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• Fiber Arts • Mixed Media • Photography • Plein Air Painting
• Quilting • Studio Painting • Tanque Verde Classes • Writing
Fiber Arts
• Grabowski, Kerr     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Kerr Grabowski, click here to view my classes
 

Kerr Grabowski is internationally known for her innovative approaches to dyeing and screening processes.  Her background in drawing, printmaking and design is evident in her elegantly whimsical artwear. Kerr is the developer of Deconstructed Screen Printing, a printing/monoprint technique allowing for a freer, more painterly approach to screen printing.

A NJ Arts and Mississippi Arts Commission fellowship recipient, Kerr is widely published including Ornament,Fiber Arts, Surface Design Journal, Fiber Arts Design Book Six, Silk Painting for Fashion and Fine Artand Textiles Now

She exhibits and teaches workshops internationally and has produced two DVDs - Deconstructed Screen Printing and Adventures in Surface Design.   Kerr lives in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

You can view more details about her work on her website.

kerr@kerrgrabowski.com
• Heller, Hollie     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Hollie Heller, click here to view my classes
 

Hollie Heller is a mixed media collage and fiber surface design artist living in Los Angeles and Costa Rica. As unique as her finished contemporary works, Heller's creative process is equally intriguing. Each project begins with a curious investigation and collection of diverse yet common materials.

Heller describes her work as experimental, using processes that she has discovered in her studio with products such as latex, acrylic mediums, wood stain, pigments, dyes and bleach with paper, fabric and found materials. With a wealth of newly created raw material, Heller builds her compositions one piece and layer at a time.

Heller has been teaching Surface Design and Collage for 30 years in Universities as well as Workshops nationally. She recently opened up an art retreat in Tamarindo Costa Rica. Her wall pieces are included in many corporate and private collections across the United States.  

hollartist@me.com
• Wada, Yoshiko I.     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Yoshiko I. Wada, click here to view my classes
 

Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is an artist, curator, author and co-author of several books including The Kimono Inspiration: Art and Art to wear in America; Memoryon Cloth: Shibori Now and Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped-ResistDyeing.

She has curated exhibitions at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco and the Jim Thompson Art Center in Bangkok, Thailand. Her own work has been exhibited widely since the 1970s, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery and the International Textile Fair in Kyoto. 

Yoshiko is president of World Shibori Network, founder of Slow Fiber Studios, producer of the Natural Dye Workshop film series and cochair of the 10th International Shibori Symposium in Oaxaca, Mexico.  She has a B.F.A. from Kyoto and an M.F.A. from the USA, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China.

She has been a consultant to designers in the USA, India, and Japan including costume designer Colleen Atwood for the movie Memoirs of a Geisha, and Korean-American fashion designer Christina Kim of dosa, inc. For over forty years Yoshiko has led dozens of art, architecture, and textile study tours to Japan, India, France, Italy, and China. In 2010, Yoshiko Wada was titled as a “Distinguished Craft Educator – Master of Medium” by the James Renwick Alliance.

She now continues to lead a wide range of workshops and lectures, with an emphasis on sustainability, tradition, and innovation in design in the subjects of natural dye, resist - dyeing and the re-use of material.

 

yoshiko@yoshikowada.com
 
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Independent Study - Writing
• Moore, Mary Carroll     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Mary Carroll Moore, click here to view my classes
 

Mary Carroll Moore, M.A., MFAW, has been writing, teaching, and publishing since the 1970s. Her thirteen published books include the novel Qualities of Light (Spinsters Ink, 2009) which was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner award; Your Book Starts Here: Create, Craft, and Sell Your First Novel, Memoir, or Nonfiction Book, based on her "How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book" writing workshops (Riverbed Press, 2010); the memoir/self-help book How to Master Change in Your Life: Sixty-seven Ways to Handle Life’s Toughest Moments  (Eckankar Publications, 1999); and many titles in the health and food genres including Cholesterol Cures (Rodale Press) and the IACP/Seagrams (Julia Child) award-winning Healthy Cooking (Ortho Publications).

Mary's work has been featured in national and international press, including the New York Times, USA Today, and on WNPR.

She teaches workshops and weekly writing classes both online and in person at writing schools around the U.S. and abroad, including the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center near New York City, Madeline Island School for the Arts on Madeline Island in Lake Superior, the New Hampshire Writers' Project in Manchester, Grub Street Writing School in Boston, and other locations.

A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times, over 200 of Mary’s essays, short stories, articles, and poetry have appeared in literary journals, magazines, and newspapers around the U.S. and have won awards with the McKnight Awards for Creative Prose, Glimmer Train Press, the Loft Mentor Series, and other writing competitions.

She lives with her family in rural New Hampshire and writes a weekly blog for book writers at http://HowtoPlanWriteandDevelopaBook.blogspot.com.   She's currently working on her next novel, the sequel to Qualities of Light.

mary@marycarrollmoore.com
 
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Mixed Media
• Doctor, Laurie     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Laurie Doctor, click here to view my classes
 

Laurie Doctor is a painter, calligrapher and writer whose work is in collections in the United States  and Europe. Her work is based on language, image and contemplative practice. Her recent solo exhibit consists of paintings based on a poem by Galway Kinnell, Another Night in the Ruins, for The New Editions Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky.

She offers classes and lectures internationally in Europe and Canada- and in the United States - most recently at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe and the Women's Prison in Kentucky.  She practices traditional spontaneous poetry and calligraphy for Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she taught for over twenty years.

lauriedoctor@gmail.com
• Glessner, Lorraine     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Lorraine Glessner, click here to view my classes
 

Lorraine Glessner’s love of surface, pattern, markmaking, image and landscape has led her to combine disparate materials and processes such as silk, wood, branding, rust, paper and more in her work. Lorraine is an Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, a workshop instructor and an award-winning artist. She holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, a BS from Philadelphia University, and an AAS in Computer Graphics from Moore College of Art & Design. She has a diverse art background with skills that include painting, sculpture, graphic design, interior design, textile design, photography, digital imaging and much more. Among her most recent professional achievements is a Second Place award in Sculpture from Art of the State at the State Museum in Harrisburg, PA, a recently completed artist residency at Jentel Foundation and an acquisition by Kelsey-Seybold Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Lorraine’s work is exhibited locally and nationally in galleries, craft centers, schools, libraries, universities, and more. Like her work, Lorraine brings to her teaching a strong interdisciplinary approach, mixed with a balance of concept, process, history, experimentation, problem solving and discovery.

 

lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com
• LaFazio, Jane     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Jane LaFazio, click here to view my classes
 

Jane LaFazio been a full-time artist since 1998, and in that time, she has cultivated a wide range of skills as a painter, mixed media, quilt artist, art teacher and blogger. She’s known for her fun-loving, creative teaching style, and providing a relaxed supportive environment in the classroom. She teaches her own drawing and watercolor workshops online (JaneLaFazio.com) and is on the faculty of Sketchbook Skool “Beginnings” semester) and at art retreats internationally.

Her artwork has been featured in Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Quilting Arts magazines many times, and in Danny Gregory’s An Illustrated Life, and in numerous books. Jane designs stencils for StencilGirlProducts.com and has been a Quilting Arts TV host twelve times. She is featured in the instructional DVDs “From Art Journaling to Art,” “Layered & Fused Applique Quilts: From Fabric Scraps to Recycled Circles” “Wet Felting Essentials for Fiber Artists” and “The Small Art Quilt” available on Amazon.

JaneLaFazio.com

 

jane@janelafazio.com
• Nelson, Carol     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Carol Nelson, click here to view my classes
 

Carol Nelson is a Colorado contemporary mixed media painter and art instructor.  A member of the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA),  and a signature member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP), she has been recognized with many competitive awards by national art magazines and organizations.  She is one of 101 artists worldwide to be credentialed with the Golden Artist Educator program sponsored by Golden Artist Colors.

Her work has evolved over the years from representational to more abstract in style.  Her abstract work is full of vibrant color and unusual textures.  She often uses metals, metal foils, and metal leaf in her work. Her process involves applying layers of color and texture to create an intricate and complex statement.

Carol teaches workshops around the country where students are excited to learn such innovative techniques as rusted iron paint, foam plate painting, Tyvek, embossed foils, combusted origami foils, air dry clay and Plaster of Paris embellishments, and leftover collage “sandwiches.”

Carol’s work is featured in her two books, Geologic Abstracts, and 100 Portraits.  She has an instructional video, “New Approaches to Mixed Media Materials,” available at Craftsy.com.

To see a preview of her video, click here: www.craftsy.com/ext/CarolNelson_10658_D

Please see more of her work on her website,www.carolnelsonfineart.com

carolnelsonfineart@comcast.net
• St. Hilaire, NCS, Elizabeth     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Elizabeth St. Hilaire, NCS, click here to view my classes
 

Meticulously torn bits of hand-painted papers, delicately put together, form the exceptionally vibrant collages created by artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire. Richard Colvin, executive director of the Lake Eustis Museum of Art says, “Elizabeth St. Hilaire’s artworks have a fresh quality that belies the way they are constructed.”

Elizabeth was recently featured in the Huffington Post and her new book “Painting With Paper” will be published in August of 2016.

Born and raised in New England, Elizabeth has lived in Central Florida for the past 19 years. She holds a B.F.A. in Advertising Design from Syracuse University, which prepared her for a dual identity as both graphic designer and fine artist (no cape required), and can switch gears at the drop of a hat! She is also a signature member of the National Collage Society (NCS). 

She is a signature member of the National Collage Society and criss-crosses the country several times a year to take her paper tidbits on the road. Teaching and sharing her collage technique through her Paper Paintings Workshop has become a passion.

To see her portfolio of work, visit PaperPaintings.com, for collage work in progress visit Facebook.com/PaperPaintingsCollageArtwork.

elizabeth@PaperPaintings.com.
 
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Photography
• Blacklock, Craig     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Craig Blacklock, click here to view my classes
 

Specializing in photographing Lake Superior, Craig Blacklock is one of country’s most distinguished nature photographers, internationally renowned for his inspiring landscapes, nudes and technical virtuosity.

Photographer and author of seventeen books, including Apostle Islands—From Land and Sea, Craig is regularly featured in photography magazines such as American Photo, Fine Art Photo and Outdoor Photographer. His original prints are in the museums, private collections, and health care facilities throughout the U.S.

Craig’s background in over 30 years of working in large format, shows in his digital images, with precise, exquisite compositions and hyper-real clarity. Craig has taught photography workshops since 1982, providing guidance in capture, editing and printing.

craig@blacklockgallery.com
• Burkholder, Dan     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Dan Burkholder, click here to view my classes
 

Dan Burkholder has a long history of looking beyond the photographic horizon to see, explore, teach and exhibit the next great thing in imaging. His book, iPhone Artistry (Pixiq Press, 2012), is the universe’s most comprehensive and fun how-to book for iPhone photographers. His poignant monograph, The Color of Loss (University of Texas Press, 2008), intimately documented the flooded interiors of post-Katrina New Orleans.

Dan earned his B.A. and Master’s degrees in Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. His platinum/palladium and inkjet prints are included in private and public collections internationally. Dan’s web site is www.DanBurkholder.com.

info@danburkholder.com
• Burnstine, Susan     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Susan Burnstine, click here to view my classes
 

 

Susan Burnstine is an award winning professional fine art and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles who builds homemade cameras and lenses primarily made out of plastic, vintage camera parts and random household objects. Susan is represented in galleries across the country, widely published throughout the world, frequently jurors and curates exhibitions, teaches workshops around the world and has also written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for Black & White Photography (UK). Susan’s second monograph Absence of Being will be released in Fall 2016 by Damiani Editore.  www.susanburnstine.com

susan@susanburnstine.com
• Clemons, Kathleen     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery
Hi I am Kathleen Clemons, click here to view my classes
 

Kathleen Clemons is an award-winning photographer, teacher, speaker, and workshop leader from the coast of Maine. Primarily a nature photographer, Kathleen is known for her creative use of natural light and unique, artistic photographs. Lensbaby has named her the "Georgia O'Keeffe of Lensbaby Flower Photography" and her work is represented worldwide by Getty Images and several other agencies. 

With a background in education and a passion for both photography and teaching, Kathleen loves to teach others how to improve their photography skills and to see beyond the obvious. Her work can be seen at http://kathleenclemons.com .

• Cooper, Tim     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Tim Cooper, click here to view my classes
 
Tim Cooper began his career as a commercial and assignment photographer working with clients such as The North Face, The Ritz Carlton, Blue Note Records, Vasque, 3M and The International Heart Institute of Montana. His editorial and commercial photographs have appeared in Travel & Leisure, New York Times Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Ebony, Fly Rod & Reel, Modern Luxury and Private Clubs as covers, advertising, art and editorial illustration. Tim now spends most of his time as an educator and writer, lecturing on photographic and digital imaging technologies. He has been the consultant and technical editor for many digital imaging books as well as the co-author of the book series Complete Photoshop® for Digital Photographers. In his spare time, he continues his pursuit of fine art photography of the natural world. timcooperphotography@mac.com
• Goldpaint, Brad     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Brad Goldpaint, click here to view my classes
 

Award winning photographer and artist Brad Goldpaint specializes in landscape astrophotography ranging from fine-art imagery of high altitude wilderness areas to time-lapse videos of the night sky. His works have been published and featured internationally by National Geographic, Digital Photographer, Wired, NBC-ABC-MSNBC News, Oprah Winfrey Network, NASA, BBC Earth, and more.

His latest assignment was collaborating with LG Electronics to create branding imagery using 4K time-lapse videos. Brad now spends much of his time traveling the Western United States and Canada teaching night sky photography workshops and promoting the preservation of our night skies.

He divides his spare time on capturing footage for his upcoming film ‘Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen’, backpacking with his new bride, and educating the public about the growing effects of light pollution in schools and public forums. His works can be found on his website www.goldpaintphotography.com and social media outlets.

brad@goldpaintphotography.com
• Gregor, John     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am John Gregor, click here to view my classes
 

John Gregor has a Masters of Education through St. Scholastica College with an emphasis in photographic literacy (go to: www.photo-lit.com.)  He earned his BA from the University of Minnesota with a degree through the University Without Walls program, his degree was entitled “Documentary Expression of American Culture Through Photography” a combined degree of Social Sciences and Fine Art Photography.

During his career Gregor has worked on some interesting projects and photographed for some great publications, including 2 years as the Official Track Photographer at Canterbury Downs Racetrack, a month long photographic project in Africa documenting the first attempted kayak decent of the Blue Nile from Lake Victoria to Lake Albert.  An on-going photography /research project on horse-mounted military musical bands, with trips to England, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, and Sweden, funded by the University of St. Thomas. 

Gregor has documented over 75 Scientific and Natural Areas in Minnesota funded by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Nature Conservancy resulting in numerous publications including Worlds Within A World, 1999 winner of the Minnesota Book Award.

Gregor has four other book projects with title page credit including: Growing Home; Stories of 32 Ethnic Gardeners, UofM Press, 2000 (winner of the 2000 American Horticulture Book of the Year Award), Northland Wildflowers a guide to the Minnesota Region, UofM Press, and Northern Treasure, The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s 100 year commemorative book .

Gregor currently lives near Two Harbors, Minnesota

john@coldsnap.com
• Hessler, Alissa and Jacob     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Alissa and Jacob Hessler, click here to view my classes
 

Jacob Hessler's work has been described as introspective, nostalgic, meditative and spiritual. Focusing primarily on large-scale landscapes, his keen eye and use of scale connects viewers with the vastness of the human experience. His images feel expansive and serene, with a whispering tension between the familiar and the deeply mysterious. Hessler¼s signature style has developed a strong following of collectors and interior designers.

