Meet the Artists
The Rainbow Springs Artists Cooperative is comprised of local artists with a penchant for keeping art alive in their community. Take a moment to get to you know our members.
The Rainbow Springs Artist Cooperative welcomes members anytime! For more information click on the blue button!
Lynda Ryan – Jewelry
What is the old saying? “We’ve come a long way baby?” Several years ago, Lynda can remember being at Walt McLellan’s home with a handful of people talking about how we could get all the talented artists in Rainbow Springs into a show or some venue. Walt said he was going to ask the manager of Marion Cultural Alliance’s (MCA) Artful Gifts at Circle Square to help with a name and a plan. That was before Joe Olson and Susan Jones took the leadership reigns….Read More
June Johnson – Gourd Art
From the Garden to the Gallery
Upon retiring from New York State government June Johnson was looking for something to do with her newfound time. She wanted to find a medium to work in but was at a loss because nothing seemed right. June, an art major has studied and practiced various mediums throughout her life including cloisonne enameling, stained glass, weaving and silver jewelry…..Read More
Susan Davis Jones, Ph.D. – Pottery
After 25 years as an executive in the corporate world, Susan Davis Jones now finds life on the Rainbow River inspiring her art. A lifelong resident of Central Florida, Susan is a founding member of the Rainbow Springs Fine Art Association and the first member to join the Rainbow Springs Artist Cooperative…….Read More
Jean Largen – Jewelry
Jean has been a member of the Rainbow Springs Fine Art Association since 2015. Her talent is in Jewelry making. She uses her skills in embroidery and crocheting to make some of the most amazing pieces.
Jean first became interested in jewelry making as a teenager while learning how to embroider and sew in 4H….Read More.
Gayle Miller – Painting
The daughter of a large-animal veterinarian in West Texas, Gayle Miller grew up with an indelible impression that she draws on today when painting. She has fond memories of ranch calls with her father, the ranch environment and observing him treat multiple head of cattle and horses. She inherited her father’s devoted love and appreciation of nature..…Read More
Lois Moore – Painting
Some people are born artists; some people wish they were born artists. Just like athletes, artists having the desire to create, must practice and practice to hone their skills. As a teen, the desire to paint etched its way into the heart of this artist. As many people discover, life sometimes gets in the way, but a window opens and you find an avenue to pursue that long awaited dream…..Read More
Andrea Bromwell – Painting/Sculpture
Andrea Brownell is an active member at AVA gallery in Lebanon, NH where
she co-instructs stone carving workshops. Andres received her BFA in Sculpture from Colby Sawyer College in New London, NH. She also enjoys photography and paints with watercolor, oils and acrylics. Andrea resides in Dunellon, FL and Wilmot, NH.”
Barrie Harding – Woodworking
Barrie Harding joined the Rainbow Springs Fine Art Association early in 2016
and is one of the first 45 members of the Rainbow Springs Artist Cooperative. He has a passion for helping people decorate their homes with beautiful wood art.….Read More.
Virginia Saalman – Photography
Although Virginia Saalman considered herself a writer, she always had a camera in her hand. Eventually people wanted to buy her work and she became a serious photographer.
Virginia states nothing compares to the Florida’s beauty as she captures it with her camera.Virginia’s work has been featured in numerous news outlets and presently is on permanent display in a government building in Collier County, Florida. She is a proud member of the Rainbow Springs Art Association and
Charlene Murray – Oil/Acrylic Painting
Charlene Murray was inspired to begin drawing in 1991. Her
lifelong love of horses led her to paint these magnificent creatures in oils, watercolors and acrylic. She also sculpts horses in bronze. Charlene belongs to the Rainbow Springs Artists Cooperative, Citrus County Art League, Citrus Watercolor Society, Equine Artists Association, Oil Painters of America and the
National League of American Penwomen.
Chris Randle – Copper/Brass/Pewter Jewelry
Chris Randle earned Fine Arts and Art Education degrees from Eastern Michigan University, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Indiana University. As a mental health therapist, her interest in the brain and human consciousness led her to view jewelry design and mixed-media craft in a different light. Randle lives with her husband in Crystal River, Florida, where she is active with the Citrus Cultural Alliance, and shows her work at the Rainbow Springs Artists Co-Op in Dunnellon, Florida Artists Gallery in Floral City, and Franklin Anderson Gallery in Crystal River. She is also a member of the Marian Cultural Alliance, and her work can be seen at the Brick City Center for the Arts in Ocala.
