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Artists

Artisans of Analece -- JEWELBILLEE
The artists collaborating on Jewelbillee are Anita Park-Rosenbaum, Karen Cazel, Robin M.N. Richards, and Neal Thomas. Anita Park-Rosenbaum is co-owner of Analece and Bayside Beads. Natural elements are the inspiration for her handcrafted jewelry. Karen Cazel has been creating jewelry since 1970. She likes to feel that her jewelry pieces are small sculptures of art you can wear. Painter Robin M.N. Richards quotes from George Elliot: "It's never too late to be what you might have been." She has illustrated over 50 greeting cards and several cookbooks. Neal Thomas is a "Stone Carving Rock Hound." Neal makes custom jewelry and guitar picks out of stone. Willie Nelson and his guitarist Jodie Payne have been known to wear and play with Neal's picks.

Allison Norris Ashurst -- VEGE PELICAN
Allison Norris Ashurst received her BFA in painting from Birmingham-Southern College in 2002, and a Masters in Art Education from University of Alabama in Birmingham. She was gallery director for a Montgomery-based art gallery in Spanish Fort, Alabama, then opened her own gallery in Fairhope in March 2006. In 2007, Allison decided to devote herself full time to her own paintings.

Bayside Academy Upper School Art Department -- PELICAN SARRACANIA
Bayside Academy Upper School Fine Arts Faculty are Juli Day and Vikki Turner Finch. Vikki is the owner of Chesser Gallery and a Dirty Girl founder (a woman's clay artist association). Juli, also a Dirty Girl member, sits on several Art Education Boards. Both are active in the arts community in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Upper School Students at Bayside Academy participate in many exhibits and competitions on the local, state and national levels. Their works are shown throughout the communities of Mobile and Baldwin Counties, at state conferences and other locations. Local venues for their works include Mobile Museum of Art, Eastern Shore Art Center, Barnes and Noble, Chesser Gallery, Thomas Hospital, and Colonial Bel Air Mall.

Bayside Beads -- SUNSET ON MOBILE BAY
The artists collaborating on SUNSET ON MOBILE BAY are Anita Park-Rosenbaum, Alece Nordstrom and Kayla Tomlinson. Anita and Alece are a mother-daughter team, co-owners of Analece Design L.L.C. They studied metal arts at Revere Academy in San Francisco. Anita and Alece are also accomplished painters, working in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic and pastel. Prior to opening Analece and Bayside Beads, Alece and Anita showed their jewelry at many juried art shows in the Midwest and Southwest. They teach classes in bead techniques, cold connections, wire wrapping and Precious Metal Clay at their Bayside Beads store in Fairhope.

Yvonne Boucher -- ADDIE-BOO
Yvonne Boucher is the artist for ADDIE-BOO. Originally from the Philadelphia, PA. area, Yvonne has worked as a painter (both commissioned and personal), graphic designer, photographer, and has taught art lessons in various mediums. She is co-owner and designer with her husband David in a kitchen/bath cabinet and design business, Kitchens Per Se', in Fairhope

Sue Breitfeller -- MORNING GLORIES PELICAN
Susan Breitfeller taught art in the public school system for 30 years. She wrote curriculum for the middle school and coordinated efforts with others, doing set designs and choreography for drama and musical productions in the middle and high schools. Her work is hung internationally as well as nationally, both in public places and private homes. After 7 years in Mexico, where she did set design and choreography, lighting and acting, she and her husband settled here in Fairhope.

Vicky Nix Cook -- FIFTY YEARS OF PERFECT FORMATION
Vicky Nix Cook taught at Fairhope Middle School from 1983 until 2005, when she became the first Fine Arts Supervisor for Baldwin County Public Schools. Creating community partnerships to promote and enhance all of the fine arts for the students in Baldwin County is one of her top priorities. In addition to the fine arts, Cook supervises all of the Baldwin County Public School K-12 libraries where she looks for the connections between the arts and literacy. She continues to paint, sketch and create pieces of art from old family collectibles.

Evie Davis -- JUBILEE PELICAN
Evie Davis is a working artist in the fiber medium, actively doing six to twelve shows per year. This is her primary job. She continues to learn new things about her art. She has been married for nineteen years, and has two daughters, ten and fifteen. She spent a year and a half as the project manager for a major community park, which was completed in May 2006. The park incorporated a lot of mosaic art, and she really enjoyed that medium.

