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Featured Artist of the Month – January 2017

Lisa’s Bistro

Holly Hamilton

HollyPerforming and Visual Arts have always played a special role in my life. I was very creative as a child and loved to draw and play piano. I started taking dance regularly throughout the Tri-state area and became hooked.  During High School I danced with Arizona Ballet Conservatory, with several lead roles in Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.  At the age of fifteen I started teaching dance and became involved in community performances and competitive dance.  In High School I discovered my interest in drawing, painting, and ceramics. My senior year I held my own Art exhibit at the Holly FlowerLaughlin Library and was awarded Laughlin High School Artist of the Year.

In 2003, I began teaching Art, Dance, Music, and Science classes with the College for Kids and Community Outreach Program, while putting myself through college.  I received an Associate’s Degree in Art and MCC’s student Pinnacle Award. I was also named to the All-Arizona and All-USA Academic Team, receiving a full college tuition scholarship. This enabled me to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education K-8 grades with Northern Arizona University and a Minor in Art.Featured Artist

Today, I teach K-5 Art at Desert Valley Elementary School in Bullhead City, AZ.  With the 21stCentury after school program, I teach art club and coach a cheer/dance team. I enjoy teaching immensely and find rewards in it every day. Enrichment I have performed Belly Dance and Hawaiian/Tahitian locally and in Las Vegas, NV for professional shows, community events, Birthdays, Luau’s, and Weddings. For three years I worked with the Arizona Veterans Association coordinating festivals such as the Oktoberfest, Irish Festival, and the Chili Cook Off. In 2007 the Veterans Association awarded me with the community service Luke Award.

I draw inspiration from nature, people, and animals, aspiring to capture their vibrant color, emotion, and beauty. I have painted wall murals and also four book covers for a published author. I enjoy working with the RVAG to promote displaying art and providing classes in the community.  Much of the Guilds’ efforts support community events such as the High school, Tri-State Art Show

“ For three years I worked with the Arizona Veterans Association coordinating festivals such as the Oktoberfest.”

Holly Hamilton -Artist

Artist of the Month – Hargrove Library, Mohave Community College

Dean Oliverio – October 2016

Dean Oliverio

Dean is the creator of Dynamic Art Response, which is prescribed to rapidly increase value for estates and collectors by invaluable leverage & art heritage. But his story begins from the sandy beaches of Hawaii to sunny California where he grew up.livid-dean_oliverio_abst

Dean has always been an artist…

Sitting in Church one day on a hot hawaiian afternoon, his mother glances over to check on her son. Its unusual for him to not be so fussy while sitting through such a boring sermon. She notices the collage of sharks, waves and sunsets on a tithe envelope – coming from such a tiny four year old and wonders if this is who he’s gonna be when he grows up. Little did she know..

It was shortly before they left the islands that Deans mother was approached by his 2nd grade teacher with a picture in her hand of the building just outside of the classroom, which Dean drew. The detail of windows, blocks, sky, trees and grass amazed his mother. Deans mother was told to encourage her son to pursue his artistic abilities in which she did.

Unfortunately, California proved to be a challenge for Dean with frequent visits to the Principals Office. And more difficulty followed suit at thirteen, with the divorce of his parents.

anticipate-dean_oliverio_abstIt helped Dean to win awards when he chose to enter them, but he didn’t quite understand how a career in art would work for him. So at sixteen he drops out of high school to work in Construction.

No matter what he did or how much money he made, Dean couldn’t get away from art. He would think about it while he was working and would often draw or paint on walls that he wasn’t supposed to be messing with. He even got kicked off a jobsite once for painting a mural with unused paint cans laying on the floor.

Now retired from Construction, Dean has relocated to Arizona raising his teenage son on his own. He paints in the studio next to the kitchen and just started experimenting doing larger work with acrylic on watercolor paper.

With music or silence, the stapled sheet of paper on drywall starts off as a blanket of white. And when its time, out comes the paint in a flurry of smears, scrapes and swashes. Its funny that Dean still uses construction tools to come up with his images, but hey.. it works.

If Dean were to sum up his life in a few words, it probably sound something like this..

“Life can get difficult for everyone, at every turn we face something different. I believe that a person can be joyous and sad at the same time.. one of the many mysteries which makes life so interesting.”

