Local Artist Spotlight
We have compiled a list of Cowley County and surrounding area artists, musicians, and authors for our patrons to use as a directory for any of their art needs.
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By The Way - Jewelry made from old watch parts
(620) 446-0536 or (620) 442-2274
Deb Hunt - Crafts
Ponytail Welder - Welded art made of recycled metal.
Martha Fitzwater - Pastels & fused glass jewelry
Studio C - Jewelry, paintings, mixed media, crafts, lotions, sculptures
2007 E. 9th Ave., Winfield
Kathy Reeves - Greeting cards
Micheal Jantz - Wooden furniture
Judy Morrison - Semi-precious stone jems and sterling silver jewelry
William McReynolds - Sculptural pottery
Mike Fell - Raku pottery, sculptures, ceramics
Jazmin Lara - An artist who creates original pieces of work though a variety of mediums. Specializing in two-dimensional work and portraits. She also does commissions.
Snappy Chicks - Interchangeable Snap Jewelry featuring bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings and so much more
Marla Sexson and Leslie Grant
211 E. 9th Ave., Winfield
(620) 262-1390 or (316) 516-3319
Philip Hager - Woodturning
Kelsey Smith - Pottery
Caitlin Bowman - Pottery
Katie Kernell - Fused glass
Winfield Dying Arts - Shibori hand-dyed silk, fused glass jewelry
Leigh Ann Tasker
Ryan Marler - Psychedelic abstract acrylics
Char Wilson Vavra - Photography (Nature, landscape, and special subjects), Watercolor, Colored Pencil Drawings
Hypertufa Chicks - makers of unique garden art and planters using Hypertufa.
Kathy Wohlgemuth, 262-1190 Debbie Abernathy, 222-5473
Website is Hypertufa Chicks on Facebook
Scott Williams - a local musician and music teacher, performing on piano, organ, saxophone and clarinet. He performs with vocal jazz group The Student Loans, instrumental jazz group the Scott Williams Quartet, as well as solo piano performances at parties, functions etc.
The Student Loans - A Jazz quintet that features a repertoire of jazz standards and custom arrangements by composer Scott Williams. The Student Loans are Listen Up! featured artists on KWCH news and special guests at the Cole Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College.
Road 23 (The Band) - Road 23 has been playing together since 2006. They have recorded three CD’s, Shattered Day in 2009, Refuge in 2012, and If I Was There in 2014. Road 23 consists of Tony (guitar), Stevie (vocals, keyboard and guitar), Levi (drums and bass), and Andrew (guitar, mandolin, violin). Road 23 is great for worship sets at churches, youth groups, or conferences.
Road 23 (The Acoustic Band) - This acoustic band performs some original songs as well as a diverse range of cover songs such as “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” “Wayfaring Stranger,” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” This band would be great for any venue, Christian or secular, needing incredible vocals with spectacular guitar and bass playing. The Acoustic Band would work great for business parties or meetings, coffee shops, house concerts, laid-back concerts, and any type of venue needing a small, acoustic band.
Stevie Warren, Levi McGee, Tony McGee, and Andrew Warren
Clayton Crawford - Blues
The Czech Republicans - A Rock n Roll cover band
Gabe Moreland (lead vocal and guitar), Coby Kennedy (bass), and Grayson Moreland (drums)
Tim Durham - Tim performs regularly at festivals, churches, schools and other evens as a guitar player, mandolin player, keyboard player, singer and songwriter. Tim had the honour of performing for the Oklahoma Governor’s Inaugural on two occasions and has won several song-writing competitions. he is a much sought-after studio musician, adding his experience with bluegrass, jazz, rock folk and classical to various projects.
(620) 441-1082 or (620) 442-1688
Julie Sutton - Acoustic singer/songwriter of folk music.
Piper Leigh & The Smokin Section - Jumping from Blues to Bluegrass to Country to Motown, this group is tasteful, grounded in the groove, and loved by hippies everywhere! is tasteful, grounded in the groove, and loved by hippies everywhere! Leigh’s songs are anchored in folk and roots, while her melody and delivery show strong country and blues sensibilities. Her sound has the bluesy, earthy feel of Susan Tedeschi or Janis Joplin while also capturing the emotion and musical adventurism of fellow genre-hopping artist, Eva Cassidy. Piper is at one moment folkie and ethereal, the next moment a smoky chanteuse.
