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Jim Gaston, an avid photographer, has donated a collection of his digital images to ASUMH for production of the beautiful coffee-table book titled An Ozark Perspective. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the ASUMH General Scholarship Fund.  

About the book that is dedicated to his passion for photography,  Gaston said, “Many people have the skills to express themselves and their lives with words or through painting.  I’m afraid that I do not have such skills.  I express myself and my life through the lens of a camera.  My wish is to share my photography in hopes that the photos will bring back memories and give readers another view of what is around us in life.”

As owner of Gaston’s White River Resort in Lakeview, Arkansas, Jim Gaston has been a dedicated and dynamic force in the Arkansas travel and tourism industry. Gaston has operated Arkansas’s renowned Gaston’s White River Resort in Lakeview for over 50 years.  The resort, one of America’s top fishing resorts, is located two river-miles below Bull Shoals Dam.  Spreading over 300 acres, the majestic Ozark hideaway includes 79 cabins and cottages, a restaurant overlooking the White River, marina, swimming pool, tennis court, game room, fly-fishing school, conference lodge, gift shop and nature trail.  Gaston joined the Arkansas State Parks, Recreation, and Travel Commission in 1973 when appointed by then-Governor Dale Bumpers, and he has remained on the commission since then.  In 1997, Gaston was named a commissioner emeritus in honor of his service.

ASUMH Chancellor Robin Myers said that ASUMH is proud to produce the book that includes over 100 beautiful photographs taken by Gaston. “These pictures are a representative sample of the thousands of photographs Mr. Gaston has taken over the years.  He has graciously consented to allow ASUMH to print this wonderful collection to benefit our General Scholarship Fund.” Gaston has been a supporter of ASUMH throughout its history. He and his wife Jill have made significant gifts to the university including funding of the Gaston Lobby in Roller Hall, the Gaston Lecture Series, and the Great Hall in the Vada Sheid Community Development Center, which they named in honor of Senator Dale Bumpers.  “Mr. Gaston has been a constant supporter of ASUMH throughout our history,” said Myers.  “This publication is a further example of his commitment to the University and the students we serve. He has directed the proceeds from the sale of this publication to be contributed to the general scholarship fund of ASUMH, for which our students, faculty and staff are grateful.”

The cost for the hardcover book is $30. An Ozark Perspective may be ordered online at this link or by calling (870) 508-6105.  They are in-stock at ASUMH in the Vada Sheid Community Development Center and at Gaston's Resort.