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Lisa Pavelka

There were numerous mornings that Lisa Pavelka's mother would wake to find that her toddler daughter had escaped the confines of her crib to go in search of her brother's crayons and anything she could draw on. Throughout her young life, family members and friends encouraged Lisa to pursue a career in art. Since academic achievement was a prime focus of Lisa's upbringing, she initially choose a creative field less subjective than art and received a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Colorado State University.

In 1989, Lisa took a hiatus from her career as a television producer /director to be home with her young children. it was during this year that she felt the intense motivation to explore various artistic mediums. In her endeavor to pursue the unique and unusual, she began to experiment with the relatively new medium of polymer clay.

From her home studio in Colorado, this self-taught artist designed and marketed a line of collectible miniature figurines. In 1990, Bearly There® was born. Since moving to Las Vegas, in 1994, she's expanded her work to include pieces of functional and spiritual art. In 1996, Lisa added the medium of egg art to her repertoire. Working on genuine eggs, she utilizes techniques such as direct cuts, relief sculpting and even scrimshaw to create her designs. Her work is done on a variety of non-fertile eggs, from small and delicate quail eggs to large and exotic eggs such as emu, rhea, and ostrich. Many of the eggs Lisa designs are special commissions for clients throughout the United States. Recently, Lisa was commissioned to design and execute a limited edition of 275 Christmas ornament eggs for a major non-profit organization.

An affinity for the whimsical has drawn Lisa to mix egg and clay mediums to create a series of offbeat sculptures. It's a meticulous eye for detail and a knack for envisioning the comical, that got this award winning artist and her work featured on the Discovery Channel.

"Art is the ultimate expression of our spirituality," according to Lisa. She believes we are most strongly connected to that inner dimension of ourselves whenever we are creating or absorbing art.

Lisa balances her career with an active family life. She has four children (three of her own and one foster-daughter) ages 7, 9, 11, and 19. She is a regular volunteer in school classrooms, sharing her talents with preschoolers to teens. In addition to teaching adult art classes, she acts as Art Director at her children's Sunday School. Lisa credits the love and support of her husband Allen for making it possible to pursue her dream.

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March 6, 1997