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8 Can’t-Miss Things to Do in North Little Rock!
1. The “bead chicks” at Argenta Bead Company in the Argenta Arts District of downtown North Little Rock are experts about all things beads.
2. Diamond Bear Brewing Company. They literally have a beer called “Dogtown Brown” for North Little Rock’s nickname, so Diamond Bear and its restaurant Arkansa Ale House are a must-visit for craft beer fans that want a taste of local brews.
3. Argenta Art Walk. On the third Friday of each month, meet local artists and artisans and visit with them about their craft in the Argenta Arts & Entertainment District.
4. Enjoy an Arkansas Travelers game. Even if you’re not a baseball fan, Dickey-Stephens Park is the perfect hangout spot to make new friends, visit the Bacon Station (yes, it’s a thing) and watch entertainment between innings.
5. For those who don’t mind getting their hands a little dirty, consider a class at Playtime Pottery Studio. Weekly classes in wheel throwing — using a rotating potter’s wheel — and hand building — exactly what it sounds like! — are available for children, beginners and the more advanced.
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6. What other landlocked state lets you board a real, World War II submarine? USS Razorback is docked at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, which offers hourly tours, US Navel memorabilia, Arkansas River history artifacts and even lets you book a birthday party or sleepover. The gift shop is worth checking out, too!
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7. The Arkansas River Trail is sixteen miles of scenic paths and bridges, including the Big Dam Bridge and Clinton Presidential Bridge along the beautiful Arkansas River.
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8. The Joint Comedy Theater, located in the Argenta Arts District, hosts improvisation groups and musicians every week and performs original comedies by the comedic group, The Main Thing, every weekend. Get inspired, be spontaneous and live like a local in North Little Rock! For more information about all there is to do and see in North Little Rock, visit www.NorthLittleRock.org or call (501) 758-1424.
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IN THIS ISSUE 31 NATURAL STATE CRAFTSMANSHIP
A welcome from curator Louise Terzia and a special thank you to everyone who helped make Arkansas Made possible.
TRAILS 12 ARKANSAS’ TREASURES Arkansas’ best artisans are considered “Living Treasures.”
14 FOLK & FUN Mountain view is the epicenter of traditional crafts in Arkansas.
16 SCULPTURE IN THE CITY Arkansas’ capital is filled with striking three-dimensional art.
20 EARTH TO ART Arkansas potters create beauty from humble materials.
22 EATABLES There’s no shortage of delicious food in the Natural State.
24 NEEDLE & THREAD Quilt lovers will find a lot to be happy about along Scenic 7.
26 WET YOUR WHISTLE Locally made drinks, no matter where you go.
We’ve searched the state for the cream of the crop in Arkansas-made products.
32 FINE ART 39 SCULPTURE 41 CERAMICS 45 GLASSWORKS 46 PHOTOGRAPHY 47 PRINTS, LETTERPRESS & MORE 50 WOODWORK & FURNITURE 53 KNIVES 54 TEXTILES 56 JEWELRY 58 APOTHECARY 60 DRINKABLES 62 EATABLES 66 ARKANSAS MADE’S GUIDE TO MUSEUMS & GALLERIES Discover art & culture that calls the Natural State home.
66 CENTRAL ARKANSAS 74 NORTHWEST ARKANSAS 80 DELTA 82 NORTH CENTRAL 84 SOUTH ARKANSAS ON THE COVER. A look at the work space of Perridon Supply Co. in Springdale. Photography by Novo Studio.
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For more than 40 years, our Arkansas Made research team has traveled the state to document the lives and works of Arkansas artists and artisans. Historic Arkansas Museum houses the premier collection of #ArkansasMade. Arkansas Made Team, 1977, Hempstead County. Arkansas Made authors Bill Worthen (left) and Swannee Bennett (right) with Kathy Worthen, Rita Anderson and Parker Westbrook.
Both volumes of Arkansas Made are available in the Museum Store, along with a variety of #ArkansasMade crafts and fine art.
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AN ARTISTIC UNDERTAKING Several months ago the folks at the Arkansas Times asked me to help with their newest project: Arkansas Made magazine—a publication that celebrates the rich tradition of art and craft, connecting artisans with both visitors to the state as well as the people who call Arkansas their home. When they said they needed someone to “curate” a list of Arkansas artisans to be featured, I said, “Sure! I’d be delighted! It’s about time! Yay!”
After seeking out, selecting, marketing, installing, showing and hanging out with Arkansas artists for 40 years, I thought I knew most of the artists and artisans in the state. I was wrong! Working on this, the first issue of Arkansas Made, has been a labor of love. How gratifying to find SO MANY new-to-me artists. Within the pages of Arkansas Made, you’ll find a curated section of more than 200 products made only in Arkansas, from fine art and sculpture to woodworking, apothecary, and food and drinks. A collection of trails explores various areas of the state where such art and artisans can be found, including folk art in Mountain View, sculpture in Little Rock and textiles along Scenic Highway 7. And the museums and galleries guide offers readers information on where to find featured artists and more. We are so very grateful for our presenting partners: First Security Bank, the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism and the Arkansas Agriculture Department. Not only have we partnered with them for the print version of Arkansas Made, we’ve also created a digital component as well. Visit arkansas-made.com for more artisans, as well as special features about American Native and Perrodin Supply Co. And if you’re an artisan working in Arkansas, you can add your information to the online database. On behalf of the Arkansas Times staff who worked to bring Arkansas Made to life, as well as the sponsors and artisans, I hope you enjoy this annual look at the best arts, crafts and more this state has to offer. Sincerely,
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Many people have helped make Arkansas Made a reality. Our sincere thanks to Robin McLea with the Arkansas Arts Council, Donna Hardcastle and Drue Patton with Argenta Arts District, and everyone at Historic Arkansas Museum, where the quest for all things Arkansas Made began; Box Turtle, Domestic Domestic, Eggshells Kitchen Company, The Green Corner Store and Historic Arkansas Museum Store, who graciously let us come raid their merchandise and photograph art pieces; Brian Chilson, Lily Darragh and Philip Thomas for photographing many of the works found throughout the magazine; Vincent Griffin for his illustrations for the trails; and American Native and Perrodin Supply Co. for allowing us to showcase their workspaces.
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ARKANSAS’ TREASURES ARKANSAS’ BEST ARTISANS ARE CONSIDERED “LIVING TREASURES.”
Since 2002, the Arkansas Arts Council has recognized Arkansans who have made significant contributions to their fields as Arkansas Living Treasures. This designation is an extension of the Historic Arkansas Museum’s efforts to preserve and honor the state’s great history of traditional craftsmanship. The work of these living treasures is about more than just quality goods—it is a way of educating future generations about the practice of traditional crafts so that these methods never die out. Many of these living treasures are still active in their fields, and are worth seeking out by anyone interested in learning from true legends just what it means to create traditional crafts.
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SEE THESE “LIVING TREASURES” AND MORE AT THE HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM IN LITTLE ROCK!
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1. LEON NIEHUES
Master basket maker Leon Niehues combines traditional basket-weaving techniques with a contemporary sense of style to create one-of-a-kind, sculpted baskets. The result is a line of baskets that feel rustic and modern all at once. For more information, visit leonniehues.com.
2. DOUG STOWE
Doug Stowe’s rustic furniture is beautiful, durable and functional. Stowe has also written books on furniture making and woodwork. See his work at Eurekan Art Studio and Shop, 150 N. Main St., Eureka Springs, 479-253-0928. More information is available at dougstowe.com.
3. ROBERT RUNYAN
6. IRMA GAIL HATCHER
Arkansas’ only quilter to be named Master Quilter by the National Quilter’s Association, Irma Gail Hatcher has published numerous books on the subject of quilting. Hatcher’s quilts have been displayed worldwide, in exhibits such as the “30 Distinguished Quilters of the World” in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit irmagailhatcher.com.
7. DALLAS BUMP
Furniture maker Dallas Bump’s work is as beautiful as it is functional. His work may be seen and purchased from The Bear Chair Shop in Royal, along with chairs that his nephew Leon Sutton and his wife Donna build. The Bear Chair Shop is located at 316 Treeland Tr., Royal, or call 501-767-1700 for more details.
The back-breaking work of log cabin construction is Robert Runyan’s passion. His work can be viewed at the Yellow Rock Overlook at Devil’s Den State Park in Winslow, the Underwood-Lindsey Pavilion at Mount Sequoyah Woods in Fayetteville as well as the restoration of an 1820s log granary at the Rice-Upshaw House in Dalton.
8. JIM LARKIN
4. PETER LIPPINCOTT
9. ROBYN HORN
This Fort Smith potter did not begin his study of pottery until the age of 38, but he has made up for lost time. Now, in addition to creating unique pottery at MudPuppy Studios, Lippincott also teaches classes so that others can carry on this ancient craft. For more information, visit mudpuppystudios.com.
5. WINSTON TAYLOR
Russellville ceramics master Winston Taylor traded automotive body shop work for pottery, applying a knowledge of mechanical form and geometry to his work. Taylor founded the first pottery program at the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center, where he still teaches. For more information, visit winstontaylor.com.
Jim and Barbara Larkin have been operating Fox Pass Pottery in Hot Springs since 1973. In addition to his work in the studio, Jim is also an educator who designed a “Science of Pottery” class for the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and Arts. For more information, visit foxpasspottery. com.
Horn’s unique work in wood and stone have has made her one of the premier names in sculpture here in the Natural State. In 2000, Horn won the Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Collectors of Wood Art, and her work has been displayed across the state, including on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion. For more information, see robynhorn.com.
10. JR COOK
Knife-making is an Arkansas tradition stretching back for centuries to a time when the Bowie Knife was known as the “Arkansas Toothpick.” JR Cook is keeping this tradition alive in Nashville, crafting custom knives from the highest quality materials. For more information, visit jrcookknives.com.
THE ARKANSAS LIVING TREASURES FILM PROJECT
To promote the Arkansas Living Treasures program, the Arkansas Arts Council and the Historic Arkansas Museum have collaborated to produce a series of short films featuring people who have earned the Living Treasure designation. These films take viewers inside the lives of artists and craftspeople, putting into the permanent record the life and work of some of the most talented and unique artisans in Arkansas. Arkansas Living Treasure recipients profiled in the films include fiddle maker Violet Hensley, basket maker Leon Niehues, furniture maker Dallas Bump, potters Jim Larkin, Winston Taylor and Peter Lippincott, quilter Irma Gail Hatcher, master bladesmith J.R. Cook, woodworkers Doug Stowe, sculptor Robyn Horn and planemaker Larry Williams. Each of these artisans have added richness and value to the culture of the state of Arkansas through their hard work and dedication to quality. For more information about the film series, and to watch each film, visit historicarkansas. org and search “Arkansas Living Treasure Film Project.”
DON’T MISS THIS! Art. Function. Craft. The Life and Work of Arkansas Living Treasures Sept. 4, 2015-Feb. 15, 2016 Historic Arkansas Museum 200 E. 3rd St., Little Rock 501-324-9351 historicarkansas.org
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FOLK & FUN
MOUNTAIN VIEW IS THE EPICENTER OF TRADITIONAL CRAFTS IN ARKANSAS
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1. Laffing Horse Design 17467 Hwy. 66, 870-213-6692 laffing-horse.com Don’t take the humble broom for granted, because these take an everyday cleaning tool and elevate it to the point of art. Laffing Horse makes more than 3,000 brooms every year, all by hand, in more than 30 different styles. 2. Old Time Print Shop 1032 Park Ave., 870-269-3851 This shop lives up to its name: Antique equipment and traditional printing techniques are utilized to create items like greeting cards,
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notepads and prints for hanging, all inspired by traditional letterpress from the 19th and 20th century. 3. Arkansas Craft Gallery 104 E. Main St., 870-269-3897 arkansascraftguild.org The Arkansas Craft Guild is a collection of goods by artisans in disciplines that range from ceramics to jewelry, wood work to bath products and everything in-between. 4. Stone County Ironworks 408 Ironworks Dr., Mountain View 870-269-8108 stonecountyironworks.com
Known as “America’s Blacksmith Shop,” Stone County Ironworks is an artisan-led maker of highly crafted, hand-forged iron products. Stone County Ironworks’ products are bench-made by dedicated American artisans who treasure a simpler way of life in the hills of Arkansas. You’ll find everything from iron hardware such as drawer pulls and doorknockers to furnishings and accessories like iron beds, tables and even lampshades. 5. Dahlstedt Pottery 511 Jackson St., 870-269-4103 David & and Becki Dahlstedt’s
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pottery studio is in the heart of Arkansas craft country. The Dahlstedts offer workshops for pottery students as well as a wide selection of work for sale. Don’t miss: The Ozark Folk Center State Park. From music to crafts, old time artisanship to demonstrations, the folk center has it all. For anyone looking for handmade products from the Natural State, making a trip to Mountain View is almost like a pilgrimage. 6. Stone County Farmers Market 121 Main St., 870-213-5785 stonecountyfarmersmarket.com Nothing goes better with traditional art and music than homegrown produce. This farmers market is vendor-managed and the food found for sale there is completely local. 7. Mountain View Music 123 W. Washington St., 870-269-9044 mountainviewmusic.com This music store has it all: Live entertainment, instrument repair and brand-new banjos, fiddles, guitars, mandolins and other folk
instruments are available for purchase. 8. Mellon’s Country Store 19735 Hwy. 5 N., 870-269-3354 mellonscountrystore.com More than just a regular country store, Mellon’s features nightly loft lodging and entertainment at the Hole in the Wall Theater. Goods available include an assortment of musical instruments, Arkansas blown glass, old-fashioned candy and a selection of CDs from folk musicians. 9. Dulcimer Shop 1104 Sylamore Ave., 870-269-4313 mcspaddendulcimers.com This shop is home to the renowned McSpadden Dulcimers, and visitors can watch the mountain instruments being made on-site. 10. Lewie Lloyd 787 Hub Willis Rd., 601-951-5897 lewiesblades.com Knife makers have a long history in Arkansas, and Lewie Lloyd’s work is a prime example of the highend artistry that goes into making blades. Lloyd makes most of his own steel, then fashions his blades
and handles. In addition, he makes the leather sheaths custom to fit each blade, making each piece one-of-a-kind. 11. Legacy Herbs 606 Mitchell Ave., 870-269-4051 legacyherbs.com Handmade soaps for artisanal skin care, insect repellant sprays, herbal smoking blends and ointments are just part of the Legacy Herbs repertoire. Like many in Mountain View, owners Sue and Raymond Creasey are also musicians, and their CDs and videos are available along with their herbal creations. HUNGRY? The buzz on Tommy’s Famous (12), located at 205 Famous Place, comes from local sources like the Arkansas Times Readers’ Choice awards, but this pizzeria has also received accolades from regional and national press outlets like Southern Living and National Geographic Traveler. Stop in for some of the best pizza and barbecue in the state and join the fan club! Call 870-269-3278 for more details.
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SCULPTURE IN THE CITY ARKANSAS’ CAPITAL IS FILLED WITH STRIKING THREE-DIMENSIONAL ART
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1. The Bernice Garden 1401 S. Main St., 501-617-2511 From the literal ashes of a Captain D’s franchise that burned in Little Rock’s South Main neighborhood rose something far different: a sculpture garden. Owner Anita Davis turned the corner of Daisy Bates Avenue and Main Street into The Bernice Garden, a community hub where events such as art sales and a farmers market are regularly held. Current works from Arkansas artists on display include Garden Series by Danny Campbell, Home: The View From Here by David Carpenter, Conundrum by metal artist David Clemons, Fish Stela by Stephen Driver and Visionary by Michael Warrick.
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Hungry? Very near the Bernice Garden is one of Little Rock’s most popular restaurants, the Oxford American-associated South on Main (2). Chef Matthew Bell’s menu is a mix of high-end fare and traditional Southern cooking, something that has gained him national recognition, including being selected to cook for the James Beard House in New York. Visit southonmain.com for more information, or call 501-244-9660 for reservations.
3. Governor’s Mansion 1800 Center St., 501-324-9805 The 2015 installation of Robyn Horn’s piece Sandi’s Millstone was a crowning achievement of the Governor’s Mansion Association, the nonprofit organization that raises funds for upkeep and improvement to the top executive’s home. The grounds of the mansion feature the landscape design of Arkansas native and professional gardener P. Allen Smith, providing a lovely setting to view other sculptures such as Arkansas sculptor Jan Woods’ bust of President Bill Clinton. To schedule a tour, call 501-324-9805, and for more information visit arkansasgovernorsmansion.com.
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4. State Capitol Grounds 500 Woodlane St., 501-682-5080 One of the most striking sculptures in Little Rock is the Arkansas Medal of Honor Memorial by Arkansas sculptors John and Kathy Deering. Commonly known as the Congressional Medal of Honor, it is presented to military personnel for actions above and beyond the call of duty, and 25 Arkansans have been awarded the medal since its inception in 1863. The memorial consists of a bronze eagle surrounded by plaques honoring each Arkansas recipient.
The Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden is also home to an annual sculpture show and sale where the public can purchase sculptures. Proceeds from the sales go to the artists and are used to fund future purchases of artworks for the city of Little Rock. Group tours are available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden 400 President Clinton Ave., 501376-4781 This sculpture garden in Little Rock is the main showcase of sculpture in Little Rock’s downtown River Market District. The works here were chosen by the Public Art Monument Sculpture Commission through competition. Sculptures in the garden from Arkansas sculptors include Breaking the Cycle by Kevin Kresse, Nautilus and The Jazz Player, both by Bryan W. Massey, Sr., Coral by Michael Warrick and Full of Himself by Jan Woods.
Other notable sculptures from Arkansas artists in the area include Kevin Kresse’s Mother Earth, a water feature located on 5th Street between Maple and Main in North Little Rock and Carpe Diem by John Deering, outside the Copper Grill on 3rd Street in Little Rock. In addition to these wonderful works of art by Arkansas artists, the River Market is also home to works by nationally known artists like Tim Cherry, Ted Schaal and Lorri Accott. Why walk when you can ride? Bobby’s Bike Hike (6) in the River Market’s Ottenheimer Hall has just what you need, offering rentals and themed tours that go all over the city. Call 501-613-7001 or visit bobbysbikehike.com/littlerock for more details.
What next? The River Market is full of interesting things to do, including visiting the William J. Clinton Presidential Library (7). See art, gifts from foreign leaders and a recreation of the Clinton-era Oval Office. Visit clintonlibrary.gov for more information. Mark your calendar! Take in the sculptures and get started on your Christmas shopping this December with the Arkansas Craft Guild’s 37th Annual Christmas Showcase, located in the Statehouse Convention Center downtown in the River Market District. Starts December 4 until December 6. Call 870-269-4120 or visit arkansascraftguild.org for more information.
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ART’S HOME IN THE OZARKS
Lovers of art and nature alike will find themselves in paradise at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. In addition to the spacious galleries featuring centuries’ worth of American art, the museum grounds are a wonderland of natural beauty and sculptures arranged along trails that connect the museum to the lovely landscape of the Ozarks. Art Trail This 1/3-mile trail features native plants and several sculptures including Love by Robert Indiana, Shore Lunch by Dan Ostermiller, Stella by Andre Harvey and the lovely Skyspace: The Way of Color by James Turrell. The trail is available to walkers and bikers alike.
