which is the art of piecing glass together and firing it in a kiln to make one- of- a- kind pendants and functional glassware. Liz says, “it’s like firing glaze without the clay underneath. The colors are amazing.”

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

5) 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, as well as in the experiences she has while meeting interesting people that live in the area. Johnson works with multiple mediums, allowing subject matter to dictate whether it will be oil, pastels, acrylic or watercolor.

“I want my students to see by working with the negative space, and see color by understanding values,” says Johnson. Johnson offers private art classes for all ages and levels of ability in her studio. She also teaches adult classes through North Arkansas Community College’s continuing education program, in Harrison, Arkansas, and offers workshops throughout Arkansas and Missouri.

Johnson describes herself as self- taught, but she does have some formal training. She was also mentored by artist and teacher, Jo Rowell. Currently, Johnson is the President of the Palette Art League, the Area Art Club and White River Artists. She also is member of the Mid-Southern Watercolors, Arkansas Pastel Society, The Art Odyssey studio tour, and serves on the board of the Ozark Regional Arts Council.

Johnson’s artwork is featured in numerous galleries and private collections within the United States and European countries, and is included in “Art with a Heart Animal Publications,” “Art and Artisans of the Ozarks, Vol 1 and 2,” and contributor to the Sunny Dale Knoll children’s book series. Dana has received the cherished Grumbacher Gold Medallion numerous times for her pastel artwork, and Best of Show and other top awards in competitions.

Her artwork is available for purchase online at www. paletteartleague.org and www.danajohnsonsart.com, or at her gallery.

6) Joseph Jostes

Pottery

SJ Pottery LLC
10605 AR Hwy 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 Joseph Jostes has a love for traditional pottery, and its place in everyday life remains a strong lure and influence. “My goal each 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, mochaware and salt glazed stoneware. The main body of the work is thrown using slips to decorate, and 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 and his wife were invited to teach a slab pottery class at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He has also been selected numerous years to be listed as one of the Top 200 American Artists in Early American Life magazine’s Annual Directory of American Craftsman.

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

6) Sue Skinner

Pottery

SJ Pottery LLC
10605 AR Hwy 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 pieces are often inspired by family and friends. “It fills me with joy when someone laughs while looking at my pots or smiles at my images,” reflects Skinner.

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

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

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

7) Jared Kauffman

Wood & Metal Furniture

JK Designs
150 BC634
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 native species of trees he works with, as well as the varied landscapes of Arkansas. “I try to let the natural beauty of the wood speak for itself,” 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. “I love the contrast between a really rich piece of wood and then a steel or concrete base.” 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, their two dogs, Tucker and Cooper, their six guineas and their resident owl.

8) 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 the ohso- common Arkansan treasure, the rock, when she realized that she was ‘growing’ them in her backyard. All it took was one trip to Mount Ida and she was hooked. Once she started collecting all of the pretty crystals she started wire- wrapping them.

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 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 story of the stone. “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, yet one- of- a- kind stones.

9) 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, metal, tile, beads, leather and other materials. What jump starts her creativity and imagination is the feel of the glass and the translucent colors within the glass. She says, “there is warmth in reds, oranges, and yellows, plus there’s something soothing about blues, greens and browns. I can take one look at a piece of colored glass and instantly see a wealth of possibilities for its use.”

Linda’s inspiration started nearly ten years ago while observing her sister, Betty, at work on her art. Betty would start a mosaic project with nothing more than bits of glass, metal, or beads and finish with an amazing piece of art. It was at that time that Linda decided to try mosaic-ing for herself. And 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.

Linda creates a wide range of art pieces, including table tops, mirrors, picture frames, wall decorations, tissue boxes, gazing balls and decorative flower pots; she also caters directly to the specific requests of her customers (using particular colors, patterns, and dimensions).

In 1972, Linda and her husband, Charly, moved to Mountain Home. For the past 44 years they’ve worked hard and raised a family. Both are now retired.

10) 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 that 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.

11) 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 while developing her own personal style. Moore uses a plethora of mediums and techniques, including wood burning, carving, cutting, clay modeling, embossing, painting, and decoupaging. She pairs them with mediums ranging from ink, dyes, paints, gold leaf, and decoupage, to create her works of art. To her, gourd art is the ultimate mixed media- medium.

In addition to having won many awards for her work, Moore also serves as the coordinator for the annual Old Favorites Table (which is a table where Gourd Art from past Blue Ribbon Gourd Artist winners are displayed) at the Show Me Gourd Society Festival, and is a member of the American Gourd Society, the Missouri Gourd Society and also the Texas Gourd Society. Moore and her husband have also started a gourd patch in Arkansas, which currently includes 20 members.

Presently, Moore and her husband make their home near Flippin in close proximity to the White River. Moore keeps very busy creating gourd art and attending shows. 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.

