Meet our Artists and Artisans -

Maddie

 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.  

Kristi Hyde

 Kristi Hyde- Atlanta artist, Kristi Hyde, is a self taught jewelry designer who has been creating one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry since the year 2000.  She was born and raised in north Alabama, has a BFA in illustration from the Savannah College of Art & Design (1998) as well as a passion for drawing, painting, sculpture and gardening.  In 2013, Andre Leon Talley, former American Editor-At-Large for Voque Magazine,personally selected one of Miss Hyde’s favorite statement necklaces from a gallery in Savannah, GA to exhibit with a Zac Posen Gown in Paris, France for his curated show, "Little Black Dress."  Her work has been has been collected by women across the US, sold in small boutiques and galleries, and shown at many juried presitgious art fairs across the country. 

"My jewelry is influenced and inspired by nature, art nouveau and a pretty simple desire to bring beauty into the world.  Creating with nature is all about honoring it’s mystery, complexity and grace - all things I’dlike my jewelry to convey.  I was taught how to make clover chain necklaces as a little girls with my grandmother.  I believe this is where is all began. I was enamored that nature could be used in such a way to create jewelry even though it’s beauty was short-lived.  Reflecting back on this fond memory from my childhood, it makes perfect sense to me that I’ve have now developed a way to capture the delicateness of nature into something that can potentially last a lifetime."

The design process for Hyde’s work begins by her mindfully choosing botanicals such a hydrangea flowers, orchid leaves, seed pods and bark to become the focal points of each finished work.  She sculpts precious metal clays onto these natural forms using a paintbrush and sculpting tools, and then sinters them in a kiln which is what alchemizes the clay into metal.  Each metal botanical is finished by polishing, setting stones and applying a special patio by hand, achieving dimensions of color that give them all a lifelike appearance.  And finally, the last step is incorporating her botanical sculptures into a necklace, bracelet, ring or earrings along with semiprecious stones, pearls, leathers and chains. 

Erica and Braxton Frankenberry

 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!

 Cassandra Shade Guidess, is finally able to paint full-time after thirty years spent in Laboratory medicine and management.  A lifelong fascination with art, and painting in particular, has led to decades of self-study via observation, reading and instruction by renowned painters on Cape Cod and in Connecticut. Painting primarily in oil and occasionally in acrylic, Cassandra is an award winning artist whose work has shown in juried shows in Connecticut and on Cape Cod.  Her work may be found in private collections throughout the United States.


Cassandra is currently a member of the Watertown Art League (WAL)(CT) (Board Member), the Fine Arts Connection of of Thomaston, CT featuring the Ten-To One Artists, the Society of Creative Arts (SCAN), Newtown, CT, The Yarmouth ARt Guild (YAG) Yarmouth, MA and the Cape Cod Creative Arts Center in Chatham, MA.


Guidess participates in juried and seasonal shows with the WAL, SCAN and YAG and currently shows at the Crescent Gallery and the Black Rock Tavern in Thomaston, CT. She will be a returning featured artist at the Orleans Artist’s cottages August 8-19th .  Her rich, vibrant color and brushwork that evoke a mood, or "moments in time" style painting define her work.  Her work is such a great fit for Reciprocity!!

 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.