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Sandy Applegate

Sandy loves to paint and explore, with color, design, texture, ideas,creativity. Her colors are bold, exciting and vibrant. You will not find one idea repeated over and over in her art. Sandy says “The world is full of too many images to not try a little of everything possible!” She likes to call her style ‘reality with a twist’, because no matter how realistic she paints, there has to be a bit of abstraction, impressionism, mystery or other-worldliness thrown into the mix. (Even though many of her landscapes are inspired by the Colorado Rocky Mountains). “It’s best to involve the viewers mind a bit, and let their imagination create part of the image. Interaction!” There are plenty of metaphysical ideas running around in her ORB series, and even amongst her Ravens and Blackbirds. So, feel free to look, ponder and day-dream a bit while viewing her paintings. 

Gail Lynn Arrenholz

Gail married her interest in health care, dreams, and the arts early in life after receiving a BS in nursing, training in psychodrama, and receiving an MA in Psychology. The best way to describe her is as a Renaissance woman. Her own dream work led her to paint dream symbols, play bagpipes, write, and dance for joy and health. She has served in Peace Corps, Flying Samaritans, and worked with Sanctuary International.

Her dream/art lectures and workshops evolved out of studies and travels. Participants learn to remember, record, and creatively respond to their dreams. They then choose the most numinous symbol to render in some art form. The focus is on the process and the inner experience of art making and feelings evoked. Spontaneous creative discoveries (poetry, choreography, scores of music, or scripts for a play) and healings often occur.

Sue Burger

While attending classes at the Art Institute in Chicago, Sue was exposed to creativity at every level and in every medium. While her main concentration is three-dimensional works she has included water color, acrylics, and pastels to her body of artistic works. Pueblo pottery, Hopi kachinas, Plaines Indians, and depictions of ledger drawings dominate her subject matter. Currently she has focused the Native theme onto gourds.


Marie Green

Oil paintings by Marie are done in oil on canvas. Early in the 1960’s, near Kanab, Utah began the discovery of beautiful broken shards of Anasazi pottery with amazing painted patterns - like treasures, gifts from the earth. When pottery breaks, they are sadly discarded since they are no longer functional and these beautiful pots and bowls become part of the earth. They were born of the earth, and return to the earth.

Lynne Jordan

Lynne has studied art at the University of Oregon, New Mexico State University, and the Lesnick Art Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada.

She has received numerous awards and one woman exhibitions. Her works are in oils, watercolors, and pastels. She has also mastered her state of the art technique in wood burning, and light carving on 3-dimensional driftwood that she calls pyrographic sculpture. This art form, originally called Pyrography, began in Russia, moved into Germany, and on to America in the 1700's. It was a ladies parlor room activity. Lynne has advanced this art form into the 21st century with realism in western and wildlife subject matter.

Teresa Karjalainen

Teresa is an Alcohol Ink Artist living in Tucson, Arizona. She has worked in several mediums including large scale stained glass and mosaic, photography, and precious metal clay, but her passion is creating artwork using Alcohol Ink. She has displayed her artwork in several juried venues, galleries, and art shows throughout Arizona and has had multiple private commissions for her artwork. Her largest project resulted in a commissioned public art installation stained glass window in a church in Tucson, Arizona.


Debbi Lynn

My art, as in my life, has always been about taming chaos—simplifying the complex. I look at a canvas and see something that comes to mind and often don’t know from where!  It seems to me like every piece has some element of sarcasm or truth—what we wish to see and what is true.  I believe my art reflects my constant introspection and struggle to find the truth in every situation. At the highest level, I set out to create art that incorporates the subtleties of conflicting thoughts in my mind -  images that expose a quiet conflict—perhaps the conflict of aging vs beauty or love vs lust.

Renée Mezzone

The artistic phase of my life began in 1997 when a friend gifted me with a basket she had made; I realized my calling at that point, and, it seemed a natural segue from my job as an underground cable splicer where I worked with wire on a daily basis.

Originally from Seattle, I joined the Vi Phillips Northwest Basket Weavers Guild. Between numerous classes, retreats and conferences and having woven with willow, sea grass, cane, birch bark, pine needles, cedar bark and telephone wire, I realized my true love was cedar bark. I learned to strip the cedar from the tall trees and prepare it for weaving. Working with cedar bark is a spiritual experience -- the harvesting of it, the scent, the feel of it when it’s wet, as well as its rich history with the native tribes.

Joni Olson

Color has taken on a new meaning through the influence of the Mayan and Spanish cultures and trips to Mexico and Guatemala cemented my desire to expand my color-consciousness. I have learned to cast off traditional combinations in favor of what used to appear wild and seemingly discordant mixtures. Colors I once viewed as too bold and “clashing” I now see as inspired and eclectic. The concept of colors “clashing” seems a poor invention!

The unusual marriage of symbolism such as ancient petroglyphs and vibrant colors makes each one of my creations a true labor of love.

These one-of-a-kind earrings and necklaces are entirely hand painted on light weight brass. Painting under magnification allows meticulous attention to detail and precise blending of colors.

Paula Rudnick

I have always loved to design with fiber. By bringing together different material, I use texture and color to create unique wearable art. My woven and knit pieces are made to wear in a variety of ways; one piece can lead to many different looks. Scarves, shawls, rowans, mobius shawls to name a few.



Holly Simonette

From an early age, I've expressed my creativity through dance, theatre, sewing, gardening, and knitting. I deeply appreciate the sensual beauty all around me, whether it’s nature or man-made creations. The oceans, mountains and desert, listening to music, enjoying the seasons, and drinking fine wine have all provided inspiration for these hand-woven collections, as well as serenity between projects. When a dear friend was diagnosed with cancer and gave me her floor loom in 2010, I discovered a passion for weaving. It gives me the ability to use colors and textures to express the beauty of the world around us and to create items that are warm, comforting and personal.

Fredda “Freddy” Starwater

Freddy was born in eastern Kentucky. Where her father owned a coal mine and had coal mine ponies…she was a real coal miner’s daughter. This created her love for horses, ultimately leading up to her discovery and love for art. Up until she moved to Oregon in 1983 she had been doing paintings of horses; when moving to Oregon she began a career creating portraits as requested of people’s beloved horses. Come 1992 she moved to Tucson, Arizona where she fell in love with the beauty of the desert and culture behind southwestern society. There she discovered her desire to create and display the uniqueness of what she saw in southwestern culture. While doing this she also worked in a Fine Art Foundry from 1995 to 2015 doing anything from metal chasing to patinas. She loves to sculpt, but the cost and the work that goes into it each sculpture makes it impossible for her to continue that work. Instead of quitting her art she found a way around this obstacle and found a new love in scratchboard.

Angie Wilson

Choosing accounting as a career really stifled my creativity; creative accountants go to jail! After taking a beginning glass bead-making class back in 2009 at Sonoran Glass Arts Academy in Tucson, Arizona, I became hooked on this creative outlet. I have since taken many classes involving several forms of glass art. Glass art marbles are one of my favorite, most challenging forms but I am currently working on combining natural elements from my desert home with glass to produce beautiful, organic sculptures.


Watch this space for new artist introductions.