#OzarkFineArtists
Micah Green

Lil’ Whittler Joel

Lil’ Whittler Joel (Micah Green) is a true Ozarks craftsman, carving spoons, wooden caricatures, and remaining dedicated to all things hand-made. “Beauty is so simple,” he notes. “Why do we have to make it so complicated?

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“I dream of making handmade utensils to be used and passed down generation to generation. I dislike our disposable culture where things are rarely made to last. My goal is to craft items that will be used, cherished, and loved day after day.”

Micah Green

Lillie Hobbs Mercantile

Just south of the Missouri State Line on Highway 65, Lillie Hobbs Mercantile beckons travelers and locals alike. Owner Kelly Lindberg is an Arkansas craftswoman whose cultural roots run deep. “My first job out of high school was a stained glass shop,” she shares.

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LillieHobbs offers up a fantastic selection of juried, local American artists and craftsmen along with selected antiques and an array of sandwiches and desserts. “My mother was a baker. Everything here is handmade.”

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Vintage Paris

Vintage Paris Coffee Shop is a quaint and cozy coffee shop in historic downtown Hollister. We serve hand-roasted specialty coffee, organic loose-leaf teas, fine wines, craft beers, cigars and local pastries.

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Owners Matt and Jessica Farmer are devoted to strengthening the Hollister-Branson Community. “Our mission is to create memories, friendships and opportunities in the local community by providing excellent products and services,” says Matt. “Come in and join the Vintage Paris Family. We’d love to have you.”

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Michael Amburn

“I grew up in Harrison, Arkansas, with an interest in theater,” notes DruidCraft owner Michael Amburn. “And then I joined the Marines.” Michael retired from the military after serving in the Middle East, worked in the Branson theater industry, and is a massage therapist as well.

Michael Amburn

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DruidCraft is a one-man operation dedicated to creating props and costume pieces for cosplay, LARP, re-enactment, and theater. “It’s always exciting to see little dudes and dudettes getting into a fantastic hobby.”

Michael Amburn

Art can be a difficult critter to understand, particularly here in the Ozarks, the proverbial “buckle of the Bible belt,” as Springfield’s own nouveau-band Ha Ha Tonka intones on the album of the same name.

Ask 10 people for a definition of art and you just might get 11 answers. Discussions of what art is (and is not) vary wildly, often resulting in uniquely snide cliques, each comfortable in their own definitions — and perceived correctness.

So, according to #OzarkFineArtists on StateoftheOzarks, what is art (and how is it defined)?

[Drum roll please]

At its most basic, art is the physical manifestation of human expression.

Simple, I know. But far more powerful than you might imagine.

We live in an increasingly divisive world, but one in which the simple question, “How are you?” is invariably met with a generic, “I’m fine.”

Authentic communication between one another, honestly learning what goes on in our hearts — beyond an overly mechanized and electronic world — is becoming a lost art.

Enter fine arts. No, we’re not talking about arguments of acrylic versus oil, paint-and-canvas versus computer illustration, Bob Ross versus Renoir and, well, you get the idea.

We are, instead, talking about art as a means of communication, allowing our hearts raw and authentic expression. What makes us angry? Sad? Rebellious? Introspective?

All the things beyond a generic “I’m fine” are best expressed in art. Welcome to #OzarkFineArtists. We’re glad you’re here.

Joshua Heston, editor

Recent Ozarks Gallery Showing at Vintage Paris

Sarah Hebert

Sarah Hebert strikes a classic pose for figure drawing in the courtyard of Vintage Paris. StateoftheOzarks was honored to include the Branson Figure Drawing Group as our guests for the October Artists Gallery Showing.

The Three Laws of Art

1. Create: The worst it can do is suck.
2. Create again: Bad art happens to good artists.
3. Just create: Art is cheaper than therapy.

— Coldstone Press 2015

Curtis Copeland

Curtis Copeland of rural Christian County displays some of his exquisite work (at left).

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Michaela Kershaw

Michaela Kershaw

“Digital art is my main medium, but I love playing around with watercolor and acrylics,” says Michaela Kershaw. “I’ve been working in graphic design and vinyl printing for two years. My work mainly consists of comic book style illustrations.”

