Miranda Singler, a visual storyteller, will be the featured artist at this year's Old Settlers Art Show.
The art show will be held on Thursday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church basement. The special exhibit will include paintings and drawings from Singler's early years, editorial cartoons and graphics from her college years and a web comic she created in her later years.
Singler's work was greatly impacted by her experiences growing up on a farm, going to college and later moving to California. She admired Jim Henson's original creation of characters for The Muppets. Singler's imaginary and unique cartoon characters were also greatly influenced by Dr. Seuss' unique characters.
As a young child, Singler won many awards, including a national student drawing competition for Current Catalog. She had drawings published in Humpty Dumpty magazine and Gateway Computers magazine. She twice won Best of Show for Students at Old Settlers Art Shows. Singler received merit and gold key awards in the Mid-Central Illinois Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition for high school students. She also won many awards from the Illinois Student Art Association - Rembrandt Society, including the Senior Portfolio Competition. As a graphics art student at the University of Illinois, she created editorial cartoons for the Daily Illini, an independent newspaper at the U of I. She also created illustrations and publications of U of I's Spurlock Museum, a cultural museum.
After college, Singler volunteered her talents to the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in Champaign, the Junior League of Springfield and several other non-profit organizations.
She also created illustrations and publications of U of I's Spurlock Museum, a cultural museum.
After college, Singler volunteered her talents to the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in Champaign, the Junior League of Springfield and several other non-profit organizations. She spent her last five years living in Sacramento, CA, and working as a web/graphic designer for Delegata and SymSoft Solutions, LLC. It was during this time period that she independently created Sleeping-Volcano, an adventure web comic inspired by the "great eccentrics of the Great Plains." Singler exhibited her original web comic characters at Creative Women Mini-Con 2016 in Sacramento, CA. During her lifetime, Singler created numerous hand-illustrated greeting cards for friends and family, illustrations for weddings, designs for T-shirts and other gifts of her talents. Her bold colors, attention to detail and often whimsical style brought much joy to others.