Doris Fountain was born and raised 8 miles south of Mountain View. Her Husband Roger is a very talented fiddle player. They live in Pineville, a small town nestled between the White River and Norfork lake. They also share their home and studio with several very fat and playful cats!
She worked in business for over 16 years as a manager for Conagra Corp., until the plant closed operations in Mountain View. With her children raised, this gave her the opportunity to change her career, and follow her love of Folk Art. She first learned to weave baskets and taught classes at the Ozark Folk Center and her home studio.
She now does a variety of Folk Art creations. One of which is her primitive santa. Her santas are each a one of a kind creation. The faces are hand molded and hand painted. She uses paper clay for the face. They are made on a wooden dowel base, and the clothes are created from primitive quilts, chenille , wool, tapestry and velvets. They are decorated in many different way. Some are very primitive with lots of moss, old sticks, and baskets of berries, others with bags of toys and a Christmas tree. She also does the more “Old World Santa” with tapestry or velvets with fur trim.
Pumpkins are a major focus year round in her studio. You will see a “sea of orange and green” when you enter her studio. She creates them from chenille and quilt fabric, and hand dyes the material, mixing the dye to get just the right colors for her pumpkins. They are decorated with unique sticks for stems and beautiful fall leaves, moss and berries.
Her studio is located next door to her home in Pineville, and most days you will find her in the studio working on some new creation or playing with her cats.
You can contact me anytime through email at fountain (at) gmail.com
From 107 W Main St, Mountain View drive east on E Main St 0.6 mi
Turn left onto AR-5 / AR-9 / AR-14 / Sylamore Ave Days Inn on the corner
Drive 5.4 mi and keep straight onto AR-5 for 16.6 mi
Turn right onto AR-56 2.8 mi
Bear left onto AR-223 0.8 mi
Arrive at 811 AR-223, Pineville, AR on the left
If you reach AR-177, you’ve gone too far