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Jody Lynn Bergsma Biography

Personal, Addresses, Career, Honors Awards, Writings, Adaptations

Education: Attended college. Hobbies and other interests: Riding horses.


Office—Bergsma Gallery 1301 Fraser St. #A6, Bellingham, WA 98229.


Illustrator, author, designer, and figurative painter. Bergsma Gallery, Bellingham, WA, owner, beginning 1984; contractual artist for SeaWorld.

Honors Awards

Best Children's Book, Coalition of Visionary Retailers, and Best Children's Picture Book Award, Independent Publishers Association, both 2003, both for Faerie.



Dragon, Illumination Arts (Bellevue, WA), 1999.

The Little Wizard, Illumination Arts (Bellevue, WA), 2000.

Faerie, Gallery Press (Bellingham, WA), 2002.


Sandy Kleven, Touching, Whatcom County Opportunity Council/Bergsma Collectibles (Bellingham, WA), 1985.

Sandy Kleven, The Right Touch: A Read Aloud Story to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, Illumination Arts (Bellevue, WA), 1997.

David Ogden, Dreambirds, Illumination Arts (Bellevue, WA), 1997.

Sandra Hanken, Sky Castle, Illumination Arts (Bellevue, WA), 1998.


Characters from Bergsma's works have been adapted as plush toys, stained glass, figurines, scupture, and jewelry.

Biographical and Critical Sources


Art Business News, June, 2003, "SeaWorld Contracts Artist Jody Bergsma," p. 12.

Home Accents Today, June, 2003, "Fiesta Partners with Artist Jody Bergsma," p. 35.

School Library Journal, April, 2000, Rosalyn Pierini, review of Dragon, p. 90.

Skipping Stones, May-August, 1997, review of Dreambirds, p. 31.


Bergsma Gallery Web site, http://www.bergsma.com/(March 19, 2005).

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