June Abbott is Callanwolde’s Summer Camp Coordinator. She has a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Georgia State University and sings with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus and in the Atlanta community. She is a licensed Kindermusik instructor and has taught children in the pre-school classroom setting for many years. June was the recipient of Callanwolde’s Dr. Samuel Goldman Award for Outstanding Instructor of the Year in 2005.
Jennie Ashcraft apprenticed with studio potter, Carol Cooper, then completed an assistantship in the Callanwolde Pottery Department in 1978. She has attended summer workshops at Penland School of Crafts, The Hambidge Center and Valdosta State College. She has been a studio potter and Callanwolde Pottery instructor since 1978. Currently, Jennie is co-owner of Berman Gallery, Inc. (1981 – present). She makes functional porcelain and stoneware pots.
Thomas Avery As a native Atlantan, and a son of musicians, I hold a special place in my heart for Atlanta’s music scene. In my professional career, I stick to my “4 Pillars of Musical Balance”: writing, performing, teaching, and recording. The joy of expression through music is humbling and exciting every day of my life, and to share this joy with others is what keeps me going. Aside from music, I love spending time outdoors, farming, building things, and hanging out with my dog, Gillie!
Rita Baker, Ph.D., in Art Education from Georgia State University. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, and the National Art Education Association. Rita is certified to teach in Georgia, and also holds an MCO, Communication/Film and Video from Georgia State University. She also received her BFA in Fashion Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. She currently works as an Art Teacher for DeKalb County Schools.
Rick Berman is a studio potter, workshop leader, and ceramic historian. He has served as associate editor of Clay Times and currently teaches ceramics and sculpture. For 31 of the last 35 years, potter Rick Berman has been writing a book about indigenous pottery in India. In 1996 he made a film on Indian pottery and he is working on an 80-foot brick and tile wall for an Indian monastary. In 2003, he curated the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia’s “Clay” exhibit. Rick has taught at University of Georgia, West Georgia College, North Georgia College, and Georgia State University. Besides pottery, Rick enjoys playing the guitar and harmonica. Rick also has the distinct honor of being the Founder & Director of the Ceramics Department at Callanwolde from 1973-1980.
Bill Buckner is a studio potter who also teaches at the Marist School in Atlanta. Bill works mainly with high-fire porcelain and stoneware and has done extensive work with shinos and soda-fired ware. His work has been exhibited in national and international juried exhibitions and is in private collections as remote as Sydney, Australia. Bill studied ceramics, metals, and enamels. He holds a BA from Florida State University, and attended graduate school in the MFA program at Indiana University.
Mary Cobb graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in art education. She completed the Callanwolde Assistantship program, and has been a professional studio potter and teacher for almost 20 years.
Sandy Culp was educated at Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio and Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture in New York City. Sandy Culp’s work has been shown nationally with awards of distinction. In Atlanta her work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, The Signature Shop Gallery, Mudfire Gallery and Agnes Scott’s Dalton Gallery of Fine Art. Her personal work proves she is proficient in trompe l’oeil, surrealism and figurative work. Culp was also the feature article and cover of the Sept. issue of “Clay Times” in 2006.
Glenn Dair has served as the Director of the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Pottery Program since 1980. He received his Masters of Fine Arts Degree (Ceramics) from the University of Georgia in 1975. His work is primarily focused on architecturally influenced vessel forms, is included in public, private and corporate collections, and was featured in the High Museum Tour of Art Gardens (2006-08), for which he created site-specific sculptural installations. His work represented in Atlanta by the Signature Shop and Gallery.
David Damon studied Photography at the University of Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. David leads and participates in Black and White workshops. His present work is centered on toning and alternative photographic processes and has been exhibited at various venues in Atlanta and at the Center for Fine Arts Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado. The ongoing Wednesday night Photography Workshops, expose accomplished artists and beginners alike to a variety of photographic tools and materials. Our craft approach helps participants to translate their vision, observations, and cultural experience, into objects of art. Atlanta Hosts ATLANTA CELEBRATES PHOTOGRAPHY each October. We invite Digital printers to come experience the unique look of film with darkroom printing or for your digitally printed artwork.
Nat Emerson is an accomplished Atlanta artist who’s work includes painting, drawing, photography, video and collage. Nathaniel graduated with a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art. While in attendance, he worked at the ACA Gallery as a gallery assistant. Nathaniel is currently teaching high school level drawing and painting at The Paideia School in a special after-school program designed specifically for the budding artist. Nathaniel’s knowledge of many artistic disciplines enables him to teach in a multi-dimensional fashion, bridging the mental gap between artistic mediums. Nathaniel views teaching as its own art form, and sees mentorship as an important part of importing knowledge. He remains committed to upholding the high standards of teaching that he learned from his own mentors.
