and Sara have lived in central Illinois most of their lives. Recently they
have taken residency in Prescott, AZ. Over
the years, they have developed a love and respect for the outdoors and wildlife.
began his artistic career in 1989 as a wood carver. He began carving
wildfowl, but expanded to include realistic animals, relief and stylized
has done needlework, basket making and other creative projects through the years
of their love of nature and natural materials, they have expanded their
interests and talents to working with gourds. Through the medium of
gourds, they have combined their individual artistic abilities to something they
now work on together. They gather natural materials not only from their
own property but from suppliers across the country.
and Larry have co-taught decorative gourd classes at several locations.
They started teaching at The Woodcraft Shop in Bettendorf, Iowa in 2003.
They have taught classes at the International Woodcarving Congress in Davenport,
Iowa from 2005 through 2009. In 2007 Sara and Larry were invited to teach
gourd classes at the Doane Experience held in Crete, Nebraska. The Doane
Experience is sponsored by the Mid America Woodcarvers who conduct seminars at
Doane College for a week in July. They
taught classes at Doane from 2007-2013. They
have also taught classes at several locations in Arizona.
fall 2005, Sara and Larry have been invited to participate as Artists in
Residence at Custer State Park in South Dakota.
During the fall of 2014 they completed their 10th year as
Artists in Residence.
teaching classes and working in South Dakota, Sara and Larry participate in art
and craft shows across the country. Examples are: Morton Pumpkin
Festival (Morton, IL), Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival (Custer, SD), Arizona
Gourd Show (Casa Grande, AZ) and Valle Country Art Fair (Valle Crucis, NC).
have retired from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Sara was a
Licensed Clinic Professional Counselor in the Center for Wellness and
Larry is an emeritus faculty where he was a college professor, teaching
Business Computer Systems in the Foster College of Business Administration.
Email at rockcreekcarvings
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