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July 2024 Featured Artist – Bailey Joyce

July 2024 Featured Artist – Bailey Joyce

Bailey has been drawing all her life and began painting in high school. She finds inspiration in traveling, nature, and art history, as well as characters and environments both whimsical and strange. Bailey’s preferred tools are ink, graphite, acryla gouache, and...
June 2024 Featured Artist – Sandi Johnson

June 2024 Featured Artist – Sandi Johnson

Sandi has the following to say about being an artist: I have been painting for about as long as I can remember. When I was a tot in church; we didn’t have Children’s Church way back then, but the kids sat with the adults in Big Church, I drew on a notebook Daddy had...
May 2024 Featured Artist – Julie Brigance

May 2024 Featured Artist – Julie Brigance

Julie Brigance has the following to say, as an artist: I, like many of my PAPA friends, have had a life-long love for art. Mine began with my talented, artistic mother. I grew up drawing and painting everything – even on Easter eggs. At school I was always decorating...
April 2024 Featured Artist – Suzanne Alexander

April 2024 Featured Artist – Suzanne Alexander

My love of textiles developed from an early age, probably from watching my mother and both grandmothers sew and do other handworks. After retirement I finally had time to pursue my interest in quilting and it’s become a meaningful activity. When my husband started...
March 2024 Featured Artist – Diane Ireland

March 2024 Featured Artist – Diane Ireland

Born and raised in Southern Illinois, Era Diane (Beggs) Ireland has always had a passion for the wildlife and beautiful scenery of the surrounding region. Following graduation from the Metropolis High School, Diane pursued her love of the outdoors by attending Shawnee...
February 2024 Featured Artist – Jan Barrett

February 2024 Featured Artist – Jan Barrett

Jan Barrett, a Livingston County native, recalls looking out her bedroom window as a young teenager, at the way the neighbor’s yard was framed in the window, and responded by picking up a plain school pencil and drawing it. From Livingston Co. originally, she and her...