Join us for the Arkansas Craft School Annual Gala November 16th!!

The Annual Gala Fundraiser will be held November 16th at 6:00pm at the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center.

It’s a great way for the community to come together and celebrate the arts. This has been a very exciting year for the Arkansas Craft School and we would love to celebrate it with you!

Each year the Gala silent and live auctions allow us to offer scholarships and subsidize our class fees. With all the changes happening at the school we decided to double our scholarship budget for this year. This will help more people learn and enjoy the Arts and Crafts that are so vital to the school and the community. We have expanded many programs and plan to continue doing so, with your support.

This is also a chance for us to showcase some of the amazing artists that teach with us or who are members of our community.

Tickets are on sale now- $35 (Correction, earlier email stated $45)
Dinner options are Beef Tips, Herb Roasted Chicken, or Vegetarian Wellington

These and many more items will be auctioned at the Gala on November 16th. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online or in person from the school or any member of the board. Please call 870-269-8397 or reply to this e-mail if you have any questions.

Thank you for your Support!

Arkansas Craft School | 101 N. Peabody Ave, 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.