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• Fiber Arts • Independent Study - Writing • Mixed Media • Photography
• Plein Air Painting • Quilting • Studio Painting • Writing
Fiber Arts
• Dunnewold, Jane     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Jane Dunnewold, click here to view my classes

Jane Dunnewold is the former chair of the Surface Design Studio at the Southwest School of Art. She teaches and lectures internationally, has mounted numerous one person exhibitions, and won Best of Show in the exhibition Timeless Meditations at theTubac Art Center (2013).

She received the Quilt Japan Prize in the 2002 Visions exhibition, and the Gold Prize at the Taegue (Korea) International Textile Exhibition. Dunnewold is President Emeritus of the international Surface Design Association.  You can learn more about her work on her website,
• 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.
• Shepherd, Gene     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Gene Shepherd, click here to view my classes

Gene Shepherd is Director of Cambria Pines Rug Camp, always held the first full week of June at Cambria Pines Lodge, Cambria, CA as well as Director of the on-line Internet Rug Camp, a subscription site where Gene posts teaching blogs and instructional videos about all aspects of rug hooking. 

Gene regularly teaches private and group classes in Anaheim, CA.   He is both a member of The Association of Traditional Handhooking Artists, as well as the organizations Educational Chair.  He has also served as Co Chair of the 2013 ATHA Biennial and has been a frequent teacher and speaker at ATHA Biennials.  He is also a member of TIGHR and was recently a keynote lecturer at the Victoria Triennial in 2015. 

Known for his particular passion of introducing rug hooking to multi-ethnic children and adults, he has traveled as far as Russia, England, Canada and Australia to teach this art form.  His hooked rugs have been featured several times in Rug Hooking Magazine and the ATHA Magazine. 

Four of his works have been chosen to appear in A Celebration of Hand Hooked RugsFog, in 2002, Russian Birch, in 2004 and Miss Weigle, in 2005 and Big Momma, in 2009.  Russian Birch was also chosen as a Reader’s Choice finalist. 

In 2003 he served as one of 4 judges for Celebrations XIIIAlthough most of Gene’s work is based on his original designs, he has re-created two rugs for the US Park Service. 

Working with black and white archival photos he designed and hooked two rugs that had been lost from FDR’s Top Cottage at Hyde Park, New York.  These rugs went on display at Hyde Park in 2004. 

He is a frequent contributor to Rug Hooking Magazine.  His published works include The Rug Hooker’s Bible, Prodded Hooking for a Three Dimensional.  his latest book, Prepared to Dye and over  80  professionally produced instructional DVD’s on various topics associated with the making of traditional hand hooked rugs.

For a gallery of Gene’s work, teaching schedule, original patterns, links to companion sites or information about Cambria Pines Rug Camp, log on to his website
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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   She's currently working on her next novel, the sequel to Qualities of Light.
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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.
• LaFazio, Jane     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Jane LaFazio, click here to view my classes

Jane LaFazio, a full-time artist since 1998, truly believes she is living the life she was meant to live! 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 workshops online (including Sketchbook Skool “Beginnings)) and at art retreats internationally. Jane’s 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 has made numerous appearances on Quilting Arts TV and is featured in instructional DVDs “From Art Journaling to Art,” “Layered & Fused Applique Quilts: From Fabric Scraps to Recycled Circles” and “The Small Art Quilt” are available on Amazon.  You can learn more about her work on her website,
• St. Hilaire, Elizabeth     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Elizabeth St. Hilaire, 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 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, for collage work in progress visit
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• Beasley, Douglas     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Douglas Beasley, click here to view my classes

Douglas Beasley’s personal vision explores the spiritual aspects of people and place and is concerned with how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life. He hopes that his photographs act as prayer-like offerings meant as a departure point for the viewer’s own visual or spiritual journey.

After receiving a BFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he worked for many years as a commercial photographer while pursuing his vision in fine art. Much of his art is supported by grants and commissions and has been widely exhibited and collected. His work has been featured in numerous magazines and published and exhibited internationally.

His first book Japan; A Nisei’s First Encounter, published in 1999, offers insight into his journey to his mother’s homeland. His new book, Earth Meets Spirit, based on a personal vision of the sacred landscape, was recently published by Five Continents Editions in Milan, Italy.

As founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops, Beasley provides workshops that emphasize personal expression and creative vision over the mechanics of camera use. He also photographs various fine-art based commercial assignments locally and throughout the world.

Douglas continues to explore the notion of what is sacred in his photography and in his life. He lives in a small wooden home surrounded by trees in Saint Paul, MN where, when not out traveling the world, he can be found tending his Japanese gardens or enjoying a strong cup of coffee while listening to loud music.
• 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.
• 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
• 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.
• 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:  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
• 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
• 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.
• 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 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).
• 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.
• 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.
• Wells, David H.     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am David H. Wells, click here to view my classes

David H. Wells is a publication photographer/video-maker. He is affiliated with Aurora Photos and specializes in intercultural communication and visual narratives that excel in their creative mastery of light, shadow and sound, stills and video. Awards for his video/time-lapse work include Best of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) and an Eddie award from the Folio competition.

