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Artist of the Month

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…

Artist of The Month

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…

Artist of the Month

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.…

Artist of The Month

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…

Artist of The Month

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,…

Artist of the Month

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…

The SaddleBrooke Gift Shop Artist of the Month

Lorraine Roman with some of her creations

Lorraine Roman Floral designer extraordinaire! Few words could ever capture the creativity and desire to create beautiful artificial arrangements without knowing the name, Lorraine Roman. A native of Hartford, Connecticut but raised in the nearby suburb of Manchester, Lorraine has always loved the opportunity to create beautiful floral designs. A graduate of the prestigious Floral…

Artist of The Month

Tom Costner Webster’s Dictionary defines “creativity” as: the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work. Applied to custom machine embroidery, Connie Sieverding qualifies as one of the most creative artists in the SaddleBrooke community. Connie has sewn all of her life, but just five short years ago she…

Artist of The Month

Sandy Merritt poses in her studio with Boa Head, one of her favorite portraits.

LaVerne Kyriss Sandy Merritt grew up in a suburban area near Detroit, Michigan. She dabbled in painting when she was a young adult and took art classes paid for by her employer. She got married, had two kids, and pursued various creative activities in her limited spare time —- quilting, knitting, writing, reading. All the…