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Lou-Anne Curtis is a freelance photographer specializing in portrait and nature photography.  She captures subtle moments that often go unnoticed: the color of early morning light, the long shadows of a late summer afternoon, fog sneaking across the bay. Her work is shown in Englewood, Port Charlotte, and Punta Gorda, Florida. 

Classes: Digital Photography I, Photoshop Elements 11, Photoshop CS6 I (a&b), Photoshop CS6 II (a&b), Photographing the Suncoast: 1/2 Day Trips, Stepping up to Lightroom 4

Erica Groff is a ceramicist and fine art sculptor. She enjoys teaching creative classes to people of all ages. Erica received her BFA in Ceramics with a minor in Education from California College of Arts and Crafts in 2002. 

Classes: Explore Ceramics: An Introduction to Working with Clay, Family Fun: Play with Clay

Marcia Johnson is an accomplished studio painter who works in oils and watercolors. She has taught at the university level for ten years and at Ringling College for six years. She is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, the Art Institute of Boston, and Cambridge College, and holds a BFA and Masters Degree in Education. Marcia is the author of Painting from Both Sides of the Brain.  She has exhibited nationally and abroad.

Classes: Introduction to Mac

Pat Kelly has been a practicing ceramicist for over three decades. She holds a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she studied with Franz Wildenhain and Jim Seacrest of RIT’s School for American Crafts. Her elegant, functional pieces have been sold at Dean and Deluca, Tiffany & Co., and at various craft and kitchen stores throughout the United States.

Classes: Handbuilding & Advanced Wheelthrowing, Wheelthrowing, Sculptural Forms in Ceramics, Glazing: Beyond the Dip & Pour (master class), Decorating with Underglazes (master class)

Diane Mannion is a realistic landscape and portrait painter. Her watercolor and pastel works simultaneously capture the vivid beauty and touristy chaos of her home state of Florida. Diane studied fine art at Pratt and SUNY, and worked as a professional illustrator for over thirty years. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2011 Bowles Portrait Award and the 2012 Fine Art Connoisseur Award of Excellence. Diane’s work is exhibited throughout the United States.

Classes: Just Painting

Maggie McClellan is an accomplished painter who exhibits her work nationally and abroad. She is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, Gold Coast Watercolor Society, and the Miami Watercolor Society. Maggie has authored successful teaching programs across the United States, in the Caribbean, and abroad. She is the author of the popular book, The Artist’s Express – Secrets of the Obedient Brush.

Classes: Drawing Fundamentals, Figure Drawing, Oil & Acrylic Painting, Introduction to Watercolor Painting, Intermediate Watercolor Painting

Don Melander creates delicate, realistic landscape works in pencils and watercolors. He has been a practicing artist for more than thirty years, and has studied with internationally renowned artists Tony Couch, Robert Wade, and Cheng-Khee Chee. He is a member of the Lake Superior Watercolor Society, the Arrowhead Art Club, the Englewood Art Center, and the Punta Gorda Visual Art Center. Don’s work is exhibited throughout Southwest Florida and his hometown of Duluth, MN.

Classes: Pencil Drawing - Landscapes, Pen & Ink, Watercolor Simply

Spencer Pullen has been a graphic designer and photographer for more than 15 years. He holds a degree in Interactive Media and Graphic Design from the International Academy of Design. His photography has been featured in numerous publications, including Harbor Style and Welcome Home. His work has also been seen on Fox News and The Weather Channel. He currently owns Premiere Graphics, a Port Charlotte company offering traditional printing and photography services.

Classes: Introduction to Digital Point & Shoot Cameras, Digital Photography II, How to Photograph 2-D Artwork, How to Photograph 3-D Artwork, Photography for Online Sales, HDR for Digital Photographers, Lighting for Digital Photographers

Jacobina Trump is a Dutch born artist who studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague in Holland. After earning her BA in Graphic Design, she became a teacher at the same institution. Her professional paths led her through stage set design, photography, art direction and painting. In 1995 Jacobina moved to Miami and became an American citizen. She spent summers at the Manasota Beach Club in Englewood as an artist in residence.

Classes: Plein Air Sketch


Tucker is a 2009 graduate of Ringling College of Art + Design with concentrations in painting and sculpture. She is an 8th generation Floridian from Parrish who has traveled extensively, at one point even living in the Republic of South Africa. According to Tucker, art is not "just a job, but a lifestyle - it permeates everything I do and pursue." As a student, she was quite dedicated and enjoys teaching as a means of giving back and continuing the exchange of ideas and knowledge.

Classes: Color Theory for Artists & Designers, Portrait Drawing, Chalk Festival

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