Jason Espey, was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1980. Jason works primarily in oil paint, charcoal and graphite. He is recently relocated from Philadelphia, PA where he completed the Professional Program at Studio Incamminati, was awarded a Fellowship and taught high school drawing at Doane Academy. Prior to Philadelphia, he studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, CA. He has exhibited in Philadelphia and New York City. Jason lives and works in Sandy Springs.
Suzy Ferriss is a multi-disciplinary artist having worked for over three decades in the fields of visual arts, puppetry theater, film, and writing. Ms. Ferriss graduated cum laude in 1979 from the University of Georgia with an undergraduate degree in drawing and painting. In 1999, she received her MA from Georgia State University in Communication with an emphasis in film and video. There, she was honored with the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Graduate Studies through the Department of Communication. Ms. Ferriss has participated in numerous group and one woman art exhibits around the southeast, and her drawings and paintings are included in collections around the country. She has also created and directed a number of puppetry performances for adults, and has performed her works off-Broadway at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York, at The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, and at Fernbank Science Center’s Planetarium. Her puppets have been on display at The Center for Puppetry Arts, The New York Public Library for Performing Arts, and in Europe. In support of her work, Ms. Ferriss is the recipient of grants from local and state art agencies, the NEA and Rockefeller Foundation, the Jim Henson Foundation, UNIMA (International Association of Puppetry), the French Government, and the International Institute de la Marionette. Through her film work, two of Ms. Ferriss’s screenplays written for feature film advanced in the Austin Heart of Film Screenplay Competitions, and in 1998, the Southern Regional Emmy Awards nominated Ms. Ferriss for outstanding achievement for her work as a producer and director on a special about the arts in Georgia for GPTV. Ms. Ferriss lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is currently working on a new series of collaged works on paper, as well as continuing her endeavors in writing.
Priscilla Fritsch began silversmithing in 2004 after leaving the corporate world of engineering. She has studied at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco as well as taken numerous classes in silversmithing techniques and design. Priscilla has taught classes at private studios throughout the area and has demonstrated silversmithing techniques at the American Craft Council Show in Atlanta. Priscilla finds great pleasure in helping students overcome their fear of tools and mistakes. She has a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
Evin Galang started teaching Vintage dance in Chicago at the height of the swing revival, 1998. Her approach makes dancing accessible to anyone, regardless of experience or age. Teaching nationally and internationally, she has gotten to work with, learn from, instruct and be inspired by both influential dancers and up and comers alike. Most fulfilling, though, is her opportunity to see the scene grow right here in Atlanta.
Mena Ganey is an American artist, currently living in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2009 she completed her BFA in Painting at Arizona State University, and in 2013 completed her MFA at the University of Arizona. Working primarily in the realms of painting, printmaking and video, Mena has exhibited throughout the United States. She recently participated in Emerging Artists at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica. Mena’s work explores perspectives of technology: the systems, archives and values ascribed through visual culture.
Maria Teresa Garcia as a lover of artisanal and graphic arts I have always had a passion for the artistic process. As much as I like to conceptualize new projects and ideas in my work, the execution and the evolution it brings is what I enjoy most. I went to a Visual and Performing Arts high school in Florida and studied drawing, painting and sculpture. In this seminal stage, I worked to find my voice and figure out where I fit in the visual profession. I excelled in figure drawing, classic ceramics and watercolor painting. When applying for art college I had an instinct that what I enjoyed in the visual arts was perhaps less intellectual or based in my personal convictions but more on what I enjoyed creating and making look ideal to me. I attended Ringling College of Art and Design, (Sarasota, Florida) majored in Graphic Design and minored in Printmaking. After I graduated in 2007, I worked for various graphic design companies and print shops for about four years. Although I enjoyed my work, I was overwhelmed with the strict deadlines, the long hours at the office and the pressure to produce, produce, and produce! I decided to quit and rethink what role my creative energy would play in my life; I wanted to be more balanced. I started to nanny to support myself and explore an area of interest I had always taken for granted; I had a love for and ease with children. The flexible schedule allowed me to work on my own personal projects of sewing and print design. I also found that I genuinely enjoyed working with children and excelled at it. I wanted to transition into teaching children the visual arts. However, rather than jumping into school and debt again I resolved to try it and test my skills. Teaching two sessions of sewing classes at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center this summer will be the beginning of a calling I believe I can truly be fulfilled in.
Jennilee Garcia-Green has been a dancer for almost 14 years and has taught Jazz and Ballet for 4 years. She graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in Advertising and a minor in Dance from the University of Puerto Rico. She has received awards in 5 disciplines of dance: African, Ballet, Jazz, Flamenco, and Hip-Hop. She has danced with Puerto Rican artists in their concerts, and has taken workshops with Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theatre, Chris Judd, and others. She choreographed for Miss Teen Puerto Rico two years in a row and has received an award for choreography.
