Contributing Artists and Crafters
Leslie Ferrin, a Tecumseh resident, began her art career back in the early 1980’s designing and installing graphics on vehicles. While doing so, she went to college and got her degree in Applied Sciences with CADD/CAM, process control, and electronics as her three majors. She opened an art gallery and gift emporium with her partner Deanne Moore in September of 2017. They also wanted to provide a place for teaching art classes. In addition to being the owner and operator of Make It Yours LLC she is also a contributing artist and her paintings, water gardens, custom signs and t-shirts are on display and available for sale.
Sheila Dawkins, a lifelong artist and Oklahoma resident, is the foundation artist at the Make It Yours Art Gallery. She was born in Tulsa, OK on April 16th 1964. She started painting at a young age and participated in art festivals. Sheila stopped painting when her father tried to dictate what she needed to paint in order to sell more paintings. After the death of her grandmother she painted a picture for her mother which helped them both. Sheila found painting helped her “exercise her demons”. She started painting again in 1992 and has been painting ever since. Her work is currently on exhibit and can be purchased at the Make It Yours Art Gallery.
Ellen Marie Fausek is a multimedia artist from Wisconsin. She is currently working as the “Artist in Residence” at the Make It Yours Art Gallery in Tecumseh, OK. Although she is mostly “self-taught” she studied art at Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX and St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, OK. Her work is inspired by her culture and love of the natural world. She produces custom animal portraits either painted or mosaics. She is currently teaching classes at MIY and organizing the class schedule with visiting artists. This gives her the opportunity to continue learning new techniques and sharing her talents through teaching classes. She is also the Creative Director on the board of Bowsers Peace Sanctuary.
Lynda Raymer loves “throwing sawdust”. Lynda is a skilled wood worker and crafter of all sorts. She teaches a construction craft class at the Make It Yours Art Gallery. She also has her hand made furniture and birdhouses on display there.
Charles R. Spillers was born and raised in Oklahoma. After retiring from the Navy, he pursued his interest in art. He first learned by copying works of the old masters, then joined a class taught by Nellie Parman. Later, he attended Seminole State College and learned from Kelly Kirk and John Bartos. He entered many regional art shows and won many ribbons. His subjects have ranged from western, wildlife, still life, religious, maritime, landscape, and portraits. His works are always realistic and detailed. Last year he illustrated a children’s book and will soon illustrate its sequel. When not creating art, Charles plays guitar and piano or learns Greek and Hebrew.
The gallery’s mission is to promote local artists. Individual artists will be invited to display their work and have an opportunity to share their skills by providing workshops.
Amanda Christine Shelton lives in Oklahoma and makes mixed media art. She creates 2-dimensional acrylic, oil, and mixed media paintings incorporating nature and fantasy. She also paints custom portraits, pet portraits, and murals, and shoots natural photographs around the state. She has been featured in Professional Artist magazine for her blog posts, and has created work for the State of Oklahoma and exhibits at the Oklahoma History Center. Amanda studied cognitive psychology at the University of Oklahoma and lives in Oklahoma City with her husband.
Stanton Pace is one of Make It Yours LLC Art Gallery’s featured artist for August and September. The gallery is proud to have the opportunity to showcase his woodcarvings. Stanton lives in Tecumseh, OK and is a master woodcarver. His work can be seen outside of the Pottawatomie County Museum in Shawnee, OK. He has won awards for his carvings in juried shows. Stanton never considered himself an artist until he met a mentor working in decorative concrete. He encouraged Stan to see himself as an artist. Stanton eventually opened his own decorative concrete business making cast molds, wonderful sculptures and other cement creations. His connection to nature led him to adopt a baby black bear named Bowser. Bowser is not a pet. Stanton created Bowser’s Peace Sanctuary which is situated on 20 acres, amid the home to buffalo, a draft horse, a paint horse, and great danes. The sanctuary is a non profit organization which offers yoga classes and a Healing Circle on Sunday evenings. People can come to meet Bowser and other animals. The grand opening of the sanctuary is Saturday, September 22nd from 4-8 pm.
Belinda Pacheco is a freelance tattoo artist, crafter, and painter. She is animated, active, hardworking and blunt with a love for laughter and a jump in the pool. When she gets away from premade patterns her artwork comes to life and is eye-catching.
Sabrina Lynam is a fun and carefree person who loves when people connect with her artworks! She and her sister are the proud owners of 2 Gals & a Paintbrush specializing in flow paintings classes. Their motto is “Go with the Flow!”
Dyan Miller is Yankee born and bred. She and her husband moved to Oklahoma in 2000 and decided to settle here after he retired from the Air Force in 2003. Dyan has been sewing and doing needlework since she was about five years old. Her mother taught her starting with a large needle and embroidery floss. These made it easier for small hands to learn control of a needle, leading to ever smaller and more even stitches. Over the years, Dyan has taught herself to quilt and many new ways to embellish various projects. Learning from others continues to help expand her knowledge.