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this region. Students are back at school, sports fans are cheering for their favorite football teams and enthusiasts are flocking to craft fairs. No matter what the task, we instinctively allow ourselves to pause and marvel over the beauty of this area. Diversity is the focus of our October issue; we explore lesser known travel destinations that might be missed in an eye blink, we sample flavors from afar that have landed in our northwest Arkansas region and we welcome new neighbors that enrich our lives. The old melting pot metaphor has given way to a quilt in progress, and each added square reveals a vibrant story that must be told.

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We keep the aesthetic pleasures coming with a visual tour of two local artists.

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Follow the latest venture of George Dombek, a native Arkansan of international

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photographer. Art is in motion at the Rogers Little Theater, and the soul is further

acclaim. Next, read about the artistic awakening of Ed Cooley, a world renown

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nourished with some good gospel flair.

Contributing Editor:

There is much to be appreciated in this issue, so take your time with it, savor it

Derek Dague

Photographers:

Arturo Teddie McConnell

and enjoy it. Watch the changing leaves, and take the time to admire the growing diversity in our surroundings. May God Bless, Ann

Account Executives: Kimberly Fielding Winters kimberly@2njoyinc.com Ann Gray ann@2njoyinc.com

Community Outreach Representative: Russ Anzalone

Contributing Writers:

Marilyn H. Collins, Amy Giezentanner, Bethany Stephens, Robin Mero, Derek Dague

But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? -1 John 3:17

F E B 2 7, 19 ? ? - S E P T 16 , 2 012 A tribute to our good friend Susan Simmons of Lifeline of Northwest Arkansas. She always thought first of helping others. She will be greatly missed. -The 2nJoy Staff

Contributing Guest Writers

Dr. J.E. Block, Dr. Jim Fain, Laura Parker Castoro, Alison Taylor Brown, Leslie Olson, Precia Godsey

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featured contributors

Bethany Stephens

Robin Mero

AMY Giezentanner

Bethany Stephens is fortunate that her mother, Glennis

A paralegal and longtime journalist who reported on the

Amy Giezentanner is a lifelong learner and

Mallett, sets a powerful example for her and constantly

legal system in Arkansas, Robin Mero now works part-

lover of all things beautiful. She spends as much

challenges her to do and be better while supporting all

time for an attorney in Fayetteville and uses her spare

time as she can on stage, writing, playing with

of her dreams. Having such an intentional, intelligent

time to write freelance. She is also authoring a true crime book about a 1999 murder in Northwest Arkansas. Robin

animals, cooking and baking, and reading. She

and capable woman as a female role model Beth does her best to cultivate these same qualities in her

loves yoga - her adult daughter Alexandria is a yoga

two daughters, Beth has worked in tourism, economic

teacher - and she enjoys hiking with her husband Kevin

development and the nonprofit sector and now serves

and Siberian Husky, Loki. She is a coach for Girls on the

as a marketing consultant.

Run and lives in downtown Rogers.

loves to travel and dance, and thinks spending time with family and friends is the best way to spend a day.

Contributors: Marilyn H. Collins, Amy Giezentanner, Bethany Stephens, Robin Mero, Derek Dague Guest Contributors: Dr. J.E. Block, Dr. Jim Fain, Precia Godsey, Leslie Olson, Alison Taylor Brown, Laura Castoro Parker

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06 Taking the Slow Road to Mountain View, Arkansas The Beauty is in the Journey 08 Dr. J.E. Block The Wonder Food: Stevia 10 A Taste From Another Orchard Exploring Indian Cuisine

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12 Hitting New Heights Big Events at Rogers Little Theater 14 The Business of Bliss Women Entreprenuer’s of NWA

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16 Arts 2NJoy Radine Trees Nehring 20 The Art of George Dombek Artist of the Unexpected 24 Miho Sakon The Perfect Pitch 26 Chaffee Crossing: An Emerging Community 28 NW Arkansas: Enriched by Cultural Diversity

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TAKING THE SLOW RoAD to Mountain View, Arkansas by Bethany Stephens

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s fall approaches, the itch to hit the road accompanies it. Whether you are attracted to the last golden rays of the summer sun setting in the distance, the crispness of autumn temperatures or the appeal of scenic byways to explore in Arkansas and beyond, this is an ideal time of year to set your sights on a well-known destination like Mountain View. However, half the fun can be in getting there, so consider taking the slow road and enjoying the appeal of small communities worn by time and the treasures to be found when you travel at a slower pace. Whether for a long weekend or a pleasant day trip, taking an excursion from northwest Arkansas to Mountain View offers the chance to explore plenty of diversions. The trek to Mountain View is around 160 miles, but travel is slow when going over the river and through the woods, making it perfect for focusing more on the journey than the destination. One possibility is to leave early one clear morning pointing eastward out of Springdale on U.S. 412 toward Harrison. There are a number of antique stores and fruit stands along the way, and if you are so inclined, take a slight detour into downtown Osage to visit Osage Clayworks in the 1901 Stamps General Store historic building. Near Carrollton, the weaving road could be meandering through the lush, green hills of Africa - it A country cemetery near Carrollton feels at points along the small highway as though you might be anywhere in the world. It is worthwhile to watch for the small sign on the right (south) side of the road for the historical (1895) Dogbranch School and Cemetery. Don’t look for anything earth-shaking or monumental, but you will find rustic signs pointing you toward a quiet piece of the past, if that’s your thing. 6

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Your journey doglegs a bit in Alpena onto Highway 62, and you’ll find the remnants of a bustling downtown still visible. A stop at the renowned The Rag Barn to buy buttons by the scoop or one of several quilt and craft stores may deter you, and then you’ll continue on into the seemingly sprawling town of Harrison, pop. 12,943. Time your day well so that you can enjoy lunch at Neighbor’s Mill Bakery & Cafe, the recognizable landmark in a centuryold gristmill. Heading out of Harrison toward Pindall there are still plenty of distractions, from Friend Orchard Fruit Market to the Lonesome Dove Emporium, wedding chapels and scenic vistas flanked 1895 Dogbranch School & Cemetery by split rail fences near Valley Springs as Boone County gives way to Newton and then Searcy County in a matter of minutes. Ample side roads and signs will direct you toward the Hurricane River Cave or a stained glass shop with any image you can imagine captured in glasswork. Challenge yourself to become an expert at stop and go travel; it is outside our human nature to be anything less than driven to get from point A to point B, but it turns out that many of life’s best moments come from meandering. You’ll find iconic The Rag Barn in Alpena vestiges of the past once you reach Pindall, pop. 95. Be certain to stop at the Dry Creek Homestead Mercantile before heading a few miles up the road to the environs of St. Joe (pop. 85), where you’ll find the venerable Ferguson’s Country Store & Restaurant, rightly famous for their cinnamon rolls. Buffalo River Outfitters could prepare you for a nearby bloat, and Big Springs


Restaurant and Smoked Meats could satisfy any appetite on the off-chance that you find yourself hungry again. Situated near the Buffalo National River and popular camping and floating areas such as Baker Ford, Woolum and Tyler Bend, St. Joe is a scenic and thriving little hub of outdoor recreation in Arkansas. As you continue into Marshall, Roten’s Furniture (since 1947) on the old town square may tickle your fancy, or you may find yourself taken by the pastoral rambling barns set against the mountain backdrop. You’ll wind your way upward toward Leslie, and it would be worth your while to pause at Rock-N-Java, a tiny gift and coffee shop perched precariously over a rocky vista with breathtaking views. The nearby town of Leslie is also full of small treasures, such as the Ozark Heritage Arts Center & Museum, the wellknown Serenity Farm Bakery for breads, pizzas and cookies as well as Morrissette Pottery, the Skylark Cafe, several antiques stores and an Arkansas Handmade outpost.

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and you may be running out of steam, you’ll have to save a stop at the Timbo Dairy Bar for your return trip home - you’ll not want to miss their fried green beans and a full dairyette menu. You are sure to need several days in Mountain View to recover from your drive, so visit the Ozark Folk Center State Park and enjoy the Folk Music Capital of the World at the pickin’ park near the downtown square. Hopefully, you’ll return home with a special place in your heart for stopping to see the sights along roads less traveled.

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THE WONDER FOOD:

Stevia

by Dr. J.E. Block

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et your food be medicine, and your medicine your food,” said Aristotle two thousand years ago, about the same time the primitive people who later became the Guarnani tribe of Paraguay first started eating Stevia. That was then, and now it is even more possible. One can buy the dry serrated leaves on line, or even better grow them as described on my blog last September. Recent scientific trials firmly establish that this sweet-leaf herb has many health benefiting plant-derived phyto-chemical compounds that control blood sugar, lipids, blood pressure, anxiety, infection, immune response, many skin conditions and even aging. Therefore, in addition to its use as natural sweetener, this low-calorie food has drawn my attention as well other forward thinking doctors from all over the planet. Stevia herb parts are very low in calories. Its dry leaves are roughly 40 times sweeter than sugar. The sweetness of sugar in stevia is due to several glycoside compounds including stevioside, steviolbioside, rebaudiosides A-E and dulcoside.