Cat Goolsby Though I’ve been working with metals before 1999, my primary focus during this decade has been the fabrication of art jewelry and small metal sculpture. My forte is designing jewelry in sterling silver with semi-precious and precious stones to create unique, functional artwork that excites and dazzles collectors. I also work in gold and semi-precious metals and work on commission. I also repair jewelry and restore antique metal art and jewelry. Using some of my studies and skills in Psychology and Photography, I approach metals as a scientist, researching and documenting the impact of Metalsmithing processes; this experience enables me to see the finished product before the final work is complete (just as I saw the final pictures through the lens of the camera before the negatives were developed). Translating my life into the metal form has given birth to more than one collection of artwork; each piece of art embodies either a concept, passion, memory, thought or experience of my life-each has a special, individual meaning. The Transformed (fold form style) collection is most widely known. My inspiration for this sought out line of work was to incorporate the free flowing nature of fabric into the metal, successfully creating works that reveal an intentional, non-symmetric and tensionless rhythm. My Ribbon bracelet looks like ribbon elegantly dancing around the wrist. Select art work from my Transformed collection of jewelry is represented at the High Museum Gift Store, Topaz Gallery in Buckhead and by appointment in my studio in Decatur, Georgia. Currently, I am teaching group jewelry and metalsmithing classes at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Midtown, Atlanta.
Mali Harrell a native of Georgia, Mali received a BA in Education from Georgia State University. She was a dancer from an early age through college. She began practicing Wu style Tai Chi in 2000 with Master Mark Warner and subsequently with Sifu Lori Rowe. She has competed and won in many Chinese Martial arts Tournaments and was the 2010 Women’s National Champion in Wu Style Tai Chi Forms in the ICMAC Circuit.
Sarah Hatch Tracing cartoons came easily as soon as I could hold a pencil. Comics, my brother’s homework, I drew constantly. By 1972, at age 18, I entered The Atlanta School of Art, where, under the supervision of Rita King, I obtained the core knowledge for my present day disciplines. This includes using subconscious impulses to guide my hand to treat the canvas, paper or wood surface in a somewhat random fashion and then tie it together with acquired painting and drawing experience. With the early seventies, came my participation in outdoor art festivals. By 1976, I was traveling and painting in Europe. In 1980, I moved to Miami, winning awards in outdoor shows throughout following year. After entering The Portfolio Center in 1983, a commercial art school, I established once and for all my natural instinct for creating the original work of art. A significant turning point in my adult life occurred when I opened Alias Gallery in May of 1985. After years of exhibiting in outdoor shows, cafes, and other galleries, often as many as ten exhibits per month, I began to focus on just a few key shows. And, in 1991, AIRI, artists in Residence International, sent me to Europe for an exhibition in Erlangen, Germany. When I returned in the winter of the same year, I was commissioned to create a special wine label for Chateau Elan winery. In1992, I started my teaching career at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Over the years at Callanwolde I have taught Impressionist Painting, Imaginative Painting, Artists Basic Skills, and Creative Painting: From Impressionism to the Present, and Acrylic Painting. I also began showing my work in New York City, where Wares for Art – A Gallery exhibited and sold my work for the next three years. For the next five years, I volunteered, implementing a hands on art program for the Brain Injury Association of Georgia’s annual conference. I paint and teach painting, travel when I can, and am inspired by everything I see. Most often I create with acrylics, yet I also love to work with pastels. Occasionally oil, mixed media, on paper, canvas and wood. Though I am easily attracted to the figurative, landscape and still life imagery, I have recently enjoyed a new mixed media, abstract phenomena that is flowing from my hand. I currently exhibit and sell from The American Folk Art & Framing Gallery in Asheville, NC and by invitation.
Kate Hinkel grew up in Atlanta, where she studied ballet and modern dance at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and the Atlanta Ballet. She received her BFA in Dance from Florida State University. While at FSU, her choreography was performed at The American College Dance Festival and The Florida Dance Festival. She also received the A.J. Fletcher Foundation scholarship to the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC. Kate has performed with CORE Performance Company, Room To Move Dance Company, Duende Dance Company and Coriolis Dance in Atlanta. She’s performed nationally and internationally, including Canada, England and Germany. Kate has been teaching and choreographing at Callanwolde since 2001.
Patrick Hobaugh was born in 1978 on a small farm in rural Indiana. He started to teach himself to paint in 2001 after taking an art history course his senior year in college. Later, he went back to school for art and received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin in 2010.
Kate Holland is an Atlanta based choreographer, performer and dance teacher whose live performance and video works have been well received critical acclaim locally and regionally. She has received funding from Georgia Council for the Arts, Fulton County Arts Council, and City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs. Her choreography and voice-over work in the GPTV production of “Starchild” were nominated for 1998 Excellence in the Arts Award. She has been a dance instructor at Callanwolde since the early 90′s. In addition to her love for dance, she has practiced yoga since 1973, beginning with her first teacher, Yogi Amrit Desai. Her asana and meditation classes are favorites of new and seasoned practitioners alike. Kate is an Atlanta-based choreographer, performer, and teacher, whose live performance and video works have been well-received both locally and regionally. Her choreography and voice-over work were featured in the GPTV production “Starchild”, which was nominated for a 1998 Emmy Award for “Excellence in the Arts.” She has been an instructor at Callanwolde for the past ten years.
