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.
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.
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.
The Marriage of Heaven & Hell
Matthew B. P. Chambers was born and raised in Winesburg, Ohio and spent his childhood summers in nearby Mayberry. At the age of 5 he began playing music and after hearing a Thelonious Monk recording years later, started learning the language of Jazz.
Tectonic Systems & Chess Pieces
Tim grew up in Mid Coast Maine in the small lobstering village of Owls Head. The texture of the rocky coast-line and rich personalities of the hardworking community have continuously been strong influences on his work.
Timothy Gaewsky is an interdisciplinary artist who is currently working in appropriation, assemblage, video and sculptural installations. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art.