2019

July 2019 - Liz Montgomery & Twyla-Lea Jensen

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LIZ MONTGOMERY


I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, spent most of my adult life in Barrington, IL and finally settled down in Southeast, Florida. I have been retired for many years now and live on a small island in the Florida Keys.

My work has been published in several newspapers. My photograph was on a book cover. I have had many solo exhibits at the Marathon, Fl Community Theater. An image of mine has been on the 2015 – 2016 brochure for the theater. The Shady Palm Art Gallery in Marathon, Fl is where I currently have my work.

My Mission: To reveal God’s beauty through my lens for all to enjoy.

I currently work in the photo canvas medium. Landscapes, flowers and landmarks dominate my canvases presently. I also have a sub-specialty in photo note cards.

Email – sealife3@bellsouth.net

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Twyla-Lea Jensen

Twyla-Lea Jensen is an alcohol ink and resin artist. I have been working in these mediums for approximately 3 years and am continually expanding and branching out. Art has been a part of my life since the time I was a childa nd I have always created something and had some kind of project going on. I am also an avid cyclist and runner and occasionally compete in triathlons.

Recently I launched a new arm to my art called Spirit Soul Teasures. It will specialize in creating “Treasures” using cremains of loved ones in colorful and beautiful resin pieces.

I also love to teach and have held numerous classes teaching the basics of alcohol ink painting.

Feel free to reach out to me at tjstreasures4you@gmail.com.

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June 2019 - Joe Simonsen

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Joe Simonsen

I started woodworking as a young boy helping my father with some of the projects he was doing. I went on to working in a cabinet shop building cabinets and counter tops. Although I have worked in several different fields and held different positions throughout my work history, woodworking has always been my passion. Since my retirement over a year ago I started having a lot more fun doing what I love to do. Give me a block of wood and I’ll make something out of it.

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May 2019 - Katie Frey

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Katie Frey has painted and studied art all over the world, including Australia and South America. She graduated from Walla Walla College in 2007 and has been teaching and creating art in Spokane ever since. Her areas of focus are acrylic painting and mixed media texture art. These paintings range from realistic to abstract, and most paintings include some form of collage, found objects, or texture medium to emphasize depth and create layers of interest. For her, inspiration and texture are synonymous. Inspiration might be on the inside of a coffee sleeve, in the layers of peeling graffiti beneath a Spokane bridge, or found in the erosion lines of a rock.

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It’s all about Texture

Katie Frey creates mixed media paintings that stretch from realistic to abstract.

Her abstract work is usually done in acrylic and often with mixed media materials such as found paper, metal foils, and texture mediums. These paintings often take on a geologic or strata inspired appearance.

Katie also loves painting trees and landscapes. Many of her landscapes are done with a palette knife to create bold strokes in an impressionistic style, while others include textures such as sand, sea glass, broken shells, and found objects.

Her third love is whimsical paintings of animals. Whether they live in the forest or in your living room, her cats, bears, and bunnies have a charming storybook quality.

Katie Frey also teaches classes and workshops all over Spokane. You can find her classes through Act2 and the Corbin Art Center, as well as on her blog: artwithkatie.blogspot.com.

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March 2019 - Gayle Havercroft

Gayle Havercroft

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I am a lifelong resident of Spokane. As I think back over my life, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in art. The first endeavor into art in my childhood memory is of doing a drawing of a stagecoach when I was probably around four years old. In my mind’s eye it was a masterpiece. Seeing it years later showed that it not very good.

As a child, I looked up to an uncle who was a good artist and oil painter, and I wanted to emulate him and be an artist. Art and music were always my favorite subjects in school. Going into high school I had to make the choice between the two and I chose to follow music (although I did take 2 years of architectural drafting to help fill my art fix).

I had the opportunity to go back into art in my early 30’s by going to SFCC in their fine arts program. Working, building a house, raising a growing family, raising livestock and just life in general, kept me from having time to get real serious with doing my art. So it has just been the last couple of years that I have chosen to be serious about it again.

Why I do realistic style of art:

The last name for my family is old English that means “small oat farm”. Though I’m the first generation not to truly grow up on the farm, there was enough of the rural roots left in my family that a rural lifestyle was something that I longed for. I’m not an overly sophisticated person, so I look at life through the eyes of what is solid, real and before me, so my art is a reflection of what I can see, touch and experience. Much of my art has rural, scenic and outdoor images. Weathered buildings particularly fascinate me with showing mankind’s struggles with time, the elements and age. The endless cycle of building up and falling down. Buildings also point back to my interest in architecture, and working in the facility maintenance field for the last 30 years.

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February 2019 - Betsy Pozzanghera & Mike DeCesare

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B. Pozzitive

My name is Betsy Pozzanghera, (and I am Pozzitive). I have been involved in creative endeavors such as ceramics, sewing, cooking, copper enameling, candle-making, since childhood.

Three (3) Christmases ago my mother-in-law gave me the gift of an online Craftsy.com course of my choice. I chose “Making Leather Bags” ---- the rest, as they say, is history.

After making my first leather bag I wondered if I could make a bag from my old pair of leather boots…yes. Then a jacket I bought at the thrift store, then … then … then…

My process involves the deconstruction of used leather jackets, skirts, boots, etc. Together with used leather belts, horse reins, gifted hair-on hide, and new leather I create one-of-a-kind bags and purses - giving them new and different useful lives.

Most of the leather pieces have natural wear, raw edges, holes, and markings. This contributes to their story.

Each piece I create is unique.

Custom orders from an idea, a beloved jacket, or “Dad’s old boots” are very welcomed.

My hope is that the bag you choose will lift your life.

Betsy

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Mike DeCesare

Artist Statement

Photography is my first language, expressed in images that draw the viewer inside a scene to see, feel, interact with, and add their personal interpretation of a place or a time when light, color and form, combined to create a unique and memorable human experience.

Mike DeCesare Bio

Mike uses an academic foundation of technical expertise from his formal training at the New York Institute of Photography, along with a deep and abiding love and respect for the outdoors, to create images that interpret and respect, nature's grand and beautiful elegance, or serve as a time portal to a place where people once lived and loved, and left their mark behind.

Every image is photographed and then hand crafted solely by Mike DeCesare to render a final work that interprets the natural world and the bond between nature and people.

Mike has been invited to exhibit at prestigious art shows, including: Spokane's Artfest, Coeur 'd Alene's Art on the Green, Salt Lake City's Urban Arts Festival, and the Beverly Hills art show.

Mike's work has been featured in Hidden Treasure Art magazine - the editor called his work "Absolutely breathtaking." Mike has been a featured artist on the influential Artsy Shark website, included in Volume XII of International Contemporary Artists, and his portraits were featured internationally by Agefotostock, one of the top international photo agencies.

Photography by Mike DeCesare has received awards from the Las Vegas Red Room Art Gallery, Light, Space & Time Nature Art Competition and the international Centre of the Picture Industry.

Mike's images appear on handcrafted Maple bookmarks and other environmentally sourced wood products made by Mitercraft and his friends Julie and Ron Flint.

Mike lives in Spokane, Washington, but travels and photographs around the country and internationally.

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