Joe H. K. Hsu is a graduate of the University of Chinese Culture in Taipei, Taiwan. She has studied Chinese painting since the age of 9.
Lauri Jones has a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Savannah College of Art and Design and a BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design. She spent most of her design career creating network packages, promotional animations, and show titles for both domestic and international television clients. Currently, Lauri teaches elementary art at the Westminster School. She loves sharing her passion for creativity with young people.
Matthew Kaminski Matthew Kaminski has a passion for jazz organ playing and has studied with Hammond B3 masters Ike Stubblefield, Tony Monaco, and Scott Giddens, as well a sharing the stage with fellow organists Pat Bianchi, Linda Dachtyl, Wil Blades, Todd Hildreth and guitarist Grant Green Jr. Additionally, Matthew has been a full time piano teacher since 2001 and currently teaches at The North Fulton School of Music’s Atlanta locations, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, and has taught at the college level for Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA. Matthew continues to perform regularly in the Atlanta, GA metro area on three instruments: the Hammond organ, piano, and accordion. In April of 2009, Matthew accepted the position of organist for the Atlanta Braves. He can be heard at every home game at Turner Field, the home of the Atlanta Braves. In February of 2010, Matthew’s debut CD “Taking My Time” on Chicken Coup Records (Summit Records) is released featuring Matthew on the Hammond B3 Organ. Matthew graduated Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a Bachelors of Music degree with an emphasis on Jazz Studies and was the recipient of the ‘Friends of Rick Bell’ Jazz Scholarship. In December 2011, Matthew completed his Masters of Music degree also from GSU.
Thomas Key attended The Savannah College of Art and Design majoring in Illustration. Thomas returned to Atlanta after college to work for a talented gentleman who ran a multi-media business producing corporate videos, slide shows and in-house graphics. He also had the pleasure of developing an animated cartoon that, unfortunately, was never produced. Thomas gained experience designing characters, sculpting models, and working on storyboards. Thomas has taught programs at The Atlanta College of Art, The Spruill Center for the Arts, the Roswell Visual Arts Center, The Chastain Arts Center, and Emory University. His roster of classes includes Intro to Drawing, Portrait Drawing, Polymer Clay Sculpting, and Sequential Art (Comic Book Illustration). Please see samples of his work at these sites: www.iconcreationsart.com andwww.thomaskeyart.com.
Michael Klapthor has been working in the clay medium for the past 10 years. He graduated from Georgia College & State University with a BFA in ceramics and printmaking. Since then he has been working and teaching in various ceramic studios all over Georgia. Community studios have been an extremely beneficial part of Michael’s art experience, affording him the chance to refine his talents with students and instructors of all skill levels and techniques. He is currently working as the Ceramics Studio Coordinator for WonderRoot Community Art Center in Atlanta and featuring his figurative animal sculptures at the Seen Gallery in Decatur.
Assane Kouyate and Ousseynou Kouyate are talented twins born and raised in Senegal, West Africa, of a family line originating in Mali and Guinea. The name “Kouyate” is very famous in West Africa. They are descendants of a long line of griots known in their native Mandinko language as jelis (djélis).Griots are the poets, genealogists, history tellers and keepers of West African song and dance traditions. Assane & Ousseynou Kouyate were raised and trained in these cultural traditions. They have been singing,dancing and performing professionally since the age of 13 and were lead dancers and choreographers with Le Ballet National du Senegal and the Sinomew Ballet of Senegal. They danced professionally with both ballets for over 5 years, touring internationally throughout South and North America, Europe, Africa and Taiwan. The duo has also electrified audiences, gracing the stage with many renown West African artists including Youssou N’Dour, Ami Koita, Baaba Maal and Kine Lam to name a few. Now residing in the United States, “the twins” as they are affectionally called, are committed to educating people about their culture and sharing the profound beauty of their art. As teachers, they have instructed classes and workshops in Africa, Europe and the United States. They have also developed their own company.
Rick Lubrant has a bachelor of fine arts degree in photo design. He is a professional commercial photographer, and has been teaching photography at Callanwolde for over 20 years.
Dawn Kinney Martin is an Atlanta-based artist with national and international collectors. Each year she photographs landscapes on her travels, and she paints from these photos throughout the year at her studio. Recognition for her expressive oil paintings includes a Merit Award from Manhattan Arts International Museum in New York from their juried exhibition, Herstory 2004. Dawn has also been recognized for creative contribution and service by the Brookhaven Arts Alliance. Her work hangs in the permanent collection of the Harris Arts Center in Georgia, and can be seen in juried fine art festivals throughout the country as well as in regional galleries. Teaching since 1998, Dawn is currently on the faculty at Savannah College of Art and Design and the Spruill Center for the Arts in Atlanta. Each year she gives her students a chance to plan, advertise, and hang their own group show in an Atlanta gallery. As part of the 2006 High Museum of Art Louvre Atlanta Summer Teaching Institute, Dawn designed and taught a workshop titled Self Portrait: Fit for a King, creating a lesson plan for students in grades K-12 that is now available for educators nationwide. Dawn earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting at the University of Georgia and has attended the William Bray Art Academy. Dawn has done numerous commercial and private commissions as well as scenic and film work.
