Member News

Members Andy Lightbody and Kathy Mattoon have a new book out: All Things Jerky: The Definitive Guide to Making Delicious Jerky and Dried Snack Offerings. One of the oldest forms of food preservation, jerky offers a tasty, chewy treat to assuage your snack cravings. And homemade jerky is not only far superior to what you can buy in the supermarket, or even specialty shops, but is considerably less expensive and surprisingly easy to make. The authors have spent the last 40 years traveling the world hunting, fishing, and writing, and incidentally sampling jerky and other dried snacks. This book is the result of all that on-the-spot research, offering a wonderful variety of simple and economic recipes using easy-to-find ingredients. There’s something for everyone, from meats to fruits and vegetables. List price is $14.99, and it’s available as paperback or ebook from Skyhorse Publishing, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.

Connie Thibeau Catsis
Connie Catsis and her winning painting © John Catsis

Member Connie Thibeau Catsis took first place at the Grant County Art Guild’s Third Annual Southwest Birds Art Show with her watercolor “Blackbirds Singing in the Dead of Night.” Winners were announced at the opening reception Friday evening March 18, at the Bear Mountain Lodge in Silver City, New Mexico. The show runs through May 20.

We recently welcomed three new members to RMOWP.

William and Louise Fields of Hermann, Missouri joined in mid-March. Having retired from his career in aerospace and automotive management consulting, William became a full-time photographer. Throughout his life, William has created drawings, watercolors, and art prints, and now, fine art photographs. There have been gallery showings in Los Angeles and Saint Louis; his work was used on the Steven Spielberg television production “Seaquest;” and his photos figure prominently in the coffee table book Herman, Missouri – One of the Prettiest Towns in America.

In late-March Mary Lou Griggs joined our ranks. She is a freelance photographer, writer, and artist hailing from Tucson, Arizona.