Great American Flame-In, June 30-July2, 2014

Copper and Flame Painters From Around the Nation Celebrate Their Craft at Ozark Folk Center State Park Mountain View, Arkansas – – Resident Ozark Folk Center State Park master craftsman Skip Mathews is known as the father of flame painting because he spent 10 years doing nothing but copper butterflies for wall decorations. He did 15,000 of them in a row to teach himself how to separate the colors created by heating copper into intentional shapes and patterns. Now, after several decades of practicing and teaching this temperamental craft, Skip and Racheal, his wife, are inviting other Copper Flame Painters to join them in a Great American Flame-In on June 30 – July 2, 2014 at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.

During the event, Skip and Racheal, as well as visiting flame painters from around the country will be demonstrating, showing their work and defining terms and standard knowledge for this emerging craft. Visitors are welcome to visit with flame painters in the CopperColorist workshop in the Craft Village on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 1 & 2. The Village is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and regular admission fees apply.

The event schedule for participants in the Great American Flame-In is available on the Ozark Folk Center State Park web site at For more information, call the park at 870-269-3851.

The Ozark Folk Center State Park is located at 1032 Park Avenue in Mountain View. Follow the signs to the Ozark Folk Center State Park, less than a mile from the Courthouse Square in downtown Mountain View. The park may also be reached by taking Hwy 5/9/14 (Sylamore Ave) to Jimmy Driftwood Parkway, which leads directly to the park entrance.

The Craft Village at the Ozark Folk Center State Park is regularly open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 5:00 p.m. Regular admission to the Ozark Folk Center Craft Village is $12.00 for adults or $7.00 for children 6-12, children under 6 are free.