A Knot Of Blue & Gray: Conflict And Loyalty During The Civil War In Ozark County, Missouri


Embark on a journey with a story that goes back in time to transport you to the heart of the Missouri Ozarks during the Civil War. Hear of the storyteller’s Hawkins ancestors, whose lives were forever changed in a tale of conflict and loyalty.

Every man in this tale, including Washington Hawkins and his cousins, B. F. and Calvin Hawkins, and William Monks grew up together near the North Fork of the White River in Ozark County, MO,  forging bonds that would be tested in the chaos and tragedy of war.

At the outbreak of the war, all the men had to make decisions that would impact their lives for generations to come. William Monks, now a Union Captain, becomes the master of the Hawkin’s family’s fate when his boyhood friendship with the nephews turns to hatred. While Monks and Washington (Wash) enlist and wear the Union blue, his cousins join a group of Confederate guerillas who terrorize Ozark and Howell Counties. Monks’ obsession with B. F. and Calvin Hawkins intensifies when he is given the assignment to eradicate all Confederate “traitors” in the area. Lines between loyalty, kinship, and duty blur when Wash encounters his cousins deep in the woods and hills of Ozark County.

This story of survival and sacrifice unfolds against the backdrop of a nation divided. It is a life-and-death tale of friendships forged and broken, family bonds sorely tested, and definitive actions with harsh consequences that would impact a family forever.

Join us at 2 pm on Saturday, January 27th, at Harlin Museum (405 Worcester, West Plains, MO 65775) to hear Danette House spin the tale of her family’s history–a legacy forged during our country’s greatest divide, deep in the hills of this Ozarks wilderness.

Treat Yourself To A Fun-Filled Time To Satisfy Any Art Hunger! Treat Your Palette To Host Monthly Painting Events At The Harlin

Treat Your Palette, a local painting party event planner, is now offering a monthly fun art experience at the Harlin Museum.

Instructed by WPHS art teacher, Karen Pitts, Treat Your Palette will host painting parties every third Saturday of the month where you are provided step-by-step instruction for an ongoing variety of art projects that you can then take home and enjoy—-with the ultimate goals being for you to have fun painting with your family & friends, for you to meet and interact with new friends from the community, to relax with the creation of art after a hard day, all while discovering your inner artist!

Join us this upcoming Saturday, August 19th from 10 am – 12 pm to paint this Rustic Chicken (as pictured above). All painting supplies are provided and no art experience is needed. The class is $25.00 per person. Just click on this link or visit www.treatyourpalette.com online to sign up.

Announcement of Winners in Harlin’s 2023 Spring Art Show

We are happy to announce that of the fifty-seven entries to this year’s Spring Art Show at the Harlin Museum, TWENTY-SIX of those entries have been awarded a ribbon for excellence!  The Harlin’s Spring Art Show is meant to give area artists of all calibers an opportunity to present their talent in a competition setting. This show offers both Novice and Expert level divisions, as well as a separate Youth Division. Categories this year included Paintings, Drawings, Mixed Media, and 3D (3-Dimensional) Art.

And….the winners are:



Studio” an acrylic painting by Lonnie Meuser of West Plains, MO




Adult-Novice Division

1st Place: “Mercy” (Watercolor) by LeeAnn Tombley of West Plains, MO

2nd Place:  “The Vine” (Watercolor) by LeeAnn Tombley of West Plains, MO

3rd Place:  “Earl’s Roost” (Acrylic on metal) by Rebecca Earls of West Plains, MO

Honorable Mention:  “Old Car” (Watercolor) by Robert Kelley of West Plains, MO


Adult-Expert Division

1st Place:  “Tools Of The Trade” (Acrylic} by Ruth Kelley of West Plains, MO

2nd Place:  “Peace” (Acrylic) by Kelli Albin of West Plains, MO

3rd Place:  “A Posse Of Rockhoppers” (Acrylic) by Ruth Kelley of West Plains, MO  &  “Blue Splatter” (Acrylic) by Kelli Albin of West Plains, MO



Adult-Novice Division



Adult-Expert Division

1st Place:  “Whoo’s There?” (Graphite) by Lonnie Meuser of West Plains, MO

2nd Place:  “County Clare Cathedral Ruins” (Ebony Pencil) by Ron McGarry of Willow Springs, MO

