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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.

Kelli Roos is a passionate artist who share this love as an illustrator, graphic designer, and as a teacher. For over 13 years, Kelli has helped her clients communicate their needs and stories through her design and illustration. She is the illustrator for the children books Ol' Pigtoes and the upcoming Goodnight Princess. She shares her love of storytelling through the Champaign Park District as an art teacher. She teaches classes on how to create and draw comics for a variety of age groups. She shows students how professional create their comics and shows students how to make their stories engaging to their audience.

Ol' Pigtoes Website: http://www.prairie-papers.com/olpigtoes

Kelli Roos has admired art since the age of 3. She wasn't studying DaVinci, but Scooby Doo was just as enthralling at that age. Throughout the afternoon, Kelli would watch as many cartoons as she was allowed. This prompted Kelli's mom to write a note in a journal, “She is a cartoon nut.” As Kelli grew, she emulated the cartoons and comics around her, developing pencil control and learning more and more about storytelling. To continue her education, Kelli entered college and focused on graphic design and drawing and received her BFA in graphic design with an emphasis in figure drawing in May 2000.

I am a mostly self - taught painter and a printmaker who has had the benefit of gifted teachers in the areas of painting and printmaking. I draw, paint and etch in the styles of representation, reduction ( the Prairie Prayer Shawl Series) and abstraction. I paint in watercolors, acrylics, pastels, and pastels on paper, canvas or drafting mylar. My intaglios are hand pulled prints from copper plate of etchings, aquatints, soft grounds. Also, lithographs from stone and solar plate and collographs from solar plate.
Recently, I have been using the greener, more environmentally friendly forms of woodcuts and solar print making, where the sun and water replace the acids and petroleum products of traditional etching I also embroider some my compositions on canvas. You can see examples of all of these 2 dimensional art forms on my website. Work can be purchased in its original form, as one of a kind paintings and drawings, limited edition prints, or in a few instances, as larger editions of offset prints.
I also take commissions.

Galleries and Displays
Ark in the Sanctuary of Sinai Temple of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, US; Uma Gallery, 30, W. 57th Street, New York City 2004-2008.
Gallery 33 Springfield Illinois.
Rend Lake, Illinois Artisan Gallery, Rend Lake, Illinois.
Chicago’s James R. Thompson Center, Illinois Artisan Gallery, Illinois.
www.Art-Exchange.com
www.Craftleagueofcu.org.
Volume II : Jewish Women in The World of Art, by Hedvig Brenner.(Hartung-Gorre Verlag Konstanz) 2004
Design Cover for “Houseboarting In The Ozarks” by Gary Forrester (Dufour Editions) 2004

Artistic Publications
Article on UV/Visible light transparency of various transparent films for transferring images to solar etching plate, by Rosalind Faiman Weinberg, in Solarplate Newsletter from Hampton Editions, March 2009.

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.

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Betty Lusk Hughes was born in rural Lake County, Illinois, and grew up surrounded by vast agricultural landscapes, animals and flower gardens. She comes from a long line of Illinois farmers, which contributes to her appreciation of the rural countryside.

Hughes began drawing with pencil and paper at an early age. She attended Beloit College and the University of Illinois, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education. She taught for several years.
Three decades as the wife of a career Marine Corps officer and mother of three led to multiple moves across the U.S., and to Trinidad, Tobago and Okinawa, which provided wonderful new landscapes but limited time to paint.
Following her husband’s 30 years of active duty, the couple returned to Illinois. They settled in the university community of Champaign-Urbana where Hughes renewed her commitment to art and continues to hone her craft through workshops with significant artists.
Although she has worked in many mediums, Hughes prefers watercolor and oil. Among her favorite subjects are still life, floral and landscapes. She considers painting scenes of vintage architecture, farmsteads, barns and equipment a form of historic preservation.
Hughes’ work has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions. She has won awards in numerous juried competitions, and she has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine. She is a member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the American Watercolor Society and 40 North (88 West), a community arts organization.
Hughes is also an accomplished seamstress and avid gardener, often featuring her own flowers in her paintings. She creates her art at a relaxed pace with emphasis on quality, choosing her subjects in a heartfelt way which she hopes is evident as you view her gallery.

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.

I am a mostly self-taught artist and professional flutist. I began painting with oils in 2002 as a high school art class project and have been painting ever since. My formal training is as a flutist–I earned my Master’s degree in flute performance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After graduating in 2008, and realizing that I did not want to pursue a full-time music career, I began focusing more on my art, painting regularly and seeking opportunities to show my work in galleries and at art festivals. My work has been shown at numerous events including the Boneyard Arts Festival, the Indi Go Gallery in Champaign, Il, the Salt Fork River Art Festival, and the Champaign Downtown Festival of the Arts where her art was awarded an honorable mention. I am also a freelance flutist and private flute teacher in Urbana, Illinois.

Joseph Gallo has been an artist/experimental print maker for over 35 years.

Early on, collaborations with other artists during his nearly three decade involvement with father and co-founder of Editions in Cast Paper, started Joseph on a life long involvement with all that is intrinsic to paper.
The list of artists during the rise of this fine arts publishing house that specialized in hand paper making include, Victor Vasarely, Agam, Hanna Barbara, Peter Max, Rene Gruau, and Stan Lee, to name a few. (Examples available for viewing at "Joseph Gallo art" on Facebook.com). Joseph is a life long artist.

'What truly drives me is the endless path of discovery that takes place through experimentation and collaboration.
Gallo's current works involve a series of preparations to pre-print papers for Giclee. 'Realizing I could create Photoshop-like effects chemically was a huge breakthrough for me' Gallo adds while discussing his processes.
As far as subject matter, Gallo is motivated by human expression. I recently created works of art for the Jimi Hendrix foundation.
This project involved coupling 35 mm black and white, never before seen prints with Hubble deep space digital imagery. The end result, is a moving graphic depiction of Jimi's sonic inflection (available through, Dan Jaffe(805) 497 7300). Also see, http://gunnarnordstrom.com/

From print making to createing drawings, paintings and to digital imagery one thing stays the same for me. I am determined to employ the tools best suited to convey the feeling I want to express by what moves me originally. As a result, I feel my initial personal experience inspired from the source of the moment is imparted into the work forever.

Regarding specific mediums, I feel at ease with pen and ink, graphite, charcoal, fabric dyes, colored pencil, and oil pastels for rendering. I have worked with oils, acrylics, and water color. As well, I have been employing digital art (17 yrs) and its output for the last four years . I believe in Giclee printing enough so to have acquired a 42" HP 800 that I generate all of my distressed photo works and digital art onto canvas and pre-print, chemically manipulated water color paper with.

Aside from creating fine art, I have always relished the opportunities I have had come along to do graphics for musicians (C.D. covers and albums) The last Gentlemen's "Something to someone" or "cousin of the blues" for Keith Harden, or the promo posters for the Laurence Hobgood Quartet just this last summer. I am always happy to work up promotional material for "Go Retro" the everything vintage shop as well. There has been quit a bit of this activity for me over the years. Numerous examples of my electronic art and chemically altered Giclees can be seen at Fineartamerica.com (search "Joseph Gallo"). Also see, numerouse works at "Pinterest" again, Joseph Gallo.

This artist is available for the generation of custom and site specific installations. Joseph Gallo is also available for corporate/commercial design as well as decorative design. Years of hands on experience with plastics casting, mold making, paper making, silk screening, industrial painting/surface design, fiberglass, epoxy and plaster molding make this artist, designer a solid addition to any artistic, industrial or craft production setting

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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