Calico Rock Museum New Tomlinson Art and Science Center Hosts First Show in March

The Calico Rock Museum System is pleased to announce the opening of their first show in the new Tomlinson Art & Science Center. Entitled, “Diversity Is a Strength,” by R. Scott Flanagin and Neilla Flanagin is showing now through Saturday, March 24 and again on Saturday, March 31. The museum will be closed the week of March 26-30 for the Arkansas Museums Association Conference.

Neilla Hudson Flanagin was born in Calico Rock, Arkansas in 1944 and graduated from Calico Rock High School in 1962. Randy Flanagin was born in Alhambra, California in 1942 and graduated from Russellville High School in 1961. They met at a youth retreat in 1958 and were married at the Pineville Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1963 when Neilla’s father, Rev. Neil Hudson, was pastor at the church.

While Randy served in the United States Marine Corps, they lived in many states and traveled extensively. After they both retired, they decided to reinvent themselves through art. Examples of their work can be seen in the Student Union at the University of Arkansas and in the floor of the Donald W. Reynolds Baxter County Library in Mountain Home.

The Tomlinson Art & Science Center is a part of the Calico Rock Museum System and is open Wednesday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information on the museum, call 870-297-6100 or visit their website at To learn about the artists, visit their website at

Calico Rock Museum Foundation
104 Main Street
Calico Rock, Arkansas 72519

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.