Lost Landscapes of Pennsylvania and North Carolina
Frances Panovec Berger

Frances Panovec Berger was born in 1919 and raised on an apple farm outside of Easton, Pennsylvania. A self-taught artist, she is the youngest of 11 children.

Frances worked at Benny & Smith, which is now owned by Crayola, in the crayon factory.

In 1972, she and her husband, “Guffy”, bought a farm in the Sandy Mush Community of North Carolina where they planned to retire.

As a folk artist, she surrounded herself with art, painting floral patterns on her household furniture, braiding rugs, and making decorative tapestries from yarn and fabric. She paints in oil, acrylic, and water colors, but finds acrylic to be her favored medium.

Her paintings are of her family home and the surrounding community in Pennsylvania and her current farm in Sandy Mush.

The Panovec homestead was sold to developers and turned into an expansive housing development.

These scenes from America are rapidly disappearing as development encroaches on our farmlands.

Updated 16 June 2007. Comments to the Library Web Team.

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