is a freelance photographer, writer, and artist living in North Central Iowa. Ms. Berche dabbles a lot, and somewhere in those dabbles blossoms ideas that take shape into images. Many of her current pieces of artwork start out as three minute gesture drawings and eventually get paired with some sort of still life photography and a lot of playing in photoshop. She loves to take pictures, especially out in the woods, where she can sit on a rock or a log and wait quietly, jotting notes for stories until something happens by. A free spirit, Chrystal digs in dirt, dances in rain and chases storms, all at the whims of her muses. In the ‘Tiny Dancers’ collection, the backgrounds are comprised of layered photographs of bubbles and incense smoke, while in the ‘Study in Gestures’ collection, the background images used were water with food coloring swirls and lit candles floating on the water’s surface. Chrystal’s work is featured in the poetry section and The Borders Gallery of this current issue.
is a bi-lingual poet, a figurative and abstract oil painter who has also created mono-type prints for a children’s book. In addition to work featured in The Penalver Gallery, Judita’s abstract oil painting is the cover art on the home page of this current issue. Be sure to check out Judita’s poems featured in the poetry section of this issue as well!