Shannon is originally from Arlington, IA and has lived the last 10 years in Elkader. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Art Education from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. Shannon has taught high school art, directed junior high and high school theater, and has been the Program Coordinator at the ISU Extension and Outreach for Clayton County for the last 4 years. Shannon is the wife to illustrator, Bryce Durbin, and the mother of Lincoln (8) and Felix (4).
I am Marcia L Cook and I like pretty colors and sparkly things. Art class was always my favorite. I attended Washington State Univ. And earned my BA in art from Eastern Washington State Univ. After a two year stint teaching 3rd grade, I apprenticed at Nielsen’s Jewelry Manu. trade shop in Seattle. Received my journeyman’s status in two years then went on my own for 25 years in Seattle and 15 years in Skagway AK as Gold Spells. In Skagway I worked for Taiya River Jewelers in sales and as in-house jeweler.
Moved to Decorah five years ago and participate in the North Iowa Studio Tour and am starting to involve myself with ArtHaus and other community activities. My hobbies are sewing, Wearable Art, growing roses and herbs, and my latest passion, making French beaded flowers. I’m looking forward to teaching a class in French beaded flowers this Spring at ArtHaus.