Wells focuses on multimedia productions and photo-essays for publication and exhibition. Past assignments have been for Life Magazine, National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine, to name a few. He has worked for corporations including Consolidated Natural Gas and DuPont as well as non-profit organizations including Brown University, the Ford Foundation and the New Israel Fund, among others.

His work has been featured in one-person exhibits at Brown University, U.C. Berkeley and Harvard University. His work has been part of group exhibitions at the Houston FotoFest and the Visa pour l'Image Festival in Perpignan, France. He has been an Artist in residence at the Visual Studies Workshop and the Light Works Photography Center.

He has taught classes at the University of Pennsylvania and workshops at the Maine Media Workshops. He is on the faculty of the International Center for Photography in New York City. He was featured in Photo District News as a "Best Workshop Instructor."

His photo-essays have been funded by fellowships from Nikon/NPPA, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the MacArthur Foundation's Program of Research and Writing on International Peace and Cooperation, the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the Fulbright Foundation. His project on the pesticide poisoning of California farm workers was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
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Plein Air Painting
• Castagnet, Alvaro     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Alvaro Castagnet, click here to view my classes

Alvaro Castagnet is one of the world’s most highly respected watercolor artists.

He was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. At a very young age he initiated studies in art at the National School of Arts. He moved to Australia, living there for 20 years, where his watercolor technique reached the highest levels.

Alvaro has been recognized with top honors in major art competitions around the world, including three awards and medals from the coveted American Watercolor Society (AWS) of which he is a signature member.

His works grace the walls of many private and corporate collectors worldwide.

Alvaro is the author of “Painting with Passion - Beyond Technique” and is the subject of numerous articles in magazines around the world. He has designed his own line of watercolor brushes and has released a series of DVDs.

His main studio is located in Montevideo, Uruguay.
• Cosby, John     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am John Cosby, click here to view my classes

Born in Hollywood California in 1955, John Cosby was raised in the west.  At an early age he began to draw and paint and was lucky enough to have a grandmother who was an oil painter.  "She would give me the paint, some brushes and a scrap of canvas and set me off to paint.  This early experience took the fear out of creating a painting," said Cosby.

Cosby currently resides and maintains a studio in San Clemente California.  He works on location around the world and is represented by some of the finest galleries.  Cosby is a Signature Member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America and currently serves on the board as Vice President; He also is a founding board member of the “Laguna Plein Air Painters Association” and a Signature member of California Art Club.  Cosby is a founder of the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational held at the Laguna Art Museum.  

Major Exhibitions include: A current exhibit at the The Irvine Museum and recently at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, The Presidential Museum in Texas, The Haggin Museum, The Bakersfield Museum, The Autry Museum and currently also showing in the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
• English, Kim     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery
Hi I am Kim English, click here to view my classes

Colorado-based painter, Kim English, depicts the simple beauty found in daily life. Each painting he makes speaks to the focus of his inspiration: the harmony existing between light and shadow.

Raised in a rural community near Colorado Springs, English was born in 1957. After graduation from the Rocky Mountain School of Art he joined the faculty and later began teaching at the Art Students League of Denver and the Scottsdale Artists School.

Regarding his paintings, he says “Immediacy is important not only because it is often the nature of people, but, for me, it is the most instinctive way to paint.

English travels around the nation, painting images of every-day life, and teaching his popular workshops.
• Evansen, Andy     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Andy Evansen, click here to view my classes

Andy Evansen began painting watercolors in the mid 1990's as a change from the detailed digital images he creates as a medical illustrator. His work is known for its bold and expressive qualities which include beautiful ranges in value, created from direct observation. He was a featured presenter at the 2014 and 2016 Plein Air Convention and Expo and has been featured in numerous other publications since.

Andy has become a sought-after workshop instructor who paints and teaches both in the United States and internationally.  Most recently, he traveled to Nanning, China in November of 2015 with Joseph Zbukvic, Alvaro Castagnet, John Salminen, Konstantin Sterkhov and Stanislaw Zoladz for a watercolor exhibition and plein air event. Andy recently opened his own studio gallery, Evansen Art Studio, in Hastings, MN. You can also view his work at

Additional achievements and awards include:

  • Appeared on cover of American Artist magazine in 2005 after winning an international watercolor competition.

  • Served as President of the Minnesota Watercolor Society from 2004-2006

  • Elected a signature member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) in 2012 is now serving as their President.

  • Remains the only watercolorist invited to exhibit in the annual ‘Wild Side’ Exhibition, a show of works done on Catalina Island by some of the top landscape painters in the country.

  • Won Bronze Medal of Honor at the 2012 American Watercolor Society Exhibition.

  • Received the Painters Award in Northwest Watercolor Society’s 2012 Waterworks Exhibition.

  • Received the High Winds Medal in 2015.