Dean

 Featured Artist of the Month – Lisa’s Bistro – Bullhead City

Antonia Citrino – December 2016

  As always, my art is dedicated to my late husband Joe; a passionate and caring man, a motivator and my inspiration.   Although I have worked in graphite, charcoal, watercolor and photography, pastel–the oldest of the media with its broad range of lively and vivid colors–has become my passion.whale-tale

My impetus comes from other people, what they feel and see in my work. A collector once asked me if I put any hidden messages in my painting called      Stones. I may have? Come by and we’ll discuss it!

herring
I  have had the honor of judging the 15th annual Tri  State HS Art Show, the Topock Elementary Art  Show and chairing the first annual Laughlin   Ranch Art Show.

Throughout the years I have received numerous awards and an abundance of sales for which I am truly grateful.   Thank you, Antonia.

Artist of the Month –
Hargrove Library, Mohave Community College (Coming August 20th)
Georgia Ryan

 

Coyote

Coyote

Georgia Ryan was born, raised, and educated in Northern California. She attended Holy Names College in Oakland, CA, graduated from the University of California, San Francisco, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene, and practiced that profession for 33 years in California and Arizona.

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

Georgia and her husband, Jim, owned and operated Ryan Signs and Graphics in Ft. Mohave, AZ for 20 years. Throughout Georgia’s life, she has been driven by a creative impulse, fascinated by the challenge of figuring out how “things” (art) are made, then making her own interpretation of them.

She is largely self-taught with books, DVDs, the Internet, and shamelessly picking the brains of artists, she meets at shows or anywhere else. Georgia has taken classes in drawing, glass bead making, jewelry making (lost wax casting), ceramics, photography, egg carving, and sculpture. For the past several years, she has focused on three areas:  kiln formed glass, in which she has been experimenting with a variety of techniques, some simple, some very complex, time consuming and difficult; sculptural pottery (clay) tiles; and chain maille jewelry, all very creatively rewarding.

Brain

Brain

“I create because I am driven to do so. Creating is one of the necessary components of a (my) balanced life. Without it, I malfunction. And it’s fun!  My inspiration comes from just about anything – nature, conversations, a dream I had last night. I do not seek to persuade, judge, impose a philosophy, or make any particular statement with my work, other than to say look what I did. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!”

Georgia Ryan

Artist of the Month –
Hargrove Library, Mohave Community College
Georgia Ryan

Georgia Ryan - Green Foam Bowl

Georgia Ryan - 3rd Place - Light

Georgia Ryan – Green Foam Bowl
Black Mountain Art show

Georgia Ryan was born, raised, and educated in Northern California. She attended Holy Names College in Oakland, CA, graduated from the University of California, San Francisco, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene, and practiced that profession for 33 years in California and Arizona.

Georgia and her husband, Jim, owned and operated Ryan Signs and Graphics in Ft. Mohave, AZ for 20 years. Throughout Georgia’s life, she has been driven by a creative impulse, fascinated by the challenge of figuring out how “things” (art) are made, then making her own interpretation of them.

She is largely self-taught with books, DVDs, the Internet, and shamelessly picking the brains of artists, she meets at shows or anywhere else. Georgia has taken classes in drawing, glass bead making, jewelry making (lost wax casting), ceramics, photography, egg carving, and sculpture. For the past several years, she has focused on three areas: kiln formed glass, in which she has been experimenting with a variety of techniques, some simple, some very complex, time consuming and difficult; sculptural pottery (clay) tiles; and chain maille jewelry, all very creatively rewarding.

“I create because I am driven to do so. Creating is one of the necessary components of a (my) balanced life. Without it, I malfunction. And it’s fun! My inspiration comes from just about anything – nature, conversations, a dream I had last night. I do not seek to persuade, judge, impose a philosophy, or make any particular statement with my work, other than to say look what I did. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!”

” I create because I am driven to do so. Creating is one of the necessary components of a (my) balanced life.”

Georgia Ryan -Artist

Artist of the Month –

February 2016 MCC College Library

Cathy Farell

My name is Cathy Farrell.

