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Lei

BIOGRAPHY

Lei Shanbhag was born and raised in an artist family in mainland China. After receiving her first degree in medicine in 1987, Lei came to the United States of America in 1989. Lei studied Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota and has been a freelance artist afterwards.

Since then Lei’s paintings and photography have been exhibited in solo and group shows at OK Harris Works of Arts (NY), Castle Gallery at the College of New Rochelle (NY), Polo Gallery (NJ), City Without Walls Gallery (NJ), Cinema Gallery (IL), Parkland College Art Gallery (IL), Verde Gallery (IL), Illini Art Gallery (IL), Krannert Museum, Krannert Performing Arts Center (IL), Springer Cultural Center (IL), Asian American Cultural Center of University of Illinois( IL), Richland Community College (IL) and others.

Lei’s visual arts endeavors include Painting, Mixed media, Photography,. Lei can be contacted by E-mail at: lshanbhag@hotmail.com .Please visit her website at http://www.leishanbhag.com for more information.

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.

aka "katoworks art studios" works in all mediums. recent work in hand cast paper, cast plaster. looking for venues to show art. chicago,st louis, indiana. 15 year champaign resident,now living 30 miles south.

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I am an artist residing in Mahomet, Illinois working primarily in oil pastel and acrylic paint.

I began my life as an artist on the floor of the dining room, drawing with crayons while my mother played the piano. My favorite game was to draw what I felt from her music.

I studied art and design at North Park College in Chicago, then pursued a career in graphic arts, finally retiring from that in March 2012. Meanwhile, I continued to study painting and drawing in my own time. I took classes wherever and whenever I could. I studied acrylic painting and anatomy drawing under Tom Heflin (another artist represented here on Fine Art Studio Online) through Rock Valley College in Rockford, IL. I went to work early, worked through my lunch hour, and stayed late, so I could take a class in watercolor from Don Lake at Parkland College in Champaign, IL. I began painting with watercolors about 15 years ago and continue to learn new techniques and explore new subject matter.

I have displayed my work at summer art fairs throughout Illinois and in Wisconsin, displayed at the Artists Against Aids benefit show and sale in Champaign, IL, where I was the top seller in 2004. When I went to pick up my paintings, they handed me a check! I have displayed at the Boneyard Arts Festival in Champaign/Urbana, and had a show with my husband at Indigo Artists' Co-op in Champaign, IL. He had photographs of ships and I was doing paintings of fish, so we called the show "Fish and Ships".
My fish paintings were so well received that I decided to keep swimming for a while.

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