By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Apr 16, 2020 at 3:04 PM

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Kari Garon's artwork is deeply tied into her personal healing and growth; she calls it "a constant reflection of a pendulum of observation, empathy, coping, and more recently, empowerment."

As an adoptee raised in the suburbs who never felt completely connected, art has always served an important purpose, but her intention with her drawings go beyond herself.

"I've come to realize that I can validate others, letting them know that they are not alone through listening deeply and empathetically, and provide consistent support to move forward," says Garon.

Garon relies on art sales to pay some of her bills, something that's not possible due to the pandemic. She has made the most of her extra "free time," providing online teaching through UWM's Peck School of the Arts and regimented, scheduled time to draw daily.

"This frequency of art-making led me to finally open a location to acquire affordable artwork through my website, and also through Scout Gallery in Milwaukee," says Garon.

Garon's artwork is available for perusal and for sale here. She is also on Instagram.

"Drawing and art making has really become a practice that is deeply intertwined with setting intentions to move through moments of challenge and manifesting the ability for healing emotionally, institutionally, physically," says Garon. "I've always been very lucky to have my artwork."

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.