Lavyon Duncan -- ROSIE WITH A TWIST
Lavyon Duncan been painting since 1960, and has been teaching since 1973. She also does interior design work, wall murals, and all types of faux paintings. She has been a member of the National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters since 1972 and President of both the New Orleans Chapter and the Western Reserve Chapter.

Jolane Edwards -- ELEGANT PELICAN
Jolane Edwards is the founder of Fairhope's Committee on Public Art (COPA) and has been an active participant in numerous civic organizations. An award winning artist, she paints mostly in oils and acrylics. Her work is regularly displayed at Patina Gallery

Lynn Ellis -- PATRIOTIC PELICAN
Lynn's works have been accepted in juried shows. She was an award winner in the Art with a Southern Drawl show, has been published in the Mobile Bay Monthly magazine and has been hung in the Mobile Chamber of Commerce. The Mobile Engineering Department invited her to decorate their walls when Mobile's new Government Building held their grand opening. She had the unique opportunity of hanging her paintings, as a one-woman show, in the Olive Garden Restaurant in Mobile. Lynn was commissioned by The Regions Bank at University and Old Shell Road in Mobile to decorate their lobby with her paintings, and currently has paintings in the Dew Drop Inn in Mobile and Mary-Ann's Restaurant in Fairhope. She paints and shows with the Fairhope Street Artists.

The Students & Teachers of Fairhope's Public Schools -- INITIAL FLIGHT

Mikhal Faulkner -- BUILD-I-CAN

Fidelis -- SOCRATES, THE PHILOSOPHICAL PELICAN
Linda P. Ledet, Fidelis, is an award-winning artist whose work has been featured in publications, prestigious exhibition and juried art shows. Her paintings are in private, religious and corporate collections throughout the country. With a B. A. degree in English/Journalism from Spring Hill College and J.D. from Cumberland School of Law, she practiced law for 13 years. Fidelis studied oil landscape painting in France in 2005 with internationally acclaimed artists John Cosby and Kevin MacPherson, and in October, 2005, was instructed by renowned artist Kim English in painting the figure in landscape. In March of 2006 she had a special workshop with modern master artist Wolf Kahn in New York City and has studied portraiture with widely-respected artist Carolyn Anderson at the Fechin Institute in Taos, New Mexico. The artist is married to Mobile physician, Michael Ledet and they have three Masterpieces , Brianna, Blaise and Peter.

The Firm -- WAV-ZURI (PELITECT)
Architects at Walcott Adams & Verneuille collaborated on the design of their pelican.

Nancy Fleming -- CIRQUE DE SOLEIL PELICAN
Nancy lives and works in Fairhope as owner of the fine arts gallery, Patina. She has traveled extensively, living and working as an archaeologist in Greece and Turkey. She has also lived and studied fine art in Florence, Rome, Paris and the Hague. One of Nancy's most enjoyable experiences was living and teaching English at an orphanage in Cheinay, India. As an artist, Nancy is both a sculptor and a painter. She has won juried competitions at the University of Virginia and at various shows in Virginia and North Carolina. Her works have been exhibited at the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope.

Eugenia Foster -- WEEKS BAY WINGS

Blair F. Garth -- WINGS OF GLASS
Blair Fischrupp Garth lives in Pensacola, Florida. She has created independent artwork thought her career in a multitude of mediums, including acrylics, wood, ceramics and mosaics. She has exhibited in galleries and art shows as well as worked on commissioned pieces. She has enjoyed working with mosaics for the past six years, and has created a variety of indoor and outdoor installations. She has a BA in Graphic Design from LSU.

Riders of Green Branch Farms -- PONYCAN
The students at Green Branch Farms are a bunch of fine, hard working individuals. They have a lot of fun and are fun to be around. Lexi Bishop, Annie Bolling, Lawren Busby, Carlee Clark, Jay Corte, Kelly Darden, Ashley Dodson, Warner Newman, Megan Sessel, Frances Taupeka, Katie Taylor, and Haley Turner, with Mikhal Faulkner.