Stevioside is non-carbohydrate glycoside compound. Hence, it lacks the negative properties that sucrose and other carbohydrates have. Stevia extracts, like rebaudioside-A, are found to be 300 times sweeter than sugar. In contrast to sugar, however, stevia extracts have several unique properties such as long shelf life, high temperature tolerance, resistance to alteration by the pH in food or the Gut and it is nonfermentative. 8

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In addition to plant glycosides, the Whole Leaf Stevia has antioxidant compounds like triterpenes, flavonoids, and tannins. Some of flavonoid polyphenolic anti-oxidant phyto-chemicals present in stevia are kaempferol, quercetin, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, isoquercitrin and isosteviol. Stevia also contains many enzymes, minerals and vitamins. For an example, the American Journal of Epidemiology published a study that found kaempferol can reduce risk of pancreatic cancer by 23%! Quercetin is an anti-allergic compound.

“Stevia is a sweet new way to make the medicine go down . . . without the spoonful of sugar.” Chlorgenic acid reduces enzymatic conversion of glycogen to glucose in addition to decreasing absorption of glucose in the gut. This quality is in addition to having a non-caloric sweetener. Another glycoside in stevia extract has been found to dilate blood vessels, and it also increases sodium excretion and urine output as a non-carbohydrate sweetener. Stevia discourages such flora as Streptococcus mutans, the main bacteria in the mouth that causes dental caries and gingivitis. Farm fresh stevia plant leaves can be used directly in drinks as sweetener. However, most often its dried powder/ refined stevioside/ stevia syrup are being used in cooking. Use dried stevia powder in small proportions, as it is nearly 30 times sweeter than cane sugar. Roughly, one teaspoonful of dried leaves powder is equivalent to one cup of sugar. Stevia syrup is easily made by adding a cup of hot water to 1/4 cup of fresh, finely crushed leaves. This mixture is allowed to settle down for 24 hours, and then it is filtered and then refrigerated. It can be used topically on the skin for many conditions: acne, dermatitis, infection etc. Stevia as a sweetener is mainly rebaudioside-A, which is a white, crystalline powder approximately 300 times sweeter than cane sugar. Although non-caloric, it lacks the other medicinal effects of the full spectrum whole food as noted above.

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A Taste from Another Orchard

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have always been proud of my roots and cannot imagine growing up anywhere besides Northwest Arkansas. My brothers and I had plenty of woods to explore, creeks to swim in and friends to play with year round. Our parents, our friends’ parents and even our teachers were involved in every aspect of our lives. There was always someone around who cared, keeping us in line. But with all the wonderful amenities a child could enjoy in these parts, one thing we lacked was culinary variety.

Located on Rainbow Curve in Bentonville, it features food from all over India in an amazing array of options. Srinivas Varma Boreda, managing partner of India Orchard, takes great care to prepare the freshest, most authentic food possible to represent his homeland, which is no easy task; it takes a lot of spices, planning, hard work and commitment. Mr. Boreda and his partners opened India Orchard in April 2011 and planned to run it from Dallas, where he had originally moved to be near his sister. But the

The region’s economic boon came and with it a whole new world to our doorsteps, a world full of flavors and cooking styles many of us had never tried before. Aside from the various franchise restaurants that proliferate in the area now, we also have wonderfully unique, independent restaurants to keep culinary adventurers like me as happy as a curried clam. Enter India Orchard and the man behind the success. 10

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restaurant did not take off the way they had hoped, and less than a year later they were ready to close. Unwilling to give up, the partners came up with a plan.

This plan, as it turned out, required the element of surprise. Mr. Boreda arrived in Northwest Arkansas unannounced and spent a week visiting India Orchard without revealing who he was. The quality of food wasn’t a problem, so he dug deeper. Six days of observation confirmed what


he already suspected; the restaurant could be rescued with good old fashioned hard work and excellent service.

India Orchard’s menu offers fare from both North and South India, a country known for its many vegetarians. Anyone from any region of India,

Not originally a restaurateur, Mr. Boreda worked as a government contractor laying pipes in India, hard work if ever there was any. He had never dreamed of running successful restaurants, but moving to a new land often opens new doors. He found a new path in Dallas when he saw opportunities in the food business. His induction into the restaurant world began with bussing tables. It was far from the glamorous work that many imagine when they envision the food world, but anyone who has been in the business long enough can confirm how much work every aspect takes. Mr. Boreda, it seems, had the right foundation of hard working diligence and that extra something it took to get noticed; he was working directly with the owner within months. This experience at one of the best Indian restaurants in Dallas paved the way for his move here, and it gave him the confidence to establish a menu of which any owner or chef could be proud.

vegetarian or non-vegetarian, could walk into the restaurant and find something comforting to remind them of home.

Americans, on the other hand, are more likely to order out of curiosity than familiarity. They seem pleased with what they eat, too, because the keep coming back. They bring their friends to educate and pass on the culinary love. My first introduction to Indian food was in college, and I became better acquainted with it in culinary school. I’m no expert, but I have probably had more of it than the average American. My favorite has always been tandoori chicken and pooris, and both are deliciously served by India Orchard. I rarely order anything else because I enjoy them so much, but there are plenty of other options for those who like curry or want to try something new. Make sure to take your time ordering and ask plenty of questions, otherwise you may miss discovering a culinary adventure of your own.

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Hitting New Heights: Big Events at the Rogers Little Theater

by Derek Dague

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he historic brick streets of downtown Rogers lead to a variety of shops, eateries and museums, many of which have been local staples for years. Head down Second Street through the heart of the downtown area, and you will quickly come across the Victory Theater. Though it opened in 1927 as the first motion picture theater in Northwest Arkansas, it is still serving the public as a place for gathering and entertainment as the present home to the Rogers Little Theater. A venue for community entertainment for just over a quarter of a century, the Rogers Little Theater depends on over 700 volunteers, including around 125 volunteer actors, to bring to life some of the most beloved productions the stage has seen. Ed McClure, director, has been with the theater in various forms since the beginning. “RLT stays on the cutting edge,” said McClure. “Looking at titles like

Lombardi that just closed in New York and Checks and Balances that hasn’t opened in New York yet, it is clear we are cutting edge.” But even more significant points out McClure, is the ability to balance the new and still bring traditional theater to audiences. Past performances include classics like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, South Pacific, Checks and Balances Inherit the Wind and Coming soon, November 2012 Our Town. More modern pieces include Hairspray, Grease, Footloose and Chicago. On the surface a visit to the Rogers Little Theater might seem like a simple play, musical or dinner theater experience, but in reality it is the advancement of the arts in action. The theater’s 2ndStage Diversity Unites series focuses on community issues such as race, religion and politics; audience participation is not only encouraged in these performances, but it is also vital. The result is far from a simple show, but instead it is societal progress through the arts. Children, too, have the opportunity to learn the business of theater from concept to finished production through the theater’s youth programs.

Photo Credit: Old Hat Studios Scene from Hairspray

The volunteers and players are certainly vital for the theater, but additional forces at work ensure the show goes on. Individuals who cannot perform are welcome to donate other talents and financial resources as behind the scenes assistance, and local businesses make contributions as


sponsors to the theater. Reservations for catered meals may be made, and balcony seats may be purchased as a membership option in addition to dinner theater seating. “We started as community theater doing the shows you would expect community theater to do,” said McClure. “But we have transformed ourselves into a regional theater doing the level of theater you would expect from a regional theater . . . and we have done it with volunteers.”

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Nov 1-3, 6-8, 13-15, 27-30 Dec 1, 4-8 Dec 9 9 to 5 The Musical Coming soon, February 2013

The theater kicks off its 27th season this year with Oliver!, which runs through to the end of September. Titles to follow include Checks and Balances, A Christmas Carol Today, 9 to 5: The Musical, Goodbye Charlie, Love, Loss and What I Wore, Lombardi, and The King and I. The Rogers Little Theater shows no signs of losing steam, which is indeed a great indication that the arts are alive and well in Northwest Arkansas. For more information, show times and driving directions visit http:// rogerslittletheater.org/ or call 479-631-8988.

