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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Jannette Borland pauses in her studio space with Blue Sky Within.

Jannette Borland: Keeping the skies blue LaVerne Kyriss Jannette Borland is not someone who can be confined in a box. She doesn’t have one style, one medium, or single interest. “Inspiration, like life itself, sparks a vision,” she said. “When I settle on a subject, I work on it a while and then find a…

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Nancy Springer sits in her studio with two newly completed gourds.

Many media fill Nancy Springer’s “Palette” LaVerne Kyriss Acrylics, watercolor, oils, photography, pen and ink drawings, gourd-making, stained glass and ceramics are just some of the media that Nancy Springer has explored in the world of art. An accomplished painter, she professes to be a dabbler, “I’m always trying something new. I don’t show. I…

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Kathleen Junker pauses in her studio surrounded by several works in progress.

Talent results when you pursue an interest LaVerne Kyriss Kathleen Junker doesn’t believe it when people tell her they have no talent. “Talent is what results when you pursue an interest,” she explained. “People say, ‘Oh, I can’t draw’ or ‘I can’t paint. I could never do what you do. I’m not good at that.’…

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Cheri Allen poses with a “signature” painting.

Bringing beauty into homes is Cheri Allen’s goal LaVerne Kyriss Cheri Allen’s creative bent showed up early. She was designing rooms as a five year old, pushing her bed around to create different arrangements. It really took off in fifth grade when she won an art contest for her drawing entry at St. Thomas Aquinas…