Sept. 16 Gene Sparling Featured Artist at the Arkansas Craft Gallery

Saturday, Sept. 16, the Arkansas Craft Gallery’s Featured Artist, Gene Sparling, woodturner and sculptor, will be in the Gallery between 10 and 5.  Gene describes his fascination with wood saying, “Layer upon layer of intricate designs are contained within a piece of wood and is infused with the patterns of nature.”

As a child Gene began learning wood craft from his father, an amateur carver and craftsman. He has always had an interest in nature, natural habitats, forms and materials. He has made a home in the Ouachita Mountains near Hot Springs.

Sparling began pursuing his artistic vision in wood in 2008 and by 2011 was receiving notoriety for his elegant wood pieces.  His work was selected for inclusion in Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s museum store offerings of original work by contemporary artists, as well as the Arkansas Craft Guild and the Ozark Folk Center, in Mountain View.  His work is also currently represented by Justus Fine Art Gallery in Hot Springs, the Argenta Gallery in North Little Rock, and the Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock.

Exhibitions of Sparling’s work include:  2017 Materials Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition, Denton, TX;  59th Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock (2017); Aspects of Abstraction in the Trinity Gallery of the Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock (2010);  Arkansas Sculpture Invitational Show and Sale, Argenta Community Theater, North Little Rock (2012, 2013); Sculpture at the River Market, Little Rock (2016, 2013, 2011).  Gene’s website:

Come and meet Gene, see his work, and talk with him about his creative process.  The Gallery is the home of the Arkansas Craft Guild, a member cooperative promoting handcrafted in Arkansas since 1962, located just east of the Square in Mountain View, Arkansas.

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Phone: 870-269-4120

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Gallery Shipping Address: 104 East Main Street, Mountain View, Arkansas 72560

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 800, Mountain View, Arkansas 72560

Gallery hours: 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday

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Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.