Patricia Bergman, Featured Artist Dec. 16 at the Arkansas Craft Gallery

December 16 Patricia Bergman, Jeweler will be Featured Artist at the Arkansas Craft Gallery from 10-5. She continues to innovate her designs, as she works in silver, copper, and brass and travels to over 20 craft shows a year. She describes her process as follows:

“For the past 38 years, functional hair accessories continue to be my signature. The same design and fashion carries through in the jewelry, which is made using the same process. Transformed raw metal pieces of brass, copper and silver are what you see. With the help of my husband and son, I’m able to concentrate on what makes each piece my own design.

I draw images and random lines on the metal before it is acid etched. This continues to be my favorite part of the process. Using many metalsmithing tools, I decide how to cut or saw the metal to combine for riveting or soldering. Though being quite challenging for me, this is when I begin to see the results of much thought and manipulation. During the process, it is finally given a lasting patina finish.

As I discover the endless possibilities of metalsmithing, my work continues to change, giving me a sense of satisfaction through this creative process.”

Arkansas Craft Guild

“Promoting Handcrafted in Arkansas since 1962”

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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.