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Flamepainting On Copper

The combination of artistic creativity and a compulsive nature led Skip Mathews to create what is virtually his own art form. A coppersmith for 52 years, Skip developed the technique of decorating copper with colors by varying the temperature of the metal using a torch. He has perfected the technique through years of practice and shared it with his wife, Racheal. They will be joining the Off the Beaten Path ...

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Rawlings Joins Studio Tour

Linda Rawlings retired to Stone County after 21 years of teaching art, 3-D design and photography. Her continuing photography work is inspired by the natural surroundings near her Round Bottom Road home, where she will open her home studio to the public for this year’s Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour. “I am inspired everyday with all that surrounds me here in Mountain View near the White River,” she says. “ ...

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Sustainability Weekend

Workshops in beekeeping and other practices were conducted May 13-14 during Sustainability Weekend at Tomahawk Creek Farm, sponsored by Arkansas Craft School. See photos and information in the May 18 issue of the Leader. ...

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Arkansas Craft School Has Interim Director

The Arkansas Craft School is emerging for spring with a new director and office location. Phyllis Haynes will serve as interim director while the board of directors conducts a search for a permanent executive director. Haynes has a background in nonprofit management, having served the last 14 years of her career as CEO of the Arkansas Foodbank based in Little Rock. She and her husband, Bud Thurman, have jus ...

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Spann named State Parks Director

Grady Spann of Mountain View has been named as the next director of Arkansas State Parks. He will replace Greg Butts, who will retire Dec. 31 after 42 years with Arkansas State Parks, the last 25 of those as director. Spann is a former superintendent at the Ozark Folk Center State Park and currently serves as a regional supervisor. See story in the Dec. 16 issue. ...

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State Fiddle Championship

Winners of the Traditional Youth division of the Arkansas Fiddle Championship are pictured following the contest Aug. 21. Winners in three other divisions were also named that day, and winners in the Contemporary divisions were named Aug. 22. All are pictured in the Aug. 26 issue. ...

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Glass Beadmaker Joins Tour

One of the original members of the Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour, Maria Smith, is returning this year with a very different art form. Smith was on the first Tour in 2002 with mosaic tables, and returns this year with glass bead jewelry. Read the complete story in the Sept. 10 issue. ...

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