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Friends will tell you that you'll often find me out and about in our local lakes in my little boat, or trumping through the various springs and creeks of Northwest Arkansas in pursuit of freshwater driftwood. Through the years water currents have played in and among the branches and root systems of long dead flooded trees left standing when the fresh water lakes of Northwest Arkansas were created by man. Every year the lakes in Northwest Arkansas give up some of it's driftwood, and I love being out there looking for itt. This is Nature's Art, and finding those works and bringing them into the light of day is my goal.
In The Beginning....
At first I was collecting for myself, but it wasn't long before my husband was saying "We Have Enough!". Gradually, I had to admit that he was right. Piles were growing about the yard. It looked as if my driftwood hunting days were over. It was when I participated in the Bella Vista Woodcarver's show that I realized that there were others out there who also loved driftwood for it's artistic appeal but who didn't have the inclination, or the time, to get out there among the snakes and other critters to hunt it themselves. Instead, they would buy it from me!
Oh Happy Days!
I didn't have to give up driftwood hunting after all. I could continue my treasure hunt, hunting for others! Thus, Ozark Driftwood was born. Now I sell driftwood at our local Bella Vista Farmer's Market ( April though Oct.) as well as at local Art's and Crafts fairs. I also sell Driftwood Crafts at Wishing Spring Gallery on McNelly Rd behind Walgreens in Bella Vista.
So If you find that you have a place in your yard or garden that can be enhanced by a fine piece of driftwood or two, or have a craft in mind that encorporates driftwood, feel free to give me a call or drop me an email! I'm always glad to share my collection with others when I'm not out and about on a treasure hunt, searching for more of NATURE'S ART!
The images below are some of the driftwood art
I've made as well as some of the nice wood I've found. I do sell some of
my artworks at Wishing Spring Gallery in Bella Vista, as well as at the Bella Vista Farmer's Market (Mid-April through Mid-October).
AKA: The Driftwood Whisperer
Thanks for visiting.
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