Barry "Bones" Patton - Predominately used in Celtic music, Barry has introduced a new generation to bones as a current age rhythm instrument. Barry has mastered the unique style of playing with both hands known as "double fisted" and is one of only a few in the world to take bones playing to this level.His talent has brought him to play with many artists such as Mason Williams, Vince Gill, Jana Jae, Beppe Gambetta, Tommy Emmanuel, Ricky Skaggs, Mumford and Sons, Riders in the Sky, Byron Berline, Dan Crary, Larry Gatlin and many other notable stars. He has appeared on the National TV show Nashville Now, the Meagan Mullally Show and in the second season of the HBO series Deadwood. Locally he has been a featured guest interview for Larry Hatteberg's People and Sierra Scott's It's All Good as well as guest appearances on Tulsa Now and the Rodeo Opry in Oklahoma City.
Ann Christine Fell - Ann Christine Fell is a mother and grandmother, musician, nature lover, piano technician, photographer, and an award-winning writer. In her spare time, she enjoys playing her piano, hammering on a dulcimer, ringing handbells, gardening, and wandering the prairie in her front yard. She and her husband live on the edge of the Flint Hills in Cowley County, Kansas.
In the Shadow of the Wind
Alan Saunders - Alan Saunders is a dedicated writer living in Wellington. His science fiction series Chronicles of the S.U.N. contains two books, Anatola’s Saga and Alaina’s Story. Alan is an active member of the Kansas Writer’s Association.
Connie Hoyt - Raised on a ranch in Cowley County, Connie Hoyt is the fifth generation of ranchers and farmers to make their living on the Kansas prairies. The big bluestem and other native tallgrass varieties became part of her soul. She continues to raise cattle and horses on her ranch while working for the Winfield Veterinary Hospital as Practice Manager. With Richard L. Warren, DVM, she has provided the community with a source for celebrating one of its favorite sons. Connie first met “Doc” Warren when she was ten years old while he was taking care of the family’s quarter horses.
Richard L Warren, DVM: His Veterinary Way
Dr. Steve Swaim - Dr. Swaim’s early background includes time spent in Kansas City where he attended school for nine months of the year and time on the family farm where he and his family spent the summer months. The farm time instilled an interest in veterinary medicine which became his chosen career. He has operated a private practice, served in the Army’s Veterinary Corps, and taught at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for 37 years. With a keen sense of humor, his books recall the lighter side of his experiences throughout life.
I Wanna See a Veterinarian
Mountain Men in a Chicken House
Jessica Ratzlaff - Jessica Ratzlaff is a graduate of Cowley College and Southwestern College. Since June she has served as the director of the Cherokee Strip Landrush Museum in Arkansas City. Her book The Travels of WilloBee Wallace: A Bear in the Museum is a book for young readers. With illustrations by her mother, Sue Sterkel, Jessica dedicates the book to her mother’s memory, who passed away unexpectedly as they worked together on the book. Jessica’s sister Krystina Ratzlaff finished a few of the illustrations.
Max Thompson - Max Thompson is a retired professor of biology at Southwestern College. He remains active with Kansas Ornithological Society. He and several other equally well-known ornithologists have cooperatively produced the impressive volume Birds of Kansas.
Michael Tessmer - Michael Tessmer has a doctoral degree in medicinal chemistry. Currently he teaches at Southwestern College in the science department. He spends much of his free time with his wife and two children and has traveled extensively overseas and throughout the United States.
Searching for Anabela
Stephen M. Woodburn - Stephen Woodburn is associate professor of history at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS. He earned his Ph.D. in history at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a dissertation on nineteenth-century Russian conservative intellectuals. His 2013 translation of Russia and Europe brings a book that has been out of print for almost a century to the English-speaking world. Since 1991 Russia and Europe has appeared in at least eight new editions. As Russians have re-evaluated their place in the post-Soviet era, this book has become part of that conversation.
Carl Titterington - The Ghost of the Bay House