I was born and raised in Hawaii and have had an interest in art for many years. I married Jeff 32 years ago and raised two sons. We relocated to San Diego, and then decided to move to Bullhead City in 2005.Cathy Farrel 1

I have worked with different mediums over the years. I studied at Honolulu Academy of Arts, with oils, water color, acrylics and charcoal. I have a wide range of interest in crafts and, also worked with silk and dried floral arrangements.

Cathy Farrel 2
I retired as an Operating Room Technologist from Western Medical Regional Center, so now I am able to create more of my paintings using medicine bottle vial caps, yards of CO2 or IV tubing.  I am able to create paintings giving it a 3-dimensional effect.

This is my way of recycling materials that are normally thrown away and placed in our landfields. Painting with acrylics. The use of these materials brings a new dimension and interest to my artwork.Cathy Farrel 3

My subject of interest can be landscaping, desert scenes, portraits of Indians, western art, or subject on request. Usually most of my paintings will take up to 3 months to complete. The detailing throughout the painting is time consuming, but the end result is the beauty of my paintings.

I hope that you enjoy my artwork. It is for sale, so just ask at the bar what the prices are.

” This is my way of recycling materials that are normally thrown away and placed in our land fills”

Cathy Farell -Artist

Featured Artist of the Month – January 2016

Lisa’s Bistro,  BullHead City, AZ

Antonia Citrino

Would like to dedicate “Featured Artist of the Month,” to my late husband “Joe,” a passionate and caring man, a motivator and an Antonia 2inspiration for me. A poem I wrote after his passing: GONE GONE FOREVER Beneath this palm frond my husband laid, collapsing Antonia 1before me this JFK Day. No more laughter, smiles and playful teasing. My world is shattered, my heart is bleeding. Your passion for life always held me together, without you, it has now been severed. GONE GONE FOREVER……..AC The broad range of bright and vivid colors allowed with pastels have become my fervent passion in this oldest of medias, although I have works in graphite, charcoal, watercolor and photography. My motivation comes from other people, what they feel or see in my works. Last year, as I was showing at Lisa’s this gentleman, a collector of art, called me over, pointed to an area of my “Stones” painting and asked if Antonia 3there was a hidden message. Now you might ask, “have you created hidden faces and messages” yes. So come by and we’ll discuss how my subliminal mind was at Antonia 4work, unbeknownst to me. This past year had the honor to judge at the 15th annual Tri State HS Art Show and Topock Elementary Art Classes. Have received many awards current/past and sales that I am truly grateful for……….Thank you, Antonia.

” My motivation comes from other people, what they feel or see in my works.“

Antonia Citrino -Artist

Artist of the Month – December 2015

MCC College – Casey Chapman

 

Casey Chapman was born and raised in Bullhead City, he grew up with drugs and alcohol in his family.  His mother and grandmother IMG_0190were the family members who had the heaviest influence in raising him, they both have recently passed away.Casey is currently enrolled at Mohave Community College studying art.  He has been awarded a couple of scholarships and received awards at the MMC Live Art Competition.  RVAG awarded him $150.00 this past year for the MCC Student Art Awards and he placed 3rd place in the Day of the Dead art show.

He was exposed to Adult Japanese animation, “Ghost in the Shell”, at a very young age. He has a passion for comic books and animation. Animation artists such as Todd McFarlan ( Marvel Comic’s Spider-Man),  Humerto Ramos (DC Comics’ Mexican comic book penciller – Amazing Spider-Man and Crimson), Jack Kirby, (Marvel Comics’ Captain America in partnership with Joe Simon) and  Steve Ditco (American comic book artist creator of Doctor Stange and co-creator of Spider-Man) are artists that have influenced his interest in comic’s. Casey’s passion is art. His goal is to make comic’s his career and wishes to publish his own comic book series.

IMG_0188Casey’s philosophy of life, is from the influence of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche whose key tenets of his philosophy is “life-affirmation”, “which embraces the realities of the world in which we live over the idea of a world beyond. It further champions the creative powers of the individual to strive beyond social, cultural, and moral contexts.” Casey’s work varies, but the purpose is to bring out emotion in people, to help them express themselves individually.IMG_0193

Casey’s favorite award was when he was kicked out of an art show in high school, because someone complained that his artwork was not appropriate.  He said he felt anger and saw the hypocrisy of it all when the person who complained won 3rd place in that show.  His art teacher advocated for him and tried very hard to let his piece stay in the show.  It was said by many, that he would have won 1stplace if he had been allowed to stay in the show.

