Artist Bios

JEANNE REEVE
SIGNATURE NAME: Jeanne
Survivor Jeanne’s earliest crafting memory was in 1st grade. She took a summer art class while visiting a friend. She created a guitar with some pastels and still has the drawing to this day. She creates for Cranes of Hope because she has too. It helped her get through some very difficult and challenging times both mentally and physically. Through the process of creating the Cranes Of Hope ATCS she can share some joy and inspiration with others who are experiencing a challenging health event. Her favorite thing about the group is meeting the awesome who do this with her and shopping for all the fun materials to make the Cranes of Hope Artist Trading cards.

JULIE REEVE
SIGNATURE NAME: Julie
Warrior Julie loved the illustrations in books and knew she wanted to be an artist before she could read. She started creating for Cranes of Hope when her sister Jeanne had cancer. She was desperate to do anything to help. Folding cranes helped her focus and it made her feel like she could do something to help her and others going through the same thing. Her favorite thing about Cranes of Hope ATC’s is that “each card is a little work of art. Each is unique and no two are alike” and she is constantly amazed by that.

JACQUELINE ATHMANN
SIGNATURE NAME: Jacqueline (with red pen typically)
Champion Jacqueline was successfully taking on paint-by-number canvases at three years old. She creates for Cranes of Hope in memory of her Aunt Darlene Fuchs and her Uncle Danny Spanier. “When someone is facing a life altering illness, the smallest gesture of kindness can give someone that is ready to give up the extra push to keep fighting. Not only can the gift of a Cranes of Hope ATC help heal the recipient but the soulful practice of creating art for another helps heal me too.” This is why her favorite thing about the group is that it gives her the ability to touch so many that are in need of a little spark of love.

DENISE HANSON
SIGNATURE NAME: Denise
Champion Denise was exposed to crafts at a young age watching her mother create Christmas figures and ornaments from mail order kits. In her early crafting years, she hooked a rug hooking project into the shag carpeting and then having to take it apart to release it from the floor. She was destined to be a crafter.  She creates for Cranes of Hope because she believes that “Cancer affects many people and I love knowing that something that can be created can uplift someone’s spirit, even if just for a moment.” Her favorite thing about the group is that it that it was created by a warrior fighting her own battle. Through her journey she has taken the time to give comfort and support to others through these small amazing cards. That is inspiration beyond words.

AMANDA MORRIS
SIGNATURE NAME: Mandy 🙂
Champion Mandy would draw pictures of her family and dog from an early age.  Not only did she draw but sculpting with Play-doh was a favorite.  She creates for Cranes of Hope because she “hopes to make people smile and know that someone is thinking of them and wishing them the best.” Her favorite thing about the group is that she gets to makes the origami cranes. “I’m so happy Cranes of Hope is a thing.  It’s so creative and is a great cause.

MARY
SIGNATURE NAME: Mary
Survivor, Fighter, Caregiver & Champion Mary has been creative since grade school. She creates for Cranes of Hope because she wanted to return the favor after having taking some of the cards.  She enjoyed it so much she came again! Her favorite thing about the group is that all of the items to create are provided for her as part of the meetings, you can create the cards as you wish and the company is great.  She wants the group to keep going and believes all of the helpers are so nice.  “Everyone is so happy – at least the ones she has met.”

SANDY P.
SIGNATURE NAME: Sandy
Champion, Caregiver, Survivor Sandy believes she has been creative since Kindergarten. She creates for Cranes of Hope because she “I am a receiver of these ‘cute creations’ so I wanted to give back and make them for others to receive. Living with men, her favorite thing about the group is that she gets to be creative.

GERRI MARSH
SIGNATURE NAME: Gerri
Fighter and Survivor Gerri’s earliest memory of being creative was in 1997 when her daughter was in Girl Scouts.  She creates for Cranes of Hope because “it takes [her] our of her head.”  Her favorite thing about the group is that “it makes women happy and it’s fun.”

LINDA
SIGNATURE NAME: Linda
Champion Linda’s earliest memory of being creative was while she was in Brownies making gifts. She creates for Cranes of Hope because it’s a great outlet and loves to give her time. Her favorite thing about the group is that it makes her appreciate and think about those whom she has lost to cancer; especially Sister Carole, Mary Timmers and her brother-in-law Bob.

Michele M. Juaire
SIGNATURE NAME: Michele
Fighter, Champion and Caregiver Michele’s earliest memory of being creative was in 4th grade Girl Scouts.  She creates for Cranes of Hope because it “gives joy, peace, love & hope for others”.  She creates in memory of her mother and all we have lost.  Her favorite thing about the group is meeting others, the socializing, the smiles and that it brings happiness to others. “Never give up, Hope, Faith, Love & Believe in YOU!”

ANNETTE ORTT
SIGNATURE NAME: Annette
Survivor Annette’s earliest memory of being creative was learning to knit as a child.   She creates for Cranes of Hope so she can “share with others and make someones day.”   Her favorite thing about the group is that you can make whatever you want.  She is very happy to have found the group.

MARY LOMBARDI
SIGNATURE NAME: Mary
Survivor Mary’s earliest memory of being creative was in grade school and  during Home Arts Club as a young mom.   She creates for Cranes of Hope so she can give back.  “It’s wonderful!”  Her favorite thing about the group is making every card unique.