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Erika is a graduate Alumni of DePaul University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Animation, specializing in traditional and Digital Art; She is an art student who dreams of doing my own animation for either my own personal success or conceptual art in the film or game industry.
"Nature has always been one of my greatest inspirations, but I am deeply worried about it."
When Joe was thirteen, he attended a weekend retreat at a local seminary and two things stayed with him. He fell in love with the creative process after painting and firing a mug for his dad and he learned the Latin word for peace is PAX. Several years later he returned to pottery and discovered a great sense of peace when he worked with clay. "I wanted to send a message out to the world, without using my voice. PAX is my message; we need more of it in our lives!" - A Peaceful Potter
Sarah, a former art student at Columbia College Chicago and new resident to Romeoville brings her own story and style to life in her art. She identifies as a "Military brat" Filipino American and says she is an amateur artist, still learning new techniques and methods to share her creative expressions. "Vincent Van Gogh is my favorite.. his story and style. My favorite quote from him is: 'I feel…that there is truly nothing more artistic than to love people'."
Mixed media artist Ruth Hong uses collage to depict personal experiences. Her work explored life's themes including mental health, childhood, self-identity and culture.
As a mixed-media artist, Tam works with alcohol ink painting, cyanotypes, and 360° and aerial photography. She loves to create complex abstract drawings inspired by nature, Zentangle and Aboriginal art which she calls her "Doodles". Tam also bakes beautiful cakes and desserts for her family and friends. She is passionate about the creative process and finds the laying down color or drawing line after line in her Doodles, offers time for meditation, relaxation and an escape from the day-to-day.
Patricia S. McCure (Besst Martin) is a retired high school English teacher with a passion for the written word. For more than 20 years, she has focused her writing on devotions and inspirational, faith-based material. She has produced numerous devotionals, group study programs, poems, stories, and scripts for family, friends, and church. Pat and her husband Larry enjoy amateur photography. Pat writes under a pen name as a tribute to her father and grandmother.
Heather remembers that she has always loved making art. "My love for art started when I was very little, when my grandmothers let me decorate their windows with my paper snowflakes each time I visited." Heather enjoys photography and painting in several different mediums. Her favorite is watercolor. Other arts and crafts in which she takes joy include sewing, needlepoint, gardening, and writing. "Creating something new in many respects is a labor of love and the most fulfilling."
Sharon Houk is a multidisciplinary artist and award-winning playwright. Her work has been seen in Coe Review, Rhino Fest, Irish American News, and the Billie Limacher Emerging Playwright’s Festival. Her much anticipated debut novel is entitled Carrots Will Not Absolve You.
Morgan has been creating for as long as she can remember, making silly things with scrap cardboard or anything around. Her passion at the moment is painting. She likes to paint a story that the viewer can look at, connect with, and form their own story within the painting. She has also taken a dive into digital art. Besides creating you could find her somewhere in nature taking in all the sights and sounds. Her dream is to be a successful tattoo artist who can feel proud of herself and her work.
Cheri Tanamal graduated with an Associates in Graphic Design. Cheri is currently studying Art Education at UIC.
You can view her portfolio at cheritanamal.com
Rachel is a self-taught artist creating through poetry, painting and mixed-media. She uses an intuitive approach aiming to connect with others through raw and honest art. Rachel finds inspiration in nature, meaningful interactions, good music, beautiful art, well-written characters, delicious food, wine and daily life. Her art pieces are created on stretched canvas, watercolor and mixed media paper using acrylics, inks, gouache, artist’s pens, pastels, collage materials, gold land silver leaf.
A lifelong Romeoville resident, Mike has always used art as an outlet. He attended Romeoville schools and Illinois Institute of Art. Mike paints, air brushes, and loves painting murals. Other accolades include owner of the Imperial Ink Tattoo Studio, three year participating artist for Tinley Park's "Benches on the Avenue" program where he was the recipient for "Artist's Best Use of Materials Award" and many hours of commissioned work. Mike is excited to share his talent and perspective with us.
Marita believes that God created her to be a creative person. To share, to give hope, to color people’s lives through her art. She is a curious person who loves to help others always looking for new goals in her art creations. Marita's passion for creating and experimenting with different mediums and art techniques inspired her to name her creative process the MAGIC WAND!! A simple crochet hook who gives her the tools to be a mom and an artist at the same time. View her magic world of art here.
After raising her children, Janice discovered her true love of art. She immersed herself in learning new skills that enhanced her natural talent and passion in the arts. She has displayed her work in several local art venues. She works primarily in oils and soft pastels, and also enjoys wood burning and needlepoint. "I am very versatile and it's things I like to do, but I would love to excel with my art. This is my goal."
Brook began her creative journey out of a way to escape loneliness and depression. By searching for ways to bring joy and serve others, she knew it would bring joy and help herself so she began to sew clothes and quilts for her family. As the years flew by, she expanded her creativity to cards and gifts to share with others. She enjoys sewing, paper crafting, and needle work. Her purpose for creating is to share joy and encouragement with others. You can find her creations at SunnyBrookCreek.com
Will enjoys participation in shared artistic endeavors and believes in spreading the love of art with all cultures and backgrounds for the benefit of all. Many talented, skilled mentors have guided his development. He feels that “we are kinship, sojourners, and ministers sharing hope, harmony, and healing” in diverse communities. Active in numerous community organizations, his interests range from poetry to stand-up comedy to integrative medicine.
For more on Will's work visit Glimmer Revisited
John works in a variety of media: wood, metal, plastics, casting materials, paper, stone, film, digital photography, graphics, music, and electronic media. He looks for the unusual in his surroundings and often finds that the ordinary can be presented in an exceptional or unique way. His work is continually in progress, like life. He hopes the viewer will find it full of the stuff of life—thought and emotion, dirt, excitement, and beauty; that it may have caught a spark that will inspire others.
Jamie has always loved to draw. After taking art classes in junior high, her talents blossomed. In high school, she took a variety of advanced art classes and participated in Illusion Art magazine, Art Club and Art Honor Society. After graduating from college she taught early childhood education for five years. These days, Jamie keeps busy as a stay-at-home mom and ATC artist. "It's been such an amazing hobby...I really enjoy sharing this with my children."
Thomas has a real love for creating and for community. Always striving to be a helping hand and connecting people. Early on, Thomas had an appreciation for the arts. In high school he took part in both band and theater. His continued creative endeavors and volunteerism include stage manager, camera man, video switcher, producer and his true passion—pyrotechnics. He is always thinking creatively, outside the box, and is involved with several community organizations.
Holly has authored four books. Her most recent publication, A Line in the Sand–A Journey Towards Forgiveness.
"To touch hearts with words has kind of become my purpose. I enjoy writing and publishing inspirational poetry, motivational quotes, and spiritual insights. I hope my words will stir hearts and inspire others in their purpose. I enjoy sketching, creating art and photo notecards.
Please visit my blog, where I enjoy sharing reflections, nuggets of wisdom, and anything that comes to mind."
RAS Member Benefits:
Invitation to display work at White Oak Library in Romeoville
Monthly member meetings and events - network with creatives
Member profile on the RAS website
Invitation to participate in Supper and Soiree
Invitation to Participate in member art exhibitions
Share your gift of creativity with the group and local art enthusiasts
2022-23 Annual membership fee $35.00