  • Signature status from the American Watercolor Society.
• Fontana, Francesco     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Francesco Fontana, click here to view my classes

Artist Across Borders

Francesco Fontana is a professional artist with many years of experience in oil, watercolor, acrylic and dry media. After art school, he followed a bohemian dream and started his artistic journey in the streets of Paris, making a living by drawing tourists’ portraits. In the years to follow, he exhibited his art in Italy and France.  His paintings are now in many private collections in Europe, USA and Asia.

Before becoming a professional painter, Francesco worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for international cultural events such as theatre, classical music, jazz festivals and symphonic orchestras. Other specialty works include watercolor rendering for major architectural projects in the Middle East. 

Since 2008, Francesco has been the co-founder and director of Fare Pittura Atelier, based in Milan, Italy. There he teaches regular classes of life drawing, oil and watercolor alternating with intensive travel as workshop instructor and presenter. His international experience includes dozens of workshops in Provence, Normandy, Paris and Giverny, France. Italy’s destinations include Sicily, Umbria, Puglia and Liguria. He’s been invited to teach as far as Bali, Indonesia and the US. 

In 2015, Francesco was invited as a faculty member of the 4th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo in Monterey, CA on the watercolor stage and invited back to the 5th annual convention in 2016 in Tucson, Arizona. Meanwhile, he was exhibiting for the 148th American Watercolor Society in New York’s Salmagundi Club and at the International Watercolor Society’s Meeting in Fabriano, Italy.  He is announced as the juror, lecturer and workshop leader for the fall convention of the Watercolor Society of Oregon in 2016. Appearances in the press include Plein Air Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur. 

Francesco received his BFA in Palermo, Italy where he was born. He extended his education with further years of study with Italian Masters Maiotti, Lissoni and Pelizzoni.  Later he met several international artists who broadened his technique and vision remarkably. Francesco started his career in Paris, has lived in London and is fluent in English and French as well as his native Italian. He is the proud and loving father of two little girls, Teresa and Flora.
• 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."
• Jones, Tom     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Tom Jones, click here to view my classes

Tom Jones, resident of Central Florida and popular watercolor workshop artist, has honed his artistic skills since grade school. Although largely self-taught, he was greatly influenced by famous artists such as Thomas Moran and Charles M. Russell. Their influence helped him create the distinctive style and rich detail he is known for today.

Tom’s art can be found internationally in many private and corporate collections, including commissioned paintings displayed in the Florida State Capitol Building, Walt Disney World, the Omni Corporation and museums. His work has also been featured in many books, magazines, posters and brochures.

Beyond being a featured artist, Tom is also an author, an art judge and he loves to share his talent and guidance with his workshop students. His 24 years of workshop travels – in North America and abroad gives him the keen insight as to what makes a truly successful, memorable and fulfilling learning experience for his students.

You can read more about his work on his website.
• 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
• Paquet, Joe     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Joe Paquet, click here to view my classes

Joseph Paquet, while pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York, had the good fortune of finding a mentor in John Foote who opened his eyes to the joys of drawing the human figure. After graduating, Joe met another major influence in his life, John Osborne, who was uniquely gifted in producing convincing landscape paintings from memory. Osborne believed a landscape painting should begin on location, but that its poetic essence should be completed in the solitude of the artist’s studio. Paquet experienced a demanding and rewarding apprenticeship, in which he learned to fuse field studies with the image he could see in his mind’s eye. To summarize this experience, he explains, “The intellectual process became married to the intuitive. Paint what you know well as what you see.” He goes on to expand the possibilities, “If I have the need or desire to move a mountain, add a figure or change the course of a river, I can do so. I am no longer shackled to nature. Now, I am painting my picture.” Paquet teaches and paints at Hurinenko and Paquet Studio in St. Paul, Minnesota.

He has been featured in an October 1995 article in the Washington Post Sunday Magazine, the May 2002 issue of The Artist Magazine, the March 2004 issue of American Artist and the July 2005 issue of Plein Air Magazine. Paquet’s recent awards include both Artists’ Choice and Collectors’ Choice from the 2007 Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational as well as the 2008 Alden Bryan Memorial Prize from the Salmagundi Club of New York and the First Place in Landscape from the Richeson 75: Artist’s Choice Competition.

Paquet is a Signature Member of the Plein Air Painters of America, The Salmagundi Club and an Out-of-State Artist Member of the California Art Club.
• 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”.
• 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.
• Smith, Matt     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
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Matt Smith was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1960.  At an early age he moved to Arizona.  He later moved to Europe where he lived two years in France and one in Switzerland. In subsequent years Smith painted in Germany, Austria and Italy.  Smith has lived most of his life in Arizona, where he has a deep attachment and respect for the Sonoran Desert.

Smith graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting.  He spent a vast amount of time studying the traditional styles of such landscapes masters as Maynard Dixon, William Herbert Dunton and Edgar Payne.

Most of the time, Smith can be found painting en plein air from southern Arizona to the Canadian Rockies.  He also paints the California coast to the mountains of Colorado. "I appreciate traditional landscape painting and I am inspired by the pristine landscapes of the American West.  I enjoy working in areas where one can travel for miles without seeing the influence of man.  When I paint, I feel I've hit the mark when I've captured a balance between mood, look and feel.  You know you've succeeded when viewers sense the desert heat or the chill of a mountain snowfall."  

