Who We Are
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Stephanie Lienhard: Owner, Artist, Head Idea Girl
Stephanie Lienhard is head idea girl behind Sparrow and the Nest. She is also the cleaning lady, crafty grunt, visual arts department, and coat check girl. She spends as much of her day as she can in the company of her lovely and talented husband Andrew who, she is convinced, is a genius. Sparrow and the Nest is their latest joint adventure and was born out of the annual holiday craft market they had in their home. Stephanie loves painting and making things with her hands almost as much as she loves feeding people and making them happy. Steph makes fancy soap because she can!
Jo-Bird: Artist, Musician, Shopgirl Extraordinaire
Jo Bird Inspired by life, death and all things fun. Currently she is creating curious earrings, bunny baby blankets, hand painted river rocks for home or garden and odd themed cat toys filled with catnip madness. You can also catch her gallivanting around town performing with the string quartet Two Star Symphony and other random acts of music.
Barbara-Ellen: Card Maker, Photographer, Crafter
Barbara-Ellen (“Be”) is a creative art & fashion lover extraordinaire, has a passion for photography, is a fanatic runner, a collector of many toys and drinks her coffee black (preferably in huge amounts). Be is originally from Amsterdam, but has been calling Houston her home for the last 2 years. After working as an employment lawyer for several years, she decided to change things around a bit… Today she runs a mini design studio “gifted fools“, where magical & colorful little worlds are created with an eclectic mix of toys, prints, stamps, candy and actually anything she can get her hands on. The result is a whimsical image with a humorous undertone that can be used for many different purposes and appeals to both kids & adults. Her photography is sold framed and is also available as “greeting cards”. Upon request she does custom photography projects and loves creating one of a kind stationary (such as birth announcements & wedding stationary).
Pilar Bellido-Sharpton: Origami Folder
Pilar Bellido-Sharpton has been pursuing art in various traditional and experimental forms for 18 years. Success in an art competition at an early age inspired her lifelong exploration of various arts and crafts, beginning with pencil and opaque watercolor. Her interest in the art of paper folding came early on. Since folding her first simple figures years ago she has graduated to ever more complex, elegant and satisfying pieces. Origami art is meant for the home and workspace. All the folds have been traditionally made, and then reinforced to provide additional stability and longevity. Each piece is a unique combination of paper, color and shape. No two are alike. http://origamicrafts.net/
Jodi Bobrovsky: Artist, Set Designer
Originally from Cleveland Ohio, Jodi Bobrovsky has been a freelance artist and designer in Houston Texas for the last 30 years. She has been a resident designer at Stages Repertory Theater for 13 seasons. She has collaborated with a host of regional arts organizations, designing scenery, projections, props and costumes for: Main Street Theater; Classical Theater Company; Stark Naked Theater; The Alley Theater; The Ensemble Theater; Infernal Bridegroom Productions; Catastrophic Theatre; Musiqa; Houston Ballet; Houston Grand Opera; University of Houston School of Theater; Moore’s School of Opera; Unity Theater; College of the Mainland, Mildred’s Umbrella; Unhinged Productions; Theater Under the Stars Humphries School; Shunya Theater; and Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theater. Her scenic design models were recently exhibited at the American Institute of Architecture. Her designs for theater, collages, and assemblage work have been exhibited at the Houston Arts Alliance, Diverse Works, OnWaugh gallery and Lawndale Art Center. She was recently featured in Houston Press’s “Top 100 Creatives” column.
Larissa Brown: Artist
Larissa Brown: Larissa’s parents swear that she came out of the womb with glue and scissors in her hands. From an early age she worked with textiles. This early exploration combined with a love of portrait and life sketching developed as the years grew on. She graduated from The High School of Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) as a Visual Arts major and attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York from 1988- 1990 in Fine Arts, Illustration and Graphic Design. Currently she teaches and supports new teachers here in Houston. She continues to dream of and sometimes find the time to be creative in the arts. Having an arts-loving 5-year old helps.