In 2007, Hessler graduated from the prestigious Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. After Brooks, Hessler assisted celebrity photographer Jill Greenberg on numerous high profile projects, including work for New York Magazine and Wired.  Following Greenberg Studios, Hessler moved to New York City to pursue a masters degree in graphic design at Parsons. After Parsons, he worked in New York as a freelance commercial photographer, art director and graphic designer.

Hessler is now working on a book in collaboration with inaugural poet Richard Blanco, combining Hessler’s imagery with Blanco’s words. When not shooting or teaching workshops, he acts as the creative director for the boutique branding agency, Hessler Creative.  www.jacobhessler.com

Alissa Hessler is an art director, project manager, photographer and instructor, with over a decade of creative industry experience. She has lead diverse creative teams in the design management, photography and film worlds, serving as an executive producer, art director, photographer and photo editor. Her clients include industry giants Nordstrom, Microsoft, Teague, Boeing, Edelman, Colliers International and Starbucks.

Hessler was a project manager and photography art director at the award- winning design firm Turnstyle Studio in Seattle, WA. At Turnstyle she was responsible for sourcing commercial photographers for projects and developed a keen eye for selecting the best talent for specific jobs.

Following Turnstyle, she joined the Global PR team for smartphone giant, HTC.  At HTC, she was the creative director and project manager for all product launches, bringing over twenty devices to market at couture press events around the world.

Hessler now manages Jacob Hessler’s fine-art career and is the director of client  relations for their branding agency, Hessler Creative. In addition, she is currently working on a photo book and blog project called Urban Exodus, documenting the next generation of back-to-the-landers.

www.urbanexodus.com

info@hesslercreative.com
• Keimig, Lance     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery
Hi I am Lance Keimig, click here to view my classes
 

Lance Keimig is best known for his night photographs, which are often made at the juncture of the built and natural environments. His book, Night Photography-Finding Your Way in the Dark, was published by Focal Press in August of 2015, and has been translated into 6 languages. He is the curator of "Darkness, Darkness", a traveling exhibit of Night Photography that opened at Harvard University's Three Columns Gallery where Keimig was Curator from 2005-2010.

As an adjunct professor at the New England School of Photography in Boston, Keimig, has taught there since 2000, and has also taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, The Houston Center for Photography, Rayko Photo Center, Texas and Rhode Island Photographer's Societies, and leads independent workshops across the country. 

Keimig is a frequent speaker and workshop instructor for photographic events around the country. He has presented and taught at the Photo Plus Expo and OPTIC Photo Conferencein New York, and was a featured speaker and workshop instructor at Estudio Brasil in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has lectured and taught for the Scottish Photograpers Association in Glasgow, The School of Visual Arts in NY, B&H Event Space, and The New England Camera Club Council among others. 

Since 1998, Keimig has organized and taught independent night photography and light painting workshops around the country, and he also leads international photo tours around the world. His work has taken him to such far flung places as Zimbabwe where he did documentary photography for a medical mission, The Phillippines to photography a museum collection, and Japan where he photographed Buddhist temples. 

lancekeimig@gmail.com
• Mobley, Paul     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Paul Mobley, click here to view my classes
 

PAUL MOBLEY is a commercial photographer who graduated from Detroit's Center for Creative Studies and then moved to New York City to study portraiture. He assisted such prominent photographers as Annie Leibovitz, Steve Steigman, and David Langley before branching out on his own.

Since then, Paul has worked with corporate, advertising, and editorial clients, including American Express, Sony, Citigroup, and Ford. He has also photographed the likes of celebrities from Roger Daltrey to Aretha Franklin.

American Farmer, Paul’s first book, started as a personal project photographing farmers from his home state of Michigan. It grew into a body of work that has led him on a three-year, nearly 100,000-mile journey capturing farmers from Alaska to Maine. His second book, Everyday Heroes, is a collection of 50 extraordinary “ordinary” individuals who have made an astonishing difference in the lives of others.

 Mobley’s third book and most ambitious project to date “If I Live to Be 100” will be released in October 2016, by Rizzoli.  Mobley will be featuring stunning portraits of centenarians from all 50 states, as well as insightful interviews with the subjects and their families.  This remarkable project will share the keys to long life from these celebrated human beings.

Paul’s web site is www.paulmobleystudio.com.

paul@paulmobleystudio.com
• Peterson, Bryan F     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Bryan F Peterson, click here to view my classes
 

Bryan has been a successful commercial photographer for over 35 years whose clients include American Express, Kodak, UPS, Phillips and Citibank.  In addition he has received awards from the Communication Arts Photography Annual seven times, Print Magazine four times and has also won the prestigious New York Art Director's Gold Award.  He has also been a contributing editor at Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazine and he is the Founder of the world’s number one on-line photography school, www.bpsop.com

Within the photographic community he is best known as the photographer/writer of nine best-selling books, Understanding Exposure, Learning to See Creatively, Beyond Portraiture, Understanding Digital, Understanding Close-up Photography, Understanding Shutter Speed, Bryan F Peterson’s Understanding Photography Field Guide, Bryan F Peterson’s Field Guide to Understanding Composition and his latest book, Exposure Solutions as well as the photographer for the “You Keep Shooting” videos that are seen on AdoramaTV.com.  Bryan also offers photography workshops all over the world and you can learn more at

www.bryanfpetersonphotoworkshops.com and his website can be found at www.bryanfpeterson.com. 

bryanfpeterson@mac.com
• Randall, Glenn     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Glenn Randall, click here to view my classes
 

 

Since 1979, Glenn Randall has combined his love of wilderness with a passion for photography. His intimate knowledge of atmospheric optics, weather, and the landscapes he photographs allows him to find the intersections of magical light and stunning subject matter that produce exceptional images. His work has been published in Audubon, Avalanche, Barnes & Noble, Brown Trout, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, and Runner’s World calendars and in Audubon, GEO, Outdoor Photographer(where he is a contributing editor), Outside, SKI, Los Angeles Times Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, New York Times Magazine, Popular Photography, and many others. Prints of his fine-art landscape photographs can be found in Art Mart, on the Pearl St. Mall in Boulder, Colorado. His photographs have also been used by many book publishers and corporate clients. At age 60, he has accumulated 1,600 photo credits, including 80 covers, and sold over 10,000 prints. He’s also written 225 magazine articles and eight books, including The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography, published by Rocky Nook. In addition, he was the sole photographer for three books of landscape photographs, Rocky Mountain National Park Impressions, Colorado Wild & Beautiful, and Sunrise from the Summit, all published by Farcountry Press. His book Dusk to Dawn: A Guide to Landscape Photography at Night will be published by Rocky Nook in spring 2018.

 

gprandall@comcast.net
• Scott Strimple, Abbe Lyle and     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Abbe Lyle and Scott Strimple, click here to view my classes
 

Abbe and Scott work together teaching workshops to groups of all ages around the country. They plan to teach drone safaris in various exotic locations during 2017.  

Scott is a director and Emmy award winning filmmaker who is most recently known for his diverse expertise and effective style of teaching within the aerial photography and filmmaking arena. He is a captain and FAA check airman for a major airline. He is currently helping define the pilot certification standards and training requirements that will influence the framework for drone use within the US. Scott is a frequent speaker and presenter at many industry filmmaking and photography gatherings.

Abbe is Creative Director, writer and photographer from Northern California. She has been a professional photographer for over 15 years, and has taught corporate groups and individuals in the art of still photography, and how to process using Lightroom and Photoshop. She is a private pilot, and an advocate for the safe use of drones as a form of creative expression. She loves to teach how to safely fly and capture the optimum images from the sky.

abbe@abbelyle.com
• Soloway, Eddie     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Eddie Soloway, click here to view my classes
 

Eddie Soloway’s photographs are the expression of his passion for the natural world. In 1998, he received the Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award presented by the Santa Fe Center for Photography, and in 2010 Photo District News named Eddie one of America's best photography workshop teachers.

In 2014 he was one of twenty photographers selected into the international “Power of the Image” exhibition which premiered in Beijing. He divides his time between speaking on photography and creativity for National Geographic and other organizations, teaching for leading photographic institutions, making fine-art prints, and publishing photographic projects.

His book, One Thousand Moons, was published in 2004, the dvd, A Natural Eye Workshop, in 2009, and A Natural Eye video series in 2015. His images may be viewed on his website.  

eddie@eddiesoloway.com
• Sweet, Tony     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Tony Sweet, click here to view my classes
 

Tony Sweet began his career as a jazz musician and professional magician. After these successful careers, Tony chose photography as his means for personal expression. Tony teaches and gives lectures on subjects of creativity and the use of software in modern photography.

Tony conducts workshops throughout the US, Canada, Iceland and Cuba. He is active with photography organizations, industry trade shows and presents seminars at Visual Artistry Creativity.  His images have been featured in Shutterbug and Rangefinder magazines. He is a contributor to Nikonusa.com. He previously worked for Nikon World magazine as a staff writer.  A Nikon Legend behind the Lens photographer, Tony’s images are used by Nikon, NikSoftware, Singh Ray, Alien Skin, Lensbaby, and Athentech.

Tony has five books published on the art of photography: Fine Art Nature Photography (2002), Fine Art Flower Photography (2005), and Fine Art Nature Photography: Water, Ice, Fog (2007), Fine Art Digital Photography (2009), and HDR Photography (2011).

tony@tonysweet.com
• Tharp, Brenda     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Brenda Tharp, click here to view my classes
 

Brenda Tharp left a corporate career many years ago to pursue her passion for photography. While her focus is more towards fine art photography these days, Brenda has numerous publication credits from 30 years in the business that include National Geographic, Alaska Airlines, Audubon, Michelin, Forbes, Sierra Club, and more. Her fine art photographs are in private collections across the country, and she has contributed to books by Chronicle, National Park Service, and Michelin Travel Publications. Her own book, Creative Nature and Outdoor Photography, is used by several college professors as a textbook for their own classes.

 

Brenda is currently working on a new book on landscape photography, and she also co-authored the book Extraordinary Everyday Photography with her partner, Jed Manwaring.

Brenda loves to teach, and since 1985, she has helped both amateur and semi-professional photographers develop a more personal vision and advance to the next level in their skills. She has taught workshops in Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Cuba and throughout the United States.

brenda@brendatharp.com
• Varjabedian, Craig     |    View My Classes
Hi I am Craig Varjabedian, click here to view my classes
 

Craig Varjabedian’s memory of the day that inspired his passion for photography is as clear as the glacial waters of Lake Louise in his native Canada. Craig was seven years old and in awe of the majestic landscape around him. His mother encouraged him to peer into the viewfinder of the family’s Kodak camera for the first time and release the shutter. In that instant, he discovered the wonder of capturing a moment in time.

Later lured by the enigmatic vistas and people of the American West, Craig made Santa Fe, New Mexico, his home and found the artistic voice that is the hallmark of his fine art photography. Craig’s passion is creating art that explores and expresses the truth of his experiences in intimate portraits and luminous landscapes. His luminous photographs reflect his heart-felt connection to authenticity and beauty; the photographer uses the depths of black & white and the nuances of color to move viewers beyond the realm of simple print on paper. For over forty years, his devotion to making photographs and producing meticulously hand-crafted prints is evident in each image he makes. The results are images only a master in love with his art can divine.

Ten books have been published on Craig Varjabedian’s photographic work, including En Divina Luz: The Penitente Moradas of New Mexico, Four & Twenty Photographs: Stories from Behind the Lens, Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby and Landscape Dreams, A New Mexico Portrait. His upcoming book Into the Great White Sands celebrates the beauty of White Sands National Monument, will be published by the University of New Mexico Press in Spring 2018.

 

 

• Versace, Vincent     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Vincent Versace, click here to view my classes
 

Vincent Versace is an internationally recognized pioneer in the art and science of digital photography. His passion for natural light photography is manifest not only in his work but also through his role as a creative and technical leader, contributing to innovative breakthroughs across the entire digital image value chain.

He is the author of the best-selling books From Oz to Kansas: Almost Every Black & White Technique Known to Mankind and Welcome to Oz 2.0: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop . His book, Welcome to Oz has been selected as Shutterbug Magazine’s best how-to book of the year.

He teaches regularly at Photoshop World, B&H, the FBI, US Navy Combat Camera, US Coast Guard, Maine Media Workshops and Palm Beach Photographic Workshops.

Today, based in Los Angeles, he divides his time between commercial and fine art photography assignments, teaching, and consulting for such suppliers as Nikon, Epson, Nik, OnOne, X-Rite, Adobe, Westcott and others.

More information is available HERE

vincent@versacephotography.com
 
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Plein Air Painting
• Chung Wei AWS / NWS, Chien     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Chien Chung Wei AWS / NWS, click here to view my classes
 

In the trend of contemporary art, Chien Chung-Wei enjoys popularity in recent years. His work makes us reconsider the pictorial value of the classic spirit in painting.  He is known for breaking the boundary between watercolors and oil paints. Chien created a series of works using watercolors and gouache that looked like the Romantic oil paintings in the 19th century. Those works totally changed the conventional impression of watercolors. His works include classic colors with masterful brushstrokes, which endow every character with a rich fullness. He creates the beauty and intrigue of form even with ordinary subjects, and that’s the enchantment of his watercolors.

The watercolor works of Chien Chung-Wei appear to embrace the spirits and temperament of the Western watercolor masters over the last two centuries. By age 32, his works tended to be delicate and classic and were reminiscent of works made by William Henry Hunt and Myles Birket Foster. After that, he gradually focused on the expression of the essence of watercolors. You can see the spirits of some great watercolor masters, such as Thomas Girtin, John Sell Cotman, J.M.W. Turner, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sergent, and Edward Seago, in his works.

Chien Chung-Wei was born in 1968 and aimed to be a painter at age 10. He earned a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the National Taiwan Normal University and was selected as one of the 30 painters in One Hundred Years of Watercolor in Taiwan in 2009. In 2010, he set up the world’s first live demonstration teaching system in his studio for teaching watercolor.

In 2014, he was the first Taiwanese painter ever selected for the 147th AWS and 94th annual NWS Annual International Exhibitions. In addition, he was also accepted as the signature member in NWS in the same year.

 

hibariprince@gmail.com
• Demers, Don     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery
Hi I am Don Demers, click here to view my classes
 

Mr. Demers was born in 1956, in the small, rural community of Lunenburg, Massachusetts. His interest in painting focused on maritime subjects while spending his summers on the coast of Maine near Boothbay Harbor. 

After finishing an exemplary high school art program, he furthered his education at the School of the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA.

Don's maritime experiencecame about as a crewmember aboard traditional sailing vessels. He continues to be an avid sailor. 

His professional careerbegan as an illustrator and expanded into the field of fine art. His illustrations can be found on many book covers a nd in national publications such as Reader's Digest, Sail Magazine, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Yankee, and National Geographic.

Demers' paintings have been featured in a number of publications including American Artist magazine, Artist magazine, Plein Air magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Art and Antiques, Yachting magazine, Nautical Quarterly, Nautical World, Offshore magazine, Yankee magazine and Maine Boats and Harbors. His work has also been featured and discussed in a number of texts including Concordia Yawls, The First Fifty Years, by Elizabeth Meyer, Marine Painting and Yachts on Canvas, both authored by James Taylor, of Greenwich, England. Yacht Portraits publihed by Sheridan House, A Gallery of Marine Art, Rockport Publishers, an instructional textbook titled Marine Painting, Techniques of Modern Masters published by Watson Guptill and Bound for Blue Water written by J. Russell Jinishian and published by Greenwich Workshop. 

