About the Craft School
The Arkansas Craft School (ACS) is a nonprofit (501c3) organization dedicated to the
preservation, appreciation and instruction of crafts indigenous to the Arkansas Ozarks. Formed
in 2009, the ACS envisions a vibrant, creative community that inspires a life affirming
appreciation of and support for the arts. In partnership with Ozarka College and its Mountain
View campus, ACS offers Continuing Education Credits for classes attended. Although its history envelops the crafts of
the Ozark Mountains, the ACS has branched off to offer contemporary creative crafts such as “ found
objects ” art, photography, and jewelry making.
Our instructors are carefully chosen from around the state and country for their expertise. They are all skilled artisans and teachers, some with international acclaim. We have skilled teachers in the arts of glass bead making, wood turning, blacksmithing, pottery, paper making and many other media.
We offer classes in glass bead making, wood turning, blacksmithing, pottery, jewelry, painting and many other media. Classes are purposefully small to allow individualized instruction. Classes provide hands on learning in a creative environment. Students will come away with beautiful art crafted by their own hands and the skills to continue creating.
The School is located at 101 North Peabody, in a historic building on the courthouse square in Mountain View. Located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, Mountain View offers a beautiful and creative environment for learning.Our hours are 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Thursday-Sunday, or by appointment. Please call 870-269-8397 to arrange an appointment. There are many dining and lodging options in the area visit www.yourplaceinthemountains.com for more information.
Reduced cost tuition is available to students seeking training in these skills, but whose income may be limited. Scholarships are limited to one class per student per year. Application forms are available by contacting the School either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 870-269-8397.
The ACS is a nonprofit organization and, as such, is eligible to receive donations to the extent allowed by law. Donations can be made by mail, P.O. Box 2649, Mountain View, AR 72560 or by calling 870-269-8397. The ACS is supported in part by the Arkansas Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Donations support instructor fees so that tuition can be kept at a reasonable cost.
- Gin Brown: Retired Site Coordinator, Ozarka College - President
- Leo Sutterfield: President and CEO First Service Bank - Vice President; Chair Finance
- Sharon Mills: Retail Manager III Citizens Bank - Treasurer
- Lindsay Galloway: Site Coordinator, Ozarka College - Secretary; Chair Personnel
- Jamie Murawski: Retired Owner of Town & Country Interiors - Co-Chair Retail
- Phyllis Haynes: Retired CEO, Arkansas Foodbank - Co-Chair Development
- Tyler Henderson: Attorney at Law Pinnacle Law Firm - Board Member
- Marcia Wallace: Retired Art, Speech, Theater Instructor - Co-Chair Program
- Kari Winningham: VP/Main St. Branch Manager Centennial Bank - Co-Chair Marketing
- Linda Rawlings: Artist, Retired Art Teacher, Dept. Chair, Chanel Executive - Co-Chair Program, Marketing
- Mike Engle: Owner of Mikey's Smoked Meats - Co-Chair Retail
- Marilyn Wherry: Retired Nurse - Board Member
- The Honorable Roger Gardner - Mayor, Mountain View, AR
- The Honorable Stacey Avey - Stone County Judge
- Wright Pillow: Retired Founder and Former Director of Arkansas Craft School Advisory
- Becki Dahlstedt: Ceramic Artist & Co-Owner Mountain View Pottery Advisory
- Mike DeLong: Provost, Pulaski Tech College Advisory
- Arjuna Larson: Executive Director of Arkansas Craft School Executive Director