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Crystal Bridges Trail This hard surface 1 1/2-mile trail connects the Museum’s south entrance with historic downtown Bentonville and is available for walking and biking. Sculptures located on this trail include Group of Bears by Paul Manship, Grains of Sand by Robert Tannen, A Place Where They Cried by Pat Musick and Jerry Carr, Tortoise and Hare by Nancy Schön, and Arkansas artist George Dombek’s Tour de Apple Tree. The Crystal Spring Trail To see the spring for which Crystal Bridges is named, take this trail from the museum’s south lawn. The Crystal Spring produces over 100 gallons of water every minute, all at a chilly 52 degrees—even in the heat of the summer. Dogwood Trail This 1-mile long pedestrian trail is home to over 500 dogwood trees that blossom every spring, and connects the Rock Ledge Trail to the City of Bentonville’s Enfield Trail.
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Orchard Trail The 1/2-mile Orchard Trail is home to Leo Villareal’s sculpture Buckyball, an intricate structure made from aluminum and LED lights. In addition, the evergreen trees along this trail provide a lush and lovely walk from the museum’s additional parking area to the main entrance.
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1. Mudpuppy Studios 1400 N. 50th St., 470-785-2169 mudpuppy-studios.com MudPuppy is the home studio for potter and 2010 Arkansas Living Treasure Peter Lippincott and visual artist, writer and photographer Marget Lippincott. Peter’s work is known for how thin he throws it, as well as his amazing glaze work. Hungry? Ed Walker’s Drive-in (2) is one of the most famous spots to eat in Arkansas, not least
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Take a break on the lake!
because it is the only place in the state where a friendly person will deliver a beer right to a diner’s car. The French Dip is a popular favorite, and the menu also boasts a delicious, five-pound (yes, five pounds!) hamburger. Don’t miss: The history. Fort Smith was once the edge of America and a gateway to the West. The Fort Smith National Historic Site (3) is open almost year around, and features the famed gallows of Hangin’ Judge Isaac C. Parker. Visit nps.gov/fosm for more information.
4. Little Mulberry Gallery 917 CR 5099, 479-292-1319 littlemulberrygallery.com Little Mulberry is the base of operations for potter Stephen Driver and fiber artist Louise Halsey. Expect a wide selection of ceramics along with colorful woven tapestries—a unique combination of artistic talent in one place.
5. Fox Mountain Pottery 3253 Red River Rd. 870-363-4264 s240831787.onlinehome.us/joebruhin Joe Bruhin’s home studio for his wood-fired pottery is nestled in the Ozark Mountains and was built by the artist himself. In addition to his pottery work, Bruhin also offers apprenticeships.
6. Fletcher Larkin Pottery 1818 N. McKinley St., 501-529-4761 fletcherlarkinpottery.com Fletcher Larkin is a second-generation potter whose natural lines and curves shine with simple elegance. His pottery studio in Little Rock is a warm, earthy space full of lovely work. 7. Boswell Mourot Fine Art 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-664-0030 boswellmourot.com This fine art gallery is home to many Little Rock-area artists. Of particular note is the work of Kyle Boswell, whose use of blown glass
and other media takes modern art to a fresh and exciting place.
8. Hayes Art Glass 2900 Ridgway Rd., 870-540-9080 hayesartglass.com The home studio of glass artisan James Hayes, Hayes Art Glass is a whimsical wonderland of blownglass creations from a master. Bowls and vases are lovely of course, but it’s the gorgeous chandeliers that are worth a detour from anywhere in the state to go see. Don’t miss: The Japanese Garden (9), 200 E. 8th Street (Pine Bluff Civic Center). A gift from Pine Bluff’s sister city Iwai City, Japan, this peaceful garden is a one-of-akind experience in Arkansas.
10. Fox Pass Pottery 379 Fox Pass, 501-623-9906 foxpasspottery.com This Spa City studio is home to pottery by Jim and Barbara Larkin. Most recently, the Larkins added a two-chambered wood-fired salt kiln that reaches temperatures of 2,350
degrees Fahrenheit, allowing them to make unglazed pottery with unique markings. Hungry? Right on the shores of Lake Hamilton (11) is one of Arkansas’ best kept culinary secrets, Luna Bella (12). From calamari tossed with heirloom tomatoes to pasta and seafood dishes, some of the most excellent food being served in the state is being made right in the Spa City. Thirsty? Take a tour of the Mountain Valley Spring Water (13) headquarters just off Bathhouse Row downtown. See the source of Arkansas’ popular mineral water in the distinctive green bottle—and hear all about the history of spring water in the town named for the stuff. Call 800828-0836 for information, or visit mountainvalleyspring.com.
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GOOD EATS THERE’S NO SHORTAGE OF DELICIOUS FOOD IN THE NATURAL STATE
EUREKA SPRINGS This bread is a winner!
LITTLE ROCK Must try the Apple Butter
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1. The Savory Pantry 214 Central Ave., 501-624-5858 This quaint gourmet shop in downtown Hot Springs is big on samples, making it worth a stop for foodies looking to taste something different. And with a line-up of Arkansas products like Pink House Alchemy shrubs and syrups and their own line of Pancake Shop brand apple butter and coffee, there’s a lot to love.
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Don’t miss the Roccina (which means “Little Rock”).
2. Arkansas Fresh Bakery Café 304 N. Reynolds Rd. #5, 501-213-0084 arkansasfresh.com Ashton Woodward’s Arkansas Fresh bread has long been a mainstay of menus in central Arkansas, but with the 2015 opening of its own cafe just blocks away from the bakery, Arkansas Fresh went deliciously into the restaurant business for itself. Don’t miss the new Cocoa Rouge line of chocolates, available now.
3. Boulevard Bistro 1920 N. Grant St., 501-663-5951 boulevardbread.com Boulevard bakes a whole line of breads and pastries that make it worth a visit, but don’t stop there: A full range of roasted coffees from Arkansas’ own Arsaga’s and Onyx line the shelves, while local cheeses abound.
4. Eggshells Kitchen Co. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., 501-664-6900 eggshellskitchencompany.com From cutting boards to kitchen utensils, spice mixes and marinades, this gourmet and kitchen supply store in Little Rock’s Heights neighborhood has it all. Their selection of Arkansas-made products is among the best around. 5. Green Corner Store 1423 Main St., 501-374-1111 The Green Corner Store is a wonderland of Arkansas-made goods, from decorative crafts and clothing to soaps and candles, but it also serves as the home base for Loblolly Creamery, an artisanal ice cream maker that operates and old-time soda fountain in the store. Stop in for a scoop of gourmet ice cream or a handcrafted soda.
10. Ozark Natural Foods 1554 College Ave., 479-521-7558 onf.coop The oldest co-op in Arkansas is also one of the largest. People looking for local produce, meats, bread, cheese or beer know that ONF is the place to find them. Look for the P6 label, which denotes locally sourced products.
11. Gourmet Eureka 7 Center St., 479-253-7738 gourmet-Eureka.com Stop in for a taste of fresh, locally roasted coffee, then check out the wide selection of local and regional foods, including War Eagle Mill grains and mixes. Where to stay: One of Arkansas’ most famous hotels is the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. Commonly known as one of the most haunted hotels in America, the Crescent is also famous for its elegant style.
What next? One of Little Rock’s most unique attractions is the Esse Purse Museum (6) at 1510 S. Main Street, a collection of handbags that tell the story of women’s fashions throughout the 20th century. In addition to the exhibits, the museum also features a gift shop where designer bags may be purchased. For more information, call 501-916-9022 or visit essepursemuseum.com. 7. Kent Walker Artisan Cheese 323 S. Cross St., 501-301-4963 kentwalkercheese.com Little Rock’s most famous artisan cheesemaker has done something very unique in the capital city: He’s made his cheese the star of its own tasting room where guests can enjoy delicious fromage and drinks.
8. Serenity Farm Bread 805 US 65 S., 870-447-2210 serenityfarmbread.us Old world-style sourdough bread and delicious pastries are the focus for this north Arkansas bakery. The Leslie pastry shop features lunch specials, Arkansas edibles, coffee roasted in the state and a selection of arts and crafts from Arkansas artisans.
9. Farmer’s Table Café 1079 S. School Ave., 479-966-4125 Locally sourced ingredients are the hallmark of this small café, resulting in a seasonal menu that is always fresh and delicious. In addition to the excellent breakfast and lunch menus, a limited selection of jams, jellies and other prepared foods is also available for purchase.
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NEEDLE & THREAD
QUILT LOVERS WILL FIND A LOT TO BE HAPPY ABOUT ALONG SCENIC 7
Be sure to check out this quiet little town!
Take a side trip and find cool crystals & caverns!
HARRISON Stock up on fabrics!
SCENIC HIGHWAY 7
Before multi-lane interstates were the primary method of travel, Arkansas Highway 7 was a main thoroughfare connecting the Ouachita Mountains with the Ozarks.
SAVE THE DATE, QUILT LOVERS!
8 Home Cookin’ at its Best! Don’t forget notions!
7 Hot Springs
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38TH OZARK QUILT FAIR
Sept. 12 Shiloh Museum of Ozark History 118. W. Johnson Ave. Springdale 479-750-8165 shilohmuseum.org
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Watch them make quilts!
1. Country Corner Quilts 10872 Hwy. 392, 870-437-2299 countrycornerquiltshop.com Since 1986, Country Corner has been selling quilting supplies and creating quilts in the Ozark Mountains. Stop in to look at fabrics and quilting machines, or visit their quilting studio to see quilts being made. 2. Heart Quilt Shop 8874 Hwy. 62 W., 870-437-5400 heartquiltshop.com Owned by a husband and wife quilting team, Heart Quilt Shop offers traditional quilts, wildlife pattern quilts and rustic quilt designs. 3. Fabrics & More 123 N. Main St., 870-741-1375 Quilting books, patterns and fabric are all part of the Fabrics & More experience, giving quilting fans everything needed to create their own one-of-a-kind quilts. Located right on the downtown Harrison square. Don’t Miss: One of the Harrison area’s oldest and most well-loved attractions is the Mystic and Crystal Dome Caverns (4), located near the picturesque Buffalo River. Popular for staying a cool 59 degrees even in the hot Arkansas summer, these caves are full of natural formations and beautiful, flowing rock formations. Call 888-743-1739 for more details. Make a Pit Stop: The town of Jasper (5). This town may look quiet at first glance, but as with so many places in Arkansas, there’s more to Jasper than meets the eye. From elk watching in nearby Boxley Valley to floating the Buffalo National River, there are few places better for outdoor activities, while Emma’s Museum of Junk at 203 East Court Street is a wonderland of antiques, toys and other treasures from yesteryear.
7. Donna’s Sew Much More 1610 S. Arkansas Ave., 479-967-9591 Russellville is home to the active River Valley Quilters, and this store is owned by one of the members of that group, producing longarm machine-sewn quilts.
Hungry? The scenic byway is lovely, but everyone needs to get fortified for the journey. While in Russellville, stop in to Opal Mae’s Café (8) at 321 W. B Street for a home cooking experience. A daily buffet features a rotating lineup of daily comfort food specials including roast beef, ham, chicken and rice casserole, roast turkey, meatloaf and more. There’s also a dinner menu with items like prime rib, tilapia and pork tenderloin sure to get any mouth watering.
The Arkansas Delta
is rich in Heritage, Art, and Agriculture–and here in Jonesboro, we like to support our own! While you’re in town, don’t miss the A-State Farmer’s Market on Red Wolf Boulevard. The Market is held on Saturday mornings from 7-2 and Tuesdays from noon to 5. They have all Arkansas made products, produce, meats, so you can feel good knowing your money is supporting local Arkansan artisans.
6. Nellie’s Crafts & Quilts HC 30, Hwy 7, 870-294-5317 Local handmade and machinestitched quilts are the hallmark of Nellie’s, along with the numerous billboards pointing the way to the small shop.
To learn more, visit www.jonesborochamber.com or call (870) 932-6691
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WET YOUR WHISTLE
LOCALLY MADE DRINKS, NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO
Stock up on fabrics!
Whiskey, wine, coffee, juice or beer— no matter what your favorite drink might be, Arkansans are making it. While some of Arkansas’ wineries have been around since before Prohibition, it’s only been in recent years that great craft beer and spirits have begun to take the state by storm. Parallel to this, a growing number of coffee roasters have begun to create artful, delicious brews, often sourced directly from farmers in coffee-growing regions.
Get Lost inthe delciousness
ALTUS 7 Cheers! Fill up on wine but save room for Kelts!
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Take a Science Break...there’s lots to learn at MOD.
1. Bentonville Brewing Company 1000 SE 5th St., 479-464-0150 bentonvillebrewing.com Bentonville Brewing is Benton County’s newest brewery, located in the heart of what once was Bentonville’s industrial district. It’s a simple taproom, but the quality brews are worth seeking out. Don’t miss their signature Pale Ale.
2. ONYX Coffee Lab 7058 W. Sunset Ave., 479-419-5739 onyxcoffeelab.com This northwest Arkansas smallbatch coffee roaster has won a
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national Good Eats award for their Julio’s El Zapote Gesha, and it’s obvious why from the first sip to the last. What next? The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History is home to a number of permanent exhibits about the long history of the Ozark Plateau. Of particular interest is the “Settling the Ozarks” exhibit, which examines what life was like for the first European settlers to make their home in the Springdale area. The museum is located at 118 W. Johnson Ave. in Springdale. Call 479-750-8165 for more details, or visit shilohmuseum.org.
3. Apple Blossom Brewing Co. 1550 E. Zion, Ste. 1, 479-287-4344 appleblossombrewing.com Bar fixtures imported from Ireland give this office park brewpub a classic feel, but it’s the excellent food and beer that make Apple Blossom a gem. Don’t miss their line of breads, made in-house by baker Cody Johnson. 4. Arsaga’s Espresso Café 548 W. Dickson St., 479-443-9900 Arsaga’s was a pioneer in small batch, ethically sourced coffee in Arkansas. Visit their flagship store in the renovated Fayetteville Depot
for some of the best and most popular coffee in Arkansas. 5. Native Nectar 1442 N. College Ave., 501-681-0740 This juice company boasts a cold press process that puts the juice of around three pounds of produce into every 16-ounce serving. In addition to the tasty 100-percent organic juice, Native Nectar also offers a full line of cleanses, smoothies and one-ounce shots that are perfect for any taste or need.
6. Post Familie 1700 St. Mary’s Mountain Rd., 800-275-8423 postfamilie.com Five generations of the Post family have made Altus their home and winemaking their business. Tours and tastings are available. 7. Wiederkehr Wine Cellars 3324 Swiss Family Dr., 479-468-9463 wiederkehrwines.com Whether it’s dinner at the onsite Weinkeller Restaurant, wine tastings or free tours of the wine cellars, visitors are sure to find something to love at the Wiederkehr Village. Hungry? Located on the Altus square, the Kelts pub is home to great steaks, sandwiches and other bar fare, all served in a quaint and cozy Irish-style bar setting. Settle in with a Guinness and enjoy a piece of the British Isles in the Ozarks.
8. Lost Forty Brewing 501 Byrd St., 501-319-7335 lost40brewing.com Opened in an area of Little Rock known more for industry and warehouses than hanging out, Lost Forty changed the face of east Little Rock forever. The beer is outstanding, and the open face sandwiches served up in the taproom are worth a visit alone. The Love Honey Bock has become a local favorite, both on tap and in cans. 9. Rock Town Distillery 1216 E. Sixth St., 501-907-5244 arkansaslightning.com No visit to Arkansas is complete without a little taste of white lightning, right? At Rock Town, the moonshine is totally legal and available in flavors like Apple Pie and Grape. Fans of more traditional spirits will be interested in the bourbon, gin, rum and vodka lines from Rock Town—including the
Single Barrel Reserve, named 2015’s American Micro Whiskey of the Year by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. What Next? Downtown Little Rock’s Museum of Discovery (10) is home to science and learning exhibits sure to please kids and adults alike. Director of Visitor Experience Kevin Delaney has been a frequent guest on the Tonight Show. The museum is at 500 President Clinton Avenue. Call 501-396-7050, or visit museumofdiscovery.org for more details.
BEER DRINKERS UNITE! 4TH ANNUAL ARKANSAS TIMES CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Oct. 23 Argenta Farmer’s Market Grounds arktimes.com More than 50 breweries serving over 250 craft beers. Cheers! See you there!
ARE YOU A MAKER?
If so, the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub has everything you need to bring your creative ideas to fruition.
For more information about how you can join the Maker community at the Innovation Hub, visit www.arhub.org, call 501-907-6570, or just drop by! 201 East Broadway | North Little Rock, AR 72214
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There’s joy in discovering something wonderful and unique while traveling, and our trip to Little Rock was filled with those moments. From its incredible artisanal food scene, great farmers’ markets and locally-owned restaurants, to its vibrant nightspots featuring local musicians, there seemed to be something to do and experience at every turn. I never would have expected to find the batch of breweries and distillery that we enjoyed touring and tasting, or to see so many galleries and shops featuring items made by local and regional artisans. And yet, there it was — just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. Find your joy in Little Rock.
Powerful performances abound in Little Rock’s vibrant arts scene
Unique and beautiful finds throughout farmers’ and vintage markets
Explore Little Rock’s craft breweries, distillery and winery/tasting rooms Farm-to-table freshness can be found throughout the city
Explore the city’s unique neighborhoods
Little Rock was named one of “Five Secret Foodie Cities,” Forbes Travel Guide 2014
For more information, visit LittleRock.com
The Birthplace of Walmart. Visit The Walmart Museum and take a trip through the history of Walmart, from Sam Waltonâ€™s humble beginnings to the present.
Shopping in an old-fashioned five and dime
A detail-filled timeline with information and artifacts chronicling Walmartâ€™s story
Delicious hand-scooped ice cream, malts and shakes
FREE ADMISSION Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday: 8am-9pm Friday-Saturday: 8am-10pm Sunday: 12pm-9pm
105 North Main Street, Bentonville, Arkansas | (479) 273-1329 | www.WalmartMuseum.com
NATURAL STATE CRAFTSMANSHIP
Bobby and Clayton Chamberlain of American Native in Fayetteville start with raw materials, transforming them with tools and skill into handcrafted masterpieces of leather and denim. The artists and artisans on the following pages follow similar paths, turning their creative vision into beautiful art, textiles, jewelry and more. Arkansas Made | 2015-2016 31
Karen Ahuja’s Ren Design Studio produces original acrylic paintings designed to catch the eye with their vibrant colors and striking use of light and shape. Natural scenes and floral studies are the hallmark of Ahuja’s work, while her portraits resonate with quiet dignity. Ahuja’s work can be purchased from Christopher Allen Décor in Fayetteville or directly from the artist.
David Bell regularly shows his colorful and light-hearted abstract work at The Rep in Little Rock, winning the Sponsors Award in 2015 and the Staff Award in 2012. He has a painting in the 57th Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. In addition to working as a professional artist, photographer and painter, Bell has also taught art in public schools. Available by appointment only.
3370 E. CHATSWORTH RD., FAYETTEVILLE 479-442-2308 karenahuja.com
2928 YOUNGWOOD RD., LITTLE ROCK 501-225-6271 davidbellimages.com
ART BY JULENE
GUY W. BELL
Artist Julene Smith is regionally recognized for her botanical images in pastels, as well as pictures of animals such as cats and horses. She adds her designs to a line of totes and mugs, handcrafting unique pieces of art for everyday use. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and is represented by Eurekan Art in Eureka Springs.
Guy W. Bell’s large paintings elevate our daily landscape into something more vivid and engaging, verging on heroic. In 2013, he was chosen as one of 100 artists in Crystal Bridges’ “State of the Art” exhibit, a nationwide survey of undiscovered contemporary American artists. His new gallery, Drawl, opens in early October 2015 in Little Rock.
