Bragging Page

Celebrate Vanessa Ortiz!


Congratulations to Gail McFarland for being selected to exhibit at the Herberger Art Show.

The group exhibit featuring art created by 38 female artists. The exhibit will represent a broad base of local female artists, as we celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History

Gail McFarland:

My artwork was recently selected for the Herberger Art Show, Heros. I chose Amelia Earhart and Frida Kahio. I admire Earhart for her courage and bravery to be the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. As for Kahio I admire her courage to find the strength and drive to become one of the first feminist artist. She is celebrated in the USA and Mexico for her attention to Mexican and indigenous culture and by feminists for her depiction of the female experience and form. Both are heroes in my mind for being role models and saving the soul of our youth.’


Congratulations to our AOTS author, Eileen Pieczonka on her awards for her ‘Blueberry Bear Tales’ book. She is a literacy advocate and founder of Loving Literacy Authors (LLA), dedicated to helping improve the reading and writing skills of Arizona’s Children. Eileen and LLA will be featured guests for Literacy Month at the Phoenix Children’s Museum’s in November 2023.


Congratulations to Aimee Carlson on her accomplishments September 2023 at the Clay County Fair, Iowa!!