Gail, initially a watercolorist, unexpectedly discovered her love of oils, light, color, and the impressionist perspective in mid-life. Currently her work in oils spans both impressionism and expressionism. She does not desire to duplicate what she observes but tries to stir an impression in the viewer as she allows room for her own personal expression. While emphasizing the light, Gail wants the freedom to portray as much movement and passion as she chooses.

A native Tulsan and the mother of three grown sons, Gail spends her time painting in her widely admired american cottage garden. She is an avid painter of still lifes, landscapes, and figures. She also does workshops and demos.

Gail, an eager student of art, has studied under such teachers as Gay Faulkenberry, Ann Templeton, Carolyn Anderson, Ken Auster, and Morgan Samuel Price.

She was honored to receive a Donald G. Reynolds Foundation Art Grant. Her work has been accepted for exhibit at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa and she has been invited to participate in many exhibitions and juried shows throughout the Southwest. Her paintings are also shown at Pierson Gallery in Tulsa.


Heidi considered herself an artist at age four and a poet at eight. She is a self-taught multi-media artist with an innovative streak; and, a children’s writer with a passion for teaching and nurturing her students’ “artist within.” Heidi constructs unique rice paper collages, and fascinating glass collage pendants, and her whimsical one-of-a-kind stained glass beaded "Angels With Attitude" ©. Her vibrant oil paintings range from impression to expressionism, bordering abstract. Before developing her passion for mixed media collage and oil painting, Heidi worked in watercolors, pastels, drawing in pen & ink, Prismacolors, and pencil portraiture. She also designs one-of-a-kind handbags, beaded scarves and stone jewelry. Heidi discovered that each medium she works in feeds inspiration into the others.

As a storyteller, Heidi creates art through use of metaphor, texture, depth, light and vibrant color. At times the poem inspires the painting, or it is the painting that spawns the written story. Her journey into collage began when she realized a permanent error on a watercolor/pen & ink drawing in her model’s face. As a mother of seven, she could not fathom trashing the art, so she cut it up and glued the pieces onto a larger sheet of watercolor paper. The rest is history, as she transformed the rejected artwork into a striking mixed media collage.

Heidi, a dedicated teacher with over twenty-five years of teaching experience, has seen many of her students win local, national and international art contests. In order to keep her teaching illustrations organized, Heidi created The Big Fat Idea Book, © a youth art curriculum. She teaches at Heidi Contreras school of art at South Minster Presbyterian church on Brookside in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Water Street Art Gallery in Sapulpa, and legacy home school co-op at believer's church in Tulsa.

Appointed honorary judge and speaker for the grand opening of the 1st International Children’s Art Forum of Kaliningrad, Russia, Heidi spoke on the televised, “Children: The Hope of the Future” in the presence of delegations from France, Germany, Poland and Russia. Heidi’s art has been in Tulsa Ballet’s juried “Art of the Dance” exhibit, Tulsa Artists Coalition juried “Anthology” exhibit, the Water Street Art Gallery, Sapulpa, Oklahoma, Bluestem Art Gallery, Kansas, Southminster Presbyterian Church, Tulsa, and in the Kaliningrad Art Gallery, Russia, as well as numerous private collections.

Heidi, a life-long student, considers her artist and writer friends, life in general, and the local library, her mentors.


Kathleen Curran is a portrait and commercial photographer, with a B.A. in Fashion Illustration from the University of Oklahoma. She specializes in senior and family portraits, as well as, fine art, black and white landscapes, still-lifes and stylized portraits, involving dramatic use of light. “I am continually inspired by nature and people, and how best to capture them. I love the challenge of showing a different perspective in my work.” She recently rediscovered her love of color with a series of beach scenes involving over-saturation of unlikely hues.

Mostly self-taught, Curran has been interested in art and photography since childhood. Her passion became reality with the creation of Kathleen Curran Photography in 2001.

Curran’s photographs have been seen on the cover of Route 66 Magazine’s 2002 Fall Issue, in Sapulpa’s Community Profile, and in private collections. She also has a scenic series of Robbers Cave at First United Bank’s Main Street location, in Sapulpa.

She has studied under nationally known photographers: Michael Wilson, known for his music CD cover work, Mark Edward Harris, photo-journalist for the L.A. Times, Jeff Brouws, Vernacular Photographer, and book agent, Wendy Burton. She recently studied under Michael O’Brien, published photographer of “The Faces of Texas”, at the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute.