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The Business of Bliss

WOMEN ENTREPRENUER’S OF NWA by Bethany Stephens

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he parent company of the magazine Victoria, which debuted in 1987, published a special book called The Business of Bliss in 1999, highlighting intriguing and exceptionally creative ventures by women. The profiled businesses always seem impossibly perfect – inspiring, fulfilling and profitable. If this were the reliable result of pursuing what you love, we’d all be successful entrepreneurs. However, the truth is that operating a small business or creative venture is exhausting, frightening and challenging regardless of your gender, and failure is all too common. Fortunately for all of us, the threat is not sufficient to scare off a number of capable, energetic women in northwest Arkansas and beyond. There are approximately eight million women-owned businesses in the United States, and nearly 90% of these are small businesses, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership. In

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The founder of Junk Brands was born into a family of entrepreneurs and has been an innovator for most of her life. Her signature product is a performancedriven headband for male and female athletes as well as everyday fashion, and it has taken the competitive world of CrossFit (a highly varied, short but intense fitness program that has grown immensely popular in the United States) by storm. JunkBrands.com

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fact, according to the SBA, women-owned businesses represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the economy. However, although more than 50% of women-owned businesses would need loans of less than $50,000 to start-up, many women use personal savings or credit cards rather than bank loans, and fewer than 25% of women-owned businesses engage in e-commerce and have websites for their firms. Supporting women-owned businesses is not an “instead of” proposition - it isn’t about women-owned businesses being better than or, conversely, deserving of more empathy than businesses run by men. The simple fact is that when more Americans start-up businesses, we’re all moving the country forward. Providing the tools and removing the barriers to make this happen is an investment in our own economy. Join us in celebrating this sampling of women in business and contributing to their ongoing success, inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs in the process.


Canvas Corp

Christine Meier

Based in Springdale and founded in 2006, Canvas Corp manufactures craft, scrapbooking and home decor basics under four brand lines: Canvas Home Basics, BagWorks, 7gypsies and Tattered Angels. The products are carried by Hobby Lobby and Michael’s craft stores and are exported to nearly 30 countries. Christine and her husband have owned a number of successful companies, including a 400-employee manufacturing and distribution business in the crafts industry (which they sold in 2004). Christine’s ventures have an exceptionally enthusiastic following, with women all over the world gathering to use their supplies for scrapbooking parties and events. CanvasCorp.com

Jenny Marrs

Jenny Marrs Photography

After dreaming of the kind of work that would make her want to leap out of bed with enthusiasm (with or without caffeine) and stay awake at night with excitement, Jenny Marrs launched a lifestyle photography business in 2008 and has found it to be all she hoped - and far more. This zest is captured in her work photographing families, couples, children and even food. She holds photography workshops for beginners, and as she and her husband prepare to adopt a third child from Ethiopia, they are launching an online Etsy. com shop selling lovely handmade chalkboards and shabby chic vintage shelves. JennyMarrsPhotography.com

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Radine Trees Nehring Author of the “To Die For” Mystery Series

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ystery lovers will delight in reading Radine Trees Nehring’s “To Die For” mystery series. Each book is set in wellknown locales in Arkansas, as well as rarely traveled places. The settings for her stories are carefully selected, and not just any place will do. Nehring takes time to know a place, learn its history and meet the people. “If I can feel a story that will involve my characters… and if everything clicks, I know I’ve found the next location for a book.” Carrie McCrite and Henry King are

the believable and endearing characters created by this award-winning author. Much like the writer, Carrie is curious, determined and at times loveable. Her curiosity has put her and Henry, husband and ex-policeman, in peril through seven “to die for” mysteries. Just when it seems there is no hope to escape from unscrupulous villains, Carrie finds a way out or Henry beats her to the rescue. Radine and her husband John were captivated by the beauty of the region when they discovered Spring Hollow in the Arkansas Ozarks. Prior to their move to this area, Radine spent her days in Tulsa, Oklahoma, working in a high-end, exclusive shop for women that offered “absolutely nothing anyone needed” with expected high prices. The more time the Nehrings spent in the simplicity of the Arkansas Ozarks, the more dissatisfying city life became.

Nehring’s latest mystery, A Fair to Die For, is set in a favorite Ozark place for visitors each fall: the October Craft Fair at War Eagle Mill. A familiar setting for many, readers will delight in the behindthe-scenes glimpses that Nehring peoples with kidnappers, drug dealers, thieves, and thugs posing real danger for the heroine and her friends. The reader is left guessing how Carrie will escape a deadly fate and save the day. 16

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Building a two-room cabin among the dogwood trees and native plants brought them even closer to a very different kind of life; here Radine began her writing career. Writing first

Radine Trees Nehring

about her newly found love, the Ozarks, she found a way to include exciting places around the state as settings for her mystery series. Nehring’s body of work includes seven mysteries to date and other books based on her love of the Ozarks. Writers will

Train lovers will get on board for Journey to Die For, as her believable characters find murder in addition to the beautiful scenery on the excursion train from Springdale to Van Buren, Arkansas. Pretending to be regular tourists exploring downtown shops, Carrie and Henry investigate a possible ring of jewelry thieves. The action becomes more serious as Carrie’s life is endangered by an unexpected push over a rail into the water below.


identify with the dedication it takes to research, write, publish and promote this many books. “My office is full of ‘stuff,’ but every bit is writing related. There is no day out of seven when I’m not in my office at some time—writing, working on blogs, Facebook, answering e-mail, mentoring other authors and much more.” Even with that schedule, she still wishes that she had more time to write. Each day starts with re-reading what she wrote the day before. “I’m one of those writers who edits the story as I go. That’s partly because I don’t create pages of outline before I begin a novel. For the most part, I discover the story as I go, just as readers will later.” She is the recipient of many prestigious writing awards which include the Governor’s Award for Best Writing in the State of Arkansas and a Silver

Falchion Award at Killer Nashville. She was also inducted into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame presented by the Arkansas Pioneer Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. Nehring not only skillfully promotes her own writing, but she also champions the work of other writers. She is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences, and she guest blogs for other writers and writes her own informative blog: www.radine. wordpress.com.

Nehring receives the Arkansas’ Writers’ Hall of Fame Award

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A River to Die For leads Carrie, the reluctant camper, into the criminal world of historic artifact thefts. Wandering off on her own as Henry and their grown grandkids explore the river, Carrie enters the dark and frightening world of caves dotting the cliffs above the Buffalo National River. Clammy hands are guaranteed from the suspense in this mystery that constantly contrasts the quiet beauty of this pristine waterway with the evil intent on the part of smugglers.

The Crescent Hotel in historic Eureka Springs is the backdrop for A Wedding to Die For. Ghosts, murder, bombings and intrigue are hardly the expected setting for a romantic wedding that Carrie and Henry planned.

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Tour de Apple Tree, 2010 Bronze 10’ x 10’ x 12’ ft.


George Dombek

Artist of the Unexpected

by Marilyn H. Collins

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met George Dombek in his studio surrounded by trees in Goshen, Arkansas. At ease with himself and his work, he generously led me on a tour of the studio and his newly constructed art gallery. Soaring white straight and curved walls with large expanses of glass provide the perfect setting of light and surrounding nature for his current work. The art gallery’s three-sided atrium will frame a new sculpture garden. His dedication and single-focused work often bring Dombek to his studio as early as 3 am or 4 am. Classical music may be playing in the background, but more often he just enjoys the silence of early morning.

The Birds They Sing, 2011, Watercolor 40” x 40”

He usually ends his long workday taking walks around his wooded property just observing nature. “I see something interesting and paint from these visual experiences,” said Dombek. He doesn’t try to copy nature or create panoramic scenes; he likes to examine things close up. Dombek often connects single 40” x 60” panels into larger paintings. He constructed a huge wooden panel suspended by pulleys from the ceiling to bring the panels to the space where he is currently working.

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The Hendrix’s on the Way to Church, 2005, Watercolor 40” x 40”

He began painting 52 years ago with common objects found in the rural environment of Paris, Arkansas, where he was born. There he absorbed the beauty of both nature and the architecture of rural buildings and barns. As an architect as well as an artist, images of the familiar light and shadow found in these old structures attracted him. After receiving his MA in Painting from the University of Arkansas, he moved to San Francisco to capture the stark light and shadow found in the city’s fire escapes. www.2njoymag.com

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unexpected world in his current work. Viewers of his paintings aren’t distracted by background or surrounding images. Dombek is not trying to tell a story or make a statement beyond the work itself. The crispness of white paper is all that’s seen in the background. Each person is invited to view the work and let it speak to their own story. “Subjects for my work tend to change about every three years,” said Dombek. Just as his first 15 years were focused on manmade subjects, his next 15 years and current paintings explore nature with its random order, often captured in the form of trees: limbs, twigs and leaves. His “Tour de Tree” series includes 20 or more different paintings. “Tour de de Apple Apple Tree” Tree” is an “Tour an extension extension of of this thisfocus focuson ontrees trees morphingfrom from watercolor watercoloron on paper papertotoaacast cast bronze morphing bronze sculpture of a tree commissioned by Crystal BridgesofMuseum ofsculpture a tree commissioned by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Dombek created work complete American Art.Art. Dombek created this this work complete with leaves witha leaves a bicycle formed within twigs in the and bicycleand formed with twigs caught the caught branches. Later branches. Later he added birds, images of women he added fish, birds, images fish, of women and a child to his and tree a child to his tree paintings. paintings.

