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Michigan Artist Barbara Flanagin (b. 1948), Creator of the Calumet Clay Tile Mural

Barbara (née Amorosi) Flanagin has always had a talent for art—even as a young child she expressed it by making sketches. On family trips, she learned the names of plants and was taught observational skills, both of which would prove invaluable for her art in later years. In college, she earned a bachelor's degree in French with a minor in history from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1970, after spending her senior year in France. During the next two years she worked for a doctor and then an export company (also in France), which helped ingrain the French language. Most of her career was not in art but as an employee at the Chicago Branch of the Banque Nationale de Paris. Flanagin also worked for foreign officers in Lions Clubs and reviewed grants from foreign nations for Lions Clubs International. Today, she is active in the Lions Club in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.


Susan Robinson is a freelance artist specializing in painting mineral and gem specimens as well as birds and wildlife.

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