Curran teaches art and photography locally. She is past Chairwoman and current committee member of Sapulpa Arts, dedicated to bringing the arts to the community. In her spare time she is interested in reading, golfing and gardening. She has lived in sapulpa for the past 19 years with her husband and three children.


An Oklahoman, Betty Dalsing paints the local landscape as well as painting, sketching, and photographing during her extensive travels. Many of her paintings are done en plein air and offer an impressionistic rendering with strong value contrasts.

When painting a landscape, she looks for a scene that will allow the viewer ‘to walk into the painting’.

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Betty has enjoyed a lifetime interest in and appreciation of art and came to painting after concluding a busy career. She has studied with noted impressionist artists and continues to study and learn. Her medium is primarily oil but she also loves the rich colors of pastel and works with those as well. Known for her skillful knife paintings, these highlight her keen observation of value variations and provide rich, clean color and texture.





Photography is her passion. And that passion is an evolution of her vision of the world in which she records tiny moments of time.

Sheri's love of photography began with a Polaroid camera and photographs of family members. While attending Oklahoma's Tulsa County Vocational Technical School Photography Program during high school, she learned the art of photographic composition, the processing of film, custom printing, and hand dying and restoration of old or damaged images. This passion continued to grow as she moved from the educational facet to real life application.

After working in the studio setting for several years, Sheri decided to move out of the camera room and into the community. Wanting to experience the world around her and bring it to others, she enrolled as a journalism student at the local junior college and then went on to Oklahoma State University.

While at OSU, in addition to the core classes, she attended art classes to develop creativity and appreciation of a variety of artistic techniques. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993, Sheri worked at four Oklahoma newspapers where her photojournalism skills were recognized by state and national journalistic organizations. Sheri’s career is now evolving as she discovers an artistic side in fine art photography. The challenge of seeing an image in her mind and transforming that vision into a piece of art has taken over her life.

The evolution continues with each click of the shutter.


As a professional artist and respected instructor for the past twelve years, Julie works with traditional elements and a contemporary approach. Her narrative paintings are colorful and dynamic and she has a strong following of both collectors and students. She belongs to several regional arts organizations and is sought after as a workshop facilitator and show participant. "Julie Miller paints in an abstracted representational style. Her subjects are varied and are described in both subtle and vivid painterly strokes. Her award winning work is in many private collections across the country."


Carol had no formal art training until she joined a charcoal class in 1965 with Jay O'Meilia, a well-known Tulsa artist.

Carol is a member of Alpha Rho Tau, a civic art association in Tulsa where she served as President for three years and remains an active member on the board. She is a member of the Tulsa Artist Guild and the Ponca City Art Association.

Her work has been exhibited in the American Art in miniature at Gilcrease and several juried shows at Philbrook Museum and she has paintings in private collections across the United States.

From there, she went on to study oil painting techniques with Jerry Linker at Triangle in Tulsa who taught the Dick Turner method of painting. She has been fortunate enough to have studied intermittently over a twenty year span with Dalhart Windberg, a Texas artist known for his romantic realism, and Dorothy Dent of Republic, Missouri. She has also painted under the direction of Ross Myers of Tulsa.

She hopes to remain active in the art world and continue her studies in the field she loves. Her motivation is to create expressive, realistic and beautiful paintings.


Gail Rogers, a native Oklahoman, was fortunate to have Richard Goetz as her mentor for several years. She also studied under the late Edith Goetz. She has attended workshops with Laura Robb, C. W. Mundy, David Hittenger, Leonard Wren, John Enceias, Dorothy Lampl, David Leffel, Gay Faulkenberry and others.


Jan Thomas and Nancy Cowden began their partnership designing handmade fused dichroic glass jewelry after taking a class in the medium "just for fun". They have since added handcrafted sterling silver settings and beads to many of their pieces to add an extra element of beauty.

When you purchase silk degrees pendants, earrings, necklaces and bracelets, you can be assured you'll be wearing one-of-a-kind art. Silk degrees jewelry can be found at many area art shows in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Jan and Nancy are honored to have their original designs chosen as the Philbrook Museum's 2009 Festival of Trees Commemorative Pin!


Anne was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up in upstate New York. She attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art. Upon graduation Anne worked for the prestigious Maer and Murphy Co. in New York City. They specialize in Trompe l`oil, murals, and marbleizing. One of the most influential work experiences came when she took a position with Tallix Sculpture Foundry in Beacon, a Patinist. The foundry casts and fabricates sculptures by some of the world`s most renowned contemporary artists, including names like Frank Stella, Roy Liechtenstein and William De Kooning.

