About the Artist
Since I was a teenager of 16 I have
been a craftsman working with wood in a wide variety of ways.
In 1969 I started building custom dulcimers with a partner at the Gate
Hill Artists Cooperative in Stony Point, N.Y., along the Hudson River.
It was a turning point for me, and ended up being the beginning of my
After that I moved to Arkansas to work with other artists that were
blacksmiths, pottery workers, writers, musicians, basket weavers, and
other woodworkers in an artist's cooperative.
At the same time I worked on several renovation projects restoring
historical homes and barns in the Buffalo National River district, until
my home and studio were ready to use. I still occasionally work on renovation
projects if they are interesting to me.
At one of the historical homes I worked on I
built all the cabinets, other woodwork and furniture in the Shaker style,
to match the Shaker furniture and other fine antiques she was decorating
the house with after spending considerable time researching the style.
I worked on that home for eleven years, along with their two log guest
houses and two barns.
Once my home and studio were ready to use, I made antique reproductions
for several years, moving into wildlife wood sculpture. They were carefully
hand carved and hand painted, then antiqued, to attain a warm patina
to create the illusion of age.
My line of wildlife wood sculpture included Swans, Geese, Blue Herons,
Egrets, Eagles, songbirds, Giraffes, Rocking horses and ducks, which
I marketed through various gift catalogs, museum shops, art shows and
artwork I created was featured on the cover of three national catalogs
and The Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock selected one of my sculptures
as part of their permanent collection.
Jump down the page to my history to read about the
other honors that were given to my artwork.
I met a flute maker and struck up a very close friendship which continues
today. For several years I worked with this man (Michael Allen of Coyote
Oldman Music). In 1990 I began creating my own flutes with his blessing.
I've been creating Native American style flutes since that time, along
with other flutes for recording artists and professional musicians around
Currently I am working on recording my own music and hope to offer
Flute creation has given me much pleasure over the years, and my hope
is that many people will gain joy from this most colorful and easy to
play instrument. I feel honored to be creating these wonderful flutes
that have such a rich history which began in the Americas so many years
It is my hope that each of my flutes will become
a cherished friend to all who play them.
- Rick Heller
||Created Native American Style Flutes
for many retailers and selling them myself
|1989 - 1990
||Freelance Wood Sculptor
Supplying Galleries, Interior Designers, and Collectors
Entering the International Market Creating original designs in wood.
|1983 - 1989
Creating and marketing
Antique Reproductions and variations
|1975 - 1983
||Designer and Remodeling
Restoration Work Buffalo National Park
Boxley, Arkansas 72670
|1972 - 1974
||Dulcimer Shop Partnership
The Gate Hill Co-op/Artist's Community
Stony Point, New York 10980
Stephen Schwartz, Partner
|1986 - date.
||War Eagle Mills Fair, Exhibitor at Oct.
||The Year of American Craft, Juried Touring
Exhibit, Arkansas Craft Guild Trumpeter Swan, Jan. to Dec. 1993
(giraffe, Egret, Heron)
|1992 - 1993
||New York International Gift Fair Represented
by Artisans Source,
||Arkansas Craft Gallery, Gallery Walk
Exhibition (Featured Artist, Eureka Springs, AR. Nov. 1992)
"Especially Arkansas" (AIDC) Catalog, Holiday Gifts, Blue Heron, Nov.
Arkansas Craft Gallery, Gallery Walk Exhibition (Featured Artist,
Hot Springs, AR. Mar. 1992)
||Arkansas Craft Gallery, Gallery Walk
Exhibition (Featured Artist, Hot Springs, AR. Nov. 1991 Pentacle Studio
Exhibition (Featured Artist, Clinton, AR. Dec. 1991)
||Arkansas Times, Tremendous Toys, (Giraffe
on wheels, Little Rock, AR. Dec. 1990)
Eighteenth Annual Toys Designed by Artists (Swan on wheels, Little
Rock, AR. Nov. 1990)
||Purchase Award - chosen for the Museum's
Sixteenth Annual Toys Designed by Artists Competition at Arkansas
Arts Center Decorative Arts Museum
||First Place Award, Three Dimensional
at The Arkansas Arts, Crafts and Design Fair
|1986 - 2001
||Arkansas Craft Guild,
Supplier of the Guilds galleries
Featured in the Guilds order catalog 1992 and 1993
Mountain View, Arkansas
|1987 - 1989
||Member and Supplier to the gift shops
of The Museum of American Folk Art
The Museum of American Folk Art
62 W. 50th. Street
New York, N.Y. 10112
||Country Home Magazine, Holiday Gift Section
(Giraffe on wheels, New York, N.Y. Nov. 1989) (Canada Goose on wheels)
||Arkansas Govenor's Exhibition, State
Capitol (Swan Rocker, Little Rock, AR. Nov. 1986)
|1985 - 1990
||Pure and Simple Catalog, Supplier for
five years. Featured 22 items in their catalogs.
Pure and Simple Catalog, Cover Photo (Santa, Nashville, AR. Sept.
Pure and Simple Catalog, Cover Photo (Santa, Nashville, AR. Oct. 1989)
||Geneva Country Store, Catalog Cover Photo
(Swan on Wheels, Geneva, I1. Sept. 1989)
|1987 - 1988
||Artisans Cooperative Catalog (Shaker
Lantern, Westchester, PA.) Supplier Oct. 1987 to Oct. 1988
|1987 - 1990
||Geneva Country Store, Supplier "Swan
on Wheels" April 1987 to April 1990.
|1977 - 1988
||Studied Shaker Design
Shaker Design Restoration & Construction
|1974 - 1977
||Sassafras Artist Community
Sculptural Art & Construction
Ms. Diana Rivers
|1974 - 1975
||D. Bowman & Assoc.
Mr. Delmar Bowman
|1972 - 1974
||Gate Hill Artists Cooperative
Mr. Stephen Schwartz
|1970 - 1972
Mr. George Biemal
Woodwork, Metal work, Pottery
Wholesale inquiries welcome.
If you are interested in commissioning
some wildlife sculpture work, I still do it now and then.
Please call me at 1-866-251-7853 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you would like a custom made one of a kind piece.
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Beech Creek Studio
HC 33, Box 57
Pettigrew, Arkansas (AR) 72752