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The History Behind TAO

The idea for The Art Odyssey was born October 9, 2010, during the dedication of the Donald W. Reynolds Library. The artists whose works were purchased to be a permanent part of the library were on hand to meet visitors and answer questions about their art.
Some local supporters of the arts stopped to watch a video made by local mosaic artists, R. Scott and Neilla Flanagin, which explained and showed how the mosaic river, Journey, was inspired, created, and installed. They asked why our area could not have a studio tour of local artists, echoing questions the Flanagins had been asking themselves for years. That question led to a meeting which included the Flanagins, Lori Kauffman (Interior Designer for DWRL), Gwen Khayat (Director of DWRL) and Eddie Majeste (Director of the MH Chamber of Commerce).
The idea was immediately met by artists and patrons alike with enthusiasm. A committee was formed, a name chosen and trademarked, and The Art Odyssey, with its mission to encourage public awareness of art and promote artistic expression in the Arkansas Ozarks, was formed.

The Art Odyssey 2017 Artists

1) Paul Bates

Paint

Ooh La La Boutique & Gifts
209 N College Street
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Directions: From Hwy 62B, turn left onto North College Street. Boutique is first drive on the left, across from Walgreens.
Biography A native Arkansan, born in Magnolia on February 24, 1979, Paul Bates has preferred to pave his own way, and started his first business when he was 16 years old. Following graduation from Mountain Home High School in 1997, he moved to Kansas City and studied at DeVry University. Shortly following the move, Paul was offered a job with a solid company, and at 19 years old, he left college to enter the high paced corporate world. Years passed, and so did his motivation of working for anything other than his dreams. Leaving the corporate world in 2010, he relocated to Little Rock, and lived life outside of an office building as the Director of an Event Planning/Transportation Company. His life journey is cultured and diverse, ranging from IT analyst, process server, radio talk show personality, and he currently works as a Pet Care Specialist for a premiere company in Little Rock. All of these life experiences are reflected in his art.

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

Paul is a self-taught emerging artist. He is honored to sell paintings inside and outside of the United States, and has also displayed his work at several locations throughout the state. Paul returned to Mountain Home for its beauty and tranquility, and the inspiration to pursue his dream as an artist.

2) Sandi Cameron

Watercolor/Oil

1326 Old Mill Road
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Directions: From Hwy 62B in town turn north onto Commerce (beside Pizza Hut). Turn Right onto Willowbrook Rd. Go to the end where it begins to bend right. Studio on the left, 1326 is the first unit on Old Mill Road.
Biography Sandra, originally from California, began painting after moving to Mountain Home 17 years ago. She loves painting birds and wildlife from the Ozark Mountains where she currently makes her home. However, she is still tied to her roots in San Diego County and paints sea life and scenes from her childhood. Sandi’s primary focus is watercolors, but will venture off into oils and gourd art.

She’s received several awards at local art shows over the past 10 years for gourd art and paintings. She teaches classes at a local art club and is currently involved in two Twin Lakes area art organizations. Sandi attends seminars, conventions and classes to learn new mediums and techniques that keep her art journey fresh and interesting.

3) Dana Johnson

Watercolor/Oil/Pastel/Acrylic

Dana’s Art Studio & Gallery
322 Hwy 62 W
Yellville, AR 72687
Directions: From traffic light at the west end of AR62/412 in Mtn Home (by pass take 62 West to Yellville) Continue into Yellville passing County Court House, through city of Yellville to top of hill turning due west on Hwy 62W your destination is on immediate right.
Biography Dana Johnson, a native Texan, finds her source of inspiration in the Ozark Mountains, as well as in the experiences she has while meeting interesting people that live in the area. Johnson works with multiple mediums, allowing subject matter to dictate whether it will be oil, pastels, acrylic or watercolor.

Johnson offers private art classes for all ages and levels of ability in her studio. She also teaches additional adult classes through North Arkansas Community College, continuing education in Harrison, Arkansas, and offers workshops throughout Arkansas, Texas and Missouri.

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

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

Her artwork is available for purchase online at www.paletteartleague.org and www.danajohnsonfineart.com or at Dana’s Studio of Art and Gallery.

4) Wanda Johnson

Mixed Media

Wanda will be showing at Nature’s Way Health Food Store
18 E. 7th Street
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Directions: Nature’s Way Health Food Store is located on the south side of the Mountain Home Square, next door to Mountain Home Floral Company.
Biography Wanda Johnson’s passion for art started years ago, but was renewed five years ago when joining the Area Art Club. She served as Vice President of the club in 2014 & 2015, and is currently serving as a board member. Johnson is mostly self-taught, but attends many classes and workshops.

