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Primarily known for her vocals (jazz-spiked folk and avant garde/noise) and songwriting (dubbed "soulful indie rock"), elizaBeth also specializes in collaborative projects for adults and children. Her other key areas of expertise include storytelling and printmaking (stencils, silkscreens, blockprints)

Ralph Roether has been a working professional graphic designer for over 18 years. He is also an artist that works with Acrylic, Ink, Markers and Pencil, usually on paper or some sort of wood surface. His work ranges from cartoon doodles, sexual type graffiti style, to illustrative portraits. Ralph studied and created art from an early age when he was put in a special art class in 4th grade with his local high school art teacher. After high school he then earned a one year scholarship to Rend Lake College were he studied the rudiments of art and design for two years. He then transferred into the Graphic Design program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At U of I he was one of two students picked as "Outstanding Senior in Graphic Design" the year he graduated with his BFA.

Since the early 2000's Ralph has to delved back into his art, combining it with graphic design and started participating in local art shows in Champaign, IL. He participates in the Boneyard Arts Festival and Artist Against AIDS shows on a regular basis. He has also shown work at the Dirty Show in Detroit, Michigan. Ralph has some art at www.ralphroether.com and also has a portfolio of graphic design at ralphroether.tumblr.com.

Ralph also performs as the lead singer of the band The Keylocks.

I was born and raised in Chicago. I attended Columbia College where I received my BS in Fine Art. Upon graduation I taught preschool, ages 3 and 4, for four years at the McGaw YMCA of Evanston. It was then that I realized I wanted to become an art teacher, so I enrolled in the graduate program at Illinois State University where I received my MS in Art Education and Art Therapy. Upon graduation, I worked in an Alzheimer's unit organizing art activities and therapy groups for one year. In 2004 I started teaching art to grades 9 – 12 at Iroquois West High School in Gilman, Illinois, where I am presently employed. I am in my ninth year of teaching, and recently received national certification. I have also been a member of the Illinois Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association since 1998.

I currently show my paintings at Aroma Cafe in Champaign, Illinois, Beads and Botanicals in Urbana, Illinois, and at Po Boys BBQ restaurant also in Urbana, Illinois. I show my work regularly at Artists Against Aids, and have participated in shows held at Indi Go Gallery, The IMC, and at The Coffeehouse in Normal, Illnois.

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