Erin Fitzhugh Gregory -- CAN'T WAIT TO GET TO HEAVEN

Ellen Grigg -- FRED ASTAIRE PELICAN
A recent transplant to Southern Alabama, Ellen is no stranger to traveling. After receiving her BA at the University of Wisconsin, she worked as an art director in the world of advertising in Chicago and San Francisco, then worked in Malibu in the television and movie business. It was in California that she fell in love with watercolor painting, and won recognition for her watercolors and acrylics from the prestigious Weisman Gallery in Malibu. Ellen's travels then took her to Rogue River, Oregon, and then to Point Clear, Alabama with her photographer-husband. There is something special about the landscape in the South that is magical, and the weather produces some of the most spectacular clouds I have ever seen. Her work has been juried into several local shows and recently won first place in the acrylic division of the Eastern Shore Art Association members' exhibit. She says she may have found a permanent home for her Samsonite.

David Hale -- COMING ALIVE
David has lived in Fairhope most of his adult life, and knew Craig Sheldon since he was in high school. He watched Craig work on the Pelican project and was always fascinated with his birds. David also had the honor of participating with Craig in several other of his projects, providing photography as an aid.

Bill Harrison -- THE WORD BIRD
Bill Harrison is a well-known Alabama Gulf Coast artist whose sunny, colorful landscape, seascape and still life paintings are in homes, businesses and fine art galleries throughout the United States. His works range from small pastel still lifes to large exterior murals. Most of his recent works are large (24 x 36 or larger) acrylic landscapes depicting life on the Alabama Gulf Coast. His palette is restricted but rich in color and his paintings feature large, loose areas of deeply layered color. He loosely defines features in a post-impressionist manner and renders architectural elements in a manner reminiscent of Edward Hopper. He designs for emotional impact and achieves a bright, sunny feel with his extensive use of warm undertones and deep arbitrary color in carefully defined shadows. Mr. Harrison was born in Kansas, grew up from the age of six in the California desert, attended Long Beach City College and graduated from West Coast University in Los Angeles. After art school, he worked for the U.S. Navy contractors as an illustrator and technical writer and became a mechanical designer and design manager. Following a midlife health crisis about 18 years ago, he went full time into a fine-arts career that had been developing in conjunction with his design career. It became his passion and remains so to this day. He has a significant following as an art instructor and conducts well-attended workshops. He is a member of the Fairhope Street Artists and Eastern Shore Art Association, tells really awful (but clean) jokes, and is a terrible bicycle rider.

Honey -- PELLA CAN-CAN
Honey Weiss lives in Mobile, Alabama.

James Hood -- WACKY WACO
An acclaimed artist, James Hood only considers himself to be an artistic dabbler with widely diversified interests and a desire to explore any opportunity presented. Although he has felt his many artistic pursuits to be rewarding, he has felt the greatest rewards from sculpture and accepted the challenge provided by the Art Takes Flight project to merge his love of aviation, history, nature and sculputure by turning magnificent pelicans into magnificent WWII airplanes, or Warbirds. James admits that each of the five bird-airplanes was a labor of love consuming about 100 hours of frustration, setbacks and mistakes. I am most thankful to the many sponsors who pooled their resources and moral support to enable me to take on this wonderful project and we are all happy with the results. I am especially thankful to the magnificent Army, Navy and Marine aviators who flew these old airplanes and contributed to the greatest victory our country has known. The airplanes were special, as were the crews who flew them. I am happy and proud to be able to share my respect and admiration for them with my Warbirds.

James Hood -- MARINE'S DREAM (F4U Corsair)
Since moving to the Eastern Shore in 2002, James Hood has focused on sculpture, combining classical life forms with found objects and whimsical forays, developing new techniques in new directions. Inspiration for his works is drawn from his travel experiences, a fertile imagination, and a desire to challenge the norms with apologies to classic orthodoxy; his works may be at once satirical and sublime.

James Hood -- ALABAMA ANGEL - P38
James Hood and his wife Mona reside in Point Clear, Alabama. He is an Associate of the National Sculpture Society and continues to study sculpture at the Eastern Shore Art Academy, where he is a member of the Board of Directors. Recent awards include the Nall Foundation People's Choice Award and the Eastern Shore Art Association's Merit Award for Sculpture.

James Hood -- BLONDIE PBY Catalina
Always in search of a new direction with new ideas and materials, James Hood describes himself as being a mile wide and an inch deep. James' interest in aviation stems from his fascination with model airplanes as a boy and his father's experience as a pilot during WWIIII.

James Hood -- MISS FAIRHOPE - B17
Mr. Hood is a former intelligence officer and business executive, who has lived and traveled extensively through Europe, Russia and the former Soviet Union, and the Far East. His travels offered exposure to a host of artistic heritages which have influenced his style. For decades he has explored a broad variety of artistic styles and media, including painting, woodcarving, stained glass, pottery and sculpture.

