Listee Features — Art

CORINNE SAMIOS

Growing up with artistic parents, Corinne Samios was almost destined to end up in a creative field. She had always had an eye for color and design, so when her aunt recommended she apply for a job as a colorist with old Deerfield Fabrics, she decided to give it a shot. Ms. Samios didn’t think she would get it since she was still studying interior design and architecture at the Traphagen School of Fashion and the Art Student League at the time, but she persevered. Ms. Samios came out of the interview process on top, and ended up starting her first professional position in 1957 at the young age of 19. From that point forward, Ms. Samios worked hard to

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BARBARA L. LOBRON

In pursuit of her passions, Barbara L. Lobron dedicated much of her life to her career. She started as a reporter and writer for the Camden Courier-Post right out of college, and really fell in love with the industry. Ms. Lobron worked hard to solidify her place after that. Her efforts led to her advancement through roles like editorial assistant of Medical Insight Magazine, managing editor of Camera 35 Magazine, associate editor of photographs for U.S. Camera/Camera 35 Magazine, account executive for Bozell & Jacobs, and freelance editor for Word Woman, as well as to her growing interest in photography. Ms. Lobron’s next positions, copy editor of Camera Arts Magazine, editorial coordinator of Popular Photography Magazine, and associate editor of

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CAROLYN GROSSÉ GAWARECKI

Renowned watercolorist Carolyn Grossé Gawarecki is proud of the mark she has left on others. Her dream of pursuing art began in high school, when a teacher noticed her talent. Ms. Grossé Gawarecki was excited by the idea, so she earned a Bachelor of Arts in education from Douglass College of Rutgers University and completed graduate coursework at the University of Colorado and at the University of California, Berkeley. This propelled her to her first professional positions, teacher at Highland Park High School and first woman exhibits artist for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Ms. Grossé Gawarecki’s work earned her much acclaim, so much so that she decided to step out on her own as an independent watercolor workshops

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SUZANNE FOLDS MCCULLAGH

Retiring in 2014 after 40 rich and successful years as a curator of prints and drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago,  Suzanne Folds McCullagh  was appointed Director of the Gray Collection Trust in 2016. She loved the privilege and stimulation of working with the legendary Richard Gray until his demise in May 2018. In her role as Director, she works with the remarkable collection of more than 150 works of art on paper acquired by Richard and his wife, Mary L. Gray, over the past 50 years. Dr. McCullagh arranged an exhibition of the Grays’ collection, including paintings and sculpture, at the Art Institute in 2010. Since that time, she has helped them acquire an additional 36 works on paper,

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JANE H. CARROLL

Creative and passionate, Jane Carroll has loved art for as long as she can remember.  She started in the field as an author and artist at Winston Derek Publishers in Tennessee, and is now thriving as the owner of Jane Carroll Fine Art and as an artist, poet, and author at Lulu Press at Barnes and Noble. Ms. Carroll’s art has been featured in group shows like Avondale Art in the Afternoon, the Georgia Artists Invitational at the Atlanta Art Gallery, and the Telfare Museum Savannah, and in one-woman shows at venues like the Revis Lewis Gallery and the Ariel Gallery. Furthermore, she has authored “Artist Orchard,” “Dayspring,” “Grace,” “Intimate Moments,” and “Carriage of Hate,” and is represented in the

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JANICE LYNN BENNETT

Motivated by creativity and a deep appreciation for aesthetics, Janice Lynn Bennett has dedicated her life to making beautiful things. She had always loved drawing, so she decided to channel her talent into a career as a graphic artist. She proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design (with a minor in Journalism) from Northern Illinois University in 1973 and started as a graphic artist at Montgomery Ward in Illinois later that year. Ms. Bennett advanced rapidly; after giving birth to her son Scott in 1974, she became the assistant production manager and art director of Crow Publications in 1977, and the owner, graphic artist, typographer of several Colorado-based companies between 1980 and 1989. Around this time, however,

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TAKAKO ASAKAWA RICHARDS

Takako Asakawa Richards is a talented dancer, director and choreographer who has amassed more than five decades of experience in the realm of arts and entertainment. A native of Tokyo, Japan, she delved into the world of dance as a young child, having been placed into dance school by her parents to curb her boundless energy. Falling in love with the art, she traveled to New York City to pursue her passion on a full-time basis after touring with the Japanese musical “Holyday.” After receiving a scholarship, Ms. Asakawa served as a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company beginning in 1966, dancing in such productions as “Dancing Ground,” “The Plain of Player” and “Myth of a Voyage.” Since

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JACQUE FOREMAN

Persistent and hardworking, Jacque Foreman is proud of her continued success at the head of Foreman Graphics. She founded the graphic design company in 1972 after realizing her knack for typesetting, and has steadily built her expertise in pen and ink renderings, logos, graphic art, business stationary, and brochures and fliers, among other products. Ms. Foreman also offers copywriting and editing services and print advertising for publications, newspapers, magazines, and directories. She has intentionally remained the only person at the company to ensure that clients are always “talking to the person who does the work.” ​ When Ms. Foreman has free time, she is very active in her community. She has been a member of the Crescenta Valley Chapter of BNI since 1996,

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HONEY KURLANDER

Drawing and painting all her life, Honey Kurlander has garnered experience in a wide variety of subject matters and styles. She is inspired by what she sees and where she is, so for a while she focused on New York scenes. Ms. Kurlander would visit places throughout the city and sketch them, and then go home and paint. Her work also features a lot of flowers and people. Her preferred mediums are oil and acrylic, and her style encompasses a mixture of impressionism, surrealism, abstraction, and realism. ​ Over the years, Ms. Kurlander has built a strong reputation for her showings in art exhibitions and juried competitions. Some of her most notable solo exhibitions were at the Kaigado Gallery in

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MARIANNE HUBER

Marianne Huber has had a long and distinguished career as an art dealer and appraiser. She is presently an expert at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Ms. Huber also stands at the head of New World Art Services, a company she founded in 1993 and dedicated to consulting and appraising in the field of tribal art for market advice, donations and insurance. Her particular interests are pre-Columbian art, African art, and Oceanic art, and she has done extensive work in appraising and identifying costumes and textiles. ​ In preparation for her career, Ms. Huber earned a Bachelor of Arts from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee in 1958, where she studied anthropology and then earned an Associate

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