Casey is 23 years old.   Be sure to stop by the college library to enjoy his wonderful art.

“I began a lifetime love of painting Rock stars and celebrities”

Casey Chapman -Artist

Artist of the Month – November 2015

MCC College – Casey Chapman

 

Casey Chapman was born and raised in Bullhead City, he grew up with drugs and alcohol in his family.  His mother and grandmother IMG_0190were the family members who had the heaviest influence in raising him, they both have recently passed away.Casey is currently enrolled at Mohave Community College studying art.  He has been awarded a couple of scholarships and received awards at the MMC Live Art Competition.  RVAG awarded him $150.00 this past year for the MCC Student Art Awards and he placed 3rd place in the Day of the Dead art show.

He was exposed to Adult Japanese animation, “Ghost in the Shell”, at a very young age. He has a passion for comic books and animation. Animation artists such as Todd McFarlan ( Marvel Comic’s Spider-Man),  Humerto Ramos (DC Comics’ Mexican comic book penciller – Amazing Spider-Man and Crimson), Jack Kirby, (Marvel Comics’ Captain America in partnership with Joe Simon) and  Steve Ditco (American comic book artist creator of Doctor Stange and co-creator of Spider-Man) are artists that have influenced his interest in comic’s. Casey’s passion is art. His goal is to make comic’s his career and wishes to publish his own comic book series.

IMG_0188Casey’s philosophy of life, is from the influence of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche whose key tenets of his philosophy is “life-affirmation”, “which embraces the realities of the world in which we live over the idea of a world beyond. It further champions the creative powers of the individual to strive beyond social, cultural, and moral contexts.” Casey’s work varies, but the purpose is to bring out emotion in people, to help them express themselves individually.IMG_0193

Casey’s favorite award was when he was kicked out of an art show in high school, because someone complained that his artwork was not appropriate.  He said he felt anger and saw the hypocrisy of it all when the person who complained won 3rd place in that show.  His art teacher advocated for him and tried very hard to let his piece stay in the show.  It was said by many, that he would have won 1stplace if he had been allowed to stay in the show.

Casey is 23 years old.   Be sure to stop by the college library to enjoy his wonderful art.

“I began a lifetime love of painting Rock stars and celebrities”

Chris DeCamp -Artist

Artist of the Month –

October 2015 MCC College

Chris DeCamp

Rob.ZombieHi, I am Chris DeCamp and I paint Rock Stars and celebrities.
I grew up in a small town in Missouri, and moved with my husband to Bullhead City in 1986. I have always listened to rock n roll music (I have two older sisters), but it was in High School that I really started drawing and painting. I haven’t had formal training, but had a blast in High School art class. My best friend and I would sit in her room listening to music and design posters for my sisters’ rock band. We were obsessed with the Beatles, so I began a lifetime love of painting Rock stars and celebrities.

Over the years I have tried painting landscapes, still lifes, etc… but I don’t get the enjoyment orSteven Tyler Aerosmith
satisfaction that comes from trying to capture the essence of a really interesting face – Mick Jagger, Keith
Richards, Rob Zombie? …… you can’t get much more interesting than those faces!

” This is my way of recycling materials that are normally thrown away and placed in our landfields”

Cathy Farrel -Artist

Artist of the Month –

July 2015 MCC College Library

Georgia Craig

Artist’s Statement

In my early 20s a friend invited me along to an art class in a garage. Although I had never picked up a brush and had not recognized myself to be an artist, that day I became one. From that point on, I visited one art show after another to Georgia Craig Paintinglearn and feel. I enrolled in all the courses I could work into my schedule.   I began my artistic adventure in oils grounded in realism. Eventually I evolved towards the mediums of acrylic and paper collage. My fondest and most enlightening learning experiences were with Elanie Moore.  Under her tutelage, I discovered within myself the need to work with texture leaning towards the abstract. My principal medium is collage, yet I experiment with other mediums and techniques. I have yet to settle on one and may never. As an artist, I have learned the most from teaching to children. I live by this quote from Picasso, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Artist’s Bio