Lucy Hunnicut -- POETIC PELICAN
About 15 years ago, luck, or providence, placed Lucy in a tiny remote fishing community in the panhandle of Florida in a two room 97 year old heart pine cabin surrounded by woods within earshot of two country churches. From her front porch swing on Sunday afternoons Lucy was gifted from two directions by some of the finest gospel singing ever heard. Winter nights were long and quiet and, during one cold night while stoking the woodstove and listening to Etta James on a cheap radio, Lucy began to paint; her first painting coming from a dream that had remained on her mind from the night before. Lucy began with house paint and a small square of plywood; painting angels on a dark blue sky and wrote on it the words The wings of white birds became angels and flew to the far heavens where they rested. Self taught, Lucy feels she has the luxury of ignorance and the freedom to break the rules.

Jamie Kirk -- PARADISE PELICAN
Jamie Kirk grew up in New York and received a BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art. He has been making art all of his life. While House Portraits, Cityscapes and Trompe l'oeil' are his specialities, he also has extensive experience in portraiture as well as private and corporate murals. Jamie's exuberance and passion for the Gulf Coast is revealed in his Paradise Pelican as well as his many paintings of local life exhibited in numerous venues in Mobile and Fairhope. He is a member of the Mobile Arts Council, the Mobile Art Association, Art Breakers, the Eastern Shore Art Center, and the Center for the Living Arts.

Mike Klein -- TRAPPER

Hope Lambert -- THE WORD BIRD
Hope Lambert is one of the newest members of the Fairhope Street Artists and at 17 is the youngest member to join. Although new to the group, her interest in art is not. Born in Daphne, Alabama, where she has lived her entire life, her creative talent was apparent at a young age. She was in many art programs throughout her childhood. As she grew older, her art developed its own style. It draws from post-impressionism. The majority of her art is in acrylic, but she also enjoys working in other mediums such as oils and porcelain. She currently plans to attend Auburn University to pursue a bachelor's degree in fine arts and become a full-time artist. For the time being, she is an apprentice for local artist Bill Harrison.

Kimberly Lang -- HAVE A PINTICAN

Bruce Larsen -- SHELDON
Bruce Larsen is one of Alabama most recognized artists, known for his uncanny ability to take natural objects found in the environment and manmade objects from junk heaps and fuse them into sculptures with line and texture rivaling traditional art mediums.

Bruce Larsen -- PEL-AGAIN, Fairhope Recycled
Bruce Larsen is one of Alabama most recognized artists, known for his uncanny ability to take natural objects found in the environment and manmade objects from junk heaps and fuse them into sculptures with line and texture rivaling traditional art mediums.

Benita Hatfield McNider -- LANCE WINGSPAN TOURS DE BAY
In grammar, middle and high school, Benita admits, she did more doodling than studying and went on to enter the program of Fine Arts at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia and Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, where doodling was a good thing. She later furthered her art education at Spring Hill College in Mobile and has attended some exceptional workshops. She is active in the Mobile Art Association, ESAC, the Portrait Society of Atlanta, BRAG and the American Portrait Society Foundation, and has won awards over the years with her artwork Locally her work is represented by the Lyons Share Gallery in Fairhope and the Wall De'cor Gallery in Orange Beach. Her work can be visited at www.mcniderart.com.

Coleman Mills -- KENT NORMAN PELICAN, In Memory of Kent Norman

Coleman Mills -- WINE-I-CAN

Randy Moberg -- MO-BIRD
Painter Randy Moberg is no stranger to acclaim. The Fairhope artist's modern work has garnered numerous awards, and is included in private collections and museums in this country and abroad. Since 1988 Moberg has been commissioned by the J. Alexander Corporation to provide paintings for its restaurants nationwide. His deft use of light and color reveals the influence of mpressionism but results in an abstract tonality. Traditional figurative subjects often populate his work.

Taylor Moore -- PELICAN IN VOGUE
Fairhope High School student Taylor Moore was named a Teen Prodigy in the February 2006 Edition of Mobile Bay Monthly. Taylor creates vibrant interpretations of the sociology around him to exaggerate the coloration and perspective of reality. His style is quick, majestic, and full of life. In addition to receiving the State Superintendent's Award in 9-10 Division in 2006, he received the Faulkner State Art Fair Excellence Award and was the 16th Annual Joe Cain Classic Poster design winner.

