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Brooke Herling showed interest in art at a very young age. Both her mom and grandmother are artists. "This is how we have always created work," said her mother, Pam Musser. "Kind of all over the place, making messes and going into it full speed ahead."

Made with love: Art is family affair

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Growing up, Pam Musser was a self-proclaimed tomboy. Tramping through the woods, she often would tag along with her mom, Doris Gardas, who would use the natural world as the subject for her paintings.


Musser, now a grown woman and mother, works full time creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. But it was those early years, watching her mom work and sometimes taking part in the creative process that instilled in her a deep love and appreciation for art.

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Stacy Bengs-Silverberg
Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.
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