Aaron Pickens

Aaron was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He attended Toledo School for the Arts between 2001 – 2007. In December of 2011, Aaron completed his BFA in Digital Arts at Bowling Green State University and completed his MFA at Edinboro
University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Currently Aaron resides in Grand Rapids, Ohio, working as a studio assistant for a digital installation artist, and as drawing instructor at Adrian College.

Bernadine Puffenberger Stetzel

Born and raised in Tiffin, Ohio with two brothers and two sisters, she started painting at age 12 while attending St. Mary Catholic School, where her early artistic talent was recognized. After graduating from Calvert High School in Tiffin, she spent six months as a model in New York City, together with her identical twin sister. After returning home she married Fred Stetzel, a businessman and future mayor of Fremont, Ohio, where they lived and raised 3 children. She still lives in their 1872 Victorian mansion near the Hayes Presidential Center, was once owned by the President’s uncle, and now restored and filled with paintings and antiques.

Earl North

Earl W. North was born in Haskins, Ohio in 1904. He studied music as a child and became accomplished on the violin and saxophone. When he was twelve he began learning the watchmaker’s trade from his father Frank North, who founded a jewelry business in 1899. Earl continued in what became F. North & Son Jewelry in Haskins for over fifty years.

Peter Koelsch

Ruskin Stone

Ruskin Beechler Stone was born December 2, 1906 in Fostoria, Ohio. His father was a businessman and Civil War veteran, and was said to be very creative. His mother had received a good edu­cation and loved poetry and literature. In 1916, the family moved to Toledo, Ohio, near the new Toledo Museum of Art. Young Ruskin showed an interest in sketching and drawing and soon be­came a student of the local legend, Karl Kappes.

                                            Rudolph  Schroeder

Pen and Ink and Ink over Acrylic paint.  These are the mediums Rudolph Schroeder has been working with for over 30 years as an artist.

A romantic at heart, Rudolph grew up in New York City where he attended Grammar and High School in Queens. His interest and talent for art was visible in High School. Early work was in Tall Ships and then to Lighthouses. Today he has a handsome collection of art work on both subjects. He also has explored in Lake Freighters, Old Trains, World War l and ll Fighter Planes, Birds of Paradise, Vintage Cars, Carousel Horses etc.

Lee Iacocca has Schroeder’s original India Ink sketck on the “Miss Liberty Centennial”

The White House now has Rudolph’s framed picture depicting the New Millennium. Former President William Clinton sent a “thank you” note to Schroeder on this piece of artwork. A framed print is also available on Liberty Island, New York for millions of viewers to see as they visit the Statue of Liberty.


                                            John Noble Richards

Born 1904 in Warren, Ohio, John Noble Richards studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where in 1928, he was awarded the Paul Cret Medal for Excellence in Architectural Design. Later, he was also awarded the Stewardson European Traveling Scholarship.

Richards was affiliated with the architecture offices of Edwin Brumbaugh and Zantzinger, Borie & Medary in Philadelphia before moving to Toledo, Ohio in 1932.

In 1940, he became partner in the firm of Bellman, Gillett and Richards. His many projects included the Ohio State University Student Union and Mershon Auditorium, the Masonic Complex in Toledo, and the Ohio Bell Telephone Company Cherry Center Office in Toledo. He served in many civic leadership positions, including mayor of the village of Ottawa Hills, member of Toledo’s Metroplitian Planning Commision, and from 1958 to 1960, as President of the national AIA.

                                            Nora A. Hutton

Nora Hutton is a children’s book illustrator and writer. She is a graduate of Maumee Valley Country Day School and The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio. She has taken art classes since she was young. Eleanor grew up in an artistic environment and continues to expand her career through exploration of the arts. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.

Dream Paintings:  The Magical Landscapes by Art Schumaker