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Custodian thrilled to share artistic talents with students

December 3, 2012

TWO RIVERS, WI — By night, Jean Vanderlinden is a custodian at L.B. Clarke Middle School; by day she is a chainsaw artist, author and illustrator, according to the Green Bay Gazette.

the family treeStudents recently had the chance to see the other side of Vanderlinden during a reading of her children’s book The Family Tree, which was accompanied by slides of the book's illustrations, the article stated.

According to the article, Vanderlinden has been a custodian in the Two Rivers School District for 20 years, but has always nurtured an artistic side, being a self-taught chainsaw artist and painter.

Twelve years ago, when she decided she wanted to be a chainsaw artist, she asked her husband, Gary, to teach her how to handle the equipment, even though he thought it was too dangerous, the article noted.

"I believe Jean is extremely talented. It is important for our students to see how she uses her daily experiences along with the people in her life to create," said L.B. Clarke Principal Lisa Quistorf.

"I love art, and I love to create something that never existed before," Vanderlinden told the students.

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