Happy New Year from BAAC! January Workshops & Events at BAAC!


Happy New Year from BAAC!
Start your year off right by taking a yoga class or workshop at the Batesville Area Arts Council.

Beginner Yoga 101
with RYT200 certified instructor Illene Stewart
Tues/Thurs at 6:15 p.m.

Beginner/Intermediate Flow
with RYT200 certified instructor Illene Stewart
Tues/Thurs at 7:00 a.m. & Sat at 8:00 a.m.

Beginner/Intermediate Yoga
with RYT200 certified instructor Marnie Davis
Monday at 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $10/session or 10 sessions for $70
Please bring your own yoga mat if possible.

Pottery Workshop:
Chip & Dip Bowl
Tuesday, January 9, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
at Main Street Pottery

During this 2 – 3 hour workshop, Karen Bailey will teach you how to create a chip & dip bowl just in time for the Super Bowl. No previous clay experience is needed. Clay can be messy, so we suggest you wear jeans and a cotton shirt. Projects will be available for pick up approx. 2 weeks after the class. Light snacks will be provided but feel free to bring your favorite beverage.

Cost: $50/person

Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Click the link below to register.

Call 870.793.3382 for more information.

Sewing Workshop:
“Hello Sewing Machine… nice to meet you.”
Saturday, Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
at BAAC Gallery on Main

During this 3 hour workshop, instructor Linda Ransom will cover the basics of your sewing machine, including cleaning, oiling, threading, how to wind a bobbin, and a small in-class project. Students must provide their own portable machine, small scissors, and beige color thread. All other supplies will be provided.

Cost: $10/person

Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Click the link below to register.

Call 870.793.3382 for more information.

Our mailing address is:
Batesville Area Arts Council
226 E Main Street
Batesville, AR 72501


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.