CONTRIBUTORS
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Melissa Craig

Founder & Owner

Melissa oversees all aspects of Seeking Stars Art with a focus on creative collaborations, fundraising solutions and ongoing art advocacy.  She is passionate about supporting The Arts and those that want to elevate their talent.  After retiring from aviation, she established Seeking Stars Art in 2015 in order to provide a variety of events and services that would provide artists and talented youth with new ways to showcase their art, while giving back to charitable organizations along the way.  With a degree in Communications, she is also an active community volunteer for the Kent Island Federation of Arts (KIFA) and the Historic Stevensville, MD, Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District.  She is also the Director for the Mannington District Fair Queen pageant, the second largest fair in WV. 

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Ben Kolb

Creative Director & Featured Artist

Ben provides creative input to shows and events.  He also provides unique art products, paintings, wearable art and other necessary show props that are featured and sold exclusively at shows and special events.  He is the owner, resident artist and instructor of Nativibes Studio & Art Gallery in Mannington, WV, and hosts a variety of events and classes at this location in between his travels for other art events.

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Stacey Patterson

Backstage Management & Trusted Advisor

Stacey is a trusted advisor to the team and is responsible for all backstage management during events and shows.  This includes overseeing hair, make-up and styling activities, crisis control and final line-up and review of all runway models and showcased products.  She is extremely detail-oriented and brings high-energy as a master multi-tasker that manages what happens in the backstage environment to ensure a successful show for our audience.  She is also the Assistant Director for the Mannington District Fair Queen, Teen & Pre-Teen pageant, the second largest fair in WV. 

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Monique Marshall

Featured Artist & Designer

Monique is a long-time promotional partner who has provided everything from handmade clothing and shoes, to jewelry and stage props specifically designed for our events. She is the owner of Swanky Lady Couture and we are proud to showcase her work as one of our featured artists.

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Danielle Sims

Featured Artist & Jewelry Designer

Danielle is a key promotional partner who assists the creative team with the development of photo shoot and runway show themes. In addition, she is also a featured artist.  She creates beautiful, handmade wearable art and accessories specifically designed to enhance our events.  She is also the owner of DlpDesigned, where she sells her handmade beaded jewelry both locally and online. 

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Grazia Zalfa

Featured Artist & Jewelry Designer

Grazia has provided creative input to the team since their earliest days.  She has also contributed the bulk of the jewelry designs that have been featured in our runway shows.  Every piece she creates is a one-of-a-kind, original design that will never be duplicated. Grazia's work can only be seen at Seeking Stars Art events.

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Holly Markhoff

Contemporary Mixed Media Artist & Fundraising Advisor

Holly is a trusted advisor in the area of fine arts and fundraising activities.  She has a studio in her home in Richmond, VA, and in the city's Museum District.  Her work can be seen in corporate collections throughout the state of Virginia, and in private collections nationally and internationally.  Her background, experience and knowledge has proved instrumental in establishing a solid foundation for the team. See Holly's complete collection at www.hollymarkhoff.com.