Artisans Market on the Square Oct. 27 and 28th during Mountain View Bean Fest

During Mountain View’s Bean Fest, the 10th annual Artisans Market on the Square will be featuring 31 exhibitors behind the white picket fence. The craft show opens Friday, the 27th, at 11 a.m. and last until 6 p.m.  Saturday, while the beans are cooking, the Market opens at 9 a.m. and officially ends at 4 p.m., but if shoppers are plentiful, many vendors stay open later..  The show includes many members of the Arkansas Craft Guild, sponsors of the Market, and their juried guests, including our favorite returning artists.
Aaron Gschwandeggar, Fallen Pine, LLC, is a wildlife photographer who has designed his own fabrics, using his photography. He makes designer throw pillows, table runners,  and his new zippered handbags, adding to his collection of framed prints of favorite birds.  He also has painted wooden boxes based on his bird photos, like the trumpeter swans.  Aaron is President of the Guild, and has a large display of his work at the Arkansas Craft Gallery, at 104 E. Main, home of the Guild.
Loretta Babak, painter, will have her framed art on display.  Marie Busch, Ozark Pantry, will have jellies and baking mixes.  Sage and Tom Holland are bringing their flame-worked beads and jewelry.  Liz and Lewie Lloyd have 2 crafts, Lewie’s Blades, hand made knives, and Liz’s turned wooden bowls and useful items for the home.  Maria Smith, Bear Pen Beads, also makes jewelry using her own flame-worked glass beads. All of these folks are local and members of the Arkansas Craft Guild.  Doris Fountain is also a member and has been close to Mtn. View for years, and she brings her fabric home décor and primitive Santas.
Out of town returning members include crafts loved by many, Tammy Sue’s Critters, a soap and lotion company, and Leigh Abernathy, Twining Vine, whose masks, hats, mittens and more are made from felted wool and other fibers.. The creativity in these “critters” will amaze you, and would be just in time for Halloween costuming. Dave and Deb Leedham, the Spoonworks, have been regularly attending the AMOS, with wooden boat oars, much larger than just spoons.
There will be multiple pottery booths, funky sculptural items made from metal, quilts, and musical instruments, the likes you haven’t seen before.  Wood carving, an Ozark tradition, will also spark the interest of all visitors.  Oct. 27 and 28, Friday and Saturday of Bean Fest, so come on out.

Arkansas Craft Guild

“Promoting Handcrafted in Arkansas since 1962”

Website: www.arkansascraftguild.org
Phone: 870-269-4120
Email Address: arkansascraftguild@gmail.com
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
Visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/arkansascraftgallery

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.