Marsha Bailey lives on a farm near Monona, Iowa. She started creating her beautiful silver spoon jewelry from silver plate flatware 15 years ago. She is motivated by the simple joy of creating and she enjoys finding her silverware at auctions where she feels, “It’s like a treasure hunt.”
Mandy Betz is a passionate self-taught artist from Oelwein Iowa. The story of her artwork is one that resonates with many and has it's roots in depression. Mandy uses her art as therapy to fight it. Though she works with color pencil, acrylic, oil, she claims watercolor as her favorite "I just love the way it flows, I create more of a whimsical vibe to my paintings"
Don Briggs, from Cedar Falls, Iowa, enjoys helping people to see everyday things in a different light. Using his amazing wood-working skills, he creates beautiful cribbage boards and wooden banks that make use of old mail boxes and come complete with combinations. Both make wonderful gifts for that special person, young or old.
Ted Carpenter’s Blue Heron Beadwork,, Coralville, Iowa, is the home-based studio from which he designs and creates three categories of classic jewelry; strung beads and pearls, chain and wire work, and set gemstones, using semi-precious gemstones and fresh water pearls finished with sterling silver, gold-filled or copper components. He hopes his jewelry is something to wear forever.
Ryan Chambers is a very passionate local artists. Ryan works with resin and other textured materials or wood to create a base for his pieces. He then uses a lathe to form beautiful curves and shapes. Ryan will find a object or texture he is inspired by and turn it into a work of art!
Gerald Clymer is a woodworking artist from Monona Iowa. He first began working with wood when he made furniture for his home and found he couldn't just toss the scraps. He began turning them into beautiful wood boxes. "I like wood, wood is warm, natural, giving forgiving, friendly and warm."
Donita Doerre creates one-of-a-kind fiber art designs inspired by nature. From her home in Stoddard, Wisconsin, her passion and purpose is to work with natural fleeces and be a part of a heritage culture of handcrafted pieces of Fiber Art. While all of her work is remarkable, her adorable little animals are the hardest to resist.
Hans Gill and his wife and fellow Left Bank artist, Judy Gill make their home in Seneca, Wisconsin. Hans began his art career in the early 1960s and had his first art show while in the Air Force. He went on with his art career as a university instructor, a museum exhibit designer, and, currently, with his own business, Multi-Media, Etc. His amazing multi-media art sculptures are unique and distinctive.
Judy Gill lives with her husband and fellow artist, Hans Gill in Seneca, Wisconsin. She is inspired to create wearable art by the beauty and possibilities she sees in everyday objects. Her jewelry is a combination of found objects, including tokens, deer antlers, and beads, making it fun and unexpected.
Steve Goltz from north east iowa is unique wood carver. One of his specialties is free form wood bowls which he creates as he works with the shapes nature provides. "I love discovering different types of wood and working them into artful and functional forms."
Kris Grover from Marshalltown Iowa, has a lively and playful touch in her work as a textile and fabric artist. She currently focuses her talents on torn paper collages where minute pieces of paper, which Kris embellishes, are affixed to wood panel creating vibrant and often whimsical compositions.
Jane Hash resides in Lone Rock WI but her passion for jewelry-making began
in Hawaii a few years ago. Though Jane seldom wears jewelry herself, she
finds satisfaction is making pieces others enjoy wearing. Each offering is
unique, whimsical and eye-catching.
Monica Jagel finds her inspiration in the rural surroundings of her hometown, Ontario, Wisconsin. Her simple designs are all original and created with colored pencils, graphite, watercolor pencils, and pen & ink. Her artwork is then professionally scanned to create “Mini Masterpieces.” A portion of the income
from her card sales is donated to a young woman in Rwanda through Women For Women International.
Karen Juno lives in Madison, Wisconsin where her lively assortment of animal portraits grace the walls and are for sale at many local vet clinics, children’s hospitals, and Meuer Art, which she currently manages. Her life-long passion for art is expressed through many different mediums including oil, acrylics, watercolors, printmaking, and jewelry.
Joy James is a McGregor resident. She works with precious metal silver clay to create unique Jewelry. She draws her inspiration from nature in this beautiful area and she takes the time to find leaves to press into pendants to give realistic detail. She offers earring, pendants and rings as beautiful gifts or to spoil yourself! Don't pass up the opportunity to wear a one-of a- kind piece!
Rebecca Kobos is a retired teacher who spends her time in both Lansing, IA and Florida. "I have a long going love for fiber arts and surface design." Rebecca uses various color and sizes of fabrics to make unique fabric collages. Her art takes many forms from collage landscapes to t-shirts and hand-sewn cards.
Carol Labuzetta of Holman Iowa is a self-taught jewelry artist experienced in creating an eclectic array of affordable costume jewelry and accessories. Her creative beaded pieces and wrapped jewelry have also been inspired by her travels, color, and nature. Since 2009, she has been selling her jewelry through the United States and overseas. “Making jewelry has allowed me to explore and satisfy the creative side of my spirit! I hope you enjoy my work!”
Elizabeth Long lives in Central City, Iowa. From her early beginnings with Steampunk, her jewelry is an eclectic adventure where “antique machinery meets modern science meets Victorian Romance.” Her jewelry is created from various found objects, natural stone, gears, old watches and clocks, and vintage jewelry pieces. This jewelry is fun, clever, sometimes serious and always exciting.
Sally Marshall has a desire to tell the stories of the skies, waters, hills and valleys, and the creatures she finds all around her hometown of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. With paint on paper or canvas, she captures the movement, the drama, and the excitement of life in a way that can’t help but inspire.
Barb McKinley lives in Dubuque, Iowa. Having gained experience working for various glass companies, she began to explore her own creativity as a glass artist and designer and opened her own studio in 2012. She now offers colorful and contemporary tableware, home décor, glass paintings, jewelry, wall hangings and more!
Liza Paizis originally from South Africa is A McGregor resident who is a self-taught visual and Jewelry artist. "I love painting all things imaginative and symbolic and inspired by our connection to nature and the universe in a visionary way." For many years she has sold her work and jewelry traveling throughout England, Scotland, South Africa and Australia.
Harold Rosauer is a local Iowa artist. He excels at wood carving and detail. "I
have carved over 993 birds and have spent 900 hours to finish just one. My
most popular items are the wood carved bird feather pins painted with such
life-like precision, you would think a slight breeze would carry them away. I also lathe turned wooden vessels and pendant jewelry.
Jennifer Scudiero is a midwestern woman at heart. After living in various places around the US, she finally settled back in her hometown of Winona, Minnesota. She enjoys using a variety of media to create her distinctive jewelry and hair clips. She describes her style as, “modern and polished”.
Dan Tesar, living in Wauzeka, Wisconsin, has been a farrier for nearly 30 years. He is intrigued by the idea of forging metal to create decorative ironwork that mimics the beauty of nature while also being practical, durable, and useful. Dan also works with his son Danny, they are an amazing team. When asked how he has gotten so adept at forging he says, make something 100 times, then you will begin to master it.
Bird Skemp, one of our local McGregor artists, has found her creative outlet in stones, wire, metal, paper, plastic, rubber, fabric, wood, leather, and just about anything else she get her hands on to create her beautiful, on-of-a-kind jewelry. This creativity has made her a local favorite.
Howard Von Ruden from Cashton, Wisconsin is one of our extremely talented wood-working artists. He brings a new lifelife quality to these hand carved and wood burned pieces. "Forty years ago I discovered that I have a talent for carving wood. - It gives me great satisfaction when others can enjoy the fruits of my labor"