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Wayman Brown is an accomplished artist whose facility spans the mediums. His drawings, paintings, and sculptures have been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Wayman has received numerous awards and scholarships for his commercial and studio work. His pieces are included in several corporate, private, and museum collections.
Robert Broyles is an award-winning, published watercolor artist, illustrator, teacher, and co-author of Art Across the Curriculum. He earned his BA with honors in Fine Art and Art Education, from the University of South Florida. In his paintings, Robert strives to use rich, sumptuous and colorful images, to help raise awareness of the beauty of the fragile world we inhabit. His work has been exhibited throughout Southwest Florida.
Walter Burden is a well-known, accomplished Canadian freelance illustrator. For more than 30 years, he enjoyed a successful career in commercial art, working for major international advertising agencies and providing artwork for leading corporations including: IBM, General Electric and Procter and Gamble. Walter moved from Canada to the United States in 1998 and now resides in Venice, Florida where he takes pleasure in painting Florida landscapes and wildlife.
Classes: Watercolor | Acrylic Painting
Nancy Colby is a Floridian artist that is inspired by the love of animals and expresses that love into her paintings. As a supporter of many animal rescue groups and with six cats of her own, Nancy emphasizes on paintings cats, but she also paints dogs, birds, and many other animals - including fantasy animals! She is a two-term Past President of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society and is a member of the International Society of Feline Artists.
Classes: Fur and Feather Portraits
Lindy Edwards retired from teaching studio classes including drawing, design, and printmaking at SUNY Potsdam and St. Lawrence University in May of 2014. Previously, Edwards was a children's book illustrator, illustrating many trade and textbooks, in addition to stories for Cricket and Ladybug magazines. She holds a BFA degree from Syracuse University and MFA from Vermont College of Norwich University. Her personal efforts focus on works-on-paper in printmaking, drawing, and mixed-media artwork.
Ed Ellis is a retired consultant and businessman and a writing instructor at the Englewood Art Center, a division of Ringling College of Art and Design. He is a founding member of the Englewood Authors Association, the former President of the Suncoast Writers Guild, and a member of the Florida Writers Association.
Classes: Writing Your Memoir
Josephina Espinosa comes from an artistic heritage in Colombia, receiving her BA from the School of Bellas Artes. After moving to the US, her interest in glass as an artistic medium came from the mostly bright colors that relate to the tropical environment from her native land. Always taking forms from nature, bright colors and letting the subconscious mind lead the way are the ways fusion glass give life to Josephina's endless creativity. Her works have been exhibited in Southwest Florida and in private collections all over the world.
Classes: Fused Glass Art Workshop
Paul Frehe is a renowned sculptor whose clay works range from whimsical figures to social and political musings. His current work explores themes on freedom and conformity, pleasure and responsibility, and human connection to the natural world. Frehe studied and practiced art in California before moving to Ashville, North Carolina in 1994.
Classes: Fun with Ceramics
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, Ceramic Luminary Workshop
Bonnie Hammer has been a professional designer, director, and production manager for over two decades. She has taught design for the past twelve years. Bonnie holds an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology.
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.
Mary Lundeberg is a nature photographer and writer who celebrates the natural world through her art. Her photographs have been exhibited
in juried art galleries in several states, and published in books, calendars, and newspapers. She has won awards from state, national and
international associations. Before moving to Florida, she taught at the University of Wisconsin and Michigan State.
Classes: Digital Photography, Photographing the Suncoast: 1/2 Day Trips
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 I | Fundamentals, Drawing II | Intermediate Techniques, Drawing III | Advanced Skills, Introduction to Portraits, Figure Drawing, Oil & Acrylic 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.
Marianne Vogel is a fiber artist and retired advertising executive. She has formal training in both fiber arts and graphic design. Marianne’s intricate art includes weaving and felt work, and reflects a fascination with repeated patterns and texture combinations. he believes happiness is directly tied to the creative process, and brings this playful philosophy to the classroom.
Classes: Free Style Weaving, Workshop: Dye Transfer Silk Scarf, Introduction to Felt Making, Workshop: Fuzzy Felted Vessel