George Craig, a 30 year Arizona resident, attended art classes at Mt. San Jacinto College in Hemet, California, Georgia Craig Painting 2workshops at the Idyllwild School of the Arts and papermaking classes at College of the Desert in Palm Desert.  She has been the art specialist in Topock Elementary Georgia Craig Painting 3District for 11 years and has facilitated College for Kids art courses at MCC. She regularly attends the annual conference presented by the Arizona Art Education Association.  Her work has been shown regionally in Southern California, Nevada and locally in Arizona. Her work is in private collections in Australia, France, and The United States. Her Web page is www.georgiacragstudio.com.

As an artist, I have learned the most from teaching to children. I live by this quote from Picasso, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Georgia Craig -Artist

Featured Artist of the Month – July 2016

Hargrove Library, Mohave Community College

Mary Bolch

I became an active participant in the Arts when I was a child. My mother insisted that my sisters and I appreciate artistic culture in our young lives. So, at the age of 8, I began taking piano lessons, where I studied the classics, Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, Bach, Rachmaninoff, etc. and later in my teens Rock and Roll. I studied piano for 10 years, and was involved in many community recitals in Napa, California.

Watercolor -Zebra

Watercolor -Zebra

 

I studied art in Junior High, High School, and College. In my senior year of high school, my art teacher submitted my name to U. C. Berkeley in California for an art scholarship. Berkeley sent me the scholarship offer, however, I was unable to take advantage of it and went to work. My study of Piano and Art, in my youth helped me to develop the discipline I would need for college and my career as a Communication Engineer in the Communications Industry.

Pen & Pencil- One Dragon

Pen & Pencil- One Dragon

I have studied art and painting for many years in order to improve my art skills. I discovered watercolor at a local Arts and Craft Store in Sacramento, California and fell in love with the watercolor medium. I enjoy the uncertainty of the flow of color and water on the paper. I have a fascination with color, so my art is very strong with color. I develop the design for my painting and then study the color wheel to determine what colors I will use to create the painting.

Discovering watercolor was a turning point for me in the art world, as it helped me to focus on my creativity, and to relieve the everyday pressures of work and family. I became absorb in the painting process, more than any other medium. I am able to create something that is my own. I am exploring more with my artwork, by experimenting with abstract work in watercolor and Pen and Pencil.

Pen & Pencil -Love You

Pen & Pencil -Love You

I am very involved in the local River Valley Artists Guild, Inc. I have helped with many Art Events and the Annual Black Mountain Fine Art Show. This organization is a 501 C-3 and gives scholarships and monetary awards to local students within the Tri-Sate area. I believe that creativity helps to keep us balanced, whether we are a participant or just a person who enjoys art, music, and other mediums of creativity.

Featured Artist of the Month – June 2016

Lisa’s Bistro

Holly Hamilton

HollyPerforming and Visual Arts have always played a special role in my life. I was very creative as a child and loved to draw and play piano. I started taking dance regularly throughout the Tri-state area and became hooked.  During High School I danced with Arizona Ballet Conservatory, with several lead roles in Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.  At the age of fifteen I started teaching dance and became involved in community performances and competitive dance.  In High School I discovered my interest in drawing, painting, and ceramics. My senior year I held my own Art exhibit at the Holly FlowerLaughlin Library and was awarded Laughlin High School Artist of the Year.

In 2003, I began teaching Art, Dance, Music, and Science classes with the College for Kids and Community Outreach Program, while putting myself through college.  I received an Associate’s Degree in Art and MCC’s student Pinnacle Award. I was also named to the All-Arizona and All-USA Academic Team, receiving a full college tuition scholarship. This enabled me to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education K-8 grades with Northern Arizona University and a Minor in Art.Featured Artist

Today, I teach K-5 Art at Desert Valley Elementary School in Bullhead City, AZ.  With the 21stCentury after school program, I teach art club and coach a cheer/dance team. I enjoy teaching immensely and find rewards in it every day. Enrichment I have performed Belly Dance and Hawaiian/Tahitian locally and in Las Vegas, NV for professional shows, community events, Birthdays, Luau’s, and Weddings. For three years I worked with the Arizona Veterans Association coordinating festivals such as the Oktoberfest, Irish Festival, and the Chili Cook Off. In 2007 the Veterans Association awarded me with the community service Luke Award.