Demers' diversity has enabled him to apply his skills to clients ranging from American Airlines to the National Park Service. Various projects have included creating art for national television advertisements, educational television programming and designing art glass for Steuben. 

Demers' body of work has expanded to the study and creation of landscape painting. These works are created from subjects across the country and beyond, often in consort with other artists of similar inspiration. His landscape work has garnared him two awards at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational in Laguna Beach, California in 2001 a nd 2002. He has also received an award for his painting at the 2007 Crystal Cove Invitational sponsored by the Irvine Museum in Orange County, CA.

Demers is a "Fellow" of the American Society of Marine Artists, an elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists, a signature member of PAPA (Plein Air Painters of America), an elected member of the Salmagundi Club and an elected member of the California Art Club. He has won a record twety one awards at the Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic, CT. including the Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage Award in 2006 and 2011, and the Stobart Foundation Award in 2009. Demers' illustrations have been recognized by the Museum of American Illustration four times in their national competition representing the finest examples of work in the field. Recognized for his communication skills, Don conducts workshops for artists as well as producing instructional DVDs. He also lectures on his landscape and marine art. His audiences include museums, art associations, yacht clubs, historical societies and educational institutions.

Don Demers paintings are published as limited edition prints through The Greenwich Workshop in Seymour, Connecticut.

• Eber, Frank     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Frank Eber, click here to view my classes
 

 

Frank grew up in Europe and was mentored by Italian master painter Renato Casaro in 1994 and 95. In the ’80s and ’90s Frank worked as a professional illustrator for video cover sleeves and as a portrait artist by commission.

He strives to create timeless art and works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World Masters. His love of travel has given him prime opportunities to paint: he lived for three years in the south of France, and has painted on location in many countries around the world.

 

Frank is an award-winning watercolor artist and Signature member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS), the National Watercolor Society (NWS) and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA). He is a juried Artist member of the prestigious California Art Club. Frank conducts workshops and demonstrations locally and at the national and international level.

 

eber.frank@gmail.com
• Hanson, Marc R.     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Marc R. Hanson, click here to view my classes
 

Marc R. Hanson teaches landscape painting workshops in many locations nationally.  He has shown his work in galleries and museums nationally and internationally since the early 1980's.  He is a Signature Member of The Oil Painters of America (O.P.A.).  Marc has garnered a number of national awards including placing four times in The Pastel Journal's 'Pastel 100' competition, winning an Award of Excellence at the O.P.A. National Exhibit in 2000, 2007, 2009 and 2010.  Recently his work was selected as a Finalist in the International Artist's Magazine's Art Prize Challenge, 3rd Place Landscape in Pastel 100 (2008), the Pastel Award at the Society of Master Impressionist Show at the Sunset Art Gallery in Amarillo, TX, and the Award for Excellence, Landscape at the Oil Painters of America's National Exhibit at Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.

Of teaching, Marc notes, "I love working with other painters in their pursuit to better their craft.  My goal is not to have them assimilate my style and technique, but to teach them how to more closely examine the subject and apply the principles that representational painters must follow to become effective visual communicators."

 

marchansonart@gmail.com
• Holmes, Leon     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Leon Holmes, click here to view my classes
 

Leon Holmes is an award-winning Australian artist, lecturer and ambassador of plein air (open air) painting. “If you want to have life in your painting, you need to paint it from life,” he says. “To capture the true light, the true colour, you need to be immersed in the scene, and to become part of it. That’s why I think it’s so important to paint en plein air (in the open air).”

Leon’s proactive approach to painting has earned him numerous accolades, including the 2012 People’s Choice award for Art in the Open (Ireland) and the 2014 as well as the 2016 professional div. winner – Quick Draw prize, forgotten Coast en Plein Air (Florida USA). Leon has also twice been a finalist for the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture (Australia). His paintings have been exhibited around the world and have been showcased in international corporate and personal collections.

Born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Leon gained experience in a wide range of artistic fields, including as a printmaker, graphic designer, art director, illustrator and photographer, before taking the plunge and becoming a full-time artist. He held his first solo exhibition in 2003, and started teaching in 2005 Now a highly-regarded artist and lecturer, he runs workshops for students around the globe.

Proudly Australian, Leon is instantly recognisable in his trademark Akubra hat. He has a natural affinity with the Australian landscape, and has travelled widely within his homeland, paintbox in hand, attempting to capture the wide diversity of the land on canvas. His paintings are rich with the vivid intensity of the Australian colour palette.

He has also travelled widely abroad, and spent a number of years in Europe learning the finer details of painting from some of the world’s best artists. Leon is now regularly invited to display his work and teach at high-profile international art events, including shows in the USA, Holland, the UK, Greece and Poland. He usually spends part of each year travelling, painting and sharing his knowledge with students around the world, before returning home to work in Australia.

Leon’s experimental and risk taking approach means that his work is dynamic, adventurous and constantly evolving. His unique style captures the essence of the natural light and allows every piece of artwork to tell its own story.

 

leon@leonholmesart.com.au
• McKinley, Richard     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Richard McKinley, click here to view my classes
 

Richard McKinley has devoted over 45 years to dividing his time between painting en plein air, reinterpreting those paintings back in the studio, writing about art matters, and instructing painting workshops. Several national galleries represent his work and he is in the permanent collection of the Butler Institute of American Art Museum. Richard holds artist membership at the Salmagundi Club in NYC and has participated in their American Masters Exhibition. He is a Pastel Society of America Master Pastelist and Hall of Fame inductee, a Pastel Society of the West Coast Pastel Laureate and Distinguished Pastelist, an International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle designate, and honorary member of Degas Pastel Society. He has been featured in numerous national / international art publications and has been a frequent contributing editor to Pastel Journal Magazine. He is the author of “Pastel Pointers, Top Secrets for Beautiful Pastel Paintings” and “The Landscape Paintings of Richard McKinley in oil and Pastel”.

 

richard@mckinleystudio.com
• Mendlik, Kami     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Kami Mendlik, click here to view my classes
 

Kami Mendlik-Polzin is a highly sought after painter and instructor in the States and abroad.  Her painting and teaching has earned her numerous awards and has led her to Europe where she painted and taught in the hills of Tuscany.  Her passion and enthusiasm for painting is contagious and inspirational. 

Kami’s skills in interpreting nature in a simplified and direct manner have been fine tuned over many years of painting, both in the studio and en plein air.  Her ability to communicate to her students in an inspirational way is her trademark.

“Thanks again for a fantastic week of painting…So well grounded in the fundamentals and your energy and enthusiasm for what you do is immensely infectious.  The morning after I returned from the island I was walking to the farmer's market as usual on a Saturday and couldn't stop trying to formulate the mixtures for the colors I was seeing in shadows.   I stopped to admire the form of a huge willow tree like I hadn't done before even though I had walked past it dozens of times. You are thoroughly impressive. Keep up the excellent work!”  -Jason Terry, Associate Professor of Art, Northland College  August 2012

kamifineart@aol.com
• Paquet, Joe     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Joe Paquet, click here to view my classes
 

While pursuing an undergraduate degree in fine art, Joe Paquet had the good fortune of finding a mentors who opened his eyes to the joys of drawing the human figure as well as the realization that good landscape painting should begin on location but that its poetic expression should be completed in the solitude of an artist’s studio.

A Highly sought after instructor, Paquet is a signature members of the Plein Air Painters of America, the Salmagundi Club, and an out-of-state member of the California Art Club. His work has been featured in numerous articles and he has, most recently, been awarded artists’ choice and collectors’ choice at the 2007 Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational, as well as the 2008 Alden Bryan Memorial Prize for the Salmagundi Club, and first place in landscape from the Richeson 75: Artist’s Choice competition. 

joepaquetmn@yahoo.com
• Pekel, Herman     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Herman Pekel, click here to view my classes
 

Like many artists Herman Pekel experimented for a time with abstract expressionism, but he is now well known for his oils and watercolours. Herman is an artist of energy and enthusiasm. He is able to see a painting in almost any subject matter and is capable of producing award winning work in oil, watercolour or gouache.

Environmental issues are a great concern to Herman and his love of the landscape reflects that in almost everything he paints. He produces paintings of strong design and powerful impact - every brushstroke vibrant and visible.

The scope of Herman’s work has ranged from dynamic industrial scenery to soft, draped interiors and broad Australian landscapes, which indicates the creative fearless nature of this unique artist.

Herman was the winner of the Camberwell Rotary Watercolour prize in 1993 and was previously three times a finalist in Camberwell’s Travel Scholarship Award, winner of the 1989 Camberwell Watercolour Prize and also the Travel Study Scholarship in 1989.

He has also won many other awards, including the Camberwell Rotary Art Show’s Best Oil in 2004, the Camberwell Rotary Watercolour prize in 1989, 1993, 1995 and 2006, the Camberwell Rotary Travel Scholarship in 1989, and in 1989 and 1993 he won the Alice Bale Award.

In 1994 the National Taiwan Art Institute asked Herman to participate in a book and travelling exhibition with selected artists from Australia, USA and Taiwan. Herman exhibits his work regularly in the USA. His works are featured in the books “Australian Impressionist and Realist Artists” which features Australian Artists and was compiled by Tom Roberts; “120 Years of Watercolourists”, by the Australian Realist Artists; “Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand” by Max Germaine and “Profile on Contemporary Watercolours”.

hermanpekel@icloud.com
• Przewodek, Camille     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Camille Przewodek, click here to view my classes
 

Camille Przewodek's creativity is centered around her excitement over light. Light as it falls on the landscape at specific times of day and under specific conditions. In addition to her art training at Wayne State University in Detroit, and earning a BFA in Illustration at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, Camille Przewodek studied painting with master colorist Henry Hensche at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Her approach to capturing the colors and light effects of nature has garnered extensive coverage in numerous books and magazine articles, and her paintings have been featured in national ad campaigns for clients Alfa Romeo, Target, Loews Hotels, and others.

Camille is an acknowledged authority on color who regularly serves as an entry and awards judge for various painting competitions and events.  She is also a much sought after instructor who annually teaches a limited number of painting workshops across the country, and offers regular weekly classes close to home at her studio in Northern California.   She has recently developed an online, “long distance learning” program for her students to continue their color study after a workshop.

For two consecutive years she has been a featured, on-stage demonstrator at Plein Air Magazine’s Annual Plein Air Convention, as well as an invited instructor, lecturer, and panelist on the Hensche-Hawthorne approach to seeing and painting color at American Artist Magazine’s Weekend with the Masters. 

fineart@sonic.net
• Schaller, Thomas     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Thomas Schaller, click here to view my classes
 

Following a 20-year career in New York City as an architect and architectural artist, Tom Schaller is now based in Los Angeles, California where he devotes himself full-time to artwork in the watercolor medium.

He has long been considered one of the foremost architectural artists in the world. In the field, he has won every major award for his artwork - including being a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize. He has authored two books ; the best-selling, and AIA award of merit winnerArchitecture in Watercolor, and The Art of Architectural Drawing. He is in demand internationally to conduct his watercolor workshop series, "The Architecture of Light" , his third book, is slated for release in 2018. A 3 DVD Series of DVDs and videos was released in 2015 ,and a second 3 DVD Series  - all by Artist Network TV  - will be released in 2017.  His work is represented by the RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg; Total Arts Gallery, Taos.

Mr. Schaller is a Signature Member of the AWS, NWWSArtist Member of the California Art Club, the Salmagundi Club, and President Emeritus of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. Tom is a member and signature member of many other professional arts organizations as well as a founding member of the group; North American Watercolor Artists

info@twschaller.com
• Sterkhov, Konstantin     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Konstantin Sterkhov, click here to view my classes
 

Konstantin Sterkhov is a Russian artist who is well known in Europe and Asia for his masterful works in watercolor and oil which show his classical training.  His techniques come from the Repin Academy of Fine Arts that holds the lessons of a centuries-old realistic school. Konstantin enriches his works by using his almost 30 years of painting and master-teaching experiences around the world to breath new life into old traditions.

He is often invited as an honorary guest, curator and jury board member for exhibitions across Europe. His works have been exhibited in solo and International group exhibitions and included in many museums, private and corporate collections in Europe, Asia and America.

Konstantin is the author of the “Masters Of Watercolor” book series and his paintings and articles are published in International magazines on Art. He is collaborating with such art supplies manufacturers as Daniel Smith and St.Cuthberts Mill and has his own signature line of watercolor brushes manufactured in Russia. He has released about 50 video lessons on DVDs.

Konstantin`s studio is located in the cultural capital of Russia Saint-Petersburg. sterkhovart@gmail.com

sterkhovart@gmail.com
• Stewart AWS / NWS, Iain     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Iain Stewart AWS / NWS, click here to view my classes
 

Iain Stewart AWS / NWS is a watercolor artist / illustrator and a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. His work has received numerous awards in international competition and he is a sought after juror and workshop instructor. He is also an architectural illustrator with an international clientele. Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama.

Iain has taught and exhibited in the US, France, Scotland, Canada, Thailand, and Belgium.

 

 

iainstew@me.com
• Taylor, Bryan Mark     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Bryan Mark Taylor, click here to view my classes
 

An accomplished landscape and cityscape painter, Bryan Mark Taylor has won numerous top awards at the nation’s most prestigious plein air invitationals and his work has been shown in museums across the country.  He has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air, Southwest Art, American Art Collector and American Artist Workshop magazines.

Bryan has had many successful one man shows and has been featured in numerous group shows including the Coors Western Art and and won a gold medal at the California Art Club’s Gold Medal show. Bryan is represented by galleries in California, Colorado and Utah and his work is found in private, corporate and museum collections around the world.

Bryan is a sought after teacher and lecturer has taught courses around the country including the Academy of Art University, Pixar and the Scottsdale Artists School. Bryan has also been a featured speaker at the 2012-2016 Plein Air Conventions and has produced an innovative instructional DVD titled “The Master's Mind.” Bryan has also developed a premier outdoor painting system called the STRADA Easel which is used by plein air artists around the world.

Bryan has traveled extensively carefully observing and capturing nature’s everyday miracles. Bryan was born in Portland, Oregon. He received his BA from Brigham Young University in 2001 and his MFA from the Academy of Art University in 2005. He lives with his wife and four children in Alpine, Utah.

 

bryan@bryanmarktaylor.com
• Taylor AWI / FVAS, David     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am David Taylor AWI / FVAS, click here to view my classes
 

 

DAVID K TAYLOR  (AWI / FVAS)  David is recognized internationally for his painting and  teaching and his services to the Arts. Born in Melbourne Australia in 1941, David’s early career

began in etching and a 6-year apprenticeship at the North Melbourne Printing School of Graphic

Arts; colour etching assisted in his future career as an artist painter. Many hand skills were learned

such as hand engraving, lino and woodcutting, also etching with zinc, copper and magnesium and later etching on film in lithography. David’s painting career spans many years of studying the art of watercolour painting and he has been involved in teaching his great love of this medium to painters both in Australia and overseas since the late sixties. He is involved in regularly tutoring for the Australian and International Artist magazine.

 

His numerous achievements include over 100 awards in watercolour, including the Herald Sun

Best Of Show Gold Medal Award at the Camberwell Rotary Exhibition 2002 and a silver medal in 1976. In 2007 Silver Award. He won the prestigious Victorian Artists Society Artist Of  The Year Award in 1976, 1980, and again in 1989, and in the same year he received the Distinguished

Leadership Award for outstanding services to Watercolour and teaching from the International

Directory of Distinguished Leadership and a certificate of merit for distinguished service to the

community. His works are represented in Numerous Public and Private collections Worldwide.