100 N. MAIN ST., EUREKA SPRINGS 479-253-0928 artbyjulene.etsy.com
5208 KAVANAUGH BLVD., LITTLE ROCK 501-240-7446 drawlgallery.com
David Bailin’s large-scale charcoal drawings tell dark stories. An Arkansas Times 2014 Visionary, Bailin works primarily in drawing, although he has also worked in painting, writing, theater and performance. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arkansas Arts Council, and is represented locally by Boswell Mourot Fine Art in Little Rock.
Maria Botti-Villegas combines drawing, painting, theater and dance in her work. Botti-Villegas’ face or figure often appears in her color-saturated abstract pieces. She currently teaches at the South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado.
5815 KAVANAUGH BLVD., LITTLE ROCK 501-664-0030 bailinstudio.com
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MICHAEL S. CHURCH
J. O. Buckley is known for his loose, painterly style, which he brings to portraits, figurative work and Arkansas landscapes. His work has been exhibited at the Arkansas Arts Center and Historic Arkansas Museum, both in Little Rock, as well as being included in the collections of the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. and the Arkansas Supreme Court offices in Little Rock. Buckley’s work may be purchased from the Matt McLeod Fine Art Gallery in Little Rock.
Michael S. Church’s Pure Dirt Art specializes in collage and mixedmedia art. Church’s focus is on the connection between creation and destruction, an idea he pursues through a provocative body of work that begins with broken pieces, then comes together in entirely new ways to form striking portraits and scenes. Church’s work can be viewed at Gallery 26 and M2 Gallery, both in Little Rock.
108 W. 6TH ST., LITTLE ROCK 501-837-4491 jobuckley.net
2601 KAVANAUGH BLVD., STE. 1, LITTLE ROCK 501-472-7292 facebook.com/puredirtart
Cathy Burns is a secondary school visual arts teacher with the Little Rock Public Schools. Her two- and three-dimensional encaustic and mixed-media pieces are usually full of abstracted symbolism. See her work at M2 Gallery in Little Rock.
V.L. Cox’s artwork ranges from three-dimensional representational art telling a story to large abstract works emphasizing color and composition. Her recent End Hate series has been shown on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol and at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Her work may be seen at Gallery 26 in Little Rock.
11525 CANTRELL RD., STE. 918, LITTLE ROCK 501-413-9225 m2lr.com
2601 KAVANAUGH BLVD., STE. 1, LITTLE ROCK 501-225-6271 greatfineart.com
Susan Chambers operates a studio from her home in the Quapaw Quarter. Chambers is known for acrylic on wood paintings featuring garden scenes, some of which are from direct observation and some that are the products of her vivid imagination. She has exhibited with Arkansas textile artist Louise Halsey. Available by appointment only.
Warren Criswell’s surrealistic art tells dark stories of dreams and nightmares. He places himself in many of the meticulously rendered nocturnal scenes. Primarily a painter, Criswell is also a printmaker, sculptor and animator. Long recognized as one of Arkansas’ premier artists, he has received fellowships from the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is represented by Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock.
2319 S. ARCH ST., LITTLE ROCK • 501-376-0632
8206 CANTRELL RD., LITTLE ROCK • 501-224-1335 warrencriswell.com
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Nathaniel Dailey’s art repertoire is diverse in subject matter, size and media. He ranges in style from highly detailed, realistic natural scenes to the whimsical and often fantastic subject matter of illustrations for children’s and fantasy books. Dailey also offers classes at his Little Rock studio. By appointment only.
Virmarie DePoyster works in pastel on paper. An accomplished colorist, her color-saturated works are nature-inspired abstractions built of layers and layers of pure pigment. She is an artist in residency with the Arkansas Arts Council and will have an exhibition at the American Embassy in Rome in fall 2015. By appointment only.
1600 FAIR PARK BLVD., LITTLE ROCK • 501-859-4136 scbwi.org/members-public/nathaniel-dailey
5105 MCCLANAHAN DR., STE. J-10 NORTH LITTLE ROCK • 501-664-0030 virmarie.com
DAN THORNHILL ART STUDIO
Initially a biologist by training, Dan Thornhill returned to his childhood love of art and completed his MA at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2013. An abstract artist, he teaches at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School in Little Rock, passing on his unique flair with color and design. His work may be seen at M2 Gallery in Little Rock and Justus Gallery in Hot Springs. By appointment only.
Jan Ironside uses a painting technique of thickly layered paint on canvas that results in three-dimensional designs. Her work is available at Norberta Philbrook Gallery in Eureka Springs. Available by appointment only.
223 BECKWOOD DR., LITTLE ROCK • 501-913-4540 danthornhillartstudio.com
402 S. 6th St., ROGERS • 479-936-1920 facebook.com/JanIronsideArt
ANGELA R. GREEN
Nancy Dunaway is an eclectic artist who enjoys working in a variety of media, including painting, printmaking, mixed media and collage. Dunaway’s work often begins with an inspiration from something natural, expanded through her imagination into scenes that are at once familiar and fantastic. Her work can be seen at Gallery 26 in Little Rock.
Angela R. Green specializes in watercolor, acrylic and ink artworks as well as mixed-media work. Each of her pieces pop with exuberant color and bold shapes, turning her images of animals and people into abstract studies contrasting shades of light and dark. Her work may be purchased directly from the artist’s North Little Rock studio, by appointment only.
2601 KAVANAUGH BLVD., STE. 1, LITTLE ROCK 501-626-6996 nancydunaway.org
301 W. 19TH ST., STE. 4, NORTH LITTLE ROCK 501-612-3296 angelargreen.com
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ANGELA DAVIS JOHNSON
DOLORES GARD JUSTUS
Angela Davis Johnson is known for her vibrant narrative paintings. Her current work portrays missing women of color through paintings and social engagement. Her work is available from The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and Matt McCleod Fine Art Gallery, both in Little Rock.
Dolores Gard Justus’ painterly style and her sensitive use of color and light combine in landscape paintings that become atmospheric abstractions. Her engaging work and that of other Arkansas artists can be seen at Justus Fine Art in Hot Springs. She founded the Justus Fine Art Gallery in 2004, to represent the work of both established and emerging artists.
106 W. 6TH ST., LITTLE ROCK angeladavisjohnson.com
827 CENTRAL AVE., HOT SPRINGS • 501-321-2335 justusfineart.com
Noted portrait painter Ovita Goolsby is known for her vivid likenesses. She recently completed the official portrait of former Governor Mike Beebe, now hanging in the State Capitol. Goolsby’s work can be seen at Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock.
The dual influences of both the American South and Chinese culture are evident in Lisa Krannichfeld’s art. They are also evident in her non-traditional use of traditional materials. She has been featured in national publications including The Jealous Curator and Anthology Magazine, and most recently was named “One To Watch” in Saatchi Art Magazine. Krannichfeld’s work may be seen at M2 Gallery in Little Rock.
8206 CANTRELL RD., LITTLE ROCK • 501-224-1335 cantrellgallery.com
11525 CANTRELL RD., LITTLE ROCK • 501-225-6271 lisakrannichfeld.com
It’s only natural that architect Jeff Horton’s abstract paintings are taken from the built world of buildings and bridges, as well as the rural landscape with which he grew up. His architect’s office and painting studio are in Little Rock’s SoMa neighborhood. Recently his Highline 1 was chosen to be in the Arkansas Arts Center’s Delta Exhibition. By appointment only.
Dennis McCann’s paintings are detailed depictions of everyday life and family activities. Neighborhoods, lawn chairs and landscapes are all carefully observed and rendered. McCann is a captain in the Little Rock Fire Department as well as a professional artist and teacher. His work is available through Boswell Mourot Gallery in Little Rock and Gallery Central in Hot Springs.
1219 SPRING ST., LITTLE ROCK • 501-766-6574 jhortonartist.com
5815 KAVANAUGH BLVD., LITTLE ROCK 501-664-0030 mccannfineart.com
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Matt McLeod is a painter, sculptor and muralist with a bold, vibrant style that he calls Energetic Color. By using dimensional shapes of brilliant color, he contrasts light and dark, warm and cool, dull and bright, creating dynamic compositions. Be sure to see McLeod’s newest mural at 6th and Main in downtown Little Rock. His gallery, Matt McCleod Fine Art Gallery in Little Rock, is open to the public.
Tom Richard’s paintings and drawings explore issues of identity and history, combining images of toys and art history references with philosophical and pop culture quotes. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Richard has had solo exhibitions at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock and the Laredo Center for the Arts in Texas.
108 W. 6TH ST., LITTLE ROCK 501-837-4491 mattmcleod.com
303 W. JEFFERSON, MONTICELLO 870-723-9738 facebook.com/tom.richard2
Sammy Peters is one of Arkansas’ most prolific and respected abstract painters. He’s known in national circles for his unique style and expertise with the encaustic painting technique, which incorporates beeswax as a medium in painting. Exhibited in galleries in Santa Fe, Reno and Memphis, Peters is represented in Arkansas by Greg Thompson Fine Art in North Little Rock.
Denise Ryan’s figure paintings, portraits and still lifes are painted directly from life whenever possible. The meticulously rendered work is almost surrealistic, with human forms as well as fruits and plants often composed in front of vast landscapes and turbulent skies. Her work is available through Eureka Fine Art Gallery in Eureka Springs.
429 MAIN ST., NORTH LITTLE ROCK 501-607-3473 sammypeters.com
2 PINE ST., EUREKA SPRINGS 479-363-6000 deniseryanart.com
SUSAN J. SCHNEIDER
Robert Reep is inspired by common objects in the creation of his art, utilizing two- and three-dimensional materials in his conceptual pieces. Reep’s Chroma Gallery in Little Rock offers consignment art sales for local and regional artists.
For Susan J. Schneider, capturing the shapes and colors of the world around her is just as important in painting as it is in photography, and her interest in the natural world comes through in every work. Schneider’s work can be seen at the Arkansas Craft Guild in Mountain View, The Corner Joint in Mountain Home and at her Cabin Hill Gallery in Gamaliel.
5707 KAVANAUGH BLVD., LITTLE ROCK 501-664-0880 chromagallery.blogspot.com
270 CABIN HILL TR., GAMALIEL 870-467-5704 cabinhillgallery.com
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SHEILA PARSONS’ ART-VENTURES, LLC
SOUTHERN FLYER STUDIO
Sheila Parsons is a nationally known watercolor painter and teacher. Parsons holds an Annual Ozarks Adventure in Watercolor, a weeklong series of watercolor workshops, as well as writing about her travels in search of things to paint. By appointment only.
Southern Flyer Studio is a private fine-art printmaking, drawing and painting studio. It is equipped with a Rembrandt Graphic Arts/John Graves intaglio press that is used for printing limited-edition fine-art prints employing intaglio and relief processes. Prints, drawings and paintings are shown nationally and internationally.
1805 HILLMAN ST., CONWAY • 501-730-1502 sparsons.com
82 KINGSPARK RD., LITTLE ROCK 501-707-5033
Dominique Simmons creates expressive fine art that demonstrates a high degree of technical skill. She is proficient in drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media and small sculpture. Simmons has honed her skills in the Little Rock area for more than 30 years and has developed a reputation as one of Arkansas’ most creative and imaginative artists. By appointment only.
Painter Mary Ann Stafford primarily focuses on Arkansas landscapes done in pastel, watercolor, acrylic or ink. With a focus on atmospheric effects, Stafford strives to highlight nature at its finest. Her work can be seen at Gallery 221 in Little Rock.
1600 S. LOUISIANA ST., LITTLE ROCK 501-247-5097 dominiquesimmonsart.com
221 W. 2ND ST., STE. 102, LITTLE ROCK 501-851-2584 staffordart.com
CHRISTINA SMITH Christina Smith focuses on gouache and pencil nature studies. This combination of opaque watercolor and pencil provides a contrast to her work that makes subjects seem almost dimensional. She has exhibited as part of the Arkansas Craft Guild’s Christmas Showcase in Mountain View and at Bella Vista Art in Bella Vista, as well as nationally.
16149 BEECHNUT LN., FAYETTEVILLE 770-843-4604 christinasmith.net Discover more artisans at arkansas-made.com
KATHERINE STRAUSE Found photographs are the source material for artist Katherine Strause. Her large colorful paintings give new importance to these snapshots. Her current work is inspired by the scrapbooks of Arkansas Home Demonstration Clubs from early to mid-20th century. She is department chair and associate professor of art at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. Her work can be seen at Gallery 26 in Little Rock.
2601 KAVANAUGH BLVD., STE. 1, LITTLE ROCK 501-664-8996 katherinestrause.com
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Rebecca Thompson’s paintings come from her travels, from ordinary objects that catch her eye in a new way and from people caught in a pivotal moment. Her atmospheric strokes of color, her washes of light and her sense of place engage the viewer and invite lingering. She’s represented by Greg Thompson Fine Art in North Little Rock.
Melissa Wilkinson creates her complex and highly fragmented images by combining digital photographs and classical painting techniques. Wilkinson’s work is widely exhibited across the United States and abroad. By appointment only.
429 MAIN ST., NORTH LITTLE ROCK • 501-664-2787 rebeccathompsonart.net
2105 E. AGGIE RD., JONESBORO • 870-972-3050 melissawilkinson.net
JORGE VILLEGAS STUDIO
Originally from Buenos Aires, Jorge Villegas has an extensive body of paintings, drawings and mixed-media works, exquisite abstractions and portraits. A life-long teacher, Villegas is a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Individual Artist Achievement.
Marjorie Williams-Smith has worked with silverpoint for more than 25 years. Silverpoint is an especially challenging medium dating back to the Middle Ages. The effect of light on the silver lines creates a uniquely shimmering quality. Williams-Smith uses natural forms as symbols for the universal spiritual energy that exists within us all. Her work can be seen at Hearne Fine Art in Little Rock.
1009 W. 4th St., EL DORADO • 870-862-5557
1001 WRIGHT AVE., LITTLE ROCK • 501-374-2205 marjoriewilliams-smith.com
Elizabeth Weber’s work is known for vibrant colors and flowing design. Her work is often accompanied by poetic descriptions of the abstract shapes and colors she utilizes. She is represented locally by Boswell Mourot Fine Art in Little Rock and Legacy Fine Art in Hot Springs.
Emily Wood is an acclaimed visual artist who is known for her paintings of people. Her work can be found in public and private collections all over the country, and in galleries all over the state of Arkansas including exhibitions at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Lyon College in Batesville, the THEA Foundation in Little Rock and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her work can be seen at Gallery 26 in Little Rock.
5815 KAVANAUGH BLVD., LITTLE ROCK • 501-541-5728 mysoulspath.com
2601 KAVANAUGH BLVD., STE. 1, LITTLE ROCK 501-773-4121 emilywoodart.com
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DANIEL BASKIN Daniel Baskin works as the director of the sUgAR Gallery at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Baskin’s mixed-media work will be included in two upcoming group shows: The 57th Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock and the 2015 MFA National Exhibition at First Street Gallery in New York City.
1 E. CENTER ST., FAYETTEVILLE • 501-920-4386 dannyrwbaskin.com
DAVID H. CLEMONS STUDIO David Clemons’ work ranges from small-scale art jewelry to larger sculptural works. Narrative, surface texture and social commentary are frequent features in both types of work.
1808 N. CLEVELAND ST., LITTLE ROCK 619-402-7728 davidclemons.com
Terry Bean has developed work that resides in MacArthur Park, the Little Rock Zoo, the Otter Creek Library reflecting pool, all in Little Rock, and the Hot Springs Sculpture Garden. His work also appears in the permanent collections of private and public institutions such as the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Historic Arkansas Museum, The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and Wildwood Center for the Arts, all located in Little Rock.
Mia Hall serves as the head of the furniture design program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is known for her work with cast concrete, using the material to create sculptures. Her one-of-akind artworks have been exhibited locally and nationwide.
2 LACELLE CT., LITTLE ROCK • 501-307-1001 public-artwork.com
1911 N. CLEVELAND, LITTLE ROCK • 619-402-7737 miahall.com
BEST METAL STUDIO This Little Rock metal studio produces sculpture and unique custom-built furniture, gates and railings using metals such as iron, copper and steel, as well as other materials like quartz. The company’s designs encompass both decorative and functional works for both commercial and residential installation.
3115 MADISON ST., LITTLE ROCK • 501-663-5554 Discover more artisans at arkansas-made.com
DAVID HARRIS David Harris founded the Light and Time Design Studio and Foundry in 1991, and while he works in a variety of media, he prefers to create his art with metal. His Celebrating the Life of Winthrop Paul Rockefeller, a collaboration with fellow sculptors Bre Harris and Bret Anderson, can be seen in Morrilton.
3512 RAGWEED VALLEY RD., ROYAL • 501-991-3886 arsculptorsguild.org
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Bre Harris counts leather, glass, bronze and stainless steel as her favorite media for sculpture, and her work includes re-sculpting Hall of Fame baseball players as well as the trophy for the Independence Bowl. In Little Rock, her work can be seen in the Arkansas Korean War Veterans Memorial at MacArthur Park.
Robyn Horn’s sculptures of wood and stone evoke nature by accenting the natural lines of the materials. Horn’s work can be seen at Greg Thompson Fine Art in North Little Rock, Justus Gallery in Hot Springs, as well as installations at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.
3512 RAGWEED VALLEY RD., ROYAL • 501-991-3886 arsculptorsguild.org
429 MAIN ST., NORTH LITTLE ROCK • 501-664-2787 robynhorn.com
INNOVATIVE SCULPTURE DESIGN
Innovative Sculpture Design is a professional design and fabrication studio offering custom, high-impact fine art for residential, corporate and public installations. Sculptor Hunter Brown starts every sculpture with a sketch, then fabricates each piece from stainless steel, cast aluminum or bronze.
Known for his imaginative and boldly painted narrative-style work, Kevin Kresse recently shifted his focus to large-scale bronze sculptures commissioned for public spaces around central Arkansas, including his piece Compassion and Hope at Baptist Health in Little Rock. Kresse has won several awards in the Arkansas Arts Center’s annual Delta Exhibition. By appointment only.
1604 MATT LN., HENSLEY • 870-550-3619 innovatiesculpturedesign.com
2800 W. 6th St., LITTLE ROCK • 501-786-0906 kevinkresse.com
MARIANNE HEDGES HENNIGAR
BRYAN W. MASSEY, SR.
Marianne Hedges Hennigar is a fine arts figurative sculpture in both ceramics and cast-metal bronze. She has also worked with abstract painting. Her work can be seen at Stephano’s Fine Art Gallery in Little Rock.
Bryan W. Massey, Sr. is a professor of art and sculpture at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He is primarily known as a stone carver who works with materials like alabaster, soapstone, limestone, marble and granite. He received the 2006 Governor’s Award for Individual Artist of the Year.
1813 N. GRANT ST., LITTLE ROCK • 404-944-8397 stephanostudios.com
3189 COLLEGE AVE., CONWAY • 501-764-1138 arsculptorsguild.org
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ALICE GUFFEY MILLER
HEATHER HARMON BECKWITH
Alice Guffey Miller’s grand-scale projects emphasize environmental awareness and community cooperation. Varied in size and scope, the projects result in permanent installations of sculptures, mobiles, three-dimensional murals, playground structures, fountains and gardens. Guffey’s large work, pARTy for Peg, can be seen at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock. Available by appointment only.
Heather Harmon Beckwith draws inspiration for her ceramic drinking sets from spending time over drinks with friends. Knowing that most people have a favorite cup or mug, she strives to create pieces that not only look fantastic, but also feel good to the hand and lips. In this way, the aesthetics of her work go beyond looks into the feel, weight and functionality of each piece, making her work as lovely to use as it is to look at. Available by appointment only.
