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Becky Amble
Becky Amble

I paint in watercolor, acrylic and oil primarily of landscapes, nature scenes and still life. I also paint personal angels for people which are one of a kind and designed specifically for each person through a few questions I ask and then I wait for inspiration from the angel. I feel it is an honor and a gift to be able to share peoples' personal angels with them. I also enjoy photography of landscapes and nature. A third art form is fused glass, including functional and art fused glass, and jewelry. I love color and various styles of art so that is reflected in my eclectic style which often includes bright colors.

Gail Basner
Gail Basner

Gail is a native of the Chicago area and was born and raised in a family of artisans. Gail attended classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and she majored in art throughout her formal education. Gail finds watercolor such an exciting medium that she wants to paint everything of beauty to her. This is why her subject matter is so diversified. She paints to capture a feeling or a moment in time. Her Chicago series includes nearly forty famous and favorite landmarks that highlight the beauty of Chicago and demonstrate why it is a special place to live and visit. Her love of children, animals, and architecture is captured in her paintings, and her commissioned portraits of families, pets, homes, and businesses are in many private collections.

Darrell Bush
Darrell Bush

"Guard well those quiet moments and cherish them like each passing season." Wilderness Art is the term that best describes Darrell Bush's work. Darrell has always shown a special interest in the history and the rich traditions of man's involvement with nature. Through the sporting lifestyle, this interaction allows him to depict these timeless snapshots. One element that echoes through all of his art is the luminescent presence of light. Light, whether man-made or natural, creates a mood and helps convey the story. "From its incredible landscapes to the animals that inhabit it and even our involvement with it, the wilderness has always fascinated me. Once you take that step into the wilderness, the distractions of daily life are left behind, and you're transported to that eternal place in nature that seems to always be waiting."

Carolyn Cardle
Carolyn Cardle

Carolyn has always loved to paint, taking a brush and paints with her wherever she goes. "I never had an art lesson," she said, now thinking of herself as self-taught and Spirit-led. "For years I admired the talents of others, wishing I had the same. I was convinced that I lacked any artistic ability," she remembered. Then one day, she came across Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." Carolyn's artistic inspiration comes from her passion to "portray the real meaning of the first Christmas, that glorious hope-filled event when God sent a Savior for the world." Carolyn and her husband, Jim, has seven grandchildren whose likenesses have appeared in her illustrations over the years and to whom she has dedicated many of her Christmas cards.

Nancy Carney
Nancy Carney

Nancy's imaginatively stylized original paintings feature city-sea-and-land-scapes and the diversity of people who live in them. She works from Gallery G in the Northrup King Building in the historic arts district of northeast Minneapolis, and at Gallery G South in Bluffton, SC. Her images are colorful, quirky, playful expressions of 21st century life: bus stops, musicians, men and women and children at work and play. With an emphasis on design and expressive color, Carney's paintings in watercolor, oil, acrylic, collage and mixed media give visual form to the vitality and energy of modern life. Nancy has a degree in art education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has worked as a commercial artist, package designer, illustrator and art teacher. Nancy exhibits regularly at Gallery G and with a variety of art organizations and fairs. Her paintings have received numerous honors and awards and hang in personal and corporate collections.

Lisa Fertig
Lisa Fertig

Lisa Fertig grew up in Duluth, where she learned to appreciate the beauty of nature and the changing of seasons. Lisa received formal training in the Fine Arts Program at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois with further study at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Atelier Lack in Minneapolis. She has belonged to many art groups and served as Workshop Chair of the Northstar Watercolor Society in the Twin Cities. Lisa works in watercolor, acrylics, and oils and has produced a substantial body of work in a number of categories including landscapes, still lifes, and abstracts. Her art is shown in galleries throughout Minnesota, and has received awards in competitions, and is held by numerous private collections, businesses, and corporations. Commissions, teaching, participation in art fairs, and gallery representation keeps her enthusiastic about painting.

Linda Frankenstein
Linda Frankenstein

Linda received her BA in Studio Arts at the University of Minnesota. She has worked as an artist for over 30 years. She is always working to enhance her skill and expand her artistic perspective. She recently added surface design to her skill set which she acquired at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Linda's goal as a painter is to make joyful art. Linda says, "I want my art to give people a lift and make them smile." Her paintings are always filled with bright vibrant colors, whimsical themes and her unique lighthearted motifs. Linda has Retinitis Pigmentosa, which is a degenerative eye disease. This disease has demanded that she adapt her technique and limit the length of time that she works on each piece. She has been successful at developing strategies to accommodate her changing eyesight. She plans on making joy filled art for at least another 30 years.

