Arkansas Craft School

Art Education

The Arkansas Craft School is a center for craft education dedicated to helping aspiring and practicing craft artisans gain the skills they need for success in the creative economy. Located on Main Street in Mountain View, in the beautiful and serene Ozark Mountains of North Central Arkansas, the Arkansas Craft School offers weekend and week long workshops in clay, glass, metal, fiber, wood, and other craft related media.  The School also offers workshops in marketing and management practices geared specifically for artisans, crafts for kids, and community craft programs.

Address:  110 East Main Street, Mountain View, AR  72560




Apple Blossom Decorative Painters

Decorative Painters

Apple Blossom Decorative Painters of Mountain Home, Arkansas, is a local chapter of The Society of Decorative Painters ( which was organized in 1972 to stimulate worldwide interest in and appreciation for decorative painting; to recognize diversity of and excellence in the art form; and to serve as the resource center for all aspects of decorative painting.

Decorative painting is a fun and “user friendly” art form that uses a variety of techniques and media from faux finishes to folk art to decorate functional surfaces like baskets, plates or fabric, as well as non-functional items like canvas or artist’s board.

Apple Blossom Decorative Painters hosts several annual art events and is involved in community activities ranging from art instruction to support of several local charities

Apple Blossom Decorative Painters meet monthly to paint on the third Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at the Van Matre Senior Center, Mountain Home, AR

Contact: Dawn Kennedy – e-mail:

Contact: Lorna Newburn -  870-580-0633 – e-mail:



Area Art Club

Fine Art

Organized in 1960, Area Art Club is one of the most active groups in the Twin Lakes area dedicated to promoting an interest and an appreciation of fine art as well as a scholarship program for local high school students pursuing a career in the art field.

The yearly Spring Art Show is the Club’s signature event with prizes being awarded in seven art categories.  The event showcases approximately 150-200 painting by local artists.

The Area Art Club boasts a membership of 45-50 members and meets on the second Thursday of the month at 1:00 in the Donald W. Reynolds Library in Mountain Home.

Contact: Janet Emery, President

Phone: 481-6122

Address: 4475 CR 25, Mountain Home, AR  72653



Ava Art Guild

Fine Arts and Unique Gifts

Ava Art Guild and Gallery, of Ava, Missouri, promotes art appreciation and education of all types of art in the Ozarks including 3-D art and photography along with traditional art-forms such as  like painting, drawing, and more.

Organized in 1978 by local artists,  the Ava Art Guild has developed a community appreciation of art through art education classes, meetings, workshops and exhibits. The all volunteer organization is an active group of nearly 100 members.

The Art Gallery, housed in a  building owned by the Ava Art Guild, is a permanent gallery for the display of member’s art throughout the year, along with two judged art shows a year, and is the location for monthly meetings and workshops.

Ava Art Guild Gallery open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April-December

Location: 303 E Washington Ave, Ava, Missouri  65608

phone: 417-294-0755



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Free Verse Poetry Group of Mountain Home


The Free Verse Poetry Group of Mountain Home meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 1:30pm – 3:30pm at the Donald W. Reynolds Library in Conference Room B to critique and discuss free verse poetry.

New members are welcome.

Contact: Barbara Robinette

phone: 870-458-3090


Contact: Diane Stefan


Harrison Art League


Hill Country Art Gallery

Fine Art

The goal of the Gallery is to provide marketing and an inviting location to serve as a social, artistic, and educational resource in visual and three-dimensional art to children and adults throughout Baxter County and North Central Arkansas.

Contact: Joanne Forbes

phone: 870-425-0919

address: 607 South Baker Street (on the Mountain Home Square), Mountain Home, AR


Palette Art League

Pal’s Fine Art Gallery located at 300 Hwy 62W, Yellville, AR 72687  or contact Dana Johnson at 870-656-2057

Spring River Artist Guild

Artist Guild and Gallery

Spring River Art Gallery, located in Hardy, Arkansas,  is a regional gallery staffed by volunteers. The artists, over 20 currently, are from Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri representing a eclectic mix of mediums, styles, and personalities. Many of those represented by the Gallery are award-winning artists.

Located above the Ozark Rustic Charm shop at 112B Main Street in Hardy, AR, the gallery is located in a National Historic Register building space, recently renovated through a grant from Main Street Arkansas.

Spring River Art Gallery is open 12:00 to 4:00 Friday and Saturday and 1:00 to 4:00 Sunday from  March until Christmas.

Address: 112b Main St., Hardy, Arkansas 72542

Contact: Trish Corder, Gallery Director

Phone: 870-856-2507




Twin Lakes Writers

Writers Group

Twin Lakes Writers is a not-for-profit group whose purpose is to bring together writers throughout Northern Arkansas and Southern Missouri, to share literary knowledge.

Twin Lakes Writers was founded in 1998 by Mary Nida Smith. The group is currently headed by Janice Havlik Votsmier and has twenty-plus members actively writing magazine articles, books, historical references, novels, short stories, screenplays, and poetry for readers of all ages. It is an opportunity to learn about upcoming writing contests and events of interest to members.

Our organization is dedicated to all genres of writing and all levels of experience are represented. The group meets once a month and gives members a chance to have a short piece of work critiqued. No membership dues are charged, although donations are accepted to pay for expenses such as maintaining the website.

Everyone is welcome to attend, no matter what genre you’re working in, whether new to writing or a published author. There’s a very good chance that you’ll meet someone writing in the same field.  If you’re a writer visiting the Twin Lakes area, drop in for a meeting. Please come and be inspired!

Contact: Mary Nida Smith



White River Artists

Plein Air Painting

White River Artists mission is to inform, encourage, and educate regional artists and the general public about the  personal rewards and creative opportunities associated with plein air painting, the practice of painting in the outdoors.

The 5th Annual Plein Air on the White River 2013 event, held in Cotter, Arkansas, will be May 1st through the 4th. Drawing artists from Arkansas, as well as other surrounding states, this yearly outdoor painting event has grown to over 50 participating artists producing their works in four types of media – oil, watercolor, acrylic, and pastel.

White River Artists affiliated with Ozarks Regional Arts Council in December of 2011, a move intended to unite the members as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, and enhance understanding and appreciation of plein air painting in the Twin Lakes area.

Contact: Dana Johnson




Board of Directors 2019

Dana Johnson- President

Lucinda Blair– Vice President

Deborah Lively- Treasurer

Maddie Kiefer- Secretary






Members:  2015

Carol Abel                              Kathy Sisco

Ara Banks                               Cricket Briggs

Virginia Haines                     Barbara Gipson

Cheryl Hall                            Christine Powell

Bonnie Heenan                     Diane Morgan

Mahlon Maris                        Terry Zarate

Gladys Morris                       Jeanne Chauffe

Margaret Murphy                Laurel Weathersbe

John Reding                         Charotte Barnhart

Susan Simpson                      Melinda Bodanske

Dianna Shor                            Larry Ehrke

AJ Cantrell

Mr. and Mrs. Russ Whilhite    Sue Morris

Barbara Robinson                        Anne Criss

Mary Ann Smith

Carol and Dirk Martin


Organizational Members:

Apple Blossoms

Area Art Club

Free Verse Poetry Group

Fulton County Arts Council

Harrison Art League

Palette Art League

Spring River Artist Guild

Twin Lakes Playhouse

Twin Lake Writers

White River Artists