Katy McDougal holds a B.F.A. in Ceramics from Appalachian Center for Crafts in Tennessee. Katy has taught all forms of art making and art history to both children and adults in the Atlanta area since 1998. She completed the Callanwolde Pottery Assistantship program in 2003, and has been teaching Kaleidoscope and Masters since 2002, and adult classes in our pottery program since 2003. Visit Katy’s website.
Conner McKissack is a studio potter / educator working in the metro-Atlanta area. Raised in South Georgia, educated at the University of Florida, and somewhat savvy in midwestern culture, Conner’s been making pots for just over 10 years now and is genuinely concerned that we don’t use our hands enough anymore. He is currently a visiting lecturer at Georgia State University in the ceramics area.
Abbie Merritt is an Atlanta native who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in drawing, painting, and printmaking from Georgia State University. Although she is experienced in all mediums of painting and drawing, her two most recent focuses have been watercolor portraiture and mixed media monotypes. She is excited to enhance students’ connection to art through teaching at Callanwolde this Fall..
Aalia Mujtaba has been a jewelry artist for seven years and has taught adult and youth art classes through the Fulton County Arts Council. She holds a B.A. from Agnes Scott College and studied jewelry at Penland School of Craft and at local art centers. In summer of 2007 she was awarded a metals studio assistantship at Peters Valley Craft School in New Jersey. She exhibits her work locally and has been featured in American Art Collector Magazine. To view her work, please visit her website: www.metaalia.com.
Shijun Munns was born in the province of Guangdong, China, Shijun is a graduate of Guangzhou academy of Fine Arts, 1987. Shijun is a recipient of numerous awards for her artistic achievements in both painting and art instruction. Shijun cares about everything that could touch off an old days feelings; ancient poetry with implied meaning, ancient pottery with rough and simple design, flying faeries on the ancient Silk Road. Indeed, Shijun seems to look back into space-time while her paintings spring forward into our time to bring us images of deep and profound souls glimmering in soft, golden light. In Shijun’s art, it is impossible to discern the real from the imagined or the ancient from what is now. It may be that Shijun’s quiet life and gentle heart have enabled her to express dreams and emotions lost or hidden to the rest of mankind. She brings forth vivid images of life that draw us deep into thought and wonder and into a realm where we ourselves become lost in worlds full of bright color and soft light. Shijun is blessed with an artist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Whether painting in oil, water color or mixed media painting, she is forever delighted by the results which seem to spring from a deep and ancient well that forms her artist’s palette. Her muse gives her a love for oriental simplicity of form.
Denise Nogueiras is an actress, sculptor, painter & art history lover, Denise never tires of any creative pursuit. Always a lover of art and creative expression in its many forms, her interests span a wide range. Her current creative focus is on her painting which friends describe as whimsical. Her philosophy encompases finding your own truth and uniqueness thru expressing ideas, feelings and philosophy in physical form either thru the use of painting mediums, sculpture or theatre. Inspired by her favorite artists, she learns life lessons. Grandma Moses did not begin painting until she was in her 70s – “it is never too late to discover and explore your talents.” Installation artist Christo works on some projects for over 25 years until seeing it come to fruition where it then lives a very short life before being dismantled – only to20remain a memory by those who experience it. Lesson: “never give up”. She believes art is a personal journey, just like life, and that just like in life, there is always something new to learn. A piece of artwork is as unique as the individual who creates it. Discovering your individuality & not judging it is part of the exiting journey. Her enthusiasm for art is apparent in the classroom and with her students. To view some of her work please visit www.enpowermentcreation.com.
Kelly Oakes-Dent was practically born in the dance studio under the tutelage of her mother and began dancing with Maine State Ballet as a child. She received her BA at Virginia Intermont College in 1983, where she was the recipient of the Pat Bullard Scholarship and the Vera Volkova Award. While performing lead roles such as Sugarplum in “Nutcracker” and Anna Karenina in “Hussar” with Bristol Ballet Company, her main focus was on her studies of the pedagogy of ballet. Her teaching career began at Ballet Mississippi and in 1988, she relocated to Atlanta to perform and teach with Ruth Mitchell Dance Company. Ms. Oakes Dent found her home at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in 1991, joining the dance faculty as a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. She was named director of Callanwolde Dance Ensemble in 1996. As director, she has created numerous original ballets and has helped build a successful dance program and outstanding student performing dance ensemble.
