Barbara Thompson Silk Scarf Painting Demonstration Feb. 17 at Arkansas Craft Gallery

Barbara Thompson is the Featured Artist Feb. 17 at the Arkansas Craft Gallery in Mountain View from 11-2.  “I have always been fascinated with color.”  She will be demonstrating painting silk scarves.

She will offer the public the opportunity to learn very basic use of silk dyes. Interested guests will be invited to paint a 10” round blank silk covered hoop and may keep their finished piece.  Methods used include simple pattern selection, water based Gutta outlining, and color blending.  She prefers the ‘wet on wet’ Serti free-flowing technique that allows colors to blend into glorious color combinations on the silk.  Gutta, a water based substance, is useful for detailed designs by preventing colors from bleeding into each other.

Barbara, a retired Registered Nurse from Jonesboro, begins the dyeing and painting process using white 100% Habitol silk, silk charmeuse or silk crêpe scarves and jacquard red dyes requiring setting with steam.  It takes approximately 10 steps to complete a scarf with numerous rinses.

She became interested in silk painting after attending silk painting workshops by Memphis silk artist, Phyllis Bogner and Florida silk artist, Jamie Kirkell.  Barbara is a member of SPIN, Silk Painters International.  SPIN tutorials have been a source of knowledge, as well as books, then she practices the techniques to achieve excellence.

Barbara’s diverse interests include watercolor, acrylic and oil painting.  She also has been working with stained glass, developing mosaic garden pavers, which are available for sale at the Gallery.  Art cards with a cotton boll design is another of her crafts on display under her business name, Potpourri Designs.

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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.