Anthony Butkovich: Artist
Throughout his career, Anthony Butkovich has enjoyed a diverse client and project list. The body of his work spans corporate identity pieces and website icons to editorial illustrations and permanent mural installations to privately commissioned paintings and murals. His versatile style lends itself easily to a variety of media including print, digital and mixed media. // Anthony’s fine artwork can best be described as a combination of soothing colors & shapes in fluid motion, that gently lead the observer into a world beyond human reality into the realms of imagination. His narrative imagery explores the natural, man-made & etheric worlds and gives honest expressions life and of the abundance in all things. To look at his paintings is like dreaming with open eyes. http://abartist.com
Anna Cragin: Artist, Craft Instructor
Anna Cragin is a lifelong artist, having worked with painting, knitting, sculpture, and sewing. She firmly believes that making something using your hands has great meaning and is the key to a sustainable world. Anna founded Studio Greenbean as a way to share her passion for creating. Currently, she designs environmentally-responsible jewelry using steel wire and freshwater pearls, and enjoys making prints on tree-free paper. Anna is a lover of cats and all things practical.
Sruti DebRoy: Ceramicist
Sruti DebRoy Upon moving to the US, Sruti casually enrolled in a pottery class out of curiosity. It has since become her biggest love. “Having grown up in India, my inspiration tends to have roots in Indian and other eastern art forms; concepts that I have tried to translate into my ceramics. I also strive to marry functionality and beauty in my creations.”
Justin Dunford: Artist
bio coming soon
Jennifer Fasi: Jeweler
Born and raised in California, and now residing in Houston, Jennifer Fasi has been crafting and designing jewelry for 17 years. A self-taught artisan, Jennifer enjoyed her inherent passion for design throughout her academic and professional ventures before her present commitment to the creative life. Her line “il Lupo” marries meaning and aesthetic, as letters, words and phrases, conveyed in Morse code, shine through delicate gold-filled and sterling silver arrangements.
Dylan Francis: Glass and Furniture
Dylan Francis is a local artist that incorporates, glass, wood, and various mediums into sculpture. Materials include everything from bottles, mirrors, stained glass, to lamps depending on the piece. He also uses sandblasting techniques for glass etching.
Jeffrey Gottsch: Jeweler
Jeffrey Gottsch is a local jewelry artisan and Garden Oaks resident. He uses precious and semiprecious stones, minerals, crystal, and various metals to create unique earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. He likes to add a touch of sparkle to every piece. You can’t be unhappy when you sparkle even a little.
Lisa Marie Hunter: Artist
Lisa Marie Hunter (former surname Godfrey) was born in Houston, Texas in 1981. Lisa studied at The Glassell School of Art, MFAH, where she received a certificate of achievement in Works on Paper in 2006. Her current work consists of illustrative ink drawings reflecting her thoughts on personal experiences and how they transform into mysticism through psychology and the perceptual process. Hunter has taught Non-Traditional Watercolor and Mixed-Media at The Art League Houston, as well as curated shows at Domy Books.
Lourdes M. Izunza: Ceramicist
Lourdes M. Izunza was born in Mexico City where she studied architecture and photography. Upon emigrating to Canada, she began exploring printmaking and soon afterwards, ceramics. “Through ceramics I could transmit my thoughts though raw materials, starting with malleable clay in its wet state and forming it into a rigid, permanent expression of my state of mind.” Her works draws its inspirations from artists such as David Robinson, Hans Coper, and Andy Blick, but she adds, “although my work also draws influence from the geometry, balance, and movement of the architect, Zaha Hadid.”
Melissa Juvan: Jeweler, Clothes Maker
Melissa Juvan is a Houston artist who works in a variety of disciplines including photography, jewelry, sewing, knitting, paper craft and drawing. She has lived in Houston for most of her life and has attended art school in New York and San Francisco and holds a B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute with a major in photography. Melissa has been an active member of the Houston art scene for almost twenty years and has been closely affiliated with ArtStorm, El Rincon Social and Poissant Gallery over the course of her career. Melissa currently makes handsewn and knitted baby clothes for The Sparrow and The Nest and Space Montrose, and crafts jewelry for Hello-Lucky, in addition to occasional freelance work at a loose network of galleries in the Houston area. She is always ready to help or participate in art ventures of the positive of mind and the young at heart.
