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Member Spotlight: Linda Guynn

Linda Guynn

Tell us aboutyou?

Igrewupin WY and NE. I went to high school in North Platte and loved the art class and the teacher. Dabbled in clay and scratch art. I didn’t do much more art till about 21 years ago. I met my husband at a dance, I pretty much ignored him for quite awhile, but he kept pursuing so now we have 3 girls and 2 boys and 2 grandsons. I did some paper routes while the kids were growing up along with a sewing business so we could be a close family. For the last 20 years I’ve enjoyed face painting, then a few years ago I learned to enjoy painting on canvas.

Tell us about your history with Omaha Artists Inc

I joined OAI in 2016 and took the position of Newsletter Chairperson right off the bat. Everyone was so helpful, I couldn’t have found a better group to help me learn what I know I was born to do! I am now a hostess for the Luncheon Programs! I have taught a Fun Shop – acrylic pours and jewelry.

Are you involved in other organizations or a member?

I am proud and honored to be a member of the Faith Christian Clowns!

How did you get involved in art? What is your favorite medium? How has your art evolved? What is your inspiration? Awards? How do you market your art?

I have always liked art and creativity. My mom made sure that I learned as much about making clothes, needlepoint, crocheting, and knitting, so  I  already had it in me and I didn’t even know that I loved art before I started painting. I have enjoyed all the medium’s that I have tried that worked out for me.

I had an online watercolor teacher Miriam Schulman, who taught me virtually in 2020 after winning the Genie Schafer Scholarship and that has helped a lot. I watched many YouTube art show’s this last year! I received a Judge’s Recognition Award at the OAI first virtual art show last month. I have a website mzpurplepockets.com, also a Facebook page and Instagram. I have found that marketing on Facebook and in person has been the most successful.

What is a little-known fact about you?

I love horses and old falling down barns. I like to start businesses. I’ve started a sewing business in downtown Omaha. Little by little I worked up to sewing wedding dresses and quilt’s. Next I learned how to start a clown business and how to keep it growing. I learned how to be more of a people person and how to make children of all ages smile about art. This last year I started a card business out of being in need of something artsy to do. I have done well finding people to support my card business.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Your hobbies?

My Husband and I go on date days, he drives and I take pictures.

Tell us about a couple of your favorite books you have read (name and author)?

Jane Eyre-Charlotte Bronte, Lord of the Rings (Trilogy) -J.R.R.Tolkien

What are your travel experiences?

We have been to Portland, OR to Portland, ME. From Niagra Falls, Canada to New Orleans, LA

What are you known for?

My clown name is Mz. Purple Pockets who does face painting and creates balloons animals and hats!

What skills would you like to learn? (Whether art or personal)

I keep learning things that I did not know I wanted to learn, all the time.