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Artist of the month

LaVerne Kyriss “I do art for myself. It’s a way of self-expression, a way to visually share ideas. I’m drawn to the physicality and the mental stimulation of creating something,” reflected Marilynn Davis, as she showed some of the many drawings and watercolors she’s created. “I’m finding that I can’t separate my intellect from the…

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Michele Benedict LaVerne Kyriss When Michele Benedict took her first art class at 23, she had no idea where that whim would lead. A newly married Air Force wife in San Bernadino, California, she began studying oil painting at the invitation of a friend’s mom. After a move to Dayton, Ohio she began to teach…

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Conquer fear by beginning with the basics LaVerne Kyriss When suggesting neighbors, friends and acquaintances try their hand at painting, drawing or any kind of art, Karen Brungardt encourages people to “step out of fear into fun.” She says that many people have an interest in exploring creative endeavors, but are unsure of how to…

Artist of the Month: Train your eye to see

LaVerne Kyriss When Mary Bubla was growing up in Neillsville, Wisconsin, she had two loves, math and art. As the only girl in her senior math class, she decided on math teacher as her preferred career path. But dissuaded by a guidance counselor who told her there was no career in math for a woman…

Artist of the Month: December 2018

LaVerne Kyriss “Talent is not the most important aspect in any of the creative arts,” explained Vivian Sathre. “No matter your medium or your forum, you must find your own voice to be successful in any creative endeavor.” “I still copy other artists when I’m trying to understand how they achieved a particular outcome,” she…

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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…

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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…

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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…