Monarch and Zebra Swallowtail Butterflies, 2012, Watercolor 40” x 40”

Strong images of disappearing steel mills in Youngstown, Ohio, highlighted his next work. While teaching at Florida A&M University, he used the skeletons of tobacco barns left bare from the ravages of passing hurricanes to bring the viewer’s eye skyward in an almost cathedral-like experience. “My background in architecture helps me create more than a photo image of objects. I build a painting,” said Dombek. In the late 80s early 90s, Dombek taught for Florida State University’s extension program in Florence, Italy. The light reflection off the water and rocks worn smooth by the sea on the Island of Elba became his next fascination, which resulted in over 200 separate paintings. New curves and color of rocks held his attention and continues to occasionally inspire his work today. While in Italy, he was also attracted to the light and shadow created by bicycles propped against a building and began painting them. They were later transformed into an 22

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“The first thing to do was find a perfect tree for the sculpture,” said Dombek. “The tree was cut into 70 different pieces, encased in plaster and placed in a 1400-degree furnace. The wood then disintegrated inside the plaster. Bronze was poured into the remaining space. Finished pieces were welded together, then transported and installed on the grounds of Crystal Bridges.” The “Tour de Apple Tree” can be seen on the trail connecting the museum with Compton Gardens, located very near the Skyspace and James Turrell’s sculpture, “The Way of Color.” “George Dombek’s work can be understood in the tradition of American superrealism, with a deep empathy for nature and the desire to communicate that to the viewer,” said David Houston, Director of Curatorial at the museum. “As an Arkansan, his depiction of nature brings a fresh understanding to the Crystal Bridges collection.” Another of Dombek’s work in the Crystal Bridges collection is “A Few Water Drops.” The subject seems impossible to capture in watercolor, the only medium in which he works. Dense blades of grass forming light and shadow are captured in the freshness of glistening morning dew drops.


Always looking for new visual inspiration, Dombek explored the 5-acre collection of old equipment parts on a neighbor’s nearby property. Shapes of assorted objects began to take on humorous and true-to-life expressions and attitudes of people. Characters appear in rusty pipes adorned with tin cans, colanders, various car parts and upside-down coffee pots; some sport sunglasses propped atop a downturned spout. The easily recognizable human and often amusing nature of families emerged: a family on their way to church, the odd couple, and one who talks too much excluded from the group. One named “Tommy Embarrasses Easily” portrays Tommy, a small pipe painted red, standing between his parents. These paintings are so delightful that one thinks, “I know these people!”

A widely acclaimed artist, George Dombek’s paintings are included in over a 1000 collections, several of which hold special importance to him: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Butler Institute of American Art Arkansas Art Center Carnegie Institute Museum of Art Tyson Foods Corporation

Dombek’s work has received over 100 awards: Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant Arkansas Arts Council Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Grant NEA Fellowship

The public and all art lovers will have a rare treat during the month of October to visit Dombek’s gallery and studio from 1 pm to 5 pm each Saturday and Sunday. Sixteen acres of parking is in back of the studio. “I have so little time for conversation with people in a one-day show, that I decided to extend the time period this year,” said Dombek. “I look forward to having more sustained conversation with visitors.” Original paintings are for sale as well as giclee print reproductions of selected works that are usually limited to 60. George Dombek

The personalities are so evident in this series, “Ozark Portraits,” that Dombek is commissioned to create custom family portraits using the same visual objects to capture the essence of the real family members. Dombek speaks fondly of his wife’s great-grand son, Locklyn, as an inspiration for his current work. Just a walk through the yard is an adventure for a young child. “I love to watch him become more conscious and understanding of the nature around him. Each twig and branch invites observation. I call my current period of painting nature as my “Locklyn Period.” Locklyn inspired my creating an armadillo, a goat, fish and other creatures painted in twigs to share space in the painted trees.

“Beginning this spring, gallery shows will be scheduled featuring two other artists—one a well-established artist and the other an emerging one.” Watch for more details on www.georgedombek.com

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MIHO SAKON the perfect pitch by Amy Giezentanner

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have always admired people who travel through life with purpose and direction, people whose careers seem to be part of who they are. Some jump from career to career until they find the one for which they were made. Some trip into careers because they were in the right place at the right time. Still others begin their careers as small children, knowing full well that is what they want to do when they grow up.

Miho and Josuha at a cooking class in Argentina

not quite music to her ears. “When I started learning . . . ,” says Miho, “to be honest, I didn’t like practicing the violin at home. However, I loved playing the violin with my friends and coming to my violin lessons because I had a wonderful and warm-hearted teacher.” It was just the encouraging approach she needed to flourish as a musician. It is no surprise that warmheartedness spoke to her as a child because the adult Miho loves to share her gifts and meet new people. Ever the adventurer, Miho always wanted to travel the world when she was growing up. But as it often does for many of us, life got in the way. She had a good life in Japan with good friends and a good career, and she thought that was it. Then one day her sly mother and a visiting professor from the University of Arkansas gave Miho’s name and number to a biochemistry colleague at the University, just in case they might hit it off.

So it was for violinist Miho Sakon. Charming, talented and passionate about music, Miho began her musical career at the age of four in Japan. Her parents, both musicians, knew the value of music in a child’s life and insisted it be part of hers. They let her pick the instrument Miho came to the United States in 2008 when she wanted to play and enrolled her in classes, but it was 24

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her long-distance romance with Dr. Joshua Sakon turned into marriage, and she adjusted quickly to the new culture. However, English is still a headache - not because she dislikes it, but because learning foreign languages is endless. She studies and practices, just like she hopes her violin students practice their music.

As important as practicing is, though, she says it is not the only way to become good at playing. Miho believes it is just as important to listen to a range of beautiful music for motivation and to have many types to learn in order to propel one forward in his or her practices. That is what worked for her, along with the Suzuki Method of music. She now teaches at the Suzuki School of Music of Arkansas, which is typically geared toward young students. She does have some teenage students and even teaches an adult, a fact that falls in line with her general philosophy on life: It is never too late so do not put limitations on yourself, because the sky’s the limit. Miho absolutely sets that philosophy into motion in her own life. Her passion for the things she does and her open friendliness make her a wonderful addition to the region.

Miho Sakon playing her violin at a charity benefit for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on May 27th 2011.

She plays for the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, where she celebrates life through music – the kind of life that demonstrates a sense of purpose so easy to admire.

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CHAFFEE CROSSING: AN EMERGING COMMUNITY by Bethany Stephens

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prestigious national award recently brought attention from across the United States to the tireless revitalization efforts of an Arkansas community. The Association of Defense Communities, an organization representing 200 communities across the nation with significant military presence, honored Chaffee Crossing and the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority with its highest honor at the annual conference held in Monterey, California in August.

by way of stints in economic development and real estate work ranging from Hot Springs to work with the Choctaw Indians in Mississippi. He delights in telling the story of the Chaffee Crossing of today in its entirety, and it is obvious in speaking with Owens that the story is worthy of our collective attention and admiration. Fort Chaffee 1940s - 1990s

In the early 1940s, the United States Department of Defense acquired some 72,000 acres in Sebastian County near Fort Smith to establish an army In being named the 2012 training base and prisoner-ofBase Redevelopment war camp during World War Project of the Year, Chaffee II. The Maness School House, Crossing receives the built in 1937 with a porch attention it deserves as one added in 1943 by some of the of the most exceptional 3,000 German POWs, is the transformations in Arkansas, if not the United States. At the helm of the Chaffee Crossing only building that was not moved or destroyed during the creation of what would later be Fort Chaffee. redevelopment is Ivy Owens, executive director of the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority. Owens exudes a rare The post was activated and deactivated several times in passion and immense focus: he is singularly committed to subsequent decades during the Korean War and the Vietnam working himself and his organization out of a job. War, including use during the Cold War and the processing of thousands of Cubans in the 1980s. Most famously, Elvis Owens came to the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority 26

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Presley received his signature army buzz-cut as an enlisted man at Fort Chaffee in 1958. Many active army base closings occurred in 1995, and more than 7,000 acres at Fort Chaffee were declared excess by the U.S. government. In 1998, the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority was established to market and redevelop this valuable land which had been off the tax rolls since 1941. It took nearly a decade for the FCRA to find its footing, with several directors doing substantial work to get finances and operations under control and develop revenue streams. Chaffee Crossing By the time seasoned real estate and economic developer Ivy Owens took the helm in 2007, it was high time for the property to make its mark on a new century. Thanks to an active marketing campaign and rebranding the area as Chaffee Crossing, the FCRA conducted more than $3 million in property sales in 2011 and more than $7 million year to date in 2012.

