instructors

 

Pat Blair
Jeanette Burkle
Martha Cammack
Lesa Cook
Michael Davis
Rachel Estrada
Catherine Fetterman

Gavin Gardner

Edith Heins
Linda Hendrickson
Catherine Hillis
Dell Keathley
Tia Maggio
Amy Manson
Laura Mazer
Deborah Morbeto
Ann Noel
Tom Ramsay
Katherine Riedel
Elissa Farrow-Savos
Kurt Schwarz
Melanie Z. Stanley
Rick Steinberger
Libby Stevens
Dana Thompson

Judith Thompson

Antonia Walker

Summer Art Camp
Guest Instructors

Diane Dennis
Karen Hassinger
Marcia Malloy
Colleen Tracey
Krister Tracey
Geoff DeMark
Lori DeMark
Susan Serafin
Melanie Stein
Cheryl Suitor

Pat Blair
Pat Blair has been a professional calligrapher for over 20 years, being owner of the lettering studio, “Calligraphy & Design,” in New York, and currently in Virginia. Her work has been published in the Calligrapher’s Engagement Calendar, Letter Arts Review, Tabellae Insatae, and Martha Stewart Weddings. She teaches at the Loudoun Academy of the Arts, and has been on the faculty of the 21st International Calligraphy Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. She has just completed serving two years as the President of the Washington Calligrapher’s Guild in Washington, DC. She is currently the national chairperson for the US Postal Service’s “Graceful Envelope Contest.”
Pat’s love of pointed pen lettering led her to her study of Copperplate and Spencerian letterforms. She uses these styles in her invitation designs, which is her specialty. Her custom designs are available locally through CJ Kard in Colorado Springs, and her clients include Georgetown University, the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the Vice-President’s Residence, and The White House. Pat is currently the head calligrapher for The White House.

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Jeanette Burkle
Jeanette Galie Burkle is the owner of Galie Photography in Leesburg, Virginia. Her business serves both corporate and individual clients, and in 2005 was a finalist in the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards for the Home Based Business of the Year.   Jeanette has received numerous awards for her commercial, architectural, and fine art photography including the prestigious Fuji Masterpiece Award.  
Her work has been displayed in several shows and galleries in Loudoun County, Virginia, as well as being featured in various magazines in the area.
Jeanette is a member of the Loudoun Arts Council, the Virginia Professional Photographers Association, and the Professional Photographers of America.  
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Martha Cammack
Martha has an MFA in sculpture from Boston University. She sculpts animals and figures in stone and wood, and she also paints in oil.
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Lesa Cook
Lesa Cook grew up in South Carolina and received a degree in studio art from the University of South Carolina in 1987. She has since studied at: George Mason University; Maryland Institute College of Art, and The Corcoran. For 5 years she studied at The Art League in Alexandria, Virginia, under Chuck Johnson, Rob Liberace, and Rick Weaver. She considers herself a classical realist, and exhibits nationally. She has taught at Frederick Community College and The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center.
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Michael Davis
Michael graduated from Shepherd University with a BFA in Painting in 2000 and then attended the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, MD. His work can be seen in private and public collections throughout the country.

