Carol Fountain Nix


Carol Fountain Nix (Raleigh, NC) is an Entrepreneur, Brand Strategist, Professor/Instructor, and Calligrapher/Artist/Designer. Carol’s career has encompassed many different areas of art and design. As a business owner of a brand/interactive firm, NIXdesign, for over 20 years, Carol has worked with a diverse range of clients. She has received many national design awards and has been published in many design magazines and publications.

Cathrin Yoder & Sheri Cunningham


Sheri and Cathrin (Berryville, AR) are co-owners at Arts of Mud clay studio. Sheri has a BA degree in Pottery and Ceramics with experience as a studio artist and teacher. Cathrin has a MA degree in Humanities with an emphasis in Art and Technology. She has extensive teaching experience and is currently a studio artist. Both have exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the US.

Charles Judd


Charles (Brasstown, NC) has taught woodworking at the John C. Campbell folk school since 2008, and teaches workshops nationwide on timber framing as well as woodworking.  He started woodworking on his grandparents’ back porch and it has been his passion ever since.

Cheri Bohn

Special Media

Cheri (Elkins, AR) grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, and moved to the Ozark Mountains in 1999. Cheri has been working with stained glass since 1994, and combining glass with tree roots since 2001. Cheri has displayed her work in the Art Expo’s in New York and Las Vegas, the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, and in Chicago, Texas, and Arkansas.

Cynthia Schanink

Painting & Drawing

Cynthia (Dardanelle, AR) was educated at Arkansas Tech University, National Park Community College. Cynthia has conducted workshops with national artists on NBC and CBS, and was a guest instructor on international cruise lines. She has been an Arkansas Arts on Tour artist since 2003 and was 2016 Artist in Residence at Hot Springs National Park. She received several awards at the Steelville, MO Plein Air Event.

Dale Custer


Dale (Roland, AR) began blacksmithing 14 years ago. He is a past president of the Blacksmiths Organization of Arkansas (BOA). Dale has always enjoyed introducing others to new skills and techniques. Dale likes to mix fun, knowledge, and blacksmithing work.

Dana Finimore

Small Metals

Dana (Senatobia, MS) earned a BFA and MFA at Memphis College of Art. She is currently a Professor of Art at NWCC and a Teaching Artist at Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Mobile Museum of Art, Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild, Arkansas Craft School, and Art Place Mississippi. Dana has enjoyed a diverse career path as a visual artist. Her work as an artist includes printmaking, painting, clay, and small metals.

Daren Fitzpatrick


Daren (Highlandville, MO) a southwest Missouri native, has nearly 30 years of welding/fabrication experience. His blacksmithing work began as a hobby, then took prominence when he began doing architectural ironwork on commission. Daren combines his fabrication skill set with traditional blacksmithing techniques to create unique functional and sculptural pieces.

Darla Gray-Winter


Darla (Eureka Springs, AR) has a background in luthiery and her interest in woodturning came naturally through her work as ESSA’s Iron and Wood Studio Coordinator. She began using carbide turning tools and soon became proficient at turning pens, handles, bowls, etc. These tools taught her about woodturning by safely making smaller gift projects that will be cherished for a lifetime.