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Gallery: Artist Profiles

The following are brief biographies of some of the artists associated with the Lake Marion Artisans (LMA) and our Art Gallery. Included are some examples of their works and links to their personal web sites. You can also see a more complete display of some of their artworks at the Lake Marion Artisans online art gallery on SmugMug.Com
  • Janet Michalic taught art to students in 1st thru 8th grades for many years in Pennsylvania before retiring and moving to South Carolina. While she has worked with many different media, she has now decided to concentrate on water color paintings at this point in her life.
  • Marlise Guillerault is a former elementary teacher, graphic artist, anoccupational therapist. While she is now semi-retired, she continues to pursue a range of varied life experiences. In addition to her oil and acrylic paintings, jewelry making, and experiments in graphic art, she is currently trying out new modalities in the art world, i.e. 3D fiber sculpture creations.
  • Peter & Kathy Groen - Peter is a retired federal executive, author, web developer, and photographer. His wife, Kathy, is also retired and has had a lifelong interest in art, e.g. paintings, ceramics, jewelry. They both live just outside Summerton, SC. You can order some of their artworks online at ArtPal.com
  • Nancy P. Foster began writing plays and songs  in 2nd grade.
    She received her BA from Wake Forest University and established a career in marketing and advertising. At Lowe's Companies, she became writer and producer of film and video commercials and won several national awards. Semi-retired, Nancy enjoys writing, watercolor painting and silk ribbon embroidery. See SmugMug Gallery
  • Judy Latham is a retired school teacher from New Jersey. She
    has lived in Clarendon County now for over 10 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Art degree from Kean University and William Patterson University. She has energetically pursued her love of the arts for over 60 years. Her areas of expertise are ceramics, painting and jewelry making.
  • Sharon Phelps was born and raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida. She now lives in North Santee on Lake Marion. Her artistic talents are many, witnessed by the quilts, dolls, sketches, glasswork and oil paintings that she has produced, many of which are on display at the art gallery.
  • Carole Shoemaker Swartz received her BFA from the College of the Dayton Art Institute and her MFA from George Washington University. Carole has exhibited her artwork in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the US.   Her work can currently be seen at the South Carolina Artisan’s Center in Walterboro, in addition to the Lake Marion Artisans gallery in Summerton, SC.

Sheila Huddle Brothers grew up in Shallotte, a small coastal town in North Carolina. She began drawing around 5 yrs old and dabbled in art until 2007, when she began painting in acrylics.  Although still developing as an artist she paints a variety from wildlife to still-life but has a desire to begin painting God inspired paintings. Coming from a family of artists, writers, and musicians, it was only natural she would develop as a self taught artist a guitar player, and song writer. She has further developed as an artist by taking classes from wildlife artist Dianne Munkittrick. Sheila and her husband Daniel live in Summerton, South Carolina


* Short profiles on our many other local artisans will be added over time.

Carole Swartz

Lone Star BBQ in Santee by Kathy Groen

Mary A. Waddell

Sheila Huddle Brothers

Artist - This term generally describes those who create within a context of the 'fine arts'. This includes activities such as drawing, painting, sculpture, acting, dancing, writing, filmmaking, photography, music, and other new media. Artists are people who use imagination, talent, or skill to create works that may be judged to have some aesthetic value.

Examples of Our Artists' Works

Marlise Guillerault

Kathy Groen

Jenny Dom

Nancy Foster

Bonnie Gardner - See Portfolio

Judy Latham