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Rachel Estrada
Rachel briefly attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia where she intended to study nursing. But as she began drawing bones instead of memorizing them, she quickly returned to her first love, painting. Rachel studied the pastel medium and classical portraiture with Lisa Semerad, Timothy J. Chambers, and in New York with master pastelist, Daniel E. Greene.
Rachel has work in private collections internationally. She a member of the Portrait Society of America, and is a member artist of Gallery West in old town Alexandria, Virginia.
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Catherine Obreza Fetterman
Catherine studied art and French at the Institut d’Art et d’Archéologie in Paris, France and earned her BA from Smith College and MA from Middlebury College. Watercolor has been her medium of choice for over 25 years. An avid teacher, she enjoys helping her students recognize and develop their creative gifts, as well as collaborating to create and install community gifts of art. She has over twenty years of teaching experience with children and adults, and she has been honored with many awards for her teaching, art and volunteerism in the community.
Selections of her work can be seen in select regional shows, The Christian Shoppe in Purcellville, VA and on-line at www.catherinefetterman.com.
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Gavin Gardner
Gavin Gardner has been drawing nearly all his life and sculpting for the past 17 years. Classically trained, he attended the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts where he studied the academic drawing tradition of the Masters, human anatomy and composition. His classes emphasize drawing skills as the basis for all figurative art, whether it be painting, sculpture, or otherwise.
Currently, Gardner produces statues for public and private installations.
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Edith Heins
Edith graduated from Mississippi University for Women. From college she moved to Northern Virginia where she taught art to high school and middle school students for thirty-five years while continuing making her own art. After retiring she began her new career as an independent artist. Her works have been accepted in over 40 regional and national juried shows. She also has had solo shows at the Arlington Arts Center, Arlington County Library, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, and Center for the Arts in Manassas, VA.
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Linda Hendrickson
Linda Hendrickson has a Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Education degree from Idaho State University. Her paintings are whimsical, vibrant and full of color, and her special creativity and freelance designs are enhanced by her travels and studies throughout Europe and North America. Linda has also taught drawing and painting.

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Catherine Hillis
Catherine Hillis has painted all her life, winning numerous awards and honors at regional and national shows. Mrs. Hillis primarily paints in watercolors, including busy street scenes, intricate florals, and her favorite, the historic sites near her home on the Blue Ridge in Northern Virginia. The hallmarks of her work are rich color and a touch of humor. She has been honored to paint abroad, most recently in Europe and Asia, and her work is in collections around the world.
Mrs. Hillis’ work has been featured in the North Light book “Splash 12, Best of Watercolors," which was published in May of 2011. In addition to her many prestigious awards, she is also included in “Who’s Who Among American Women, 2006 - 2011” and has earned signature membership in the Southern Watercolor Society, as well as in Pennsylvania, Potomac Valley, Baltimore and Virginia Watercolor Societies. She is a member of the National Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society.

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Dell Keathley
Dell Keathley, BWS. An award- winning painter who has exhibited in shows nationally and internationally. She studied at the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D. C, Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris, The Art League School, Alexandria and has participated in workshops with nationally and internationally known artists.
A juried member of the Allied Artists of America and a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, she is also affiliated with the Virginia Watercolor Society, Potomac Valley Watercolorists, and the Art League, Alexandria. She has taught fine art for 15 years.

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Brian Kirk
An avid sculptor in stone, metal, clay and mixed media. Brian exhibits his work regionally. He is a veteran art instructor who teaches in Loudoun Public Schools, NOVA, George Mason and the Art League. He was a Fulbright Teacher Program fellow, studying in Japan.

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Tia Maggio
Tia is a graduate of Pratt Institute and has a background in graphic design and advertising as well as fine art and art history. Tia has also worked with children in libraries for 14 years and has been a pastel artist for 25 years.

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Amy Manson
A graduate of Miami University of Ohio, Amy Manson studied ceramics at Penland School of Craft, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts and Charlotte Clayworks. She instructs children and adults in advanced hand-building and surface decoration techniques. Her art is currently displayed in galleries in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Laura Mazer
Laura Mazer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education (K-12) with a concentration in painting and printmaking from Shepherd University in West Virginia. She also holds a Masters degree in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has 20+ years teaching experience in public school, and the local community combined. Laura is a respected art teacher in the homeschool community. Over the past 5 years she has enjoyed teaching homeschool students of all ages from her private home studio. She is currently expanding her own art portfolio to include works in pastel and painting.

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Deborah Morbeto
Deborah Morbeto graduated with a degree in Art History from Massachusetts College of Art in 1992. Deborah enjoys working on both large and small paintings that often use several different media, including oil and acrylic paint, found images, wax, paper, glue, pastel, crayon, chalk and pencil.
Deborah has sold numerous paintings to private collectors around the world and has produced several commissioned pieces as well.

