Sage and Tom Holland Featured Artists May 28 at the Arkansas Craft Gallery

Arkansas Craft Guild members, Sage and Tom Holland will be Featured Artists at the Arkansas Craft Gallery, Memorial Day, May 28. Flame-worked bead making, or lampwork, is their art, and they have turned Mountain View into a center of learning about and collecting these beautiful beads and exquisite glass jewelry. Tom and Sage have taught workshops all over the world, most recently in France, on the Italian Island of Murano, the famous home of glass workers, in Hamburg, and Istanbul, as well as many workshops in the States.

They helped set up the glass studio for the Arkansas Craft School located on the Square in Mountain View, where they teach classes: May 18 for beginners, and May 19 and 20 for intermediate and advanced bead making.

Tom was inducted into the International Society of Glass Bead Makers Hall of Fame July 23, 2016 at the ISGB Gathering in New Orleans, for deepening knowledge of the history and art of glass beadmaking. Sage and Tom Holland are two of a handful of early American Glass Bead Makers who have been working with the medium since the late 1980’s. They met at an international Bead conference in Washington D.C. and eventually, after continuing to run into each other at other exhibits around the country, decided to join studios and get hitched. Tom Holland is a long standing comunity member on the Stone County Recycling Center Board and Sage is involved in The Bike Path for Mountain View master plan.

They are a regular stop on the Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour, coming in September, and participate in the Artisan’s Market on the Square during Bean Fest, in October, 2 “don’t miss” events in Mountain View. Come to the Gallery on May 28 and visit with these two amazing artists! The Arkansas Craft Gallery is located at 104 E. Main St., in Mountain View, Arkansas, just off the Courthouse Square. Our hours are 10 am until 5 pm, Tuesday through 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.