Christine E. Schulze has been living in castles, exploring magical worlds, and creating fantastical romances and adventures since she was too young to even write of such stories. Her collection of YA, MG, and children's fantasy and Christian fantasy books, The Amielian Legacy, is comprised of series and stand-alone books which can all be read separately, but which weave together to create a single amazing fantasy.
One of her main aspirations for The Amielian Legacy is to be able to create grand fantasy adventures with characters that connect with readers from many different backgrounds. She believes strongly in including diversity in her books; right now her focus is includes racial diversity and people with mental and physical disabilities. Twenty-five percent of all Schulze's royalties are donated to ALFA, a local charity that provides funding and volunteers for Trinity Services in Mascoutah, IL; Trinity provides a day program and residential services for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Her most recent projects include the release of her latest kids' book, The Puzzle of the Two-Headed Dragon, with St. Louis artist Karen Swartz, and the professional re-editing and remastering of two YA fantasy series, The Gailean Quartet and The Hero Chronicles, the latter of which will be released under its new name, A Shadow Beyond Time. For this series, she has also brought an amazing new co-author onto her team, Kira Lerner, whom she has used many a time as her editor for other works.
Schulze loves hearing from her readers! Feel free to connect with her on Facebook and Goodreads, or shoot her some fanmail at email@example.com
Ryan is a young writer.
He has self-published one children's book, The Adventures of Wheatail, and 4 young adult novels, The Crystals of Kings, The Conquest of Shadow, The Kingdom of Stones, and Heir To The Otherworld.
Laura is a watercolor artist and potter from Fulton, MO.
Catarina G. De Bruyn
I was born in Belgium and moved to Belleville, Illinois in 2000. I started taking playful painting classes in 2012 and soon decided it was time to become more serious with art. My paintings are light and dark, shadow, atmosphere and mood. I like the work of the old masters and David Mensing, Tom Nicholas and many others. I'm constantly studying and taking additional art lessons and my instructor is pushing me to the next level -- to adopt a more professional approach to my painting. I have a lot to learn and it's not always easy, but I love it!
Kim Richard Depigian
Kim creates abstracts in acrylic and oil. He livies in Belleville, IL and studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and studied art at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. His work is an expression of himself. Some of his work is very intuitive and can be spontaneous which sometimes leads to complicated and abstract pieces. He sometimes combines his music and art backgrounds by incorporating a short musical composition into his abstract work through painting the "theory" he feels from the composition. While some of his paintings are accomplished with traditional methods, his abstract style and striking results are anything but traditional. Kim also works with block art by painting individual block pieces and then scanning these onto photos and arranging these on larger backgrounds to form the individual pieces into well-designed quality compositions.
Nicole's art is oil painting, photography, clay ceramics and sculpture. She is from Swansea, IL. Visit her website or purchase her artwork at the Tiadaghton House!
Karen makes beautiful beaded wire crosses .
Keith creates whimsical pieces out of pewter.
Teresa uses a technique called eco-printing on natural fabric. She chooses silk, linen, or cotton garments and dyes the fabric with leaves for a natural dye approach.
Check out her work here: www.halfstreetstudio.com
Nancy Beard is a native of Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Beard has since continued advanced studies a the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the University of California at Davis. She has traveled extensively and currently resides in Illinois. Beard has painted in a variety of media, but her primary interest is watercolor. Her subject matter shows her personal vision in reference to human experience. Her paintings show the delicate and bold aspects of the medium. Her compositions are rigorous, complex and show the true language of paint. Nancy's work can be seen in both regional and national art exhibitions. Her paintings are in public and private collections in California, New Jersey, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Her images have also been collected on an International scale and are in collections in Germany, Japan, Korea, and the United Kingdom. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.
Glen Carbon, IL
Jill Schwear is a retired High School math teacher who found her artistic side late in life. Jill says "I have been dabbling in hand beading, metals, and recycling to create One-of-a-kind jewelry. Come join by journey as I continue to learn and grow."
Joe makes lighted glass blocks with pictures and logos on them and wine bottles that are etched with sport's teams.
Jennifer is a graduate of Kendall School of Art and Design, in Grand Rapids, MI, but has also studied at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She makes a living as a Graphic Artist/Designer and has worked in that field for over 30 years. "I like to keep my hand in artwork outside of my regular job, I think it keeps me fresh", says Jennifer.
Traveling for 26 years with her Air Force husband, Kim learned to adapt and find the beauty where ever they were stationed. Now retired to O'Fallon, IL, she stays busy with her extended family, church, and volunteer work. Of her art, Kim says, "My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was only 9. By using wire, I can design and crochet unique pieces of jewelry. I especially love to incorporate wood, stone, gems, and pearls to show the natural beauty that God has put into this world."
Bruce is a woodworker. He makes beautiful tables, benches, center pieces, serving pieces, and votive holders...all out of wood. His company is called Smithboro Woodworks.
View his work here.
Neil crafts baskets, all split by hand, using unique long-ribbed construction. He carefully selects young white oak trees to use in the baskets. It takes more than 20 hours to complete a basket.
Tiadaghton House Artists
Here are our participating artists. Use the list of categories below to search artists by medium or product, or use the search button on the top of the website. As always, contact us if you are looking for something specific!
111 W. St. Louis Street
Lebanon, Illinois 62254
1. River of Pines [Iroquois]
2. A fun store in Lebanon, IL:
"Let's go to the Tiadaghton House."