Smith currently lives in Arizona with his wife, Tracy, who is also a painter.
• 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.
• Tanabe, Keiko     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Keiko Tanabe, click here to view my classes

Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan.  As a child, she always enjoyed drawing and painting and won many awards in children's art contests.  However, art was not her chosen field of study later on.  She earned a B.A. in intercultural communication (International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan) and an M.A. in international education (UCLA, California).  She then worked in international relations positions on both sides of the Pacific.

Throughout her life Keiko has traveled extensively, mainly in European countries, Asia and North America. She always knew there was in her heart the growing desire to someday become an artist.  That, fueled by her love of travel and strong interest in other cultures, eventually found its way out in 2003.  After learning basic drawing and watercolor painting skills at a local community school in San Diego, she intensely taught herself to be fluent in watercolor painting, just as one would do to master a foreign language.

Mostly self-taught, Keiko started her art career in 2005 when she quit her previous job in international marketing.  Since then her paintings have been juried into or invited to participate in many exhibitions around the world.  Most recently she was chosen to be an invited guest of honor in several key watercolor exhibitions in France, Italy and Spain. 

Her work has been purchased by private and corporate collectors from all around the world.  She also had her paintings featured in leading art publications in the U.S., Europe and Japan.  She self-published several books of her art since 2012.  She is also a sought-after workshop instructor.  Since 2011, she has completed successfully more than 120 workshops around the world.  Keiko currently lives in San Diego, California.  In 2015 she was appointed as a Winsor & Newton brand ambassador.
• Zbukvic, Joseph     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
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Joseph Zbukvic is a highly skilled artist who has the ability to create a magical atmosphere and mood in his paintings. He is a strong believer in the benefits of painting on location.

Joseph Zbukvic’s easy manner and sense of humour disguise a wonderful teacher. “I’ve learned many things from my students by simply observing what they see as mistakes. In reality, there is no such thing as a mistake in watercolour – I call them gifts from heaven because the very unpredictability of what the medium will do is its greatest strength

Joseph began his painting career in 1978 and quickly became one of Australia’s finest artists. Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Joseph immigrated to Australia when he was eighteen and has since won over 200 international awards with over 40 solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, London and San Antonio.

Joseph is a member of the Victorian Watercolour Society and was its vice president from 1991 to 1994. He is a long-serving member of the Twenty Melbourne Artists’ Society and Australian Watercolour Institute. Joseph also teaches at Charles Sturt University and the Mitchell School of Arts.

“My interest in painting began at a very early age. I grew up on a small farm in Europe where most of the work was done manually and in harmony with nature. I still find the landscape produced by this fine balance, the favourite subject for my paintings”.

“I always say, go with the flow. If you listen to your watercolour as you paint, it will actually tell you where it wants to go. And if you learn to live in the lifetime of any given watercolour while it’s wet, you can travel an amazing journey and be quite relaxed about it, rather than hurrying in your own time. After all, a butterfly lives only for a day; that is it’s lifetime. A watercolour can be wet for mere minutes and that is it’s lifetime.”
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• 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.
• Brubaker Knapp, Susan     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
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Fiber artist, designer, author and teacher Susan Brubaker Knapp is the host of “Quilting Arts TV,” a national PBS television program where top quilt artists and modern quilters discuss and demonstrate ideas and techniques for contemporary quilting. The show airs on more than 400 stations across the country.

Susan made her first quilt with her mother in the 1970s and has been creating traditional quilts since 1990 and art quilts since 2005. Her award-winning work has been exhibited at national and international venues.

Susan’s work has been featured in numerous quilting magazines, and she has written two books (Point,Click, Quilt! Turn Your Photos into Fabulous Fabric Art (C&T Publishing, 2011), and Appliqué Petal Party (C&T Publishing, 2009) and produced four DVDs: “Master Machine Quilting: Free-Motion Stitching and Thread Sketching” (2009), “Master Machine Stitching:

Thread Sketching Beyond the Basics” (2010), “Dynamic Quilt Design: Paint Meets Stitch” (2011), and “Fabulous Finishes: Seven Techniques for Binding,Facing, Framing & Hanging a Quilt” (2014).

She has taught her techniques to quilters across the country and around the world, traveling to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands to lead classes. Susan writes a popular art quilting blog at her website,

She grew up in Mt. Lebanon, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh, and earned a B.A. in English at Allegheny College (Meadville, Pa.) and an M.A. in journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Susan has worked as a communications professional, writer, editor, graphic designer and photographer for Chase Manhattan Bank (NYC), the Lexington Herald-Leader (KY), the Virginia Hospital & HealthcareAssociation (VA), and The Charlotte Observer (NC). She lives in Mooresville, NC, with her husband,Rob, and their two daughters.
• 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!"
• Busch, Elizabeth     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Elizabeth Busch, click here to view my classes

Elizabeth A. Busch has a BFA in Painting and Art Education from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her Art Quilts have won many awards, including the President’s Award, Quilt Visions 2006; Excellence in Surface Design, Quilts=Art=Quilts, 2005; Quilts Japan Award, Quilt National 2003; Best in Show, Quilt National 1989.

