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Malachi recently turned 9, and is in the 3nd grade at Harrisburg Endeavor School. This is his 4th year involved with Art for Arthritis. His favorite subject is math. He has two younger brothers. Activities he loves include playing Wii and being with his family. Malachi would like to be either a basketball or football player when he grows up.
Malachi was diagnosed when he was just 26 months old with pauciarticular juvenile arthritis, as well as anterior uveitis in both eyes, which is a JA-related eye disease that can lead to blindness if uncontrolled. His parents say that he is a light in their life, and the disease strengthens his spirit.
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." ~Pablo Picasso
I was an artist as a child and I am extremely blessed to continue that as an adult. My interest in art started in elementary school, continued into high school where I took private lessons, and followed into college studying art at the University of Minnesota and the University of South Dakota. Once returning to South Dakota I focused on Bridal Makeup and have been doing what for love 6 years! In the last 2 years I have been creating amazing commissioned portraits and unique Live Wedding paintings.
Delaney is 12 and in the 7th grade at Baltic school. She lives in Renner, South Dakota, and has 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and a sister-in-law. She also has 3 dogs, and 2 cats. Her favorite subject in school is science, and she likes to bake, draw, play outside, and have friends over. She would like to be an occupational therapist when she grows up.
She was diagnosed at age 10 with spondyloarthropathy, a precursor to ankylosing spondylitis, after suffering over 2 years of symptoms. They travel to Minneapolis for her treatment and management. Her family says that she is affected by pain and stiffness to some degree every day, yet she always has a smile, never complains, and never gives up. Delaney has shown them that kids with arthritis have more strength than anyone could ever imagine.
I was raised in Southeastern South Dakota, surrounded by the ever-changing beauty of the Missouri River bottoms. My father taught cinematography at the University of South Dakota and would often take me with him across the state as he filmed South Dakota tourism movies. (My siblings and I are extras in quite a few of those reels from the 60s!) He instilled in me a deep appreciation of the expansive prairie landscapes. My mother, an artist and a musician, taught me to appreciate the beauty of the ordinary - barns, grain silos, industrial structures - often challenging me to try to remember a scene to later attempt to paint it.
I love the interplay of light, color, and shapes. My subject matter consists mainly of southeastern South Dakota and the Missouri River, but I also paint interiors and portraits. I especially enjoy the challenge of attempting to capture skies – sunsets, clouds, and storms. I repeatedly paint the same subject – a barn or a grain elevator – but in different casts of light. I strive to capture the spaciousness and beautiful light of the prairie.
Katie is 11 years old and in 5th grade at Robert Frost Elementary in Sioux Falls. This is her 3rd year in Art for Arthritis. Her favorite subject is lunch. She has a big brother and a little brother, and 2 dogs named Summer and Clark Kent. She loves to bake and wants to own a cupcake store when she grows up.
Katie was diagnosed at 2 years old with pauciarticular juvenile arthritis after months of symptoms. They travel to Omaha for her medical care. Katie’s family says that she is the strongest person they know. At 11 years old she has endured more pain than most adults. She is strong, courageous, and resilient. She has a heart of gold and wakes up every day with a smile.
Kelly is a native of Sioux Falls, SD and currently calls Brandon, SD her home. Kelly attended Augustana College, where she specialized in Fine Art and Graphic Design.
Tadlock’s passion for creating started at a very early age, and is driven by the artistic process and her desire to continually grow as an artist. When creating, Kelly is motivated by structure and balance, while constantly taking risks and pushing the medium to its limits. The images she creates are reflections of personal experiences, emotions, and interests. Tadlock is fascinated by the relationships found in artwork; tension between colors, space and balance. . Kelly is a featured artist for the Sioux Falls Arts Council (2016).
Catherine is 7 years old and is in 3nd grade at Seten Homeschool Academy in Larchwood, IA, where she loves reading. This is her 3rd year of Art for Arthritis! She has a younger brother and two younger sisters. Catherine enjoys riding her bike when she’s not reading. When she grows up she wants to be a mom.
She was diagnosed with systemic onset juvenile arthritis at 4 years old. Her family travels to Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for her care. Her parents say that despite years of blood work, testing, shots, doctor appointments, lots of ongoing and unpredictable pain, she continues to smile and have hope that one day she will “get better” and be able to live free from the disease.
Randi Murphy grew up on a farm near Beresford, SD. She earned a Fine Arts degree from Southwest Minnesota State University. After encouragement from family and friends, RK Brushworks evolved and she has been painting custom murals and canvases full time for the past eight years. Her artwork is displayed in many businesses and homes in the area, along with several local stores. Randi’s rural background and love for nature are the inspiration for her artwork and the spark to her creative juices. Randi’s goal with her paintings is to bring whimsy and beauty into people's lives. Every piece of art she creates is made with attention to details and love in hopes of putting a smile on someone's face! Randi recently received her Master’s in Education from the University of Sioux Falls and is looking forward to teaching art this fall at Harrisburg South Middle School.
Taylor Van Emmerik
Taylor is 12 and in 7th grade at Parker Junior High School. His favorite subject is reading. He has a younger brother named Gavin. Basketball and soccer are a couple of his favorite activities. He hasn’t decided what he wants to be when he grows up.
His parents say he was diagnosed at 9 years old with polyarticular juvenile arthritis. Determined to raise awareness about juvenile arthritis, he educates everyone he meets about the disease, and even had a JA awareness day at his school in Parker. He enjoys being active in our SD Juvenile Arthritis Family Network, goes to Camp Cambria in the summer, and is confident we will find a cure for this disease. He and his family feel thankful to have found the Arthritis Foundation, and local JAFN support and information, as they fight the disease along with Taylor.
Mercedes Maltese has been teaching art classes since 2002 to all ages. She teaches everything from painting and drawing to 3D sculpture and pottery. She has managed the clay studio at the Washington Pavilion since 2008. Clay is her favorite thing to work with, although she enjoys painting and drawing as well. She has two children and lives in Sioux Falls.
“I knew I wanted to be an art teacher since 3rd grade. I love teaching because I get to consistently explore all different types of mediums. I just can’t get enough! Clay has to be my favorite though, because I like the idea of functional art and design. For me, creating art is what makes the world a more vibrant place to be!”
Find her at facebook.com/mmaltese
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