Meet our Artists and Artisans -
Madeline Ahrensfeld - M.A.Designs -Maddie Ahrensfeld is a self taught artist who began her love of art at an early age, creating heart pictures with permanent markers in vibrant colors.
What started as custom birthday cards for her friends and family,soon blossomed in to her M.A. Designs - bright graphics, fun patterns, custom "kicks" (painted sneakers") and original paintings. Starting in 2016 she began displaying her work
at art shows on Cape Cod and in Key West,Florida. The reaction from her fellow artists, as well as the public, encouraged her family to open a home base retail space for her creations. "Reciprocity" was born to give Maddie an opportunity
to share her work to more than just the art show community and also to give back to those who helped her along the way. She loves all the mediums she works with but her true love remains in the "Heart Art" she creates for her note cards and
"one of a kind" cards.
Erica and Braxton Frankenbury started Divine Island Designs in 2017 after moving to paradise in Big Pine Key Florida from Ohio. Erica left her job in microbiology for a job in the construction industry and Braxton works as a project manager in telecom but both realized after the move that something was missing in their lives. That’s when they decided to put Braxtons 20 years of woodworking and Ericas flare for marketing to good use. Together they create and share incredibly beautiful pens and small tools, hand-crafted from wood and acrylics using the most unusual materials from popsicle sticks to fishing lures - each piece and the story behind them needs to be seen to be appreciated. Reciprocity is excited to have them as part of their artisan family, especially since it was Maddie who was drawn (no pun intended) to their booth at the prestigious Key West Art Show. We look forward to telling their story to all who visit the shoppe!
Natasha Wing is a successful children’s author who has published many books in her career, the most renown being the "Night Before......" series! She paints watercolors of pets as well, primarily dogs. She enjoys capturing their personalities to make people smile. She has created her "Pup-up" cards to spread those smiles! Natasha lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband, Dan and her cat!
The woman behind the knitting needles of the GORGEOUS sweaters of L’Agneeau is Gaylene Heppe, a retired Elementary School Principal and Nana to four little ones. She learned to knit when she was 10 years old and still loves to KNIT. Creating and designing sweaters is both challenging and rewarding, but with attention to details, style, and fit, the L’Agneau label assures finely crafted quality. Her family has long treasured her hand knit sweaters, and now you can choose from the hand knit collection for the precious baby or toddler in your life. Every baby deserves the practical luxury of hand knits.