The History Behind TAO
The idea for The Art Odyssey was born October 9, 2010, during the dedication of the Donald W. Reynolds Library. The artists whose works were purchased to be a permanent part of the library were on hand to meet visitors and answer questions about their art.
Some local supporters of the arts stopped to watch a video made by local mosaic artists, R. Scott and Neilla Flanagin, which explained and showed how the mosaic river, Journey, was inspired, created, and installed. They asked why our area could not have a studio tour of local artists, echoing questions the Flanagins had been asking themselves for years. That question led to a meeting which included the Flanagins, Lori Kauffman (Interior Designer for DWRL), Gwen Khayat (Director of DWRL) and Eddie Majeste (Director of the MH Chamber of Commerce).
The idea was immediately met by artists and patrons alike with enthusiasm. A committee was formed, a name chosen and trademarked, and The Art Odyssey, with its mission to encourage public awareness of art and promote artistic expression in the Arkansas Ozarks, was formed.