Ann Noel
Ann Noel has a BA in Fine Arts from George Washington University, studying under William Woodward, Frank Wright and Arthur Hall Smith.  She also attended Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Torpedo Factory Art League, studying there with Danni Dawson and Diane Tessler.  She is an Associate Artist at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and has won awards in drawing, mixed media and painting. Her works include portraits, abstract, figurative, still life and landscapes.  Very active in the arts community, Ann chaired the Thomas Balch Library Mural Artist Selection & Theme Committees and the Art Advisory Committee at GWU, Ashburn Campus.  She is a founding member of King Street Studios, an Associate Artist at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and Past President of the Loudoun Arts Council. 

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Tom Ramsay
Tom Ramsay is a photographer, cinematographer, and director of motion picture and television productions, with more than thirty national and international film awards to his credit.  He is known for his ability to empower students through his teaching style and has taught courses in beginning, intermediate, and advanced photography (including nature photography), cinematography, and editing for film and video productions.
As an imaging consultant, he has worked on scientific projects for national and international clients and has, to date, been granted a total of 10 patents for his inventions of image processing and disk recording technologies.
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Katherine Riedel
Katherine graduated from The University of Mary Washington with a BFA and K-12 art certification. Many galleries in Virginia and Maryland have displayed her work. Locally, she was an Artist in Residence at Waterford Elementary School with an emphasis on book illustration. She has taught in both public and private schools with over 25 years teaching experience with students of all ages.

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Elissa Farrow-Savos
Elissa attended Connecticut College and received a BFA in figurative painting and computer design. After a short hiatus to have children, she switched to sculpture, choosing to explore the possibilities of the unusual medium of polymer clay. She has never looked back. Elissa has exhibited her sculptures in galleries and art centers around the country, most frequently in DC, Virginia, and Maryland. She is a regular participant of The Washington Craft Show and The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.
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Kurt Schwarz
Kurt Schwarz paints still lifes, landscapes and portraits. He worked as an illustrator before attending The George Washington University, where he graduated with a BA in fine arts. Kurt apprenticed with renowned portrait and still life painter Danni Dawson. Kurt teaches painting at The Art League School in Alexandria and at ArtSquare. He currently exhibits at ArtSquare and elsewhere.

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Melanie Zucker Stanley
Melanie Zucker Stanley has been creating art journals for more than 20 years.  She graduated with a degree in Art Education from Frostburg University, and continued her study of fine arts in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media.  She is an art teacher and free lance writer as well as a published author. 

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Rick Steinberger
Rick Steinberger studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, focusing on the Zone System exposure and darkroom methodology designed by Ansel  Adams. In 2002 he began to paint in oils and immediately seized on the figure as  his object of study. In 2006 he began attending the weekly open drawing and open  painting sessions offered at Gallery 222, Leesburg, Virginia. In 2007 he took  over as monitor of the open drawing session which he continues to monitor today. He comments that "this relentless weekly attendance of both figure and portrait  sessions has made painting something worth doing." His paint handling methods derive from the study of renaissance masters, through contemporary masters such  as Robert Liberace and Nelson Shanks, as well as contemporary realist painters such as Jeremy Lipking, Brad Kunkle and Casey Bough.
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Libby Stevens
Libby Stevens is an award-wining pastel painter known for her richly colored landscapes of Loudoun County.  She studied at the Corcoran and Temple University/Tyler School of Art.  Stevens is a signature member of the Maryland Pastel Society and has studied with Master Pastellists Albert Handell, Margot Schulzke and Richard McKinley.  She has taught pastel painting at the Loudoun Academy of the Arts/ArtSquare since 2002 and exhibits regionally.
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Julie TerHaar
Julie TerHaar received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a major in illustration and Painting and a minor in Art History. She is an accomplished artist with over twenty years experience and has completed numerous commissioned paintings and portraits in both the private and corporate sector for clients all over the United States. She is a former art teacher with over seven years teaching experience from elementary to high school. Julie enjoys working in all mediums including oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, pen & ink, pencil and charcoal. She enjoys living her pasion of creating art and the rewards of teaching creative art to others.

