Karen Poels

The Miss Nancy Music Machine

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Karen, originally from Grand Island, Nebraska, lived and worked in various Midwestern cities before moving to Pennsylvania in 1993. She returned to school in 1994 to study fine arts—she took a chance at finding her voice.

“I’ve always loved using salvaged objects in my own art… a reclaimed hubcap turned into a perfect circular 'metal canvas'. Using many personal items from my own live, I find a satisfying challenge creating a piece of art that connects my own past & present, but will connect me to the future and to others in an uplifting of our common humanity.”Karen Poels