In 1991 Anne moved to Oklahoma to pursue a career as a full time artist. The focus of her work is still life and figurative paintings in oil. Anne believes an artist needs to always be a student of their craft. She has studied with C.W. Mundy, Dan Gerhartz, Matt Smith and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Scottsdale Artist School to study with Sherry McGraw. Anne also attends life drawing classes and paints portraits weekly from life with a group of fellow painters. Anne's work appeared in the March 2002 issue of Southwest Art Magazine's "Starting Your Collection" column, and then again in June 2002 as an "Artist to Watch." Anne has participated in several national art shows, including The Oil Painters of America, The Greenhouse Gallery Salon International, and American Women Artist's Biannual Show, and has also been chosen as the recipient of the Shirl Smithson Memorial Scholarship by The Oil Painters of America. In the Spring of 2009 Anne held her first one woman museum exhibition at the Creek Museum in Oklahoma.



Linda Coward of Brookside Pottery in Tulsa has been making pottery and sculpture for over 35 years. She received her Master’s Degree in ceramics from the University of Tennessee. She taught art at Webb Middle School. She moved to Emory, Virginia where she started Meadowview Pottery Workshop and taught part time at Emory and Henry College. She and her husband John moved to Austin, Texas for his PhD and she worked at pottery shop Feats of Clay for 4 1/2 years. They moved to Norman, Oklahoma for two years. Tulsa was their next move where she started Brookside Pottery about 18 years ago. She has studied with many significant potters across the nation including Fawn Navasie, Richard Zaken, Sylvia Hyman, Josh Deweiss, Hal Reiger and more. She has shown in Mcclung Museum, Knoxville a couple of times, won various sculpture awards and most recently featured in 25 potters in Oklahoma in Studio Potter magazine. Says Linda, “I love raising my family and going to the movies with my husband. And, if I am not home I can only hope I am traveling in some exotic place and writing.”


Susan Noyes is a ceramicist who resides with her husband in Dallas, Texas. Her two daughters, Alice and Catherine are as creative and free-spirited as their mother. As a life-long artist, Susan extends beyond mediums to incorporate her love for nature and landscaping.


Cindy Swanson’s passion for mosaics is evident in the details of her original works. All of her glass is hand cut and meticulously selected for color, shape and brilliance in the design of each piece. Cindy was introduced to mosaics in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but her fascination for the medium took her twice to Italy to study at the Scuola Mosaico in Ravenna and the Orsoni Glass Studio in Venice. Much of her glass tile is imported from Italy, which she artfully blends with ceramic tiles, pottery shards, molded glass, gold-leaf smalti, glitter babies and glass beads in the creation of her work.


Born in Oklahoma, Celeste is a passionate "explorer"--her curiosity resonates in her paintings. Her mediums of choice: acrylics and oils. Celeste enjoys using various techniques while striving to stay true to her painterly, colorful style. "Through my art, I seek to stimulate the childlike fascination of discovery and appreciation of our natural world. My goal is to 'say' just enough with the brush to engage the imagination of the viewer." Artists who've influenced her are: Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Georgia O'Keefe, Edward Hopper, N.C. Wyeth to name a few.

From a family of artists and musicians, Celeste has created award-winning artwork since childhood. After years of casual, sporatic attention to her art interests, in 2006 she entered an art competition. An award in that competition sparked a creative fuel that's lead to amazing experiences! In 2007 her painting "Daffodils" was the cover illustration of a fundraising for the Marie Curie Cancer Care Organization in the United Kingdom and was auctioned during their "2008 Private View of the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition" in London. During 2007, Celeste served as a guide in the Acrylics Forum of the very popular online international art forum owned by F & W Publications. She was awarded "Best of Show" in the 2008 Utica Square "Art in the Square" show in Tulsa. She is a member of Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.

Celeste's painting "Morning at Phoenix Cleaners" was accepted into Gilcrease Museum's "2009 American Art in Miniature" juried exhibition and silent auction.

Celeste enjoys painting a wide variety of subjects from still lifes and abstracts to her very popular cityscapes. On the National Registry of Historic Places, Tulsa Deco architecture affords her endless subjects of simple beauty to explore. Whatever the subject, Celeste begins each painting focusing on fundamentals of strong composition and interesting color schemes.