60 x 48 inches overall, a multiple of cut-and-pasted printed paper, collage, and mixed media on wood panel. All rights reserved ©2019 Wayne Brezinka.
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A unique and interactive mixed media portrait experience of Mister Rogers incorporating both two and three-dimensional elements. Through the use of objects, artifacts and memorabilia assembled together, these items craft extraordinary story lines within this artistic profile of America’s most beloved neighbor, Mister Rogers.
SEE IT ON TOUR - 2019 – 2020
FREE and Open to the Public
PBS - The Shops Level / Arlington, VA
2100 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202
FREE and Open to the Public. HOURS: Monday – Friday 7:00am - 6:00pm
MARCH 21 – MAY 15, 2019
The Omni Hotel / Nashville, TN
250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
FREE and Open to the Public. 6:00pm - 8:30pm
1 NIGHT ONLY!
THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2019 / RSVP Here
The Fred Rogers Center / Latrobe, PA
Saint Vincent College, Monastery Rd, Latrobe, PA 15650
JUNE – AUGUST, 2019
WQED PBS Affiliate / Pittsburgh, PA
WQED Multimedia 4802 5th Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER, 2019
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA
616 N Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
JANUARY – MARCH, 2020
Crayola Experience, Easton, PA
30 Centre Square, Easton, PA 18042
JUNE – AUGUST, 2020
The interactive component to the work (the mirror specifically) was intended to stir each individual who might encounter the Mister Rogers portrait to think about how we see one another and how we are seen by others - with no malice or fear. My hope is that the reflection will evoke and encourage an acceptance of ourselves and others just the way we are. I feel connected to Fred, his heart and his vision and I believe as humans we all want the same thing – and that is to be seen, to be heard and to be loved just as we are.
Special thanks to David Newell, Amy Hollingsworth, Tim Madigan and Kathy and Beth Usher for contributing their personal photos, artifacts and memorabilia for use within the portrait.
With sincere gratitude and heartfelt thanks to Joanne Rogers, The Fred Rogers Company and The Fred Rogers Archives for this amazing opportunity.
Among the many items used to construct this work INCLUDE:
A handwritten note dated 1994 from Fred to longtime friend, Amy Hollingsworth
An original pair of glasses worn by Fred Rogers symbolizing how he saw others and a willingness to see in the vulnerable and full sense the world around him.
Two bow ties from Fred’s collection gifted from Joanne Rogers
A T.T.T. Tame Tiger Torganization membership pin dating back to the mid-1950s. Although it is not completely confirmed, it is believed that this pin was sent to children in the mid-1950s who inquired about the T.T.T. during the run of the Children's Corner, (From WQED -- First in community television) making them official members of the Torganization. DID YOU KNOW: Fred Rogers originally created the puppet characters of Daniel Striped Tiger, King Friday XIII, X the Owl, Lady Elaine Fairchilde, and Henrietta Pussycat for Children’s Corner and would later reuse them on "MisterRogers' Neighborhood" (1967)
Several childhood photos of Fred as a young boy
Vintage Mister Roger’s Neighborhood LP’s and audio cassettes
20 x 16 inches overall, multiple of cut-and-pasted printed paper, collage, and mixed media on wood panel, 2019. (Based on a photo by Barak Bruerd)
Commissioned by Senator William Frist, M.D. as a gift for Jenny Eaton Dyer, Ph. D and former Executive Director of Hope Through Healing Hands – A Nashville-based global health organization, founded and chaired by Senator Bill Frist, M.D., committed to improving the quality of life for communities around the world using health as a currency for peace.
Notice Bono of U2 fame featured in the work. Jenny worked with Bono for several years creating the very successful ONE campaign, an international, nonpartisan, non-profit, advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support policies and programs that are saving lives and improving futures.
You Don’t Need A Cape To Be A Hero. You Just Need To Care. Wayne Brezinka self-portrait, age 7, Nashville, Tennessee, 2018, Mixed media, 36" x 36" overall (91.44 x 91.44 cm) © 2018 Wayne Brezinka. All rights reserved.