Erin Palovick holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Georgia State University where she concentrated in drawing and painting. Her own studio work since graduation has explored other mediums including performance and video. Erin has been teaching drawing and painting classes for Callanwolde and their outreach program since the summer of 2010. In the New Year, you can also find her managing Callan Cafe.
Iman Person is a visual artist that is based in the Atlanta area. Her use of found materials and environmental consciousness breaths heavy in her work and creates a hybrid reality between physical, ethereal and metaphysical realms. In 2010 she received her B.F.A from Georgia State University and has shown in numerous local exhibitions since. She has become a fixture in the Atlanta arts community both in the exhibition sphere and in public art arenas. She is a member of two Atlanta based artist collectives, Esoteric Lore and Dashboard Co-Op and most recently has become a Hambidge fellow and one of twelve Walthall fellows for 2013-2014.
Sue Pickens graduated from University of Georgia’s School of Environmental Design, and has been a Registered Landscape Architect since 1989. Professional practice has included the design, installation and management of residential, commercial and public landscapes. She is also a certified arborist and a longtime member of the Georgia Arborist Association and Georgia Urban Forest Council. Areas of experience include the design of themed gardens (bird, butterfly and pollinator gardens are a favorite), the use of native plants and materials, and landscape restoration methods.
Lynn Pollard learned to weave beginning in 1978 and has benefitted from many wonderful workshop leaders and fellow Chattahoochee Handweaver’s Guild members. In the 1980’s, Lynn returned to school to earn a Bachelor’s of Textile Engineering from Georgia Tech. She now produces one-of-a-kind textiles incluing clothing and architectural textiles and does custom work that ranges from the reproduction of historical costumes to high tech textiles. She has exhibited locally and nationally, has won a number of awards, and has been teaching in local craft centers.
Ann Ritter is a yoga teacher and therapist, Ms. Ritter teaches at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and Emory University, and practices privately in Decatur. She is a certified as an instructor of Kundalini Yoga at the 200-hour level and is pursuing certification at the 500-hour level in both Kundalini Yoga and Integrative Yoga Therapy. Ms. Ritter’s background also includes study in traditional Hatha, Kripalu, Integral and Kali yogas. Her additional certifications include polarity therapy at the associate practitioner level, and Thai yoga massage and bodywork from the Lotus Palm School in Montreal, Canada. She has been teaching yoga for more than 12 years. Also an avid fan of dance and movement, Ms. Ritter has pursued the integration of narration and movement in performance through Fieldwork, a national program co-sponsored locally by Several Dancers Core and Emory University’s dance department, for the past two years. She is on the board of Beacon Dance Company, Decatur, and has performed for three seasons with Beacon’s Mapping Project. She also sits on the board of the Friends of Theatre Emory.
Lora Rust is an Instructor for all-level pottery on the wheel classes at the Abernathy Arts Center in Sandy Springs. After completing her 2 year Assistantship in the Pottery Program at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in December 2008, Lora has also established her own ceramic studio in in town Atlanta. Lora attributes her passion for her craft to an abundance of ceramic art in her home growing up. An early admiration for artistic elements of design, form, and functionality were incorporated into her everyday life. When expressing herself artistically, the methods were always tactile – sewing and needlepoint at an early age, and then clay in her high school and college years. Returning to clay for the Assistantship program at Callanwolde provided Lora with the opportunity to build a solid foundation and develop her own style, applying innovative techniques for surface textures and glazes. Her stylized technique is a process of striking and moving the clay with handmade wooden tools. No clay is removed or carved away. The designs and patterns found in Gothic Architecture mixed with the fluidity of the Art Nouveau period are strong influences for Lora’s work. Inspiration from fashion design helps capture a certain movement to the texture on the form. Her hope is to create forms with a lush and fluid texture that beg to be touched. View images at www.flickr.com/photos/lorarust
Dr. Chouaieb Saidi is Tunisian-born and Paris-educated. He now lives in Atlanta, where he continues to paint, promote art and teach to art lovers. A passionate soul, a loving heart and an inquisitive mind, Chouaieb Saidi is a full-life artist. “Life itself is a white canvas, it is what we make of it”, Said the artist. He adds” I want mine to be a celebration of a diversity unified in a poetic harmony.” An award winning, international artist, Saidi owes his early diverse talent to a loving, gifted family and a sunny Mediterranean climate. He attributes his broad knowledge in art and design to generations of master artists and great teachers including during seven years of visual arts studies at the world-renowned Sorbonne University in Paris, where he earned a Masters degree in Applied Arts and a Doctorate of Visual Arts. His expertise was developed by 20 years of daily practice in creating art, including a decade in Montmartre; this beautiful, historic art district in Paris, once home to several old masters including Pablo Picasso, Van Gogh and Toulouse Lautrec and where Dr. Saidi was well recognized as one of Montmartre most distinguished portrait artists. For the past ten years, Dr. Saidi has become a recommended art instructor and renowned artist whose art is exhibited in museums and galleries in the USA and abroad. Saidi’s artwork has been featured on major TV channels including CNN, NBC and FOX5. This was primarily because his popular painting, “Universal Godfather of Soul” of James Brown that was displayed next to the singer’s coffin at the official Funeral Ceremony in Augusta- Georgia. The painting won “Best in Show Award” at the international artists exhibition, “Visual Soul”. It is currently in the permanent collection of Lucy Laney Museum in Augusta, GA. Saidi has painted thousands of patrons around the world including public and political figures and celebrities such as actor Charles Bronson, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Miss America 2008, Kristin Hugland, and a portrait of former President Abraham Lincoln that is now on display in the Washington DC Historic Society Gallery.