 

David’s work is regularly exhibited in Australia, in several states, in England, the Channel Islands

and Stockholm. He has held regular one-man exhibitions of his work since 1975. In each Exhibition he expresses his love of working freely on location and his love of spontaneity, shape,

light and colour. There have been many varying influences on his painting journey and aspires to

the impressionists Monet, Turner, and the expressive John Singer Sergeant, also to include Winslow Homer, Brabazon Brabazon and Whistler to name a few.


Subjects that convey atmosphere, mood and feeling inspire David. The book, Solving The Mystery of Watercolor, features David Taylor’s work and was written by Ron Ranson. His work is also on film and DVD with APV films

dktaylor@tpg.com.au
• Whitcomb, Skip     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Skip Whitcomb, click here to view my classes
 

Skip Whitcomb is an accomplished outdoor painter and printmaker. He studied at the Art Center College of Design. He paints on location and works out of his studio in Ft. Collins CO.

He has won numerous awards, such as the Col. Red Smith Memorial Award from the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY and the “Artist’s Choice Award” at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and Museum in Cody, WY, each two times, and “Artist’s Choice Award” at Coors Western Art Exhibit in Denver, CO.

He has an extensive exhibition record including: National Academy, NY; American Watercolor Society, NY; Gilcrease Museum, OK; and Prix de West Invitational, OK. Listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Whitcomb’s work has been featured several times in Southwest Art, American Artist, Plein Air Magazine, The Pastel Journal, and Western Art and Architecture, among others. His work may be viewed in galleries in New Mexico and Wyoming, and on his website: skipwhitcomb.com.

whitcombstudio@msn.com
 
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Quilting
• Beal, Pam     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Pam Beal, click here to view my classes
 

Pam Beal is a professional quiltmaker and instructor. Fond of saying she is from the Liberated School of Design, she has studied and taught with Gwen Marston. Fascinated when color, line and shape combine in an exciting performance, her imagination is captivated with abstract design in quilts.

Pam facilitates the classroom atmosphere to promote the student's independence and discovery so students will experience the affirming process of working without a pattern, and creating their own quilts. An article about designing small quilts authored by Pam was published in American Quilter in 2016.

Pam's award winning quilts have been exhibited in regional and national art shows, and international quilt shows. Several of her quilts have been published in Gwen Marston's many books. She often works collaboratively with her husband, Wayne Walma, an artist working in wood, and they are both owners in an artist's cooperative gallery in Land O'Lakes, Wisconsin.  

pambealartquilts@gmail.com
• Benner, Sue     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Sue Benner, click here to view my classes
 

While pursuing a degree in molecular biology and masters in biomedical illustration, Sue Benner created her vision of the microscopic universe in painted and quilted textile constructions. Her early work propelled her to become a studio artist in 1980, working primarily in the medium which later became known as the Art Quilt.

Sue is an innovator in her field, creating original dyed and painted fabrics which she combines with recycled textiles to form fields of structured pattern, vivid beauty, and riotous variation.

Sue’s artwork is in many private, corporate, and institutional collections. Her work has been juried into Quilt National seven times, and she served as a juror in 2009.

She lectures and teaches workshops nationally and internationally in the fields of surface design, textile collage, fused quilt construction, and artistic inspiration.

Sue lives in Dallas, Texas; however, a part of her heart resides still in her home state of Wisconsin.

suebenner@aol.com
• Bula, Melinda     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Melinda Bula, click here to view my classes
 

Melinda Bula lives in El Dorado Hills, California and has been sewing since she was a young girl.   Melinda has been in love with fabric all of her life and knew when she was 16 years old that she was going to be an artist, which became her major in college. Soon she was off to Hawaii as a flight attendant, a real job that lasted 8 years, and met her husband during this time in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She worked in the interior design field for 15 years as a fabric and wallpaper designer.  She and her husband, Joe, started their own wallpaper and fabric design business soon after the birth of their son, Matthew, in 1988. 

The company, Melinda Bula Designs, sold their hand silk-screened wallpapers and fabrics nationwide. Melinda’s wallpaper and fabric designs have been featured on the covers of Better Homes and Gardens magazine as well as Sunset design books in addition to other noted publications.

Since moving to the Sacramento area in 1996, she has been involved in quilting and wearable arts, which has always been her first love.  Her sense of color and design has won her numerous awards for both quilts and wearable arts. Her wearable arts are dynamic and modern and she loves to experiment with new techniques.

Her Fabulous Fusible Flowers quilts are unique. With the wonderful look of a painting, she uses fabric and thread to create beautifully artistic quilts.  She has been lecturing and teaching, both in the United States and internationally, which she really loves and has been featured on The Quilt Show.  Creating and designing is an obsession with Melinda and whether it is fabric, wallpaper, or quilts, it is her passion.

She has written 2 books on her Fabulous Fusible Flowers technique, Cutting Garden Quilts and Candy Cane Lane, both published by the Martingale Company.

Melinda has had the honor of exhibiting her quilts in some amazing venues like the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, Quilt Expo en Beaujolais in France and at the Texas Quilt Museum. 

In 2013 the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky bought Melinda's quilt "And Our Flag was still There!" 

melbula@comcast.net
• Carlson, Susan     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Susan Carlson, click here to view my classes
 

Susan Carlson is an artist by birth, a teacher by calling, and an author by choice. She has been developing and practicing her own technique of fabric collage quilting for over thirty years, teaching it for 20 years, and has written two books describing it (Freestyle Quilts and Serendipity Quilts).

Each year she travels around the country and internationally helping hundreds of students to discover and set free the quilt artist inside. Her quilts have won awards from the American Quilter’s Society and the International Quilt Festival. Susan is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and a long-time student of the Meta Carlson Studio of Fabric Creations (aka her mom's sewing room).

Find out more about Sue and her work here: https://www.susancarlson.com

 

susan@susancarlson.com
• Dace, Rosalie     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Rosalie Dace, click here to view my classes
 

Rosalie Dace is a full time quiltmaker whose work reflects her passion for colour, pattern and texture. She has had a lifelong interest in art generally and textiles and embroidery in particular. She has a BA in Fine Art and English, and a post-graduate teaching diploma (U Ed), all from the University Of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.  

She has been teaching quiltmaking and embroidery in South Africa since 1983, and has been a frequent teacher at QSDS, QBL, the Australasian Quilt Convention and New Zealand Quilt Symposium, as well as various groups and guilds in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Her work, which has won several awards, including Best of Show at the South African National Quilt Festival in 1988 and 1998, is to be found in private collections, in the Durban Art Gallery, and First Rand Bank, and has appeared in national and international publications.  Some of her work can also be seen on her own website, www.rosaliedace.co.za as well as that of the Fibreworks group.

rosalie.dace@gmail.com
• de Jonge, Jacqueline     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Jacqueline de Jonge, click here to view my classes
 

My quilting life began in 1978 when I saw a magazine picture of a Log Cabin-pattern quilt.  Right away I had to try my hand at this fascinating work - my sister still has the resulting pink Log Cabin.  Since then I have taught myself and tried over the years to reach a level of perfection, not to show off, but because I love the beauty I can achieve through my designs.  My goal is to inspire quilters all over the world with beauty and color.I have always been creative, but quilting has hooked me.  To be able to work well at something you love is a miracle and a gift from God.

My quilts have been displayed worldwide and have won international awards.  They are based on traditional designs but with a contemporary and colorful twist.  In 2004 at the encouragement of my father I entered the Open European Quilt Championship and won the Color Trophy.  Since that year I have lectured and conducted workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe.  Interviews have been published in several magazines and newspapers, and in 2011 I was profiled and featured on the Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson online Quilt Show. I'm also a fabric designer for Anthology/Windham fabrics.

I think my passion for quilting helps make me an encouraging and personable teacher.  I love to share my enthusiasm for my designs with others and to bring them to a different and higher level where they can find their own artistic skills.  I also show my students that quilts that may seem difficult in a picture are actually not that hard after all.

missbecolourful@gmail.com
• Debbie Caffrey, Charlotte Angotti &     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Charlotte Angotti & Debbie Caffrey, click here to view my classes
 

Charlotte Angotti -

While shopping with her mother in 1977, (really, that long ago!), Charlotte wandered into a quilt shop and everything changed from there. Educated in fine arts, speech and drama, she brings a variety of talents to the class and in a most humorous way.

She has been teaching quilt making since 1978 because someone asked Charlotte to teach her. Her first quilt was sold right after making it. She has sold many since. In 1981 Charlotte opened a quilt shop, Quilt Works, in Virginia Beach,VA. She sold the shop in 1999.

She has been teaching nationally/internationally since 1991 and now lives in the Lafayette, LA area, moving there in 2016.

Quilt Maker's Studio was started when Charlotte realized there were a few left over kits now and then. These class kits are offered for sale on this website along with her patterns and book. The kits are laser cut, come in only the colors offered, and are first come first served. If you see one you like, get it. They are wonderful to sew. (there are times when they aren't available, nothing leftover!)

It has been said many times, if you hear laughter coming from a room, there is a good chance Charlotteis in there. Charlotte is known for humor, her way with color and fabric, her pre-cut kits, and now a new book, Surprise Yourself! Charlotte is a fun person to have on a faculty or as a teacher coming to your guild. She believes her hobby is quiltmaking and her job is teaching others to enjoy it as much as she does.

www.quiltmakersstudio.com

Debbie Caffrey - 

Debbie Caffrey has taught quilting workshops for more than thirty years, teaching most of that time nationally and internationally. Her favorite events have been those times that she teaches with her best friend, Charlotte Angotti. Debbie says that in those workshops, 1 + 1 = much more than 2! What one teacher doesn’t think of, the other will. And, you will even learn some things between the fun and laughs.

Debbie is a self-published author of fourteen books, dozens of patterns, and 250+ mystery patterns; and she has written numerous magazine articles.

In addition, Debbie has many online classes (Craftsy, Quilters Newsletter Magazine – The Workshops (with Charlotte Angotti), QNN – Quilter’s Coffee episodes, and she and Charlotte made an appearance on The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson. Debbie began her on camera appearances years ago with Alex Anderson, teaching two episodes of Simply Quilts (HGTV and DIY networks).

If you ask Debbie how she came to pursue her career in teaching quiltmaking she will reply, “I’m a puzzle lover, all kinds: crossword, Sudoku, whodunit mysteries, logic puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, math story problems, and even cruising the aisles of home improvement stores planning unique uses for what I see.

In 1983 I took my first quilting class and learned about the rotary cutter. I began teaching quilting a few months later. My passions had come together perfectly. I could sew puzzles! That is exactly what I’ve been doing for more than thirty years. I am still pinching myself!”

www.debbiescreativemoments.com

Charlotteangotti@aol.com
• Eileen Urbanek, Jackie Kunkel and     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Jackie Kunkel and Eileen Urbanek, click here to view my classes
 

Jackie Kunkel:

Jackie has been a quilter since 1993 and has owned her own business, Canton Village Quilt Works since 2000. Beginning her business as a long arm quilter and then in 2009 adding an online quilt fabric shop! She has also been a quilt designer for magazines and fabric companies since 2009, a quilting Podcaster - Jackie's Quilting Chronicles, and a Certified Quiltworx.com (Judy Niemeyer) instructor and shop. Jackie travels throughout the country to lecture, do workshops and trunk shows. Jackie's first book was published in September, 2015 by Martingale & Co titled Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black and White Quilts. Jackie is also a Craftsy Instructor with two online classes, one is a Quiltworx exclusive and the other is her own!  Also, Jackie has her own line of published patterns in 2015, there are now 9 in the series with more to come!  This year will also mark a new beginning for Jackie as she moves to Arizona and begins designing fabric for Island Batik as well as the patterns that will go with the fabric!!!  Please visit Jackie at her website:www.cvquiltworks.com to keep up to date.

 

Eileen Urbanek:

Eileen Urbanek is a quilting instructor from the State of Texas. She has been teaching for shops and guilds in the areas around Dallas and beyond for the last eight years. You can find her teaching at least once a month at Quilt Country in Lewisville, TX. She is also available to do trunk shows and lectures for quilt guilds, having given the lecture “Get Re-Excited” to many guilds in her area in recent years.

She first became interested in Judy’s patterns when she realized how organized the sewing process. Perhaps best spoken in her own words, she says, “I am always thinking of how to do things easier, quicker, smarter, etc, and with Judy’s technique it is evident that she works that way also. I “got” her technique right from the beginning and had a hard time putting the project down.” Her first project with Judy was the Amazon Star in the summer of 2009, which she finished in two weeks, and has been completing project after project ever since! Being and instructor herself, she sees quilts the way Judy sees them. As she makes the project, she works through how it should be taught to students. With every finished project, she has a plan for passing it along to others so they can learn to do it as well.

Since she became a Certified Instructor in 2010 she has used over 40 different “Judy” patterns to complete 116+ projects using Judy’s patterns.

Her teaching background is strong, her understanding of Judy’s techniques is spot on, and her interest and excitement for sharing the information with others is energizing.

Eileen’s teaching schedule is very busy, but she loves what she is doing and continues to be asked back wherever she teaches.

 

jackie@cvquiltworks.com
• Gering, Jacquie     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Jacquie Gering, click here to view my classes
 

Jacquie Gering is a passionate modern quilt maker and designer. She is known for her innovative "out of the box" designs, striking message quilts and unique style. Quilting Modern:  Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts is her first book. 

Jacquie is a leader in the modern quilting community and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Modern Quilt Guild. The International Association of Creative Arts Professionals named her Quilt Teacher of the Year for 2014. She blogs and shares her quilting knowledge on her popular blog, Tallgrass Prairie Studio and lives in Chicago with her husband and black lab, Bruno. 

jgeringirre@yahoo.com
• Goodwin, Valerie     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Valerie Goodwin, click here to view my classes
 

Valerie is an Architect and college Professor educated at Yale University and Washington University in St. Louis. She became very interested in designing and making quilts in 1998 as an outgrowth of her architectural background. It began as part of an investigation in the design classes that she teaches at Florida A & M University’s School of Architecture. Students were asked to investigate parallels between architecture and quilting. They studied issue related to composition, ordering systems, color and pattern. As a result, she felt compelled to gain actual experience with this medium. To her surprise, she found the design and making of quilts as engaging as the design and study of architecture.

valeriegoodwin@comcast.net
• Kern, Ursula     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Ursula Kern, click here to view my classes
 

Ursula Kern was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1942. From 1961-65 she taught freehand drawing painting and textile design. From 1969 - 2001 Ursula worked as a professor for the School of Design in Basel, teaching color and freehand drawing. Since 1975 she has been creating personal patchwork (unquilted quilts), participating in exhibitions in Switzerland, Europe, the USA and Canada. She teaches classes and workshops for quilters with special focus on color and design.

Ursula had planned to retire from teaching in the U.S. after 2016, but made a special exception to come to Madeline Island School of the Arts.

ursula_kern@live.com
• Loughman, Gloria     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Gloria Loughman, click here to view my classes
 

Gloria Loughman lives by the sea, on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula, in Victoria.  Married with three daughters, she is a trained secondary teacher having worked mainly in the literacy and special education faculties.  Her initiation into the world of patchwork occurred approximately 20 years ago when she was recovering from a course of chemotherapy.

Over the years she has dabbled in many areas including strip piecing, bargello, colourwash, fabric dyeing and painting, and machine embroidery.  After completing some studies in design and color as part of a Diploma of Art in 1996, she began to make large vivid landscape quilts depicting the Australian bush.  Having the opportunity to travel to many unique and fascinating parts locations, she is continually challenged to reproduce these images in fabric.  Most of the textiles used have been hand dyed or painted and feature extensive machine embroidery.  These quilts have won many major awards in Australia, Europe, Japan and the United States.  Gloria’s quilt “Kimberly Mystique’ was the winner of Australia’s most prestigious national quilting award in 2003.