594 W. CONRAD AVE., MONTICELLO 870-367-1036
14601 CEDAR HEIGHTS RD., NORTH LITTLE ROCK 501-658-9164 heatherbeckwith.com
MICHAEL WARRICK Michael Warrick specializes in designing and creating monumental and small sculptures in bronze, stainless steel, clay and wood. His work can be seen at the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden and the Bernice Garden in Little Rock. Warrick is represented by Boswell Mourot Gallery in Little Rock.
5815 KAVANAUGH BLVD., LITTLE ROCK 501-213-5635 michaelwarrick.com
JOE BRUHIN Joe Bruhin’s handmade aesthetic extends beyond his pottery: His Fox Mountain Pottery studio and kiln were built from the ground up by Bruhin himself. Bruhin specializes in raku ware, in which hand-built pieces are removed still hot from the kiln and allowed to air cool. In addition to his own work, Bruhin also offers apprenticeships to pass the art of pottery along to future generations.
3253 RED RIVER RD., FOX • 870-363-4264 s240831787.onlinehome.us/joebruhin
Jan Woods took her love of show horses and made it the focus of her art. She is on the board of the American Academy of Equine Art and the Society of Animal Artists. In addition to sculpture featuring horses, Woods was also selected to create the 1994 bust of President Bill Clinton which resides on the grounds of the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock.
Oksana Cartwright’s Little House of Pots specializes in handmade high-fire clay and porcelain functional pottery. Her pieces are often emblazoned with leaf patterns and creatures such as deer and seahorses that shine through her bright glazes to create a delightful effect.
17324 COOPER ORBIT RD., LITTLE ROCK 501-960-2440 janwoodsartstudio.com
3800 SEVIER DR., NORTH LITTLE ROCK 501-247-9695 facebook.com/LittleHouseofPots
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HUSNY DAHLAN Husny Dahlan is an associate professor of art at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and uses his knowledge of ceramics to transform utilitarian forms into works of ceramic sculpture. Dahlan’s work draws upon traditional Islamic art filtered through his unique sense of modern style into contemporary art.
1200 UNIVERSITY DR., PINE BLUFF • 870-575-8000
DAVID & BECKI DAHLSTEDT
Kristin Dill’s company Pickles’ Pottery specializes in Arkansasthemed products like clay coasters, ornaments, earrings and trivets. Bright colors pair with simple shapes to create items that are not only functional, but serve as conversation pieces. In addition to her pottery work, Dill also “upcycles” old bottles into attractive glass platters. Pickles’ Pottery can be found at The Green Corner Store in Little Rock.
512 BROWN ST., LITTLE ROCK 479-957-1431 picklespottery.etsy.com
David and Becki Dahlstedt specialize in handcrafted stoneware pottery production. Work is high-fired, functional, safe for use in the microwave, oven and dishwasher. The Dahlstedts create each of their pieces on the potter’s wheel, then add hand-shaped flourishes before firing in their on-site kilns. Their work may be seen at the Arkansas Craft Guild in Mountain View.
Janet Donnangelo’s pottery is made both on the wheel and by hand. Her work tends toward natural themes, incorporating vines and leaves to give each piece a dramatic effect. Donnangelo’s work can be seen October 16 at the Bella Vista Art Festival in Bella Vista and on December 4 at the Arkansas Craft Guild Show in Little Rock.
511 JACKSON ST., MOUNTAIN VIEW • 870-615-4825 mountainviewpottery.com
P.O. BOX 4, MOUNTAINBURG • 479-857-1800 donnangelopottery.com
Ceramic artist Lois Davis’ raku porcelain work bursts with iridescent colors imparted to each piece by her firing technique. Davis’ Painted by Fire Studio makes hand-designed beads, pendants and dishes, many with an Arkansas theme. Her work can be purchased from The Green Corner Store in Little Rock.
Stephen Driver’s work consists of both wood-fired pottery and sculpture, and can be seen at his Little Mulberry Gallery in Ozark. He has been making pottery for more than four decades, and after 20 years in an education setting, has returned to full time pot making. Driver’s work has been displayed at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville and as part of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Art Faculty Biannual Exhibition.
1423 MAIN ST., LITTLE ROCK • 501-374-1111 etsy.com/shop/paintedbyfire
917 CR 5099, OZARK • 479-292-1319 littlemulberrygallery.com
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BETH LAMBERT Beth Lambert specializes in both functional and decorative ceramics in earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. In addition to her ceramics work, Lambert has also designed a series of refillable markers that can be used to write on clay for dramatic effect. Her work can be seen at Fox Pass Pottery in Hot Springs and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies in Little Rock.
5015 KAVANAUGH BLVD., LITTLE ROCK 501-529-0961 bethlab.net
PETER LIPPINCOTT Peter Lippincott’s MudPuppy Studios serves not only as a base of operations for his pottery work, but also features work from his wife, Marget, who is a writer, visual artist and photographer. Lippincott’s work is notable for being especially thin while still maintaining excellent proportions and balance. He was named an Arkansas Living Treasure in 2010, and continues to pass along his skills to future generations through classes for adults and children.
1400 N. 50TH St., FORT SMITH • 470-785-2169 mudpuppy-studios.com
Fletcher Larkin specializes in glazed stoneware pottery made from local materials. Although beautiful to behold, Larkin emphasizes that his wood-fired ceramics work is meant to be used and enjoyed. His work may be seen at Fox Pass Pottery in Hot Springs, or at his studio in Little Rock.
Rebecca Livingston and her husband Bill Minter work as potters in the Ozark Mountains of Madison County. In addition to artistic vases and other vessels, Livingston also produces lovely functional products like lotion pumps, casserole dishes, pitchers, tumblers and more.
1818 N. MCKINLEY ST., LITTLE ROCK • 501-529-4761 fletcherlarkinpottery.com
27808 HWY. 74, HUNTSVILLE • 479-665-2410 rebeccalivingstonpottery.com
JIM AND BARBARA LARKIN
The Larkins founded Fox Pass Pottery in Hot Springs back in 1973 to showcase Jim’s wheel-based pottery and Barbara’s hand-built work. The Larkins use a mix of clays and minerals to create pieces that are not only attractive but also durable, firing each piece in their on-site wood-fired salt kiln. The play of wood ash and sodium from the salt give the Larkins’ pottery its unique look glazes.
Scott Lykens is an associate professor of art at the University of Arkansas at Monticello whose whimsical ceramics work employs images of bright yellow chicks, bowling balls and pins, small birds and floral motifs. His pieces are notable for their colorful design, providing a sense of whimsy and wonder to the functional nature of each vessel. His work may be seen at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock.
379 FOX PASS, HOT SPRINGS • 501-623-9906 foxpasspottery.com
556 S. MAIN ST., MONTICELLO 870-308-2809
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MILLERâ€™S MUD MILL
Potter Gail Miller turned to art during a battle with cancer, finding solace in the shaping of clay into beautiful works of functional ceramic art. Miller is known for her use of vivid colors and unusual forms, and for the comfortable firm handles that add a tactile element to her mugs and bowls.
Barbara Satterfield uses the technique of hand-building to create her ceramic works of art. In addition to nature-inspired earthenware forms, Satterfield employs natural found objects in many of her projects. Her works have been exhibited at the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group during 2nd Friday Art Night festivities in Little Rock.
862 HWY. 65 S., DUMAS 870-382-5277 millersmudmill.com
48 SOUTHSHORE LN., CONWAY 501-733-9916 barbarasatterfield.com
Larry Pennington owns and operates Pennington Studio and Claytime Pottery in North Little Rock, which in addition to showcasing his ceramic work also hosts classes for beginning and continuing students as well as studio rental space for artisans. Pennington specializes in raku fired work.
David Smith draws inspiration from objects and textures from nature, seeking to re-contextualize familiar objects. His use of textures such as snakeskin, tree bark and even chicken skin become transcendent when illuminated through art.
417 MAIN ST., NORTH LITTLE ROCK 501-374-3515 claytimepottery.com
2801 S. UNIVERSITY AVE., LITTLE ROCK 406-212-5373 davidscottsmithceramics.com
P.S. Pottery specializes in handmade functional pottery meant for daily use and enjoyment. Potter Paula Smithâ€™s inspiration comes from a love of food, friends and family, and her vessels reflect the warm feelings evoked by good company. She is available by appointment only.
Winston Taylor is a Little Rock native who discovered his love for working clay in the 1970s as a student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He utilizes a variety of techniques to fire his work, often combining wheel-thrown forms with hand-built tops influenced by architectural and geometric forms. His work can be seen at Boswell Mourot Fine Art in Little Rock.
8213 WESTWOOD AVE., LITTLE ROCK 406-212-6273
5815 KAVANAUGH BLVD., LITTLE ROCK 501-664-0030 winstontaylor.com
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Kyle Boswell is a glassblower and mixed-media sculptor. Not content to work with glass alone, Boswell mixes his own blown-glass pieces with other materials such as steel, copper, bamboo and textiles, creating works of art that transcend the sum of their parts. In addition to his own work, he is the owner of Boswell Mourot Fine Art in Little Rock, purveyor of fine art by Arkansas, regional and international artists for the established and emerging collector.
Ed Pennebaker’s Red Fern Glass provides blown and cast glass for both lighting and sculptural work. Of particular note are Pennebaker’s glass chandeliers, pendant lights and sconces, each known for delicate tendrils of brightly colored glass, all crafted using traditional glassblowing techniques in his Green Forest studio.
5815 KAVANAUGH BLVD., LITTLE ROCK 501-454-6969 boswellmourot.com
428 CR 9351, GREEN FOREST • 870-553-2592 redfernglass.com
RILEY ART GLASS STUDIO
James Hayes owns and operates the James Hayes Art Glass Company in Pine Bluff, his hometown. His bowls, vases, stemware and light fixture work is known for bright, contrasting colors and elegant lines. Hayes’ work may also be seen at Red Door Gallery in North Little Rock, Gallery Central in Hot Springs and Sara Howell Art Gallery in Jonesboro.
Riley Art Glass Studio specializes in art-glass creations using age-old glassblowing techniques. Riley works with what is known as “soft glass,” using a furnace to heat up raw materials to 2,200 degrees. This molten glass is “gathered” onto steel pipes or rods from which the shape of the glass can be controlled.
2900 RIDGWAY RD., PINE BLUFF • 870-540-9080 hayesartglass.com
TOM AND SAGE HOLLAND
366 QUARRY MOUNTAIN RD., HOT SPRINGS 501-318-6193 rileyartglass.com
For more than 28 years, Tom and Sage Holland have been handcrafting glass, utilizing an oxygen and propane torch to heat the glass to a molten state and then transforming it into a variety of shapes, all bursting with color. Pendants, buttons and cabochons represent their work at its smallest and most intricate, while larger works of glass sculpture show the couple’s ability on a much larger scale.
Roberta Katz-Messenger creates original custom liturgical, residential and commercial stained-glass windows and lamps. No matter the scale, from entire church sanctuaries to individual glass lamps, KatzMessenger’s work represents her deep understanding of the delicate interplay of light and color, making each piece of stained glass a one-of-akind experience.
3221 FLAG RD., LESLIE • 870-363-4890 beauxbead.com
2212 HWY. 95 W., CLINTON • 501-745-4589 kmstainedglass.com
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J.P. Bell’s work is inspired by the American landscape, which he developed a love for during a cross-country train ride from Arkansas to northern California when he was a child. In addition to his work highlighting transportation methods and architecture, Bell also works to document American culture, particularly that of music and historic buildings. Bell’s work may be seen at Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock.
George Chambers’ photography captures everything from the beauty of landscapes and natural scenes to lovely shapes and forms in found objects. In addition to his art photography, Chambers Studio also offers photographic services to artists and artisans looking to have their products immortalized on film. By appointment only.
417 SUTTON ST., FAYETTEVILLE • 479-650-2328 jpbellphotography.com
2319 S. ARCH ST., LITTLE ROCK • 501-376-0632
HEATHER CANTERBURY PHOTOGRAPHY
Heather Canterbury offers lifestyle and portrait photography for weddings and events. Her unique method of incorporating background elements into her portraits while never detracting from the focus of the subject makes her photographs compelling works of art that serve to capture memories with a one-of-kind style. Her work may be seen at her North Little Rock studio by appointment only.
Photographer Sean Moorman offers black-and-white commission portraiture, processed in a darkroom. This reliance on film and traditional development and enlargement methods gives Moorman’s work a timeless feel, painting each subject with soft tones that turn film into art. Moorman’s work may be seen at Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock.
520 W. D AVE., NORTH LITTLE ROCK 870-918-2784 hcanterbury.com
3 OAKCLIFF CR., LITTLE ROCK 501-804-6615 seanmoorman.com
Gary Cawood’s fine-art photography captures the beauty hidden in everyday surroundings. Broken toys and refuse are transformed into ethereal reminders of the past in his Excavation series, while his Night Patrol series provides insight into how streets and buildings change their character after dark. Cawood’s work has been exhibited at the Arkansas Arts Center and Historic Arkansas Museum, both in Little Rock, as well as nationally.
Kat Wilson’s earliest accolades come from her Habitats series, which pulls inspiration from the daily lives of the hard working people living in her blue-collar town in Arkansas. Wilson’s work has continued to evolve as she has gained national recognition, studying and creating art in the most art-involved cities in the country. Kat’s technical process of layering seeks to tell broad stories, painting portraits from photographs. Studio visits by appointment only.
1703 FAIR PARK BLVD., LITTLE ROCK • 501-666-8731 garycawood.com
1010 SW, BENTONVILLE • 501-951-4151 katwilsonartist.com
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BLOOM + THISTLE
ANCHOR PORT CALLIGRAPHY
Bloom + Thistle owners Helen and Lindi Chase make art prints, accessories and jewelry. The company’s prints are inspired by Lindi’s love of combining handwriting, vintage artwork, photography, neat typefaces and more into art pieces for cards and prints. Helen’s work uses gemstones, metal, glass and resin to create accessories that serve as companion pieces to the prints.
Anchor Port Calligraphy owner Betsey Burgess’ interest in hand-lettering began at an early age, so it was natural that she would translate her love of penmanship into hand-designed cards and invitations. In a world where so much is done digitally, Burgess specializes in the special feeling that comes from receiving items custom-written just for the recipient. Anchor Port Calligraphy is available from Shindig Paperie in Fayetteville.
13563 PIN OAK RD., FAYETTEVILLE • 918-457-9316 bloomandthistle.etsy.com
100 W. CENTER ST., STE. 5, FAYETTEVILLE 405-213-2613 anchorportcalligraphy.blog.com
HEATHERLY & HOLDER
OLD TIME PRINT SHOP
Heatherly & Holder are a custom graphic design and stationery company that provides one-of-a-kind pieces for events such as save-thedates, invitations, thank-you cards and day-of pieces. The company is currently establishing an online gift shop for clients to buy both their own custom prints as well as stationery from national and regional artists. Also available by appointment at their Jonesboro studio.
Located on the grounds of the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, the Old Time Print Shop offers traditional letterpress printing using 19th century equipment, tools and methods. In addition to the variety of hand-printed cards and note pads available, the print shop also provides demonstrations of their process for the public. The shop’s work may be purchased at the Ozark Folk Center Gift Shop in Mountain View.
2117 RIDGE RD., JONESBORO • 501-303-8171 heatherlyandholder.com
1032 PARK AVE., MOUNTAIN VIEW • 870-213-7856 etsy.com/shop/oldtimeprintshop
Evan Lindquist’s prints are developed from his own engravings on copper and created in the traditional process of intaglio printing. Lindquist was named Artist Laureate of Arkansas in 2013, and taught printmaking and drawing at Arkansas State University for four decades. His studio is by appointment only. His work may be seen at M2 Gallery in Little Rock.
Pheasant Press founder Sarah Ridgley developed an interest in letterpress printing while researching invitations for her own wedding. The result was Pheasant Press, which offers a unique collection of prints, cards, coasters and gift tags, all handcrafted and printed in Ridgley’s Fort Smith studio. Pheasant Press items may be purchased online or at Bella Vita Jewelry in downtown Little Rock.
4300 HICKORY LN., JONESBORO • 870-935-3943 evanlindquist.com
523 S. LOUISIANA ST., STE. 175, LITTLE ROCK 479-353-1177 pheasantpress.com
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THE SIMPLE PERKS
Rhinodillo Designs is an artist collaborative offering artistic services and original works of fine art. Prints, t-shirts and custom-made candles are part of their everyday offerings, and the company also accepts commissions for artwork, paintings, ceramics and other works of fine art. Rhinodillo Designs may be found at the Little Rock Farmers Market.
The Simple Perks is a paper brand based in Little Rock. Founded by artist Kristin Murphy in 2012, The Simple Perks offers art prints and stationery items. Having an artistic background, Murphy often incorporates her original artwork into her designs. Her designs may be purchased online or directly from the artist by appointment only.
65 SUMMIT RIDGE CT., LITTLE ROCK • 501-712-4334 rhinodillodesigns.com
216 DENNISON ST., LITTLE ROCK • 501-339-7209 thesimpleperks.com
SALLY NIXON ILLUSTRATION
Sally Nixon is a freelance illustrator for magazines and private commissions. She also sells art prints of her work and greeting cards. Her work features whimsical creatures, sullen girls and caricatures, all executed in a unique, eye-catching style. Her work may be purchased online or commissioned directly from the artist by appointment only.
Barbara Thompson specializes in watercolor note cards with a cotton boll motif. Available in both black-and-white and color, these classic Southern cards add a touch of down-home, handcrafted style to invitations, thank-you notes or just simple hand-written correspondence. Custom orders are available by phone.
1100 ROCK ST., LITTLE ROCK • 870-692-8699 sallynixon.com
703 OAK HOLLOW LN., JONESBORO 879-761-8592
PERRODIN SUPPLY CO.
YELLA DOG PRESS
Perrodin Supply Co. is an art and art supply company. In addition to their supply business, Jonathan and Amber Perrodin make fine art and merchandise and are dedicated to equipping artists with the goods and services to make their dreams reality.
Yella Dog Press uses a Chandler & Price flywheel press and antique wood and metal type in their designs. Each of owner Kate Askew’s designs are set and printed by hand, creating classic pieces of art with messages that communicate contemporary flair. Yella Dog items can be found at Domestic Domestic in Little Rock.
505 SUCCESS AVE., SPRINGDALE • 479-770-3774 perrodinsupply.com
5006 COUNTRY CLUB BLVD., LITTLE ROCK 501-517-5170 yelladogpress.tumblr.com
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GRASSY CREEK BROOMS Jerry Lovenstein first started making brooms through an apprenticeship at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, and he still crafts each of his Grassy Creek brooms by hand. The styles and designs used by Grassy Creek hearken back to the days of the Puritans, but with a modern sense of color that make each broom a functional work of art, from the small whisks and turkey-wing models to the larger cabin and cobweb brooms.
2807 SIGNAL HILL RD., MOUNTAIN VIEW 870-269-8372 grassycreekbrooms.com
GIBSON BASKET Terry Gibson of Gibson Basket is a fourth generation basket maker, and he still uses the same techniques to harvest his white oak materials that were handed down more than 120 years ago from his great-grandfather. Gibson Basket splits its own logs for weaving materials, creating hand-woven pieces that range from large hampers and baby bassinets to smaller baskets for breads, cakes or pies. Gibson Baskets are available at The Historic Arkansas Museum Store in Little Rock.
