Portraying Pets

Michelle Staub doesn’t just embroider pet pictures; she makes memories for pet parents around the world. A self-taught artist who originally embroidered video game characters, Michelle found she loved showcasing animal subjects when she created a piece featuring her own cat, Purrl.

Len’s Pens

Len Kaltman is known locally as a corporate photographer; you’ve probably seen his photos regularly in this magazine. But in his spare time, he enjoys creating high-quality wooden pens in his home wood shop.

The Art Of Recycling

Welcome to the studio of local artist Carolyn McGowan, an alternate galaxy of glossy discs of all sizes, swirling with color. Hiding underneath the twists and cells of paint lie unlikely canvases—old-school record albums, compact discs and wood tabletops, given a second chance as unique works of art. Using a technique called paint pouring, McGowan brings new life to discarded…

Left Hander For Life

 Article Laura Leavitt | Photography Snappy George Photography  As you venture outdoors this summer, don't forget to look up and explore all that our region has to offer. Just down the road in Hamilton are many murals painted across buildings. The mural-painting non-profit StreetSpark has been brightening walls in Hamilton since 2016. They are responsible for memorializing Joe Nuxhall, a Southwest Ohio native, broadcaster…

Pupcasso

Like other painters, Chloe has developed a style all her own. She carefully selects colors from her artist’s bag and with brisk strokes of a paintbrush, fills each canvas with beautiful abstract art. She even marks each original work with her unique signature—a paw print. Chloe is a black and white border collie—West Chester’s painting dog.