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“Right now I’m apprenticing at a tattoo shop, traveling to Comic Conventions, and focusing on making art a full time job instead of a hobby. I love meeting and collaborating with other like-minded young artists.”

Michaela Kershaw

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James Shipley Art

James Shipley

“Sight is the function of the eyes. Vision is the function of the heart,” shares graffiti-grunge artist James Shipley. He creates pen and ink abstracts using cardboard as his canvas of choice. “I love the feeling of texture and depth.”

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Born in St. Jo but growing up in Reeds Spring, Missouri, Shipley’s passion for art is clear. A rare stroke of an optic nerve blinded the artist in his right eye three years ago. Depression would inspire him. “I chose the colors of love.”

James Shipley

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Christine Riutzel

Christine Riutzel

Working chiefly in photography, acrylics and oil, Riutzel states, “I’m always challenging myself across multiple mediums. I want to connect with other artists and inspire others to grow their talents, as well as own my own gallery someday.”

Christine Riutzel Art

“I’m passionate about interior design and renovation, coffee, cats, cosplay and contemporary art. We as artists want better opportunities. We want Branson and Hollister to be seen as more than just tourism. We want to showcase the diversity and art and create non-competitive, un-censored, supportive environments.”

Christine Riutzel

Mixed Mediums

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Marty Schmitt’s Art That Rocks!

I’m Marty Schmitt. I’ve always been creative but never imagined a later-in-life business of painting pets and wildlife on native Arkansas sandstone. Every rock is hand-picked. It is a privilege to paint beloved pets or one of God’s wild creatures.

Find me at upcoming events or contact me for a special commission. I am blessed to paint “Art That Rocks 4 U.” My salvation and my honor depend on God. He is my mighty rock, my refuge.” — Psalms 62:5-7

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Mary Arneson Art

Yesterdays Remembered was inspired by a photographer friend’s work. While travelling in Islay, Hebrides Scotland, my friend came across an abandoned cottage. He was intrigued and decided to explore. When I saw his photo, my imagination went into overdrive. I imagined all sorts of scenarios for the families that lived there over the years and all the things they saw out this particular window.  I knew I had to do a painting. Yesterdays Remembered is the result.” — Mary Arneson

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Inspirations by Carla

Painted Inspirations

“So, I started painting in the last few years. And then I discovered Paint Pouring! I am hooked. I love the medium, I love teaching others. If anyone is interested, I’m willing to sell my pieces. Every one is different!

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Paint pouring is an abstract art form in which specially mixed paints are poured onto waiting canvases (or other surfaces). An infinite number of visual images may be created. Carla regularly teaches her techniques and focuses on encourages others’ creativity.

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Luke Acker

Luke Acker

An Ozark native with a talent for reggae songwriting, Luke Acker works tirelessly performing across Southwest Missouri, wowing fans with powerful, melodic vocals and talented guitar playing. In September, Luke released Live At Wiseguys, recorded in Ozark, Missouri.

The project encompasses 14 original tracks (including Dad’s Song, Fire & Ice, Work Is Hardly Work, and Ring A-Ding A-Ding). Also a teacher, Luke takes his work seriously, though he still takes time to do an impressive cosplay of Zach Galifianakis.

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Anthony Walter

Anthony Walter grew up in Hollister, Missouri. A professional drummer currently on tour, Walter recently combined his impressive custom furniture-making skills with those of local artist — and sister — Jessica Farmer. Together, they launched Walter & Farmer Custom-Made Woods.

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Often using re-purposed or distressed wood, Anthony hand-makes unique and powerful pieces on order. In his time off, he loves to fish and float the rivers of the Ozarks. “I’ll build anything you come up with. Except a fire.”

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Premium Costa Rican coffee with psychological and physical benefits. W3 Costa Rica Coffee is a charitable company. Purchases benefit Noah’s Ark, which offers free services in the evaluative process for mental health in the Branson area.

Paul Wohlfeil

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Paul Wohlfeil is also representative of Russian-born Israeli artist Leonid Afremov, known for his modern impressionistic style, mostly with palette knife and oil. Afremov lives near Cancun and continues to paint. His work may be seen at Branson Center Stage Grille.

