Showcase of Area Artists

Offering Beautiful Creations

Article by Stacey Badmaev/Michelle Lewis/Patsy Massey

Photography by Stacey Badmaev/Michelle Lewis/Patsy Massey

Originally published in Boerne Lifestyle

Boerne and the surrounding area boast of numerous accomplished artists in the visual, literary and performing arenas of the gifted and creative. Boerne Lifestyle, in this article, features some artists whose crafts may be new to our readers. 

Michelle, a wife and mother, has always loved creating and is inspired by Saint John Paul II’s letter to artists. In it, he describes an artistic vocation as a service of beauty. Creativity combined with faith has led to a special mission of making handmade goods that help others encounter God in daily life. By sharing her gifts, Michelle hopes to encourage her customers to grow in faith. 

Stacey lives in Boerne with her husband of 26 years and is the mother of two amazing humans. She started Sola & Stem Wood Florals in November 2020. Husband Frank encouraged Stacey to start a business and sell her creations, mainly because he was tired of living in a flower jungle. Skeptical at first, she started selling at small markets and was overwhelmed with the reaction to her flowers. She makes arrangements for special events and home decor. These make beautiful gifts.

Patsy’s artwork is best described in one word: whimsical! She graduated with a B.S. degree in Medical Technology. After working and raising two sons, she accepted a job as Flight Attendant with American Airlines where she met her husband, Ron, also in aviation. After retiring, they moved to Ruidoso where Patsy soon signed up to take a pottery class and instantly fell in love with sculpting clay. She took workshops in Santa Fe, Roswell, and Sedona. Her work sometimes sold faster than she could replace it. After 22 years, the Native Texans moved back and now enjoy life in Kerrville.


Common Thread Textiles

I design and fabricate totes, purses, and bags from quality print-on-demand fabrics featuring the saints, Catholic Christian motifs, and prayers. Custom order requests are welcome for those who have a particular devotion or wish to have a product made to suit their individual style. In addition to sewing bags, I create artwork used in repeat patterns for fabric and wallpaper. My artwork is also displayed on a variety of home goods, t-shirts, and stickers. All the illustrations are digitally hand-drawn and printed.

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Sola & Stem Wood Florals

I work with Sola Wood flowers creating arrangements and home decor. Sola Wood flowers are an eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to cut flowers. They are made from the root of the Shola or Cassava plant and can be painted and dyed to match any color. I have been a crafter all my life and have dabbled in many things. Once I started working with these fun flowers, I fell in love. I'm a clinical pharmacist and found that working with the Sola Wood flowers was such a great stress reliever, especially needed during the pandemic. I love to hear that people who are allergic to “real” flowers get excited that these flowers can be a part of their household.

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I spend many hours in my studio, sculpting and adorning my whimsical figures. My sculpted work such as the Indian princesses are decorated with flowers, birds, baskets and butterflies and are all one-of-a-kind. My utilitarian bowls are covered with roses and decorative scrolls. The flower pots depicting women are my favorites to make since I enjoy gardening. Also, the garden totems feature many bright colors and they can remain outdoors all year long. Someone recently commissioned me to make donkeys so I sculpted precious, funny and one-of-a-kind little donkeys for them. I like putting a smile on the face of my customers and all who see my sculptures.

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