Leadership

Katherine Ehlmann
President

Katherine Ehlmann is a Surface Design, Fiber and Mixed Media Artist living in St. Charles County Missouri. Her initial work with fabric began in eighth grade where she started sewing as a creative endeavor. Mostly self taught and having no actual degree in Art, Katherine’s art education was acquired by taking painting and design classes at several local Community Colleges, and various hands on workshops. Katherine is a member of Missouri Fiber Artists, Surface Design Association, St. Charles County Arts Council, and a Juried member of Best of Missouri Hands.

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Rhonda Schrum
Vice President

Rhonda Schrum is a retired art teacher who currently teaches art classes to adults through St. Charles Community College, Project LEADD and several galleries. She is on the board of the St. Charles County Arts Council where she frequently exhibits her stitching, surface design and crochet works at their Lillian Yahn Gallery.

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Phyllis Shipman
SECRETARY

Phyllis has always been drawn to fibers since taking sewing in 4-H and then teaching herself to knit at age 12. She realized at a later stage in her life that she wanted to work with fibers in a more artistic way. She accomplished this by receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts and focusing on different fiber media and techniques.

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Anita Grant
TREASURER

Anita Grant has been a weaver for over 30 years. She has four floor looms and many Inkle looms and likes to dabble in a variety of fiber techniques, but weaving is her favorite. In addition to MoFA, Anita is a member of Springfield Fiber Artists and the St. Louis Weaver's Guild.

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Laurie Harper
Membership Chair

Laurie Harper is a St. Louis-based fiber artist whose initial forays into the world of fiber arts began years ago with knitting and now also include, felting, sculptural paper, eco-dyeing, basketry, creative bookbinding, traditional rug hooking, and beadwork. Widely traveled internationally, many of her works are inspired by what she has seen and experienced while “on the road.” Laurie is also a member of the Weavers Guild of St. Louis.

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Kacey Cowdery
EXHIBITIONS COORDINATOR

Kacey Cowdery earned a BFA from Maryville University, major in Interior Design. Working with architects, she produced interior architectural design, furniture and carpet designs and color schemes. Grids from architecture have crossed over into Kacey’s fiber art. As co-coordinator of Exhibitions for Missouri Fiber Artists, Kacey helps to arrange state-wide exhibitions. Currently, she is developing a computer presentation for MoFA.

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Candy Grisham
EXHIBITIONS COORDINATOR CO-CHAIR

Candy Grisham has been quilting since high school and is self taught. She has worked with all types of quilting: hand piecing, machine piecing, appliqué and now does longarm quilting for herself and others. She is currently experimenting with art quilts and fiber manipulation. She basically loves anything to do with fabric.Her passion is sharing fun and new techniques and aspects of quilting with others and she has taught quilting classes for local and state quilds networks and shops in the St. Louis area. In addition she has shown quilts in Paducah and Houston shows along with local and state quilt shows.Candy lives in Washington, Missouri with her husband. She also loves to hike, garden, read and travel.

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Carol Zeman
NEWSLETTER EDITOR

Carol Zeman is a retired graphic Designer/Art Director who had just been waiting to go back to fine art. She is a fiber artist and loves papermaking, non-traditional baskets and sculptural forms, with a little photography and digital art on the side. She lives in Osage Beach at Lake of the Ozarks.

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Sheri Hausman
Newsletter Co-Editor
Sheri Hausman is a textile artist who lives in Hermann Missouri, the heart of Missouri wine country. Her art is self-taught... the process went in many directions before she felt it really become her own. Sheri began making quilts in 1990 in the most traditional way possible at the encouragement of a friend, and fell in love with the process, needle and thread moving through cloth... and then all of the design possibilities. Her quilts are storytelling vehicles, tactile statements that combine elements of photography, fiber, paint, pencil and layers of color suggesting her voice, her story…and inviting viewers to stop and involve themselves. Lately her work is reflective of the women in her family, of commonality. Sheri is looking for the common thread that runs through all who came before her. Largely using an image transfer technique, and acrylic paints and glazes, she collages the pieces of her history to capture moments of time on whole cloth. Sheri’s quilts have appeared in several textile art shows and her work has been published in Creative Quilting: The Journal Quilt Project, edited by Karey Bresenhan
WEB EDITOR and SOCIAL MEDIA Coordinator
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Barbara Overby
PARLIAMENTARIAN & SCHOLARSHIP CHAIR

Barbara Overby is a founding member of MoFA. Although her work over the years has been mainly as a weaver, she has always been interested in all the fiber arts. Her weaving career began in 1952 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. In 1955, she apprenticed with Leah Allen, weaver and teacher in Portland, OR. Since then, she has taught small children how to use a loom, taught at conferences and workshops, given workshops at various guilds and groups in the Mid West and has been a member of the Columbia Spinners and Weaver’s Guild in Columbia.

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Jennifer Wax
SCHOLARSHIP CHAIR

Jennifer Wax enjoys art quilting, book and basket making and is a retired art teacher who loves spending time in her studio.

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Billy George
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

Billy George comes from Tennessee. He is a graduate student in the Fibers program at University of Missouri, Columbia and is passionate about all fiber processes, but his focus is on the various aspects of papermaking.

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Carlene Fullerton
PAST PRESIDENT

Carlene Fullerton is a mixed-media fiber artist living in St. Louis. A retired art teacher and museum educator and now full-time artist, except when she is traveling or volunteering, she has been a MoFA member since 1979, serving on the MoFA Board in many capacities during those years. In her work, she continues to explore the human condition through figurative and landscape themes.

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