Elizabeth was a juror for Quilt National 93, Breaking New Ground, and The Art Quilt: Celebrating Women’s Visions and Energies. Her work has been published in numerous books and magazines, among them Quilts Japan, Nouvel Objet, 88 Leaders in the Quilt World Today, The Art Quilt, Quilts A Living Tradition, Surface Design, Textilforum(German), Textile Fibre Forum(Australian), Quilter’s Newsletter, American Craft, American Quilter, Threads.

She has taught workshops in New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands, Canada, and in the USA at Haystack, Arrowmont, Penland, Quilt Surface Design Symposium, and Visions: Quilt San Deigo to name a few.

Her Art Quilts are in public and private collections throughout the USA, Europe, Australia, Canada and Japan. Elizabeth’s Kinetic Sculpture Commissions are permanently installed in Maine, Massachusetts, Florida, Oregon and Alaska.

In 2009 she was given a Retrospective Exhibition at the Visions Quilt Museum, San Diego, CA.
• Crawford, Lenore     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Lenore Crawford, click here to view my classes

After working in a hospital lab and then chemical research for many years, Lenore Crawford wanted to pursue her passion for art as a full-time endeavor.  She has worked in many different media including pen and ink, acrylics, wood, and others and became intrigued with fabric. 

She has developed her own fiber art  style and technique and calls it “Impressionistic Fabric Blending” using 2” squares of hundreds of different fabrics cut randomly and assembled to create a sort of fabric “painting”.  Currently she is using fusing and fabric paints to create her fiber art.  She has been lecturing on and teaching the fusing technique she developed to quilt guilds, private students, and quilt shows nationally and internationally. 

She has won numerous prizes for her work at art shows and quilt shows across the country.  Her technique has been published in the Quilters’ Newsletter Magazine and American Quilter Magazine, and her electronic book called “Impressionistic Fabric Blending – Create Your Own Art Quilt” has been well received.  She was also featured on Kaye Wood’s Quilting Friends PBS program in Episode #1607.  A native Midlander, Lenore loves to travel to France to visit with friends.
• Cummings for Sue Spargo, Judy     |    View My Classes
Hi I am Judy Cummings for Sue Spargo, click here to view my classes

Judy Cummings has been teaching hand embroidery, needle turn appliqué, and piecing for more than 15 years in the Sacramento, CA area she calls home.  For the past 5 years Judy has spent countless hours perfecting her hand embellishment skills and techniques, with the focus of both her personal studies and ongoing professional teaching being inspired by Sue Spargo’s designs and techniques.  Judy is very excited to be named as Sue special invited representative to Madeline Island School of the Arts.  She is honored to step in for Sue and can't wait to give each person in the workshop her individualized attention.


“I have come to know Judy Cummings over the past several years and I am truly impressed by her level of handwork skills, along with her grasp of the techniques and materials that complete my designs.  But, this is only a part of Judy’s talent, she is also an accomplished and caring instructor.   I am so lucky to know Judy and I am completely comfortable that she will do an excellent job for each and every student enrolled in the Creative Texture class.  I will be missing all of you this June, but am pleased to have the opportunity to introduce you to Judy Cummings.” - Sue Spargo
• Findlay Wolfe, Victoria     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Victoria Findlay Wolfe, click here to view my classes

Victoria Findlay Wolfe is a New York City based quilter, designer and author of 15 Minutes of Play (C&T publishing), Founder of NYC MOD quilters, Board member of the International Quilt Association and Quilt Alliance.

She runs several community drives with BumbleBeansBASICS, and is the Modern Contributor to The Quilt Life Magazine. Born and raised on a farm in Minnesota, She credits her quilting influences to her grandmother’s double knit crazy quilts that kept her warm, growing up. Her biggest supporters are her husband and daughter.

You can learn more about her fabulous work on her blogs,, and on her website.
• Frampton Cooper, Sheila     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
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When award-winning artist Sheila Frampton Cooper creates, she revels in the spontaneous. Her free-form process with its surprising twists and turns inevitably delivers her to a place of unfiltered originality where her bold work unapologetically commands attention.  

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Sheila showed a strong-willed, artistic temperament from an early age and has been creating art since her earliest memories. When she was 19 she lived in Italy, France and Belgium, and upon her return, embarked with a vengeance down her creative path. Several years later as a single mom working hard to provide for her two young sons, she painted in the evenings as a creative outlet. One night as she was working, she looked at the painting and thought, “This is crap,” so she dipped the brush in paint and started throwing it around in a frenzy. Then something magical happened—there was a whole scene on the canvas that just flowed out. That moment profoundly changed her.