I draw inspiration from nature, people, and animals, aspiring to capture their vibrant color, emotion, and beauty. I have painted wall murals and also four book covers for a published author. I enjoy working with the RVAG to promote displaying art and providing classes in the community.  Much of the Guilds’ efforts support community events such as the High school, Tri-State Art Show

“ For three years I worked with the Arizona Veterans Association coordinating festivals such as the Oktoberfest.”

Holly Hamilton -Artist

Featured Artist of the Month – May 2016

Lisa’s Bistro

Laurel Stevens

Hello, my name is Laurel Stevens.

I am retired now and dedicating a lot of my time and energy to my “passion”. Painting is my happy place. A great source of accomplishment and satisfaction is when the final stroke is added to the canvas, usually, that is my signature.IMG_0276

I have always loved art. As a child, I spent a good deal of time coloring and drawing. In High School, I attended a few art classes and in college, I was enrolled in Graphic Arts. In my Forties, I enjoyed taking ceramics, sculpture, Life Drawing and Drama. I received a gift of Oil Painting Classes and a beginning set of Paints, Brushes, and an Easel.

My medium is Oil, because to me oil is very forgiving. I can adjust and blend at will. My favorite reason is the fragrance of oil paints; I inhale deeply and jump in.

My artistic influences are the “Great Outdoors,” Seascapes, Deserts and the Rocky Mountains.

IMG_0277In 1994, my”new” husband and I moved to Colorado and lived there for 12 years. We moved to the coast of Maine in 2006 and remained there until the fall of 2014. We now live in Kingman and I believe this is where we will stay.

At this time of my life I was determined to increase my Portfolio and to join a
supportive Art Guild such as “The River Valley Artists Guild, Inc.”.

I enjoy showing my work; recently I have shown work at Mohave Bank and the Ice Cream Shop in Kingman. I have a few pieces displayed in Temecula, Apple Valley, and Torrance, California.

Sharing my work gives me Great Pleasure.

“ Sharing my work gives me Great Pleasure.”

Laurel Stevens-Artist

Featured Artist of the Month –

Lisa’s Bistro – April 2016

Tina Schneider

Hi my name is Tina Schneider.  I became interested in Arts and Crafts several years ago with my sister, while our children were small. We began experimenting with ceramics.  I began painting in Acrylics about one and a half years ago.

My son, Adam, who is a canvas and tattoo artist in Las Vegas, has been the most influential person in my life, encouraging me to paint.  I relate to the artwork of my friend Rhio, of the Willow Valley Art Club the most. She has been very encouraging to me as I develop my skills in acrylic.

 

I have chosen Acrylic, because I am extremely comfortable with that medium.  I feel in acrylic you can accomplish the same kind of depth and mood as you can with oil paints.  My vision for my work is to learn to shadow better and to capture the emotion and passion of my subjects.IMGP1759
I have lived in Colorado, California and now Arizona.  I hope that the people who see my work will feel the emotion that I try to express in the eyes of each of my subjects; the sadness, the despair, the curiosity, the happiness and the playfulness or the “What Me?” “Did I do That”?

Featured Artist of the Month –

Lisa’s Bistro – March 2016

Georgia Craig

Gecco #2In my early 20s a friend invited me along to an art class in a garage. Although I had never picked up a brush and had not recognized myself to be an artist, that day I became one. From that point on, I visited one art show after another to learn and feel. I enrolled in all the courses I could work into my schedule.   I began my artistic adventure in oils grounded in realism. Eventually I evolved towards the mediums of acrylic and paper collage. My fondest and most enlightening learning experiences were with Elanie Moore.  Under her tutelage, I discovered within myself the need to work with texture leaning towards the abstract. My principal medium is collage, yet I experiment with other mediums and techniques. I have yet to settle on one and may never. As an artist, I have learned the most from teaching to children. I live by this quote from Picasso, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”                                                          102_8891 (2)cropped (2)

George Craig, a 30 year Arizona resident, attended art classes at Mt. San Jacinto College in Hemet, California, workshops at the Idyllwild School of the Arts and papermaking classes at College of the Desert in Palm Desert.  She has been the art specialist in Topock Elementary District for 11 years and has facilitated College for Kids art courses at MCC. She regularly attends the annual conference presented by the Arizona Art Education Association.  Her work has been shown regionally in Southern California, Nevada and locally in Arizona. Her work is in private collections in Australia, France, and The United States. Her Web page is www.georgiacragstudio.com.

