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Artists

Julia Baugh | As a native Arkansas, she has harbored a love of art dating back to her early childhood. Rippling folds of clay and thin, illustrative marks are a theme in her current functional ceramic work. Her experimentation with transparent, micro crystal-forming glazes serve to enhance her pieces by pooling in hollowed areas, and spilling over rims and edges. Julia’s goal is to continue to create and explore a variety of shapes for functional ware that are fascinating to look at and enjoyable to use.

Rae Ann Bayless | Rae Ann Bayless is the owner, designer and artisan behind Rae Ann Creations. For more than 20 years, she has dedicated her craft to the idea of jewelry as wearable art. All her designs are individually hand crafted in her West Little Rock Studio, a space laden with the anticipation of ideas waiting to be fulfilled.

Merri Chandler | Merri is a Little Rock native who has spent her life admiring and collecting art in various mediums. She was particularly fascinated by the delicate nature and reflective beauty of glass. What began as admiration, became a passion after her first class in glass fusion at the Arkansas Art Center. It was through these classes she embraced her chosen artistic medium of glass fusion. To create dimensional pieces from sheets of glass requires the intense heat of a kiln and perfect chemistry, yet due to the capricious nature of glass, there is always an element of surprise in the finished work. “I don’t work in glass, I work with it, because it always has the final say”

Dconstruct | Inspired by nature and minimalist design, Dconstruct incorporates sustainably harvested, renewable fibers and materials sourced from artisan communities in developing countries.

El Dubya | Larry Witherspoon was born in 1953 in Little Rock, Arkansas. At the age of ten or eleven he was introduced to hand building and the wheel in a little pottery studio on Cantrell Road. He returned to pottery several times through the years but circumstances kept interrupting his studies. Years later, he met his now wife, who just happened to be in pottery classes at the Arkansas Arts Center. Kelly Edwards, the instructor, allowed Larry to throw some clay on the wheel. Larry enrolled into Kelly’s class for a couple of years. Once again, ‘things in life’ took him away from pottery. Almost eleven years later: Larry returned to pottery, is back in Kelly’s class and intends to stay.

Kelly Edwards | Interested in art from a young age, Kelly is inspired by painters and creates three-dimensional wall hangings. Kelly is a Raku specialist, a technique that requires more tenacity than luck. Kelly is currently an instructor at the Museum School and has been teaching since 1999.

Jane Hankins | Witty, whimsical, wonderful. These words and more describe the creative world of Little Rock, Arkansas artist Jane F. Hankins. Born in Jonesboro, Jane has enjoyed a strong presence in the community of Arkansas artists for over two decades. A visual artist, specializing in sculpture in porcelain and stoneware as well as drawing and painting, she is a designer for nationally-marketed sculpture reproductions. She is a serious artist, who doesn’t take herself too seriously. Her work shows us that art does not have to be serious to be important.

James Hayes | After receiving an Art degree from Hendrix College in 1988, James Hayes was searching for a new medium. He discovered glassblowing at the Arkansas Arts Center and immediately fell in love. In 1993 he bought his own equipment and formed the James Hayes Art Class Co. In 1996, he purchased a dairy farm and converted the milking parlor into a hot shop and showroom.

JAK Designs LLC | There is nothing finer than the look and feel of handcrafted wood products. You'll love the workmanship of the cutting boards and furniture produced by JAK Designs based in Bella Vista, Arkansas and furniture produced by JAK Designs based in Bella Vista, Arkansas. These solid wood products, including cutting boards, breadboards, pizza boards and custom furniture these are made by hand from quality hardwoods. They are constructed for many years of use and enjoyment.Jeff founded JAK Designs after more than 30 years of making furniture and other wood products for family and friends

Jake Lewis | I make pieces that I would like having in my own home and I enjoy the challenge of creating custom pieces with input from my clients. I see vibrancy in my art and in giving discarded wood and other forgotten materials a second life.
My passion for creating unique, functional art and furniture pieces using reclaimed materials, secondhand goods and found objects ignited after experimenting with a limitless supply of barn wood and other materials at a ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas. I moved from Austin to Fayetteville, Arkansas almost four years ago, and have continued evolving my craft under the name Woodworx Workshop and Hustlewood, LLC. The materials I use in my work are all repurposed in one way or another. I use pieces of walnut, pecan and oak, alongside scraps from roadside furniture finds and thrift store 'near giveaways.' If it's real wood, I will incorporate it into my work."