be finished in his lifetime, and a U.S. Highway 71 interchange will have people traveling this crossroads by 2014. The former Fort Smith railroad access has been restored and the community can now accept freight, advancing efforts to further develop Chaffee Crossing. It is a positive story for Fort Smith, which is often on the public’s radar only for industry and factory closings and less than flattering depictions. The land that was once home to army barracks, prisoners of war and more than 10,000 Hurricane Katrina refugees is now a vibrant harbinger of the community’s future. Appropriately, the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority will cease to exist when its work is complete and all the land is accounted for in yet-to-be-named schools, churches, companies, libraries, grocery stores and ample parks and green space. Its neighborhoods are full of young professionals with an average age of late 20s and early 30s, although many smaller homes and lots attract yard-free-seeking retirees. Homes range up to nearly half a million dollars as well, and ample bike and hiking trails and other amenities attract professionals and hospital administrators. “We need to feel better about ourselves and feel good about where this community is headed next,” says Owens. “We want Chaffee Crossing to be the catalyst for Fort Smith’s future.” www.ChaffeeCrossing.com

Today, Chaffee Crossing is an absolutely stellar hub of community and commerce, boasting desirable residential neighborhoods, a bustling job epicenter of more than 1,200 workers daily, golf courses, recreational facilities, museums, a branch library in the works and the Janet Huckabee Nature Center. The 2012 Base Redevelopment Project of the Year award presented in August confirms that this transformative effort is on the right track. In short, Chaffee Crossing has become the Fort Smith neighborhood that has it all, centered around a Smart Growth/New Urbanism approach ensuring that it takes less than five minutes by bike or walking for a resident to reach school, church, jobs and amenities. According to Owens, “This is the future of Fort Smith, if not the economic development engine of western Arkansas.” Six miles of the I-49 corridor, which Owens was told would never

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by Robin Mero

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f you gather ten Northwest Arkansans in a room, eight of them will be Caucasian; this story is about the other two. Northwest Arkansas is still disproportionately white compared to the rest of our nation, and even compared with Arkansas as a whole more than 80 percent of residents are Caucasian according to the 2010 Census. But change is everywhere; 50 percent of students at Springdale High School are Hispanic. A French chef sells crêpes on the Bentonville Square. At least four Latino candidates are seeking public office this fall in our corner of the state. A place in Goshen slaughters animals by Islamic guidelines for strict Muslims. Northwest Arkansas has Jewish synagogues, Hindu temples and churches for virtually every cultural and religious group, including the Marshallese, Buddhists and those of Bahá’í Faith. Asian markets sell enormous dried fungi, mangoes and 29

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fish paste; Indian groceries are stocked with dahls, masalas, chutneys and Ayurvedic remedies. Tortillerias abound, and new restaurants regularly open serving authentic fare from places such as Latin America, India, China, Japan, Cuba and Southeast Asia. The variety of foreigners here is remarkable, thanks in part to the University of Arkansas and major international employers such as Walmart. But perhaps the most heartening news is that racial tensions of years past seem to be waning. Many people here credit the open attitudes of our children, and say that our school environments encourage kids to be comfortable and friendly with each other and to embrace differences. We spoke with some residents of other cultures to glean what it’s like to live in Northwest Arkansas during this early 21st century, and we found common themes to their experiences.


Pooja and her husband, a software designer for an Indian company, and their two children have moved back and forth between India and the U.S. several times since 1999 based on work assignments, the recession and homesickness. They lived in Scottsdale, Seattle, Cincinnati and Dayton before Northwest Arkansas, which Pooja calls “the most peaceful area I’ve found, and the most beautiful.” The hardest part of adjusting to life in America for Pooja is maintaining her pure vegetarian diet. In India, trucks selling fresh vegetables circulate the neighborhoods like ice cream trucks in the states. “Families shop in markets daily for raw, organic produce plucked straight from the fields and for fresh dough to bake yeast-free breads,” she said. Pooja also noted that the public school education in Arkansas isn’t as rigorous or “bookish” as in India, but it is more practical. She believes her children will choose to live in the U.S. as adults. “I like the experience they’re getting; my kids are so flexible. They develop a boldness here, and their lives are organized,” she said.

Pooja Agarwal, Yoga Instructor The Yoga Story

All hail a friend Foreigners often rely on friendships with those of similar backgrounds for daily support, but they like making friends that they would not necessarily find in their home countries. This is true among tenants at The Links at Rainbow Curve in Bentonville, where hundreds of residents are from India. Because India is a vast and diverse country with 250 spoken languages, they don’t necessarily all speak the same language, so they speak English, which is a universal language in India. “It’s one of the best parts of being in America,” said Pooja Agarwal, who teaches yoga several times a week at Yoga Story in Bentonville. “We meet more people from other parts of India here with different food habits and languages. We have get-togethers, and we all speak English.”

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raised in an orphanage in southern Vietnam. As a child, she labored in rice fields, earning only a dollar or two a day, and was too poor to attend school. Cherie was adopted by a Bentonville couple, Mary and Tim Henry, at age 13. When she de-boarded an airplane in Northwest Arkansas, she could communicate only her name. She had never learned to read Vietnamese, and she did not speak English, so her new American mother homeschooled her.

MEXICAN FOOD IN NWA The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Americans are eating four times more Mexican Food than they ate 20 years ago, and sales of salsa now top ketchup sales. Tamales, a popular food in the NWA region have been traced back to the Ancient Maya people

“I was sad for a couple of years,” Cherie admitted. Eventually, she made a few Vietnamese friends, went to beauty school and met her future husband. The couple has two young sons and Cherie, now 27, owns her own business. Most of her employees at Rose Nails in Rogers are Vietnamese. Cherie is now a U.S. citizen. Her sons were born here, and they speak a little bit of Vietnamese with American accents. They love American food and traditions. When asked if she’d return to live in Vietnam, Cherie spread her dark eyes wide and vigorously shook her head no. “This is the best country in the world,” she said.

who prepared them for feasts as early as the Preclassic period (1200-250 BC).

Kelley Cradduck, sheriff elect in Benton County and a former Rogers police officer, remembered a particular visit to Rogers High School in 2007. The school was the largest in the state until a second high school opened the following year. “I went to the lunch room, and it looked like Moses went in there and parted the Red Sea,” Cradduck said of the white and Latino populations. “I wasn’t surprised, but I was a little disappointed. I still think we have a long way to go, but these kids are growing up together and I notice more acceptance. My daughter (elementary age) doesn’t care or know what racism is.” This very Latino population has greatly contributed to the local economy while generating its own stores, restaurants, churches and mass communications media, including several newspapers, radio stations and a local Spanish-language network.

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Al Lopez, also known as “Papa Rap,” is a well-known Latino musician and community bridge-builder who now works for the Springdale School District as a cultural liaison. “When I came here in the 90s there was resistance to change,” Lopez said. “We still see some of that, but I think overall the tension’s not there. The kids have changed that. They play sports together, they hang together. I find that once people get to know each other they accept the differences. The schools are doing a wonderful job of encouraging this.” Springdale is also home to 4,300 Marshall Islanders, which is the largest enclave of Marshallese in the continental United States. The city’s school district has 225 parents involved with its family literacy program. Those parents attend school three hours a day, four days a week. The program teaches


them how to speak English and how to better assimilate with the local culture. “Our superintendent’s vision is that we educate all kids; it doesn’t matter if they come from across the street or across the ocean,” said Mary Bridgforth, coordinator for the school’s English Language Learner program.

ORIGINS Going strictly by the numbers, Hispanics impact the demographics in Northwest Arkansas more than any other group. International companies that are based here do hire employees from many other countries, but those numbers are still small in comparison – although they do impact on average salaries in the region, said Mary Jo Schneider, a professor in the UA’s Department of Anthropology. “I believe the Marshallese and Hispanic influences are greater” Schneider said. Still, the medley is unmistakable, especially at Spring International in Fayetteville, one of the few intensive, fullyaccredited English schools in the U.S. A majority of the 200 current students are from the Middle East but also from South Korea, Taiwan, Colombia, Japan, Germany, Argentina, China, Peru, Indonesia, Russia, Chile, Thailand, Vietnam, Switzerland, Spain, Guatemala, Italy, Turkey, Mexico, the Congo, Israel, Venezuela, Angola and Ecuador. Many of the students plan to attend the UA or Northwest Arkansas Community College but must first improve their mastery of English. Students live throughout the community, some with host families. They marvel at the wide open green spaces, at the freedom and independence they are allowed and at Northwest Arkansans’ hospitality. “Total strangers will smile at you,” said Sung Soo Yang of South Korea, who arrived at XNA on January 20 at the age of 22. He came to the U.S. to learn English, and he picked Arkansas because he was told he would find virtually no South Koreans here; it would force him to fully immerse in the culture and language. So far he loves the area’s Mexican food and was delighted to discover a Korean grocery store in Fayetteville.