3rd Place:  “Magnified” (Color Pencil) by Brenda Taylor of West Plains, MO

Honorable Mentions:  “Rocky Falls” (Ebony Pencil) by Ron McGarry of Willow Springs, MO  &  “Rockin’ Robin” (Color Pencil) by Brenda Taylor of West Plains, MO



Adult-Novice Division

1st Place:  “Light House Sunrise” (Mixed Media) by Cheryll Stellman of West Plains, MO

2nd Place:  “Bailey’s Star” (Mixed Media) by Lauren Acevedo of West Plains, MO

3rd Place:  “Grandma’s House” (Mixed Media-Reverse Glass Painting with old sash window) by Cheryll Stellman of West Plains, MO



1st Place:  “Bandit” (Mixed Media) by Brenda Taylor of West Plains, MO




Adult- Novice Division

1st Place:  “3-Piece Jewelry Set” (Mixed Media-Metal & Beads) by Cheryll Stellman of West Plains, MO


Adult-Expert Division

1st Place:  “On The Road Again” (Metal Sculpture) by Jim Davis of Thornfield, MO

2nd Place:  “Care To Dance?” (Metal Sculpture) by Jim Davis of Thornfield, MO

3rd Place:  “Integration No.1” (Mixed Media Sculpture) by Cathie McClellan



1st Place:  “Barney” (Mixed Media-Alcohol Marker/Pen & Ink) by Jeremiah Tombley of West Plains, MO

2nd Place:  “The Constructioneer” (Mixed Media-Alcohol Marker/Pen & Ink) by Jeremiah Tombley of West Plains, MO

3rd Place:  “Great Blue Heron” (Color Pencil) by MaKenna Smith of West Plains, MO

Honorable Mention:  “Oriole” (Color Pencil) by MaKenna Smith of West Plains, MO


Congratulations to all of the artists! The art show is open to the public during the museum’s regular hours of operation 

(Thursday – Sunday, 12 pm – 4 pm) or by appointment (email the museum at ) and will be on display now through April 30th. A public Artists’  Reception will be held in the museum’s Hathcock Gallery from 3 pm – 5 pm on Saturday, April 22nd.

The Harlin Museum is located at 405 Worcester in downtown West Plains, MO.


















Workshop Opportunity: Upcoming Watercolor Workshop with Lee Copen

West Plains Arts Alliance members, the West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and the Harlin Museum of West Plains (Harlin), will host a watercolor workshop by area artist, Lee Copen. The workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2023, in
the Hathcock Gallery at the Harlin, 405 Worcester Ave. in West Plains, MO.

WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale says, “Lee Copen is an accomplished watercolor artist and oil painter. Lee is an excellent teacher and able to help the beginner artist learn the medium.”

About the Artist:
Lee Copen lives and paints on a small farm in Mountain View, Missouri. Whether painting on location or in the studio, her light-filled paintings reflect her love of nature and the landscape.
“I have always been drawn to the diversity and beauty that landscape has to offer. I love to capture a fleeting moment of beauty and share what I see with others.”

Lee Copen studied art at the University of Northern Colorado, graduating with a degree in fine art with an emphasis in graphic design. She worked as a sign painter, art director, and graphic artist; eventually starting her own freelance business in Architectural Illustration, which she did for 15 years. In 2002 she became certified in K-12 art education and has taught art at Liberty High School for the past 21 years.

In addition to teaching, she is a fine artist. She is equally comfortable painting in watercolor or oils, feeling that different subjects call for different styles and media. She loves painting both on location and in the studio, each presenting its own unique challenges. Her award-winning paintings can be purchased online and at select galleries. If you’d like to know more, please go to LeeCopen.com to view available artwork and sign up to receive her newsletter.
She will be teaching a single-day studio watercolor workshop which is suitable for all learning levels — her hope is that she can lead you to love painting in watercolors as much as she does.

The total cost for the workshop is $55, and registration is required. Email or call Paula at 417-293-2325 to sign up. Space is limited for this workshop. For more information, you may contact WPCA at , the Harlin Museum at , or contact coordinators Janey Hale at or Vicki Martin at .