Anne Morgan -- ELEGANT PELICAN
Anne Morgan moved to Fairhope in 1994 to open Christine's By the Bay, a high-end gift shop, where she began to see beauty in the broken". A self-taught mosaic artist, Anne's birdhouses have been populat items in shops in Fairhope, Birmingham, and Cashiers, NC.

Dean Mosher -- CRAIG SHELDICAN

Pagan Mosher -- PAVLOVACAN
While attending the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Mrs. Mosher had seven years of Russian training with Ballet UAB under the direction of national and international artists. As a soloist with Ballet UAB and principal artist with the Alabama Dance Theatre, she performed in a great variety of dance and theatrical productions, as well as in educational and advertising films. Before becoming a partner in Creative Outlet Dance Center, she was an instructor at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Burchfield Ballet and Ballet Mobile. She has also taught in various secondary schools and private dance studios and traveled throughout Alabama with the Artist in Schools program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1993, she was the Dance panelist on the Alabama State Council on the Arts and Humanities. During the years at the Creative Outlet Dance Center, she has executed numerous large scale scenery, prop and costume pieces. Most recently she created the two dancing trees and the Crocodile for Children's Dance Theatre Production of Peter Pan.

Wanda Ogletree -- PELICAN FANTASY
Mrs. Ogletree, an artist currently living in Fairhope, Alabama, has experience in watercolor, oils, acrylics, pastels and porcelain mediums. Majoring in art at Saddleback College, she has subsequently studied under several well known artists for each of the mediums. She currently is active in Bay Rivers Art Guild and Eastern Shore Art Association, and has exhibited and won the Best Pastel award in the 2006 juried art show at the ESAC. Prior to moving to Alabama she also exhibited with the California Porcelain Art Association, oils at the Art Walk in Laguna Beach, California, and executed commission portraits in porcelain.

Wanda Ogletree -- TROPICAL BOUNTY
Mrs. Ogletree, an artist currently living in Fairhope, Alabama, has experience in watercolor, oils, acrylics, pastels and porcelain mediums. Majoring in art at Saddleback College, she has subsequently studied under several well known artists for each of the mediums. She currently is active in Bay Rivers Art Guild and Eastern Shore Art Association, and has exhibited and won the Best Pastel award in the 2006 juried art show at the ESAC. Prior to moving to Alabama she also exhibited with the California Porcelain Art Association, oils at the Art Walk in Laguna Beach, California, and executed commission portraits in porcelain.

Jo Patton -- A FISHY DIET
Jo Patton was born in Birmingham but has lived in Fairhope since 1956. A full time working artist, her paintings are included in numerous public and private collections and have been accepted in both national and regional juried shows. She is best known for her watercolor and acrylic impressions of the Mobile Bay area. Her paintings range from portrait work to non-objective with the majority somewhere in between. Purity of color and strong composition define and make Jo's work exciting. Jo is a signature member of the Southern Watercolor Society and the Alabama Watercolor Society. In the last few years she was included in the National Southern Watercolor Juried Exhibition in Louisiana, in Wharfs and Words a two-person show in the Whiting Gallery of the Eastern Shore Art Center, and awarded Best of Show in the Bay Rivers Regional Juried Show and the Mobile Art Association Juried Show, exhibited in a solo show at Lyons Share Gallery in 2005 and in the invitational Transportation Show at the 301 Gallery in Mobile in 2006.

Amanda Peacock -- PELICAN IN THE HAT
Amanda Peacock moved to the Eastern Shore area in her junior year in high school, and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in graphic design. She is currently an art director with Lewis Communications. Amanda lives with her husband, two dogs and a cat in Lake Forest. They enjoy spending time with their pets, watching movies and Auburn football. Their second passion is cooking, whether for friends, family or just themselves.

Amanda Peacock -- SUPER PELICAN
Amanda Peacock moved to the Eastern Shore area in her junior year in high school and attended Daphne. She took art classes throughout her middle and high school years and when it came to choosing a career, she knew she wanted to so something with art. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in graphic design. After participating in an internship with Lewis Communications in college, she was offered a job. She is currently an art director at the firm. Amanda recently got married and lives with her husband, two dogs and a cat in Lake Forest. They enjoy spending time with their pets, watching movies and Auburn football. Their second passion is cooking, whether for friends, family or just themselves. She and her husband are excited about one day having a family in this wonderful area.