P.O. BOX 1292, FARMINGTON • 479-443-3010 gibsonbaskets.com
LITTLE ROCK CRATE AND BASKET
Microplane’s popular graters didn’t start as kitchen utensils at all, but as rasps for wood. Chefs and home cooks alike discovered, however, that the teeth of Microplane’s unique chemical-etched products were superior than standard stamped-metal graters for zesting fruits and grating herbs and cheeses. These days, Microplane’s graters are internationally renowned for their ergonomic design and durability.
Little Rock Crate and Basket is a manufacturer of wooden baskets for the fruit, vegetable, and arts and crafts industries. The company is one of only two remaining basket manufacturers west of the Mississippi River and will celebrate 100 years of business in 2016.
614 SR 247, RUSSELLVILLE • 866-968-5455 us.microplane.com
1623 E. 14TH, LITTLE ROCK • 501-352-3931 crateandbasket.com
ROLL & TUMBLE PROVISIONS
The Roll & Tumble name was long synonymous with high-quality letterpress items, and although owner Christie Turk has moved into a new line of home goods, she has maintained the same aesthetic qualities that make Roll & Tumble so popular. Turk’s new Ozark Modernism collection will debut in September 2015 and include bar-inspired art prints, printed canvas wine and spirit bags, cloth cocktail napkins, coasters and hand-painted serving trays.
Leon Niehues starts with materials from the white oak trees that grow near his studio in the Ozarks, mixing traditional splint techniques with modern ideas of sculpture and design to create his baskets. He is a 2005 recipient of the Arkansas Living Treasure designation, and his work may be seen on display at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock.
2051 N. KANTZ ST., FAYETTEVILLE 501-412-2049 etsy.com/shop/rollandtumblepress
27387 AR 23, HUNTSVILLE • 479-738-2901 leonniehues.com
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WOODWORK & FURNITURE
JAMES + JAMES
Beringer Wood is a small company that specializes in fine woodworking with exotic hardwoods. Hand-turned wooden items like ink pens, bottle stoppers and cedar six-pack holders are all made by hand, one at a time, with the interest of showcasing the beauty of hardwood in a functional way.
Started in a local garage with a Skil saw and a dream, James+James has grown into one of the fastest growing furniture companies in the country. Dedicated to producing solid, attractive furniture for an affordable price, James+James grown from the garage into a team of 15 people, all handcrafting fine furniture in Springdale. From the quality of the wood used to the loving care with which is assembled, each piece of James+James furniture is functional art at its best.
1892 N. BUCKLEY DR., FAYETTEVILLE • 479-200-5166 facebook.com/beringerwood
4217 S. THOMPSON ST., SPRINGDALE 479-633-7557 carpenterjames.com
Furniture maker Dallas Bump’s work is as beautiful as it is functional, made with techniques passed down from his French ancestors more than a century ago, including selecting and splitting his own white and red oak trees for each of his pieces of furniture. He is a 2013 recipient of the Arkansas Living Treasure designation. His work is available from the Bear Chair Shop in Royal, and can be seen in the Arkansas Made exhibition at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock.
Anyone looking to add a touch of functional rustic charm should look no further than JK Woodworking. The company’s line-up of goods are all handmade from local wood, and include spoons, spatulas, mortars and pestles, salt cellars and bowls, all of which take kitchen utensils to the next level.
316 TREELAND TR., ROYAL • 501-767-1700 facebook.com/pages/bear-chair-shop
1244 STACY SPRINGS RD. QUITMAN • 501-206-7084 facebook.com/jkwoodworkingar
EARTH ART & FOODS
Truly a studio dedicated to artisanal goods, Earth Art & Foods produces an eclectic line-up of goods including natural soaps, outdoor garden décor and decorated birdhouses, but it’s the studio’s furniture work that makes it elite. Wooden tables, chests and benches all showcase Earth Art & Foods’ skill maintaining the natural beauty of wood while creating functional pieces for both indoor and outdoor use.
In addition to his duties as a furniture design instructor at the University of Arkansas, Tim Latourette also builds speculative and commissioned pieces of furniture, cabinets, light fixtures and prints. Latourette has been recognized for his furniture work with an individual artist fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council.
10309 LAFFERTY RD., MOUNT PLEASANT 501-246-0740 earthartandfoods.com
15761 ROUND MOUNTAIN RD., FAYETTEVILLE 479-799-4974
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WOODWORKING & FURNITURE
LES BRANDT STUDIOS Wood-turned vessels and repurposed wood sculptures are the hallmark of Les Brandt’s business. Most of Brandt’s wood comes from trees that have already died, which he turns into bowls, vessels and platters embellished with carvings, wood burning or turquoise.
1517 CR 1350, HUNTSVILLE • 479-559-2550 lesbrandtstudios.com
PENNINGTON’S CUTTING BOARDS Custom cutting boards and wooden kitchen utensils from Pennington’s Cutting Boards are not just solid, functional additions to any kitchen, they are also an artistic addition to any home. Owner Randy Pennington has been designing cutting boards for over 30 years, and each piece is solid enough to last a lifetime with proper care. Pennington’s Cutting Boards can be purchased at the Fayetteville Farmers Market in Fayetteville.
124 LINDSAY ST., PEA RIDGE • 479-531-8398 facebook.com/pages/Penningtons-Cutting-Boards
PAUL MICHAEL COMPANY
With a motto of “reclaim, reuse, recycle and redecorate,” Paul Michael set out to create a line of custom-designed accessories and furniture that could become the antiques of tomorrow. Everything from Paul Michael is 100-percent American-made and designed not only to reuse the architectural salvage that Michael has collected over the years, but also look good doing it.
Owen Rein’s rocking chairs have been commissioned for dignitaries like President Bill Clinton and Senator David Pryor, but each starts the same way: With the artisan choosing the proper oak tree, splitting the logs by hand and shaping each piece with a drawknife. In addition to rocking chairs, Rein also makes handwoven white oak baskets and wooden vessels, putting his love of wood and craftsmanship in each piece.
3696 HWY. 65 & 82 S., LAKE VILLAGE • 800-732-3722 paulmichaelcompany.com
P.O. BOX 1162, MOUNTAIN VIEW • 870-269-5381 owenrein.com
Lucas Strack’s elegant form and design utilizes modern architectural elements through a line of artisan goods that includes furniture, builtin cabinetry, wood-stripped canoes, paddles and surfboards. Strack’s knowledge of fine wood is matched only by his ability to turn it into beautiful products for the home or office that will last a lifetime. His work may be seen at Matt McLeod Fine Art Gallery in Little Rock.
With their smooth curves and attention to the grain, Sandra Sell’s handmade wooden sculptures are striking in appearance, highlighting the natural look of each species of wood she uses while being transformed through skill into art.
4724 Hillcrest Ave., Little Rock 501-450-0236 strackstudio.com
11210 OAK HILL RD., LITTLE ROCK • 501-412-4906 sandrasell.com
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WOODWORK & FURNITURE
Gene Sparling’s Forest Path Gallery in Hot Springs features his creations: Wood bowls, vessels and other items designed to highlight the natural beauty of wood. More than just art, Sparling’s work is designed to be functional, with a food-safe finish designed to last many years.
Greg Thomas began his woodworking career making furniture in the 1980s, and in 2000 he began doing wood-turned bowls and vessels after a course of instruction with master wood turner Judy Ditmer. His work emphasizes the natural grain and patterns present in the wood to create functional bowls and vessels, while crafting objects of art from imperfect wood. Thomas’ work can be seen at The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies in Little Rock.
107 STILLMEADOW LN., HOT SPRINGS 501-617-0594 genesparling.com
401 PRESIDENT CLINTON AVE., LITTLE ROCK 501-320-5700 butlercenter.org
Doug Stowe began his woodworking career in 1976, and his detailed wood boxes are among some of the finest in Arkansas. His intricate designs contrast dark and light wood and create patterns through the creative juxtaposition of wood grains. Stowe’s work has been given as gifts of state by former Arkansas governors Bill Clinton and Jim Guy Tucker and can be seen on display at the Historic Arkansas Museum Store in Little Rock.
White Dog specializes in making new furniture from reclaimed wood and shipping pallets. Rustic finishes and sturdy design are the hallmark of the company’s skill with repurposing cast-off products into furniture that can last a lifetime. In addition to the woodwork, the company also reuses old license plates to create whimsical art pieces full of rustic charm.
200 E. 3RD ST., LITTLE ROCK • 479-2537387 dougstowe.com
100 WALNUT, BROOKLAND • 870-316-3238 facebook.com/whitedogreclaimedwoodfurniture
KENNETH BLAKE STONE A lifelong love of hunting and a passion for woodworking came together for Kenneth Blake Stone’s BS Woodwork in the form of duck calls made from either polished wood or deer antlers. Each functional piece is a study in the smooth texture and grain of handturned wood, ensuring that each duck call will be the talk of the camp every season.
108 DICKSON DR., LITTLE ROCK 479-871-0505 naturalstatecalls.com
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JOHN WILKINS John Wilkins inherited a love of wood from his grandfather, and while he has built furniture and scroll saw decorative art, his true love is creating wood-turned vessels on his lathe. Each of Wilkins’ bowls, vessels and game calls showcases the natural grain of the wood while elevating it into something that works as functional art. Wilkins’ work can be seen on display in the Historic Arkansas Museum Store in Little Rock.
200 E. 3RD ST., LITTLE ROCK 501-324-9351 johnwilkinswoodturning.wordpress.com Discover more artisans at arkansas-made.com
A.G. RUSSELL KNIVES When it comes to folding, tactical and hunting knives, A.G. Russell Knives in Rogers has been an authority since 1964, when Russell founded his company. Russell has been an innovator in the knife industry, introducing one of the first production knives to use a blade thumbstud for one-handed opening in 1987. These days, the knife company still provides high-quality production and handmade knives, all backed by one of the strongest guarantees in the business.
2900 S. 26 ST., ROGERS • 800-255-9034 agrussell.com
JR COOK James R. Cook is a member of the Arkansas Knife Makers Association and received a Master Bladesmith ranking from the American Bladesmith Society in 1991. Cook has a standard line of knives he produces as well as creating custom pieces to specification.
455 ANDERSON RD., NASHVILLE • 870-845-5173 jrcookknives.com
Jerry Fisk has been working full time as a master bladesmith since 1989, and has been named a National Living Treasure by the University of North Carolina at Willmington. From field-grade pieces to ornate blades, Fisk’s craftsmanship and exacting standards ensure that each piece will perform exactly as it was designed.
Lin Rhea fell in love with knife-making at the bladesmith school at Old Washington, Arkansas, and received his Master Bladesmith ranking from the American Bladesmith Society in 2009. Rhea creates his knives complete, both hilt and blade, making each piece unique.
10095 HWY. 278 W., NASHVILLE• 870-845-4456 jerryfisk.com
413 GRANT,, PRATTSVILLE • 870-942-6419 rheaknives.com
Since 1980, Jim Crowell has been crafting some of the finest blades in the Natural State. He is a former blacksmith and knife-maker at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, and has been named a Master Bladesmith by the American Bladesmith Society. Crowell teaches his craft as part of the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing at Texarkana College, and holds seminars around the country.
Artisan Findley Johnson creates his own custom Pearl d’Or creates knives with handcrafted leather sheaths built in Paris. Both the knives and sheaths are made by Pearl d’Or, ensuring that each blade fits the custom sheath made just for it.
679 NEWNATA CUTOFF, MOUNTAIN VIEW 870-746-4215 crowellknives.com
11112 HWY. 309 S., PARIS • 501-412-4701
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American Native’s goods are all handmade and crafted using American selvedge denim and American leathers. The shop makes items ranging from simple, hand-sewn small leather goods, to leather totes and aprons of both denim and leather, all in-house. American Native products can be purchased online or at The Anchor in Fayetteville.
Barbara Carlson was never trained as a professional quilter, but since 2008, her creative art and portrait quilts have been featured in museums and shows across the country. Carlson’s quilting work is non-traditional, utilizing hand-painted fabrics, beads, feathers, upholstery fabrics and other materials in her pieces. Carlson’s work can be seen on display at the Historic Arkansas Museum Store in Little Rock.
1 E. CENTER ST., FAYETTEVILLE • 479-228-2600 americannativegoods.com
104 E. MAIN ST., MOUNTAIN VIEW • 870-297-3479
Gwen Bennett’s education in biology gave her an appreciation for the natural world, something she applies to her feather art. Vibrant natural colors and eye-popping designs are the hallmark of Bennett’s feather masks, combining traditional mask forms with a modern sense of theatrics and wonder.
Darlene Garstecki specializes in pictorial fabric wall hangings. Many pieces of her work are life-like floral pieces that go with any decor. Garstecki’s work is known for her use of various fibers and threads to accomplish subtle shadings and realism in each piece, with intricate stitchwork that shows a commitment to craft and detail.
11 HILLSIDE AVE., EUREKA SPRINGS • 479-253-5147 gwenfeathers.com
5 EXCELSO TRACE, HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE 501-922-1015
Barbara Cade is a full-time studio artist specializing in one-of-a-kind tapestries constructed of handmade wool felt, an ancient fiber process. Her subject matter is nature-oriented, focusing especially on the landscapes of places she has lived and visited. She conducts periodic felting workshops as well; check her website for schedule and details.
Stacie Bloomfield’s Gingiber is an illustrative home décor studio that makes prints, pillows, stationery and printed tea towels with a subtle mix of sweet and smart. Bloomfield began Gingiber after being dissatisfied with decorations for her child’s nursery, and the result is a line of lovely products drawn from heirloom quilt patterns, whimsical animals and carefully curated color palettes.
262 HIDEAWAY HILLS, HOT SPRINGS • 501-262-4065 barbaracade.com
323 E. EMMA AVE., SPRINGDALE • 417-848-2003 gingiber.com
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ERIN LEA LORENZEN
Karen Goad’s quilts are among the most well-designed works of any quilter in the state. Star, apple core and small, square block patterns are just some of the intricate ways Goad uses small pieces of fabric to create her quilts. Each requires fine stitchwork, something that becomes obvious from the first look at any of her quilts. Goad’s work can be purchased from the Historic Arkansas Museum Store in Little Rock.
Erin Lea Lorezen’s shop ELL was born out of her love of recycled materials, handmade objects and local pride. Her most popular products include eco-friendly t-shirts and jewelry with slogans such as “I heart AR” and “There’s no place like home.” Lorenzen’s work can be found at Bella Vita Jewelry, Box Turtle, Gallery 26, The Green Corner Store and Historic Arkansas Museum store, all in Little Rock, as well as Blue Wild Yonder in Eureka Springs.
200 E. 3RD ST., LITTLE ROCK • 501-324-9351 karensquilting.com
523 S. LOUISIANA ST., STE. 175, LITTLE ROCK 501-590-6072 erinlealorenzen.com
LOUISE HALSEY Louise Halsey is a weaver who makes rugs of wool or cotton fabric strips. Her fiber art also includes small sculptural dolls with wooden forms covered with woven clothes. Her work can be seen alongside the ceramic work of her husband, Stephen Driver, at the couple’s Little Mulberry Gallery in Ozark.
917 CR 5099, OZARK • 479-292-1319 louisehalsey.com
TERRIE NEWMAN Terrie Newman is a quilter who, in addition to creating her own unique designs, also conducts classes, lectures and workshops from her home studio. Much of Newman’s work features natural scenes rendered in vibrant color and a great attention to detail.
100 OAK BEND LP., HOT SPRINGS • 501-655-0407
IRMA GAIL HATCHER
REGALIA HANDMADE CLOTHING
Irma Gail Hatcher’s quilting career started with a small pot holder back in 1980, and the years since have seen her become an internationally known quilter and 2003 recipient of the Arkansas Living Treasure award. Hatcher’s quilts feature intricate design and an attention to detail and stitching that make her one of Arkansas’ best-known quilters. Her work may be seen exhibited at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock.
Former Little Rock theater costume designer Mark Hughes has been designing his own line of women’s clothing for 15 years now. Hughes uses only natural-fiber fabrics for clothing that is classic, sophisticated and comfortable. Whether browsing directly from the racks at his Eureka Springs Studio or ordering custom designs, customers are guaranteed quality clothing.
916 HEATHER CR., CONWAY • 501-327-3124 irmagailhatcher.com
16 WHITE ST., EUREKA SPRINGS • 479-253-2202 regaliahandmadeclothing.com
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ARCH + CRAFT
David Adams learned his craft from Italian master Orlando Feriozzi, applying techniques of hand fabrication to each piece produced in his Fayetteville jewelry shop. Adams’ custom jewelry never utilizes castings, resulting in truly unique pieces made with the same processes that master jewelers used at the turn of the last century. Adams offers custom jewelry design and construction as well as displaying a stock of fine jewelry in his gallery on the Fayetteville Square.
The intricate design of arch+craft’s jewelry evokes thoughts of architectural and sculptural design. Each piece has a fresh, modern appeal, hand-crafted to be unique statements of fashion and style. In addition to stock jewelry created with geometric shapes and flowing design, arch+craft also creates custom work on request.
100 W. CENTER ST., STE. 101, FAYETTEVILLE 479-444-7778 davidadams.com
1521 W. CEDAR ST., FAYETTEVILLE 870-215-3024 archandcraft.com
ALLISON ART COMPANY
Lyla Allison is the owner of an art gallery in Eureka Springs representing around 20 Arkansas artists. The gallery is also home to her custom jewelry and silversmith work, which combines polished stones such as ocean jasper and turquoise with sterling silver settings to create earrings and pendants that add a lovely and artistic element to any wardrobe.
Since 1988, McLees Baldwin has been crafting custom jewelry from sterling silver. Baldwin pairs her shaped silver with natural stones, finding particular satisfaction in rocks found on the beach that have been smoothed by the motion of waves. Baldwin’s jewelry can be found on display at the Historic Arkansas Museum Store in Little Rock.
77 SPRING ST., EUREKA SPRINGS • 479-253-7635 allisonartcompany.com
200 E. 3rd ST., LITTLE ROCK 501-324-9351 etsy.com/people/McLeesJewelry
ALLISON EASTMAN BRITT DESIGN
Allison Eastman Britt designs artisan jewelry that incorporates intricate metalwork and polished stones to create pendants and earrings. From simple, understated pieces that showcase Britt’s ability to work silver and gold to more complex pieces that represent her understanding of form and fashion, each piece of Allison Eastman Britt Design jewelry makes a bold statement about quality craftsmanship.
Bang-Up Betty jewelry is handmade in Little Rock by Stacey Bowers. Each piece has the right blend of beauty and sass for cheeky girls and guys. Bowers hand-stamps each item one letter at a time, before assembling and polishing the jewelry. The result is a line of necklaces and earrings that help tell the stories of the women who wear them. Bang Up Betty products are available from Box Turtle in Little Rock.
438 PROSPECT AVE., HOT SPRINGS 501-620-3959 allisoneastmanbritt.com
2616 KAVANAUGH, LITTLE ROCK• 501-920-0792 bangupbetty.com
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Bella Vita owner Brandy Thomason McNair creates artisan jewelry with an eye for design and a love of all things vintage. Recognizing that jewelry is a form of personal expression, McNair strives to design jewelry that represents the lives of her customers. Whether it’s something small and classy or a signature statement piece, Bella Vita has something for any taste.
Neely Phelan’s line is inspired by stories of decades past, incorporating vintage and natural elements into high-fashion designs. Many of the jewelry maker’s styles are limited edition, which is part of the beauty and charm of owning a piece of Neely Phelan jewelry.