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Georgia Craig-Artist

Featured Artist of the Month – February 2016

Lisa’s Bistro,  BullHead City, AZ

Lory Butterfass

Monterey
EscapeMy love of photography began at the age of nine. Studied at Cerritos College in CA. Did a one whoman show for Cerritos Center. My love continged; doing 20 Pelicanyears of art shows along the beaches of Southern CA. Photographying the Oregon and Washinton coasts. There is so much beauty in Landscape Photography and my hope is that my images will bring you some serenity.

” My love of photography began at the age of nine.”

Lory Butterfass -Artist

Featured Artist of the Month – December 2015

Lisa’s Bistro,  BullHead City, AZ

Rene McCarley

IMG_1033Beginning at a very young age, I loved art. My favorite medium back then was crayons on any wall I could find (sorry mom and dad). Now, 30+ years later, my favorite medium is photography. From the first roll of film I shot, I have always loved capturing the world around us and showing beauty where others might not see it. I also love to restore other’s cherished photographs that have been damaged so they may be enjoyed for many more generations.IMG_0496_11x14
At all levels of my education, I heavily participated in the visual arts. In high school, I was introduced to Commercial Art, or what is now referred to as Graphic Design. I instantly knew what I wanted to go to college for.  I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in IMG_0073Graphic Design. After 4 years of being a Graphic Designer, I realized compromising my work for a pay check was not what I had envisioned for my career. While in college, I took a photography class and it immediately appealed to my meticulous nature. I focused my creativity on that and now have my own photography business where I never have to alter my work for others.

” I focused my creativity on that and now have my own photography business where I never have to alter my work for others.”

Rene McCarley -Artist

Featured Artist of the Month – November 2015

Lisa’s Bistro,  BullHead City, AZ

Holly Hamilton

Performing and Visual Arts have always played a special role in my life. I was very creative as a child and loved to draw and play IMG_0208piano. I started taking dance regularly throughout the Tri-state area and became hooked.  During High School I danced with Arizona Ballet Conservatory, with several lead roles in Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.  At the age of fifteen I started teaching dance and became involved in community performances and competitive dance.  In High School I discovered my interest in drawing, painting, and ceramics. My senior year I held my own Art exhibit at the Laughlin Library and was awarded Laughlin High School Artist of the Year.

In 2003, I began teaching Art, Dance, Music, and Science classes with the College for Kids and Community Outreach Program, while putting myself through college.  I received an Associate’s Degree in Art and MCC’s student Pinnacle Award. I was also named to the All-Arizona and All-USA Academic Team, receiving a full college tuition scholarship. This enabled me to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education K-8 grades with Northern Arizona University and a Minor in Art.

IMG_0206 (1)  Today, I teach Pre K-5 Art at Desert Valley Elementary School in Bullhead City, AZ.  With the 21st Century after school program, I teach art club and coach a cheer/dance team. I enjoy teaching immensely and find rewards in it every day. Enrichment through art, dance, and music play a major role in developing young peoples’ character and self-esteem.  I believe the Arts are invaluable, as they aide the development of higher levels of critical thinking skills, coordination, and creativity in all ages.

I have performed Belly Dance and Hawaiian/Tahitian locally and in Las Vegas, NV for professional shows, community events, Birthdays, Luau’s, and Weddings. For three years I worked with theIMG_0209 Arizona Veterans Association coordinating festivals such as the Oktoberfest, Irish Festival, and the Chili Cook Off. In 2007 the Veterans Association awarded me with the community service Luke Award.

I draw inspiration from nature, people, and animals, aspiring to capture their vibrant color, emotion, and beauty. I have painted wall murals and also four book covers for a published author. I enjoy working with the RVAG to promote displaying art and providing classes in the community.  Much of the Guilds’ efforts support community events such as the High school, Tri-State Art Show.

