Sandy Brooks Is a wildlife artist and photographer. She is a master gardener and master naturalist as well as a volunteer naturalist with the Missouri Department of Conservation and a volunteer with the World Bird Sanctuary and the Endangered Wolf Center. She is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America, Best of Missouri Hands and the Greater St. Louis Art Association. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in both colored pencil and pastel. Her wildlife photography has been licensed internationally.
Yalonda (Lonnie) Gatlin is an accomplished, award winning photographer with more than 30 years of experience. She has professionally served as a writer, photojournalist and bio-medical photographer in the St. Louis, MO area. Lonnie is best known today for her work in landscape and astrophotography, chasing the light throughout the U.S. She writes:My adventures in night-scape photography begin in 2014 under master landscape photographer Marc Adamus. In 2015, I further pursued my passion for astrophotography with Adam Woodworth. Adam’s photos and techniques have been featured in Outdoor Photographer and used by Nikon USA. See the Galactic Cave story at http://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/100-stories.page….
In the first 20 years of my career, I worked as a professional photographer. I served as a photojournalist and writer for 10 years and as a medical photographer the following 10 years. When the Web boomed, I changed careers to software development, which I’ve been engaged in the last 15 years. I’ve lead workshops on various topics and was a featured speaker/workshop leader on Internet services at an international convention for orthodontists.
Jan Helton is a Best of Missouri Hands Juried Artist, a Signature Member of the Saint Louis Watercolor Society, a Juried Member of the Greater St. Louis Art Association (GSLAA), as well as a member of the Oak Leaf Artist Guild, St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, Springfield Regional Arts Council, and Branson Arts Council. Her paintings have won numerous awards and honors in art competitions around the state, and she is currently a resident artist in three Missouri galleries.
Adam Long is a professional sculptor in St. Charles, Missouri. Educated in the St. Louis region he has a BA in Art Education from Maryville University, an MA in Studio Art and an MFA in Sculpture from Fontbonne University. He has been an art educator for over twenty years, working in public middle and high schools and the university level.
His work has won many honors, is collected around the world and has been featured in numerous publications and television networks. Locally, his work has been featured in articles in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Street Scape Magazine, Suburban Journals Weekend, At Home: St. Louis Magazine, the St. Charles County Post, and LifeScape Magazine and shown on the FOX, CBS, and PBS network affiliates. He has exhibited across the country and his sculptures have received prizes and cash awards in numerous juried exhibitions.
Vic Mastis has been a professional artist for over 35 years. She is co-owner of Green Door art gallery in Webster Groves, Missouri. She founded the Gateway Pastel Artists in 1998 which is an affiliate the International Association of Pastel Artists. An innovative lecturer and teacher, Vic has been featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Suburban Journal, South County Times and Gold Rush newspaper in Victor, Colorado. She received the Artist Choice award at the plein-air event in Augusta, Missouri. Her work has won numerous honors at the Mid-Summer Art Faire in Quincy, Illinois; Mosaics in St. Charles, Missouri; Art in the Park in Highland, Illinois; Brush Rush in Victor, Colorado; Pastel Passion in St. Peters, Missouri; and at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine in Belleville, Illinois.
Vic’s work has also been seen in the Edward Hopper House in Nyack, New York as well as in Florida's Fort Walton Museum and can be found in various private collections, including Anheuser-Bush, The Cancer Center at St. John's Hospital and in museums and galleries all over the world.
Margaret M. “Maggie” McCarthy has been involved in art and painting since 1982. She earned her BFA in painting from the University of Oklahoma in 1995 and also holds a BA in English, with education certification, from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is a member of the Missouri Watercolor Society, a juried member and board member of the Greater St. Louis Art Association and a signature member of the St. Louis Watercolor Society. She is currently one of the tri-chairs for the Art Fair at Queeny Park, Ballwin, Missouri, and has served in that capacity since 2009 for both the spring and fall shows
She has received numerous awards in juried shows and competitions from Kansas to Maryland and has been an invited artist, speaker and judge for several Missouri and Kansas art association and shows.
Her art teaching experience includes classes and private lessons in her home studio, community art classes, workshops and guest artist programs. She served several years on the faculty of the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, Maryland, until her move to the St. Louis area in 2008.
Her favorite medium is watercolor but she also works in oil, acrylic, and pencil. Her favorite content is the landscape. Her inspiration comes from the places she has been, her imagination, and the images suggested by the painting process itself. She has received many awards in juried shows and competitions and does about 8 art fairs a year. See her website for a selection of her work. www.maggiemccarthy .com
For three decades Garry McMichael has been traveling the back roads of Middle America, especially the Ozarks, capturing its beauty with the camera, charcoals, pastels and paint. Garry is constantly searching for those fleeting moments when the landscape, the atmospheric conditions and the ever-changing light come together in a flash of visual inspiration.
Garry is owner of Paint St Louis and since 2008 has been organizing workshops to help artists improve both their creative skills and business success based on the belief that “A rising tide lifts all boats”. He is also a photojournalist and commercial photographer working for numerous regional and national businesses and publications. Garry is actively involved with the Greater St. Louis Art Association, and is past president of the Gateway Pastel Artists Association. His most recent personal project has been a series of photographs and paintings of the St Louis Gateway Arch, called “In the Shadow of the Arch”.