A Fusion of Metal and Glass
Join metalsmith, Dana Finimore, for a weekend of creative fun at the Arkansas Craft School in Mountain View, AR.
Learn to create stunning, handcrafted copper jewelry embellished with glass enamel. This class will be focused on enameling on copper demonstrating both torch fired and kiln techniques. Time during class will be balanced to allow for in-depth demonstrations of the techniques/methods being taught and plenty of time for students to actually work on the processes or projects. This Intro to Enameling Workshop will be a sampler of enameling procedures, techniques and materials.
Students will learn from group demonstrations, and one-on-one instruction, and use their new skills to create earrings and pendants.
All Materials and supplies are provided (Register by April 27th and materials are free). Students may wish to bring their favorite jewelry making tools and a sack lunch.
Instructor Dana Finimore
The core of my work is centered in the ideology of finding catharsis of body and mind through contact with the natural world. My relationship with nature is symbiotic. It is my belief that as a human and an artist, I need nature and nature needs me. Compositional explorations in metal and paint express my keen observance of the textures and shapes found in nature. Early years spent roaming the creek banks and meadows of north central Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains has gifted me with a reverence for the environment. When my brain becomes cluttered by the superficiality and artificiality of today’s existence, I find clarity of spirit outdoors. Working in copper and sterling, I find the process of annealing and manipulating metal to be an act of collaboration between the natural elements and myself. When I paint, I make work that feels organic yet abstract, the work is a visual reverberation of my time spent outdoors. The work must be spontaneous otherwise it risks becoming duplicitous. I want my work to be completely responsive to the emotional rejuvenation I experience while spending time in the terrain.
Cathy Drew is a lifelong resident of the region that she loves to promote. As a matter of fact, she was born in downtown Batesville in the late ’60s, which is in one of the eight counties she now enjoys encouraging people to visit.
Jeff Drew is her husband of almost 29 years. They have a son, Jonathon (Jon) Drew, his wife Devyn Stewart. Drew is also grandmother to Jon and Devyn’ s son, Jase Drew.
However, Drew can’t skip the other part of her family: the pets! Lady Bird (a stray dog welcomed into their home in June 2012) and of course, Howard – – a puppy compliments of Lady Bird shortly after arriving at the Drew home. They also have Kasha whom Drew inherited when her mother passed in 2016, and they adopted Bullet, a stray in November of 2016.
Drew, became associated with the Ozark Gateway Region in 1990 while working at the ad agency (The Media Market Inc.). The agency handled marketing for the regional association where she along with her co-workers produced an annual tabloid publication. She began work as the director of the Ozark Gateway Region In June 2000.
After Drew became director, she took the region to the next level by helping the tourism organization create a new website and moved it from the old newspaper paper tabloid publication to a color magazine format.
Over the years Drew has helped the organization meet new marketing goals, such as in- and out-of-state marketing, assuring that all 105,000 copies of their magazines are distributed each year.
Drew also helped the region create a heritage trail map that is still on posters in many establishments across the region and Arkansas. She oversaw development of a motorcycle route map that folds into a credit card format for riders, as well as those seeking scenic routes to enjoy the beautiful Ozark Mountains.
She has attended several AARP Shows across the U.S., representing Arkansas. She helped open a visitor center for the Ozark Gateway, allowing visitors to pick up information from across the entire state 24/7.
In 2016, she assisted creating the first Ozark Gateway Region Golf Classic and the tournament continues to grow each year, allowing the organization to grow its co-op program, helping each county have dedicated promotion. Drew stays busy at Ozark Gateway as the ad sales manager, magazine editor, day-to-day office operations, trade show representative, as well as magazine distribution representative all while making sure that the region is represented all over Arkansas and southern Missouri.
Drew has been featured in several local and statewide publications over the years as well as the 1997 cover of the Ozark Gateway Region tabloid along with her then 4-year-old son, Jon. She has received several awards such as the Batesville Rotarian of the Year in 2010 as well as a three-time Paul Harris Fellow.
She also has served as an Independence County election commissioner for several years and now serves as their co-election coordinator, helping with behind-the-scenes management of voting equipment, day-to-day election deadlines as well as poll worker training.
Drew serves on the Arkansas Travel Council Board of Directors, Ozark Foothills Film Fest Board of Directors, Batesville Rotary Club Past President and is the Rotary Clubs current publicity chair.
In March of 2018, Drew was honored with induction into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame for her many years of dedicated service to the tourism industry.