Colin Kaeppeln: Artist
Colin Kaeppel was born in 1969 in Houston, Texas, and graduated from The High School for Performing and Visual Arts. He went on to earn a BFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts, NYC. After completing studies in New York, he returned to Houston to pursue his career in art. With painting being his main artistic focus, he soon found himself becoming involved with horticulture on a professional level and amateur music making as a serious side dish. http://colinkaeppel.blogspot.com/
Kurt Lashbrook: Artist
Kurt Lashbrook grew up in Houston TX where he discovered his love of art and creativity. He studied art of all kinds throughout his time at Kingwood High School, and then received a scholarship to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he graduated in 2001 with a BFA in Studio and Experimental art techniques. For twenty years he has worked in many forms, media, and styles: Painting with a paint brush, or airbrush in oil, watercolor, acrylic, Drawing with pencil, ink, or chalk and charcoal, Photography both film, and digital formats, Printmaking with screen-print and intaglio, Computer graphics, Ceramics, Wood, and Metal. Kurt teaches art to both adult and children and has taught at the High School and College levels. He likes to refer to himself as a mad scientist of art, mixing media and techniques to create unique pieces of art. To him, the way art is created can be as interesting and beautiful as the artwork itself.
Lynn Lane: Artist, Photographer
Lynn Lane is a photographer/painter who enjoys working a variety of styles that are very distinctly his own. His art/photography/design has been exhibited extensively through galleries and museums as well as being published in many international publications. Since living in Houston, Lynn has been named one of the “Top 100 Creatives” by the Houston Press. As a documentary filmmaker, he was represented in London and NYC. He has curated a variety of film events and been in various international film festivals as well as having written for “International Documentary” magazine. Currently, Lynn is an instructor at the Houston Center for Photography and works out of his studio at Spring Street Studios. As a furniture designer, his work is currently represented in NYC and CT. For more information, visit www.lynnlane.com
Manready Mercantile: Apothecary, Leather Goods
Sylvie Lehoucq: Ceramicist
bio coming soon
Manready Mercantile was officially created in November of 2012 by T.S. Weaver, a small town guy originally from Zephyr, Texas. This family owned company is built on values, honesty, and hard work…that’s just how we do things. You combine these traits together and you can’t help but to get quality service and products. The goal is to create jobs, help other makers, and support USA made goods.
Jennifer McCaslin: Jeweler
Jennifer McCaslin grew up here in Houston. She cultivated a passion for Mexican folk art early in life and immersed herself in the art and culture. She started making jewelry with these vibrant designs and her idol Frida Kahlo in mind. Her passion and personal sense of style can be seen in the details of her art and jewelry alike. Her handmade art, magnets and jewelry, known as “Captivations”, is not only beautiful, but useful.
Terrell Powell: Artist
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Cary Reeder: Glass
Cary Reeder is fortunate to come from a family where being an artist is considered a good thing. Her mother was an artist, her sister is an artist, her niece is an artist, and she has dabbled in creative endeavors her entire life. A native of Miami, Florida, she worked as a commercial artist and typesetter in the early ’80s before computers were invented, while playing bass in a punk/new wave band with her future husband. She majored in art for one semester in college before becoming intrigued by many other subjects including Anthropology and Urban Planning, leading to a career as a writer and administrator for nonprofit organizations. An eye-opening trip to Italy in 2006 brought her back to art school and art making and she has not looked back. Along with making fused glass pieces, she is an accomplished painter. To see more of her work, check out: www.caryreeder.com.
Tiffany Recio: Jeweler
Tiffany Recio is a reclusive local artist driven by her imagination. Her lifelong addiction to art began when she was five making anatomical art with her body as a gymnast. As a teenager, original 3D stained glass sculptures became her fancy. A (previous) career as a dental lab technician then led her to metal artwork. She now spends her time creating wire-sculpted jewelry, candles, and paintings. Her life as a homeschooler also keeps her quite busy, when she’s not dancing or performing “Cirque du Soleil” style acts at home or contemplating human evolution with her husband.
Rust and Pearls: Jewelry
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Tom Rye: Artist, Caricatures
Tom Rye is a visual artist and designer currently living in Houston, Texas. Originally from Gainesville, Florida, Tom has worked as an art instructor, a designer in the apparel industry and most recently, a caricaturist at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. His studio is located in the First Ward Art District at 1824 Spring St. #110, Houston, Tx 77007.
Hana Shoup: Artist
Hana Shoup is from Brenham, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. During her undergraduate education, she intensively studied drawing, painting, and art history, and even lived abroad for five months in Florence, Italy. There she took classes in cooking, Italian, and Renaissance art. Her most memorable experience was visiting the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. After graduating in 2007, Hana did not stop studying art: she immediately attended an intensive drawing “marathon” at the New York Studio School. Hana then lived in Baltimore, Maryland, while attending the Maryland Institute College of Art. After a year in Baltimore, she returned to Texas to get her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Houston. She currently lives in Houston and loves being a part of the exciting, vibrant art community of the city.