Donna Josephsen – Stained Glass
Donna Josephson is a new member with RSAA. She joined Jan 2017. She is displaying her Stained Glass and Mosaic work. She is currently work on several committees for Rainbow Springs Artist Cooperative….Read More
Jackie Nash – Painting
Jackie Nash is one of the founding members of RSFAA and is also a member of MCA. She received her AA
degree in Fine Art at The University of Central Florida. While she was attending CF, Jackie’s painting “Fire from the Sky” received honorable mention and then was purchased as part of the university’s permanent collection. She has taken numerous classes with accomplished artists, furthering her knowledge of various mediums.
According to Jackie, “The best form of inspiration is quieting oneself while enjoying nature and what it has to offer”.
Joshua Price – Scrap Metal Animal Sculpture
I create unique animal sculptures out of scrap metal. You see a rusty old tool, I see a lizard. I collect materials from junk yards, thrift stores, yard sales and recycling centers. Half the fun of creating a sculpture is hunting for the parts to go into it. After collecting the pieces, I weld it all together with a wire fed MiG welder. I like watching people puzzle out what a sculpture is made from. I am often inspired by nature and a part I find that “speaks” to me until I make it into a sculpture. I enjoy creating them and am always looking to make people smile. I show at Art Festivals all over Florida and Georgia and locally at FAFO in Ocala, Downtown Gainesville, Cedar Key and Dunnellon. I live in Central Florida with my wife.
Kay Placek – Quilting
Kay Placek and her husband Richard moved to Dunnellon in 2005 after a career in Education. She developed an interest in quilting at that time. She has entered her quilting shows in Wisconsin, Jacksonville, FL and in Gainesville FL. She won the Best of Show at the Tree City Quilters Guild show in Gainesville in 2015. She has won ribbons for Judges Recognition and Honorable Mention in the 2016 and 2017 Jacksonville Quilt Fest. Her Quilts are displayed in Dunnellon Rainbow Springs Art Cooperative.
Richard Placek – Painting
Richard Placek and his wife Kay have lived in Dunnellon since 2005. He started learning and understanding the many, many techniques that are a part of watercolor painting in 2012. Since that time he has attended various classes and workshops given by well known watercolor artists. He has displayed his watercolor paintings and prints in several art galleries in Wisconsin, Florida Artists Galleries, the Rainbow Springs Art Festival and the Rainbow Springs Artist Cooperative.
SusanJane Donohoe – Watercolor Painting
Swipes of bold color and specks of her soul streak the watercolor paper as SusanJane creates her paintings of mostly animals and people. I like to paint “things with eyes” she says laughingly and I like to add some humor into my paintings as well….Read More
Suzanne Mahr – Painting
Suzanne Mahr is an active member at the Art Center in Hernando, Fl. and Citrus Watercolor Society in Inverness, FL. She has taught Watercolor, Oil, Decorative Painting and Rosemaling for over 30 years. She gives workshops at present.
Suzanne has taken art classes at the UW-Milwaukee and workshops throughout Wisconsin and Florida. She resides in Citrus Springs, Florida.
Cindy McWilliams – Instructor
I have been an avid artist since age 5 when I began drawing my favorite subject – horses! I started oil painting at age 9 and continued with art lessons through high school. In college at Appalachian State University, I majored in art for two years then transferred to North Carolina State University to study Landscape Architecture….Read More
Vera Mangold – Drawing, Painting, Sculpting
From childhood in South Texas, Vera had a gift and love of drawing and painting. After raising her children and retiring from banking, she began to study art and to practice the fine art techniques of drawing, watercolor, sculpting with paper, and, more recently, drawing and painting digital art…..Read More
Bonnie Eads – Painting & Polymer Clay
Bonnie Eads, originally from east Tennessee, has spent the majority of her adult life in Florida, most recently in Ocala. She is best known for figurative watercolors but is also skilled in polymer clay craft work. Bonnie was honored to have her design “A Horse with Heart” selected as the People’s Choice for Ocala’s Horse Fever to benefit the Marion Cultural Alliance. Bonnie believes a work of art should evoke an emotion, memory or curiosity. It should tell a story but leave the conclusion to the viewer.
Peg Midgley – Pottery
Pottery has interested Peg Midgley all her life. It wasn’t until 1984 that she was able to indulge that interest and she has been working in clay one way or another ever since. Very little of her training has been formal. One important milestone was Alfred University summer school. Another was an association with Franklin Square Gallery/Clay Studio in Southport NC in the nineties. She has also shown and demonstrated her work at Cracker Days in Dunnellon in recent years. Currently she is displaying in two small galleries in Wellsville NY..