523 S. LOUISIANA ST., STE 175, LITTLE ROCK 479-200-1824 bellavita jewelry.net
13615 FOXFIELD LN., LITTLE ROCK 501-952-7390 neelyphelan.com
BLACK RIVER BEADS & POTTERY
Black River Beads & Pottery specializes in one-of-a-kind, handmade lampwork beads, jewelry, pottery and blown glass. The beads created by Black River primarily use Italian glass, and feature such items as silver-lined beads that shine with a mix of colors made during the glass-blowing process.
This Little Rock jewelry maker creates handmade earrings and necklaces using sterling silver and gold, and stones such as crystals and pearls as well as re-purposed jewelry. Many of her pieces are hand-stamped with messages designed to tell a personal story about whoever wears them.
213 E. BROADWAY ST., POCAHONTAS 870-248-0450 blackriverbeads.com
5512 S. GRANDVIEW ST., LITTLE ROCK 501-663-5333 robinsonlane.com
JANN GREENLAND Jann Greenland’s Indigo Workshop specializes in metalwork, glass fusing and beading, using her skills to create custom earrings and pendants. In addition to making jewelry, Greenland teaches beginning metalwork at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. Greenland’s work may be purchased from the Historic Arkansas Museum Shop, Gallery 26 and Box Turtle, all in Little Rock.
604 N. MAIN ST., LITTLE ROCK • 501-661-9675
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SPARKLYTHANGS Ann Clements’ jewelry company creates handcrafted jewelry from vintage elements, utilizing a fresh, creative design to make each piece one-of-a-kind. From cuffs made from vintage belts to necklaces designed by combining elements from preexisting pieces, Clements takes the current “upcycling” trend to new and beautiful heights.
413 W. 5TH ST., NORTH LITTLE ROCK 501-837-5074 facebook.com/sparklythangs
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ARKANSAS SOAP COMPANY
The Arkansas Soap Company creates handmade soaps and lotions made from local goat milk, shea butter and Petit Jean honey. Fresh fragrances like Victorian Rose, Orange Blossom and spring-fresh Spa are available along with a plain unscented variety. Arkansas Soap Company soaps are available online or at The Green Corner Store in Little Rock.
The folks at Healin’ Hollers draw inspiration from the landscape of their home in the Ozarks, producing a variety of products made from ingredients as natural as the hollers themselves. The soothing Calendula Salve blends the healing power of calendula flowers with cold-pressed olive oil and beeswax, while the Lemon Hemp Cream provides a citrusy way to keep dry skin moist and healthy.
768 OLD HOUSTON RD., HOUSTON • 501-729-2266 rockinghlamanchas.com
1390 DWELLE RD., OLD JOE 870-499-7055 healin-hollers.com
DIXIE FLOWER ALL NATURAL SOAPS
Dixie Flower soaps are made from food-grade vegetable oils and fruit butters, along with essential oils, herbs and other spices. Each bar of soap is guaranteed to be free of animal products, clay and iron oxide. Varieties like Aloe Vera, Cinnamon, Citronella Blend and Ozark Spring provide a wonderful way to get clean and stay healthy. Dixie Flower Soaps may be purchased at Ozark Natural Foods in Fayetteville and Mount Magazine State Park in Paris.
Jeff Higgins’ company Higgins Handmade Goods makes men’s grooming products, including badger-hair shaving brushes and polished wood-handle safety razors. Each piece has the charm of a vintage shaving implement, handcrafted one at a time from the finest materials to ensure that each is unique and of the highest quality.
P.O. BOX 2054, GREENWOOD 479-883-4288 dixieflowersoap.com
103 DEXTER AVE., NORTH LITTLE ROCK 501-626-9863 higginshandmadegoods.etsy.com
THE BEARDED FELLER
Sean Conrad’s Bearded Feller line of beard oils and grooming kits are just the thing for any man needing some help taming his facial hair. In addition to the all-natural beard oil, Old Growth signature scent and a beard wash, The Bearded Feller also packs high-quality combs, brushes and scissors into a variety of kits perfect for either travel or stocking a bathroom at home. The Bearded Feller is available from The Green Corner Store in Little Rock.
This Spa City artisan soap maker makes handcrafted, small-batch soaps from the storied local spring waters in varieties like Eucalyptus Mint and Honeysuckle, as well as an unscented bar for sensitive skin. In addition, items like Peppermint Cooling and Lemon Verbena body creams make Larkmartin a go-to for after-bath skincare as well.
1423 MAIN ST., LITTLE ROCK • 501-374-1111 etsy.com/shop/TheBeardedFeller
140 APPALOOSA TR., HOT SPRINGS • 501-318-8871 larkmartinsoaps.com
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MAISON TERRE NATURAL PRODUCTS Maison Terre produces high-quality handcrafted bath and beauty products like a cooling Sun Soother Gel, soreness-relieving Arnica Muscle Rub and the rich and satisfying Total Hair Care shampoo. Owner Sarah Brown’s mastery of herbs spans both beauty and culinary, and her years of experience have resulted in products good for healthy living.
226 MELROSE CR., NORTH LITTLE ROCK 501-516-1464 maisonterre.net
SOUTHERN GIRL SOAPERY
Southern Girl Soapery has made a mission of providing quality, natural skincare with unique Southern flare, and features designs that are everyday art that tell stories of place, family and history. The soapery partners with local producers such as apiaries, breweries, coffee roasters and farmers to provide raw materials for soaps with names like Damn Yankee, Nonsense and India Pale Ale. Available at The Green Corner Store in Little Rock.
1423 MAIN ST., LITTLE ROCK • 501-374-1111 southerngirlsoapery.com
NIKKI’S NATURALS HERBAL OFFERINGS
OZARK HERBAL CREATIONS
A long-time love of herbs paved the way for Nikki’s Naturals Herbal Offerings, starting with a soap for pets back in 1991. Human soaps soon followed in fragrances like Cranberry with Lemon Grass, the spearmint- and clove-scented Soul-Shine and Vanilla Mint, as well as an Aloe and Comfrey hand lotion and a witch hazel aftershave with chamomile, peppermint and lemon verbena. Nikki’s Naturals is available at The Green Corner Store in Little Rock.
Ozark Herbal Creations features a line of skincare and haircare products that are handcrafted in small batches. All products are environmentally friendly, non-toxic and free of anything synthetic and include a luxurious beard tonic, facial cleanser and bath soak. Samples and custom blends are always available by request.
1423 MAIN ST., LITTLE ROCK 501-362-6171 bryce4christ.com/NikkisNaturals.com
523 E. PROSPECT ST., FAYETTEVILLE • 479-422-0289 ozarkherbalcreations.weebly.com
OUR GREEN ACRE
XIMENA & ELLE
Located in the Ozark Mountains, Our Green Acre goes to great lengths to provide quality food and natural products for sale, including soaps in scents like pumpkin pie spice and the luscious and soothing Boo Boo Balm. The farm’s full range of offerings include handmade soaps, sugar scrubs, lotion bars, herbal salves and lip balms for your body, as well as packaged meat, eggs, produce, maple syrup and honey for your table.
Ximena & Elle produces unique soaps that come in rich scents like Pumpkin Cake, African Musk and Verbena, but that’s just part of the story. Each bar of soap comes wrapped in its own felt skin, a sort of built-in washcloth that creates a fine lather while scouring the skin gently. Available from the Shoppes at Woodlawn in Little Rock.
HC 70 BOX 353, JASPER • 870-861-5890 ourgreenacre.com
4523 WOODLAWN DR., LITTLE ROCK 501-666-3600 ximenelle.com
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LOST FORTY BREWING
The Arsaga family name has been synonymous with great coffee in northwest Arkansas since the early 1990s, but the company never rests on reputation. The Arsaga’s team travels extensively in coffe-growing countries to seek great sustainably-raised beans. The flagship store in the renovated Fayetteville Depot offers sustainably-sourced coffee and a selection of delicious pastries.
Central Arkansas’ Yellow Rocket Concepts has had the Midas touch when it comes to their line-up of restaurants, and the 2015 launch of Lost Forty Brewing was no different. Flavors like the sweet, crisp Love Honey Bock, refreshing Bare Bones Pilsner and the malty Pale Ale have vaulted Lost Forty into the brewery elite, making the taproom a local favorite.
548 W. DICKSON ST., FAYETTEVILLE • 479-443-9900 arsagas.com
501 BYRD ST., LITTLE ROCK · 501-319-7335 facebook.com/lost40beer
BENTONVILLE BREWING COMPANY
MAIN ST. APOTHECARY
Benton County only changed from “dry” to “wet” in 2014, but the beer scene is already taking off. Bentonville Brewing is the second brewery to open in 2015, offering a comfortable taproom and tasty beers like the hoppy India Pale Ale, malty Amber Ale and a crisp, citrusy Belgian Witbier.
While Main St. Apothecary is known for their handmade, spa-quality soaps, they also feature a range of locally grown herbal teas that are potent and delicious. The Lemongrass Herbal Tea blend is light and refreshing, while locally grown mint and chamomile make for cup after cup of herbal tea bliss.
1000 S.E. 5th ST., BENTONVILLE • 479-464-0150 bentonvillebrewing.com
2008 SCOTT ST., LITTLE ROCK • 501-617-2511
BLUE CANOE BREWING
One of central Arkansas’ smallest breweries is also one of the best. Expect a full taproom any time the bar is open, because quality beers like the flavorful RyePA, creamy Whittler Stout and the malty 4x4 keep the crowds coming pint after pint. For the beer lovers on the go, Blue Canoe offers a unique plastic growler, perfect for outdoor areas where glass is not allowed.
Boasting around three pounds worth of fruit and vegetable juice in each 16-ounce serving, this Fayetteville juice company has become a popular go-to for health-conscious consumers looking for 100-percent organic products to supplement their diets. Flavors like the dark red Beetnick, cucumber-based Cuke Sky Walker, rich Kaleifornication and the sweet Pineapple Express make for a delicious way to live healthy.
425 E. 3rd ST., LITTLE ROCK • 501-492-9378 facebook.com/bluecanoebrew
3406 S.E. J ST., BENTONVILLE • 501-681-0740 nativenectarjuice.com
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ONYX COFFEE LAB
POST FAMILIE VINEYARDS
From roasting to brewing, Onyx Coffee Lab is in love with everything about coffee. Dedicated to sourcing the highest quality beans possible and roasting them to perfection, Onyx has developed a reputation for excellence in the Arkansas coffee scene. No matter the roast, from the espresso blends to the flavors like Colombian San Antonio, each sip of Onyx Coffee is pure caffeinated enjoyment.
In addition to wine tastings and tours, this classic Arkansas winery also offers fresh grapes in season. Rich red wines like Post’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Table Wine are a delicious addition to any table, while the sweet, white Niagara remains a local favorite. Post’s wines can be found at retail locations statewide, or experienced in their Altus tasting room.
1700 S. 1ST ST., ROGERS • 479-636-2337 onyxcoffeelab.com
1700 ST. MARY’S MOUNTAIN RD., ALTUS 800-275-8423 postfamilie.com
OZARK BEER COMPANY
ROCK TOWN DISTILLERY
This manufacturing brewery in northwest Arkansas has received national attention as a major player in the region from Southern Living, which named the American Pale Ale one of the region’s best beers. The Belgian Style Golden Strong is a crisp, slightly tart delight, while the Onyx Coffee collaboration Stout brings the best of both local companies together into a rich, dark brew.
Arkansas native Phil Brandon founded Rock Town Distillery in 2010, becoming the first modern producer of distilled spirits in central Arkansas. Brandon’s Arkansas Lightning corn whiskey series has proven popular, particularly the flavorful Apple Pie Lightning, and in 2015, the distillery’s Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon was named “microdistillery bourbon of the year” by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.
1700 S. 1ST ST., ROGERS • 479-636-2337 ozarkbeercompany.com
1216 E. 6TH ST., LITTLE ROCK • 501-907-5244 rocktowndistillery.com
PINK HOUSE ALCHEMY
WIEDERKEHR WINE CELLARS
Local mixologists know the name Pink House Alchemy, and all cocktail lovers should. Simple syrups in varieties like Blackberry Sage, Cardamom and Lavender are bursting with flavor, while the Grapefruit bitters and tangy Strawberry Black Pepper shrub add unique flair to any drink. Attention to detail and quality ingredients are all part of Pink House Alchemy’s mission to raise the bar on drink-making supplies.
With its Swiss-themed winery and restaurant, Wiederkehr has long been a place where the people of northwest Arkansas meet for fine dining and wine. Flavors like the light Pink Catawba and Blush Niagara are sweet and crisp, while the winery’s signature Beau Noir is a rich Burgundy with a soft, velvety mouthfeel. The winery survived Prohibition to become one of the most widely distributed Arkansas wines around.
2650 N. YOUNG AVE., FAYETTEVILLE • 479-244-6937 pinkhousealchemy.com
3324 SWISS FAMILY DR., WIEDERKEHR VILLAGE 479-468-9463 wiederkehrwines.com
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Amy Bradley-Hole’s love of Tuscany and cooking are apparent in every bite of her Bonta Toscana garlic sauce. Before launching it for commercial sale, Bonta Toscana was something of a local legend among Little Rock-area foodies. Now, everyone can enjoy this light, fragrant sauce redolent of the freshest tomatoes and herbs—and of course a healthy dose of garlic. Bonta Toscana is produced and available for purchase at Arkansas Fresh Bakery Café in Bryant.
Bright pink, deliciously crunchy, lacto-fermented kraut is the signature item from Great Fermentations, and their lacto-fermented jalapeño slices are a spicy treat. A staple of farmers markets, stores like Ozark Natural Foods in Fayetteville and restaurants such as Fayetteville’s Farmers Table Café, these probiotic-rich food products are a healthy way to add a lot of flavor to any meal.
304 N. REYNOLDS RD., STE. 5, BRYANT 501-213-0084 bontatoscana.com
15451 JONES BRANCH RD., WINSLOW 479-200-1908 greatfermentations.net
CAVENDER’S GREEK SEASONING
HILLCREST ARTISAN MEATS
No Arkansas pantry is complete without a container of Cavender’s. The family owned company describes their unique mix of 13 ingredients as “all purpose,” and the recipes featured on the Cavender’s website prove it. From vegetables to meat, Cavender’s Greek Seasoning adds a tasty kick found nowhere else. The company also produces a salt-free version, allowing cooks to spice it up without the sodium.
This butcher shop in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood not only provides some of the best fresh local meat around, they also have a fine selection of specialty Arkansas products. In addition, Brandon Brown’s own charcuterie creations such as pâté de campagne, duck confit and spicy coppa are hugely popular with the locals, as are the sandwiches and soups made fresh daily.
306 N. INDUSTRIAL PARK RD., HARRISON 870-741-2848 greekseasoning.com
2807 KAVANAUGH BLVD., STE. B, LITTLE ROCK 501-671-6328 facebook.com/HillcrestArtisanMeats
COCOA ROUGE CHOCOLATE
HONEYSUCKLE LANE CHEESE
After finding success with his Arkansas Fresh Bakery, Ashton Woodward turned his sights to bite-sized, artisanal chocolates and launched Cocoa Rouge. Each piece of chocolate from Cocoa Rouge is a taste experience, with handcrafted fillings and smooth chocolate shells made to exacting specifications.
Delicious raw-milk cheese is the signature item from Honeysuckle Lane, made with milk from family owned Daley Dairy in Rose Bud. A staple of farmers markets and local gourmet stores, blocks of Honeysuckle Lane’s golden cheddar, pepper jack and Colby cheese represent some of the finest-tasting cheese in Arkansas. Call for an appointment to buy cheese direct.
304 N. REYNOLDS RD., STE. 5, BRYANT 501-213-0084 facebook.com/cocoarouge
1192 HWY. 5, ROSE BUD 501-730-5075 honeysucklelanecheese.blogspot.com
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HOUSE OF WEBSTER
Established in 1934, the House of Webster has been many things, but for the past 25 years the Rogers company has been known for highquality jams, jellies, salsas, mustards and pickled products, including Mandarin Orange pepper spread, Ozark Stout Ale mustard and Raspberry Chipotle pepper spread. Flavors such as these showcase the unique sense of taste and style that has become synonymous with House of Webster.
Whether it’s artisanal chocolate bars or single-origin chocolate sauces, Kyya is dedicated to sustainably sourced ingredients processed to exacting specifications. The company appeals to all manner of tastes, producing bars like the smooth Single Origin Uganda Milk Chocolate, Single Origin Uganda Dark Chocolate and Single Origin Midnight Chocolate bars from Ecuador, Hispaniola, Madagascar and Uganda.
1013 N. 2ND ST., ROGERS • 479-636-4640 houseofwebster.com
337 N. ELM ST., ELM SPRINGS 479-268-1235 kyyachocolate.com
This Little Rock chocolate company strives to use only the finest organic cacao beans, which are sorted by hand and turned into highquality dark-chocolate bars. Flavors include Single Origin Dominican Republic, Single Origin Belize, Icelandic Sea Salt and Mylo Coffee. Izard Chocolate can be found at Mylo Coffee Co., Hillcrest Artisan Meats and the The Green Corner Store, all in Little Rock.
With distribution to 40 states, Lambrecht Gourmet’s toffees and sweet and spicy glazed pecans are some of the most widely known foodstuffs that come from the Natural State. High-quality nuts and imported single-origin chocolate make each bite a mouth-watering experience, and with flavors like rich Southern Pecan, spicy Holy Mole and white chocolate Hoity Toity, there’s something exciting to appeal to any taste. Find Lambrecht Gourmet candies and spiced nuts at Eggshells Kitchen Co. in Little Rock.
623 BEECHWOOD ST., LITTLE ROCK 501-352-5834 izardchocolate.com
P.O. BOX 262, HEBER SPRINGS • 501-362-7514 lambrechtgourmet.com
KENT WALKER ARTISAN CHEESE
Little Rock artisan Kent Walker began making cheese out of his home, but these days he operates a large facility with a tasting room where visitors can enjoy unique aged cheeses. Don’t miss the Roccina, Walker’s take on asiago—the name translates to “Little Rock.” Feta and habañero-spiked cheeses are other local favorites, served alongside delicious local beer and wine.
These ice lollies are in another galaxy from the typical frozen novelty. The gourmet ice pop shop uses local ingredients whenever possible, collaborating with local farmers and other artisans to produce an unbeatable line of frozen goodies. Fresh fruits and quality botanicals make flavors like Basil Lemonade, French Vanilla, Salted Caramel, Banana Pudding and Peaches and Cream a tasty, natural treat for kids and adults alike.
323 S. CROSS ST., LITTLE ROCK 501-301-4963 kentwalkercheese.com
5501 KAVANAUGH, LITTLE ROCK 501-313-9558 lepops.com
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MYLO COFFEE CO.
Small-batch products made with local ingredients is the hallmark of Loblolly creamery ice cream, and with flavors like Double Vanilla, Watermelon Basil, Honey Buttermilk and Salted Caramel, there’s something for any taste. Loblolly also operates a soda fountain at The Green Corner Store in Little Rock, where handmade sodas, milkshakes and gluten-free brownies and cookies round out their impressive repertoire.
Baker Stephanos Mylonas began making his Mylo Coffee Co. pastries out of his home kitchen, selling them at area farmers markets alongside pour over coffee. These days, Mylonas operates a popular coffee shop in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood as well as a sleek mobile cart. Flaky croissants, sausage rolls and Scotch eggs are all savory delights, while the lacquered-dough masterpiece Kouign Amann is a unique swirled pastry that will satisfy any sweet tooth.
