Columb Art Captures History of Calico Rock (Posted by Ginger Smith)

A new art installation at the Tomlinson Art & Science Center in Calico Rock captures the history of the community. The installation is a series of four paintings by Adrian Columb and has become the centerpiece of the entry to the new art center.

The four works, oil on canvas, each measure just two feet wide but tower fourteen feet tall. They capture the vibrant history of the community and the essence of the changing seasons as well as the elements of fire, wind, water and earth that make up nature.

Columb, who is a native of Ireland residing in Mountain View, painted the mural along historic Main Street. This installation brings that mural inside and intertwines the Calico Rock history with the art and sciences.

“The mural is a beautiful representation of our history and it is beloved by many guests to our community, but we recognize that murals may not last forever,” noted museum Executive Director Gloria Sanders. “For the Calico Rock Museum, our history is bedrock. It’s what our museum is founded on and it’s the basis for everything else we do, so it was only natural that we tie our history into the art center,” she added..

The Tomlinson Art & Science Center is a part of the Calico Rock Museum System. You can learn more about them at their website or by calling 870-297-6100.

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.