From years of oil, acrylic and watercolor painting to jewelry-making and architectural photography, it has been a surprising leap to her current passion of studio art quilts. Her greatest affinity lies with improvisational piecing, as well as painting with thickened dyes and various aspects of surface design. Whether it’s a butterfly on her windowsill, a bird in her garden or the colors of a tropical fish, Sheila finds inspiration in the natural world as well as the bustling metropolis. This duality manifests itself in her work through bold, graphic designs juxtaposed with more quiet and flowing, amorphous creations. 

Since embarking on her fiber art adventure in 2010, Sheila has won awards at major quilt shows, including: IQA World of Beauty in Houston, AQS Show in Paducah and Road to California. In April 2013, she won her most cherished award—Libby Lehman’s Judges Recognition for her quilt, “Fantasyland” at the AQS Show in Paducah. 

Sheila has been featured in Quilting Arts Magazine, International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene Magazine, Fiber Art Now, Studios Magazine and other publications; she appears on an episode of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims; Sheila curated the exhibit, "Perspectives: Fantasy and Reality" at Road to California; her quilt, "From a Seed" was juried into the 2013 Quilt National Exhibition; and her work has been on display at the Oceanside Museum of Art.

Sheila lives in Van Nuys, California with her artist/entrepreneur husband and beloved animal companions where she works in her studio creating quilt art and paintings. She also shoots architectural photography and enjoys music, gardening, bird watching, and fast driving.

Sheila is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates and the Los Angeles Artist Association.
• 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.
• Kunkel, Jackie     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Jackie Kunkel, click here to view my classes

Jackie has been a quilter since 1993 and has owned her own business, Canton Village Quilt Works since 2000. She began her business as a long arm quilter and then added an online quilt fabric shop in 2009. She has also been a quilt designer for magazines and fabric companies since 2009 and is a quilting Podcaster for Jackie's Quilting Chronicles. She is a Certified Quiltworx (Judy Niemeyer) instructor and shop, and is one of the few instructors in the country who is certified to teach the Technique of the Month Program patterns.

Jackie travels throughout the country to lecture, do workshops and trunk shows. Her first book, Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black and White Quilts, was published in September, 2015 by Martingale & Co.  She also has her own line of patterns, published in 2015. There are now 9 in the series with more to come!  

This year will 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 to keep up to date.
• 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
• 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.


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

Born in Yorkshire, England, Philippa discovered a love of sewing and knitting as a child. Trained as a clothing designer she worked in industry as a lingerie designer before setting up her own bespoke wedding and evening dress business. She began her quilting career in 1996 when she was living in Saudi Arabia.

Curved piecing, use of bright hand-dyed fabrics and extensive free-motion machine quilting are hallmarks of Philippa’s work. She has won many top quilting prizes including the Pfaff Award for Machine Artistry at the International Quilt Festival, Houston in 2007 and 2008, the Bernina Workmanship Award in 2002 and 2009, and ‘Best of Show’ with ‘Lime Light’ at the 2003 American Quilters Society show in Kentucky. Three of her quilts are now housed in the collection of the USA’s National Quilt Museum in Paducah KY, and she is the only non American to have more than one work in this collection.

Philippa published her first book “Quilting In The Limelight” in 2008. Her second book ‘Applique Mastery’ was published in 2014.

 In 2004 after living in Saudi Arabia for 15 years Philippa and her family returned to Yorkshire, driving home - a journey of 10,000 miles across twelve countries over nine weeks. 

As well as teaching a wide range of quilting and clothing classes worldwide, Philippa enjoys working in her home, garden and studio.
• 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 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.
• 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.
• 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”.
• 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.
• 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.
• Valor, Quilts of     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Quilts of Valor, click here to view my classes

The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Blue Star mom Catherine Roberts, began the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) from her sewing room in Seaford, Delaware.  Her son Nathanael’s year-long deployment to Iraq provided the initial inspiration, and her desire to see that returning warriors were welcomed home with the love and gratitude they deserved, provided the rest.

She hit upon the idea that linking quilt-toppers with machine quilters in a national effort could achieve her goal of cover all returning service men and women touched by war.  These wartime quilts, called Quilts of Valor (QOV’s), would be a tangible reminder of an American’s appreciation and gratitude.  Since 2003, QOVF has become a national grassroots community service effort, connecting the home-front with our warriors and veterans.

QOV’s are stitched with love, prayers and healing thoughts. Our troops who have been touched by war are awarded this tangible token of appreciation that unequivocally says, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor.”

A Quilt of Valor is a generous lap-sized quilt (minimum of 55 X 65) made by a quilt-topper (the piecer) of quality fabrics and beautifully quilted by a longarmer.   After it has been bound, washed, labeled and wrapped in a presentation case, it is ready to be awarded.   Quilts are awarded at many different levels: they may go to military hospitals where Chaplains award them to service members; there may be awards of QOV’s to entire service units returning from deployments; they may be awarded at VA’s or awarded individually.   But no matter how a Quilt of Valor is given, the impact it delivers is unequivocal.   As one recipient said “My quilt isn’t another military medal to be placed in a box and sit on my shelf. I was moved to tears.”