Abdulaziz Aldawish was nicknamed “Aziz” by fellow students. He finds Northwest Arkansas to be a wonderland of freedom in contrast to his home country of Saudi Arabia. At 19, Aziz is growing his hair long, eating fast food and enjoying popularity at school – in part because he owns a car. He has been studying English for 11 months and wants to earn a business degree. Sura Fariszaki of Iraq is here with her husband and two young children, earning her doctorate in cellular and molecular biology. Sura keeps her head covered in the Muslim tradition but said she seldom feels discriminated against or judged. Jimmy Bowie, student services coordinator for the program, is tasked with picking up new students from their flights. He said they’re accustomed to bustling, international airports. While making arrangements, they always express concern about locating him upon arrival at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. Will he be holding a sign, they ask? They’re always shocked at how quaint and rural the airport turns out to be, and he always spots them in the “crowd.”

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said, shrugging off the inconvenience of living far from relatives. Larissa is a dynamic, cosmopolitan world traveler who speaks fluent Portuguese, French, English and German. She worked with the global educational organization Up With People and is a trained legal and medical interpreter. Larissa teaches Portuguese lessons at the World Trade Center in Rogers and is starting a Portuguese Club at the UA. Her husband works for Tyson Foods, and was part of the company’s acquisition team for Brazil. They have moved to Northwest Arkansas two times, the first when she was pregnant with their daughter. “I stayed in the Hampton Inn for the first 45 days and had to find an OB/GYN and buy a home. But when my daughter was born, every day of the first week one of my neighbors brings something, like a lasagna. I told my family about it, and they said, ‘This is beautiful! Congratulations!’” This is the welcoming spirit Larissa cherishes, as do many other foreigners. Many remarked that they find this area safer, simpler and kinder than the larger cities. “Here, you have everything you need, the Walton Arts Center, Crystal Bridges,” Larissa said. When we returned to

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Brazil, I had to explain to my son why children sleep on the street. Here there are no gates in front of the houses. I would never be able to let my daughter ride her bike there. I hope we stay for a while.”

“We got so much in common, We strive for the same old ends. And I just can’t wait, Wait for us to become friends.” - Bob Dylan, I Feel a Change Comin’ On

So the next time you see hundreds of darker-skinned players congregating at the soccer fields, perhaps you’ll stop, watch a game and cheer. (Last month, the Dominos Soccer Tournament raised $8,650 for the Bentonville School District). Maybe you’ll make plans to dine at the new Latin American restaurant in your neighborhood. Or perhaps you’ll simply smile at the veiled woman sitting in the doctor’s waiting room. Change keeps coming, and it’s here to stay.


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n 2009, a harrowing and nearly fatal experience in the Ozarks altered Ed Cooley’s life. Nearly three years later he is a happy, healthy and world-renowned photographer who has captured some of the most stunning places in the world through photographs that cause heart palpitations with their grandeur. Fifteen years ago, Ed was a software engineer and entrepreneur working predominantly in an office job. One day he and his wife Faith stumbled into a Thomas Mangelsen gallery in the Kansas City area and became intrigued with the photographic landscapes. Ed began dabbling; he bought his first decent camera in 2005 and upgraded in 2008 to a more professional medium format camera for travel. In the fall of 2009, Ed began having thoughts of how much he truly enjoyed photography and a sense that he desired to pursue the art as more than a hobby. During peak fall foliage that October he set out for Twin Falls, a 70’ double waterfall considered one of the most picturesque in Arkansas located in the remote Buffalo National River wilderness area of the Ozark National Forest. Ed stood at the top of the ridge on a 30’ bluff to scout locations for his photographs prior to beginning his downward hike. The ground crumbled beneath him, and the next known fact was a distress signal received from his SPOT (a satellite GPS messenger and emergency communication device), which pure and simply saved his life.

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outlook was grim. Pinned by a tree that fell with him, unable to move and partially submerged in the cold creek water, he did his best to set himself up to attempt to survive the night surrounded by unforgiving terrain, wind and pitch black darkness. He had a severely broken ankle, a broken collarbone and a pelvic fracture in addition to the onset of hypothermia. It took nearly seven hours for a search and rescue team to make contact with Ed. Over seventeen hours would ultimately pass before a team succeeded in locating him, moving him to a satisfactory location for transport and airlifting him to Washington Regional the following morning for hours in surgery and the intensive care unit. Today Ed is thankful and very fortunate to be alive. Recuperating over the next six months, Ed “. . . did a lot of soul-searching. Faith wouldn’t allow me to lie in bed, but my heart wasn’t in programming.” The building in historic downtown Rogers that now houses Ed Cooley’s White River Gallery was originally intended to house computers and equipment, and Ed conceptualized the possibility of a small display area in the front for clients to enjoy photographic landscapes. After the Twin Falls accident, however, Ed says, “My whole world changed. I wake up every day saying thank you to God for allowing me to live. For me, photography is totally different now - it’s very spiritual.” The result of this devotion and Ed’s pure joy at living and capturing life are evident in his work. He spends about 15 - 20 hours per week just studying the craft, saying that it takes incredible

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technique to master such a unique approach and years for an individual style to emerge. He tells of driving nearly five hours on more than six occasions to attempt to capture a particular shot at the right time. “It’s got to speak to you, but sometimes it takes a while . . . . Some locations are so dramatic they speak loudly, and others speak very quietly.”

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The places Ed captures are certainly dramatic, and his style is unmatched. One of the most unique features of Ed’s work is the jaw-dropping size of his photographs; many are more than ten feet in height or width and their clarity is absolutely breathtaking. In fact, fewer than a dozen galleries worldwide show works of such magnitude, but Ed’s photographs will soon be shown alongside master prints by Picasso and Rembrandt at the Hilligoss Galleries on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. A good portion of Ed’s time is spent inhaling masterworks - art is what inspires him most, rather than other photography. He enjoys the old school artistry, the spiritual nature and the composition of works such as those currently displayed at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in the Hudson River School exhibit. In between self-reflection, studying his craft and finessing his technique, Ed travels with Faith extensively to 38

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photograph some of the world’s most stunning places: Antarctica, a trip this past summer to Alaska to photograph grizzly bears (netting three prestigious photography awards), a visit to South Carolina to capture incredibly old trees and a month in Italy shooting some of the most riveting architecture, landscapes and settings imaginable. Next on their list is a trip to the Florida Keys, and Ed plans to begin capturing Hudson River scenes next. He calls it the original American art and enthuses about working to capture the fictional scenes painted by the American masters. Tavola eatery in downtown Bentonville will begin an exclusive showing of ten of Ed’s photographs from the Tuscany region this fall. However, it truly requires standing in Ed’s small, chill-evoking gallery in the heart of downtown Rogers to appreciate his spellbinding work. When a fellow human being emerges from the sort of saga that defined Ed Cooley’s life that cold October day, his or her very special view of the world often demands to be seen first-hand.

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ne of the oldest industries in Arkansas is experiencing an influx of youthful exuberance, and the results are having a tremendous ripple effect across the state. Many lifelong Arkansans and new residents alike are surprised to learn our state boasts ten wineries, all of which are worthy of a visit. The perfect excuse is right on the horizon: the Wiederkehr Weinfest in Altus held on October 13. Admission to the grounds is free, and it is an excellent opportunity to experience Arkansas winemaking.

Areas, or officially-designated grape-growing regions: the Ozark Mountain AVA, the Arkansas Mountain AVA and the Altus AVA. (source: EncyclopediaOfArkansas.net). The vast majority of Arkansas wineries centered around the Altus area in the River Valley, making an excursion to the upcoming Weinfest an ideal chance to sample seven out of the ten wineries in one excursion. Additionally, “Tyrolean” style activities, winery tours, tram rides through the vineyards and even grape-stomping will round out the festival.

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Interestingly, 2012 has emerged as one of the best seasons to date for Arkansas wine. The drought and difficult weather conditions which have wreaked havoc on agriculture across the state have been akin to a perfect storm for grape growing. Combined with some of the best conditions to emerge in more than fifty years, the emergence of new approaches to a centuries-old process makes this fall the perfect time to experience Arkansas wineries firsthand. In fact, three of the winemakers at Arkansas’ ten wineries are up and comers under the age of 40! Speaking with these trend-setters makes it clear that winemaking in


Arkansas is on the cusp of an exciting new revolution which will spur it forward through the next hundred and thirty years. Meet An Arkansas Winemaker A graduate of California Polytechnic State University, Luke Holcombe is the young and perpetually grinning winemaker at Post Winery in Altus. However, his good nature belies razor-sharp focus, innovative ideas and an intense desire to push the envelope on Arkansas wine production. Post Winery in Altus

Of winemaking, he says, “Everything boils down to getting us to that brilliant end result. My philosophy is for our winery to grow better every year and to never become stagnant.” Holcombe brings rather different, but to date wildly successful, ideas to the winemaking table; in his two year tenure, Post has added effervescence to Moscato, produced a complex Vignoles and brought a sweet white with “fruit that tingles the tongue” to market in its popular Blue Parachute. New equipment and processes have arrived as well: most notably, the winery is gradually transitioning to screw-top bottles. “It’s a better way to seal wine, period,” says Holcombe, undaunted at such a controversial statement. “You can guarantee a perfect seal and avoid a 25% defect rate, which would be unacceptable in any other industry. Plus, 60% of American households don’t own a corkscrew!”

