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Artist of the Month: Mark Erickson

Mark Erickson with some of his beautiful birds

Barbara Johnson Mark Erickson has long been known for his beautiful carved works – birds, boards, letter-openers, utensils, etc. When I asked him how he got into the art of woodcarving, he attributed his interest to his father-in-law, who was a woodcarver in the mid ‘80s. Being drawn to the intricate detail and precision involved,…

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Jim Morris pauses with an in-progress work.

LaVerne Kyriss “Just a Sunday painter,” is how Jim Morris describes himself, making it a point to insist that he’s not an artist. “I don’t paint for the market and it’s not important to me to sell my work. I paint for enjoyment and to push myself to try new things,” he explained. After moving…

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Mick Desmarais displays his first-place oil painting Sabino Canyon Autumn Splendor.

Mick Desmarais – Playing with light and shadows LaVerne Kyriss “I’ve always enjoyed drawing,” recollected SaddleBrooke artist Mick Desmarais. “I drew illustrations for pamphlets, flyers and advertisements while in school and the Air Force. I particularly like landscapes with streets, buildings, cars and people. This helps me not only get a sketch down on canvas,…

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Fred Flanagan pauses in his studio with an in-progress work, Buffalo Mist.

LaVerne Kyriss Eclectic is how Fred Flanagan describes his art. But eclectic could also be used to describe his other interests. You’ll find him playing table tennis five days a week, jamming on guitar with a local group every month and serving with his wife Pat as the voices at the other end of the…

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Gift Shop Artist of the Month Tom Costner Karen Lingelbach not only brings an array of creative fabric gifts perfect for every home and family as the 15 year Manager of the SaddleBrooke Gift Shop, she brings a rich history of your “Gift Shop Just Around the Corner.” A native of upstate New York, Karen…

Artist of the Month: Joanna Voisine

Joanna Voisine pauses in her studio.

LaVerne Kyriss Mrs. Owens taught art at Buena Vista Elementary School in Colorado Springs, Colorado and first got Joanna Voisine interested in exploring her creative side. “I always liked to draw and she gave us lots of exposure, but that was the extent of my art for years,” she remembered. The Pittsburg native worked in…

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Karen Brungardt pauses in her studio.

Karen Brungardt: Aiming for the wow factor LaVerne Kyriss Karen Brungardt grew up in the Midwest and doodled as a child, but didn’t take her first art class until she was a senior in high school. That interest led to a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania but few marketable skills.…

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Renee Pearson pauses with a few of her watercolors.

Renee Pearson LaVerne Kyriss “I was always interested in art,” reminisced Renee Pearson, and her talent was evident from her youth. “My parents encouraged me to have outside interests and they supported my love of art.” Pearson’s talent was confirmed with several awards while she was still in high school. These included a Gold Key…

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Barbara Wilder displays her Maine: A to Z and 0 to 9 photo collage.

LaVerne Kyriss “Curiosity is a valuable asset to an artist. You just never know what you’ll turn up.” These words sum up how Barbara Wilder has approached art during a half-century exploring a variety of media and forms. She began exploring her creative side as a young wife, taking painting lessons. “I studied color theory,…

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Teri Garner pauses with an in-progress work in her studio; photo by LaVerne Kyriss.

LaVerne Kyriss Research, study, documentation and thoroughness are highly disciplined practices that Teri Garner used during her career as a speech pathologist and special education program specialist. They’re also approaches Garner has transferred to her new-found pursuit of art. On bookshelves in her welcome and inviting studio are found neatly-labeled binders full of carefully documented…