Her inspiration comes from a visit to Europe; especially the countries of Italy, France, England and Switzerland. She enjoyed the wonderful works of the masters and their interpretation of light, color, texture and form. She now finds inspiration in this beautiful place called The Ozarks.

5) Joe Jostes

Pottery

SJ Pottery LLC
10535 Hwy 5 S
Salesville, AR 72653
Directions: From the East end of the AR5 South Exit off of AR62/412 (bypass) travel south 8.5 miles to Salesville and turn right immediately after the entrance to Dollar General to the studio and showroom. (A large white building with plenty of parking.)
Biography Joseph Jostes has a love for traditional pottery, and its place in everyday life remains a strong lure and influence. “My goal each day and with every piece is to see my work advance in skill and craftsmanship,” Jostes says. Pottery offers an unending chain of ideas and challenges. Jostes says he “has more ideas than time allows.”

Jostes produces redware, mochaware and salt glazed stoneware. The main body of the work is thrown using slips to decorate, and he uses hand- building to augment his work.

Jostes has been a potter for 35 years and considers ‘tonnage’ to be his main teacher. In 2014, he and his wife were invited to teach a slab pottery class at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He has also been selected numerous years as one of the Top 200 American Artists in Early American Life magazine’s Annual Directory of American Craftsman.

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

5) Sue Skinner

Pottery

SJ Pottery LLC
10535 Hwy 5 S
Salesville, AR 72653
Directions: From the East end of the AR5 South Exit off of AR62/412 (bypass) travel south 8.5 miles to Salesville and turn right immediately after the entrance to Dollar General to the studio and showroom. (A large white building with plenty of parking.)
Biography “My greatest love is the story- telling redware of German potters using sgraffito decoration,” says Sue Skinner, a potter of 29 years. Skinner uses sgraffito to capture images of everyday life. Many pieces are often inspired by family and friends. “It fills me with joy when someone laughs while looking at my pots or smiles at my images,” reflects Skinner.

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

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

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

6) Jared Kauffman

Wood & Metal Furniture

JK Designs
150 CR 634
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Directions: From the traffic light at the west end of AR62/412 (bypass) in Mountain Home, travel 2.3 miles west on AR62 and turn left (south) onto AR126 (across from the Kabota Dealer, Twin Lakes Farm & Lawn). Travel 4.4 miles to the 4-way stop. Continue straight onto BC59 for 0.8 mile and take the first right onto BC634. Travel 0.1 mile to the driveway on the left. Plenty of parking & turn-around space is available at the studio/home at the end of the lane.
Biography Jared Kauffman finds continual inspiration in the native species of trees he works with, as well as the varied landscapes of Arkansas. “I try to let the natural beauty of the wood speak for itself,” he says.

Kauffman graduated from internationally renowned Savannah College of Art and Design in 2004, and he moved back to Arkansas in 2005 to establish his own design firm, JK Designs. “I specialize in incorporating curvilinear designs with a variety of materials to create functional pieces of art,” Kauffman says. "I love the contrast between a really rich piece of wood and then a steel or concrete base." He works to incorporate into his art the beauty that he sees all around him.

He and his wife, Julie, enjoy rural life in Buford with their daughter Olive, and their two dogs, Tucker and Cooper.

7) Laurie Kollins

Silver, Unique Stones & Gems, Jewelry

Laurie K Designs
680 Northpointe Drive
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Directions: From the traffic light at the intersection of AR62 & AR5, in Mountain Home, turn onto AR5N. Stay in the right hand lane and turn right onto AR201N at the next light. Travel 1.4 miles and turn left onto Russell Lane. Travel 0.9 mile to the Northpointe Subdivision sign. Continue to the second intersection (which is Northpointe & Northpointe). Turn right and proceed 0.5 mile to the studio/home on the right. Walk around the right side of the garage to the studio entrance.
Biography Silversmith and jewelry-maker Laurie Kollins began her journey into creating art with the oh-so-common Arkansan treasure, the rock, when she realized that she was 'growing' them in her backyard. All it took was one trip to Mount Ida and she was hooked. Once she started collecting all the pretty crystals she began wire- wrapping them.