1423 MAIN ST., LITTLE ROCK 501-396-9609 loblollycreamery.com
2715 KAVANAUGH BLVD., LITTLE ROCK 501-747-1880 mylocoffee.com
PRATT FAMILY SALSA
Father Richard Walz of Subiaco Abbey created the abbey’s blazing hot “Monk Sauce” after returning from a mission trip to Belize with some habañero pepper seeds, using them to create a spicy concoction 35 times as hot as Tabasco. Monk Sauce can be purchased from Subiaco Abbey’s website or found at Hillcrest Artisan Meats and Eggshells Kitchen Co., both in Little Rock.
The inventors of this salsa mix wanted a way around the trouble of transporting jars of pre-made salsa. The result was a pre-packaged dry spice mix for making salsa from either canned or fresh tomatoes, or for adding to soups, dips and other recipes. Pratt Family mix is available in mild, medium or hot, but no matter the heat level, it’s all delicious.
405 N. SUBIACO AVE., SUBIACO 479-934-1000 countrymonks.org
14811 HEINKE RD., MABLEVALE 501-416-8547 prattfamilysalsa.com
MY BROTHER’S SALSA
RAIMONDO FAMILY WINERY
My Brother’s Salsa founder Helen Lampkin grew up cooking with her father, but it was a salsa recipe from her older brother that launched her culinary business. The first jar of the unique salsa hit shelves in 2004, and these days the company produces multiple varieties of salsa made with the freshest possible ingredients. The salsa can be found in many Arkansas grocers like Harps, Edward’s Food Giant and Kroger.
Margie Raimondo’s love of food and wine goes all the way back to her family’s roots in Sicily. Learning winemaking from her father and uncle, Raimondo began producing small-batch wine in 2008. In addition to the company’s line-up of wines, it also produces excellent vinegar products and extra-virgin olive oils.
1006 N.W. 11th ST., BENTONVILLE 888-557-2572 mybrotherssalsa.com
615 S. MAIN ST., LITTLE ROCK 870-424-0234 raimondowinery.com
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SUN HARVEST HONEY
WAR EAGLE MILL
Visit farmers markets in the Little Rock area and you’re sure to see a table full of golden Sun Harvest Honey. Harvested from local bees, this pure, raw honey is guaranteed free of any additives, giving consumers a healthy way to indulge each and every sweet tooth. Find Sun Harvest honey at The Green Corner Store in Little Rock.
War Eagle Mill is known for their commitment to high-quality grains, slowly stone ground to preserve nutrients and taste. Founded in 1832, the mill is still going strong today. From flour, oats and baking mixes to a line of dry bean soups, the War Eagle repertoire is vast—and their dedication to organic, non-GMO crops makes them popular among artisan bakers across the region.
1423 MAIN ST., LITTLE ROCK • 501-837-7525 facebook.com/sun-harvest-honey-bee-farms
11045 WAR EAGLE RD., ROGERS • 479-789-5343 wareaglemill.com
SWEET LOVE BAKES
WHITE RIVER CREAMERY
Baker Kelli Marks has turned her quaint Little Rock bakery into a go-to name for high-quality custom cakes, pies, cookies and other delectable confections. Sweet Love isn’t afraid to push the envelope when it comes to flavor combinations with innovative items like Sweet Tea Pie and Cap’n Crunch Berry macarons. In addition to her custom baking, Sweet Love also has retail items available on a seasonal menu.
Nigerian dwarf goats are known for their small size and great milk production, something that makes them a perfect breed for artisan cheesemakers like White River Creamery. From plain or marinated feta to creamy fromage blanc and chevre, this north Arkansas cheese maker has taken the state by storm. White River Creamery cheese can be purchased from Fayetteville Farmers Market in Fayetteville and Hillcrest Artisan Meats in Little Rock.
8210 CANTRELL RD., LITTLE ROCK • 501-613-7780 sweetlovebakes.com
11701 AR-16, ELKINS • 479-310-0355 whiterivercreamery.com
TOWNSEND SPICE AND SUPPLY
Since 1978, Townsend Spice and Supply had a mission of using high-quality raw ingredients to produce some of the best spice mixes in the state. Mixes like Adam’s Rib Rub, Bearkatz Special Seasoning and Big Hog BBQ Rub make the perfect complement to grilled meats, while the company’s Jerky Seasoning provides a tasty addition to dried and cured meat. The company also offers butcher supplies, including knives, sausage casings and nets for curing hams.
Sweet and hot, chipotle-spiced or covered in chocolate—the folks at Wicked Mix have something for every taste. High-quality ingredients make this Arkansas snack stand out from the crowd, and the perfect balance of spice, sweet and satisfying crunch is quite addicting. Wicked Mix can be found at Kroger locations across Little Rock.
725 E. MAIN ST., MELBOURNE • 870-368-3688 townsendspice.com Discover more artisans at arkansas-made.com
2321 CANTRELL RD., LITTLE ROCK 501-374-2244 wickedmixes.com
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ARKANSAS MADE’S GUIDE TO MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Discover art & culture that calls the Natural State home
ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER
BAUM GALLERY OF FINE ART Conway | 501-450-5793 uca.edu/art/baum The Baum Gallery at the University of Central Arkansas is an educational art museum for students, faculty and staff, and the central Arkansas community. The Director and Faculty Exhibitions Committee select national and international touring exhibitions, sponsor juried student shows and cooperate across disciplines to curate original exhibits distinctly suited to an academic environment. The gallery develops exhibitions and events that invite interaction and encourage dialogue about visual art—the creators, studio process, history, criticism, curation and cultural contexts.
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HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM
ESSE PURSE MUSEUM & STORE
ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER
Little Rock | 501-916-9022 essepursemuseum.com
Little Rock | 501-372-4000 arkarts.com
Showcases the purse’s evolving function, design and its contents, illustrating the story of American women in the 20th century; a century of women and their handbags covering 1900-1999. On-site store sells high-end and lower-priced handcrafted purses and some vintage purses, as well as scarves, jewelry, books and note cards.
Located in historic MacArthur Park, the Arkansas Arts Center contains an international collection of art and special exhibitions. The permanent collection boasts a number of renowned works including drawings, contemporary craft, paintings, photographs and prints from the Renaissance to the present.
HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM Little Rock | 501-324-9351 historicarkansas.org Historic Arkansas Museum (HAM) is a historic site museum located in the heart of downtown Little Rock. On its grounds are some of the oldest buildings in the state, on their original sites, including the 1827 Hinderliter Grog Shop and the 1840s McVicar and Brownlee Houses. HAM also serves the state as its primary collector of items representing frontier Arkansas. The museum’s research program produced the first comprehensive study of Arkansas’ early artists and artisans, which now guides the museum’s collection policy. As a result, the museum houses a great collection of 19th century Arkansas-made treasures. Quilts, Bowie knives, clothing, dolls, furniture and paintings are but a few of the types of artifacts the museum cares for.
Visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, where five centuries of American masterworks are displayed in an architecturally stunning building. Explore the 120-acre campusâ€™ natural 3.5 miles of trails showcasing native plantings in every season. Dine on modern American comfort food with the best views around.
DISCOVER ART IN NATURE
CRYSTALBRIDGES.ORG BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS
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Argenta means silver in Latin, but The Argenta Arts District in North Little Rock has been setting the gold standard for entertainment in Central Arkansas since 2010, with art galleries, live theater, cinema, festivals, great restaurants, fun shopping, hot clubs, historic architecture and the areaâ€™s only 100% local farmerâ€™s market. Whether you want to sing along with amazing shows at Verizon Arena, dive below the waves for a tour of the World War II-era U.S.S. Razorback submarine, or slow it down for baseball and a hot dog at Dickey-Stephens Park, The Argenta Arts District has it all. Join us for the Argenta Arts Festival in May - all Arkansas Artist and all Arkansas Made art. Visit our website at argentaartsdistrict.org for more information.
5815 KAVANAUGH BLVD LITTLE ROCK, AR 72207 • 501.664.0030 • boswellmourot.com
GRACE MIKELL RAMSEY
Offering the fine art of these Arkansas artists for the established and emerging collector.
BUTLER CENTER FOR ARKANSAS STUDIES The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), was created in 1997 through an endowment by the late Richard C. Butler Sr. The CALS art program is located in the Arkansas Studies Institute building on the Main Library campus in downtown Little Rock’s River Market District. The Butler Center’s four art galleries, including a retail gallery, feature the work of Arkansas artists and exhibit art related to the state. The exhibition galleries host rotating exhibits including works from the CALS permanent collection.
North Little Rock | 501-255-5600 argentagallery.com/home.html Argenta Gallery is the shiny new spot in the Argenta arts district in historic downtown North Little Rock. A long-time dream of Argenta resident John Gaudin, the gallery features artists not already affiliated with other galleries and shows that have social impact.
Boswell Mourot Fine Art
Little Rock | 501-664-0030 boswellmourot.com Located in the Heights, Boswell Mourot Fine Art features works by more than three-dozen local, national and international artists.
OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM Little Rock | 501-324-9685 oldstatehouse.com
The Old State House Museum is the original state capitol of Arkansas. Designed by Kentucky architect Gideon Shryock, its Greek-Revival style was chosen to emphasize connection between the newest state of the young United States and the original democracy of ancient Greece. Since 1833, the building and its grounds have witnessed many of the most important events in Arkansas history, including the state’s admission to the Union, a fatal Bowie knife fight between two sitting legislators, the Arkansas vote to secede from the United States and join the Confederacy, and two acceptance speeches by the president of the United States. These events and more are explored via the Old State House’s vast collection of Arkansas artifacts, as well as numerous rotating exhibits.
Little Rock | 501-664-0880 chromagallery.blogspot.com Chroma Gallery offers original contemporary art by local and regional artists, as well as folk imports and heirloom shadow-box framing.
Little Rock | 501-664-8996 gallery26.com
Little Rock | 501-224-1335 cantrellgallery.com Established in 1970, Cantrell Gallery is the longest-running art gallery and custom framing business in the Little Rock area. Cantrell Gallery features art by over 30 established and emerging local and regional artists in their expansive 5,000-square-foot showroom.
EXPLORE YOUR ARTSY SIDE
Little Rock | 501-320-5790 butlercenter.org
For more than 20 years, Gallery 26 has showcased works from some of central Arkansas’ most cuttingedge and innovative artists. The annual holiday show and sale is not to be missed.
Little Rock | 501-801-0211 galleryandartstudios221.com Gallery 221 contains art and sculpture from private collections of over 1,500 artworks, along with original paintings by resident artists with working studios on the second floor.
North Little Rock firstname.lastname@example.org goodweathergallery.com Good Weather is a contemporary art gallery located five minutes from downtown Little Rock that has transformed a single-car garage into a participant-guided gallery. Good Weather is open during exhibitions and by appointment.
EVER WANTED TO LEARN ABOUT HOW TO CREATE ART FOR YOURSELF? The Arkansas Arts Center Museum School is the place to do it! With classes geared toward children, teens and adults of every skill level, there’s something at the Museum School for everyone. For a list of available classes, guidelines and supply lists visit arkarts.com/art-classes.
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Conventional, Organic. Grass-fed, Grain-fed. Genetically enhanced, Non-engineered. Free-range, Barn-raised. Large scale, Small scale.
There are many types of farms in Arkansas. We work for them all.
CENTRAL ARKANSAS Greg Thompson Fine Art
Local Colour Gallery
Red Door Gallery
Greg Thompson Fine Art specializes in the genre of Southern Regionalism, and in the works of prestigious Modern artists of the 20th century. Since 1995, Greg Thompson has helped collectors from around the globe to procure unique art pieces as well as build important and cohesive art collections.
Local Colour Gallery features the work of 28 Arkansas artists working in oil, pastel, watercolor, raku and high-fire pottery, and original jewelry.
Located in the historic Park Hill neighborhood, Red Door Gallery offers only original artwork. Several artists from Arkansas are represented, and Red Door is the exclusive U.S. gallery for artists from Le Mans, France, and Barcelona, Spain.
North Little Rock | 501-664-2787 gregthompsonfineart.com
Hearne Fine Art
Little Rock | 501-372-6822 hearnefineart.com Founded in June 1988 by Archie and Garbo Hearne, Hearne Fine Art recognizes and promotes the power of African-American art in the quest to generate and sustain generational wealth. Hearne Fine Art features the work of more than 20 artists, from sculptors and painters to photographers and fiber artists.
Little Rock | 501-265-0422 localcolourgallery.com
Little Rock | 501-225-6271 m2lr.com M2 Gallery offers a large selection of original artwork from both established and emerging artists. Showcasing a variety of styles in a range of prices, M2 makes art accessible for all. M2 also works with a large network of galleries throughout the country to help clients find that perfect piece.
North Little Rock | 501-753-5227 reddoorgalleryonline.com
Stephano’s Fine Art Gallery Little Rock | 501-563-4218 stephanostudios.com
Recognized for its diversity and color, Stephano’s Fine Art Gallery has been showcasing contemporary artwork from regional and national artists since 2007. Owner and surrealist painter Stephano strives to represent artists whose unique work is both visually stunning and affordable.
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Experience the beauty of our 11 lakes, miles & miles of natural trails and epic views of 26,000 acres in the scenic foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. Shop with local artisans & craftsmen at the Artisan Market of Hot Springs Village. Download the Hot Springs Village Visitorâ€™s App on iTunes or Google Play and be inspired for your next visit! Hot Springs Village is evolving, visualize the change with us:
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FORT SMITH REGIONAL ART MUSEUM Fort Smith | 479-784-2787 fsram.org
The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum offers ongoing exhibitions, classes for children and adults, lectures, opening receptions, galas and artist-led workshops as well as facility rentals and a specialty gift shop featuring one-of-a-kind items created by local and regional artists. After a state-of-the-art expansion that opened in 2013, the museum received the 2013 Preservation through Rehabilitation Award from the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas, the 2014 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Gulf States Region Merit Award at the Gulf States Regional Reception and Honor Awards during the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago.
CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART Bentonville | 479-418-5700 crystalbridges.org The permanent collection at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the current day, from Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter to Andy Warhol’s Dolly Parton. In addition to historical works, the museum’s collection also showcases ma jor works by modern and contemporary American artists, including Roy Lichtenstein, James Turrell and Georgia O’Keeffe. Artwork isn’t just confined to the inside of the museum—Crystal Bridges boasts more than three miles of trails winding through the 120acre site, with numerous sculptures to discover along the way.
ARTS CENTER OF THE OZARKS Springdale | 479-751-5441 acozarks.org
The Arts Center of the Ozark promises a plethora of artistic and educational experiences of multidisciplinary endeavors encompassing the arts and its impact on the community. The center features theatrical and musical performances, gallery showings, classes and cultural events.
TAKE IT UP A NOTCH!
LEARN, CREATE AND DISCOVER ART IN THE OZARKS.
The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art offers a wealth of information in the form of classes and lectures for all ages, from pre-school students all the way up to adults. Interested in exploring your creative side at Arkansas’ premier art museum? Visit crystalbridges.org/education for class schedules and more details.
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Local: It’s good for the mind, body and soul. And it’s easy to do in Conway. As the City of Colleges, Conway is a breeding ground for creativity. Handmade crafts and works of art from local artisans and artists can be found in our museum-style galleries, juried exhibitions and seasonal farmers markets. And here’s good news for locavores: Conway also has an online farmers market offering fresh produce, eggs, meat and dairy year-round.
CVB@ConwayArkansas.org ConwayArk.com 866.7CONWAY
WALTON ARTS CENTER
Fayetteville | 479-443-5600 Waltonartscenter.org In addition to offering worldrenowned performances, the Walton Arts Center’s Joy Pratt Markham Gallery provides an exhilarating space to experience visual arts. The gallery showcases curated exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and nationally recognized artists from all over the world.
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FINE ARTS CENTER Fayetteville | 479-575-5202 fulbright.uark.edu/fine-arts
The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas boasts a robust fine arts program and accompanying galleries. The Fine Arts Center Gallery presents a series of exhibitions each semester and programs by visiting artists and guest curators throughout the year. In addition to the Fine Arts Center Gallery, artwork is displayed in the Fine Arts Center hallway exhibition cases, Hillside Auditorium, sUgAR in downtown Fayetteville and the Anne Kittrell Gallery and the Multicultural Center in the Arkansas Union.
ARKANSAS RIVER VALLEY ARTS CENTER Russellville | 479-968-2452 rivervalleyartscenter.org
Since 1981, the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center has been committed to bringing art to the community and helping artists display their work. The center includes visual arts displays by well-known artists, a local artists gallery, a variety of classes, an on-site gift shop, and occasional theater performances and concerts.
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UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS WALTON FINE ARTS CENTER Clarksville | 479-979-1349 ozarks.edu
Located in the University of the Ozarks Walton Fine Arts Center, the Stephens Gallery provides the Ozarks community and its guests a magnificent showplace for their creations. Permanent exhibits feature glass and ivory carving collections, and new art exhibitions occur monthly.
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THE WALMART MUSEUM Bentonville | 479-273-1329 walmartmuseum.com
The Walmart Museum chronicles the history of Walmart and its founder, Sam Walton, and features a world-class exhibit gallery that includes artifacts such as Walton’s pickup truck, as well as a recreation of his office. Adjacent attractions include Walton’s 5 & 10 and The Spark Café Soda Fountain.
The Fort Chaffee Barbershop Museum’s most famous haircut belonged to none other than the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself, Elvis Presley. When Elvis joined the army in 1958, his famous sideburns were no match for the G.I. protocols—despite the pleas of three teenage girls who claimed they’d die if so much as a hair on Presley’s head was cut. 7313 Terry St., Chaffee Crossing
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83 Spring Street Gallery
Cherokee Mountain Gallery
Eureka Springs | 479-253-8310 83springstreet.com
Eureka Springs | 479-253-5353 mcallistergallery.com
Sept. 25-26 Bella Vista Assembly of God Family Life Center 1771 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista 479-268-4396 quiltcongress.blogspot. com
The flagship gallery of bronze sculptor Mark Hopkins features a huge selection of his work including exclusive pieces only found here. Also featured are wildlife, Native American and equestrian-themed art as well as unique home decor accessories.
Owned by award-winning Cherokee artist Pat McAllister and husband Joe McAllister, Cherokee Mountain Gallery features internationally known Native American artists from around the country, with works in oils, watercolors, baskets, limited edition prints, pottery, pottery and fiber art.
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Bentonville | 479-273-0668 artbybeckychristenson.com
Oct. 9-11 Benton County Fair Grounds 7640 S.W. Regional Airport Blvd., Bentonville 479-795-8900 nwarkansas. vintagemarketdays.com
ART by Becky Christenson
ART by Becky Christenson specializes in one-of-a-kind designs, including sculptures, paintings, ceramics and other original works. Becky Christenson is a renowned local artist whose work continues to appear in private collections, art shows, public installations and galleries throughout the country.
Fayetteville | 479-387-1534 fayettevilleunderground.com Fayetteville Underground features four galleries and 10 artist studios, some of which are shared. The mix of studio artists includes painters, photographers, sculptors and potters. All art is for sale, and all artists welcome visitors in their studios. The Underground hosts monthly art shows featuring artist members and visiting artists, and other events, including concerts and meetings.
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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS Poor Richard’s Art Gallery Rogers | 479-636-0417 poorrichardsart.com
Eureka Springs | 479-363-9209 studio62.biz
The art and fine craft destination in historic downtown Rogers, Poor Richard’s Art Gallery is a community of area artists. Experience paintings, pottery, mission furniture, photography, fused and stained glass, fiber art and jewelry among the media on display.
