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2021 Card Artists of the Month

Each month we feature one Card Artist by showing you some of their art here, as well as a short biography.  Their Cards are featured in the Gallery, on the card racks close to the front doors.  Please check back often to see this month's Artist.  Listed below are the upcoming artists for 2021.

January Vanessa Temple July Char Lang
February Randy Bauman August Renee Kokoszka
March Ellen Cascino September Chris Picior
April Karlynn Jones October Cheryl Sachse
May Mary Lou Kessler November Ilene Bandringa
June Joyce Redweik December Karen Miskimins

Vanessa Temple

Living in Fall River, Massachusetts, Vanessa’s artistic talent evolved through her talents as a designer, from hair design to many restoration projects, which fanned the flames of her creative heart. Stripping away the old to see what lies beneath, allowed her in-the-moment free flowing artistic nature to emerge. Vanessa was about to embark on another journey that would reveal the power and glory of a universe she had not yet experienced.

In 2010, Vanessa and her husband Allan decided to move to the Southwest and settle in our wonderful town of Mesquite, Nevada. She became enamored with the vast night sky, WOW! she could see the stars and watch the light change into hues of purple and deep blues as night approached. Perhaps you, too, have had a similar occurrence as you stepped into the song, “America the Beautiful.” 

Sitting for hours every evening, a new level of desire awakened within Vanessa, a passion to give a voice to her heart-felt experiences through art. She discovered the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery and began to take art classes. Inspired with the open spaces of her new surroundings, Vanessa uses the medium of watercolor to paint her many award winning paintings. She loves the freedom of the medium and the “happy surprises” of blended colors.

Vanessa's Bunnies

Vanessa’s Bunny Series evolved a few years ago while painting some bunnies for the Easter season. The first few bunnies were very detailed and realistic. Then the real fun began when she decided to dress these bunnies with accessories and clothing and each got a name and identity. Watching their personalities blossom was exciting and fun all at the same time.

During the Covid-19 lock downs she saw how the front line health care workers were struggling to combat this virus. In their honor she created a few health care bunnies, (Nurse J.B.) and (Doctor Jack Cascino). She also created a corona graduate in honor of her niece Jaide who graduated high school during these trying times. More are in the beginning stages yet to come.

Vanessa has also received a few commissions to create these little creatures referencing names of grandchildren. “Simon the Sailor” and “Julia the Chef”.

Time to do the bunny hop, so many names and adventures yet to experience!!!

Stay Tuned,

Vanessa & friends

National Endowment for the Arts logo      National Endowment for the Humanities logoCity of Mesquite logo 2020

This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.