Arvilla L. Rogers is a Colorado native who grew up in Creede and attended college in Denver. She began painting while in the Philippines during her husband's military duty at Clark Air Force Base. She attended art classes in Iran, Massachusetts, Alabama, and Colorado Springs. She paints in oil and watercolor and also does pressed flower pictures. She has shown work in juried shows, won awards and sold paintings throughout the United States.
Virginia Franklin Campbell owned and operated her own music studio for 50 years and is a Music and Letters member. Her publications include Make a Memory: Recitals Worth Remembering, and Alfred’s Piano 101, Exercises and Applications for Kawai Digital Pianos and Ensemble Pianos. Among her orchestrations for Keyboard Orchestra are Zum Gali Gali; Goldberg Variations: Number 3, Number 10 and Number 17, by Johann Sebastian Bach. She has written an original solo for soprano and bass: Seasons of Life, and a musical setting of a poem by Anna DiBella, past National President, Dynamic, Time-Tested, We Survive, for and about Pen Women. Currently the Branch President, she previously served as President of the Pikes Peak Branch, 2000-2002, Fourth National Vice President 2002-2004, and First National Vice President 2004-2005.
Char Gagne is a retired Special Education teacher who worked in vocational education and vocational placements for handicapped high school students in Academy District 20 for 20 years. She enjoys writing and is active with the Women Who Write group of the local chapter of the American Association of University Women. Married with a 24-year old son, she spends her time hiking, writing, reading, camping, and traveling – while also coordinating three book clubs and serving as membership chair for the League of Women Voters in the Pikes Peak Region.
Shannon Lawrence enjoys writing mainly urban fantasy and horror, examining the darker side of life. Her short story, “Know Thy Neighbor,” was in the April 2015 issue of Under the Bed Magazine, and she has been published in multiple anthologies. Look for her short story, “Sound Advice,” in the November 2015 issue of Bloodbond Magazine. While her main focus is fantasy and horror, she is working on a YA post-apocalyptic novel and also enjoys photographing Colorado scenery, wildlife, and her children. You can find her at www.thewarriormuse.com and on Twitter as @thewarriormuse.
Deborah A. Upton is a former public school teacher who now lives in Westcliffe with her husband, after returning to the state where her great-uncle and grandfather had homesteaded in 1918 and 1921. She has written two novels and numerous short stories, but to date, none have been published (mainly because they are stored in her closet). She is actively involved in the poetry project in local schools with the Pikes Peak Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.
ARTS – Arvilla Rogers
MUSIC – Virginia Campbell
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Sarah Byrn Rickman
Cassandra Q. Thomas
Dr. Sandra Wells