The studio/gallery of artists-inresidence photographer Ron Lutz, photographer, and painter Jody Stephenson features original paintings, photography and prints. A variety of special exhibitions and receptions feature local and regional artists throughout the year.
Susan Morrison’s Signature Gallery
Eureka Springs | 479-253-7679 quicksilvergallery.com Featuring American-made art and fine crafts, much of the handmade work at Quicksilver Gallery is produced in the Ozarks and includes stunning silver and gold jewelry, one-of-a-kind smoke drawings, watercolors, and a variety of blown glass and art pottery.
Eureka Springs | 479-253-8788 susanmorrisonstore.com/store Features exclusively the works of nationally acclaimed landscape and wildlife artist Susan Morrison, including limited-edition lithographs, Giclée prints, pen and ink, and encaustic wax.
Fayetteville | 479-643-3185 terrastudios.com Home of the original bluebird of happiness, Terra Studios features glassblowing demonstrations at the Bluebird House Gallery as well as 50 regional artists of American arts and crafts at The Muse Gallery and Coffee House. Explore the unique Art Park with sculptures, murals, art installations, fountains, labyrinth, picnic areas and walking paths.
White River Gallery
Rogers | 479-936-5851 whiterivergallery.com Ed Cooley’s White River Gallery exhibits limited edition prints representing the best photographs from Cooley’s collection of over 500,000 images.
Wishing Spring Gallery Bella Vista | 479-273-1798 wishingspringgallery.org
Located in a restored old blue barn, Wishing Spring Gallery features unique fine arts and handmade crafts by local artists of Northwest Arkansas Village Art Club, as well as oils, watercolors, pastels and pencils, photography and pottery.
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Zarks Fine Design Gallery
Eureka Springs | 479-253-2626 zarksgallery.com Zarks represents more than 120 local, regional and national artists. Featured work includes ceramics from the Spring Street Pottery Studio, fine jewelry, painting and the region’s largest collection of contemporary American art glass.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR OZARK REGIONAL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL Oct. 15 Washington County Fairgrounds 2536 N. McConnell Ave. Fayetteville 479-756-6954 craftfairsnwa.com
WAR EAGLE MILL ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR Oct. 15-18 War Eagle Mill 11037 High Sky Inn Rd. Hindsville 479-789-5398 wareaglemill.com
OZARK REGIONAL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Oct. 16-17 John Q. Hammons Center 3303 S. Pinnacle Hills Pkwy., Rogers 479-756-6954 craftfairsnwa.com
THE LITTLE CRAFT SHOW Dec. 4-5 Fayetteville Town Center 15 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville thelittlecraftshow.com
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MURALS IN THE DELTA Blytheville Mural
Unveiled in 2009, the Mural of Blytheville History is presented in four areas: the Mississippi River, timber industry, railroad and cotton. Jonesboro artist Suzanne Churchill created the mural, which is located on Main Street bordering the Pocket Park in downtown Blytheville.
Dermott City Mural
Dermott | 870-538-5656
DELTA CULTURAL CENTER Helena | 870-338-4350 deltaculturalcenter.com
The Delta Cultural Center, located in historic downtown Helena, is dedicated to the history of the Arkansas Delta. The museum interprets the heritage of the 27-county Delta region through exhibits, educational programs, annual events and guided tours. The permanent collection includes art, photographs, textiles and music, all of which help tell the story of the Arkansas Delta.
ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY FINE ARTS GALLERY & BRADBURY GALLERY Jonesboro | 870-972-3050 astate.edu/bradburygallery
The Bradbury Gallery features changing exhibitions of contemporary art in all media and programs that promote the understanding of art and its significance to society. Regionally, nationally and internationally recognized artists are represented to inform viewers of cultural developments across the U.S. and around the world. The Bradbury Gallery is the permanent home of the Delta National Small Prints Exhibit.
ARTS CENTER OF BLUE BRIDGE THE GRAND PRAIRIE CENTER FOR THE Stuttgart | 870-673-1781 DELTA ARTS grandprairiearts.com Newport | 870-523-1009
The primary focus of the Arts Center of the Grand Prairie has been to promote the arts through education and public involvement by presenting programs, festivals and classes that benefit the entire community. Works by local and regional artists are presented, as well as special workshops, art classes and the Grand Prairie Festival of the Arts.
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The Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts is a coordinated effort by the Newport Economic Development Commission, the Iron Mountain Regional Arts Council and the Downtown Revitalization and Improvement Volunteer Effort to create an art center to celebrate the visual arts of the Delta and to nurture the next generation of Delta artists.
Located on the side of the community’s Senior Citizens Center, the Dermott City Mural depicts the town’s history. Included is Dr. Charles McDermott, a doctor, minister, plantation owner and inventor who held, many believe, the first patent granted for an airplane, as well as cotton and the railroad, both of which played an important part on the economy for the town for decades.
Forrest City Downtown Murals
Forrest City | 870-633-1651 forrestcitychamber.com Ten murals chronicling this Delta community’s history grace Forrest City’s downtown.
Helena-West Helena 870-338-9144 Numerous murals in Helena depict the town’s blues history and culture. The Ohio Street levee features several murals by local artist and teacher Misti Staley, as well as murals created with some of her young students.
Rector | 870-595-3549 rectorarkansas.com Painted by local artist Sandy Midkiff, the mural is an Americana representation of the town’s landmarks and its role as a farming community, and prints are available for sale at the Rector Community Center on U.S. Highway 49.
Blytheville | 870-762-2512
HISTORIC DYESS COLONY: BOYHOOD HOME OF JOHNNY CASH Dyess | 870-972-2803 dyesscash.astate.edu
With no money down, the Cash family was given 20 acres of fertile bottomland and a five-room house in which to live. Now owned by Arkansas State University, the house where Johnny Cash grew up has been restored and contains exhibits related to the establishment of the colony, lifestyles of typical colonists and the impact that growing up in Dyess had on Johnny Cash and his music.
Connie’s Art Gallery
Paragould | 870-215-0800 Gallery of realistic fine art, with some abstract and impressionism; original art, prints; other media includes ceramics and clay.
Hathaway/Howard Fine Arts Center
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Pine Bluff | 870-575-8236 uapb.edu The Hathaway/Howard Fine Arts Center boasts three separate wings for art, music, theater and mass communications, and includes the Leedell Moorhead-Graham Art Gallery.
James Hayes Art Glass Pine Bluff | 870-543-9792 hayesartglass.com
James Hayes is an award-winning glassblowing artist who has studied in Murano, Italy; Columbus, Ohio; and the Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle, Washington. Popular James Hayes glass items include original vases, bowls, stemware, chandeliers and other lighting fixtures, and Christmas ornaments.
47TH ANNUAL BPW BARN SALE Sept. 26 Historic Tate Barn Oakland at Monticello St., Camden 870-231-6244 bpwbarnsale.org
RIVERRIDGE ARTS MARKET Nov. 21 Helena-West Helena 870-714-2844
KING BISCUIT BLUES FESTIVALS Oct. 7-10 Helena Downtown Cherry Street Pavilion 141 Cherry St. 870-572-5223 kingbiscuitfestival.com
Sara Howell Studio & Gallery Jonesboro | 870-935-6336 sarahowellgallery.net
Located in historic downtown Jonesboro, Sara Howell Studio & Gallery features the work of more than a dozen Arkansas artists, including Howell herself.
Strong Communities. Strong Arkansas. The Department of Rural Services isAEDC now part of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
Small towns and rural communities are the heart of Arkansas. In fact, more than 80% of Arkansans live in rural areas. By unifying Rural Services with AEDC, we’re providing enhanced resources and grant assistance to help rural communities thrive. Let us help you realize the vision you have for your community’s future, and together build a stronger Arkansas.
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OZARK FOLK CENTER Mountain View | 870-269-3871 ozarkfolkcenter.com
Dedicated to perpetuating the crafts, herbal wisdom and music of the Ozark Mountains, the Ozark Folk Center (OFC) is, as the tagline says, “A Wonderful Way to Enjoy Yesterday.” The Crafts Village has more than 20 artisans demonstrating Ozark Heritage crafts and the everyday skills used by Ozark Mountain people in the 19th and early 20th centuries, including blacksmithing, pottery making, knife making, quilting, wood carving, yarn spinning, soap making, doll making, candle making and more. The OFC is also home to one of the most diverse organic herb gardens in the nation, comprised of different types of gardens planted throughout the park. The greenhouse serves as a living classroom for organic herb-gardening classes, and the plants of the Heritage Herb Garden are old-time “pass-a-long” plants, such as rosemary, scented geranium, sages, mints and coneflowers. American folk musicians of regional and national renown perform at the OFC’s evening concert programs as well as entertaining park visitors during the day. The Folk Center also offers fine instructional music events in addition to music programs such as the Annual Dulcimer Jamboree, Folk Dance Days, String Band Week and the Annual Autoharp Workshop.
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In September 1964, four young men from Liverpool landed at the Walnut Ridge airport to be transported to a nearby vacation spot, with a planned return to the plane two days later. The schedule was to be kept secret, but word leaked out, and when the Fab Four returned to Walnut Ridge on Sunday, most of the town was waiting. The town now has a life-size sculpture of the group in the city’s downtown area that depicts the group as they appear on the Abbey Road album cover. 110 S. W. 2nd St., Walnut Ridge
Arkansas Craft Guild & Gallery Mountain View | 870-269-4120 arkansascraftguild.org
The Arkansas Craft Guild celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, making it one of the oldest craft guilds in the mid-South. The gallery features traditional and contemporary art and fine crafts of more than 130 juried Guild members from across the state. The Guild also sponsors a Christmas Showcase the first weekend in December at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
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Arkansas House Fine Art Gallery Jasper | 870-446-5900 arkansashouse.net
Located within the historic Arkansas House Inn in downtown Jasper (on Scenic Highway 7), the Arkansas House Fine Art Gallery features European and American fine art, and fine photography of nearby Buffalo River scenes, including elk.
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200 East Rush Gallery
Spring River Art Gallery
Stone County Ironworks
Harrison | 870-391-1473 harrisonartleague.webs.com
Hardy | 870-856-2727 springriverartistsguild.com
Mountain View | 870-269-8108 stonecountyironworks.com
The home of the Harrison Art League (HAL), 200 East Rush Gallery displays the works of members and other local artists. Exhibits include photography, sculpture, pastels, pottery and paintings. Sponsored by HAL, the annual Blue Sky Arts Festival is held on the downtown square.
Works from more than 20 northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri artists representing an eclectic mix of media, styles and personalities. Many are awardwinning artists. The Spring River Art Gallery is housed in the restored Cochran Building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Stone County Ironworks is an artisan-led maker of highly crafted, hand-forged iron products. Known as “America’s Blacksmith Shop,” Stone County Ironworks’ products are bench-made by dedicated American artisans who treasure a simpler way of life in the hills of Arkansas. You’ll find everything from iron hardware such as drawer pulls and doorknockers to furnishings and accessories like iron beds, tables and even lampshades.
Grandma Fran’s Studio-Gallery Berryville | 870-423-2073 grandmafran.com
One of the Ozarks’ best-known artists, Grandma Fran’s primitive/ folk art watercolors and oil paintings are representative of country life in America.
Hill Country Art Gallery
Mountain Home | 870-425-0919 Nonprofit artist co-op representing artists from the twin lakes area, featuring original fine art and crafts. The Hill Country Art Gallery also offers classes in painting, wood turning, ceramics, gourd art, jewelry, knot cards and quality crafts.
North Central Arkansas Art Gallery Fairfield Bay | 501-884-6100 ncafae.org
Includes paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media by local and national artists. Free admission. Presents a variety of art exhibits throughout the year by members of the North Central Arkansas Artist League.
Authentic Arkansas experiences are handcrafted every day at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. More than 20 artisans demonstrate and sell their crafts - like leather working and blacksmithing - based on the heritage and resources of the Ozark Highlands. Visit with the artisans in the Craft Village open April through November.
Olive Tree Gallery
Mountain View | 870-269-6580 theolivetreegallery.com
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Olive Tree Gallery specializes in the finest original and limitededition prints of Civil War, Native American, Americana, wildlife and contemporary art in the Southeast. Dozens of artists including Remington, Eli Hopkins, Phillip Crowe, Ken Ironhorse, John Paul Strain and Kim Ryan are represented, with works ranging from antiques and bronze sculptures to painted ponies, wooden bowls and more.
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Arkadelphia | 870-246-8204 ccahc.org
Located in the restored historic circa-1932 Royal Theater, the Arkadelphia Arts Center houses the Clark County Arts and Humanities Council, which hosts events, exhibits, workshops and productions for the historical association, the Caddo River Art Guild, Little Theater, the Poets and Writers Guild, The Philharmonic Association, Henderson State University, Ouachita Baptist University and the Arkadelphia Public Schools.
FINE ARTS CENTER OF HOT SPRINGS Hot Springs | 501-624-0489 hsfac.org
Established in 1947, the Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs is one of Arkansas’ oldest nonprofit art organizations. It represents more than 25 local artists, as well as national and international artists, exhibiting paintings, pottery and jewelry in all genres and media from abstract expressionism to photorealism.
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El Dorado | 870-862-5474 saac-arts.com
The South Arkansas Arts Center is a complete visual and performing arts center that includes three gallery spaces, a ballet studio, a 207 seat theatre, a scene and costume shop, classrooms and a photography studio, and provides Arts in Education residencies, monthly gallery exhibits, community productions, and classes in visual arts, ballet, photography, drama, and music for people of all ages and people with special needs.
TEXARKANA REGIONAL ARTS CENTER Texarkana | 903-792-8681 trahc.org
Part of the Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council (TRAHC), the Texarkana Regional Arts Center is located in the historic 1909 U.S. District Courthouse. The visual arts program is year round, with national and regional touring exhibits displayed throughout the main galleries, and regional and local exhibits on view in the Hall Galleries. A new exhibition space, the ArtsSmart Gallery on the lower level, showcases ever-changing works by students and teachers engaged in ArtsSmart training.
MURALS IN THE SOUTH Arkadelphia Mural
Arkadelphia | 501-246-9864 “The Journey from a Dream to the Promise,” 24-foot by 65foot mural painted by Dave Loewenstein, depicts a man’s path through his future of becoming a successful educator. The work shows a boy on the left holding a sapling, then a man on the right with a graduation cap handing the sapling off to a child.
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Murals depicting the rich history of Camden can be found along Scenic Highway 7, which runs through the town.
Fordyce | 870-352-3520 Displays history of the town and its football heritage. Fordyce is the birthplace of the late Paul “Bear” Bryant.
Magnolia | 870-234-6122 magnoliachamber.com
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Six colorful murals that depict the history of Magnolia are located around the historic square, and includes the world’s only mural autographed by actor Charlton Heston.
Prescott | 870-887-2101 prescottar.com Depicts historical items in downtown Prescott including old iron bridge, the railroad that started the town, Prairie DeAnn Battlefield, and timber and wildlife industries.
Scott Joplin Mural
Texarkana | 903-792-7191 texarkana.org A large mural depicts the life and accomplishments of native son and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Scott Joplin, “The Father of Ragtime Music.” While attending the Orr School in Texarkana, Joplin formulated many of his most successful ideas and compositions, and he became famous for “The Entertainer,” written in 1902, which was introduced to a whole new generation when used in the 1973 movie “The Sting.”
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SOUTH ARKANSAS Blue Rock Studio
Hot Springs | 501-262-4065 barbaracade.com Art studio and gallery of Barbara Cade, whose fiber and mixedmedia work include series of landscapes, geometrics and sculptures. Open special times of the year, including gallery walk events, and by appointment.
Crystal Springs Mining Company & Gallery
Hot Springs | 501-623-2323 crystalspringsmining.com Featuring one-of-a-kind minerals, a large selection of gold and silver jewelry, wood, metal and stone sculptures, fine art from local and international artists, and handwoven textiles.
Hot Springs | 501-623-4201 drydenpottery.com Known for its striking, highquality glaze techniques, Dryden Pottery is the largest showroom of handmade pottery in the state. Owned and operated by three generations of artisans with over 60 years of craftsmanship, Dryden Pottery offers decorative pottery, kitchenware, gifts and more.
Forest Path Gallery/Gene Sparling Hot Springs | 501-617-0594 genesparling.com
Handmade wood bowls, sculpture, furniture and more by artist Gene Sparling. Each piece is individually handcrafted to highlight the natural beauty of wood. Open by appointment only.
Fox Pass Pottery
Hot Springs | 501-623-9906 foxpasspottery.com
Housed in the historic Dryden Pottery Studio; includes a Community Art Gallery, dedicated studios for performing and visual arts, and five private subsidized art studios. Emergent Arts offers classes in dance, music, theater, drawing, painting, comics, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics and cultural arts.
Potters Jim and Barbara Larkin built Fox Pass Pottery in 1973. Jim works on the potterâ€™s wheel and Barbara works by hand, and they often work together on thrown and carved pieces. The Larkins mix their clay from several different clays and minerals to make attractive and durable stoneware. They also mix their own glazes, which are formulated for specific colors and surface qualities.
Hot Springs | 501-655-0836 emergentarts.org
MARK YOUR CALENDAR ARKANSAS FIBER ARTS EXTRAVAGANZA Sept. 17-19 Hot Springs Convention Center 134 Convention Blvd. Hot Springs 501-321-2277 arfiberfest.com
47TH ANNUAL HOT SPRINGS ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
Oct. 2-4 Garland County Fairgrounds 483 Malvern Ave. Hot Springs 501-623-9592 hotsprings.org
9TH ANNUAL ABOUT ARTIST STUDIO TOUR Oct. 16-18 Arkadelphia Arts Center 625 Main St., Arkadelphia 870-245-7982 caddoriverartguild.com
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SOUTH ARKANSAS Gallery Central
Mena Art Gallery
Hot Springs | 501-318-4278 gallerycentralfineart.com
Mena | 479-394-3880 southwestartists.org
Gallery Central features works by more than three-dozen local and regional artists, in styles ranging from impressionists to contemporary in media including acrylics, oils, pottery, blown-glass chandeliers and sculpture.
The Mena Art Gallery features the work of more than 20 Arkansas artists, both classic and contemporary, in media including pen and ink, acrylics, watercolor, sculpture, photography and jewelry.
Justus Fine Art Gallery
Ouachita Baptist University Hammons Gallery
Hot Springs | 501-321-2335 justusfineart.com
Arkadelphia | 870-245-5129 obu.edu
Justus Fine Art Gallery features the work of outstanding and established and emerging artists who have exhibited nationally and abroad. From expressive abstracts to more traditional works, the gallery offers a wide range of styles and media including pottery and original jewelry designs.
Features exhibitions throughout the school year, including works by regional artists, faculty members and students.
Studio 218/Downtown Gallery Texarkana | 903-826-3219 downtowngallery.wix.com/ downtowngallery
A working studio and gallery, Studio 218/Downtown Gallery connects visitors with original and unique artwork from both local and international artists. Features fine art and original pieces of sculpture, pottery, photography and jewelry.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR MUSICFEST Oct. 2-3 Union Square El Dorado 870-862-4747
Southern Arkansas University Brinson Fine Arts Building Magnolia | 870-235-4242 saumag.edu
Award-winning fine arts building with active art gallery of works by national and international artists, faculty and students.
MusicFest El Dorado returns for its 28th year with more than 30 acts. See why sixtime winner of the Arkansas Times “Festival of the Year” generates such a buzz!
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