April Lemon is a Kansas artist born and raised in the small town of Muscotah, KS. A veteran of the United States Coast Guard, she is a mother of 7 grandmother of 7. She pursued her college career at the age of 40 obtaining her BFA in Glass from Emporia State after commuting 1000 miles a week for 5 and a half years. April and her husband now own More Than Lemons, a small gallery and hot glass shop on the East side of the square in Holton, KS where they also live with their two youngest daughters.
Bailey Marable is a graduate of the University of Kansas with degrees in Art Education and Design with an emphasis in metals. She's been teaching at Royal Valley High School for 11 years and started a successful metals program in her first year there. She has taught adult metals classes at the Lawrence Arts Center and the NOTO Art Center for over 15 years. She loves teaching students of all ages!
Currently in her seventh year of teaching art at Russell Elementary Schools, Tranda Strnad received a B.F.A. in Painting from Emporia State University. Later, she received an M.S. in Curriculum Planning and Instruction from Fort Hays State University in the T2T Program. In her seven years in the classroom, she has striven to rise above the common misconception that elementary art is crayons, scissors and glue. Even her youngest students learn an appreciation for art history and theory, commonly focusing on the works of Van Gogh, Monet, DaVinci, Kandinski, Oldenburg and many others. Her passion for the arts has extended beyond the classroom as she established the Russell Summer Art Program which has grown each summer for five years running. She also has served on the boards of the Deines Cultural Center in Russell and the Russell Original Art Review (ROAR). She showcases many of her students’ works on her Facebook Page “Mrs. Strnad’s Art Class,” and has also become an avid Blogger, discussing successes and trials of not only her classroom art projects but some of her family life as well.