Ann Pearce -- PELICAN TOOTH FAIRY
Ann Pearce lives in Point Clear, Alabama.

Nancy Raia -- JUS' PLAYIN' PELI-CAN
Nancy Raia is an artist, motivator, speaker, teacher and writer. Her favorite topics are creativity, communication, and positively inspiring others. She paints and creates from within, loves color and expression, loud laughter and joy. Her students participate, with her guidance, in the Marine Resources Division calendar which reminds us to honor the bay and keep it healthy for all to enjoy. The marine biologists who are part of the judging panel are thrilled when they find young students who know the marine life and value the life giving qualities a sound ecosystem provides. Nancy finds that art strengthens the curriculum and encourages deeper thought into the subject of study, finding that when an art element is added as part of a project the results are knowledge learned and better grades! And all when they were having fun and Jus' Playing.

Nancy Raia -- CATCH YOU ON THE UPDRAFT
Nancy Raia is an artist, motivator, speaker, teacher and writer. Her favorite topics are creativity, communication, and positively inspiring others. Serving as ABC (Arts Bridging Creativity) Project Director at the Eastern Shore Art Center, Nancy works under grants to bring children to the arts. She has worked in banking, television, insurance as well as acting. She works in acrylic, watercolors, and pen and ink. Her works are on sale at ESAC, and she currently has paintings at Patina in Fairhope; her popular card line is carried at Private Gallery stores and the Obvious Place in Fairhope. Nancy was named as Museum Art Educator of the Year by the Alabama Art Education Association.

Mo Herndon Ray -- SOUTHERN NIGHTS
Mo Herndon Ray, owner and senior graphic designer with Herndon's Marketing Design (www.herndon.cc) has always had her hand in art. Raised in a family of artists, her mother, Mary Herndon, has been a consistent example and an inspiration to Ray. Being a professional designer has kept her involved and practicing her skills in different mediums. Mo Ray said, "This was stepping outside of my boundaries and I had a great time with it."

Mo Herndon Ray -- SUMMERTIME
Mo Herndon Ray, owner and senior graphic designer with Herndon's Marketing Design (www.herndon.cc) has always had her hand in art. Raised in a family of artists, her mother, Mary Herndon, has been a consistent example and an inspiration to Ray. Being a professional designer has kept her involved and practicing her skills in different mediums. Mo Ray said, "This was stepping outside of my boundaries and I had a great time with it."

Pat Razzi -- PARTY PELICAN
Patricia R. Keenan-Buttarazzi has been a sculptor painter since 2004 with Carnival Artists in Mobile and Fairhope, Alabama. She has done portraits, illustration, and murals, including stage backdrops, since 1997. She teaches at the Eastern Shore Art Center and Marietta Johnson Organic School, including art in the style of the Old Masters, and has been Vice President of Bay Rivers Art Guild in Daphne.

Susan and Robert Reed -- JEWELS IN FLIGHT
Award winning Gulf Coast artists Susan and Robert Reed have been creating their handcrafted artistic jewelry together for over 30 years. Susan, the principal designer, hand sculpts the unique designs in beeswax, and their distinctive style is easily recognized by the actual impressions from nature. Among them you will find insect wings, sea life and bird feathers. Robert takes Susan's handmade design and casts it in precious metals, then sets the stones to produce a spectacular, one-of-a-kind finished piece of jewelry. Dichroic glass, which is glass coated with brilliant metal oxides that cause it to shimmer and change colors as the viewing angle changes, is created and fused by Robert and Susan to complement the hand finished designs. www.sterlingimpressions.net

Nancy Rowe -- NEFERTITI
Nancy Rowe moved to Fairhope three years ago and immediately became involved in the Eastern Shore Art Center. A former art teacher, Nancy has exhibited in New York, Connecticut and Indiana. She works in watercolor, oil and colored pencil and is comfortable with most subject matter and media, although she especially enjoys portraits.

Nancy Rowe -- PELICAN TAILS
Nancy Rowe moved to Fairhope 3 years ago and immediately became involved in the Eastern Shore Art Center. A former art teacher, Nancy has exhibited in New York, Connecticut and Indiana. She works in watercolor, oil and colored pencil and is comfortable with most subject matter and media, although she especially enjoys portraits.

