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.

Nyle Gordon

Painting & Drawing

Nyle (Ethel, MO) has garnered national and international awards for many of his compelling figurative and landscape paintings. He has also gained a reputation for his encouraging and effective teaching style. Nyle’s workshops are in demand and fill quickly.

Patrick Thompson


Patrick (Norfork, AR) has owned and operated Heritage Springs Forge in Mountain View, AR since 2005. During that time he has been a member of the Arkansas Craft Guild, the Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour, Blacksmiths of Arkansas (BOA) and on the founding board of the Arkansas Craft School.  Most recently, Patrick was the Resident Blacksmith at the Ozark Folk Center State Park (Retired in 2017).  

Preston Carson


Preston (Eureka Springs, AR) has many years of experience in all types of welding, having set up and run his own welding business, as well as a welding shop in Kansas City area for a large manufacturing facility.

Ray Taylor


Ray (Bentonville, AR) is the president of the Stateline Woodturners, where they mentor new woodturners and host hands-on workshops for their members. He is on the Northwest AR Community College staff, where he leads and teaches for their Construction Technology Program.

Richard Stephens

Painting & Drawing

Richard (Hot Springs, AR) graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 1969 with a degree in art. Richard enjoyed a 45 year career as a freelance Commercial Artist/Graphic Designer/Illustrator. He has been conducting workshops nationwide for over 20 years. During the past few years, Stephens has won awards in numerous watercolor shows and competitions around the country, and in 2018 was awarded the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for an Individual Artist.

Robert Dancik

Small Metals

Robert (Seymour, CT) is an artist/educator/author and developer of materials for artists. His work can be seen in numerous books, publications, museum and private collections around the world. Robert has taught for over 30 years working with students from kindergarten to graduate school as well as teaching workshops across the US and abroad.

Robert Ebendorf

Robert Ebendorf Robert Ebendorf (Santa Fe, NM) was born in 1938 in Topeka, Kansas. He received his BFA in 1960, his [...]

Sally Ball

Special Media

Sally (Bella Vista, AR) teaches felting classes in both Arkansas and Texas. She is a local fiber artist who uses a combination of spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing and embroidery in the creation of her works of felted art.