Gloria has been teaching patchwork classes for many years and enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills with others.  She likes to challenge her students to design their own quilts but is also happy to provide patterns for those less confident.  Gloria’s classes have proved to be very popular with lots of students coming back for a second or third class.  Gloria has traveled to many states in Australia running workshops for small groups of country quilters as well as teaching classes for larger guilds in the major cities.  She has also traveled extensively overseas teaching classes in New Zealand, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa and Japan.

As well as being in demand as a teacher, Gloria has curated seven exhibitions of Australian quilts to the United States and have had the privilege of judging at many major shows.  She has had a number of solo exhibitions, including an invitation to exhibit at the prestigious NEC Show in Birmingham, UK.  Her book, Luminous Landscapes, was released by C&T in January 2007 and is proving very popular.

What began as a therapy has developed into a passion and has given Gloria the opportunity to travel the world exhibiting her quilts, teaching classes and meeting lots of wonderful people

loughman@iinet.net.au
• Marston, Gwen     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Gwen Marston, click here to view my classes
 

Gwen Marston is a professional fiber artist, author, and teacher. She has taught nationally and internationally for over three decades and offered a series of five weekly quilt retreats in northern Michigan for 30 years.

 She has written 26 books, two of which have won awards: Mary Schafer: American Quilt Maker won a 2005 Michigan Notable Book award, and 37 Sketches won a 2012 New York Book Show award.

She has had twenty-five exhibits of her large quilts, seven exhibits of her small quilts, and her work has been shown in many group exhibits throughout the United States and abroad.  A special exhibit of her work from 37 Sketches was shown at the Taupo Art Museum in Taupo, New Zealand during their 2012 Symposium.


 

Pre-order Gwen's newest book, The Quilts of Madeline Island by emailing us @ MISA@cheqnet.net (attention: The Quilts of Madeline Island book pre-order)

 

gwenjoymarston@gmail.com
• Nadelstern, Paula     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Paula Nadelstern, click here to view my classes
 

Paula Nadelstern has achieved international recognition for her innovative and complex designs inspired by the bilateral symmetry of kaleidoscopic images. Honored by inclusion in the Twentieth Century’s 100 Best American Quilts, her designs have inspired  products including the vast carpet in the Hilton Americas hotel in Houston, TX and were showcased in the American Folk Art Museum’s first one person exhibition highlighting the work of a contemporary quilt artist (2009). In addition to her numerous awards, she  was a recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Bronx Council on the Arts. Her books include Fabricadabra: Simple Quilts, Complex Fabric (Pub date: October 2016), Kaleidoscopes & Quilts, Snowflakes & Quilts, Puzzle Quilts: Simple Blocks, Complex Fabric, Kaleidoscope Quilts: An Artist’s Journey Continues, Kaleidoscope Quilts: The Workbook and Fantastical Designs (a coloring book with selections from her fabric collections designed exclusively for Benartex, Inc.). She lives in New York City with her husband, Eric.

 

NeedleStar@aol.com
• Niemeyer, Judy     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Judy Niemeyer, click here to view my classes
 

Judy Niemeyer is an international instructor known for her foundation paper piecing techniques and quilt patterns. Her company, Judy Niemeyer Quilting Inc., has published over 100 foundation paper pieced quilt patterns over the last 15 years. Her quilts and patterns have become well-known both nationally and internationally among quilters and quilt shop owners. The patterns include many sewing techniques commonly referred to as foundation paper piecing, traditional piecing, curved piecing, strip piecing, and appliqué.

You can visit her online at www.quiltworx.com. Her website includes samples, color changing quilts, links to various programs and teaching information, and also more information on attending a retreat with Judy at Quiltworx Retreats in Northwest Montana.

judel@quiltworx.com
• Pasquini Masopust, Katie     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Katie Pasquini Masopust, click here to view my classes
 

 

For nearly 30 years Katie Pasquini Masopust has produced high quality contemporary art quilts that have been coveted and collected by a broad range of admirers. From her early beginnings as a painter dabbling in traditional quilt making, her work has evolved from structured Mandalas and mind-blowing dimensional pieces to very painterly landscapes and abstracts executed with the finest fabrics and most creative stitching techniques.

Katie’s easy, energetic manner has made her a very popular teacher and lecturer. When not in residence at her studio in Santa Fe she travels the world presenting her contemporary quilting theories and techniques to classes; not only in North America, but in Europe, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand. Awards and accolades have been numerous for Katie, culminating with her 2005 induction into a very select group of art quilt professionals who have earned the SilverStar Award presented by Houston Quilt Festival.

A prolific author, Katie shares her enthusiasm for the art of creative quilting through her numerous books, her many classes, and now as a member of the Experius Academy Advisory Council as they work to develop the art mission for the new Gateway Canyons Resort in Colorado – a destination resort for quilting enthusiasts and fiber artists: also host of Katie’s  Alegre Retreats.

As busy as she is, her love of the art and support of her family give her tireless energy. Look for many exciting new works to come from Katie in the next year.

 

katiepm505@gmail.com
• Sassaman, Jane     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Jane Sassaman, click here to view my classes
 

After a varied career in the design world, Jane began to quilt in 1980.  She found that these “soft paintings” satisfied the draftsman, the craftsman and the artist in her.  Consequently, she is now a dedicated (some say “obsessed”) quilt artist and fabric designer.

Her art quilts have been shown in many national and international exhibits, including Quilt National 1989 through 2005 and Contemporary American Quilts, the first major exhibit of American art quilts in England. Her quilt “Willow” was named as One of the One Hundred Best American Quilts of the Century. Jane is also the author of “The Quilted Garden”.  The book includes twenty years of her work and exercises for making nature-inspired quilts.

Jane’s love for historic decorative arts can be seen in all facets of her work, but it is especially evident in the exuberant fabric she is currently designing for FreeSpirit. Her designs are oversized and colorful and have been coined as “William Morris on anti-depressants”. They are created for quilts, wearables and home decorating. Her latest book, Patchwork Sassaman Style, beautifully illustrates her fabric “in action”.

jasassaman@earthlink.net
• Shah, Sujata     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Sujata Shah, click here to view my classes
 
Sujata Shah, a graphic designer and textile artist, is originally from Mumbai, India. The mother of three grown children lives with her husband in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. 

She has won awards for her quilts in local and national quilt shows and designed quilt patterns under the name of Rangoli Designs. Her teaching experiences include workshops inspired by the quilts of Gee's Bend, needle-turn applique based on her original designs and color and design workshops in Seattle area and Philadelphia. Her quilts have been shown at AQS in Lancaster and Padukah and the Pacific Northwest Quilt-Fest.
 

 In 2003, She found an instant connection between the abstract utilitarian quilts of Gee's bend and Godharis from India. Her instinctive ability to work with colors and textures combined with education in graphic design has helped her develop a unique style as a designer. 

She draws her inspirations from imperfections and irregularities of free-spirited folk art and crafts from around the world. As a calligraphy major, she believes that each handmade craft has a stamp of the maker. In 2014 she wrote the book, Cultural Fusion Quilts - A Melting Pot of Piecing Traditions. In which she introduced free-form blocks, an abstract interpretations of traditional quilt blocks to reflect her theory.       
  
Talking about the process of finishing quilts, she says, 'I find hand stitching therapeutic and nourishing to the soul. Through my quilts I remain connected to my past, my culture and heritage.More I hand stitch, stories of my daily life get stitched into my quilts. I rarely have a plan before the start of a quilt. Designing a quilt is an evolving process. I believe as the quilt evolves, I simply become the instrument in the making of that quilt.'

sujatashah450@gmail.com;
• Shaw, Ann P     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Ann P Shaw, click here to view my classes
 

Ann P Shaw specializes in pieced art quilts that are rooted in the traditions of Ruth B McDowell.  She has pioneered the idea of “Gesture” in her design process that links the insights of photographic composition to the elements of pieced pictorial quilts.  This process guides the placement of seams and their visual impact in a piecable quilt design.   Ann also creates modern/abstract art quilts based on asymmetrical block patterns of her own design.  

After an academic career as an anthropologist and forensic specialist,  Ann followed her long time passion for quilting in founding “Ann Shaw Quilting”  (www.AnnShawQuilting.com;  AnnShawQuilting@gmail.com). She designs pieced quilt patterns and offers a variety of quilting classes, quilt retreats, and lectures.   

Ann in addition to teaching at quilt guilds and quilt retreats throughout the US and Canada,  she has offered workshops at:

A Quilter’s Affair,  Sisters, OR

Empty Spools Seminars, Asilomar State Park, Pacific Grove, CA

Quilt Adventures, San Marcos, TX

The Quilter’s Hall of Fame, Marion, IN.

Stormy Weather Artist Weekend,  Cannon Beach, OR

Historic Deerfield Workshops, Historic Deerfield, MA

Vermont Quilt Festival

Madeline Island School of the Arts

Ann was Featured Artist at Empty Spools Seminars in 2011.

“The Quilt Show” featured Ann on a show that first aired in March 2017.

Her quilts have been featured in books and magazines (most recently in The Quilt Life Magazine , “Indah”, Featured in “Its My Nature”,  June 2013).   An experimental art quilt design  (“Ghost Experiment”) was featured in Ghost Layers (2001) by  Katie Pasquini Masopust. She also publishes a line of pictorial quilt patterns,  “Ann Shaw Quilting Designs” that are available through quilt shops.    She is co-founder of Cascadia Quilt Workshops in Camas, WA.

Ann is Krasnow Professor Emerita, The Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

annshawquilting@gmail.com
• Smith, Louisa L.     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Louisa L. Smith, click here to view my classes
 

Louisa was born in Indonesia, educated in the Netherlands and came to the U.S. in 1960. She discovered quilting in the late 70’s. Although the quilting started off with a traditional approach, soon new and exciting designs took over and the traditional gave way to more innovative work. The incredible flexibility that fiber offers attracted her to “paint” with fabrics. Her own manipulated fabrics are always combined with colorful commercial fabrics.  The most important element in her work: COLOR.

She is the author of four books, “Strips ‘n Curves’ published in 2001, the follow-up “A New Twist on Strips ‘n Curves” published in 2007.  And “One Patch Plus” (2008) was a joint effort with daughter Lisa Harris, a graphic artist from Phoenix, AZ.  And “Double Vision Quilts” published in 2017.

She lives with husband Fred in Arizona and summers in Montana.

For more about Louisa visit www.quiltescapes.com

quiltescapes@gmail.com
• Spargo, Sue     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
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Sue Spargo was born in Zambia, educated in South Africa, and later lived in England. The stark contrasts between the arid beige-browns of the African bushveld and the lush greens of the rolling hills of Southern England inspired many of her designs and continue to be a rich source of ideas. The energy and color of traditional African designs stirred her love of “primitive” arts and crafts, and grew into her focus on folk-art. In 1989 she moved to the United States, and has lived in Connecticut, Tennessee, Utah and Ohio. Each new State presented sharp contrasts and stirred new ideas.

Sue designs quilted items using textural fabrics and embellishments. She creates and sells books, patterns and CD's for these designs, and she and her sister Wendy produce hand-dyed wool and wool plaids designed specifically for quilt makers.

Sue teaches workshops all over the United States.

suespargo1@gmail.com
• Taylor, David     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
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David Taylor was born in Peterborough, New Hampshire, in 1963. As a Navy brat, he was relocated down the East Coast of the U.S. along with his three sisters and two brothers. David completed his high school and college years in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. He currently lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

David's obsession with fabric began at an early age, salvaging tiny scraps from his mother's sewing area trash bin. This began his love and appreciation for fabric, though not a love for quilting. "Who would ever want to cut up their beautiful fabrics into tiny pieces?" he asks.

After college, David embarked on a career in graphic design (before computers!), primarily working for newspapers. Throughout his 20-year career, he received more than 100 regional and national awards for newspaper editorial layout and advertising design.

David's first quilt design was in 1999, a fundraiser quilt collaboration for Strings Music Festival in Steamboat with friend and professional long-arm quilter Madeleine Vail of Clark, CO. Madeleine encouraged him to keep after it. Following a visit to Houston in 2001 for the International Quilt Festival, David's obsession with fabric turned into an obsession for quilting as art.

In 2006, David discovered a love for hand-applique, and all of his works since then have been stitched together by hand. "I don't think I'll ever give up my machine for the actual quilting," he adds. In 2008, he became an ambassador for HandiQuilter and their Sweet 16 sit-down machine.

Now, more than a decade into his quilting journey, he has exhibited his work internationally and teaches at numerous venues throughout the year.

David Taylor has been the recipient of the Fairfield Master Award for Contemporary Quilting from the International Quilt Association (2006), the Brother Wall Machine Workmanship Award from the American Quilters Society (Paducah, 2008), and a two-time Best of Show winner at the IQA's Spring Festival in Chicago (2007, 2008), among others.

david@davidtaylorquilts.com
• Weidman, Mary Lou     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Mary Lou Weidman, click here to view my classes
 

Mary Lou Donahue Weidman began quilting with her Maternal Grandmother. Mary Lou's Father was an artist and musician and encouraged creativity and to look at the world in a curious, positive way. Color, texture, shapes and composition were discussed at an early age and any drawing, coloring ,painting or crafts of the day was encouraged. Painting was my Dad's number one love and he passed this along to me.  After taking Fine Arts in school and selling both oil paintings on canvas and posters of girls in bikini's to fraternity boys, Mary Lou graduated and did layout work for the city newspaper, store windows, rodeo billboards, and other avenues in art. All of this with three small children in two and the dream of going back to owning an art studio and doing what I really wanted....to grow in my discovery of art.

After spending time with my son at home while he went through many cancer treatments over a five year period, I longed to go back to painting and to do a folk art style. My son got better and I had started quilting alot while he was in the hospital though I still kept drawing pads close and did both painting and drawing at home. Around 1988, I started teaching story quilts which I had discovered quite by accident. It was through this discovery that I realized that quilters have the opportunity to tell the world who they are and what and who they love. These quilts will surely be the ones to be studied in the future as they tell about people today and the details of their lives. What does your artwork tell about YOU? And once you die, what will your memory be and how long will that last? A quilt can last for hundreds of years and you have the opportunity to tell your story and to put in pieces of Grandma's dresses, old table cloths, handwork, watch, necklace or earrings. I have done all of these and you can do the same with your things, your Aunts things, your best friends things, your husbands things and so it goes on and on.

Now I am at a new place in my art life. I am painting again on fabric and I am piecing alot and appliquing and stretching and not doing the same things over and over. I know that I am truly an artist and as a nun who was one of my best art teachers said "good art doesn't need a description next to it, it either works or it doesn't. My art works and I work hard to make it work. It is my passion and will be until I pass.

Mary Lou has written five quilting books for Martingale and C&T, owns a pattern company, has designed fabric for 14 years and 10 of that for Benartex, represents Bernina (she loves these machines),has written many booklets and has taught all across the US (she is missing 2 states only), Canada and 8 countries.

 

Lattegirl@aol.com
• Wells, Jean     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Jean Wells, click here to view my classes
 

Jean Wells is an author/educator/designer, proprietress of The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, Oregon, and founder of the annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. She also is an avid gardener. Jean has written more than 28 books about quilting, from Patchworthy Apparel in 1978, to her latest, Journey to Inspired Art Quilting.

In addition to operating a successful quilt shop and mail order business and overseeing an annual quilt show for more than 33 years, Jean also has designed, appeared on televised quilting shows, and taught business and quilting workshops throughout the United States and abroad.

