A Directory of Neosho Area Artists
Sarah Serio is a native of Neosho, Missouri. She is a Cum Laude graduate of Crowder College in Neosho where she received Associate of Arts degrees in both Journalism and Public Relations. She completed Bachelors degrees in Graphic Communication and Studio Art while earning a monir in Technical Theatre at Missouri Southern State University. Serio is a Member of the Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin Regional Artist Coalition, Mid America Print Council, and the Springfield Regional Arts Council. She also holds lifetime membership to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Psi Omega National Honorary Theatre Society and Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.
In 1969, Monte Toon began his career as a watercolorist. He credits the late Charles Sanderson of Wichita, Kansas with setting him on his lifelong path of watercolor painting. Sanderson inspired new approaches and techniques. Later, the works of Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, and Edward Hopper would influence Toon's work. More than 40 year of experience has defined Toon's style in his exclusive use of watercolor.
In 1991, a turning point occurred in Toon's work. Travels to Canada, New England and the east coast broadened his range of subject matter. By setting goals and directions of purpose, Monte enhanced and elevated his work to new heights. He refers to this change as a re-dedication to his watercolors.
Knowledge of and a feeling for the subject are keys to Toon's current works. His earlier works depicted made-up imagery. Closeness to the subject matter was absent. Since 1991, Toon's paintings reflect the kinship he feels for the subject matter. His works are of people and places he knows. It is this oneness with the subject matter that is effective in creating pieces of quality and importance. To allow the viewer to know about each painting, Toon has written a narrative to accompany each print. Well received by the viewing public at Toon's numerous solo shows, the narratives offer insight beyond the veneer of the image.
Art is Toon's life-long career. He holds a bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Art Education. He is also a graduate of Oklahoma State Technical Training Center in Graphic/Commercial Art. During his career in art, Toon has served as art teacher, freelance commercial artist, art director, and graphic designer for television. Toon is a signature member of the Kansas Watercolor Society.
Monte and his wife, Linda, reside at Lake Keystone, Cleveland, Oklahoma.