Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu May 26, 2016
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Jim Gatling, art teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Morrilton, sits behind his display of teacup villages. Gatling is retiring from teaching after 41 years, including the past 11 at Sacred Heart.

‘I love to share’

Morrilton art teacher retires after 41 years

Renee Hunter/Contributing Writer

Jim Gatling is a Renaissance man. There is little in the area of art that he hasn’t done — watercolor, set and costume design, basket weaving, broom making, wood burning and all kinds of stitchery, including quilts, pieced and woven. Gatling, of Morrilton, doesn’t see it quite that way. “As an art teacher, you have to be able to dabble in a lot of things,” he said. Gatling is retiring this year after 41 years in education. “What I think... READ MORE


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