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Artist of the Month

LaVerne Kyriss Jenni Long worked for her dad in his photography studio in Columbus, Ohio. “I managed the business and he did the creative work,” she said, “until he decided to retire. Then I took over as the photographer. I had always explored creative endeavors and crafts, but I never considered myself an artist.” When…

Artist of The Month

LaVerne Kyriss Kent Banta and his wife, Carol, moved to Tucson in 1975. His goal was to practice dentistry two days a week and golf two days a week. That plan worked well for many years as Banta built a successful dentistry practice. In 2005, the Banta’s retired and moved to SaddleBrooke, impressed with the…

Artist of the Month

LaVerne Kyriss Kathleen Brodkin loves horses. They were her whole life, she said, explaining that for 27 years she spent about four hours a day, riding, grooming and taking care of her horses. But that joy ended when she encountered a medical issue that prevented her from further riding. Grieving this loss and needing to…

Artist of the Month

  Pat Parkinson LaVerne Kyriss A painting by Pat Parkinson hanging in the Jane Hamilton Gallery in Tucson got some recent publicity when it was selected to be on the cover of a publication found in hotel rooms throughout the city. Tucson Magazine is a coffee table hardbound publication featuring things to see and do around…

Artist of the Month: Rita Lee

  00LaVerne Kyriss Rita Lee’s work has taken her around the world. She learned about photography and portraiture by being a photographer’s model as a young woman. She learned about architecture, drafting and reading building plans by handling architectural sales in the construction industry and she spent 40 years working as an interior designer, learning…

Artist of The Month

LaVerne Kyriss Tony DiGiorgio spent 50 years as an educator, including 24 years as university president at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. During most of his career, he never spent much time in the arts. When he ended up as family photographer, he bought a digital camera in the ‘90s and figured out how…

Artist of the Month

Bruce Capra – Magic things start to happen LaVerne Kyriss Like many pre-teens of his era, Bruce Capra got a paint-by-numbers kit when he was 12. This gift sparked a life-long love of painting. But as a college student Capra became convinced he had no artistic talent and moved into commercial art where he took…

Artist of the Month

LaVerne Kyriss When you pass Joe Costante’s SaddleBrooke home, you’d never expect to find the botanical garden that inhabits his backyard. But when you discover that Costante has a doctorate in botany and specialized in plant physiology and biochemistry during his working years and that he volunteered as a docent at both the Biosphere and…

Artist Of The Month

Maxine Ranicke pauses with an in-progress work.

Maxine Ranicke’s credo: “Never Stop Learning” LaVerne Kyriss Maxine Ranicke’s first art class was as a young girl. “We lived in Hawaii and my mother knew a poor artist. I think she paid him for classes for me as a way to help him out,” she recalled. “I studied art in college at the University…