Momentum Art Guild

Current Members

Ellen R. Bartels (President)

Donna Basick

Carrie Baxter

Phyllis Bergagna

Donna Burton Klapp

Lutricia Clifton

Victor Albert Deluna

Diana Garrett (Treasurer)

Roger Goodspeed

Ann Haag

Larita "Rita" Hawkins

Faye Sanders Hughes

Edward D. Maglietta

Larry McCoy (Vice President)

Nanette Mosher (Secretary)

Karen Munz

Bob Parshall

Pat Parshall

Ethel Schroer

Cindy Vondran

Sheila Welch

Eric Weiand

Eleanor Wells

Kathleen Wilken

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Ellen R. Bartels (Ellie)

I work primarily in oil and do various forms of printmaking. Lately I have ventured into acrylic painting. I try to find ways to involve the viewer in my work; perhaps to meditate or see something I never imagined. I feel successful when viewers are drawn into my work and spend time with it.

​Carrie’s artwork references elements of nature by focusing on the rare, overlooked, and often disregarded. She also incorporates texture into her artwork in order to create a psychological struggle within the viewer. Although traditionally it has become socially unacceptable to touch artworks on display, her textured paintings provoke an overwhelming desire for the viewer to reach out and touch the work’s surface in order to experience what it feels like. This desire places the viewer at an impasse where they have to decide whether or not to control their tactile impulses. This curiosity provides the audience an additional form of experiencing the work. 

Lutricia L. Clifton

A native of Oklahoma, artist and author Lutricia Clifton now lives in Stephenson County, Illinois. She works primarily with pastel and watercolor. Working mostly from photographs, she prefers to give the impression of the image rather than transcribe an exact representation. Lately she’s been experimenting with different techniques, such as negative painting and watercolor/collage. She loves the challenge these approaches present and plans to continue in this direction. As for subject matter, she enjoys painting nature scenes, rural landscapes, and portraits of people who live ordinary yet extraordinarily lives, such as blue-collar workers and farmhands. Two of her pastels were accepted into the 2015 Fine Arts Incubator’s annual juried show in Beloit, Wisconsin, and four were accepted in 2016. She’s a member of the Momentum Art Guild in Freeport.

Lutricia writes character-driven fiction for children and adults. Though fictional, she believes a character should represent a human figure because, as such, the character will reflect the social, economic, and political situation of our time. She has three middle-grade novels (ages 8-12) in print; her first-in-series adult mystery released March 2016 and the second book in 2017. Her first middle-grade novel Freaky Fast Frankie Joe (2012), received a Friends of American Writers Award for Juvenile Fiction. Her first-in-series mystery, Scalp Dance, was a finalist for a 2017 Oklahoma Book Award in the Fiction category, and her middle-grade novel, Seeking Cassandra (2014), won the 2017 Oklahoma Book Award for Juvenile Fiction. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Mystery Writers of America, and the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation. She completed a B.A. and M.A. in English from Colorado State. Her books are for sale at the Stephenson County Welcome Center and Book World in Freeport as well as

I'm an omnivorous painter in acrylic or watercolor.  Landscapes, wildlife, floral, still-life in realistic style and even an occasional musical or mechanical abstract.

I am a watercolor painter first, and then occasionally branch off into a few acrylic paintings or just try something completely new like duct tape painting. I go back to watercolor because it expresses the colors and textures of natural life well at a speed that fits my temperament. I especially enjoy the unexpected accidents that watercolor provides.

Nanette Mosher

Spinning and weaving wool (usually from my own sheep) has been my primary creative expression for many years.  Drawing has  been a lifelong habit.  Art history (perhaps better expressed as "cultural history") provided my official occupations, as teacher (Highland Community College) and collections manager (Freeport Art Museum).  These currents come together in my drawings in which I try to express thoughts and questions, that weaving and spinning alone cannot convey, about the metaphorical oneness of weaving and human life.

Faye Sanders Hughes

My work as an artist has evolved in both style and content over the years.  Flowers, landscapes, and seascapes in both Illinois and in Florida where I spend the winters have been the subject of my recent works.  In my response to nature I want to capture the mood and spirit of my first impression.  Personal involvement in the creating a work of art is a joy and a passion of mine, it fulfills my need for self expression. To share my vision with others gives me a sense of achievement, a sense of being productive.

My artwork consists of abstract acrylic paintings that often begin with photographing “found “ compositions - happenstance arrangements of trash or discarded objects placed with no regard for color, shape or design. Once photographed, they are printed out, drawn into, and transferred to canvas with charcoal. From there the work evolves through the layering of texture and color.

Photography is my favorite medium.  I use my camera as a tool in the same way a painter would use a brush.  I love to experiment and I resist falling into a single niche.  Most of my inspiration comes from Mother Nature, but I can usually find something interesting to photograph in a creative way no matter where I happen to be.  WIth the aid of software editing programs, the digital age has taken my photography to a whole new level of creativity.

 Elleanor Wells

Elle Wells is the creative mind behind Earthworks Pottery. She creates unique ceramic items that she hand-builds or throws on a wheel. She even uses some clay from her own backyard.

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