My Art Life Story
My story as an artist began when I was very young. I loved watching my Dad paint in his studio in our home. My Dad, Bill Duebber, was a talented acrylic painter and showed his work in galleries in Cincinnati, Ohio and in a few other states. He was partially color blind so I would help him mix colors on occasion that he found difficult to see. He was an amazing artist and I was lucky to have him not only as a great Dad but as a mentor.
Growing up in Cincinnati and then moving out to Sunman, Indiana at age 9, I found myself wanting to sketch and paint the beautiful landscape around me. In grade school, I knew being an artist was what I wanted to spend my life doing. I entered art shows and went to Central Academy of Commercial Art in Cincinnati in 1987. I graduated and then worked as a graphic designer, photographer and illustrator for several years.
In 1997, I met my husband Steve Wanamaker and got married in the Spring of 1998. Shortly after getting married we started our first adventure in the magazine business with Lighthouse Christian Magazine. In 2002 we started another publication called Inspire Cincinnati which was later sold in 2004 to The Gannette Corporation. In 2002 my daughter Hope was born so I spent most of my time raising her and working part-time for the magazine and painting whenever possible.
After adopting my son Micah in 2009, I opened my first art studio located on Main Street in Mason, Ohio. The following year we started another magazine called Venue Lifestyle and Event Guide. My stint teaching art and having my studio had to be put on the back burner as the magazine business grew and took more of my time. I still enjoyed painting, selling my art and doing commission pieces.
After my daughter Hope entered middle school, she began acting and singing in a theatre group called, ROYAL Theatre Company in Mason, Ohio. From 2013 to 2020, I volunteered leading the set painting for all her 11 musicals. It sparked interest in doing more large scale paintings and painting on different surfaces. I started spending more time painting, taking classes, and selling more of my work.
Our business grew into Lead Tribune Media. Our magazines are Venue Lifestyle and Event Guide, Lead Cincinnati, comSpark, and Chief Data Officer, CDO. We also do several business award events and a technology conference called ComSpark that is going virtual this year. I continue to work as the creative director for our company and spend the other half of my time painting and teaching in my Loveland studio.
In 2019, I outgrew my home studio and needed to get another space. I was drawn to the Loveland Artist’s Studios on Main in Ohio. I thought it would be a great way to meet other artists, be inspired and have more exposure with my work. I now focus on palette knife abstracts, as well as impressionistic style still life and landscape paintings. Wanamakeart Studio is now my second home in Suite 145.
WANAMAKEART STUDIO IN SUITE 145!
1st floor enter hall and go right through the big walkway.
I am currently painting in oil and showing my work online and at hometown coffee in Loveland on the trail. I teach children and adults in drawing and oil painting. Please see info below for classes and camps. Sign ups for summer private and semi private are now!
SUMMER CAMP FOR KIDS!!
Kids ages 5-11, day camp on July 20, 10-1:30 pm. Painting, mosaics and mixed media project. Please let me know by June 15th to confirm reservation. Camp cost is $90 per child.
SUMMER PRIVATE LESSONS
June 10 thru August 27
(SIGN UPS NOW )
11:30am -1:30 pm
Plein Air Group 9:30-1:30 (You may join me for on location painting outside)
11:30 am -1:00 pm
SEMI-PRIVATE (one slot filled, one Adult intermediate slot open)
Let me know if interested in a time and amount of classes. I am not available June 18-June 27 for vacation week.
PRIVATE 1 on 1 /Semi Private (2 people to 1 teacher)
1 hour $35
1 hour and a half is $50
2 hours for $70
Group CLASS: (3 people) is $35 per person for 2 hours
(supply your own canvas or purchase one of mine for $5)
Sign up for Fall classes starting August 1
WANAMAKEART STUDIO CLASSES
Choose from the following options
PAINT POURING PARTIES
MIXED MEDIA OR STENCIL BOARD PARTIES
PRIVATE LESSONS AND GROUP CLASSES
Have a birthday or social party and paint with friends! You can bring food and drinks with you. Priced per person
$25 (8 x 10) to $35 (11 x 14)
Special large group rates with 10 people or more is $15-$20 each (max group of 16)
paint pouring on canvas (2 sizes)
Paint pouring on frames, letters or other.
Create a personal piece of art on a canvas or board with different headlines, or family names using stencils, paint and mixed media. Mixed Media and abstract projects not pictured.
This party is your choice of
Stencil boards, mixed media collages
or abstract painting. $45 each person
Come and learn to paint or draw with a small group or private lesson.
(open studio time is available upon request.)
Please email me to sign up! $25 per person for group class or $35 per hour/person for private lessons. Open Studio is $10 an hour. Supplies is extra if coming to open studio. Also see info on Camps and Plein-Air Groups meeting in June and July in above info.
My next art show will be at Hometown Coffee on the biketrail side in Loveland Ohio from April 26-June 15. Come see me at meet the artist on June 5, 9-noon
OPEN HOUSE LATE SUMMER 2021 WANAMAKEART
Saturday August 14, 2021 11-12:30 pm