Yang Luo-BranchIllustrator Yang Luo-Branch has a passion for people and places. Originally from China, she immigrated to the US at the age of 24 after finishing a 5-year undergraduate program in architecture in China. She obtained a master’s degree in sociology and PhD in urban planning from Texas Tech University. Yang has taught Architectural Freehand Drawing and Design Studios at Texas Tech University College of Architecture for 4.5 years and practiced in architectural design, planning and GIS analysis in China and United States. Previously practiced as an urban planner as part of a community redevelopment team, Yang currently is the Senior GIS Analyst at Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Her talent, passion, education and professional experiences enable her to understand and deliver art with a great depth and bright spirit. 

Thomas Mann | Thomas Mann, unlike most other leading jewelry artists and designers, is the product of neither a conventional university nor an art school education as a product designer or jewelry metal-smith. He developed his Techno.Romantic™ style in 1997. He sold every piece from his first show. Around this time he moved to New Orleans, which is where he resides today.

Metal Monk | Donya Lynn O'Brien is the creative genius behind Metal Monk. After graduating from RISD in 1994, Donya dreamt of having her own collection. Her passion for finding a practical way to produce in the USA led to her making every single piece by hand. Slowly she built her business up until eventually her handcrafted work could be found in galleries and boutiques both across the country and overseas. Her work has been featured in major publications such at “In-Style” and “Oprah.” Today Donya lives and works out of her storefront on the beautiful North Fork of Long Island with her son and new baby girl. She doesn’t take herself too seriously, considers herself very lucky to have such great fans, and is grateful to be able to do something she loves.

Adrian QuintanarAdrian is one of Little Rock’s newest working artists in Arkansas’ fast growing art scene. After completing his fine arts degree last May, he began his studio practice in ceramics. Adrian is active in the local art community; participating in community events and markets and working extensively with locally owned retail shops where you can find his artistic handcrafted pottery. His fine art pottery and photography has also been displayed in juried exhibitions throughout the state and country.

Riley Brothers | Riley Art Glass Studio is a partnership of two brothers, Charles and Michael, who came together to focus their artistic talents on the art of glass blowing in Hot Springs, Arkansas. After experiencing various art forms, the brothers found a passion for glass blowing to express their creativity. Specializing in art glass creations using age old glass blowing techniques, all glass products are hand blown and sculpted. 

Catherine Rodgers | Arkansas artist Catherine Rodgers creates elegant, hand-painted silk scarves wearable on any occasion. Whether it’s a chilly, autumnal day or a bright, spring afternoon, Catherine’s scarves will give your outfit that unique style everyone craves.

 Blake Stone | A native of Southeast Arkansas, Blake Stone grew up in Pine Bluff reveling in all the perks that come with growing up such an area including hunting, fishing, boating, and skiing. Blake possesses a great love for everything outdoors, including all the wood he uses to craft his variety of custom pieces. The wood he uses in his work comes from a variety of sources including reclaimed wine barrels, barn wood, local Arkansas wood, and even exotic hardwoods from the rain forest. He now lives in Little Rock with his wife, Emma, and their two beloved dogs.

Anne Tranholm | Anne is a Danish artist and designer behind Anne Tranholm Designs. Each line in each piece of jewelry is drawn by hand onto shrink plastic. Her work is inspired by geometric shapes, architecture, nature and encompasses an immense fascination and love of color. Each piece of jewelry is made with a great deal of love.