Nancy Harrer

Nancy Harrer

Now residing in Wisconsin, Nancy is both a seasoned photographer and world traveller. Originally from Chicago some of her first artistic influences were from the urban environment in which she grew up.

Nancy left the mid-west for the San Francisco Bay Area to study Art History and Cultural Anthropology. Working weekends in open air markets for a living she became aware of what she terms “Living Anthropology”. The lives of diverse people coming together for a single purpose in short periods of time, sharing cultures, foods and history. This is one of the largest and longest lasting influences seen in her comprehensive body of work.

Nancy has always enjoyed cooking and food from around the globe. Another great binder of people and influence in her life.

She has been working with photography as well as part of mixed media art for the past 35 years. Nancy has been in shows throughout the Mid- West, California, Glasgow Scotland and Marbella Spain. Until recent years she was known for her work shot on Black and White film.

Many of the vegetables you see became fabulous meals that were cooked by chefs and friends and herself and consumed with great gusto.

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Jeannette T. White

Jeannette T. White

Jeannette has had a lifelong love of the arts. Her interest in art was peaked, when as a child, she watched her mother draw and paint. Jeannette earned a degree in Art Education from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee and a Masters in Teaching and Leadership from St. Xavier University in Chicago. Her teaching experience spans 25 years. Throughout her teaching career, Jeannette continued moving forward with personal creative endeavors which included painting in watercolor and oil.

Jeannette has a studio at 16th Street Studios in the Racine Business Center, Racine, WI. She is an accomplished artist who has had many successful exhibitions. Her paintings can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.

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Richard Bell

Richard Bell

Laughter is good medicine

Life Seemed Good, But… is a collection of over 90 short funny stories. Imagine a cross between Aesop’s Fables and the Brothers Grimm. Richard started writing humor as therapy back in 2004 when his wife was diagnosed with leukemia. Shortly after that they were both laid off from there jobs. Since Richards stories helped him deal with the great stress he was under, he thought that perhaps they could help others as well.

Born in Chicago and now living in Wisconsin Richard started writing a monthly column for Wassup Local magazine called Modern Fables (Lake County IL) in 2008. In 2011 it turned into an eBook, and today it is a paperback. Richard donate proceeds from his book to cancer and Alzheimer’s research at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago.

The book is rated PG for minor drug references, limited cartoon violence, anti-humor and bad puns. Due to circumstances, some of the stories are dark humor. It is a picture of life in and around the Mystee forest as viewed by a variety of talking animals, strange characters, and the author’s twisted perception of reality, often involving lasers and aluminum foil. The stories appear random but contain many interconnections as well as hidden trivia. It just might be the funniest thing you ever read.

Books can be purchased at The Red Oak Restaurant