Hi! I'm Stephanie Merchant Johnson and I live off South Powers Blvd. near the airport. I was a single mom of 3 children for 18 years until I married my Knight in Shining Armor on 7/7/07. My husband Greg is a native of Colorado Springs (lucky duck!), but I moved here in 1996 to escape the hectic pace of the Washington, D.C. area.
I'm a "Jill-of-Many-Trades": writer, artist (drawing and painting), muralist, cake decorator, wood crafter, seamstress, scrapbooker, card maker, whittler, calligrapher, and flower arranger, not necessarily in that order. I am currently writing a memoir, and have a Web site, Stephanie's Smorgasbord ( www.stephaniessmoargasbord.com) that shows all the stuff I like to do. My art studio is located at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave. in downtown Colorado Springs. Come see me in Studio 212 on the second floor.
A recycling bin I painted for the City is on display at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave., in the main lobby by the elevators. It's designed after the classic 80's movie, "Labyrinth," starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. It was adopted by Nick Kittle, Fleet Finance Manager, through the City's Adopt-a-Bin Recycling Program.
Discovering YourHub in August 2007 fanned the writing flame inside me until it burned out of control, leading me to resign from the rat race to pursue my writing and art full time. Hopefully soon, you'll be reading about my upcoming book signings! In the meantime, I'm teaching classes at my studio, volunteering every chance I get, and accepting commissions for all types of art and murals.
Many thanks to YourHub for nominating me as 2008 Eastern Zone Citizen Journalist of the Year, and 2008 (overall) YourHub Journalist of the Year. What an honor and privilege!
Stephanie Merchant Johnson's Blog
Posted on August 20, 2009 at 12:27pm
The City of Colorado Springs is GOING GREEN! And YOU are invited to participate!
The City of Colorado Springs has launched "The Art of Recycling" through their Adopt-a-Bin Recycling Program. Through a special partnership with SBM Site Services and BETTR Recycling, fiber barrels are provided to the city to be distributed throughout city buildings to encourage employees to recycle their aluminum cans, newspapers, plastic products, and other recyclable items. The goal of the program,… Continue
Posted on August 20, 2009 at 12:12pm
Pikes Peak Writers hosted its fifth annual American Icon, its literary version of American Idol, to a sold-out crowd on August 14, 2009 at the Colorado Springs Marriott on Tech Center Drive, who also hosts the annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference every April.
This year's judges included fantasy author Todd Fahnestock, literary agent Rachelle Gardner, and publisher Sue Hamilton. Twenty contestants read their manuscripts for two… Continue
Posted on August 17, 2009 at 11:00am
As part of their fundraising efforts to benefit Cheyenne Cañon Park, the Friends of Cheyenne Cañon are hosting its 5th annual "Canvases in the Cañon" Art Festival on Monday, Labor Day, September 7, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art will be displayed at the Starsmore Discovery Center, located at the entrance to Cheyenne Cañon Park, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road; and at the Helen Hunt Falls Visitors Center, 4075 N. Cheyenne Cañon Rd.
This year's… Continue