La’Nelle Gambrell teaches “Introduction to Encaustics” Oct. 21-22 at the Arkansas Craft School
Register by October 11th
Encaustic art is creative techniques using molten wax as the medium. This class will be an introduction to the ancient art of encaustic painting. Also known as hot wax painting, encaustics involves using heated wax mixed with various pigments as a medium for artistic expression. In this class students will learn to use a variety of heating tools, pigments, resins, and types of encaustic wax to create there own unique works. Students will leave with several pieces of their own finished work.
La’Nelle brings a creative spirit and a passion for wax to the Arkansas Craft School. La’Nelle Gambrell, studied studio arts at College of the Desert Arts in Palm Desert, California and graphic design at the University of Houston, Houston, Texas. She also studied privately for two years with the well known Texas sculptor, Ellsworth Handy. As the owner of La’Nelle Gambrell Advertising/Art and later Artemis Film and Graphics, (Corpus Christi, Texas and Houston, Texas) La’Nelle has won numerous awards, including several Best of Show awards for her corporate design, various film/graphic projects, set design and paintings. “I’ve been an artist all my life, but only discovered encaustics, now a passion, some six years ago after moving to Mountain View, Arkansas.” She has put away her previous mediums and has now devoted her entire studio to perhaps the oldest know art form, the ancient art of the Egyptians of the Fayum Valley. Her expertise in the medium sometimes references recognizable forms, sometimes not but always. There is the depth, brilliancy and translucency that can only be achieved with flame and molten bees wax. La’Nelle is a member of International Encaustic Artists , and the Encaustic Art Institute in Cerritos, New Mexico .
Arkansas Craft School | P.O. Box 2694, 110 E Main Street, Mountain View, AR 72560
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.