Megrez Rudolf -- COURIER PELICAN
I grew up in a unique home of artists in Fairhope, AL. My father, Craig T. Sheldon, was a man of letters, woodcarving, sculpting, historical restoration, carpentry and etc. My mother, Annie Butch Sheldon, was greatly involved in many aspects of the theatre arts, needle arts, gardening and community efforts. My parents involved all three of their children in their artistic lives. Marietta Johnson's School of Organic Education also gave me a love for the arts. Irene Bell, Edith Harwell and Piney Gaston and my fellow classmates created a supportive environment. I became a professional dancer and was in the performing arts for over 15 years, primarily in Chicago and Boston. After having also designed and sewn costumes, I continued my love for the textile arts, and became a needle arts fanatic. I am also enjoying exploring what's new about the old art form of papier-mache'.

Carol Sailor -- FLIGHTY MARILYN
Since 1988, Carol Sailor has had a custom residential interior design business, Carol Sailor Designs, serving clients in Atlanta and Chicago. Prior to that, she was a Freelance Art Director for PIMA Magazine and a freelance designer for a group of health related magazines in Highwood, Illinois. She designed sets for television productions in Charlotte, NC, then in Nashville for Opryland Productions and various advertising agencies. She is married, with one child. Hobbies include oil painting and crafts.

Stacey Schacherer -- FREEBIRD
Stacy Schacherer graduated from Miamisburg High School in Ohio in 2005 and has completed her first year of college at the University of Evansville in Indiana. Stacey plans to pursue a degree in physical therapy at the University of South Alabama. Caring for the injured will one day be her career, but art will always be her passion.

Nancy Self -- BRONZE GODDESS BEACH BABE
Often commissioned to paint watercolor depictions of family homes, Nancy Self also enjoys painting landscapes, animals and, on occasion, children enjoying the beach. In 1999, she was asked to paint the city of Mobile skyline for then Mayor Mike Dow as a gift for his service as Campaign Chair for United Way of Southwest Alabama's annual fundraising campaign. Nancy has participated in several charity art auctions over the years by painting on martini glasses, large glass globes, and ceramic tiles, in addition to providing original paintings and prints for the fundraisers.

Opal Smith -- THE ARTIST
Like her Pelican, Opal Smith is also a Katrina refugee. Opal moved to the beautiful Steelwood community in Loxley, Alabama, where she and her family have felt the embrace of a circle of new friends. Surrounded by large whispering pines and wildlife that runs freely, Opal sees new beauty in her life and feels her star has truly been planted in Alabama.

Amy Sorrell -- FLY HIGH, DANNY BOY
Amy Sorrell is an Artist, a special needs teacher and an innovator with a love of travel. A jewelry & metalsmith designer, she also makes purses, quilts, blankets and clothes. Amy has been a cheerleader, studied dance and drama, was a choreographer for school plays, a musical and set designer and a full time gymnastics and cheerleading coach for the city of Mobile's Gymnastics' Center. Amy attended the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Don Stewart -- SHELLICAN
Donald B. Stewart is owner/artist of the DS Art Studio Gallery in Homewood, Alabama. He creates and markets a line of humorous composite drawings as original art, limited and open edition prints, and hardbound books. In 2006, he was a Featured Artist in the Alabama Writer's Symposium, Monroeville, AL. In 2001 he was a Featured Artist at the Breda Jazz Festival, Breda, Holland. He has a BS in Biology and Art from Birmingham-Southern, a Doctor of Medicine from University of Alabama, and completed his internship and residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. "My drawings consist of big pictures made out of little pictures, with a little humor thrown in. If indeed it serves a larger function, my work may be helping to bridge the gap between comedy and serious thought. Humor occurs in the brain, where jokes work their magic by translating words (or images, or both) into unexpected mental connections. Sadly, I believe as a society we are becoming less and less accustomed to recreational thinking; we rarely think and smile at the same time, and our intellectual joy is often limited to the duration of a punch line. As an artist, I'm working to change that-one picture at a time." www.dsart.com

Kathleen Taupeka -- PELICAN BILL WITH A GRILL
Kathleen Hogg Taupeka is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her degree in Advertising and Fine Arts from the University of Alabama. For 10 years, Kathleen and her husband Mark lived in Atlanta, where she continued to paint and show her art. In August of 2005, they and their two sons moved to the Eastern Shore, living in Montrose and enjoying the coastal life. Kathleen works primarily in acrylics but enjoys an occasional piece in oil. Her ideas for her paintings are inspired from an initial image and then take on a life all their own, using color, line and form. Scumbling is one of Kathleen's favorite techniques, in which the paint is scrubbed into the canvas and on top of underlying dried paint, creating a rich layered and broken color effect. Kathleen continues to paint and has had a few pieces displayed in Fairhope. She is currently on the COPA Committee of the Eastern Shore Art Center and attends art classes there.

