Tag: Artist of the month

Artist of the Month: Gretchen Bierbaum Blends Found Objects and Recycled Materials into Artwork

LaVerne Kyriss For Gretchen Bierbaum, discovering collage was the perfect blending of her education in both art and test measurements and statistics. “When I was studying art in college, classes in collage and watercolor weren’t even offered. Exploring collage was an aha experience,” she explained. “Collage is more visually exciting than flat painting. It involves…

Minnesota Artist Brings New Technique to SaddleBrooke

LaVerne Kyriss Connie Kotke first learned about rosemaling when she was a teen attending Norwegian camp. This summer experience immersed her in all things Norwegian, from language and crafts to food and culture. She explained that rosemaling is a decorative folk art that originated in Norway in the late 1600s and reached its height in…

Artist of the Month: Contest Spurs Artist’s Competitive Spirit

LaVerne Kyriss “I like competition,” declared Pat Parkinson. “There’s a lot of talent among the members of the SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild and that got me inspired,” she reflected on the One Image, No Limits contest recently held among guild members. Parkinson’s entry, Out the Door, won an award of excellence in the intermediate/experienced category for…

Famous Architect Inspires Painting

LaVerne Kyriss Fran Dorr said she entered the recently held One Image No Limits contest hosted by the SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild on a whim. “I had been researching the design approaches used by Frank Lloyd Wright for another project and had already created two designs for fabrics. I wanted to incorporate this feel. Because…

SaddleBrooke Artist Jay Clary

The picture of Jay standing in front of his art suggests he has been doing this for many years.

Stuart Watkins One look at Jay’s art and I had to share his story with other SaddleBrooke residents, artists, and those who are just retired but have been there, done that, and might want to do it again. Jay and his wife, Diane, moved here five years ago from Colorado and still have a home…

Artist of the Month: Creative Approach Nets Art: Marsha Bellsey

Marsha Bellsey stands by the mural she painted on a dining room pillar during the pandemic. (Photo by LaVerne Kyriss)

LaVerne Kyriss Marsha Bellsey’s painting, “It’s in the lyrics,” was honored for most creative approach in the intermediate/advanced category of the SaddleBrooke Fine Art Guild’s pandemic season “One image, no limits” contest. “I wasn’t going to enter, but then when the deadline was extended because of the pandemic, I thought, ‘Let me give it a…