Kollins claims to have always had an artistic flair, but her inspiration was not truly found until she moved to Arkansas in 2002, and witnessed the ‘beautiful sunsets, hills, rivers, and wildlife.’ Of course, the unique stones she finds lend much in the ways of inspiring her to create beautiful jewelry. She also draws inspiration from traveling the Ozarks, and watching other silversmiths work and create at county fairs and craft shows.

“I love to search for that one- of- a- kind stone and let it talk to me,” says Kollins. Once found, she uses either copper or fine sterling- silver along with gem facets to fix the stone into place. She compares the process to telling the story of the stone. “I especially revel in a client who wants to wear one of my ‘children’ and have a part in its design. This makes my heart sing,” she says.

Kollins studied art throughout high school, and continued at Arkansas State University under Phyllis Bailey. In 2011, she studied with goldsmith Joan Tenebaum, and continues to be mentored by her. “It made me hungry to learn more,” she says, and with the encouragement of her loved one, she will continue to grow and pursue her passion for creating beautiful pieces of art out of seemingly insignificant, yet one- of- a- kind stones.

8) Linda Mahoney

Mosaics

Kay’s Reflections of Life
1208 Hall Court
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Directions: From the traffic light at AR5South and Cardinal Dr., travel East on AR5South .3 mile and turn right onto McClure Lane. Continue .2 mile and turn left at the 4-way stop onto Glenbriar Dr. Stay right first chance and then stay left second chance onto Hallmark. Turn right onto Hall Court to the white house with red shutters on the right before the end of the cul-de-sac. Studio is down the driveway and through the metal carport.
Biography Linda Mahoney creates many forms of mosaic art using stained glass, metal, tile, beads, leather and other materials. What jump starts her creativity and imagination is the feel of the glass and the translucent colors within the glass. She says, “there is warmth in reds, oranges, and yellows; plus, there's something soothing about blues, greens and browns. I can take one look at a piece of colored glass and instantly see a wealth of possibilities for its use.”

Linda’s inspiration started nearly eleven years ago while observing her sister, Betty, at work on her art. It was at that time that Linda decided to try mosaicking for herself. And while it may have started as a hobby, it has grown into so much more. “I have been given a gift to create art that touches people. Knowing it brings them so much joy makes me want to continue for many years to come,” says Mahoney.

Linda not only creates a wide range of art pieces (i.e. table tops, mirrors, picture frames, wall decorations, flower pots, nature scenes and more), but she also caters directly to the specific requests of her customers by using colors, patterns, & dimensions.

In 1972, Linda and her husband, Charly, moved to Mountain Home. For the past 45 years they've worked hard and raised a family. Both are now retired.

Linda may be contacted by phone: (870) 425-2536 or (870) 404-7433, or email her at kmahoneyu286@gmail.com.

9) Marilyn Morris

Acrylic

Hopkinswoode B&B Gallery
914 Combs Ave
Cotter, AR 72626
Directions: From the traffic light at the west end of AR 62/412 in Mountain Home (bypass) take Hwy 62 all the way to Cotter and then take a left on to Harding Blvd (this is the main intersection to turn into the city of Cotter).  Take a left on State Street and then an immediate right on 9th Street. Bear left on Combs Avenue.
Biography Marilyn Morris has a background in all- level Art Education with teaching experience in adult and children’s art. Morris retired to Cotter ten years ago and opened a bed and breakfast in the home her grandfather built in 1914.

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

Her medium is acrylic and wax on rice paper and newspaper. It’s a technique she developed and lends itself to rustic landscapes and an aged look for people.

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

10) Richard Neubauer

Sculptured Stained Glass/Acrylics

Rick’s World
320 Hwy 62 E
Yellville, AR 72687
Directions: From the traffic light at the west end of AR 62/412 in Mountain Home (bypass) take Hwy 62 to the city of Yellville. When you arrive at the square, the destination is on the right hand side across from the courthouse.
Biography Rick Neubauer first started to work with Dalle de Varre glass while living in Las Vegas. He studied art in Sedona, Arizona where he specialized in portrait paintings. He graduated with a Natural Resource Interpretation degree from Humbolt State University. He worked for many years doing home shows and fine art with stained glass doors. He has been a feature artist and won many first place awards.

Neubauer has been in the Ozarks for 10 years. The natural beauty of the area is inspiration for large wildlife paintings on actual interior doors and large canvasses.

Neubauer participated in The Art Odyssey tour 2016, and since then has greatly expanded his body of works. He creates custom entry doors and large bodies of work in fine and original paintings. He also uses a new art system he has created.

