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    Loud bell instruments, messy paint and wild laughter. When instructors Jennifer Sarver and Carrie Gibbs arrive to work Wednesday mornings at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mount Vernon, they know controlled chaos is in short order — the good kind.

    Jennifer Johansson is an artist. She creates mixed-media wall art, along with prints and illustrations that she uses on greeting cards, buttons, calendars and throw pillows. Some of her favorite subjects are birds and unique chairs, which are featured on many of her pieces. She also loves dr…

    Stephen Grimmer is an artist who has recently returned to his roots in Southern Illinois, and his art, ceramics and pottery. He and his wife, Kristie, own Alto Clay Works in Alto Pass, home of Steve’s studio, a showroom featuring his handmade functional pottery, a classroom for adult and you…

    Tucked away on a Murphysboro side street is a historic home inhabited by an innovator with an eye toward the future. Rachel Malcolm Ensor is a self-proclaimed “modernist” with rich educational and professional backgrounds as diverse as the eclectic collages hanging in her Burton Studio Schoo…

    When Polly Mitchell accompanied other SIU University Museum patrons to Saint Louis Art Museum many years ago, she didn’t walk away as much in awe as her traveling partners.

    The world is Christine Deshazo’s gallery, but while hundreds of people see her work each day, very few likely even know it.

    World travel has been a part of Burghilde Gruber’s life from the very start, and as she aged and set out across lands both familiar and unknown, each stop along the way influenced both her life and her art.

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