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).
Lauren is originally from Holt, MI and has lived in Decorah for the last 7 years. She is an illustrator and designer with a background in marketing for non-profits and small sustainable agriculture ventures. Lauren’s illustration work has been on display in ArtHaus’ studio, in Inspire(d) magazine, and in the 2016 coloring book produced by ArtHaus featuring select destinations in Winneshiek County. Lauren has offered classes at ArtHaus in drawing and exploring artistic identity. She lives with her husband John Kraus and their daughter Juniper (age 2) northeast of town.