Lore Stephan was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania. Also known by her artist name Zora, she moved from painting landscapes at age fifteen to developing a wide range of skills using many different media. Studying drawing, sculpture, glass and clay, Lore received her Bachelors degree cum laude in Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. She studied figurative sculpture in Rome under Paolo Corosone, discovering her passion of the human form. Upon graduation, Lore followed this connection and apprenticed in the Bahamas for 2 years with figurative sculptor Randolph Johnston.

She has worked as a graphic designer, a scientific illustrator, and porcelain artisan. Lore was a partner in "Heartwood Boxes," where she created and sold "one of a kind" cedar boxes at fine craft shows. She was part of the "Tree House Project" at the Philadelphia Zoo, where she worked with a team of sculptors to create multi-sensory interior eco-systems designed for hands-on learning by children. She also created a business "Lore Zora Silk Fantasia" making painted silk scarves, wall hangings, and men's ties, which she sold to various fine craft galleries and stores in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Teaching allows Lore to pass on her artistic knowledge to others and continue her own learning process. She received her teaching certificate from Millersville University cum laude and has taught art in the Reading School District, Lancaster Museum of Art, and was an adjunct lecturer for 12 years at Alvernia University.

Zora's work is found in many private collections and has been involved in several shows. These include: a group show in Wyomissing, PA, a black-and-white group photography show in Rome, a solo sculpture show in the Bahamas, a solo landscape show in North Carolina, a solo dreamscapes show in North Carolina, a collaborative sculpture and mixed media show in West Reading, PA and a mini retrospective in Reading, PA. Creating Zora's Garden, she offers sculpture and mixed media paintings for the home and garden.

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