Louis Allen


Louis (Rockaway Beach, MO) is a wheelwright, wainwright, master carpenter and toy maker. He is a portly, bearded man that likes making toys for children around Christmas time (….sound familiar???). He started out learning to make his own toys as a child from his father who, despite being blind, was proof that if there is a job to be done, you find a way to do it. Louis has extensive experience building sets and props, and you can see some of his work – such as a 42′ tall chicken or a 16′ dog – in Branson, MO.

Marlene Gremillion

Painting & Drawing

Marlene (Hot Springs Village, AR) has been an artist for 35 years. She creates in oil, pastel, watercolor, collage, glass and jewelry. She enjoys experimenting and says, “It sort of reminds me of being a child at play. I just enjoy having fun along with it being therapeutic for me.

Mary Lou Christie

Small Metals

Mary (Tahlequah, OK) took a basic silver-smithing class in 2005 and has been hooked ever since! She retired from teaching elementary students in 2014. She now spends her time honing her skills and teaching jewelry making classes in her studio. Her creations are featured in several galleries, and Mary shows her work at Fine Art Festivals in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas and has won numerous fine art awards.

Mary Springer

Painting & Drawing

Mary (Eureka Springs, AR) is a sculptor and painter with a BFA from the Memphis College of Art and is one of the founders of Eureka Springs School of the Arts. She has taught and attended many workshops in different artistic disciplines and spiritual philosophies with master practitioners from India to France. Mary took a Master Class with internationally known figure painter Philip Pearlstein at the Corcoran, in Washington, D.C.

Matt Monaco


Matt (Springfield, MO) operates a woodturning business full time, Monaco Bowls (www.monacobowls.com), and has 15 years of turning experience with 5 years of apprenticeship. His training includes assisting world renowned, acclaimed masters of the craft, such as Richard Raffan. Matt has demonstrated at events and shows nationwide and has taught both privately and at the college level.

Matthew Parkinson


Matthew (Wolcott, CT), ABS Journeyman smith and Forged in Fire Champion, has been a full-time smith since 1998 specializing in historical blades and culinary knives. He has won several awards for his knives, has written for Knife Magazine and had his work featured in many publications.  Matthew has taught bladesmithing throughout the US since 2007 and is a partner in Falling Hammer productions and its subsidiary Dragons Breath Forge. 

Maurie Traylor

Painting & Drawing

Maurie (Tulsa, OK) enjoys teaching through visual storytelling with portraits and figures at Waterworks Art Center and incorporates art in her special education classroom. She has participated in Mayfest Invitational Gallery (2018) and displays her artwork at 108 Contemporary.

Misty Gamble


Misty (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) is a celebrated artist and educator. She has been widely published and her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally. Teaching and residencies: Kansas City Art Institute, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Vermont Studio Center, CRETA Rome, SACI Florence, and Studio Nong International Sculpture Collective.

Nick Deford

Special Media

Nick (Knoxville, TN) is an artist, educator, and arts administrator. He received his MFA from Arizona State University, and a MS and BFA from the University of Tennessee. He exhibits nationally and has also taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, East Carolina University and the University of Louisville. Currently, Nick is the Program Director at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee and works on his fiber art practice from his home studio.