Nashville Art’s Magazine
In addition to the work being featured in the August, 2018 issue of Nashville Arts, I was invited to write an essay reflecting on why I am continually drawn to making portraits. You can read the full article HERE.
Throughout the course of art history, self-portraiture has remained a tried and true practice among artists. (Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and many others) Transcending technique and style, self-portrayals are prevalent in every major movement, from the inspired Italian Renaissance to the Post-Modern and Contemporary period. – Kelly Richman-Abdou
The year was 1975 and this is a conceptual portrait of myself at the age of 7. I remember my dad calling me Superman when I was a child. The nickname does not hold any positive or negative weight; it is merely a memory. I began to wonder what that idea might look like worked into a portrait.
My 11-year-old son modeled a cape, a blazer suit coat and the American flag for my reference. He also created the hand lettering you see in the background (images shown here in gallery)
The stripes within the flag/cape employ a collage of various children (Latino, African-American, Asian and American Indian) as a means of responding to history and our current social and political landscape. I hope we continue to challenge our conventional views of power and privilege in America. “You Don’t Need A Cape To Be A Hero. You Just Need To Care.” - Kid President
Look up child
The world is born
And your soles are worn
Who do you call to ease your pain
I hope for you to get through this rain
Windows are rolled down
Words by Amos Lee
AMONG THE OBJECTS USED TO CONSTRUCT THIS WORK INCLUDE:
• Personal childhood photos of myself
• A 1970’s altered Minnesota road map
• Rustic farm rope (used to create my hair)
• Primitive pasteurized butter boxes (tinted yellow) from Elm Dale Creamery near my hometown
• Vintage Crayola Crayons and their boxes (altered and hidden)
• Tissue Paper
• Painted cloth and cardboard
Portrait of Wayne Brezinka next to the art; photo: Scott Estes
Assemblage, cut paper, collage and mixed media on wood panel, 40 x 30 inches.
PRESS: Nashville Arts Magazine
Commissioned by Walter’s children in honor and celebration of their father's 80th birthday.
Knestrick, the retired founder of Walter Knestrick Contractor, Inc. and a longtime friend of the Tennessee State Museum. Around Nashville, Walter is very often recognized as the name behind his reputable construction company, but in a different circle in town, he is known as an important part of Nashville’s art community. Most notably, Knestrick has acquired the greatest Red Grooms art and print collection on the globe and has worked to make Grooms’ works accessible to a large audience.
Many of Walter's personal items and artifacts were used in the construction of this work dating back to his early childhood in the late 1930's through present-day.
Cut paper, collage, and mixed media on wood panel, 30 x 24 inches
Brezinka was one of two artists commissioned by the Washington Post for their 2017 inauguration cover. The image was later considered for publication in retrospect of Trump's first 100 days in office. However, the art was pulled and never published.
Although grateful for this assignment, Brezinka quickly found himself at the crossroads where creativity and conscience collide.
READ MORE in this Nashville Arts Magazine interview.
"Portraiture is the most personal – and certainly the most psychological – of art forms. It may even be the most political." – Kim Sajet, Director, National Portrait Gallery
One of the most interesting items used in this portrait is a small piece of the original iconic bright red cape with the big yellow "S" patch affixed to the back that Christopher Reeve wore as he portrayed Superman in the blockbuster film. It was provided to Brezinka by a friend who is a major collector of all things interesting - antique books, fine art, cars and such. It has been used as a portion of Trump's red tie. Many Americans believe that Donald Trump can save The United States and is in some way, their Superman. See photos of the original cape shown right.
Many thanks to the folks at the Washington Post for 10+ years of continued assignments. I am very grateful.
TIPS ON VACATIONING IN EUROPE
Recent news about the Euro, Uber and baggage size have prompted questions from travelers.
12 x 9 inches, assemblage, cut paper, collage and mixed media on panel.
ART DIRECTOR: Corinne Myller
SEE AMERICA, 2017
20 x 16 inches, cut paper, college and mixed media on wood panel
However much we're urged these days to embrace unpredictability, every decision maker in business craves certainty. And lately, volatile headlines have made it difficult to plan ahead. But notwithstanding promised changes to taxes and more, the US economy will likely stay more or less on track.
