She's made magnets in Michigan and is now selling sun stationery in Vermont. One artist is keeping up her craft while keeping calm during a very hectic job.
Call the Central Vermont Medical Center and you're likely to hear Laura Shaw on the other end. "I like being the first impression people here at the hospital," Shaw said.
Her bosses say she's a star. "Any time a patient calls and is having a issue or struggling with communication, she's very empathetic, but also is also able to put that caller on hold to pick up the other line so that it doesn't delay anyone getting to where they need to get to," said CVMC's Amy Sherman.
Head over the to the Hospital's gift shop and you'll see Laura's renditions of a different kind of star. Her cards are available for purchase. "It's always fun to see your artwork in retail place," Shaw said. "I have a lot more designs at home, but there wasn't enough space."
So, to her home we went.
"This is my card making table where I have prints of the various images," Shaw said.
Her inspiration for art came while attending Lyndon Institute. She spent some time in Michigan as a full-time artist before moving back to Vermont seven years ago. That's when the decision was made to keep her art endeavors as a side project. "I'm much more comfortable coming home from my job into my sanctuary in here and create and do better work that way," she said.
The producers at CBS Sunday Morning felt good about her work. She had three of her submitted suns appear on air over the last year. "I was just surprised, sitting there watching on a Sunday morning and then all of the sudden, there's your wok on the big screen," she said.
But Shaw's fame is never fleeting at the CVMC, as a coworker and an artist. "Her drawings have touched all of us, because at one time or another she's given us cards for birthdays or if a love one has passed. They're just such a blessing," said CVMC's Patricia Brown.
Whether it's answering 700 calls a day from people in need, to creating cards and prints for people to enjoy, no one shines brighter than Laura Shaw.
Laura once did a painting for Lady Bird Johnson. She sells her prints and cards at various art and craft shows throughout the state.
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