She has received the Michael Kile Award of Excellence for her contribution to the quilting industry, and she received the Imagination Award in the Millennium Quilt Contest in 2000. In July of 2010 she was inducted into the Quilter's Hall of Fame in Indiana.

jean@stitchinpost.com
 
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• Cembranelli, Fábio     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Fábio Cembranelli, click here to view my classes
 

Fábio Cembranelli is a renowned Brazilian artist, started painting at the university where he studied architecture. His paintings have been featured in exhibitions and collections worldwide and his unique and luminous floral watercolors are known internationally. Explaining why he has chosen transparent watercolor as his favorite medium, he says:

"What compels me to paint with this approach is the possibility of painting quickly. It suits my personality best - the fluidity of the medium provides a unique sensation of unexpected color mixing, particularly when I define only the main masses and allow the unpredictable to happen on the rest of the paper so timing is quite important in my method.

I lean intuitively toward realism, but the right speed forces me to create diffused effects and shapes. My favorite subjects are flowers, landscapes and sunlight effects on balconies, doors and windows. I am always enchanted by the attempt to capture the contrast between loose and definitive edges, as well as light and shadow effects."

Cembranelli teaches painting techniques in his studio in Brazil, in art galleries and watercolor societies as well as workshops and painting holidays throughout Brazil and abroad. He is also a regular contributor to various painting magazines and works as an illustrator for some publishing companies in South America. You can visit www.fabiocembranelli.com for more information about his work. 

fabiocembranelli@gmail.com
• Davies, Jane     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Jane Davies, click here to view my classes
 

 

Jane Davies is a full time artist working in painting, collage, and encaustic.  She began her career as a potter, having studied ceramics at Bennington College (BA, 1987) and The School For American Crafts (resident artist, 1990) at R.I.T.  In the early 2000’s Davies transitioned into freelance art, creating designs for manufactured products, including ceramics, fabrics, home furnishings, and more.  Always having created fine art as a side interest, Davies finally left the freelance art world in 2010 to focus on painting and teaching workshops.  

She now offers workshops nationwide, focusing on helping people to find a personal and playful approach to art making.   Davies has shown her work regionally and nationally.  She is the author of three books on collage and mixed media, one on ceramics, and has one DVD on painting and collage techniques.

Watch a short video about Jane and her process by following the link below -

Jane Davies the Artist  

jane@janedaviesstudios.com
• Dyer, Margaret     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Margaret Dyer, click here to view my classes
 

At a moment in 1970, when a model dropped her robe and stood naked in front of a class of wide-eyed eighteen year old art students, I found something in life I loved – the challenge to draw the living, breathing, continuously moving landscape of the human body. What started out as a challenge quickly became a passion. Ten years later, when I happened upon an artist’s dynamic pastels at a local exhibition, I knew I had discovered my medium.”

Margaret has lived in Atlanta, GA, since her family moved from New York in 1960. A Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, Masters Circle in the International Association of Pastel Societies and award-winner in the American Impressionist Society, Margaret has been featured many times in The Pastel Journal , American Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, Pastel Artist International, “How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Figures” (2005; 2004), “Pastel Highlights 2” (2004) and “Pure Color: The Best of Pastels” (2006).

 

pastels@margaretdyer.com
• Edwards CSPWC / TWSA / WPA, Sterling     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Sterling Edwards CSPWC / TWSA / WPA, click here to view my classes
 

Sterling Edwards CSPWC / TWSA / WPA is a contemporary watermedia master originally from Kansas City, Missouri. He has been a resident of North Carolina since 1973.  

In 2007 Sterling was honored to be awarded signature member status in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPW) and in 2010 he was awarded signature membership status in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA)

Sterling was a featured artist in the fall 2001 issue of Watercolor Magic Magazine’s Ones to Watch” and has been featured in numerous other magazine and newspaper articles. In 2009 he was a featured artist in the book, Best of America Watermedia Artists”. He is the author of the best selling North Light book Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process” and is a featured artist in numerous  other books by various national and international publishers including, “Masters of Watercolor”, published in 2015 by Russian artist and author, Konstantin Sterkhov. Sterling is also the designer of a signature line of multi-media paint brushes and a watercolor palette that are marketed internationally..

In 2013 Sterling was proudly accepted by invitation into the International Watercolor Society (IWS) and in 2015 was awarded a lifetime signature membership into the internationally renowned Whiskey Painters of America (WPA), the most unique and exclusive miniature painting society in the world.

In 2016 Sterling was honored with a biographical listing the Marquis Who’s Who in America for his diverse artistic achievements, business ethics, and professionalism.

Highly respected among his peers, Sterling is often commissioned to jury national and international art competitions. His award-winning paintings are in private and corporate collections worldwide. Sterling works from his home studio in Hendersonville, North Carolina, located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.  

sterling@sterlingedwards.com
• Galloway, Suz     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Suz Galloway, click here to view my classes
 

Suz Galloway is a member of the Transparent Watercolor Society, American Society of Botanical Artists, and Southwestern Watercolor Society and has served in several capacities on the board of the Minnesota Watercolor Society. 

Her work has been included in multiple national and regional juried competitions, invitational shows and galleries.  Recently one of her botanical pieces was juried into the Eloise Butler Wildflower Florilegium. Currently she teaches at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, the Edina Art Center, and conducts regional workshops and private lessons.

galloway1297@msn.com
• George, Kathie     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Kathie George, click here to view my classes
 
Kathie George, known for her friendly, informative and energetic approach to teaching, has been a popular workshop instructor for over 25 years.
 
Although best known for her award-winning "watercolor batik on rice paper" paintings, she enjoys working in all watermedia.
 
Kathie's work is featured in Splash 11 and Splash 12, American Artist and Artist Sketchbook magazines and she was a finalist in Artist Magazine's 2001 and 2006 competitions with her work featured in their Limited Edition Calendars. 
 
She has authored 4 watercolor books, Watercolor Made Easy, Volumes I – IV, and is a signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society and Florida Watercolor Society.
 
Kathie’s award winning work can be found in many corporate and private collections in the US and abroad.
k.george@juno.com
• Holman, Karlyn     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Karlyn Holman, click here to view my classes
 

Karlyn Holman has had a studio-gallery for 40 years, and enjoys a full schedule of teaching workshops and painting in her studio.

Karlyn's watercolor paintings reflect a special kind of exuberance for her native area of Lake Superior and her travels around the world. Her paintings could be described as realism based on abstract structure.

She is a popular workshop instructor known for her enthusiastic, innovative and fun teaching techniques. She has illustrated four children's picture books, one illustrated book and four instructional books on watercolor titled Watercolor Fun and Free, Searching for the Artist Within,  Watercolor-The Spirit of Spontaneity and Watercolor Without Boundaries.

Karlyn has led adventurous and instructional tours all over Europe, New Zealand, Central America, Mexico, Ireland, South Africa and on cruises in the Caribbean.

She has an MA in Art from the University of Wisconsin and has taught at the college level for ten years.

karlyn@karlynholman.com
• Keefe, Shelby     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Shelby Keefe, click here to view my classes
 

Shelby Keefe is a nationally recognized, award-winning impressionist painter, teacher and performance artist. Earning a BFA in 1981, she embarked on a career as a graphic designer. She became a full-time fine artist in 2005 and travels nation-wide painting, teaching and competing in plein air competitions as well as producing work in her studio in Milwaukee, WI.

She was recently featured on the cover of PleinAir Magazine. Her impressionistic paintings have found their way into prestigious museum collections, corporate anthologies, and into the hands of everyday art lovers all around the country. 

Represented by Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Door County, WI, and the Marshall-LeKAE Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. Visit her website to get more information on her achievements and her range of work.

shelbykeefe@tds.net
• Knutson, Karen     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Karen Knutson, click here to view my classes
 

Karen Knutson thoroughly loves teaching watercolor and collage, and teaches workshops all over the United States.

Karen is a signature member of Transparent Watercolor Society of America (formerly known as Midwest Watercolor Society), Red River Watercolor Society, the Montana Watercolor Society, and the Northern Plains Watercolor Society, the Minnesota Watercolor Society, the Missouri Watercolor Society, and has had many paintings accepted into many other national shows.  

Her paintings are featured in Splash 6, Watercolor, Fun and Free, and Searching for the Artist Within,  Watercolor- The Spirit of Spontaneity, and the magazine, Watercolor Magic (Aug.’04). Her work can also be seen in 2 new books, The Artistic Touch  3, by Chris Unwin, and Watercolor without Boundaries, by Karlyn Holman. 

karen@karenknutson.com
• Lovett, John     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am John Lovett, click here to view my classes
 

Prominent Australian artist, John Lovett was born in Cooma, NSW, Australia in 1953. He studied at the National Art School, Newcastle, Australia and has been painting professionally since 1979.

John works in oils, acrylics and watercolor, but his preferred medium is watercolor and mixed media. As John states: “For me, the unpredictability and uncontrollable nature of watercolor make it the most exciting and expressive medium of all. The opportunity to meander somewhere between mastery and complete lack of control during the course of a painting make it one of the most engaging mediums. This, plus the fact that it is quick, clean and portable, got me in thirty years ago and my enthusiasm has been growing ever since.”

John’s paintings express an emotional depth that makes his work distinctive. While most of his work depicts to some extent, places or objects, the real subject is always less tangible – an idea or sound, a time of day or a momentary incident. This unique interpretation of his subject has a vitality that is enhanced by his use of light, color and strong sense of design.

John travels extensively throughout Australia and overseas and his love of the landscape, people and environment is reflective of his work. His travels have taken him to Italy, France, England, Ireland, Asia and the USA. These places have provided John with new inspiration for his work. The different light and atmosphere, plus the strong undertones of history, culture and architecture, have provided a catalyst for new, exciting images.

John’s passion for his work and his open easy approach to teaching make his books, DVD’s and workshops thoroughly enjoyable, extremely informative and always very popular. His articles are regularly featured in “International Artist” and “Australian Artist” magazines.

Since commencing his career John has held over thirty five solo exhibitions and taken part in many joint ones. John’s work is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and USA. 

info@johnlovett.com
• Mollica, Patti     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Patti Mollica, click here to view my classes
 

Patti Mollica has been a fine artist and professional illustrator for over 30 years. Her artwork is is known for its fearless us of color and uninhibited brushwork. She delights in painting the world around her in a bold, decisive style, with hues that are intense, brilliant and contemporary.

She is a Certified Teacher for Golden Paints and conducts workshops throughout the U.S., covering topics such as “How to Paint Fast, Loose and Bold”, and “Modern Acrylic Techniques”.

Patti’s original paintings are represented in several galleries and her published prints and posters can be seen in retail chains worldwide. She is the author of “Modern Acrylics”, “Color Theory”, and “ Getting Started in Acrylics”, as well as 3 instructional painting videos, available athttp://www.northlightshop.com.

To see more work visit:www.pattimollica.com

 

pmollica@optonline.net
• Nuttall, Ted     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Ted Nuttall, click here to view my classes
 

A graduate of Colorado Institute of Art, Ted is a figurative watercolorist whose painting expression was born out of his observation of people, his experience and travels as an illustrator for the United States Air Force, and a twenty-five year career in graphic design. His work, as a designer, illustrator, and fine artist has won numerous national and regional awards.


Ted is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West and Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. He teaches watercolor workshops in portraiture and figure painting for arts leagues and organizations throughout the world. His workshops and private classes have been enjoyed by many who have benefited from his personal and insightful instruction.
Ted’s paintings continue to win awards in juried exhibitions throughout the country. His painting “Dreaming Wide Awake” was selected to hang in the 141st Annual Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society and was selected, as well, for the traveling exhibition. The Western Federation of Watercolor Societies awarded Ted’s piece “Cosi Comincia Il Giorno” best of show in their 34th annual exhibition. His painting “Her Eyes” was awarded first prize in Watercolor West XXXV Annual show and “Winter Sun | Red Bandanna” won the coveted Skyledge Award (Best of Show) in the 28th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.

American Artist magazine’s 2010 summer issue of ‘Watercolor’, the Artist to Artist feature included an interview with Ted as well as an extensive representation of his new work. Ted’s painting “Whispering Smith” is featured on the cover of “Splash 12: Celebrating Artistic Vision”, which also contains three of his other works.
In 2011 he served as Juror of Awards for the American Watercolor Society as well as the Adirondack Exhibition of American Watercolors and as Juror of Selection for the National Watercolor Society.

• Shevlino, David     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am David Shevlino, click here to view my classes
 

David Shevlino studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (certificate ’84) and the University of Pennsylvania (BFA ’92).  His work has been featured in national publications and he has exhibited his work and taught workshops throughout the U.S.  He has also produced a series of videos and DVDs about his artwork and painting methods.

 

My exposure to art began as a teenager growing up in NJ near NYC.  I began making trips to art museums in NYC when I was 15 and developed a love of traditional figurative painting. As a youth I found myself especially drawn to the old masters. Those early trips to the museum instilled in me a love of craft and a sense of where painting comes from.

 

davidshevlino@verizon.net
• van Hasselt, Tony     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Tony van Hasselt, click here to view my classes
 

Tony van Hasselt teaches plein air watercolor workshops in this country and abroad. His ability to graphically explain problems and solutions as they arise during a workshop demonstration, combined with his energetic and enthusiastic teaching style, have made him a highly popular instructor, appreciated for his empathy with student struggles. In his workshops, van Hasselt concentrates on logical outdoor painting methods and the art of picture-making.

Tony grew up in The Netherlands before settling in the US. He studied under Frank Reilly, and, while organizing and attending workshops, well known watercolorists such as John Pike, Edgar A. Whitney, Robert E. Wood, Tom Hill, Milford Zornes and Rex Brandt became his mentors and friends. His books include A Studio Visit and Outdoor Watercolor Workshop (Watson-Guptill), and he co-wrote Painting with the White of your Paper and The Watercolor Fix-it Book (North Light Books). His works and teaching methods are also the subject of several instructional video presentations. Tony has been featured in magazines such as Southwest Art and American Artist and on the covers of Artist's Magazine and Watercolor Magic.

He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, has won numerous awards at national, state and regional exhibits and shows, and is often asked to judge at national and international watercolor shows.

tonyvhasselt@gmail.com
• Whyte, Mary     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Mary Whyte, click here to view my classes
 

MARY WHYTE is a teacher and author whose figurative watercolor paintings have earned international recognition. A resident of Johns Island, South Carolina, Whyte garners much of her inspiration from the Gullah descendants of coastal Carolina slaves who number among her most prominent subjects.

Whyte is the author of Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor, Watercolor for the Serious Beginner, and An Artist’s Way of Seeing. She continues to teachwatercolor nationwide and in Europe.

Whyte’s paintings can be viewed exclusively at Coleman Fine Art; 79 Church Street in Charleston, South Carolina, where her husband, Master Gilder, Smith Coleman, crafts gilded and carved frames.

cowpath@aol.com
 
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• Banaszynski, Jacqui     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Jacqui Banaszynski, click here to view my classes
 

Jacqui Banaszynski is an endowed Knight Chair professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, where she works with the true storytellers of the 21st Century.  Her newspaper career took her to all seven continents, including three trips to Antarctica. She has written about corruption and crime, beauty pageants and popes, AIDS and the Olympics, dogsled expeditions and refugee camps, labor strikes and political strife, traffic fatalities and family tragedies.

She won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for an intimate series on a gay farm couple dying of AIDS, and was a finalist for the 1986 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for her eyewitness account of the famine crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. In 1991, she covered the Kurdish refugees who fled Iraq after the first Gulf War. She won the Associated Press Sports Editors’ deadline award for coverage of Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1988 Olympics. Projects she has edited have won ASNE Best Newspaper Writing, Ernie Pyle Human Interest Writing and national business, social issues and investigative prizes.

