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Art 4 Shelter artist: Deann Speltz

Posted on May 13th, 2019

Talented artist and Art 4 Shelter committee member, Deann Speltz is dedicated to creating art and supporting the important work of Simpson Housing Services through Art 4 Shelter. She began contributing her work to Art 4 Shelter four years ago after first attending the event. Deann later joined the Art 4 Shelter committee because her two sisters-in-law were members of the coordinating team.

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Art 4 Shelter artist: Madeleine Lowry

Posted on May 13th, 2019

Madeleine Lowry’s artistic repertoire encompasses drawing, painting, collage, encaustic, and other techniques. Impressionism, color field art, and process-based art are her favorite styles. She identifies most with impressionist landscapes. 

Madeleine has been painting since she was twelve years old. “When I was young, I wanted to be able to paint like Zoltan Szabo,” she says.  

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Art 4 Shelter Artist: Ann Sisel

Posted on May 10th, 2019

Ann’s abstract paintings incorporate vivid colors and textiles. Her life-long love of art was inspired by her mother, who was also a painter. Ann went back to Macalester College for her fine arts degree when she was 40 years old. She continues to immerse herself in her creative work during retirement. 

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Art 4 Shelter Artist: Marla Gamble

Posted on May 6th, 2019

Marla Gamble has been a self–employed professional artist for nearly 50 years. “I decided I would be an artist in fifth grade, but when I helped a classmate complete a Picasso–inspired art project which won her the first prize, I was committed to being a professional artist,” she says. 

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Art 4 Shelter Artist: Annette Fournet

Posted on April 29th, 2019

As an acclaimed fine art photographer, Annette’s work is influenced predominately by photography, both analogue and digital, and also by other media such as painting. Themes in her art include Wabi-sabi, longing, and currently the concept of women as goddesses. 

Annette’s interest in art began when she was very young.

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Art 4 Shelter Artist: Christopher Santer

Posted on April 29th, 2019

Christopher Santer highlights the beauty and mystery of the natural world through drawings and paintings in arcylic, coal, and charcoal. “My work has always been connected to the landscape and man’s imprint on the natural world. The often incongruous nature of this relationship creates a gray area between beauty and degradation,

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Art 4 Shelter Artist: Lisa Romanowski

Posted on April 29th, 2019

As a professional graphic designer, Lisa Romanowski creates abstract digital paintings with pixels instead of paint. “I begin with a base photograph and layer on fields of color and visual texture that interplay with the classic design elements of shape, form, space, and scale. The original sense of place and location is obscured and transformed in the process, 

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Art 4 Shelter Artist: John Grancorvitz 

Posted on April 23rd, 2019

John Grancorvitz paints primarily in watercolor and sometimes in scratchboard art. His artistic talent emerged when he was young, and his artistic medium changed over the years. “From a very early age, maybe five or six, I started drawing birds from a bird handbook and I haven’t stop drawing since.

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Art 4 Shelter Artist: Bonnie Folkerts 

Posted on April 23rd, 2019

Bonnie’s artwork in acyrlic and watercolor is inspired by nature — plant life, landscapes, and many animals.  Bonnie’s appreciation of nature and art began in her early childhood as she worked beside her mother, an avid gardener, in their flower beds. “Time spent in nature, whether on the North Shore of Lake Superior or on my travels,

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Art 4 Shelter Artist: Karen Anderson

Posted on April 15th, 2019

Karen Anderson finds herself continually challenged and fascinated by watercolor. The landscapes of Minnesota’s North Shore are her inspiration. “My paintings are an attempt to understand God by trying to capture the beauty in nature,” she says. Karen has also quilted and enjoyed landscape design. She finds it interesting to see how concepts of design apply across mediums.  

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