Susan Garrett
Susan Garrett

As a young girl, Susan Garrett dreamed of being an elementary school art teacher, but as her senior year of high school approached, she opted to work in the medical field with the hopes of job security. Her love for art never waned, and as an adult Susan decided to take a watercolor class through her local adult education and became hooked. Today, Susan loves the freshness of watercolor, and the watery spontaneous blending of color and the variety of techniques she can use. Susan also enjoys taking workshops to continue learning from wonderful and generous professional watercolorists whose art she admires.

Patty Glumack
Patty Glumack

Patty is primarily a self-taught artist whose desire to create came out of a journey through cancer. "Prolonged illness brings with it a sense of loss; loss of control, loss of normalcy, loss of self. Life as you know it changes." It also brings clarity and the time to slow down and focus on God and the joy and beauty of His creation. Starting with charcoal, she quickly moved on to pastels and colored pencil and now works in watercolor, acrylic and photography, as well. She continues to grow and explore and each day appreciates the opportunity to create in ways that bring joy to others and give glory to God.

Jean Haefele
Jean Haefele

Jean has been creating art since she could pick up a crayon, and has been pursuing art-making full time for most of her adult life. She received her B.S. in art from Iowa State University, and has taught art for the secondary level, adult education, art center and private lesson. Jean works in a variety of media including: mixed-media painting and collage, assemblage, watercolors, and found-object jewelry. Jean says, "My favorite part of being an artist is that it allows me to escape easily to a magical place. Being a bit eccentric is readily accepted. I do not have to set aside my inner child... every day is a surprise!" Texture and color are her favorite elements, and most days you can find Jean in her home studio working on her art from early morning to late afternoon - following her passion.

Nancy Honaker
Nancy Honaker

Nancy received her BFA from Bowling Green State University, but life led her to a different career path for years. Later, when her sister introduced her to some new mixed media techniques, Nancy's creative passion for art was reawakened. She and her sister have enjoyed creating happy, colorful, joyful art and have exhibited their mixed media items in art shows across the MidWest for the past several years. Nancy works in many mediums, including pen and ink specializing in animal portraits. Her true passion, though, is working with colored pencil concentrating on realism, and her work has been published in various art magazines. She now enjoys working in both styles: the freedom and whimsical nature of mixed media is a nice break from the slow precision of the realistic, colored pencil fine art.

LouAnn Hoppe
LouAnn Hoppe

LouAnn is an accomplished artist who can get lost for hours in a variety of mediums. Watercolors, acrylics, photography and fabric arts are her current passions often capturing nature in the beautiful state of Minnesota as well as other destinations. Water, rocks, trees, flowers and birds are consistent subjects. She has had displays in art galleries and shows and has artwork in private and public collections. LouAnn Hoppe is past-president of NorthStar Water media Society, and is a member of Minnesota Watercolor Society. She has twice been chair of an art show/sale involving 100 artists and is currently chair of an extensive exhibition in Minneapolis. She has been married to husband, Del, for 50 years, is mother of two and grandmother of two. Creating weighted blankets for people with autism has become a recent mission. Traveling, gardening, reading, golf and water sports keep her active.

Joy Keown
Joy Keown

Joy is a signature member of the Wyoming Watercolor Society and the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia association, working in transparent watercolor for more that forty years. Her work has been juried into regional and national shows and has won many awards. The Nicolaysen Art Museum featured her work in a solo show this past January. She was selected as an artist in residence in Rocky Mountain National Park in 2013, and her work is found in public and private collections including the National Park Service and the State of Wyoming. Joy has always been inspired by the beauty and wonders of nature, leading her to make conservation the focus of her work.

Lavona Keskey
Lavona Keskey

Lavona's interest in art began as a young child with encouragement from her mother and later evolved into her profession. As an award winning cake decorator, Lavona is best known for her portraits and scenes on cakes using airbrush painting and elaborate frosting techniques. Her many artistic interests also include figure sculpture, watercolor and oil painting.

Jace Lasko
Jace Laakso

"I grew up in rural Connecticut in a house my father built on a few acres of hardwood and pine trees. Having contracted polio as an infant, I was hospitalized and spent a great deal of time looking at my surroundings. This gave me an appreciation of a valuable lesson I learned in art school: seeing instead of looking. There was a small rill of seasonal water suitable for catching frogs and turtles in the summer and frozen in winter for ice skating. There were coops enough for several thousand chickens to feed and water. And tons of manure to shovel, which incidentally led to my very first paying gig. Won third place for a poster design in 5th grade for Fire Prevention Week. Received an AA in Radio/TV, Grahm Junior College in Boston, 1968, a mere two blocks from Fenway Park where afternoons would find us cutting classes to watch the Red Sox from the cheap seats. Drove a 1965 Corvair across the country to San Francisco where I dabbled in pottery and an alternative lifestyle. Discovered the beautiful Russian River and finally found my way to Montana in 1972. Received a BFA from the University of Montana, 1983, with emphases in jewelry/metal working and printmaking. Got a day job working for Montana Public Radio and then operated Crystal Theatre and Video. Came back to UM as an audio visual tech, eventually supervising the computer help desk and doing project management until retirement."