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Holcombe is intent on marketing to the masses as well as the elite, following a dedicated path to take the winery to new heights. Keep an eye out for Luke Holcombe and Post Winery, and raise a glass to enjoying their future successes.

Altus/River Valley Wineries Chateau Aux Arc (1998), pronounced Ozark from the French designation for the region, has quickly ascended as Arkansas’ largest Chardonnay and Cynthiana vineyards. A fast-rising, young female winemaker and European-style tasting room at Dragonfly Ranch combined with forwardthinking wines make it a hit. ChateauAuxArc.com

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Mount Bethel Winery (1956), operated by Eugene Post and his eight children, features wine produced on-site since the late 1800s. A quaint tasting room, classic wines, native American varieties, red wine vinegar and fruit wines such as blackberry, elderberry, wild plum and the renowned Big Daddy Port set this winery apart. MountBethel.com

the state’s winemaking heritage. It also offers a bed and breakfast and events such as the annual wine fest and grape stomp. CowieWineCellars.com Movie House Winery (2011) in the renovated 1930s Petit Jean Movie Theater in downtown Morrilton produces lighthearted wines such as Jezebel Raspberry Zin and Gone With The Wine Riesling. The owners offer classes, sell wine and beer-making supplies and operate a chiropractic office, yielding the nickname “Wine & Spine” for the historic building. MovieHouseWinery.com Ozarks/Northwest Arkansas Wineries

Harvesting Cynthiana grapes at Post Winery Courtesy of Rosemary Post

Neumeier Winery (2011) is a small operation open by appointment only, and it is known for its “uniquely dry Muscadine wine.” Custom pottery by a master artisan is also formed and fired onsite, according to Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism. 479.209.1224

Keels Creek Winery (2006) is set in a lovely Spanish-style building in Eureka Springs, and along with an art gallery it is a perfect fit for this popular tourist town. Amicable and knowledgeable owners and interesting offerings such as the Sweet Spring Red and Mélange White are highlights of the intentionally small, boutique winery. KeelsCreek.com Raimondo Family Winery (2008) in Gamaliel may be new, but the family’s winemaking heritage began in Sicily and arrived in Arkansas by way of four decades of California wine production. The Blue Lady Resort, playing bocce ball while sipping wine and tasting oils, balsamics, vinegars and gourmet foods round out your visit. RaimondoWinery.com

Post Winery (1880) has opened a stunning new tasting room on the site of its fifth generation winery. Fresh artwork on the bottles, an enthusiastic young winemaker and new wines such as Blue Parachute, Tornado Zin and the exclusive new cultivar resulting in the Prophecy red wine keep Post on the cutting edge. PostFamilie.com Wiederkehr Wine Cellars (1880) was founded in Wiederkehr Village atop St. Mary’s Mountain. In addition to the Swiss Family Bistro, Gift Shop and Liquor Store and the Weinkeller Restaurant and cellars, Wiederkehr will host its 49th annual Weinfest (grounds admission: free) on October 13. WiederkehrWines.com River Valley Wineries Cowie Wine Cellars (1955) in Paris is home to the Arkansas Historic Wine Museum, dedicated to preserving 42

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Classic Grape Stomp at the annual Altus Grape Festival

Tontitown Winery (2010) reopened in the 1917 Taldo House, reincarnating decades of Tontitown winemaking history. It originally opened in 1923 by the Ranalli family, who migrated from Italy in the late 1800s, as Dixie Pride Bonded Winery Number 40 - the 40th winery opened following the end of Prohibition. TontitownWinery.com


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IT SMELLS LIKE PIE TO ME by Laura Parker Castoro

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hen you live in the Arkansas Delta there’s nothing quite like the first cool breeze of autumn to bring on a long sigh of relief. Summer is losing its grip. The acrid whiff of burning leaves on a late afternoon perks up the spirits. The sun riding the horizon turns a shade of pumpkin orange to remind us that Halloween lurks at the end of the month. As the leaves pile up, taste buds begin to do a little dance in anticipation of something warm and gooey and crisp from the summerneglected oven. Nothing against cakes, cookies and cobblers, but, as far as I’m concerned, the best Delta autumn dessert is pie. Any old kind of pie? Pick your favorite. My dad loved Apple Pie. My mother loved Lemon Meringue Pie. My favorite is Pecan Pie, and the reason for that is simple: It was the award at the end of a generations’ old family autumn ritual. My dad’s mother, who lived next door to us when I was young, had a big yard with three large pecan trees. South Arkansas is blessed with an abundance of pecan trees, but I didn’t know that growing up. I thought only she had the great good luck to have three of the best producing trees ever. My brothers and I could scarcely wait until the nuts began to drop to the ground. We were taught never to shake the limbs or beat the trunk with a stick because that would cause notquite-ripe nuts to fall. Patience is a virtue that is sorely tested when pie is on the brain. There would only be a few at first, but that didn’t stop my brothers and me from grabbing paper bags after school and 48

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rushing out to compete for the most collected. Easter egg hunts were never as exciting to us as scavenging for smooth dark-speckled brown nuts nestled in the last green grass of the fall. If we were in a hurry, we would pull out fan-shaped yard rakes with long tings that would pluck and cull pecans from the grass and leaves. In good years, about every third season as October turned into November, pecans fell like manna until we had grocery bags full, more than any one family could possibly use. So we shared with neighbors and friends and then with strangers who in passing by would ask if they could pick a few. Sharing is part of the Delta tradition, too, whether it is nuts, produce from the garden or conversation. The harvested pecans were spread out on newspaper to dry for a few days and then we turned to the serious business of shelling. Shelling is tough work and the bowl didn’t always fill that quickly, what with all the sampling that went on. No child can long resist turning work into play. There were competitions for who could build up the biggest pile of nutmeats and who could produce the most unbroken halves. Special honors went to anyone, even an adult, who could extract a whole pecan meat minus any hull. We cracked and picked until our fingernails were stained the color of the shells, all because we knew every two full cups of pecans equaled the potential for one buttery fragrant Pecan Pie. Once I married, with children of my own, we often came back to Pine Bluff for Thanksgiving with my mother. When


we went next door, my grandmother would be waiting to tell her great-grands that she had been saving pecans especially for them to pick up. Out would come the brown paper bags and off they’d go, three children who were as delighted as I ever was, to hunt for pecans among the dying grasses and under fallen leaves. Over the years, I have experimented with making Pecan Pie with Bourbon, layered with Sweet Potato Pie filling, even layered with dark chocolate. They are all wonderful, but there is nothing quite like the original. (see recipe to the right). Are there other secrets to pie-making? You bet there are, and they all begin with the crust. A bad crust under a great filling is like wearing dirty sneakers with your prom dress. Here are a few quick rules from my Grandmother Eva, my mother’s mother, on how to make a tender-flaky crust. 1. Pie crust should be flaky – My family swears by Crisco. 1. Pie crust should be from flakya– modification My family swears by Crisco. The name Crisco comes of the phrase The name Crisco comes from a modification of the phrase “crystallized cottonseed oil.” Here’s a Delta tidbit: There’s a “crystallized cottonseed oil.” Here’s a Delta tidbit: There’s cotton seed oil refinery in Pine Bluff called Planters Cotton a cotton seed oil refinery in Pine Bluff called Planters Cotton Oil Mill! We don’t stray far for home. Oil Mill! We don’t stray far from home.

THE ORIGINAL PECAN PIE 2 cups shelled pecans 2 large eggs 1 cup dark Karo syrup/cane syrup 2 tablespoons butter, melted ½ cup white sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla ¼ teaspoon salt 1 10-inch pie crust

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4. Most importantly, handle the dough as little as possible. possible. The heat from your hands will start to melt the The heat from your hands will start to melt the shortening shortening and that will make a tough crust. and that will make a tough crust. Since we came to live in Pine Bluff, my husband and I collect and send or carry bags of pecans to our children out of state when we visit them. That’s not an unusual practice. Every late autumn many shoeboxes full of Pine Bluff pecans are mailed to places stretching from New York to L.A. When our children bring their families to visit us during the holidays, out come the paper bags so that our grandchildren can join in the family tradition.

eggs, corn syrup, sugars, and salt until well blended. Stir in butter &vanilla. Add pecans to mix and stir just until coated. 3. Pour carefully into pie crust. Use a spoon to arrange pecans evenly throughout crust. 4. Bake for 60-65 minutes or until center is set and crackling. If pie crust is overbrowning, cover edges with foil. Cool on wire rack.

