John Kirkpatrick Featured Artist at the Arkansas Craft Gallery April 21

Saturday, April 21 the Arkansas Craft Gallery will host woodworker John Kirkpatrick as our Featured Artist. John has made canes, mortars and pestles, cutting boards, spoons and spatulas, lidded salt cellars, all with an emphasis on natural forms and live edges, each one unique. He’s perfected a natural wood rub with each purchase and includes it and a small piece of emery cloth, plus instructions for care of the wood. The Kirkpatricks will be in the Gallery’s Demonstration room from 10:30 to 4:30. John will describe his process and display the basic tools of his craft. They have a video to help them illustrate how logs are converted to rustic kitchenware. Come by and meet John and Rachelle of JK Woodworking from Quitman. You can see more of his work at

The Gallery is the home of the Arkansas Craft Guild, a member cooperative promoting fine handcrafting in Arkansas since 1962. The Arkansas Craft Gallery’s hours are 10-5 and is located just off the Square at 104 East Main Street in Mountain View. The 56th Annual Arkansas Folk Festival is happening that weekend, as well as the Artisans Market on the Square, north of the Courthouse, which features 30 booths of arts and crafts by Guild members and their guests.

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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.