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Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Cover Artist Jan Dicks

Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Cover Artist Jan Dicks

Jan Dicks has a favorite quote: “The whole world is a series of miracles, but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things.” Author Hans Christian Andersen said that, and to Dicks it perfectly expresses her quest to find the miraculous in the […]

Sharing the Joy: Cover Artist Gretchen Armbruster

Sharing the Joy: Cover Artist Gretchen Armbruster

By Kelly Rasmus The doodling on the edges of Gretchen’s classwork did not go unnoticed by her Fourth Grade teacher. Suggesting art lessons to her parents, her teacher probably didn’t realize she was setting a path for Gretchen’s life … Read the full article in […]

Determination on Canvas: Cover Artist Bill Stewart

Determination on Canvas: Cover Artist Bill Stewart

by Kelly Rasmus The idea is attributed to an old Yiddish proverb. We plan; God laughs. No one knows that truth more starkly than Bill Stewart, our cover artist. Several times in his life he has planned and proceeded, only to be turned abruptly this […]

Painting Therapy: Cover Artist Claire Friedrichs Taylor

Painting Therapy: Cover Artist Claire Friedrichs Taylor

by Lori Murphy Never underestimate the power of immersing children in experiences, values and talents you hope they will carry with them into life. It is often to those earliest memories they turn in times of struggle and challenge. That has been true for this […]

A Creative Mind: Cover Artist Cindy Trist

A Creative Mind: Cover Artist Cindy Trist

CINDY TRIST is a very talented woman—and her talents range and vary. Her Northshore surroundings are only enhancing her creativity. Whether she is working in her interior design business, cooking, gardening, or painting, Trist is constantly creating. “I have always enjoyed painting and the arts. […]

Uplifting Motifs: Cover Artist Marianne Angeli Rodriguez

Uplifting Motifs: Cover Artist Marianne Angeli Rodriguez

by Leah Draffen NESTLED INTO THE BRICK and mortar of downtown Covington’s East Gibson Street, a surprising ray of colorful boldness exudes from Marianne Angeli Rodriguez’s studio gallery. Patterns, shapes and vibrant hues that speak joy and as the artist explains it, “vacation mode,” hang […]

Colorful Inspiration: Cover Artist Jessica King-Bernard

Colorful Inspiration: Cover Artist Jessica King-Bernard

by Anne Honeywell COLOR IS HER GREATEST INSPIRATION. And if you spend any time in her home, studio or on her Instagram page, you will know this is a true statement. Her dining room ceiling is hot pink! Meet Jessica King- Bernard. She’s a New […]

Seeing with an Artist’s Eye: Cover Artist Rebecca Buras

Seeing with an Artist’s Eye: Cover Artist Rebecca Buras

by Poki Hampton, photos by Candra George   “MY GRANDMOTHER WAS an amateur artist who colorized black and white photographs with colored pencils. She was also a nature enthusiast,” says cover artist Rebecca Buras. Rebecca’s grandmother would take her through the nearby woodlands near their house […]

“From Muskrats to Moon Ships”: Michoud’s Contribution to History

“From Muskrats to Moon Ships”: Michoud’s Contribution to History

by Joey Kent, photos courtesy: NASA ON THE FAR EASTERN EDGE of New Orleans where I-10 begins to curl upward toward Slidell sits an area still known as Michoud. Pronounced “Mee- Shoo” by the locals, the most renowned remains of the small 18th century village […]

Inside Story: “Vacation All I Ever Wanted”

Inside Story: “Vacation All I Ever Wanted”

by Michael Harold IT WAS ALWAYS the last week in July when our family packed up the Country Squire wagon and headed to the beach. We were rambunctious and whiney children. (Picture a chorus of “Dad, are we there yet?”) My parents decided Biloxi was the […]