Art Director: Sonya Vasilieff
“Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight.” —Johnny Cash
11"x 14" signed art prints available HERE
WATCH BRAD PAISLEY OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO Featuring this work
66 x 55.5 inches overall, assemblage, cut paper, collage, and mixed media on wood panel
See the story behind The Man In Black as told through the art of Brezinka's mixed media portraiture using some of the rarest artifacts from the Cash collection.
This original work is now on view at the Storytellers Museum and Hideaway Farm in Bon Aqua, Tennessee. The farm belonged to Johnny Cash for over thirty years. See the house where he lived, and the land that he loved, the place he called “the center of my universe.” Also on view at the Storytellers Museum, 2 additional large-scale Brezinka mixed media portraits. Learn more HERE
AMONG THE AUTHENTIC CASH ARTIFACTS USED TO CONSTRUCT THIS WORK INCLUDE:
Original custom-made black CASH jacket
An original John R. Cash 1980 fishing license signed by Johnny
The gun holster from Johnny's iconic 1960 Columbia Records album cover "Ride This Train" (documentation and authenticity paperwork is available)
Sun Records "Blue Suede Shoes" center, signed by Carl Perkins (Johnny's good friend) to Chance Martin (Johnny's long-time photographer)
A gold watch that Johnny gave to his mother as a gift (documentation and authenticity paperwork available)
FIND ME / FOLLOW ME on Instagram HERE
20 x 16 inches, cut paper, college and mixed media on wood panel
With a new US administration trumpeting shifts on trade, taxes, and regulations, it's almost certain that economic conditions for businesses will change in the upcoming months. But it's hard for CEOs to make key decisions until they see new policies, and few of those have as yet materialized.
Art Director: Sonya Vasilieff
ED (Bad Boy) BROWN
20 x 16 inches, assemblage, cut paper, collage and mixed media on wood panel
Ed Brown was a Chicago-based fighter who was about to break through and hit big on a national level before he was gunned down and killed by a rival gang on Chicago's West Side in December of 2016.
ART DIRECTOR: Katherine Shady
On March 14, 2017 I received an email from a Chicago resident upon seeing this illustration in print. With Clare's permission, here is a portion of her letter to me:
"Wayne, your illustration on the late Ed Brown is a thoughtful narrative piece that would help facilitate conversations with youth (on the topic of gun violence) throughout Chicago communities. I've been wanting to do more to spread the word but am not sure how to contribute beyond hosting violence-prevention forums. Art has a special way of communicating.
The piece speaks of the countless gunfire tragedies that take place in Chicago streets. It's devastating to read about it in the papers and the impact is even more profound when it's someone you know.
During my first week working, I met a community person who had a scar on his face. After a few minutes of conversing with him, we shared some sacred moments regarding his experiences in Chicago streets. It turns out the scar on his face was due to a gunshot wound. We laughed and even cried for the next hour as we explored ways to improve experiences for at-risk African American males. He was killed at my park the very next day.
Just some thoughts to help you understand I appreciate your intentionality and processing in creating the illustration on Ed Brown. He was a celebrity in the streets, a beacon of hope for the (Chicago) boxing community and an example of the vulnerability that lies in our communities."
Clare Rodriguez, Chicago resident
30 x 24 inches, assemblage, cut paper, collage and mixed media on canvas
Created for a podcast that Dan developed with the help of his friends over at Gradient called Scribble & Jam: the podcast about the question that shapes us. Dan wrote a great feature that fully explains the idea behind the podcast and why he loves questions so much. I was interviewed by Dan for the very first episode that went live on Friday, September 9, 2016.
Haseltine is an American singer best known as the lead vocalist for alternative folk rock group Jars of Clay. He is the founder of the non-profit organization, Blood:Water Mission, where he currently sits as part of the board of directors.
NO MAN’S LAND
LP & CD cover design & hand-lettering
12 x 12 inches, cut paper, & collage on panel
ART DIRECTOR: Charlie Peacock
"Wayne has the gift of artistic surprise. His art gives birth to the audible “Ahh.” How? Why? Because he’s a spring-loaded artist who blends serious skill and whimsy with the ease of breathing and you can’t help but recact with the full weight of delight.”