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Cole Cramer

Cole Cramer, originally from the farming community of Galesburg, Kansas, is currently studying art at College of the Ozarks. “My family was very supportive when I said I wanted to be an artist.”

Cole Cramer

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“I’m focusing on portraiture.” Cole uses a variety of mediums, including sculpture. “I’ve often been told I should be tougher, a harsher person, in order to succeed, but I disagree. I want to remain kind and gentle. The art below is darker than what I normally paint.”

Cole Cramer
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Rose O’Neill’s Bonniebrook

Bonniebrook is the art gallery, museum and estate of Rose O’Neill. Born in 1874, Rose is internationally recognized as an artist, illustrator and writer. Her Greco-Celtic art exists beyond time and space. She championed women’s rights, and created Kewpies.

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Walk the beautiful gardens and “wild tangle” of the estate. Tour the reconstruction of Rose’s mansion. Learn more about Rose’s fascinating and controversial life. “I long for Bonniebrook,” she once wrote from Italy. Experience the magic of Bonniebrook for yourself.

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Mary Arneson Egret

Mary Arneson

Nature artist Mary Arneson has been painting nature’s offerings since 2005, first in Colorado and now in Missouri.  Mary says, “The path to creativity is sometimes wide and straight, sometimes narrow and winding.”

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“Whichever path presents itself, I am eager to create the visions I see in my mind and hold in my heart.  While the end product is my ultimate goal, the journey to get there is ongoing inspiration and my joy as an artist.”

Mary Arneson

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Southern Missouri Arts Connection

Southern Missouri Arts Connection

Our mission: Connect the arts with our community for the enrichment of all by founding a Cultural & Performing Arts Center in the Tri-Lakes Area. The Southern Missouri Arts Connection (SMAC) is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

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Join our efforts to give visual artists, theater performers, folk artists, and craftsmen a permanent home. SMAC works non-competitively with all art organizations in Southern Missouri. The possibilities are endless. Together, let’s provide art a home! The potential is priceless!

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“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” — Albert Einstein

“It’s NOT ART unless it has the potential to be a DISASTER.”

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” — Joseph Chilton Pearce

“Learn the RULES like a Pro, Break them like an ARTIST.” — Pablo Picasso

Create something that will make the world awesome.

Christine Riutzel

The powerful and unique patterns and visual textures of Christine Riutzel’s work is instantly recognizable. She is one of our favorite artists.

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Clint Loveland Photography

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Clint Loveland’s Photo By Clint provides unique takes on the traditional Ozarks with a style described as “dark, twisted, sexy and edgy from a strong country perspective. “We also shoot all aspects of the business world, offering affordable photography services.

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Connect on Facebook. Contact us for rates and times. A Murney Associates Realtor, Clint has photographed over 400 properties just this year! Looking for solid business photography or powerful, edgy perspectives? Choose Photo By Clint!

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Amy Callaway

Amy Callaway

“I knew I wanted to be an artist at the age of eight,” says Amy Callaway. At age nine, she received her first award (for a soap carving of a whale). Voted most-artistic in high school, she received an art scholarship when attending Northern Illinois University.

Today, Amy works in her own Ozarks studio creating watercolor paintings, painted gourds and creating collections of prints and gift products. She can often be found demonstrating at the Branson  Mill Craft Village.

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B-Town Threads

B-Town Threads

B-Town Threads Apparel is unique, trendy clothing giving back to the community. A portion of all proceeds goes to local non-profits. We created B-Town Threads to encourage others and be a beacon of love and commitment.

Every tee feeds someone, saves a life, or supports adoptive and foster families. Shop On! Shine On! “Let your light shine before others that they will see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” — Matthew 5:16

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Larry Campbell Rollin' Down the River

Larry Campbell

It started with an inherited idea and ended with an amazing road trip! Having learned of a similar trip taken along the Mississippi River, Larry thought, “What a neat idea. Wouldn’t it be fun to do on the Missouri?”

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Rollin’ Down the River

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Larry set out from Three Forks, Montana, following the river from its source through seven states. Revisit the adventure through pictures and stories of the river, its life, and culture. Meet colorful personalities on “the most unique river in the world!”

Larry Campbell