Kairong Liu
Kairong Liu

Kairong was born in China and came to the United States when he was twenty-three years old. He received his M.F.A. degree from the University of South Dakota. Since then, his art has been in many shows and collections throughout the Midwest. Kairong says beauty can be found in the most unexpected places and he tries to reveal that in his work. "My paintings are my feelings and appreciation of what I see. I like to paint things that are very ordinary but beautiful in an artistic way."

Jan Lucking
Jan Lucking

"Having been introduced to art at an early age by my mother, I've been drawing and creating art for most of my life. During my journey through the art world, I've truly enjoyed the various challenges encountered while learning both basic and advanced techniques in a variety of art classes: pencils, acrylics, pastel and water color. As a result of this experience, my horizon continues to expand. As a fine-artist, one amongst the many, I endeavor to stand out by using imaginatively conceptualized and realistically portrayed subject matter, created with the technical experience gained in a lifetime of drawing, painting and composition. By mixing my media, I increase my flexibility to illustrate a story. Craft, composition, creativity and content are my guides in creating art. Art is a field where there are few limitations of media or subject matter, whether it's capturing the peaceful calm of a still-life or depicting the abstract tension in a political opinion. I relish the freedom of letting my imagination run unbridled to create images that express a mood or provoke dialogue."

Heidi Nelson
Heidi Nelson

"Currently obsessed" is how Heidi Nelson describes her passion for transparent watercolor. "Awesomely fluid" is how she describes the way each pigment flows in the water then settles according to its own unique personality. "Sparklingly transparent" is how she describes the way traditional watercolor paper glows through the layers, illuminating the rich colors she builds.

Kat Nottingham
Kat Nottingham

Kat Nottingham is best known for her waterscape and skyscape paintings in oil and acrylic. Her paintings celebrate the splendor of nature and humanity, expressing moments of precious beauty - a wave crests and curls just before crashing onto the beach, a cloud stretching across the sky and reaching upward... Kat's most common subjects are her garden, Lake Pepin where she keeps her sailboat, and the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she goes to escape MN winters.

Rikki Patton
Rikki Patton

"Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgements..." (Ayn Rand) Rikki is a Minneapolis-based representational painter and fine art photographer. Her art is stylized between the complementary mediums of acrylic and oil paint, light (photo-graphy), experience, travel, and life lived. Her painting style is best described as narrative impressionistic realism, and her HDR photography is often described as painterly. Rikki selects, isolates and emphasizes aspects of existence she regards as significant, omits the insignificant and accidental, and presents her view of existence in her artwork, integrating the facts of reality and her evaluation of the facts based on reason and logic and a little bit of fantasy.

Jeff Pittman
Jeff Pittman

Originally from Greenville NC, Jeff grew up observing his father paint rural and coastal scenes of Eastern NC. Now, the self-taught artist resides near Asheville and has been painting in the area for over a decade now. After studying engineering and then earning a degree in music, Jeff returned to North Carolina and began his journey into visual arts. He primarily works in oils because of the luminous colors he can achieve in this medium. "In my paintings, I strive to capture my subject in bold, expressive colors that represent the views of Western North Carolina as I see them. I particularly enjoy the play of light against the buildings, and the ever changing color in the skies and mountain ridges that surround us. My goal is not to present my art as realistic, but rather to cast a unique light on my subject as I commit it to canvas to share with others."

Donna Race
Donna Race

Donna grew up in the Adirondacks of New York state and started drawing at three according to her mother. She attended the New England School of Art in Boston after high school. She later went on to design for a greeting card company for one year and then to free lancing for the past 35 years, during which time she licensed her art worldwide in over 300 formats. She enjoys working mainly in gouche, but will often add colored pencil or other media where needed. "Nature is my favorite subject, its simplicity on one side and complexity on the other. I view the world as a puzzle, each piece being necessary." Donna's favorite pastimes are gardening, cooking, feeding her friends, foreign travel, designing with fabrics, refinishing furniture and listening to Jazz. Keeping fit, wine tasting and caring for her four rescued kitties along with the above, keep her very busy.

Deborah K. Ronglien
Deborah K. Ronglien

Deborah is a professional artist who paints in several styles from realism to abstraction. After earning her B.A. in Fine Art, she found watercolor and collage to be her true passion. "I love the luminosity and fluidity of watercolor." Nature is her constant source of inspiration. "I enjoy recording the beauty of nature through my paintings-it's the bridge that connects us all." She especially enjoys creating custom pieces for her clients. "I love the collaborative process- creating Fine Art Memories."

