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Illustrator Tom Ryan shows off some of his work at his studio in Naugatuck.

Local creations: Borough artist blends mediums for graphic look

NAUGATUCK — Tom Ryan is a jack of all trades. He describes himself as “illustrator/fine artist/graphic designer/awesome.” He’s a graphic artist, web designer, and gallery owner. Ryans majored in illustration…

This poncho is just one example of the wearable art created by Jo Ann Piper of Naugatuck.

Local creations: Naugatuck knitter turns relaxing hobby into part-time venture

NAUGATUCK — Jo Ann Piper learned to knit by watching her grandmother when she was five years old. Soon, she learned to read knitting patterns from a cousin and knit…

Terri Takacs created this 'crazy quilt' clutch from scraps of silk and fine threads. -LARAINE WESCHLER

Local Creations: Quilts gone wild

NAUGATUCK — Terri Takacs’ studio is crammed with color-coded thread, hand-dyed ribbon, and beads, all arranged in neat little holders along the wall, drawers, and cubby-holes. Takacs uses the materials…

Jackie Fretz of Naugatuck makes plush animal backpacks, like the penguin backpack above, for children in her spare time. - LARAINE WESCHLER

Local Creations: The call of the wild backpacks

NAUGATUCK — What do a lady bug, a penguin, and a purple monster have in common? Local artist Jackie Fretz has tamed these wild animals into plush backpacks for children….

Long River Middle School student McKayla DeBrizzi, teacher Cathy Barone, and students Lisa Thrasher and Heather Bernier work on the mural Oct. 6.  - LARAINE WESCHLER

It takes a school community

Two mural projects at Long River are almost ready to hang PROSPECT – Tiny dots of pink, red, blue, green and yellow popped from two nearly-finished community murals at Long…