Artist Shawn Garland, owner of The Artisan Market moved to Liberty, from her home town of Naples, Florida. She began her journey as an artist, studying fine art at the University of South Florida. She works primarily in Acrylics (paint, gel and paste), She also enjoys 3D art, wire sculpture and pyrography. Shawn works with people to design the perfect piece of Art for their space. She currently works and sells from her studio at the Artisan Market.
Art for me is a process to learn about myself and others. Having Done
three-dimensional design as a cosmetologist and having a Bachelors of Art in Psychology help me to learn and understand others.
Two-dimensional design is a little different, it is a self-discovery process of being in the moment. It is about me, learning to trust my eyes, feelings, to learn patience and surrender to the canvas. When I paint I am always wanting to show beauty, a feeling or a mood. I want it to be peaceful retreat for the viewer to stop and pause for a
Callahan’s artistic interpretations are shaped by three guiding principles: composition, story, and elegant line. According to the artist, “If you find the elegant line, your work will be lyrical.”Fascination with constructing
reproductions of primitive artifacts began when Callahan was a young boy on an Iowa farm. In fact, much of his
artistic career was fashioned by this early passion for coaxing natural objects into works of art, though his portfolio includes a variety of mediums—painting,sculpting, photography, crafts, writing prose and poetry. Callahan was awarded his Bachelors in Fine Arts (BFA) from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. At a Painting Intensive at the San Francisco Art Institute he studied with world renowned Israeli artist Larry Abramson. He also participated in the Ox-Bow School of the Art Institute Chicago under Phil Hanson and Michelle Grabner. Artwork from Callahan’s portfolio hangs in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. He currently works and resides with his wife in Parkville, MO. Both of his sons are accomplished artists.
Mindy is a glass and mosaic artist from Liberty, MO. Mindy does beautiful work that includes fused glass, dichroic glass and jewelry. Look for wonderful pieces for your garden or your home. Mindy is available for commissioned work as well.
Gwen Bosworth is a Kansas City native. She is a retired art teacher but still inspires her art students to get creative, part time at St. Gabe's school. She enjoys time with her family, painting and photography. Gwen’s original work, watercolor on recycled tea bags and cards are for sale at the Artisan market.
Eric is a creative and talented metal sculptor. He uses found and recycled materials in his work. His inspiration comes from animals, nature and people. Eric is the youngest of 5 and was raised in Normal, Illinois. He spent 26 years in the zoo business and eight of those years he spent with the elephants. He has two wonderful children, two awesome grandchildren and a loving wife.
Carol is a self taught multi-medium artist who lives and works from her home studio in Liberty.
She began showing and selling her work about 15 years ago, mainly at private showings, art galleries and boutiques. Carol will have several pieces at the Artisan Market opening at the end of March.
Carol characterizes herself as a lover of color and detail. She prefers to work in oil but has also worked in watercolor, colored pencil and acrylics.
Karen Triggs has lived in Liberty all of her life.She is married to Ted Triggs and has one son Ted and 7 grandchildren. She started painting a few years ago and fell in love with it. Since then she discovered that she could make jewelry with acrylic pours. Each one is unique. When the paint drys and cures it turns into a skin. She recycles the skin into a blank tray and seals it under a glass cabochon, creating a one of a kind piece of wearable art.
Holly Weber is Ph.D. chemist who has discovered the joy of creating abstract art using spray paint. After observing a spray paint artist in Mountain View, AR, Holly decided to give it a try. She enjoys creating multilayered, textured paintings which may be interpreted from multiple viewpoints. Holly lives in Liberty with her husband Mark. They have two grown children, Shannon, a zoo keeper, and Ian, a US Marine. In her spare time, Holly enjoys being outside, painting, composing/arranging keyboard music, and participating in church activities.
Sara has added to her creative endeavors, with her colorful renderings of engaging animals. While the animal shapes are realistic, they are painted in a riot of unexpected colors. In the words of Katherine Hepburn, "If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun." Many of Sara’s original paintings are for sale at the Artisan Market.
Stephanie A. Dahlberg has been a Liberty resident for over 30 years. Having received a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in commercial art, she worked for the two major newspapers in Dallas, Texas, and other print mediums early in her art career. Through a group that started meeting a year ago, Stephanie began seriously putting paint to canvas. Some of her newest pieces are available for sale at the Artisan Market.
Susan Ferguson is a fiber artist. Her specific interests include Saori weaving, handmade books/bookbinding, and textile manipulation. In former lives, she worked as a college instructor, marketing maven, writer, editor and journalist. A native of Missouri, she has been most profoundly influenced by her decade-long residence in various communities throughout Arizona. She lives in Independence, MO, on the edge of the imaginary Nettleton Moor.
When my love affair with clay started many years ago, I was fascinated with learning to throw pots on the potter’s wheel. The love affair has continued but now I also find joy in making both wheelthrown and handbuilt functional items. Both methods allow me to make an imprint on the clay with my hands as well as with lace, shells and other found items.”
I am a native artist of Kansas City. I have degrees in jewelry design, manufacturing, stone setting, and repair from the Harwell Jewelry School of Design in Arkansas, and the Dallas Jewelry Institute in Texas. Those degrees gave me the talent to hand make jewelry that I always visually desired but could never find.
My sons Brooks and Spencer have been my inspiration as they continually inspire and encourage me to move forward with my jewelry for new beginnings in marketing, exposure to Art Galleries and Boutiques. Dedication, passion, and patience are virtues that enable me to continue to design and make one of kind pieces of Art Jewelry. I believe designs need to be fresh, unique and original. My designs make a statement and are for those who want to be noticed.
I like to use Semi-Precious Gemstones, Swarovski Crystals, Faceted Glass Beads, as well as all kinds of beads and jewelry findings. I find the combination of these jewelry findings, along with a mixture of different colors and size of beads makes for unique, beautiful pieces of art jewelry. My handmade clasps, chains, geometric designs, and free form designs set my Art Jewelry apart from all others. I love to embellish and believe the more eclectic the better. This approach has won me first place awards, articles in the newspaper, television exposure, and exhibiting in various Art Galleries (leader in sales), Boutiques, and specialty shops.
I design a look in jewelry to satisfy your visual desire like no others’.