Adriana Soto: Jeweler
El Paso native Adriana Soto says she’s always been artsy. She made her own jewelry as a hobby for several years but decided to take the plunge into full-time design after working a temp job at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s gift shop, where she saw other designers selling their handcrafted one-of-a-kind work. “When I saw other designers selling their work, I thought, ‘I want to do that, too.’” She signed up for a class at the Glassell School of Art with jewelry guru Sandy Zilker. After a class or two, she went on her own. That was six years ago. Two years ago she opened up an online shop at Etsy.com and is now happily marketing her work around the world.
Susan Lewis Storey: Artist
Susan Lewis Storey became an award winning studio artist, after she did all the grown-up things she thought she was supposed to do…like get married, raise a family and pursue a counseling career. Since then her art-quilts, and paintings have been featured in a variety of publications and she has exhibited both nationally and internationally for the last twenty years. Today she primarily devotes her time to studio and commission work as well as teaching. Her background in counseling, and later energy work, fostered a thirty year exploration into the relationship between creativity and spirituality which fuels both her art and her workshops. Students learn to utilize creative energy for both unique personal expression and as a valuable tool for insight and self-exploration. Also working in clay and glass, each year Susan fashions a limited edition of small scale sculptures and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces sold exclusively at shows and artisan venues. A native Galvestonian, Susan is currently in search of the perfect mobile studio, as she and her husband Phil abandon traditional homesteading for a life of going where the road carries them.
Chris Thompson: Artist
Shortly after the peak of rock and roll and muscle cars, Chris Thompson took apart his dad’s drill and put it back together successfully. Seeing the worn gears smeared with grease and the dull glint of the copper wire was a pivotal moment in his life; he realized he liked working with his hands and figuring things out, which ultimately led him to sculpture, painting and drawing. Chris has been doodling since he was a child, so he went to school for it at the University of Houston where he received his BFA in Sculpture. A short time later, after realizing that a BFA in Sculpture is as useful as a sack of dead batteries, he pursued his MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in the decaying metropolis that is Baltimore, MD. Brooklyn, NY was a logical improvement until one sweltering August garbage day when, as he turned around to flush the toilet, burning his hand on the stove, he wondered, momentarily, if the fetid stench was his burning flesh or the corpulent dumpster two floors below bellowing its olfactory siren song through the open window. So Chris questioned his notions of quality of life and moved back to Houston. He continues to doodle, only now Chris teaches others how to do it at The Art Institute of Houston. He is a proud member of the artist collective Sketchy Neighbors as well as the experimental music group Puppy Eyes. There are numerous projects floating around that Chris is responsible for and that have a life of their own outside of his, and he likes it that way. http://www.christhompsonart.com
Y. E. Torres: Artist
Y. E. Torres (ms. YET) is an improvisational muscle dancer, visual and performance artist, teacher, curator, model, muse, an experience connoisseur of violent delights and a very Bad Unicorn. Red Bluff is an Evil White Bunny Rabbit and the Bad Unicorn’s only fur baby.
Diane Warkentin: Artist
Diane Warkentin: “Recently, I have been focusing a lot of my energy on the paper mosaics. I enjoy hunting for the perfect graphic. I can go through a hundred magazines a month, and sometimes will have to wait months or years to collect enough of a graphic to complete a piece. I use all kinds of magazines, from freebees like Paper City to National Geographic. The paper mosaics are made of 100% paper. No paint. No ink. Just magazine paper! Everyone I know collects their magazines for me, and it feels good knowing that all these publications are getting a second life, a chance to be recycled into art.”
Chad Werner: Leather Goods
“My name is Chad Werner. I was not born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could! I served in the 2nd Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne. I finished my tour in 1995 and then moved to Houston. I come from a very proud military family. My grandfather, father, brothers and myself have served in every conflict from World War II to present day. My acute attention to detail is no doubt due to my military background. I believe the military was one of the major forces in my life and it shows in the work that I do and the things that I make.// Leatherworking is an artistry that I have really started to enjoy but it is only one of the joys in my life. I’m also a father, a husband, a small business owner and an entrepreneur. I have a very competitive spirit and love a challenge!”