Craftsman called living treasure

Arts council describes log, stone structures as ‘art form’

Posted: May 19, 2014 at 4:43 a.m.

RYAN MCGEENEY/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette --05-15-2014-- Robert Runyan of Winslow, seen here with his wife, Dorothy Runyan, is the recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council 2014 Arkansas Living Treasure award. For more than 35 years, Runyan has been building log and stone structures throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma and Colorado using mostly hand tools and centuries-old building techniques. Runyan was honored Thursday night at a reception at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale.

SPRINGDALE -- Robert Runyan is not the only person to keep vivid memories of childhood cartoons in his head for decades, but he's probably one of the few whose life's work grew from what he saw in the backgrounds of them.

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