Wool-Felting Workshop with Angela Bullard this Saturday, February 27th

Join us for another fun wool-felting workshop with Angela Bullard this, Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 1 pm. This workshop will focus on creating a lovely winter landscape. Wool and needle supplies will be provided; attendees will need to bring a pen and paper for taking notes, along with a small pair of scissors.

The cost to attend is $35; payment to be made the day of the workshop. Cash or check.

Registration is required to attend. Email us at or register online at https://harlinmuseum.com/events/events%20&%20activities/workshop-wool-felting-a-winter-landscape-with-angela-bullard/. Please be sure to register by Friday, February 26th.

Workshop attendees will be asked to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing recommendations for the safety of all who attend.

Two-Day #PleinAir Workshop with Award-Winning Artist, John P. Lasater IV, Coming September 2020

MUSEUM NEWS: Plein Air Painting Workshop with John Lasater IV, September 2 & 3, 2020

Deadline to register for the John P. Lasater IV 2-Day Plein Air workshop by August 30th, 2020.

August 7, 2020

Join award-winning representational painter, John P. Lasater IV, for a 2-day Plein air painting workshop this September, hosted by the Harlin Museum.

Workshop activities begin Tuesday evening, September 1st, with an Artist Meet & Greet at Harlin Museum of West Plains (participants will be notified of event time upon registration confirmation) at which participants will view a presentation given by the artist. Students will then meet the artist on location at Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Springs, Arkansas, for the Plein air instructional workshop sessions on Wednesday & Thursday, September 2 &3, 2020, from 9 am – 4 pm each day.

The cost to attend the workshop is $300.00 total for both days. Payment must be made in full to Harlin Museum by the first day of the workshop. Students are responsible for bringing their own art supplies to the workshop, as well as a bag lunch or any other desired refreshments. The general supply list for John’s workshops can be found on his website at https://www.lasaterart.com/page/17524/workshop-supply-list.

All questions may be directed to the Harlin Museum via email at or you may phone/text the workshop’s coordinator, Vicki Warren-Martin, at 870-706-7863.  Registration to reserve a seat may be completed online by clicking the link HERE and completing the Bookings instructions at the bottom of the page.

WORKSHOP VENUE/LOCATION: Mammoth Spring State Park, 17 US HWY 63, Mammoth Springs, AR 72554

LUNCH/REFRESHMENTS: Students will need to bring their own drinking water, bag lunch, and/or other refreshments

INSTRUCTOR: John P. Lasater IV

WORKSHOP HOURS: 9 am to 4 pm both days

SUBJECT: Plein air painting instruction

COST: $300.00 per person, total, for both days

REQUIRED SUPPLIES: View the basic supply list for John’s workshops on his website HERE.

Museum Desk, (417) 256-7801,
Vicki Warren-Martin, (870) 706-7863,

Youth Art Camp Session Dates Announced for Summer 2020

As public spaces reopen and we all begin the transition to our new normal, we have decided to dip our toes in the proverbial waters by announcing dates for our upcoming 2020 Youth Summer Art Camp sessions with Ginny Thomason. This will be an ideal opportunity for us to start small as we work towards reopening for public events and gallery shows.

The camp will have two sessions, Tuesday through Thursday, 10 am – 12 pm, on June 30th – July 2nd, 2020 and then again on July 21st – 23rd, 2020. The cost to attend is $10 / camper per day (snack and supplies included) and pre-registration is required; please register for the first session by June 29th.

To register your camper or for more information, please contact our Art Camp instructor, Ginny Thomason, at 417-257-3987 or email her at .

Due to the current ongoing public health issue with Coronavirus, extra safety precautions will be taken to protect all attendees in accordance with the guidelines given by health authorities and #westplainsmo officials. We encourage all patrons to approach us with any concerns so that we may serve you better and make your experience a positive one.

We look forward to seeing you all again!!

The Lost Arts Workshop Series Debuts at the Harlin with Basket-Weaving Workshop by Michelle Werther


The Lost Arts Workshop Series, a new series of workshops sponsored by the Harlin Museum that focus on artisan skills and crafts from simpler times, debuted this weekend on Saturday, February 22nd in the Harlin’s lower-level classroom area. The workshop, taught by instructor Michelle Werther from Protem, MO, was a limited-seating workshop.