” I draw inspiration from nature, people, and animals, aspiring to capture their vibrant color, emotion, and beauty”

Holly Hamilton -Artist

Featured Artist of the Month –

October 2015 Lisa’s Bistro

Kathleen Ludwig

“Art is a way of life, an attitude, a feeling. There is a constant search for themes, new mediums, light and darks, messages to convey in paintings. Sometimes what you search for is right in front of you. My acrylic paintings take on a life of their own.Kathy2

Home is finding inspiration in your surroundings and where artists gather. I now reside in Nevada. I’ve found beauty in the neon lights of Las Vegas, the Mesa’s of Mesquite, and the cool water of the Colorado River in Laughlin, Nevada.

My goal is to give back to society through art, by stretching my imagination and using more topical themes that might inspire viewers to look at the world in a new light.”Kathy1

Kathleen’s artwork is extraordinary and colorful. I know that you will enjoy her delightful images as much as I do.

Please be sure to visit Lisa’s Bistro, Bullhead City to experience Kathleen’s exhibit for the month
of October 2015.

“I began a lifetime love of painting Rock stars and celebrities”

Chris DeCamp -Artist

Featured Artist of the Month –

September 2015 Lisa’s Bistro

Cathy Farell

 

 

My name is Cathy Farrell.

I was born and raised in Hawaii and have had an interest in art for many years. I married Jeff 32 years ago and raised two sons. We relocated to San Diego, and then decided to move to Bullhead City in 2005.Cathy Farrel 1

I have worked with different mediums over the years. I studied at Honolulu Academy of Arts, with oils, water color, acrylics and charcoal. I have a wide range of interest in crafts and, also worked with silk and dried floral arrangements.

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I retired as an Operating Room Technologist from Western Medical Regional Center, so now I am able to create more of my paintings using medicine bottle vial caps, yards of CO2 or IV tubing.  I am able to create paintings giving it a 3-dimensional effect.

This is my way of recycling materials that are normally thrown away and placed in our landfields. Painting with acrylics. The use of these materials brings a new dimension and interest to my artwork.Cathy Farrel 3

My subject of interest can be landscaping, desert scenes, portraits of Indians, western art, or subject on request. Usually most of my paintings will take up to 3 months to complete. The detailing throughout the painting is time consuming, but the end result is the beauty of my paintings.

I hope that you enjoy my artwork. It is for sale, so just ask at the bar what the prices are.

” This is my way of recycling materials that are normally thrown away and placed in our land fills”

Cathy Farrel -Artist

Featured Artist of the Month –

July 2015 Lisa’s Bistro

Jackie Fergestad  

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Hi my name is Jakie Fergestad, I have always enjoyed creating things and art was the most fun part of school for me. I’ve had some wonderful teachers through the years and each had different strengths that I have tried to learn. My Mother also influenced my sister and I in art and music.

I have worked as a graphic artist most of my adult life and have had lots of commercial work published. I had had my greatest success in drawing perspective illustrations of homes for builders, drawing and digitizing illustrated maps and posters; and writing and illustrating a series of children’s books about the Minneapolis and Minnesota parks.

I’ve worked with watercolor, pastel and oil but my favorite medium remains acrylic painting. I can take my time with any part of the painting, do it over if it’s not right, layer it in transparent glazes like watercolor or build it up like oil. This will be my first show of fine art, I have presented my graphics, but never my paintings. This will be a fun new challenge. Norman Rockwell is my greatest influence.

The most fulfillment I feel in a finished piece is if it conveys the idea or mood that I felt when I chose the subject.  I often combine numerous design elements, photos, colors into a computer layout using Photoshop to create the composition. This allows me to work out any design, value or balance issues before I begin the painting. My work is pretty realistic so if it looks like what I intended, I consider it successful.

I’m always happy to hear that someone wants to have one of my pieces in their home. Art has always been the favorite, whether it was work or hobby. My husband and I moved from Minnesota to Arizona to enjoy a warm retirement and brought my mom along with us.

“I have always enjoyed creating things and art was the most fun part of school for me.”

Jackie Fergestad -Artist

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