June Akers Seese, the instructor of Callanwolde’s Memoir courses, is a novelist who has also taught “Women and Fiction”, “The Fictional Process”, and “Style and Politics in the work of Pearl Cleage and Grace Paley” in the Callanwolde writing program. Recipient of a 2001 Yaddo Writer’s Fellowship, Mrs. Seese is the author of two novels, Is This What Other Women Feel Too? and What Waiting Really Means. She has also written a collection of short fiction, James Mason and the Walk-In Closet, which includes two novellas and nine short stories; all published by Dalkey Archive Press. Her most recently released books, Some Things Are Better Left to Saxophones, A Nurse can Go Anywhere and Collected Short Stories, and Whose Coffee is It? are available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. Her latest collection of short fiction, Three Lots and a Tarpaper Shack: The Detroit Stories, is forthcoming in 2014.
Zoe Fishman Shacham is the critically acclaimed author of the upcoming Driving Lessons (Morrow, April ’14), Saving Ruth (Morrow, May ’12) and Balancing Acts (Harper, March ’10). She worked in the New York publishing industry for 13 years in the editorial department of Random House, the rights department of Simon & Schuster and later, as an agent for two boutique literary firms before moving to Atlanta in August of 2011 with her family.
Vernon Smith received his BFA in Ceramics from University of West Georgia. He then moved to Las Vegas to work with Tom Coleman at his newly opened studio as an instructor and studio assistant. After several years, Smith returned to Atlanta where he completed a residency at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. He teaches ceramics at several local community art centers and recently built the ceramics studio at South Fulton Arts Center.
David Spencer as a Georgia native, David has enjoyed over 26 years of teaching Ballroom Dancing around the metro Atlanta area. His initial training began as a student at the Arthur Murray Studios, and continued at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios. It was there he was examined and certified as an Instructor in all dances- from the Novice level through the most Advanced. He also received Coaching, Judging and Choreography credentials. Not only is David a dynamic Private Sessions Instructor, but he is also quite comfortable teaching an enthusiastic Group Class of any size, age, or level. He attributes continued career success to one simple motto, “Keep It Fun And Keep It Simple!” Please feel free to contact David via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christine Stanton attended the Chelmsford School of Art for Fashion and Design in England. She is a studio weaver specializing in Handwoven Wearables. Her work is seen in exhibits and art festivals throughout the Southeast. Christine has taught classes for John C. Campbell Folk Art School, The Chattahoochee Handweaver’s Guild, and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.
Laurie Steele I am half Japanese and half American and have loved art ever since I was able to imagine. I have an irresistible urge to collect stones, shells, bones, rusty metal and other “found” objects. Growing up on a farm, I was always dragging home large stones from the fields. I am an intense organizer and find beauty and visual interest in seemingly random but actually carefully arranged groups. In 1983, I graduated with a degree in Art Education from Berry College in Rome, Georgia and had a 2 person show at their Moon Gallery in February 2012. I was a Pottery Assistant at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and now I teach handbuilding at Callanwolde.
Carol Sutherland is a graduate of Agnes Scott College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art, elementary education and art education. She continued her studies in fine arts at Georgia State University. Carol taught art for nine years at St. Pius X High School where she served as chairman of the Fine Arts Department. She formed her own Carol Sutherland Studios in 1979 and worked as a professional artist focusing on corporate commission work. She has major works of art across the Southeast that may be seen in offices and major corporate centers. Carol returned to teaching in 1990, teaching art courses at Emory University, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and, since 1997, at Atlanta Botanical Gardens. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and has been drawing botanical subject matter since 1991, when she was inspired by a trip to four of the Hawaiian Islands.
Mary Sweeney, founder and owner of Felted Heart, is a self-taught fiber artist dedicated to creating unique and ecofriendly wool clothing and accessories for women and children. She handcrafts one-of-a-kind garments and accessories, made with repurposed wool that is felted and then refashioned, reflecting a commitment to environmental sustainability.
