BAAC Gallery Reception Tonight at 5 – 7 p.m featuring Mary Ann Casey (Posted by Ginger Smith)

Please join us for the gallery reception featuring Mary Ann Casey on Friday, September 22, from 5 – 7 p.m. Casey will give a brief artist talk starting around 6 p.m. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Mary Ann Casey is a writer, painter, and sculptor from Auburn, AL. Born and raised in the deep South, her contemporary paintings, both figurative and abstract, connect rural cultures to people and places worldwide. Mary Ann relies on her faith and Southern roots for inspiration, and her belief in the importance of family. Her paintings and sculptures reflect collective heritage and seeks to foster understanding of humanity across cultures. Mary Ann’s work has been displayed throughout the South, including the Wiregrass Art Museum in Dothan, AL, the Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy, AL, and the African-American Museum in Dallas, TX.

The exhibition, entitled “spaces + spirit” is on display through October 7, and is sponsored by LifePlus.

Upcoming Events & Workshops

September 26: Pottery Workshop – Chip & Dip Bowl
at Main Street Pottery, 6 – 8 p.m. $50/person

October 7: Artoberfest – FREE Arts & Music Festival
Main Street, Batesville, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

October 17: Pottery Workshop
at Main Street Pottery, 6 – 8 p.m. $50/person

October 19: Fall Paint Night
at BAAC Gallery on Main, 6 – 8 p.m. $35/person

Batesville Area Arts Council · 226 E Main Street · Batesville, Ar 72501 · USA

Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.