11) Janice Paine-Dawes

Textile Art/Mixed Media

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

An internationally recognized artist, Paine- Dawes exhibits both nationally and internationally in art exhibitions and museums. She was named one of Early American Homes magazine’s top 200 Craftsmen in 1996, and named an Illinois Designated Artisan that same year. She is a juried artist of Washington, D.C.'s National Museum of Women in the Arts – Arkansas directory since 2014. 

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

Paine-Dawes offers workshops, individual instruction, and welcomes working on commission. 

12) Bob Patrick

Forged Steel

Hilltop Forge
1859 MC 4026
Everton, AR 72633
Directions: From the traffic light at the west end of AR62/412 (bypass) in Mountain Home, travel 18.5 miles to Yellville. Turn left onto AR14. Continue 0.7 mile and turn right onto AR235. Travel 10.7 miles and make a left turn in order to stay on AR235. Continue another 1.2 miles and turn right onto MC4026 (a gravel road). Stay left at the Y to stay on MC4026. In 0.6 mile you will encounter a left turn, but continue straight another 0.6 mile to a low-water crossing (which is no problem even in rainy weather). Continue another 0.6 mile to a mosaic mailbox with an anvil design. Turn right to the home/studios.
Biography Bob Patrick started doing metal work for a living as a restoration blacksmith in 1967. He originally worked at Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio, a restored village. Patrick attended Kent State University, and in 1971 he began teaching blacksmithing there under famed goldsmith, Mary Ann Scherr. In 1975, he moved to the Missouri Ozarks, and later landed in NE Missouri. He participated in shows at the Craft Alliance Gallery in University City, MO, and at the University of Missouri- Columbia, along with other places.

Patrick ran his own blacksmith school, taught at various craft schools, and was a demonstrator and teacher at regional and national blacksmithing conferences in the USA from the mid 1980’s on. He received the Alex Bealer Award, the top national award for Artist Blacksmiths in 2002.

Patrick mostly works in forgeable and castable metals, specializing in mild and tool steels. He resides in the Arkansas Ozarks with wife and fellow artist Mary.

12) Mary Patrick

Mosaic/Woven Baskets

Hilltop Forge
1859 MC 4026
Everton, AR 72633
Directions: From the traffic light at the west end of AR62/412 (bypass) in Mountain Home, travel 18.5 miles to Yellville. Turn left onto AR14. Continue 0.7 mile and turn right onto AR235. Travel 10.7 miles and make a left turn in order to stay on AR235. Continue another 1.2 miles and turn right onto MC4026 (a gravel road). Stay left at the Y to stay on MC4026. In 0.6 mile you will encounter a left turn, but continue straight another 0.6 mile to a low-water crossing (which is no problem even in rainy weather). Continue another 0.6 mile to a mosaic mailbox with an anvil design. Turn right to the home/studios.
Biography Mary Patrick is a well-known, multi-faceted artist; she’s a basket maker, bead worker, spinner, weaver, mosaic artist, organic gardener and landscaper. Patrick has created a beautiful home based on art over the past 40 years. Patrick is self-taught and has a unique talent of using her abilities to decorate her world.

Patrick enjoys using natural fibers and recycled materials in her work. In fact, she makes it a point to use as many natural materials as she can. She creates glass mosaics, hand- made rugs, round baskets, gizzard baskets, and hanging pieces to showcase her talent. Her work is one of a kind and makes for unique gifts. Patrick resides in the Ozarks with husband Bob, who is a blacksmith. Her home is decorated with works by her and her husband, and is considered a wonderful experience to visit.

13) Jerry Preator

Watercolor

201 Grand Oak Road
Lakeview, AR 72642
Directions: From the intersection of AR62B and AR5N in Mountain Home, turn onto AR5N and travel 6.2 miles to Midway and turn left onto AR178W. Travel 3.4 miles and turn left onto Grand Oak Road. Continue 0.1 mile to the 3rd house on right. Turn right onto the dirt lane driveway. The home is on the left and the studio is directly at the end of the short lane.
Biography Jerry Preator is a native of Independence, MO. He is well known throughout the mid-central United States for his watercolor paintings and art classes. He has over 55 years of experience as a watercolorist, and over 48 years of experience teaching over 1,000 students.

