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Many people think that America no longer manufactures anything — but they are wrong. There are hundreds of thousands of makers in this country right now quietly pursuing their passion. This resurgence has paved the way for a new way of living and manufacturing that will be more sustainable and rewarding for all. These small businesses will be the backbone of tomorrow.

As a maker myself, I love creating beautiful things and selling directly to my local community. I find immense pleasure in carving out a place for myself, sharing my joy with others, and making the world a little more beautiful and sustainable in the process.

Playing with wood today :)


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Shirley Bales, artist

Hi there! I'm Shirley. While I was practically born with a paintbrush in hand, I formally studied fine art under an accomplished forensic portrait artist and other notable illustrators in the 1990's. My favorite thing to do is paint outside. I  paint in mixed media and oil and love color! My work resides in thousands of private collections nationwide, and I am so grateful.