12) Marilyn Morris

Experimental/Multi-media

914 Combs Avenue
Cotter, AR 72626
870-435-6249
Directions: From the traffic light at the west end of AR 62/412 in Mountain Home (bypass) take Hwy 62 all the way to Cotter and then take a left on to Harding Blvd (this is the main intersection to turn into the city of Cotter). Take a left on State Street and then an immediate right on 9th Street. Bear left on Combs Avenue.
Biography Marilyn Morris has always loved the Ozarks, but she and her family had to move to Texas to make a living. After moving back to Arkansas, Morris majored in all- level Art Education at the University of Arkansas. She left Fayetteville to take a job at Texas A & M Commerce where she finished her Art Education degree.

Over the years Morris has taught children’s art in her studio, as well as adult continuing education at the university level.

Thirty years later and after retiring, Morris returned to her beloved Cotter, Arkansas, in order to renovate the family home; Hopkinswoode, built in 1914, which has become a bed and breakfast.

During retirement, Morris decided to pursue her interest in art more seriously. She studied art at ASUMH, and joined several art associations, including The Cotter Art League. She enjoys experimental art and multi-media works.

Everyday is an adventure in painting. Morris says, “whether I am painting my surroundings or interpreting my emotions, it’s a labor of love.”

13) Rick Neubauer

Sculptured Stained Glass

Rick’s World
320 Hwy 62 E
Yellville, AR 72168
870-321-4186
Directions: From the traffic light at the west end of AR 62/412 in Mountain Home (bypass) take Hwy 62 to the city of Yellville. When you arrive at the square, the destination is on the right hand side immediately before Harp’s.
Biography Rick’s love for stain glass started 20 years ago with a chance meeting of a European glass master. He says he was immediately struck when he saw the beauty of some very thick one inch glass. His glass is a rare glass, handmade in West Virginia, seven times thicker than other glass, and makes you say WOW when you see it. It originated from old world cathedrals when the windows demanded large and expansive structural glass.

Rick’s works are alive with light, and because his glass is sculpted by hand, it disperses light like a prism. He first opened his own glass studio in Boulder City, Nevada, 15 years ago. After working as a glass artist in the west, he came to the Ozark’s 8 years ago to join his family. He now wants to create a new series of glass sculptures and doors inspired by the love of fishing and nature that he finds here.

He has just opened a new studio called Rick’s World, which is located in the center of Yellville across from the courthouse. It’s in there that he makes oneof- a- kind works of art for his customer’s entry way. He says that he paints “with the light of the glass.” He feels that his one- of- akind designs help to express his customer’s individuality at their front doors, and is a unique way to bring energy into the home. His working glass studio/gallery also showcases his other local award winning fine art in oil, acrylic and pastel.

14) Janice Paine-Dawes

Textile Art/Mixed Media

Wilde Thistle Gallery Shop
714 S. Baker
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Directions: Business 62 to E. 7th Street, Mountain Home Square. Turn south (right) on S. Baker Street, the first street past Nature’s Way Health Food Store. Wilde Thistle Gallery and Studio Workroom is in the middle of the block on the right hand side of the street.
Biography Janice Paine-Dawes cites nature, organic natural forms, and the colors of the Ozarks as the basis for her fiber art. “I am intrigued by nature and organic shapes,” she says. Paine-Dawes uses ecologically sound dyes from leaves, seeds, roots and flowers to hand dye silk, linen, wool and cotton. She then uses that cloth and threads in stitched art, wearables and home décor items. Each piece of fabric, skein of threads or yarn is one- of- a- kind. Her husband, Ron Dawes, is her studio assistant.

Paine-Dawes began working in fiber in the 1990’s. She was named one of Early American Homes magazine’s top 200 Craftsmen in 1996, and named an Illinois Designated Artisan. She is a juried artist of Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts – Arkansas directory.

Her contemporary fiber art is in many private and public collections. She has been featured in numerous publications including on the cover of Studio Art Quilts magazine, The Art Quilt Collection, Designs from around the World, 1000 Quilt Inspirations and American Craft Council online magazine. In 2015, her fabric design was carried by Andover Fabrics.

Paine-Dawes’s yarns, threads and fiber art may be purchased from her studio, Wilde Thistle Gallery, at 714 S. Baker in Mountain Home, AR, or online at https://www.etsy.com/ shop/WildeThistleFiber.

15) Bob Patrick

Forged Steel

1859 MC4026
Everton, AR 72633
870-427-5559(home)
Directions: From the traffic light at the west end of AR62/412 (bypass) in Mountain Home, travel 18.5 miles to Yellville. Turn left onto AR14. Continue 0.7 mile and turn right onto AR235. Travel 10.7 miles and make a left turn in order to stay on AR235. Continue another 1.2 miles and turn right onto MC4026 (a gravel road). Stay left at the Y to stay on MC4026. In 0.6 mile you will encounter a left turn, but continue straight another 0.6 mile to a low-water crossing (which is no problem even in rainy weather). Continue another 0.6 mile to a mosaic mailbox with an anvil design. Turn right to the home/studios.
Biography Born in 1948, Bob Patrick is a metal smith of many faces. He draws inspiration from a plethora of sources, and he is just as varied in his choice of mediums. “My work is inspired by my late brother, the traditional work, the modern crafts movement, and nature,” says Patrick. He also lists white steel, copper, aluminum, titanium, stainless steel, brass, pewter, silver, and gold as mediums he can manipulate, but specifies that mild steel is by far his most common medium. “Using ancient and modern techniques and tools makes the work unique to my smithing,” states Patrick.