Jerry graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute, with a major in Graphic Design and a minor in Painting and Illustration. He worked in advertising and promotions for Meredith Corporation (Better Homes & Gardens), served as Art Director for Meredith Corporation and H.D. Lee Co., and spent 3 years with R.R. Donnelley Printing Company, overseeing the color quality reproduction of all 128 Better Homes & Gardens magazines.

Jerry’s paintings have been exhibited in “Art in the Park” at the Des Moines Art Center, the Iowa Artist Show, Hallmark Show in Kansas City, MO, Iowa State Fair, the Winter Carnival in Esterville, Iowa, DeArt Center, Harlingen, TX, and several one-man exhibitions.

Preator is a lifetime member of the Des Moines, Iowa Art Center. He’s won awards in Kansas City, New York, Chicago, Des Moines; as well as several national awards for graphic design, and has many watercolor paintings in private collections. He has studied under watercolorist Tony Couch, and commissioned and worked with Charles Reid.

Preator coined the phrase “The less you paint, the better you ain’t.”

14) Richard Sabor

Wood Furniture

Ozarks Rustic Furniture
1347 MC 7019
Flippin, AR 72634
Directions: From the traffic light at the west end of AR 62/412 in Mountain Home (bypass) take Hwy 62 to Flippin. From 62/412, go North on 8th Street.  At intersection go right on Alford Street (Baptist Church) to MC 7019.  Turn left on Wild Cat Shoals, go past resort ¼ mile, right turn across small creek, 1st house on right.
Biography Richard Sabor, a retired mechanical engineer, began working with wood at the age of 6. Sabor uses reclaimed or rescued wood for all his pieces, and uses both hand and power tools. The knots and worm holes in the wood are meant to accent the natural beauty of his designs. Sabor notes, “we are in complete harmony with nature and we only use environmentally safe practices.” He has participated in numerous craft shows.

15) Luanne Stone

Watercolor

Luanne will be showing at Laurie K Designs
680 Northpointe Drive
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Directions: From the traffic light at the intersection of AR62 & AR5, in Mountain Home, turn onto AR5N. Stay in the right-hand lane and turn right onto AR201N at the next light. Travel 1.4 miles and turn left onto Russell Lane. Travel 0.9 mile to the Northpointe Subdivision sign. Continue to the second intersection (which is Northpointe & Northpointe). Turn right and proceed 0.5 mile to the studio/home on the right. Walk around the right side of the garage to the studio entrance.
Biography Luanne Stone loved art as a youngster, and majored in painting at the University of Illinois. She put aside art for a career and family, but 15 years ago painting called again. Stone says, “now I can’t seem to go too long without a brush in my hand.” Watercolor is her favorite, but she likes to add variety with other mediums.

Stone belongs to a few local art clubs, and has paintings for sale at the Spring River Artist’s Guild in Hardy, AR, and from her home studio in Gepp, AR.

She enjoys taking art classes and painting with friends. Stone has been accepted into some prominent shows and does teach some classes. Stone is proud to have her signature from the Mid-Southern Watercolorists in Little Rock.

16) Ron Ufkes

Woodburning/Carving

Out of the Woods
29 Eastgate
Lakeview, AR 72642
Directions: From the intersection of AR62B and AR5N in Mountain Home, turn onto AR5N and travel 6.2 miles to Midway. Turn left onto AR178W. Travel 4 miles and turn right onto Eastgate Dr., just past the Welcome to Lakeview sign. Turn left immediately into the driveway. The studio is the separate building in front of the house.
Biography “It seems to me that I have worked with wood almost forever,” says wood turner and carver, Ron Ufkes. As a young boy, he can remember cutting firewood with a crosscut saw with his father. Later, while building furniture for his own family, he used a lathe to make some table legs.

While his passion and inspiration for his craft come primarily from the wood itself, he also likes his ‘toys.’ “Like everyone else, the wood turner needs lots of 'toys' to make it fun,” he says.

After high school, he joined the Army, then married his wife Jan. Upon graduating from the University of Illinois, he became a National Park Ranger.  Later, he worked for the San Bernadino County Sheriff's Office in California for 20 years, and then retired to work for another 10 years in the defense industry.  Ron and Jan raised four children, and have ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  They retired to Arkansas in 1997, and now he can usually be found in his shop (which is a real mess) working on the lathe.

His work may be purchased online at this website, www.woodartbybyron.com. He also has items at the Arkansas Craft Gallery in Mountain View, and the Butler Center Galleries of the Central Arkansas Library System, which is in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock.