Painting by Melissa Winnat
Scott Baldassari, Acrylic Painter      Parthenon                          
Born in Chicago, inspired and encouraged by a family full of Artists. Tutored under several excellent Artists, but without any "institutional" art education, I am a completely self taught artist who has been drawing and painting as I've seen fit since childhood. Dropped a hectic business life in Chicago, and came to the Ozarks in the 70's in search of a simpler life.
I've spent chunks of the last 15 years doing art & craft shows, selling wholesale to gift shops and galleries, painting locally for tourists, and doing commissioned paintings for people all over the country. Lately, I have spent my weekends and sunny days in the creeks, on the bluffs (and sometimes at Scenic Points on the side of the Highway), Painting and peddling my work (I like to call it direct marketing). I live a simple life, making a fair living from my creations, and am rewarded by being able to live my life in these mountains I love so dearly. Currently, I am working on half a dozen commissions, and looking forward to my weekends on the side of the road; Painting and Peddling. Life is Good…always has been.
I am a realist... and a romantic. As much as I love reality; life, (and paintings) can always use a little "romance". I think my work speaks for itself. If it requires explanation, I am not communicating very well. Beauty and Communication after all, is what art is all about.
Ron & Sydney Cox, Woodturning           Parthenon
"Over 20 years ago we fell in love with Newton County and the wonderful native trees.  Our excitement of turning wood has grown throughtout the years.  We use an old lathe with no duplicator so each of our pieces are truly one of a kind.  We believe wood is a living element and  perhaps even possesses a spirit.  We want to bring out the inner beauty and harmony of each turning.  We make useful pieces that can be handed down generation after generation. "

Ronnie and Sydney live and turn in Howling Wolf Hollow in Parthenon, Ar. surrounded by the quiet beauty these hills have to offer.  They have 5 big beautiful wolves that sing for their delight!
Janine Croxford, Solar Sensitive Dying, Beaded Body Sculptures        Deer
Who am I? I'm a glad-to-stay-at-home artist in the Arkansas Ozarks. My formal art education was bought from the University of Wisconsin. The Real art education came from 15 plus years of traveling to Renaissance Faires and juried street fairs around the country. Current passions include solar sensitive dying with which I create a one of a kind clothing line and beaded body sculptures.
  Laura Dobbs          Painter     Jasper
Laura is originally from Southeast Missouri. She fell in love with Newton County and moved to Jasper 3 years ago. And  started painting again after 30 years. She enjoys working in
several mediums. Acrylic paint is her medium of choice. She has a love for old barns. They are a favorite subject for her to paint.
Don Kitz, Egg Tempera        Deer                                                                
Don Kitz  born in 1939 in New Jersey. His training as an artsist was at  the Philadelphia College of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, San Antonio College and the San Antonio Art Institute. BA, MFA, Greenwich University, He worked as an illustrator for the Army medical center in Texas,  Don moved to NW Arkansas in 1981 and taught art at North Arkansas College,1983-2005

He works in egg tempera using egg yolk and pigment on gessoed panels.  Don also works in watercolor and oil.

He is a member of the Society of Egg Tempera Painters. The Eureka Springs Artist Guild and the Ozark Mountain Artist Group.
Pamla LaDon Kommer-Klenczar , Acrylics, Pen and Ink, Pencils    Ponca
I live in the Boston Mountain Range of the Ozarks, on the side of a mountain in the middle of a forest, with 4 large dogs and 1 husband. My passion is painting! I love to paint with my pens, pencils and brushes from the photorealistic to the surreal!
Merlyn Lazorow, Painting, Ceramics, Fabric   Mt. Sherman
I was born in Newton County but, like so many people from Newton County, I was raised in Kansas City.  I maintain a cabin and studio on Mount Sherman where I feel fortunate to be able spend summers My artistic spirit is very much grounded in nature which manifests itself in all of my artistic endeavors whether it be dyeing textiles to be fashioned into garments, sculpting clay, or developing intaglio prints of flora and fauna.
  Phil Milan              Harrison
Phil Milan of Harrison, Arkansas is a multi-talented artist whose favorite mediums include woodworking, sculpture and wheel-thrown pottery.  He especially enjoys making raku pottery, a method of firing first developed in Japan.  He recently retired as the art teacher for Harrison High School in Harrison, Arkansas.
Although he was born in South Louisiana, he spent his childhood in West Texas and his teenage years in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.  He returned to Louisiana for college, graduating from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.
Don Nelms, Photographer       Mt. Sherman                                             
Don Nelms owned and operated automobile dealerships in NW Arkansas for 32 years.  In 2001 he sold Nelms Auto Park to the Penske Auto Group.  He and his wife, Millie moved to Newton County and Don began his journey into the world of photography.  In the last 5 years, he has pursued images of nature throughout the Ozarks.  He has published 2 slideshows (Fall on the Buffalo & Spring in the Ozarks).  In the last year he has selected 300 photographs for printing.  Approximately 200 of them are printed on canvas and framed without glass in the new Nelms Gallery.

Nelms Gallery has been listed as one of the top ten things to see in Newton County.  You will find a variety of landscapes, wildflowers, wildlife and natural abstracts. 
Mary Olson & Maggie Weeden, Cement, Jewelry, Mosaics, & Rustic Furniture         Erbie
Mary Olson and daughter Maggie Weeden live minutes from the Buffalo River at Erbie. We are constantly amazed and inspired by its both subtle and outrageous beauty. Self-taught aspiring mosiac artists we work with glass, tile, cement and ''found " stuff. Our studio is part 1930's ozark architecture and part straw bale so if you want info on stucco and straw bale come on down. We will probably be working on a mosiac or a colorful recycled bottle wall over the weekend so feel free to bring any bottles or broken dishes, pottery, or cool rusty stuff with you when you come see us. Thanks for checking us out                         

September 16-18, 2016
Newton County, Arkansas
10th Annual
Melissa Winnat              Walnut
Melissa is a Newton County native and grew up in the Boxley Valley area, and now resides in Walnut Valley near Deer. She is a veteran art teacher in the Deer school system, and has taught in many different areas. She received her BSE in education from the University of Central Arkansas that included hours in art education.

Melissa enjoys creating art in several different media inlcuding oil, watercolor, acrylic and colored pencil. One of her favorite projects was to illustrate a children's book with local author Shelia Reynolds.
photo by Don Nelms
Painting by Scott Baldassari
The Artists
Laura Dobbs
Phil Milan and friend