Mone' Moskot Tommaselli -- JOY OF THE SEA
Mone' Moskot Tommaselli showed her artwork in the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum gift shop until Hurricane Katrina severely damaged the building. She has also shown at the Magazine Street Gallery in New Orleans and Art Mania in Fairhope. Her artwork has been in shows at the Eastern Shore Art Center, both Members' Show and Juried Show, and the People's Art show at Space 301 in Mobile. At the ESAC juried show in 2006, Mone' won a merit award for fine craft. She is a member of the Eastern Shore Art Association, the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum and Space 301.

Tess Wacker -- DREAM BUILDER
Tess is a resident artist and a member of The Fairhope Street Painters who are affiliated with Page and Palette. Tess likes to paint with bright, colorful acrylics across her canvas; however, she does branch out occasionally and experiments with other media. She has a Master's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation and has worked in the mental health field as an Expressive Therapist using art, music and dance as successful therapeutic tools. Tess will often quote Alice Walker: You think you can avoid pain, but actually you can't. If you do, you just get sicker, or you feel more pain. But if you can speak it, if you can write it, if you can paint it, it is very healing. On Saturdays, you can usually find Tess out on the sidewalk at Page and Palette, expressing herself..her feelings...her energy..and her joy...through painting! (And sometimes through dancing!) She hopes you will come out and visit.

Val Webb -- WATER GARDEN PELICAN
Val Webb is a full-time studio artist in Mobile, Alabama. She is best known for her intricately carved handmade tile installations. Her work is included in corporate, institutional and private art collections throughout the world. Val also works as an illustrator from time to time, and has illustrated 11 books for children. She enjoys teaching short classes and workshops in all kinds of art.

Mark Will -- SUNSET PELICAN II
An observer of the beauty of everyday things, Mark Wills is presently working on an ongoing project of a series on Fairhope's famous sunsets. His work is created with multiple transparent color effects executed with acrylic paints. This finished piece best fits the profile of Wings up, Web feet up, which includes aspects of Fairhope such as the Fairhope Pier and the purple martin bird houses.

Mark Will -- SUNSET PELICAN
Through the use of modern materials and techniques, Mark Will has established his created images in the styles of the master impressionists of the late 1800's and early 1900's. His painterly use of transparent tones and brush strokes reveal a certain air of excitement not normally found in actuality. Mark enjoys working each step of the creative process - from the preparation of the substrate to the hanging on the wall. Design is an important aspect of his creations: "You can pretty well identify my statements in my paintings in part to the basic design element." Offset and unbalanced are common factors in his work. He sees the Lord working through the paintings and renderings: "We live in hope and I hope you see the presentations as beautiful images intended to give you continual happiness." A native of Dayton, Ohio, Mark is a 1960 graduate of Springhill College with a major in fine art. He worked with Mobile Mardi Gras master Edmond C. de Celle until 1966. He is co-founder of the Denny Manufacturing Company in Mobile, an international art producing company of backgrounds for photographers world-wide. He and his wife Nina live in Fairhope.

Nancy Wininger -- PELICAN PALETTE
Nancy, a Pensacola native, retired from a demanding career at Hewlett Packard in California, and relocated to the area in 1998. She works part time as a recruiter for a local human resource company. Nancy shows her work and volunteers at the local art centers. She participated in painting the children's room at the Daphne Public Library, as a community project. Nancy enjoys a variety of mediums, including pen & ink, colored pencil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor. Discovering pen and ink as a medium has allowed her to express her passion for details. She currently enjoys teaching pen & ink and colored pencil classes locally. Sharing what she knows with adults and young students alike has given her new insight into the amazing abilities of our future artists!

Carol Wulff -- LILLY - IT'S A GIRL THING!
Carol Wulff's mother, Clara Baugh, introduced her to art at an early age and was her first instructor. Carol studied with several instructors and while residing in Corpus Christi, Texas, studied with Joseph A. Cain and Hsiao Hsia Tsi whose paintings have exhibited in Europe, Asia and the United States. Carol's paintings have been displayed in various places in Texas, including the State Capital in Austin. A teacher, Carol has taught students in all mediums in Texas, Puerto Rico and Georgia.


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