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These days I’m nursing along seedlings from the Pine Bluff pomegranate tree that won first place at the Southeast Arkansas District Livestock Show Fair and Rodeo. Those plump scarlet seeds are delightful in Apple Pie. Did you know that persimmons grow wild in the Delta? I discovered that three autumns ago when a friend brought me a bag of them and challenged me to make something edible. It was on! You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted the succulent fruity scrumptiousness of a wild Persimmon Pie! Time changes many things. For instance, the property and pecan trees now belong to my brother David. But not everything changes. It’s autumn again; it won’t be long before paper bags full of fresh pecans become the original tantalizing buttery crunch of wonderfulness that we call Pecan Pie. It delights my heart to know that something as simple as a few brown nuts have laced together more than five generations of my family. . . and that the Delta is the common denominator. If you need more incentive to get out your rolling pin, check out AR Pie on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tiedyetravels/ arkansas-pie You’ll want to lick the pictures.

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the changing trends and techniques in the industry through ongoing education. This dedication is not just to their art, but also to their valued guests. All guests start their hair services off with a personal sit down consultation to help determine what style and Aveda color best fits their lifestyles. The hair team offers a plethora of services from Aveda hair color, Great Lengths Human Hair Extensions and the latest trends in haircutting and ethnic hair.

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More than a Meal: The Gospel Feast by Leslie Olson

Scene from the drama Heartbreak Day: Coletta on floor, Chilesa Ready kneeling

“I want to see you move,” Dr. Eddie Jones emphasizes. “Remember, this music is not primarily about beauty but function.” The group of singers nodded and followed Dr. Jones’ lead, whispery chorus of “Steal away, steal away” to the motion of chopping cotton. Just as the rhythm of hard labor gave motion to the plantation field chorus, the songs of the Gospel Feast function by retelling the history of America. The songs that once communicated hope, offered respite and built community now educate the public about the development of Black Gospel Music. The Gospel Feast Inc. is a nonprofit that emphasizes the relevance of this music to the family and spiritual values of communities. Some Feasts have been produced to raise money for other charitable organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club and the Exodus Project.

Antonio and Coletta Patterson, Maxine and Eddie Jones, Chilesa and Marcus Ready

“A feast is about having your hunger satisfied...” The diverse singers of the organization practice alone for months, and many of them travel hundreds of miles to lend their voices to the production. Since the launch of The Gospel Feast, Dr. Jones and his singers have performed around the country, as well as in Belfast, North Ireland and the Beijing Concert Hall in China. Jones’ curiosity regarding segregation guided him deep into faith and music. Jones traveled to Houston while on sabbatical from the University of Arkansas’ Music Department, and there he pored over interviews of freed slaves. “What struck me,” says Eddie, light glinting off his glasses, “was that I didn’t hear bitterness or anger in their words. These freed slaves were looking ahead. These folks were a model for forgiveness.”

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Dr. Jones combined that message of forgiveness with a historical perspective on Gospel and spirituals with the intent to entertain, inform and inspire. He conceived The Gospel Feast after attending madrigal dinners, a popular theater production with scenes usually set in the Middle Ages.


Jones and his wife Maxine paired each course of a meal with dramatic scenes and songs that narrated the history of Gospel music. The food at the Gospel Feast teaches as much as the songs, Maxine emphasized. “We don’t have steak and rice pilaf, because that’s not what the slaves had to eat.” Instead, the Joneses serve hearty helpings of food that would have been available to slaves, including roasted chicken, soup, bread and cobbler. “The food is an important part of gathering,” says Justin Wright, a senior computer science major at the University of Arkansas and the percussionist for The Gospel Feast. “When I was growing up, any time my family got together, we’d gather around the kitchen table. Food and family and conversation just go together.” Eddie and Maxine beleive the audience leaves the Feast feeling more confident to reach out to others. “We want them to feel encouraged to interact with different people,” says Eddie. “We want them to leave thinking, ‘I had such a good time talking to those people at my table. I think I can do this outside of here, too.’”

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THE ROOTS OF CULTURAL MEDICINE by Jim Fain, PhD

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healing forward, as did stereotyping the “Old Crone” herbalist as a caldron stirring witch. Over time, the Western style of medicine developed and became dominant, especially after the discovery of penicillin.

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The displacement of the old with the new became the way of the day. The melting pot nature of the U.S. absorbed other cultures, along with specialized knowledge, for good or for ill.

Even though there has been a resurgence of the old ways, many of the healing stories are only now becoming new again. I sometimes chuckle to myself when science proves the usefulness of an old herbal and proclaims profound benefit as new information. The old crone, shaman or folk healer knew this long ago; much knowledge was found in stories, the training of an apprentice and of course from experience. Choosing the proper healing herb wasn’t done willy-nilly back in the day. The old crone, folk healer or medicine person (it could have been either a man or a woman) might first spend time with the sick person observing and using all senses such as touch, scent and sound. After spending as much time as needed a weed walk would follow. Often this was done after a meditative period such as praying, drumming, rattling, smudging or dancing. During the weed walk close attention was paid to intuition and what earth and nature brought forward. A signature system defining herbal choice followed using the color of the flower, the shape of the leaves or stem, a gash in a tree with plants growing and where the plants grew. Dandelion herb is a good example, as the flower is yellow (the color of urine), and it often grew next to running water and in gravel where nothing else could survive. If the sickness was kidney/bladder infection or stone related according to the experience of the healer, then a tea and/or a poultice would be made and used propitiously. The plant would only be harvested if the healer placed a hand on the


herb and asked if it would sacrifice itself for the benefit of the patient. If the answer was “yes” the plant was thanked and harvested; if the answer was “no” it was thanked and the healer would move on, rethinking the entire situation. Dosage was

E very culture has their version of traditional/cultural medicine. determined by what the patient could tolerate either in taste or application. When people ask me, today, how strong and how much tea to drink they miss the point and may well be applying a modern medical model to an ancient way of healing. We are compulsive about dosage today out of necessity if prescribed drugs are to be used. Healthy organization of our lives is healing, being overly organized gets in the way of enjoyment and our place on earth. What is traditional medicine like today? It is very different from person to person and place to place. For me, I’m a creation of my time. I’ve had the opportunity to be well educated through our university system, in Western Medicine. My experience goes back 40 years in medical care, both physical and psychological. I have seen a great deal and been humbled many times. I have apprenticed with some of the best physician/scientists in the U.S. and have been additionally trained in a German type of holism called Gestalt. I have had the distinct experience of spending time with a Yaqui Medicine Man in the Sonoran Desert. I rely on

science to provide empiric data on ailments, supplements and herbals. I take as much time as needed to understand the person I am with; I don’t do the weed walk, but I certainly trust the wisdom of the old way that comes with the many cultures which make up our beautiful section of Northwest Arkansas. “Live, Love and Laugh” is my motto... it looks like I’ve become one of those pesky elders.

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Not the End, but the Beginning

Not the End, but the BeginninG by Allison Taylor Brown

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ow can artists make more of their work available to the public, get deeper name recognition, have a continuing source of income and share something of the vision behind their art? Today the answer may be obvious, but in 1498 when Albrecht Dürer conceived the idea it had never been done in western culture: He published a book. Dürer, at 27 years old, had made a name for himself as an artist. He had also illustrated texts for his godfather, Anton Koberger, a successful publisher. But Dürer’s vision, expressed in his own new woodcut style of light and dark tones with parallel and cross-hatched lines giving luxuriant textures to the clothing, the horses’ manes, the clouds, was a book in which art was the point.

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The book, consisting of 15 woodcuts, was the Apocalypse, and it was hugely popular two years before the millennium, when the world would surely end. Dürer published the book himself, though it was an expensive project. The block cutting required the best, most costly artisans. But those blocks, which produced individual prints and another full edition in 1511, provided Dürer an income for the rest of his life. This partial freedom from the patronage system allowed him to choose his own subjects. At current prices, one print from this selfpublished book sells for $20,000. Today, artists continue to find good reasons to publish their books. Jody Stephenson, of Eureka Spring’s Studio 62, has produced Faltering Towards Perfection, Art, Faith, and Everything in Between. Her book includes paintings, poetry and memoir.

Carol Dickie wrote her book not to explicate her paintings, but to give people a sense of who she is and where the source of inspiration lies. “I found that the book became greater than the words and the paintings; it became a third entity that helped me understand my own work better.” Edward Robison’s books collect the photographs that document his vision of the sacred voice of nature. Each one is a journey, a symphony and an epiphany. Doug Stowe’s line of how-to books on furniture construction or box making teach his intricate techniques. Visual artists today should certainly consider how a book can share their work and inner vision with a wider audience; it is an idea that has worked since 1498.


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