Gale is a hand-lettering artist who has a permanent space at Bella Patina in the West Bottoms of Kansas City and a home studio in Shawnee, Kansas. She loves penmanship, painting, drawing and has been doodling all her life - even when she is supposed to be paying attention. Actually, it helps her pay attention (her teachers didn't believe that and it drives her husband crazy but it's true!) She's a mom to four funny, brilliant grown kids and has two mini wiener dogs who keep life interesting and give her someone to talk to when she works. Her husband, Vic, is an accountant by day and her carpenter/painter by night and is a key part of her business. If you've been to one of her shows, he's "the man in the pink shirt" that may have checked you out at the register!
She sells her hand-lettered goodness at the Hallmark Gold Crown store (HMK) on the Plaza in Kansas City, and at Hallmark stores in Leawood (Camelot Court), Lee's Summit, MO (Amy's Hallmark), Independence, MO (Amy's Hallmark) and Amy's Hallmark in St. Louis at West County and Chesterfield. Her line is also available at Very Violet in Lee's Summit, MO; Oak Street Home Market in Roanoake, Texas; Urban Farm Boutique in Columbus, NE; Mint Julep in Atlanta, GA; Made in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and Martin House Gifts in Chillicothe, Missouri. She does art shows, markets, and fairs and teaches classes across the Midwest.
All her work is lettered by hand - no vinyl, stencils or machines. And yes, it's ALL her own handwriting. Don't feel bad - she self-admittedly hates to cook, clean, or do math so amazing penmanship is pretty much her stock in trade. She does, however, make a mean margarita and is an expert at making salsa. Because let's be honest - a girl has to be able to "cook" something!
In her "spare" time, she runs a food pantry in Topeka, rearranges the furniture in her house (which drives her husband nuts), plays the piano and consumes way too much caffeine. She believes that words matter, love does, and life is better when you're laughing. She's happiest when sharing her talents with the world and hopes that each of the GaleNation products you purchase bring you joy and the sweetest memories ever.
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In 2017, Gale was honored by Topeka's 785Magazine as one of the "Women Who Rock!" Check out her feature here