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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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Sue Lukens and Legacy Herbs

Sue Lukens brings her business of making soap and other herbal preparations to this year's Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour. Legacy Herbs offers soaps, remedies and medicinals. Read the full story in the Sept. 3 issue. ...

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Widmers Join Studio Tour

Though new to the Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour, Charles and Linda Widmer are familiar faces in the local creative community, known for their wire-wrapped silver jewelry, which they have created as demonstrators in the jewelry shop at the Ozark Folk Center for many years. Read the complete story in the Aug. 27 issue. ...

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Artists Join Studio Tour

Mahdee and Peggy Raiees-Dana create furniture and home decor using wood mosaic, concrete and other materials. They are joining this year's Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour. See the complete story in the Aug. 20 issue. ...

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Lloyds join Studio Tour

While they produce very different items in their his-and-hers studios, Liz and Lewie Lloyd share a love of beautiful woods that they incorporate into art forms – knives, wooden bowls, pens and other items. From the Aug. 13 issue. ...

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Craft School Class

Students in woodturning class offered by the Arkansas Craft School learned to create Native American Basketry with instructor Jim Adkins last week. Wood is burned and dyed to create traditional patterns. See more photos in the July 23 issue. ...

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