Listee Features — Art

Sara Bertka

SARA BERTKA

Possessing a natural talent for art, Sara Bertka’s high school, Bluffton High School in Ohio, had a well-developed art program that exposed her to many different options, forms and mediums of art. She started off on the path of fine arts, but she began to desire to make art a career after graduating in 2016. That was when Ms. Bertka found a school for graphic and digital design, pursuing a formal education at the School of Advertising Art, now known as the Modern College of Design, in Kettering, Ohio, where she graduated as valedictorian and attained an Associate of Arts in 2018. Prior to earning a degree, Ms. Bertka was a contact graphic designer for BMoore Connected in Bluffton and

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Wendy Weiner

WENDY L. WEINER

Now retired, Wendy L. Weiner excelled as a teacher with Milwaukee Public Schools for 25 years until 2012. Working in a primarily poverty-stricken community, she dedicated her life to the children of the inner city by not only providing them with an effective education, but also with a safe and loving environment. Additionally, Ms. Weiner established her own business in 1990 as the owner of W.L.W. Presentations. Ms. Weiner became involved in her profession because at first, she did not know she would be an educator, but she did know from the experiences she had as a student that she wanted to make a better educational system for children. Although she did not have the best educational experience with the

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Charleen Kavleski

CHARLEEN VERENA KAVLESKI

Charleen Verena Kavleski is a prolific artist in the State of New York, whose expertise stems from her early family mentorship and her extensive New York City gallery and museum exposure, as well as her college education. Serving as an art teacher for the Monticello Central School District for more than 30 years beginning in 1968, she retired from her position in 1999 to commit herself full-time to artistic endeavors. During her educational tenure, she also served Robert J. Kaiser Middle School as an art advisor and editor of the literary and art magazine. From 1983 to 2009, she was an antiques and art dealer at Brockmann’s Antique Center in Milford, New York. Since departing from Brockmann’s, Mrs. Kavleski has

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Donna Bonin

DONNA M. BONIN

Becoming involved in her field by chance, Donna M. Bonin contracted a virus called Guillain–Barré syndrome, of which her legs became paralyzed. Her career as a physical education teacher and professional equestrian was necessarily over, and she needed to find something meaningful to do sitting down. Ms. Bonin had loved to draw in her childhood and teen years, so decided to enroll in a watercolor painting course at her community college. Within a year, she won an award in a juried show and that painting sold. Shortly thereafter, she was asked to teach at Loyalist College in Belleville, ON, Canada, and Michaels Arts and Crafts Store, which she has continued to do since 2000. Today, Ms. Bonin is the owner

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Judi Combs

JUDI COMBS

When Judi Combs’ father passed away, she began spending more time with her mother. Her mother would attend art classes that she would drive her to, and she became very interested and began creating art of her own. A friend of hers encouraged her to begin selling her work. Prior to that, she had not done art to make a living or sold any of her pieces. She was a stay-at-home mother and her husband was “the bread-winner.” Ms. Combs somewhat fell into a business through the encouragement of her friends. Fudgico Marchant was her late friend, who originally encouraged her to begin selling her art and eventually became the spark that caused her to begin her business. She feels

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Patricia Smith

PATRICIA J. SMITH

Growing up in a very small Swiss/German-speaking Mennonite community in Kansas, Patricia J. Smith, PhD, was always interested in things abroad that she did not have access to. She was a debater in high school, and her school had one of the best debate teams in the state. Debate was one of the things that triggered her interest in foreign things. Since 2009, Dr. Smith has been the sole photographer of her own business, Patricia Smith Photography, in Seattle. Many of the photographs in her galleries come from Ocean Shores, Washington, a small beach community with six miles of beach on northwest Washington’s Pacific coast. A passionate traveler and student of cultures and places, she has lived and worked in

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Bonnie Zindel

BONNIE ZINDEL

After attending a professional children’s school and studying dance, Bonnie Zindel decided to move into something else. She worked in public relations at the Cleveland Playhouse as the public relations director from 1969 to 1972. Following this, she had her own radio show titled the “Intermission Feature” on Station WCLV-FM in Cleveland from 1970 to 1972, where she would interview people in the arts such as the Boston Symphony. She met her husband Paul Zindel, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and began to write plays, including one where she had a reading with actress Julie Harris as the lead. Ms. Zindel found that her direction was going toward the arts, so she continued writing books and plays. She then decided she

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Joan Marter

JOAN M. MARTER

Especially knowledgeable on women American artists, Joan M. Marter, PhD, had never studied art history until she discovered it whilst attending Temple University. She quickly realized she had a passion for it, and decided to pursue teaching art history instead of art classes. Her studies coincided with the transformative feminist movement, and she is very gratified to be running the Women’s Art Journal since 2006, which has touched on the works of female artists all over the world. Dr. Marter began her professional career as an instructor at Pennsylvania State University in 1970, remaining in this position for three years before serving as an assistant professor at Sweet Briar College in Virginia from 1974 to 1977. She then joined Rutgers,

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Carolyn Owen-Towle

CAROLYN S. OWEN-TOWLE

With a well-known artist for a father, Rev. Dr. Carolyn S. Owen-Towle grew up in the art world. She was surrounded by beauty and those who created it much earlier than most children. In college, she studied art at Scripps College in Claremont, California, earning a Bachelor of Arts in art and art history in 1957. After getting married and becoming a mother, Rev. Dr. Owen-Towle found a new home inside of the church. She volunteered there for years and eventually decided to become a minister. As she was already married to a minister, the four-year program to become one came easily to her. Once she was officially ordained, she and her husband Thomas were called to their church in

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