Rosemary Ruffenach
Rosemary Ruffenach

Rosemary paints most frequently in watercolor and oil. She loves both transparency and spontaneity of watercolor and the rich color and texture of oil. Occasionally though, she takes up her pastels, especially for portraits. Although she trained at the University of Minnesota and Hamline University in St. Paul MN, she did not start painting seriously until years later, when she realized that creative expression was an essential aspect of her life. Among her favorite subjects are the natural world and scenes from her extensive travels.

Julie Schroeder
Julie Schroeder

"When I create art, I do it in celebration of the joy and beauty in humanity and nature. I love merging the patterns of nature with aspects of feeling, impression, passion and fantasy. I'm passionate about watercolor & mixed media. Art for me is expressing the diversity, grace and wonder of our humanness in relationship to the living world. I am motivated to continually reach new levels of expression through my art, drawing the viewer into a greater awareness of their own connectedness with the living world around them. It's important to me to create art that speaks about people and nature in an intimate way.
My hope is that when people experience my art it takes them on a journey of inner healing and deeper discovery. Through my art I strive to uplift and encourage people to experience a greater joy and love for others and for the living world that surrounds them. It's a privilege to be able to share my passion and awe for the incredible beauty and complexity of creation. "

Marcia Sheppleman
Marcia Sheppleman

Marcia has been creating art for as long as she can remember. She worked for many years as an art educator, sharing her love for the arts. She paints in several styles and in a variety of media. "Painting is, for me, a joyful experience. To attempt to capture the essence of a specific time or a special place on paper or canvas, is both challenging and exhilarating. Nature is my inspiration. I am both inspired by, and sometimes overwhelmed by, the beauty of the natural world. I love painting landscapes on location. I also enjoy painting people and animals. I am happiest when holding a paintbrush or a stick of pastel! I also enjoy photography. Through my paintings and photos, I hope to share with others, some of the wonders of the world in which we live and help them to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us."

Kay Smith
Kay Smith

Working from dark to light provides me with immediate gratification seeing value comparisons. Whether I'm painting architectural subjects, animals, floral or still life, I am always looking for the darks first. By establishing these values early, I'm better able to judge the values that follow. Since creating art is a solitary pursuit, I become absorbed and as one with the painting. Initial excitement usually drives me headlong into a sketching mode with or without value studies. Primarily I work from photographs or life. I paint because I have to paint; I want to show you what I see. Viewing my works will be a revelation of who I am.

David Spohn
David Spohn

Through books and fine art prints, my goal has been to honor the quiet beauty and small spaces in our natural world, and the simple yet rich stories that make our world a better place to live. My themes have always come from nature. Whether drawing in pencil, ink or making etchings, my work has always involved print, either through books or intaglio printmaking. The common thread is that art for books and art as printmaking both involve drawing at the heart of the matter, and both involve art that is to be shared.

Marla Storey
Marla Storey

I have always been interested in art. I began as soon as I was big enough to hold a crayon. I am interested in anything creative. I have always excelled in art. I went to community college for painting and Commercial Art. I worked for a number of years as a Graphic Designer. I have studied with some of the best Illustrators in the world at Hallmark Cards, where I was a designer. These days I work part time as a floral designer, graphic designer and I also have several of my paintings in a couple galleries.

Gail Vass
Gail Vass

A "Glad heart with a good theme" is how Gail likes to describe her watercolor paintings. At five years old she made the bold statement, "I'm going to be an artist!" And while growing up in Golden Valley, Minnesota, she began carrying out her love of art by drawing and making her own greeting cards for family and friends. At every occasion, sharing her heart with love, fun and a bit of humor on a personal note, she continues designing cards to this day! After college, she spent many years working in advertising and since began fine art painting using watercolor. "It is a flowing medium that is 'alive' with water, "she says. "Its qualities bring out movement and life in the birds, animals and flowers in my gardens as well as the country landscapes around my home with a soft atmospheric effect." She joined the Minnesota Watercolor Society in 2011 and won Best of Show in the juried spring exhibition for her painting. She quickly became a signature member the following year and has won other top awards, sold numerous originals and prints nationally and internationally for private and commercial venues. She does not like to glory in herself, but to the One above who gave her the gifts to use. She hopes everyone who views her work will be uplifted with a glad heart while unlocking the hidden message behind them.

Anne Wert
Anne Wert

"Creating art has always been an important part of my life. After many years living overseas in Europe and Asia, I'm visually drawn to both the simple lines and natural subject matter of Asian art and the deep perspective and use of light in more traditional European art. While my background is in oil painting, recently I find myself interested in the unpredictability and speed of watercolors. My recent work reflects a renewed excitement and appreciation for landscape painting that I have discovered through watercolors. I want to make timeless images that reflect my own experience of being in that moment, but also allow the observer to connect to their own feelings about an object, a time, or a place. I attended Parsons School of Design in Paris and am a graduate of the RISD Children's Book Illustration CE program. I have had paintings and illustrations in many shows and in private collections around the world."


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