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Kerry Kolke-Bonk creates her works in the house she and her husband, Paul, have called home east of Appleton for 24 years. The home's décor is representative of what family and friends call "The Kerry Touch.'' When not creating on canvas, she turns her creative energy to home decorating and remodeling. (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny)

Meander artist's inspiration is homegrown in west central Minnesota

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APPLETON -- All artists are born with their own creative talent.

Some learn how to express it through formal study at schools with well-known artists.


Kerry Kolke-Bonk was arguably more fortunate.

"I grew up with it; all the time it was around me,'' said Kolke-Bonk. She is the featured artists for the 2011 Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl known as the Meander.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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