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AREAS OF EXPERTISE/SPECIAL TRAINING
Multi-published author (books and articles), on a variety of subjects and projects.
Long-term experience conducting demonstrations and teaching workshops in dozens of subjects, including: Art Ethics and Copyright, Rubber Stamping, Paper and Book Arts, Bead and Wire-Design, Painting ( oil, acrylic, water colors, decorative, folk art, still life, landscape), Art to Wear and Clothes Design/Sewing, Jewelry Making, Dolls and Kachinas, Counted Cross Stitch, Wood Crafts, Ribbon and Floral Design, Canvas and Soft Crafts, Framing (custom and ready-made), and Quilting.
Full service designer/consultant dealing with numerous publications and manufacturers. Conducted demos and classes at local and national trade/ consumer shows, including: National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters Convention, Cochise College, University of Utah at Logan, Creative Painting Convention and HIA.
Over fifteen years as contributing author to various magazines, such as Stamp It!, Creative Painting USA, Family Craft, Ole, Southwest Crafts, Crafts, Country Handcrafts, Crafts 'n Things, Sampler Decorating Ideas and Painting.
Fimo™ Clay Book, multi-authored, due Jan. of 2003 from Design Originals.
How to Make Your Own Jewelry, 1993, co-author.
The Exciting World of Color, 1985, reprint 2000; a complete educational manual of color theory, mixing, and use of color.
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Awarded several First Place and Best of Show Ribbons at juried shows in Arizona and Southern California.
First and only person to be awarded Certified Professional Teacher Status in three categories by HIA: General Crafts, Paper Arts, Painting and Decoration.
One of the first to be awarded the Society of Craft Designers CCD (Certified Craft Design) Certification.
CPD (Certified Professional Demonstrator) Status by HIA (Hobby Industry Association.
Awarded CPT (Certified Professional Teacher) Status by HIA.
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Hobby Industry Association (HIA), Past Retail Member, Designer Member, DSC
Member, DSC Chair.
Society of Craft Designers (SCD), Member, Committee Member, Committee Co-chair.
National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters. Founder and charter member Sierra Vista Chapter. Served as President, Vice President, Newsletter Editor and Secretary. member of National Org. and Phoenix and Tucson Chapters.
Southwest Craft and Hobby Association (SWACHA), 1979 until it dissolved.
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LOCAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Huachuca Art Association (HAA), Served as President, Vice President, Secretary, Nominating Committee Chair, Program Chair and Parliamentarian.
Committee for the Prevention of Abuse of Children (CPAC), Member, served as
President, Secretary and Treasure.
Art in the Park, Revived and Co-chaired the largest and most successful art show and sale in Southern Arizona
Huachuca Mountain Stamp Club, Member, Program Chair and Treasure.
SALSA, Member Tucson Stamp Club.
The Unique Boutique, Show and Sale. Founder and coordinator.
Mistletoe Madness, Founder and coordinator of this Christmas extravaganza.
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In addition Michele has given lectures and demonstrations for Cochise County Civic organizations, and participated in county fund raising projects by donating paintings that raised over $30,000 for charity.