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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…

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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…

Artist of the Month

Dolores Root examines a few of the notecards she’s created featuring some of her award-winning photographs.

LaVerne Kyriss Dolores Root has been taking photographs since she was 20. “I love landscapes, animals, churches and architectural features. Sunsets, the moon rising, botanical gardens are all attractive places. I love to explore beautiful places and enjoy the challenge of photographing them in a way that others will appreciate,” she explained. Root got her…

Artist of the Month

Karen Warner pauses in her studio with an in-progress portrait.

Art: Explorations of the Soul LaVerne Kyriss Like many artists, Karen Warner has always been interested in art. She has always drawn, took some classes in high school and even took pottery in college. “I wanted to pursue an art career,” she smiled and said, “but life got in the way.” Putting her practical art…

Artist of the Month

Anneliese Snider with a work in progress; photo by Laverne Kyriss

Overcoming challenges brings depth to art LaVerne Kyriss Anneliese Snider began painting in 1971. Her kids were in school and she joined a group of ladies in her neighborhood. One of the members served as the teacher. “We met in somebody’s garage once a week in Studio City, California,” she remembered. “In 1978, we moved…

Artist of The Month

Barbara Leightenheimer with her oil-on-canvas painting, Going my way—March.

LaVerne Kyriss A teacher by trade and a life-long student, Barbara Leightenheimer served as the SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild’s first president. “The guild was already in place when we moved here, but it wasn’t a formal club. I’d joined and the group decided I had the right skills and credentials as both an art educator…