802 West Broadway Suite 102
Monona, WI 53713
P.O. Box 259851
Madison, WI 53725
Landscaping Quilting Textile Art
Ms. Bollig’s first art exhibit occurred at the tender age of three when she decorated her grandmother’s living room wall using her aunt’s oil paints and brushes depicting flowers and swirls. Her aunt declared it a masterpiece and began tutoring her on the various art mediums available. Ms. Bollig’s aunt, Carmita Vargas and her grandmother Aurora Vargas, both art teachers for the public school systems in Puerto Rico, delighted themselves in introducing her to every expressive artistic venue possible. From painting to movement, from reading to writing, Ms. Bollig was exposed to every available creative art expression medium while encouraged by her family to try it all. By the time she was 10 years old she was writing her first poems and short stories submitting them in school competitions winning second and third place, as well as gaining recognition for her work. During her teen years she gravitated between writing, painting and crafting. While in college, she ventured for the first time in selling her watercolor paintings with success as well as beginning to read her poetry and stories in public venues receiving positive reviews. In the late 70’s the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña added her name to the list of certified Puerto Rican artisans. Everything came to a wondrous halt with the arrival of the first of her four greatest creations, her first child. For the past 30 years, Ms. Bollig continued to do some art work as a venue for leisure and stress release as well as discovering Quilting Arts, an expressive art medium using fabric to create portraits yet neglecting her writing. It was not until five years ago that Ms. Bollig initiated her writing again strongly encouraged by her friend, author and writer Nydia Rojas and the floodgates in her brain were fully opened. Today Ms. Bollig, along with her two daughters, owns TABYR Creations LLC, a company dedicated to handmade arts and crafts while trying to use as many USA products within their work as possible. At the same time, Ms. Bollig is also allowing her writing to be exposed again under her pen name.
Arlene J Bollig was born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. She has four talented and artistic adult children. She’s been married to her extremely supportive husband, Charles Bollig, for 35 years. She works full time for the Madison Metropolitan School District as a Bilingual Resource Specialist- Early Childhood Special Education Department. She also works part-time as Comienzos- WWBIC/UW Madison SBDC Coordinator. In her spare time she officiates ceremenoies as an Independent Ordained Minister.