– SSgt RC, US Army, Iraq ‘05

Just how much of an impact has the Quilts of Valor Foundation made? As of August 2014, there have been over 100,000 quilts awarded to service members/veterans.
• 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.
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Studio Painting
• Beckwith, Mary Ann     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Mary Ann Beckwith, click here to view my classes

Mary Ann Beckwith is equally a painter and teacher with a passion for both.  She is a 43 year resident of the rugged and scenic Upper Peninsula of Michigan from which she derives much inspiration. 

A professor emeritus of art at Michigan Tech University, she brought the arts to engineering and science students.  Mary Ann has twice been the recipient of the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award. 

She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society,  National Watercolor Society, Allied Artists, Watercolor Honor Society of Watercolor USA, International Society of Experimental Artists (Nautilus Fellow), Society of Layerists in Multimedia, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, as well as the many more

Author of Creative Watercolor: A Step-by-Step Guide and Showcase (1995), published in English and Japanese, Mary Ann’s influence in experimental watercolor is international. Her work has been featured numerous books on watercolor

Mary Ann conducts workshops and classes on experimental watercolor techniques and collage.  She has served as a judge in shows around the country.
• 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 for more information about his work.
• Edwards, Sterling     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Sterling Edwards, click here to view my classes

Sterling Edwards is a contemporary watermedia master and photographer born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1951.  Most of Sterling’s paintings are interpretive statements that reflect his love of the outdoors. Using primarily large brushes, his main objective is to create and expressive and unique interpretive painting that is a choreographed balance of interlocking shapes, strong light and dark values, and unusual colors. The result is an expressive painting that is often a balance of abstract and representational design that captures the mood and dynamics of his subject.

In 1993 Sterling began teaching his style of painting at workshops throughout North Carolina where he now resides.  As his reputation as an accomplished watermedia artist and teacher rapidly grew, he was requested to conduct workshops in neighboring states. Today, Sterling’s workshops are attended by hundreds of people annually throughout the United States and Canada.

He was a featured artist in the fall 2001 issue of Watercolor Magic Magazine in an article titled, “Ones to watch” and has been featured in numerous newspaper articles. In 2007 he was awarded signature member status in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, an international organization based in Toronto, Canada that recognizes those who have mastered transparent watercolor. Also in 2007 Sterling designed and introduced a signature set of watercolor brushes and a watercolor palette that are marketed internationally. He is a co-founder of the Rusty Nail Painters, an international invitation group of professional artists that meet every two years for an intense week of painting, exchange of ideas, and philosophical discussions about art theory and techniques.  In 2010 he was awarded signature membership status in the esteemed Transparent Watercolor Society of America.  That same year he was selected as a featured artist in the book, “Best of America Watermedia Artists” published by Kennedy Publishing Company. He is the author of the North Light book” Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process”, published by F+W Publishing Company and is a contributing artist in numerous other magazines and books.

Today Sterling’s book, signature line of products, and instructional DVD’s are marketed worldwide. His award winning watermedia paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the world and he is represented by several galleries in the U.S and Canada. He works from both his home and commercial studios in Hendersonville, North Carolina located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• McGuire, Jeannie     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Jeannie McGuire, click here to view my classes

Jeannie McGuire, a Pittsburgh-based watercolor artist, strives to invoke individual interpretation through her artwork, which impressively utilizes a free application of paint and stylistic forms of expression.

Narratives are communicated in such works as “Kenneth,” the American Watercolor Society’s 144th Gold Medal of Honor selection. McGuire uses her own photography, acquired snapshots and life drawings to spark her creativity.

Her work has been described as a brilliant combination of emotion, movement, and artistry that has been expanded upon from her days as a commercial graphic designer and photographer. Impressionistic in nature with an identifiable subject, her strong, figurative approaches are unique in more ways than one. As is the case, her works have been displayed and awarded on an International level and represented in numerous art magazines.
• 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.

• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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• 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. 

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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 a Pulitzer Prize winning journalis who has coached hundreds of writers – student and professional, beginner and veteran, news reporter and freelancer – to higher levels of confidence and success.  She specializes in nonfiction stories that have the creativity and readability of the best fiction.

Jacqui spent 30 years as a reporter and editor for newspapers in the Upper Midwest and Pacific Northwest. She has traveled to all seven continents, including Antarctica, for stories. She has covered beauty pageants and popes, AIDS and the Olympics, dogsled expeditions and refugee camps, labor disputes and social movements. She won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing 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 on-the-ground coverage of the sub-Saharan famine.  She won the nation’s top sports writing award for her deadline work at the 1988 Olympics. 

As an editor and teacher, she has guided dozens of award-winning projects across a spectrum of topics, from health and the environment to investigations and social justice issues to politics and personality profiles.  She now is a Knight Chair professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and a faculty fellow at the Poynter Institute.  In 2008 she was named to the Feature Writers Hall of Fame.
• Edelman, Hope     |    View My Classes     |    View My Website
Hi I am Hope Edelman, click here to view my classes

Hope Edelman has written and edited seven books, including the bestsellers Motherless Daughters, Motherless Mothers, and The Possibility of Everything. Her most recent book is I’ll Tell You Mine: Thirty Years of Essays from the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, a curated collected she co-edited in in which her award-winning essay, “Bruce Springsteen and the Story of Us” appears.