- CHARLIE PEACOCK
48” x 60” x 36” deep, mixed media installation
PHOTOGRAPHY: Antony Boshier / Boshier Photography
Based on my childhood nightmare of being chased through a forest by men in wolf masks, this art represents the narrative of my personal story.
“There are ghosts asleep inside every one of us: arcane issues never addressed, ancient griefs never laid to rest, suspicions, self doubts, banished longings, secret meanings.
Something may call one of these ghosts by name. It will then arise from its slumber and begin speaking. This will take the form of a sudden insight, a connection never before acknowledged, a feeling that ignites an inner chain reaction, a joyful click as things finally fall into place. You are hearing the vote of a part of yourself long ago disenfranchised. When this happens, listen in rapture to the irrepressible, Yea.”
“It may take years and just the right circumstances or person to grant us the liberating opening to know and to tell our story in words. When this happens, the memories come back and we hear ourselves putting them into words for the first time. This profound release initiates us into the heavy and healing ways of grief work.”
– DAVID RICHO, How To Be An Adult
My goal was to chronicle and capture a sense of loss and emotional dimension, revealing humanity in one of its fullest, darkest forms. Notice the stripes on the boy’s sleeve and a pants leg disintegrating and coming undone. The hounds and wolves all have red like stripes around their snouts, almost absorbing, or perhaps, devouring the boy. I felt strongly about these symbols although I can’t explain why . . . they just felt right in the process of making the art. I struggled deeply while creating this work, pushing through my fear of what people may think, how they / you might engage, react, interact or dismiss the work.
I believe it is important to uncover those dark places in our lives, to honor the shadows and bring them to light. We all have shadows, every one of us. Why is it easier to dismiss the shadows instead of focusing light on them?
FEAR - I’m reminded of what our dear friend Stephanie Link shared with me on a plane to Colorado many years ago - she asked me “Wayne, how would you live without fear” “How would your life play out differently?”
“We mark with light in the memory the few interviews we have had with souls that made our souls wiser, that spoke what we thought, that told us what we knew, that gave us leave to be what we inly are,”says Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“God will redeem the me that wants to hide” says my friend Joe Earnest
This image was the cover of the very first Collective Dream Arts Magazine project. Many thanks to Kayla Bowen for her invitation, patience and grace throughout this process.
60 x 48 inches, assemblage, cut paper, collage, and mixed media on canvas
Guy Clark was an American Texas country and folk singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, and performer.
There is much symbolism featured within this work pointing towards several of Guy’s iconic song lyrics including: The Randall Knife (see the original Randall Knife in one of the ‘making of’ photos here), Homegrown Tomatoes, Texas 1947 and his album, Workbench Songs. An original rolled cigarette that belonged to Guy, a 1970’s Jim McGuire photograph of Guy and his son, handwritten notes and letters by Guy himself and 1943 and 1945 train track flattened nickels are among the items used to construct this portrait, which was commissioned by Guy’s family.
NBC NEWS - WSMV, NASHVILLE Channel 4
SUMMER READING: Summertime, and the reading is easy
20 x 16 inches, cut paper & collage on wood panel
ART DIRECTOR: Mike Rice
IN GODLESS WE DON'T TRUST
A sense of distrust fuels prejudice against atheists
14 x 11 inches, cut paper & collage on panel
ART DIRECTOR: Heather Hopp-Bruce
Cut paper, collage and mixed media on wood panel and or canvas
Bird /berd/ distinguished by the possession of feathers, wings, and a beak and (typically) by being able to fly.
COLD BEER CONVERSATION
CD cover design & hand-lettering
36 x 36 inches, cut paper, collage & mixed media on canvas
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Karen Naff
ART DIRECTOR: Craig Allen
Commissioned by Universal Music, Nashville for the cover of ‘Cold Beer Conversation’. I was invited to present the original artwork to George backstage at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. It now resides in his personal collection.
The Faces of Mogadishu, Portrait Series
2011, Mixed media on panel. Each portrait is 20" x 16" overall (50.8 x 40.64 cm) © 2011 Wayne Brezinka. All rights reserved.
