Meetings are the first Monday of the month at 1:30 and are held in the Guild room at the back of the Stone County Museum on School Avenue. Dues are $20 per year.
The Mountain View Art Guild grew out of the efforts of a small group of ladies who, in the mid-’70s met in each other’s homes to paint. This led to a desire to sell their work. Calling themselves “The Ozark Painters,” they rented a building for their gallery. They soon discovered that setting up a business required considerably more acumen than simply displaying their paintings.
As more artists joined the group, they brought with them their experiences with art societies in other areas. By-laws were written, officers were elected and committees were appointed. By 1982, the Mountain View Art Guild was organized. The following year, the nascent Guild could boast 14 members.
Of the several locations the Guild occupied through the years, the old Bank of Mountain View was probably the most unusual and interesting. The building presently occupied by the Mountain View Abstract Company had a colorful past, including a bank robbery in 1965 – “right out of the movies.”
At the invitation of the Ozark Folk Center, the Guild opened and manned its Art Gallery in the Center’s Crafts Village. Since 1986, this gallery has been the guilds main source of income. The Center perpetuates the folk culture of the earlier peoples of the Ozarks and attracts thousands of visitors annually, creating an ideal outlet for the Guild’s art works.
Down through the years, the Mountain View Art Guild has participated in community affairs. In 1986, its float captured first prize in the Arkansas Folk Festival parade. It has sponsored bean pots – cooked beans – at the Bean Festival and continues to supervise the annual Stone County Fair’s Art Exhibit.
The Guild’s present home is in a classroom in the renovated elementary school complex, which also houses the Stone County Historical Society. As it utilizes the old classroom, the Guild is ever mindful of its objective:
To enrich life in the Mountain View area by promoting the fine arts and to encourage members to improve their painting skills by promoting workshops, classes, group paintings, education and to provide opportunities for shows and sales.
The sign above the old classroom door appropriately reads, “The Paintin’ Place.”
Mary Flatt, April 4, 2006
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