Hope’s articles and essays have appeared in publications as varied as The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Iowa Review, Real Simple, Self, Glamour, the Huffington Post, Writer’s Digest, Brevity, and Parade. Her work has been widely anthologized, including in the popular collections Behind the Bedroom Door, Goodbye to All That, The Bitch in the House, and the forthcoming The Bitch Is Back.

Hope has taught in MFA programs at Antioch University-LA, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Ohio State University, and the University of Iowa, as well as at various workshops and writing festivals in Italy, Guatemala, Hawaii, and Provincetown, Mass. She teaches at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in Iowa City every July. The rest of the year she can be found in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.
• Elizabeth Haukaas, Catherine Watson, Jane O'Reilly &     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Catherine Watson, Jane O'Reilly & Elizabeth Haukaas, click here to view my classes

Catherine Watson is a travel writer, photographer and writing instructor and the author of two collections of travel essays, “Home on the Road’’ (Syren, 2007) and “Roads Less Traveled,”  (Syren, 2005). Both were Minnesota Book Awards finalists.   

Watson was the first Travel Editor at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and remained its chief travel writer and photographer from 1978 to 2004. 

Her writing has appeared in 12 anthologies, including Traveler’s Tales “Best Travel Writing’’ collections for 2008 and 2010 and Houghton Mifflin’s “Best American Travel Writing 2008.’’

Her national awards include the top two in her field: The Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year and the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Photographer of the Year.       

Watson teaches literary travel writing and memoir in university-level workshops in the United States and abroad.  She divides her at-home time between a 1926 cottage in Minneapolis and an 1869 farmhouse in historic Galena, Illinois.

Jane O’Reilly found her heart in fiction on a whim to write a screenplay about five estranged siblings who reprise a family camping trip to Alaska to claim their fathers estate. 

She eked out writing time between work and family, and ultimately received a McKnight Fellowship for her first full-length screenplay, Vagabonds.

Because Jane believes story is story, she writes in many genres from essays to novels to stage plays. Jane holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University where she also received the Jane Resh Thomas award for her critical thesis, Metafiction and the Guilty Conscience in Young Adult Literature.

Her published works include local travel books, several essays on family life and a retelling of the Jack London story, A Nose for a King, adapted for the stage. Her fingers are crossed on a new novel recently placed with an agent. She lives in an old house in Minneapolis with her husband, youngest son, a dog and a cat, writing whenever she can.

Elizabeth Haukaas is a poet whose first book, Leap (Texas Tech University Press, 2009), won the Walt McDonald First-book Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, including New Millennium Writings (First Place Poetry Award), William and Mary Review, Tulane Review, New England Review, North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Agenda, Tigertail, Tulane Review, Big City Lit (online), Two Rivers Review, and the William and Mary Review.

Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prizes four times; she has been a finalist and winner of the New Letters Literary Awards in poetry on numerous occasions.

Her latest poetry collection, Homefires, and a memoir, A Menoir: the woman who loved too much, are forthcoming. She resides in New York City, where, in her day job, she runs the corporate communications department for a commercial real estate and investment firm. She holds the MFA in creative writing (poetry) from Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Her three children are grown and live in London, Seattle, and Phoenix. She has four grandchildren—and counting.
• 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.
• Hopper, Kate     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
Hi I am Kate Hopper, click here to view my classes

Kate Hopper is the author of Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood and Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers. Kate holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and has been the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, and a Sustainable Arts Grant.

Her writing has appeared in a number of journals, including Brevity, Literary Mama, The New York Times online and Poets & Writers. She is an editor at Literary Mama and teaches writing online and at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, where she lives with her family. For more information about Kate’s writing, visit her website,
• 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   She's currently working on her next novel, the sequel to Qualities of Light.
• 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.
• Watson, Catherine     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
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Catherine Watson’s travel dreams took flight in grade school, when she and her best friend discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan books. Long family road trips and two student exchange programs – American Field Service to Germany in high school, and the Minnesota SPAN Project to Lebanon in college – only made that passion stronger.

Trained as a journalist, Catherine became the first travel editor at the Minneapolis Star Tribune ( and continued as its chief travel writer and photographer from 1978 to 2004. Her work has taken her to 115 countries and won numerous awards, including the top two in her field: The Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year and the Society of American Travel Writers Photographer of the Year.  She is the 2012 Distinguished Educator of the University of Minnesota's College of Continuing Education.

She has been published in more than a dozen anthologies and is the author of two collections of travel essays, “Road Less Traveled’’ (Syren Books, 2005) and “Home on the Road’’ (Syren, 2007), both of which were Minnesota Book Awards finalists. Catherine teaches workshops in travel writing and memoir in the U.S. and abroad, and divides her home time between Minneapolis and the historic village of Galena, Illinois.
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• 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.
• Wilson, Craig M.     |    View My Classes     |    View My Gallery     |    View My Website
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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.
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