Five area ladies came to learn how to use rattan and oak to create a small market basket with a typical basket-weave method. The workshop, which cost $40 and included all the supplies for the price, began at 10 am and ended with five happy participants that leFt with lovely market baskets that they created themselves.

The Lost Arts Series will continue with other planned workshops, including Canning From Your Garden, Leather Working, Black-Smithing, Broom-making, etc, plus additional basket-weaving workshops. Watch our social media and website for future workshop announcements and let us know what kinds of workshops you’d like to see in this series!

As Spring 2019 Arrives, Learn the Art of Nature Journaling w/ Upcoming Harlin Museum Workshop April 27th & 28th

Join local instructor, Wendy Ziegler, on Saturday, April 27th & Sunday, April 28th, 2019 for our 2-Day Plein Air Nature Journaling Workshop & Nature Walk!

Nature journaling (sketchbook journaling) is the art of recording the natural world in its own environment; sketching in detail and recording information about plants, animals, mountains, and landscapes to use as a reference or for instances when it cannot be captured in detail by a camera.

This workshop’s emphasis will be on learning how to look closely at nature while observing with a keen eye and recording what you see in detail.  The cost for the workshop is $40, if you pre-register before April 20th, or $50, if you register after April 20th. The cost will cover instruction & student grade materials that will be provided to use during the workshop, however, you are encouraged to bring your own supplies. You can find a list of required supplies here.

The indoor part of the workshop will be in the Lower Level Classroom Space of the Harlin Museum on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. The Nature Walk portion to practice your skills will be on Sunday from 1 pm to 3 pm at Galloway Park. It is recommended that all wear walking shoes and comfortable weather-appropriate clothing for the outdoor portion. Of course, participants are invited to bring their own lunch or snacks for either portion of the workshop.

If you are interested in signing up for this workshop or would like more information, you may contact either the instructor, Wendy Ziegler, by email at or Harlin Board member, Gladys Morris, at 417-255-0920 or by email at

IMPORTANT: Please pre-register to attend ASAP for the best value and so that set-up spacing, and materials can be verified ahead of time.  Registering and paying in advance guarantees your space in the workshop.


May 2019 Exhibit Announcement: Harlin’s Annual Photography Show Competition

We are pleased to announce that the exhibit in the Hathcock Gallery for the month of May 2019 will be our annual Photography Show Competition!  If you, or someone you know, is interested in photography and would like to enter, please read the guidelines below:


Harlin Museum’s 2019 Photography Show Competition

Exhibit Dates: May 2nd – 26th, 2019


Entry Dates

Friday, April 26th, 2019 from 12 pm – 6 pm & Saturday, April 27th, 2019 from 12 pm – 4 pm in the Hathcock Gallery of Harlin Museum

Entry Fee

1 photograph -$15.00, 2 photographs – $25.00, 3 photographs – $30.00, 4 photographs – $35.00
Photographers may enter a maximum of 4 photographs. Cash or check only; make checks payable to the Harlin Museum.

Entry Categories

  1. Black & White
  2. Color


  • Best of Show – $100.00
  • 1st place per category – $75.00
  • 2nd place per category – $50.00
  • 3rd place per category – $25.00



All photographs must be original works of the photographer entering. All works must not have been previously exhibited in the Harlin Museum’s Photography Show.  Photographs must be no smaller than 8” x 10” and no larger than 24” x 30” matted and framed under glass.  Photographs must be framed and ready with wire and eye-screws for hanging.  No Saw-tooth Hangers. Artists may offer their photographs for sale. Sales commissions are split between the artist & the museum 80/20.


Awards Reception

The Awards Reception will be held Saturday, May 25th, 2019, from 12 pm to 4 pm, starting with a meet & greet social for the photographers, their families, and their friends, followed by the awards ceremony at 3 pm, where the ribbons, prize money, and special awards will be presented by members of the Harlin Museum Board. Entries will be released after the awards presentation.  Entries may be picked up at the museum at any time the following week during regular business hours.



The 2019 Harlin Museum Photography Show Competiton is sponsored and hosted by the Harlin Museum Board.  Proceeds after expenses go towards the museum’s maintenance and the sponsorship of future shows and activities

Points of Contact
Gladys Morris, 417-255-0920,
Vicki Martin,