Her students frequently placed in the Hearst Awards, considered the Pulitzer Prizes of college journalism. She is an editing fellow at The Poynter Institute, and coaches reporters, writers and editors around the world. In 2008, she was named to the Society of Features Journalists Hall of Fame.

You can find some of her work and her blog on her StoryLines website at www.jacquibanaszynski.com

 

BanaszynskiJ@missouri.edu
• Benner, Sue     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Sue Benner, click here to view my classes
 

While pursuing a degree in molecular biology and masters in biomedical illustration, Sue Benner created her vision of the microscopic universe in painted and quilted textile constructions. Her early work propelled her to become a studio artist in 1980, working primarily in the medium which later became known as the Art Quilt.

Sue is an innovator in her field, creating original dyed and painted fabrics which she combines with recycled textiles to form fields of structured pattern, vivid beauty, and riotous variation.

Sue’s artwork is in many private, corporate, and institutional collections. Her work has been juried into Quilt National seven times, and she served as a juror in 2009.

She lectures and teaches workshops nationally and internationally in the fields of surface design, textile collage, fused quilt construction, and artistic inspiration.

Sue lives in Dallas, Texas; however, a part of her heart resides still in her home state of Wisconsin.

suebenner@aol.com
• Blacklock, Craig     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Craig Blacklock, click here to view my classes
 

Specializing in photographing Lake Superior, Craig Blacklock is one of country’s most distinguished nature photographers, internationally renowned for his inspiring landscapes, nudes and technical virtuosity.

Photographer and author of seventeen books, including Apostle Islands—From Land and Sea, Craig is regularly featured in photography magazines such as American Photo, Fine Art Photo and Outdoor Photographer. His original prints are in the museums, private collections, and health care facilities throughout the U.S.

Craig’s background in over 30 years of working in large format, shows in his digital images, with precise, exquisite compositions and hyper-real clarity. Craig has taught photography workshops since 1982, providing guidance in capture, editing and printing.

craig@blacklockgallery.com
• Carlson, Susan     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Susan Carlson, click here to view my classes
 

Susan Carlson is an artist by birth, a teacher by calling, and an author by choice. She has been developing and practicing her own technique of fabric collage quilting for over thirty years, teaching it for 20 years, and has written two books describing it (Freestyle Quilts and Serendipity Quilts).

Each year she travels around the country and internationally helping hundreds of students to discover and set free the quilt artist inside. Her quilts have won awards from the American Quilter’s Society and the International Quilt Festival. Susan is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and a long-time student of the Meta Carlson Studio of Fabric Creations (aka her mom's sewing room).

Find out more about Sue and her work here: https://www.susancarlson.com

 

susan@susancarlson.com
• Cembranelli, Fábio     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Fábio Cembranelli, click here to view my classes
 

Fábio Cembranelli is a renowned Brazilian artist, started painting at the university where he studied architecture. His paintings have been featured in exhibitions and collections worldwide and his unique and luminous floral watercolors are known internationally. Explaining why he has chosen transparent watercolor as his favorite medium, he says:

"What compels me to paint with this approach is the possibility of painting quickly. It suits my personality best - the fluidity of the medium provides a unique sensation of unexpected color mixing, particularly when I define only the main masses and allow the unpredictable to happen on the rest of the paper so timing is quite important in my method.

I lean intuitively toward realism, but the right speed forces me to create diffused effects and shapes. My favorite subjects are flowers, landscapes and sunlight effects on balconies, doors and windows. I am always enchanted by the attempt to capture the contrast between loose and definitive edges, as well as light and shadow effects."

Cembranelli teaches painting techniques in his studio in Brazil, in art galleries and watercolor societies as well as workshops and painting holidays throughout Brazil and abroad. He is also a regular contributor to various painting magazines and works as an illustrator for some publishing companies in South America. You can visit www.fabiocembranelli.com for more information about his work. 

fabiocembranelli@gmail.com
• Evansen, Andy     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Andy Evansen, click here to view my classes
 

Andy Evansen attended the University of Minnesota’s commercial illustration program and has worked as a medical illustrator for 25 years, but longed for a return to fine art and eventually began watercolor painting.  

His work gained recognition after winning an international watercolor competition through American Artist magazine and appearing on their cover in 2005. He’s been featured in numerous other publications since, and has become a sought-after workshop instructor who paints and teaches internationally. His paintings have won numerous awards, including the Bronze Medal of Honor at the 2012 American Watercolor Society Exhibition and the Painters Award in Northwest Watercolor Society’s 2012 Waterworks Exhibition, and in 2015 he received the High Winds Medal and his signature status from the American Watercolor Society. 

Evansen was a featured presenter at the 2014 and 2016 Plein Air Convention and Expo. In 2012 he was elected a signature member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America and is currently serving as their President.He recently opened his own studio gallery, Evansen Art Studio, in Hastings, MN. You can also view his work at www.EvansenArtStudio.com.  

aevansen@gmail.com
• Holman, Karlyn     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Karlyn Holman, click here to view my classes
 

Karlyn Holman has had a studio-gallery for 40 years, and enjoys a full schedule of teaching workshops and painting in her studio.

Karlyn's watercolor paintings reflect a special kind of exuberance for her native area of Lake Superior and her travels around the world. Her paintings could be described as realism based on abstract structure.

She is a popular workshop instructor known for her enthusiastic, innovative and fun teaching techniques. She has illustrated four children's picture books, one illustrated book and four instructional books on watercolor titled Watercolor Fun and Free, Searching for the Artist Within,  Watercolor-The Spirit of Spontaneity and Watercolor Without Boundaries.

Karlyn has led adventurous and instructional tours all over Europe, New Zealand, Central America, Mexico, Ireland, South Africa and on cruises in the Caribbean.

She has an MA in Art from the University of Wisconsin and has taught at the college level for ten years.

karlyn@karlynholman.com
• Leichner, Sandra     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Sandra Leichner, click here to view my classes
 

Sandra is a top internationally awarded and recognized Master Appliqué Artist and is known for her masterpiece quilts that showcase her unique illustrative approach with hand appliqué and hand embellishment techniques. Combining an art background with years of working with textiles and fibers, Sandra creates stunning Artisan quilts that are both art and traditional in style with breathtaking quality visually and technically.

Her work has consistently won major juried national and international awards including several major international Best of Show awards as well as the RJR Best of Show Wall Quilt and the Brother Best Machine Workmanship Wall Award at the AQS quilt show in Paducah and two Master Awards for both Art and Traditional categories at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Her work is included in the permanent collections of two national quilt museums including The National Quilt Museum.

She has appeared on Ricky Tim's and Alex Anderson's, "The Quilt Show" episode #1701, three PBS specials and The American Quilter television program. Sandra and her quilts have been published in many sources worldwide and is the author of the book, "Hand Appliqué with Embroidery" published by AQS in 2010. Sandra is also an experienced Art and Quilt Judge with in-depth and demonstrated knowledge of various techniques and art principles.

 

sandraleichner@comcast.net
• Lobenberg, David     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am David Lobenberg, click here to view my classes
 

David Lobenberg has emerged onto the national and international art scene with his signature “California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture” style that pops with expressive colors and paint applications.  His California Vibe workshop activity has expanded from California to Nevada, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Utah, Arizona, Nebraska, and Florida.

David teaches at venues such as Art in the Mountains, the Utah Watercolor Society, the Society Of Western Artists, Northwest Pacific Art School, and the Madeline Island School of the Arts. His California Vibe watercolor portraits can be seen at lobenbergart.com, Pinterest, and Facebook. He also distributes a monthly workshop newsletter.

Over the last five years, his work has been exhibited and published in Europe (Pratique Des Art and The Art of Watercolour magazines), the Middle East (International Watercolor Society where he was asked to be a demonstration artist at their annual international watercolor festival in Turkey), Asia (he was invited by the  Thailand Ministry of Culture to participate in the First International Water Media Exhibition and has recently been invited by a Chinese book publisher to be included in a book showcasing well-known international watercolor artists), and the United States (Artist, southwest Art, Art Collector, Plein Air, and The Palette magazines).

To contact him, email through his website, Facebook Messenger, or at davidlobenberg@me.com.

 

davidlobenberg@me.com
• Mendlik, Kami     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Kami Mendlik, click here to view my classes
 

Kami Mendlik-Polzin is a highly sought after painter and instructor in the States and abroad.  Her painting and teaching has earned her numerous awards and has led her to Europe where she painted and taught in the hills of Tuscany.  Her passion and enthusiasm for painting is contagious and inspirational. 

Kami’s skills in interpreting nature in a simplified and direct manner have been fine tuned over many years of painting, both in the studio and en plein air.  Her ability to communicate to her students in an inspirational way is her trademark.

“Thanks again for a fantastic week of painting…So well grounded in the fundamentals and your energy and enthusiasm for what you do is immensely infectious.  The morning after I returned from the island I was walking to the farmer's market as usual on a Saturday and couldn't stop trying to formulate the mixtures for the colors I was seeing in shadows.   I stopped to admire the form of a huge willow tree like I hadn't done before even though I had walked past it dozens of times. You are thoroughly impressive. Keep up the excellent work!”  -Jason Terry, Associate Professor of Art, Northland College  August 2012

kamifineart@aol.com
• Miele, Jean "Gino"     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Jean
 

Recognized for his finely crafted digital photographs, JEAN MIELE’s original prints have been exhibited in galleries from New York to Norway, and acquired by collectors worldwide.

Jean (call me “Gino”) is also internationally known as an educator whose “digital darkroom” workshops demystify Photoshop and empower students to realize their own photographic vision. Miele has taught for: the International Center for Photography (ICP) in New York; Adobe Systems; Apple Computer; Fuji USA; B&H; Maine Media Workshops; Anderson Ranch; the Norwegian Fotografiakademiet, and many others.

For more information, and to see his latest work, please visit: www.jeanmiele.com

mail@jeanmiele.com
• Moore, Mary Carroll     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Mary Carroll Moore, click here to view my classes
 

Mary Carroll Moore, M.A., MFAW, has been writing, teaching, and publishing since the 1970s. Her thirteen published books include the novel Qualities of Light (Spinsters Ink, 2009) which was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner award; Your Book Starts Here: Create, Craft, and Sell Your First Novel, Memoir, or Nonfiction Book, based on her "How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book" writing workshops (Riverbed Press, 2010); the memoir/self-help book How to Master Change in Your Life: Sixty-seven Ways to Handle Life’s Toughest Moments  (Eckankar Publications, 1999); and many titles in the health and food genres including Cholesterol Cures (Rodale Press) and the IACP/Seagrams (Julia Child) award-winning Healthy Cooking (Ortho Publications).

Mary's work has been featured in national and international press, including the New York Times, USA Today, and on WNPR.

She teaches workshops and weekly writing classes both online and in person at writing schools around the U.S. and abroad, including the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center near New York City, Madeline Island School for the Arts on Madeline Island in Lake Superior, the New Hampshire Writers' Project in Manchester, Grub Street Writing School in Boston, and other locations.

A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times, over 200 of Mary’s essays, short stories, articles, and poetry have appeared in literary journals, magazines, and newspapers around the U.S. and have won awards with the McKnight Awards for Creative Prose, Glimmer Train Press, the Loft Mentor Series, and other writing competitions.

She lives with her family in rural New Hampshire and writes a weekly blog for book writers at http://HowtoPlanWriteandDevelopaBook.blogspot.com.   She's currently working on her next novel, the sequel to Qualities of Light.

mary@marycarrollmoore.com
• Pippen, Sylvia     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Sylvia Pippen, click here to view my classes
 

Sylvia Pippen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and learned to sew at a very early age from her mother, Kitty Pippen.

Sylvia's quilts took on a tropical twist when she moved to Hawaii and worked as a gardener at the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai. After co-authoring Asian Elegance Quilting with Japanese Fabrics and More with her mother Kitty, Sylvia turned to teaching and designing patterns and fabric kits full-time. She holds retreats in her Hawaii studio, teaches on the neighboring Islands, quilt cruises, US mainland, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.

Sylvia's quilt designs combine traditional and innovative hand sashiko with hand appliqué and embroidery embellishment.

Sylvia authored a second book with C&T publishing in 2009 called Paradise Stitched and a self published book, 200  Sashiko Designs.

sylvia40@sylviapippendesigns.com
• Shaw, Alison     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Alison Shaw, click here to view my classes
 

Alison Shaw has called Martha’s Vineyard home since moving there for “just one summer” after graduating from Smith College in 1975. During that time the island has provided the primary inspiration and subject matter for her fine art and editorial photography.  

Alison has 15 books to her credit, with three more on the way. She is a regular contributor to Yankee Magazine, Cape Cod Life, Martha’s Vineyard Magazine and Vineyard Style. Alison loves to teach and frequently leads workshops on Cape Cod, in Maine, as well as on the Vineyard. She's also taught workshops in Nova Scotia, Mexico, Italy, New Zealand, and throughout the United States. 

The Alison Shaw Gallery, which she co-owns with her partner Sue Dawson, is located in an old single-engine firehouse in the heart of the Arts District in Oak Bluffs. You can view more of her work on her website at www.alisonshaw.com.

alison@alisonshaw.com
• Spargo, Sue     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Sue Spargo, click here to view my classes
 

Sue Spargo was born in Zambia, educated in South Africa, and later lived in England. The stark contrasts between the arid beige-browns of the African bushveld and the lush greens of the rolling hills of Southern England inspired many of her designs and continue to be a rich source of ideas. The energy and color of traditional African designs stirred her love of “primitive” arts and crafts, and grew into her focus on folk-art. In 1989 she moved to the United States, and has lived in Connecticut, Tennessee, Utah and Ohio. Each new State presented sharp contrasts and stirred new ideas.

Sue designs quilted items using textural fabrics and embellishments. She creates and sells books, patterns and CD's for these designs, and she and her sister Wendy produce hand-dyed wool and wool plaids designed specifically for quilt makers.

Sue teaches workshops all over the United States.

suespargo1@gmail.com
• Stabin AWS, Mel     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Mel Stabin AWS, click here to view my classes
 

Mel Stabin is an internationally known teacher, author, and watercolorist.  A graduate of Pratt Institute, Mel studied the art of watercolor with Edgar Whitney.

For over thirty years Mel was an award-winning art director and creative director for major advertising agencies in New York City. He is a signature member of prestigious art societies including the American Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, North East Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society, and New Jersey Watercolor Society.   

For over twenty-five years Mel has conducted watercolor workshops with groups on location throughout the country and abroad, and for numerous art societies.  His paintings have been the recipient of national awards and have been represented in major exhibitions including the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Butler Institute of American Art, National Academy of Design, and Watercolor West.     

Mel has had seventeen one-man exhibitions of his watercolors.  His paintings are in many private and corporate collections.  In addition to being a juror of selection and judge of awards for numerous national and international watercolor exhibitions, Mel was a director/juror of selection for the American Watercolor Society’s Annual International Exhibition.  

He received the honor of Master Status from the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, was named one of the “Top Ten Watercolor Masters of Today” by the art website www.artmatch4U.com, and was invited by the American Watercolor Society to do a demonstration for their “Watercolor Evenings” during their 144th Annual International Exhibition.  