Sandra Copenhaver – Watercolor, Acrylic, & Oil Painting
Sandra Copenhaver was enjoyed water color, acrylic, and oil painting for over 17 years.
Sandra decided to “pay it forward”. To give her art more of a purpose, ART FOR THE HOMELESS was born. An annual donation of all profits is given to an organization that houses and rehabs the homeless.
Sandra is a member of the Citrus Watercolor Society, the Florida Artists Gallery, the North Georgia Arts Guild and the Art Center of Citrus County. Sandra was the featured artist in the February 2017 issue of the Georgia Mountain Laurel Magazine.
Pat McNamara – Pen & Ink Designs
Pat received a degree in teaching and art from Monclair University in New Jersey. After a career in teaching and retiring to sunny Florida, she began to find time to create again.
Pen & Ink Designs have always been her first love. Black and white can be used in all types of art. Many of her designs start with just one tiny dot or line and an idea taken from nature. In the past, she taught basic drawing and lead drawing parties.
Pat has only just started to frame and sell her art work, participating in the recent Rainbow Springs Art Festival and hopes to continue expanding her
Rdcreations – Woodworking
Rdcreations is a husband and wife team, Rod and Diane Taylor, who create unique wooden treasure boxes! We developed our skills working in the boat and yacht industry, building wooden boats, Diane varnishing for over thirty years professionally, in San Diego California, where we lived until four years ago when we relocated here to the town of Inverness.
Since woodworking tools were such a big part of our lives and livelihood for so many years, we could not bear to part with them when we relocated so we brought them with us across country!
Esther O’Neal – Painting
When Esther O’Neal retired she felt it was time to seriously do the things she had said she wanted to do after retiring. She set her goals of learning painting, stained glass and the piano. She has accomplished two of these (painting and stained glass) and is now working on the piano.
Esther trained under a award-winning teacher here in Florida. Her paintings are on display in the Rainbow Springs Artist Cooperative.
Lori Cephil – Photography
Lori Cepil has resided in Ocala, Florida since 2000. She has been interested in photography for many years, and attended the Daytona State College, School of Photography for two years. She is inspired by natures beauty and is also drawn to composite work using Photoshop.
Gary Kuhl- Photography
Gary Kuhl is a retired environmental engineer continuing his lifelong enjoyment of our natural environment through photography.
His photography was recently featured in the 1000 Friends of Florida quarterly magazine. His work is also on display in several Nature Coast art galleries and the Lakes Region Library in Inverness. He won an award of excellence at the November 2016 Inverness Fine Art Festival.
Carol Seidman – Pottery
Carol Seidman has maintained a home pottery studio, producing functional stoneware for thirty five years. Mostly self taught, she advanced her skills taking workshops at Peters Valley Craft School in Layton N.J., Chester Springs Studio in Pa., and Alfred University in New York. Favoring lots of color in her work, she has developed a bright palette of self made glazes.
With retirement comes the ability to “Play in the Mud” every day…..
Marily-Anne Pletcher – Painting
Marily-Anne Pletcher started painting in High school. After graduating from Colby Sawyer College in New London, NH, she worked in PA and raised her family. She always enjoyed painting with oils, watercolors and is now learning acrylics.
She would like her art to imitate nature.
She is a resident of Rainbow Springs, Dunnellon and is looking forward to working, exhibiting, and learning as a new member of the Rainbow Springs Artist Cooperative.
Sally Helsel – Pottery
Sally Helsel became interested in pottery 10 years ago where, at an art fair in Indiana, she watched a demonstration on the pottery wheel. She signed up for classes at the city’s art league and it was love with the first handful of clay. She has been spinning on the wheel and hand building with slabs ever since.
Sue Primeau – Watercolor Painting
Ocala artist Sue Primeau finds inspiration in her travels and the beauty that surrounds her everyday life. Sue works primarily in watercolor and refers to her work as abstract reality. She’s been licensed on greeting cards and many of her works and painting lessons are published in four how-to books by internationally known, WI artist, Karlyn Holman and Sue continues to earn awards for her work. Aside from painting Sue loves to teach watercolor locally and abroad. Find Sue’s portfolio at www.teamingpondinc.com or through her affiliations with Artist Alley Gallery, Marion Cultural Alliance, Florida Watercolor Society, Ocala Art Group and the Citrus Watercolor Society.
John Romaine – Colored Pencils
I grew up in northern Virginia, after high school, I studied Fine Art and Illustration at Northern Virginia Community College. I received two Associates Degrees. I lived on the island of Maui for seventeen years and that opened my eyes to tropical colors. I work with Prismacolor pencils. My work is in several local galleries as well as at local art and craft shows.