SMocK: A Paint Party, Gift Idea, and Creative Way to Help Fund The Arts

by Lynn S. Schwebach A lifelong friend who knows me quite well, called me while I was living in Chicago this past summer and asked me if I wanted to go with her to a party.  “I know you’re going to love this. The party involves eating, drinking, and PAINTING.” “I’m in,” I said, hearing …

Audrey Niffenegger: An Interview on Writing Books, Creating Art, and Teaching

by Lynn S. Schwebach When you discover an author who is also a visual artist, you’re on the path to uncovering the secrets of creativity. Someone who works in both artistic domains is defying those experts who say we are either “word” people or “image” people. Which happens to be the case with Audrey Niffenegger. …

The Healing Energy of Bonnie Lebesch’s Art

by Lynn S. Schwebach Every so often, you meet someone whose philosophy on life causes you to pause and reflect, leading you ask yourself if you’re living out your life in a meaningful, truthful way. This type of introspection seems to especially haunt artists and those who find meaning through careers that don’t deliver monthly …

Tartx: Tiffini Elektra X Combines Art and Business into Successful Product Line

Tiffini Elektra X wears one of her Anne Boleyn scarves  by Lynn S. Schwebach Several years ago, I was strolling around an outdoor art fair in Fort Collins, Colorado when a booth of unusual jewelry caught my eye. I instantly fell in love with some domino necklaces – painted dominoes with images of fairy tale …

Keith Kimmels’ Eyes and Art Reflect the World

Organic by Keith Kimmel by Lynn S. Schwebach I connected with North Carolina artist Keith Kimmel through the organization “Artist’s Assembled” in Fort Collins, Colorado. After “friending” him on Facebook, I spent a long time viewing his art on his Timeline, and couldn't stop looking. As one of his friends commented: "It really speaks to …

Artist Tamarah Long’s Architecturally Inspired Drawings

by Lynn S. Schwebach Artist, architect, and actress, Tamarah Long calls herself “observer of the world.” That’s the name she gave herself in 1996, traveling around Costa Rica, writing in her journal. Having just finished graduate school with a master’s degree in architecture, she realized that she should be sketching as well. She had completed …