Mel has written numerous feature articles for American Artist, The Artist's Magazine, Watercolor, Watercolor Magic, & Watercolor Artist and is the author of two popular books, Watercolor:  Simple, Fast, & Focused and The Figure In Watercolor: Simple, Fast, & Focused.  Mel’s work can be seen on his website at  www.melstabin.com and on The New American Gallery at  www.newamgallery.com.

melstabin@optonline.net
• Taylor, Bryan Mark     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Bryan Mark Taylor, click here to view my classes
 

An accomplished landscape and cityscape painter, Bryan Mark Taylor has won numerous top awards at the nation’s most prestigious plein air invitationals and his work has been shown in museums across the country.  He has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air, Southwest Art, American Art Collector and American Artist Workshop magazines.

Bryan has had many successful one man shows and has been featured in numerous group shows including the Coors Western Art and and won a gold medal at the California Art Club’s Gold Medal show. Bryan is represented by galleries in California, Colorado and Utah and his work is found in private, corporate and museum collections around the world.

Bryan is a sought after teacher and lecturer has taught courses around the country including the Academy of Art University, Pixar and the Scottsdale Artists School. Bryan has also been a featured speaker at the 2012-2016 Plein Air Conventions and has produced an innovative instructional DVD titled “The Master's Mind.” Bryan has also developed a premier outdoor painting system called the STRADA Easel which is used by plein air artists around the world.

Bryan has traveled extensively carefully observing and capturing nature’s everyday miracles. Bryan was born in Portland, Oregon. He received his BA from Brigham Young University in 2001 and his MFA from the Academy of Art University in 2005. He lives with his wife and four children in Alpine, Utah.

 

bryan@bryanmarktaylor.com
• Taylor, David     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am David Taylor, click here to view my classes
 

David Taylor was born in Peterborough, New Hampshire, in 1963. As a Navy brat, he was relocated down the East Coast of the U.S. along with his three sisters and two brothers. David completed his high school and college years in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. He currently lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

David's obsession with fabric began at an early age, salvaging tiny scraps from his mother's sewing area trash bin. This began his love and appreciation for fabric, though not a love for quilting. "Who would ever want to cut up their beautiful fabrics into tiny pieces?" he asks.

After college, David embarked on a career in graphic design (before computers!), primarily working for newspapers. Throughout his 20-year career, he received more than 100 regional and national awards for newspaper editorial layout and advertising design.

David's first quilt design was in 1999, a fundraiser quilt collaboration for Strings Music Festival in Steamboat with friend and professional long-arm quilter Madeleine Vail of Clark, CO. Madeleine encouraged him to keep after it. Following a visit to Houston in 2001 for the International Quilt Festival, David's obsession with fabric turned into an obsession for quilting as art.

In 2006, David discovered a love for hand-applique, and all of his works since then have been stitched together by hand. "I don't think I'll ever give up my machine for the actual quilting," he adds. In 2008, he became an ambassador for HandiQuilter and their Sweet 16 sit-down machine.

Now, more than a decade into his quilting journey, he has exhibited his work internationally and teaches at numerous venues throughout the year.

David Taylor has been the recipient of the Fairfield Master Award for Contemporary Quilting from the International Quilt Association (2006), the Brother Wall Machine Workmanship Award from the American Quilters Society (Paducah, 2008), and a two-time Best of Show winner at the IQA's Spring Festival in Chicago (2007, 2008), among others.

david@davidtaylorquilts.com
• Tharp, Brenda     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Brenda Tharp, click here to view my classes
 

Brenda Tharp left a corporate career many years ago to pursue her passion for photography. While her focus is more towards fine art photography these days, Brenda has numerous publication credits from 30 years in the business that include National Geographic, Alaska Airlines, Audubon, Michelin, Forbes, Sierra Club, and more. Her fine art photographs are in private collections across the country, and she has contributed to books by Chronicle, National Park Service, and Michelin Travel Publications. Her own book, Creative Nature and Outdoor Photography, is used by several college professors as a textbook for their own classes.

 

Brenda is currently working on a new book on landscape photography, and she also co-authored the book Extraordinary Everyday Photography with her partner, Jed Manwaring.

Brenda loves to teach, and since 1985, she has helped both amateur and semi-professional photographers develop a more personal vision and advance to the next level in their skills. She has taught workshops in Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Cuba and throughout the United States.

brenda@brendatharp.com
• Wiegardt, Eric     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Eric Wiegardt, click here to view my classes
 

Eric Wiegardt AWS DF, NWS has taught over 5,000 watercolorists his popular “Secrets of Painting Loose” workshops. Over 4,000 original paintings have been collected privately and corporately.

His paintings have been exhibited in many US museums, including China. He has exhibited at both International Watermedia Shows in Nanchang and Shenzhen, China. Eric has been featured in many publications as well as cover artist for both The Artist’s Magazine and Watercolor Artist Magazine. He is the author of the book “Watercolor Free and Easy” and also has a video series titled “Painting Loosely from Photographs”. Eric is a graduate of the American Academy of Art, Chicago.

He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society (Dolphin Fellow), National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America (Master Status) and others. He has been awarded the 2012 AWS Gold Medal of Honor, 2014 AWS Judge, among many other national and international awards.

info@ericwiegardt.com
 
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Writing
• Andrew, Elizabeth Jarrett     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, click here to view my classes
 

Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew is the author of the novel, Hannah, Delivered (Koehler Books), Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir (Skinner House Books), Swinging on the Garden Gate:  A Spiritual Memoir (Skinner House Books), and the collection of personal essays, On the Threshold:  Home, Hardwood, and Holiness (Westview Press). 

She is a recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board artists’ fellowship, the Loft Career Initiative Grant, and is a Minnesota Book Awards finalist.  She teaches creative writing at the Loft Literary Center, Madeline Island School of the Arts, and various religious communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

You can connect with Elizabeth at www.spiritualmemoir.com and www.elizabethjarrettandrew.com.

elizabeth@spiritualmemoir.com
• Banaszynski, Jacqui     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Jacqui Banaszynski, click here to view my classes
 

Jacqui Banaszynski is an endowed Knight Chair professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, where she works with the true storytellers of the 21st Century.  Her newspaper career took her to all seven continents, including three trips to Antarctica. She has written about corruption and crime, beauty pageants and popes, AIDS and the Olympics, dogsled expeditions and refugee camps, labor strikes and political strife, traffic fatalities and family tragedies.

She won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for an intimate series on a gay farm couple dying of AIDS, and was a finalist for the 1986 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for her eyewitness account of the famine crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. In 1991, she covered the Kurdish refugees who fled Iraq after the first Gulf War. She won the Associated Press Sports Editors’ deadline award for coverage of Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1988 Olympics. Projects she has edited have won ASNE Best Newspaper Writing, Ernie Pyle Human Interest Writing and national business, social issues and investigative prizes.

Her students frequently placed in the Hearst Awards, considered the Pulitzer Prizes of college journalism. She is an editing fellow at The Poynter Institute, and coaches reporters, writers and editors around the world. In 2008, she was named to the Society of Features Journalists Hall of Fame.

You can find some of her work and her blog on her StoryLines website at www.jacquibanaszynski.com

 

BanaszynskiJ@missouri.edu
• Goetsch, Douglas     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website     |    Read My Interview
Hi I am Douglas Goetsch, click here to view my classes
 

Born in  Brooklyn,  NY  in  1963, Douglas Goetsch earned  a  BA  in Religious  Studies  at  Wesleyan  University,  an  MA  in  American Civilization  at  New  York  University,  and  an  MFA  in  Poetry  at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

His first full length collection Nobody’s Hell (1999) was praised by Robert McDowell for its “subtle technical skill and wicked good humor.” The Job of Being Everybody (2004), winner of the CSU Poetry Center Open Competition, prompted Billy Collins to remark, “It’s hard to imagine a reader who could resist Goetsch’s seductive opening lines.” Dick Allen has called Goetsch’s poetry “searing, honest, vivid, moving, unflinching. A glory of words and episodes and images.” And B.H. Fairchild has said, “It’s not just the way a Goetsch poem progresses from comedy to wisdom but the wonderfully tricky route it often takes getting there.”

In all, he has written three full-length collections and four prizewinning chapbooks. His work has appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The Gettysburg Review, The American Scholar, Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and numerous other awards.

For 21 years, he worked as a New York City public school teacher. He has also been on faculty at many writing conferences, in addition to several colleges and MFA programs. Most recently, he was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Western Kentucky University. He is also the founding editor of Jane Street Press, an independent poetry press in New York City.

 

doug@janestreet.org
• Goldberg, Natalie     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Natalie Goldberg, click here to view my classes
 

Natalie Goldberg is the author of thirteen books, including Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, which has sold over a million and a half copies and been translated into fourteen languages.

Her latest book is The Great Spring. She is also the author of the novel Banana Rose; Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World; and Top of My Lungs, containing forty poems, twenty of her paintings in color, and an essay, “How Poetry Saved My Life.” With the filmmaker Mary Feidt, she completed the documentary Tangled Up In Bob, about Bob Dylan’s childhood on the Iron Range in northern Minnesota.


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alison@blueflowerarts.com
• Hudson, PhD, Brenda     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Brenda Hudson, PhD, click here to view my classes
 

Brenda Hudson is a teacher, editor, writer, and a credentialed journaling instructor through the Center for Journal Therapy. She holds an MS in journalism from Boston University and a PhD from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Writing Studies. She regularly teaches at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, where she was recipient of its 2016 Excellence in Teaching Fellowship.

Brenda offers writing retreats in the United States and abroad through Voiced Life and has presented at the Minnesota Historical Society’s legacy writing conferences. Helping others express themselves through writing is her passion. 

brenda@voicedlife.com
• Matousek, Mark     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Mark Matousek, click here to view my classes
 

Mark Matousek is the bestselling author of Sex Death Enlightenment: A True StoryThe Boy He Left BehindWhen You're Falling, Dive: Lesson in the Art of Living, and Ethical Wisdom: The Search For a Moral Life. As a teacher and speaker, his work focuses on personal awakening and creative excellence through transformational writing and self-inquiry. Mark brings over three decades of experience as a memoirist and editor to his penetrating and thought provoking work with students. His workshops, classes, and mentoring have inspired thousands of people around the world to reach their artistic and personal goals. He has two books being published in 2017, Writing To Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery (July 2017) and Mother of the Unseen World (September 2017).

 

                                     Get to know Mark Matousek! 

Click the link below to watch a short video about Mark's journey

Mark Matousek: Truth Story Transformation 

 

contact@markmatousek.com
• Moore, Mary Carroll     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Mary Carroll Moore, click here to view my classes
 

Mary Carroll Moore, M.A., MFAW, has been writing, teaching, and publishing since the 1970s. Her thirteen published books include the novel Qualities of Light (Spinsters Ink, 2009) which was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner award; Your Book Starts Here: Create, Craft, and Sell Your First Novel, Memoir, or Nonfiction Book, based on her "How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book" writing workshops (Riverbed Press, 2010); the memoir/self-help book How to Master Change in Your Life: Sixty-seven Ways to Handle Life’s Toughest Moments  (Eckankar Publications, 1999); and many titles in the health and food genres including Cholesterol Cures (Rodale Press) and the IACP/Seagrams (Julia Child) award-winning Healthy Cooking (Ortho Publications).

Mary's work has been featured in national and international press, including the New York Times, USA Today, and on WNPR.

She teaches workshops and weekly writing classes both online and in person at writing schools around the U.S. and abroad, including the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center near New York City, Madeline Island School for the Arts on Madeline Island in Lake Superior, the New Hampshire Writers' Project in Manchester, Grub Street Writing School in Boston, and other locations.

A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times, over 200 of Mary’s essays, short stories, articles, and poetry have appeared in literary journals, magazines, and newspapers around the U.S. and have won awards with the McKnight Awards for Creative Prose, Glimmer Train Press, the Loft Mentor Series, and other writing competitions.

She lives with her family in rural New Hampshire and writes a weekly blog for book writers at http://HowtoPlanWriteandDevelopaBook.blogspot.com.   She's currently working on her next novel, the sequel to Qualities of Light.

mary@marycarrollmoore.com
• Munson, Laura     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Laura Munson, click here to view my classes
 

Laura Munson is a New York Times and international bestselling author, and has been featured in Vanity Fair, Elle, Redbook, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and many other media venues across the globe, including Good Morning America.  Her work has been published in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, O. Magazine, Redbook, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, More Magazine, The Sun, and more.  

Laura is the founder of Haven Writing Retreats and Workshops, which is ranked in the top five writing retreats in the US.  She lives in Montana with her family.

lmunson@montana.com
• Nutter, Jude     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Jude Nutter, click here to view my classes
 

Jude Nutter was born North Yorkshire, England, and grew up in northern Germany. Her poems have appeared in numerous national and international journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Atlanta Review, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, Marlboro Review, MARGIE, Missouri Review, Nimrod International Journal, Notre Dame Review, Southern Poetry Review, Stand (UK), Sycamore Review and Words and Images.

Her books include Pictures of the Afterlife (Salmon Poetry, Ireland),The Curator of Silence (University of Notre Dame Press, winner of the Ernest Sandeen Prize and the 2007 Minnesota Book Award in Poetry), and I Wish I Had A Heart Like Yours, Walt Whitman (University of Notre Dame Press, winner of the 2010 Minnesota Book Award in Poetry and voted Poetry Book of the Year by ForeWord Reviews).

She is the recipient of several awards and grants including two Minnesota State Arts Grants, an Elizabeth George Foundation grant, a McKnight Fellowship, the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize, the Listowel Prize (Ireland), the Larry Levis Prize, the International War Poetry Award, The Marjorie J. Wilson Award for Excellence in Poetry, the Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize, and the Missouri Review Editors' Prize. In 2004/2005 she spent two months in Antarctica as a participant in the National Science Foundation's Writers and Artists Program.

Jude has an MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon.

anubisx007@gmail.com
 
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Young Adult Classes
• Spieler, Sandra     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Sandra Spieler, click here to view my classes
 

SANDY SPIELER is a sculptor, painter, graphic artist, performer, theatre director, teacher and perpetual student. Her work includes tiny puppet shows performed in a suitcase, community collaborative performances, performance installations, main stage theater productions, permanent public art commissions, and streetscape designs. She is one of the founders of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and has served as its Artistic Director since 1976. She is the director/midwife of the Annual Mayday Parade and Ceremony involving thousands of participants in her diverse urban home community in Minneapolis, USA and has also directed epic performances in South Korea, Los Angeles, and the Dominican Republic. For 30 years Sandy has created work about Water, including the on-going multi-faceted initiative “Invigorate The Common Well”.

She is currently wondering what it means to enact a “theatre of inter-being.”

Sandy holds an MA of Cultural Performance from Bristol University England, studied puppetry arts at Bread and Puppet Theatre in Vermont, and Balinese masked dance at NYU. She is part of the International ECOARTS network. She is grateful for supportive awards over the years including the Bush Foundation’s Leadership and Artist Fellowships, the Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, and the McKnight Interdisciplinary Fellowship. She has received two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry Award.

Sandy asks that Art waken us to the “Wonder!?” of our everyday lives.

sandralspieler@gmail.com
• Wilson, Craig M.     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Craig M. Wilson, click here to view my classes
 

Craig Wilson started flying kites in 1983. Over the next several years he built copies of kites he saw in books and magazines. As his collection of kites grew so did his interest in the history and culture of kites. He travelled the world to participate in kite festival events. Aerial photography with his larger kites led to commercial applications but equally, provided unique views from the combination of his kites and cameras. Craig's aerial images are published in travel brochures and magazines such as Outside, Sail, Air and Space, Wisconsin Trails, Popular Photography, and Kiting.

His photos have been exhibited in galleries at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio, Air-Venture Museum in Oshkosh, and art museums in Japan, France, Belgium, and the U.S.

Craig's first book titled Hanging By A Thread has just been published.

kitecam@juno.com
 
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