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Here are the artists at the 2015 festival

I was born and raised in a small town in south/central Missouri almost to Arkansas with 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Living in St. Louis since 1995, most of my time is now spent taking care of my son, Owin, saying "Hey!" in passing to my best friend and husband, Matt and freelancing as a graphic artist. I have been wanting to show my art for years and am just now getting around to it. This site is filled with a mishmash of old and new. The City Series is my most recent and am hoping to do many more paintings of my favorite places and/or people in St. Louis as I am passionate about the city. Influenced by Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh’s vibrant use of color and harsh brush technique, my style is typically realistic in shape and expressionistic in color. I guess the best way to say it is, “I've always wanted to be a painter.”

Mark Borella is a fine artist, living in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a highly diverse fine artist, with a Missouri State Bachelors degree in fine arts, in sculpture and minors in photography, drawing, and art history. After graduation Mark became a self employed artist and photographer. He has worked for many local and national companies on a freelance basis. His core work for the past 26 years has been photography. Six years ago he came up with the “Seeds of Happiness” as a kind gesture for friends and family. On top of all that he has always found time to sculpt and paint. You can view his paintings and sculptures. Most of the painting have to do with happiness and his sculptures range from faces to very organic looking pieces.