Patrick says that his skills were learned through watching other metal smiths work. Though he is a mostly self- taught metal smith, Patrick has taught in the metals branch of the Art School, under goldsmith Mary Ann Scherr. Patrick has received many awards, including a 2002 top national award in Art Blacksmithing.

Bob Patrick teaches at his own studio by private arrangement, and through the Arkansas Craft School, along with his wife, fiber and glass artist, Mary Patrick. He also teaches at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts in Eureka Springs, AR.

Patrick’s work is done partly on commission, and the rest is available for sale through him or through the Arkansas Craft Guild and Gallery.

15) Mary Patrick

Mosaic/Woven Baskets

1859 MC4026
Everton, AR 72633
870-427-5559 (home)
Directions: From the traffic light at the west end of AR62/412 (bypass) in Mountain Home, travel 18.5 miles to Yellville. Turn left onto AR14. Continue 0.7 mile and turn right onto AR235. Travel 10.7 miles and make a left turn in order to stay on AR235. Continue another 1.2 miles and turn right onto MC4026 (a gravel road). Stay left at the Y to stay on MC4026. In 0.6 mile you will encounter a left turn, but continue straight another 0.6 mile to a low-water crossing (which is no problem even in rainy weather). Continue another 0.6 mile to a mosaic mailbox with an anvil design. Turn right to the home/ studios.
Biography A New York City native, Mary Patrick has been a resident of the Ozarks since 1975. When asked where she finds inspiration for her work, Patrick answered, “I am inspired by the spirit of creativity, which we all have and have to learn to recognize. I ask the universe to provide me with inspiration.” She also finds great beauty and inspiration in nature, and incorporates many natural aspects into her art.

Patrick enjoys using natural fibers and recycled materials in her work. In fact, she makes it a point to use as many natural materials as she can. She creates glass mosaics, hand- made rugs, round baskets, gizzard baskets, and hanging pieces to showcase her tal

Patrick learned basket weaving from Corkey Craig (from the Davenport clan), her skills in glass mosaics from Virginia Phelan of Yellville, her spinning skills from her husband who repaired a spinning wheel for her use as she learned, and her weaving is self- taught on a loom she purchased from a friend,.

Patrick’s work can be purchased at her home or Perceptions Shop on the Yellville Square.

Patrick’s baskets can be found at the Arkansas Craft Guild in Mountain View. Mary teaches at Eureka Springs School of the Arts, and also at her home for the Arkansas Craft School.

Mary’s home is decorated with works by her and her husband, as well as many other works of art, and is considered a wonderful experience to visit.

16) 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,

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.

16) Dave Powell

Pastel

Bon Temps Studio
233 Weezie Loop
Gamaliel, AR 72537
870-467-5365 (home)
225-772-0681 (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 Born and raised in south Louisiana, but now living in the beautiful Ozarks of Arkansas, Dave Powell has always loved nature and natural landscapes.

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. He had no prior training in any form of art, however, he realized he had an aptitude for this medium and 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) 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. (101 Mower Mart is on the right and Turn left at Maynard Bend Cemetery). Proceed 0.6 mile and turn right onto Briarwood Lane. Stay left at the little white pump house 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 as the oldest of six children in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 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 First Street Framing and Art Gallery

18) 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 wellmaintained 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 Four years ago, Susan Schneider began her full time career as an artist, after retiring from working over 25 years as a Certified Public Accountant. She is inspired by all of the abundant natural beauty that can be found 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.

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 also be scheduled.

19) Ron Ufkes

Woodburning/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. Turn 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 his father using a crosscut saw. 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. However, 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 greatgrandchildren. After graduating from the University of Illinois, he became a National Park Ranger. He also worked for the San Bernadino County Sheriff’s Office in California for 20 years; then he retired to work for another 10 years in the defense industry. Ron and Jan moved 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, as well as in 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. Ufkes was commissioned to make the awards for the Arkansas Arts Council held in February, 2015.

20) Alison Wiseman

Colored Pencil/Watercolor/Graphite

72 Willingham Rd.
Lakeview, AR 72642
870-431-3884(home)
870-405-0201(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 As one of six children in her family, Alli Wade Wiseman was born and raised in the Bull Shoals area. She 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 Rosa Bonhur, Michelangelo, Norman Rockwell, and Adam Grimm 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 homeschooled, 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. “Now I 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.