Nourishment. A simple necessity that I often take for granted. This series was created in 2011 upon hearing the staggering news of the severe drought in the Horn of Africa. Having never been truly hungry, I could not begin to grasp walking miles on end in search of food and water. More than 12 million lives were threatened as families traveled long distances (sometimes 10 to 15 days) in search of food.
LP & CD cover art & hand-lettering
12 x 12 inches, cut paper, & collage on panel
ART DIRECTOR: Craig Allen
The Washington Post
16 x 20 inches, assemblage, cut paper, collage and mixed media on wood panel.
Toby Keith was a loud political voice after 9/11. What about in the Trump era?
ART DIRECTOR: Michael Johnson
The story centers around Minnesotans’ love of cabin culture up at the lake.
Cut paper & collage on cardboard
ART DIRECTOR: Leslie Plesser
ADAM FOR PEACE
36 x 24 inches, collage, mixed media & acrylic on canvas
Communication Arts 55th Annual Illustration Award of Excellence
168 projects were selected out of 4,362 entries. Many thanks to the judges!
GOD ON THE ROCKS
Book cover design & hand-lettering
ART DIRECTOR: Julee Brand
AWARDED: Top Shelf Book Cover Award
JOHN SEIGENTHALER, 2014
Cut paper, collage, and mixed media on canvas, 30” x 24”
Vanderbilt University Magazine
Nashville Art’s Magazine
This portrait of John Seigenthaler, American journalist and defender of First Amendment Rights, includes Seigenthaler’s glasses and one of his neckties, provided by his secretary, Ms. Gay Campbell. Among the historically significant items used in the portrait are original Tennessean mastheads from 1973 and 1974, a 1982 USA Today, and a 1961 press photograph of Freedom Rider Susan Wilbur, whom Seigenthaler saved from the riots in Montgomery, Alabama.
This portrait of Seigenthaler was commissioned by Vanderbilt Magazine, the alumni magazine of Vanderbilt University, for an article in its Summer 2014 issue about Seigenthaler and his long association with the university.
The original work was purchased by former Vice President Al Gore and now resides in his personal collection.
‘Best of Show’ and ‘Gold Award’ - The Tennessean
College Public Relations Association, 2015
MEAL OR MASTERPIECE?
Is food art? The art and food critic share their views on food as art in a spirited back-and-forth.
20 x 16 inches, assemblage, cut paper, & collage on panel.
ART DIRECTOR: Brittany Volk
20 x 16 inches, cut paper, collage and mixed media on wood panel
Cover art for a feature article on Military Mondays: Bringing Legal Expertise to Veterans in Starbucks. W&M College teams up with global brand Starbucks to offer this unique and generous program for our deserving veterans.
Art Director: Michael Bartolotta
The Sound of History, 2017
40 x 30 inches overall, assemblage, cut paper, collage, and mixed media on wood panel
Elvis Presley, it seems, is here to stay.
2017 marks 40 years since Elvis’ passing. This new, original, commissioned work is constructed of found and repurposed items from the home of Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, and the site where 'The Colonel' made Elvis a star. This unsuspecting Madison, Tennessee home and office was also the headquarters of the original Elvis Presley Fan Club.
Brezinka takes a closer look at many components of Elvis's iconic career - his slick, combed-back hair, the classic mid-century microphone, the lip curl, his deep faith and love of Gospel music, and most importantly, the man behind Elvis – Colonel Tom Parker.
Recurring themes in this work include struggle and persistence, salvation and protection.
Art Director: Jade Novak
Mixed media, including vintage and primal scripture archetypes, various fabric, cardboard and rope, 24 x 18 in. on wood panel
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Commissioned for the book cover, "Moment's Till Midnight: The Final Thoughts of a Wandering Pilgrim" by Brent Crowe
The human face is an artistic achievement. On such a small surface an incredible variety and intensity of presence can be expressed. This breadth of presence overflows the limitation of the physical form. No two faces are exactly the same. There is always a special variation of presence in each one. Each face is a particular intensity of human presence. – John O'Donohue
"Paul was a tough fucker. He is a superintellectual guy, but he is fierce and he has, of course, the Damascene experience. He goes off and lives as a tentmaker. He starts to preach, and he writes this ode to love, which everybody knows from his letter to the Corinthians: "Love is patient, love is kind. . . . Love bears all things, love believes all things" – you hear it at a lot of weddings. How do you write these things when you are at your lowest ebb? 'Cause I didn't. I didn't. I didn't deepen myself. I am looking to somebody like Paul, who was in prison and writing these love letters and thinking, "How does that happen? It is amazing." – Bono of U2, The Rolling Rolling Stone Interview, December, 2017.
