The monthly Arkansas Folklife web series, launched by Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts in April, will continue this month with a presentation by Pat Bergman, Sage Holland and Allison Williams, all of whom are master artists participating in the 2021 AFTA Apprenticeship Program. -22, and each works with different media. The event is scheduled for 3-4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 19, on Zoom. It is free and open to the public, and registration is required.
“It will be an honor to allow our current master artists to share their knowledge and experiences in this series,” said Lauren Adams Willette, Folk Arts Survey Coordinator and web series host. “They are each key figures who carry on traditions and folk art in Arkansas for future generations.”
Bergman is a goldsmith with over 40 years of experience creating jewelry and barrettes.
“Not only has metallurgy been my passion for 40 years, but passing on my skills through the apprenticeship program is just as rewarding,” she said.
Holland is a glass beader with over 30 years of experience in its tradition.
“I was drawn to the art of glass bead making in the mid-1980s,” Holland said. “I have found the use of molten color therapeutic and meditative. I enjoy developing contemporary adornment through my study of antique beads. I use antique glass techniques as a springboard to contemporary, expressive work.”
Williams has been playing the clawhammer banjo and other instruments in an effort to carry on the tradition of early music and Ozark ballads for over 20 years.
“One thing I really loved about early music was connecting with my elders,” she said. “Being able to go out into communities and meet older people who have been playing this music in these isolated communities for a long time, to really connect with them.”
Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts funds its apprenticeship program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. As a requirement of the program, master artists share their tradition with an apprentice over the course of a year. Apprenticeship enrollment is open each summer.
June 16: James and Vera White will share the history, stories and songs from Elaine, Arkansas, regarding the 1919 Elaine Massacre during this session.
July 21: Maria Christina Moroles and Lauri Umansky will present their upcoming memoirs on Moroles’ life and work as founder and leader of Santuario Arco Iris.
August 18: Astrologer Maureen Richmond will present an overview of the historical origins of astrological practice.
September 15: Beekeeper Justin Lowe will present the basics of beekeeping and his work at Rural Route Farms.
October 20: Folklorist Rachel Reynolds will discuss holiday cooking traditions in the Ozarks and offer tips for making a classic holiday dish.
Questions regarding the 2022 Arkansas Folklife web series can be directed to Willette at email@example.com. Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts is a statewide program at the University of Arkansas Libraries dedicated to building cross-cultural understanding by documenting, presenting, and supporting the living traditional arts and cultural heritage of Arkansas.