DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in 2020, it wasn’t only Henry Matthiessen’s art business that had to change.

The art itself needed to change as well.

Matthiessen, who owns Stoned Art Studio in Dubuque, found himself forced to close the doors of his gallery, removing the ability to show his pieces to customers in person. His custom-made stone oil lamps benefited the most from the in-person showings and were a high selling product for his business. With his store closed off from the public throughout the pandemic, Matthiessen said, interest in the lamps faded.

“If there were no showings, then I had to forget about selling a lot of stone lamps,” he told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. “I had to totally rethink the plan for my business.”

The pandemic forced many local artists to adapt their art and business model in order to survive. For Matthiessen,

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VALDOSTA – Art shows at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts generally don’t go on without the involvement of one man, Bill Shenton.

While it takes a team to host the exhibits, Shenton is usually seen on the floor in the days leading up to opening night preparing galleries. 

He is the center’s curator and artistic administrator. He has held this role for 12 years.

The Valdosta native is responsible for coordinating with artists entering shows, ensuring all pieces of artwork are displayed correctly in the galleries and more.

Most recently, he helped prepare Turner’s popular fundraiser, Spring Into Art. 

Shenton’s artistic background began in his youth. 

“I have always enjoyed drawing,” he said. “I won a few art contests in elementary school, so I understood I had an ability to create art at a young age”

Teresa Middleton, his high school art teacher, taught him how to

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