PURCHASE A PRINT: Only 100 Available. Limited edition, signed and numbered giclée prints available HERE
PURCHASE A PRINT: Only 100 Available HERE
Art Director: Jade Novak
Photographer: Randy Hughes, final cover shot
Mixed media, 24 x 18 in. on wood panel
Commissioned for the book cover, "The Storm-Tossed Family" by Dr. Russell Moore
In this wood panel mixed media work, layers on the surface contain an array of materials, including printed reproductions of the Nail Scarred Hand hymnal, acrylic paint, paper, two rusty nails, cardboard and most interesting: fabric pieces of an original JOHNNY CASH black coat to form a portion of the waves along with portions of one of CASH’s purple silk shirts. (The author, Dr. Russell Moore, is a huge fan of the Man In Black) The work also includes a built-in light source to highlight the windows of the floating house, showing signs of life – enabling the viewer to engage directly with the work.
Featured on the cover of the OUTLOOK section of The Washington Post Sunday paper edition on 12-02-18 / Art director, Chris Rukan
36 x 24 inches overall, multiple of cut-and-pasted printed paper, collage, and mixed media on wood panel, 2018.
George H.W. Bush, 1924 - 2018. The patriarch of a political dynasty, Bush was the last World War ll vet to serve in the Oval Office.
This multidimensional portrait makes explicit reference to it’s subject, former President George H.W. Bush through cut-and-pasted printed paper and found and repurposed materials, some of which are shown here. The aim of expression was to eloquently encapsulate the life and legacy of Mr. Bush through his writings by using pages from the following provided books (listed below) along with their bindings and torn covers, acrylic paint, cardboard, rope, glue, campaign buttons, an official White House napkin, a Bush Welcome Ceremony ticket, an official 1989 Inaugural Day envelope and an official 1988 CBS News Republican National Convention press pass.
Assembled together, these items craft extraordinary story lines within this artistic profile of America’s 41st President.
READ the ARTICLE HERE
Many thanks to Chris Rukan and his colleagues at The Washington Post for this cover assignment.
Books and publications used within this work include:
George Bush with Victor Gold. Doubleday. 269 pp. (1987)
A WORLD TRANSFORMED
George Bush and Brent Scowcroft. Vintage Books. 590 pp. (1999)
THE CHINA DIARY OF GEORGE H.W. BUSH
The Making of a Global President
By Jeffrey A. Engel (ed.). Princeton. 395 pp. (2008)
ALL THE BEST, GEORGE BUSH
My Life in Letters and Other Writings
George H.W. Bush. Scribner. 717 pp. (2013)
48 x 36 inches, ( 4ft x 3ft Overall ) assemblage, cut paper, collage and mixed media on wood panel. Each single piece was hand cut, glued and assembled.
NBC - WSMV Nashville Channel 4
The World Famous WSM Grand Ole Opry Radio - 650 AM
PRINTS AVAILABLE HERE
Old Hickory-based mixed media artist, Wayne Brezinka was tapped to create an original artwork depicting this significant town known to many locals as “The Village.”
Through the aid of a Metro Arts grant (Nashville Office of Arts + Culture) he set out to build a time capsule of sorts, honoring in his unique way - it’s 100-year existence and it’s compelling national history.
See what was used in the construction of this work - shown here.
A limited number of 18”x24” prints & 11”x14” prints available HERE
A very special thanks, to the following friends and neighbors who graciously donated their personal items for consideration and offered their time and assistance while researching and assembling the final work. I am grateful to you all.
Elise Rand Smith
Ron & Jane Raines
Kris Trolinger Brummett
Dean & Autumn Shackelford
Michael & Lisa Corbin
Connie Wilson Hukowicz