Mary discovered her love of fiber when she started to felt wool from sweaters she found at thrift stores. She designed and made her first signature children’s felted wool poncho nearly 7 years ago. She continued experimenting with the felting process and began creating scarves and other woolen items by hand from wool roving. Soon she became involved in a local artists’ coop and began offering felting and sewing classes through the coop. Her green line of whimsical wool clothing and accessories continues to be among the coop’s best-selling line and recently earned her recognition in the AJC’s new Living Intown magazine. In 2008, Mary started a children’s summer camp, called Fiber and Fun, and she continues to share her love for felting and creating with the kids each summer. A competitive long-distance runner, Mary lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.
Stephen Sweny has a BA in Media Arts from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He also attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He has worked as an Illustrator for numerous national magazines, advertising agencies, and publishers. Clients include The New York Times, Forbes, Business Week, National Lampoon, Chicago Tribune, Scholastic, Fortune, GQ, NY Daily News, Psychology Today, McGraw Hill, Discover, and many more. Locally, he has worked with AJC, Atlanta Magazine, and has illustrated 18 covers for Creative Loafing. He is represented by Donna Rosen Artists, and has taught Illustration at The Portfolio Center and the Atlanta College of Art.
Penny Treese with encaustic, Penny Treese discovered an unrestricted way of painting that has led her far beyond her training (BS degree in Graphic Design, cum laude with honors) and experience in graphic design and traditional instruction in the arts. While on vacation in Florida, she saw the works of an encaustic artist and was taken with the “vibrant colors, translucency in layering and sensual textures” of the medium. She was, at the same time, exploring how to paint freely and tap into an inner source to paint intuitively. As a result, she left her career as an art director in marketing to follow the path in fine art that opened up to her. Since, what she terms, her “revelations,” she has realized a long-held dream to be a fine artist even as she balances the demands of her life as a wife and mother of three children. She is currently is member of and teaches encaustic classes within nationally known artist Michael David’s Atelier program, Fine Arts Workshop & Atelier. This specialized “school” essentially provides a graduate and postgraduate level of instruction and support through a personalized curriculum designed “to help develop a clear artistic vision through the struggle and immersion in the practice of being an artist.” In addition, she has attended national conferences of encaustic painting led by prominent artists working in the medium. In a relatively short time, Penny has been accepted and won awards in a number of juried exhibitions including, most recently, winning Best of Show in a group show and competition at the Decatur Market and Gallery, juried by internationally renowned art critic Bill Arnett. Her paintings hang in numerous private and public collections.
Memye Curtis Tucker, Ph.D., whose poetry collection The Watchers was named in 2010 one of the “Twenty-five Books All Georgians Should Read” by The GA Center for the Book, in 2007 received the GA Writers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The Watchers, selected by Louis Simpson for the 1998 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, was published by Ohio University Press. She is also the author of three chapbooks: the prizewinning Admit One(State Street Press) and Storm Line (Palanquin Press), as well as Holding Patterns (Poetry Atlanta Press). Her poems have appeared widely in anthologies and such reviews as Colorado Review, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Southern Review, Oxford American Review and Poetry Daily, and have been set as art song on CD and featured in translation in Korea. In English Literature, Memye holds a Ph.D. from Emory University; an M.A. from Columbia University; and a B.A. from Agnes Scott College, where later she was named its first “Distinguished Alumna Author” and an Alumna Trustee. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships in poetry, Ms. Tucker has taught poetry writing at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center since 1989 and is a Senior Editor of Atlanta Review.
Ana Vizurraga holds a bachelor of fine arts in painting/ceramics from Georgia State. She has also completed the Callanwolde Apprenticeship in pottery, and attended Penland Craft School in North Carolina. She has been teaching at Callanwolde since the early 1980s.
Jerylann Warner has been teaching and choreographing dance in the north and southeast for many years. Her teaching credits for adults, children and professionals include many esteemed universities, studios and performing arts high schools. She has been a presence as a creator, writer and founder for many dance initiatives. Her modern dance class was cited by the AJC as TOP CLASS IN ATLANTA. Her company, GATHERING WILD DANCE was critics pick for BEST DANCE COMPANY, 2001. Jerylann resides with her family in Decatur.
Matthias Young Author of Metal Guitar Method and an online guitar instructor for FreeGuitarVideos.com, Matthias has become a leader in the field of guitar pedagogy. His passion for music and his unique approach to teaching motivates his students to excel at Callanwolde. His neoclassical metal band, The Fury, will be releasing its debut album in the Fall of 2013. As a composer and a classical performer, Matthias has conducted his music in front of choirs and orchestras, and he has performed works internationally. His music has been broadcast on radio and television stations such as Cartoon Network, WSB Radio, AIB TV, and The WB. Matthias is a member of ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), and he holds a Bachelor of Music from Georgia State University.More information can be found at MatthiasYoung.com.
Cindy Zarrilli studied at Ringling School of Art in Sarasota and graduated from Georgia State University. She has exhibited at Callanwolde and at Salt Creek Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her experience as an artist includes drawing for Fay Gold and being a courtroom artist for CNN and NBC. Her work can be viewed online at www.cindyzart.com.