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Dana Thompson
Dana is an honors graduate from Radford University with a BFA in Art. She worked for 25 years as a Graphic Designer/ Art Director winning numerous state and national awards in advertising, marketing (VPA and SNA) and printing (PIVA). Dana is an award-winning painter in oils. She is also an illustrator in pen & ink architectural renderings and Prismacolor and graphite pencil drawings. Dana has studied with aclaimed painters Janet Fish, Kurt Schwarz and Maggie Siner.

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Judith Thompson
Judith Thompson studied art at Syracuse University and later earned her MFA with Honors at the Tyler School of Art. Her commissioned works include sculptures, textiles, portraits and murals, and she has been featured in many notable publications and galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

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Antonia Walker
Antonia Walker received a BFA from the University of Georgia where she studied painting and printmaking.  She later attended graduate school at George Washington University, studying with William Woodward, and then went on to study drawing and anatomy with Spanish sculptor, Benjamin Saul.
A previous visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, her work has been represented in many collections including the Arts-in-Embassy program of the State Department, as well as in many corporate and private collections. Antonia continues to paint abroad in Italy and France and has conducted group classes in Provence.  Her work can be seen at Susan Calloway Gallery in Washington, DC,  the Handwright Gallery in New Canaan, Connecticut,  and ArtSquare in Leesburg, Virginia.


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SUMMER ART CAMP
Guest Instructors

Lori DeMark
Lori DeMark has a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from
Penn State University and a Master of Art in Art Education from the University of Arizona. She has been a practicing artist and art educator for over 10 years. Lori has taught students in private, public, and higher education schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arizona, and Virginia. Her favorite media to work with is printmaking and she also creates her own glass beads and sterling silver jewelry. She has exhibited work in Pennsylvania, New York, and Arizona.
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Geoff DeMark
Geoff DeMark graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Art in Ceramics. He then received his Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Sculpture from Ohio University. Before coming to Virginia, Geoff worked as an Artist Educator for the Tucson/Pima Arts Council and the Tucson Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona teaching hand-made tile and ceramics to high
school students. Geoff is currently an art teacher in the Loudoun County Public Schools. Geoff primarily works in mixed-media sculpture creating conceptual based art and with clay creating functional pottery. Geoff has exhibited his work in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arizona, New Mexico, and California.
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Diane Dennis
Diane Dennis received her M. Ed. in Special Education from Northeastern University and a BS in Elementary Education from Salem State University.
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Andy Farkas
Andy Farkas is an award-winning cartoonist and artist and has been drawing cartoons and creating art professionally for nearly 15 years. He is also an emerging print and book artist whose work has been exhibited nationwide in numerous galleries and institutions from which he has received accolades in the form of guest lectures, visiting artist workshops as well as artist residencies.

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Karen Hassinger
Karen graduated from Mary Washington where she majored in studio art. She has taught all over the country and abroad including Texas, Florida and Hawaii, Bermuda and for the Dept. of Defense schools in Boeblingen, Germany. More recently, Karen has taught art for 6 years in Prince William Schools and is just finishing her third year at Loudoun County Schools. She was the winner of the Kodak Kinsa Photography award and has had several shows in the area. She will soon be showing black and white photography in the Middleburg bookstore "Books and Crannies."

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Carol Higgs
Carol graduated from Ohio State University with a BS in art education. Carol has been teaching and creating art professionally for 30 years. She has received many awards and acknowledgments from her batiks, watercolors and drawings.

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Marcia Malloy
Marcia Malloy has been teaching art in schools, home school groups and private lessons since 1987.  For the past 13 years, she has taught elementary art at Trinity Christian School in Fairfax.   She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and giving her students the tools with which to see and draw.  Marcia graduated from Virginia Tech with a BA in Architecture, and she now lives in Leesburg.

Susan Serafin
Susan Serafin received a BFA in Studio Art and an Art History Minor, and a MFA in Art and Visual Technology from George Mason University. She exhibits her work nationally.
She also teaches part-time at Arlington Art Center, Loudoun Academy of the Arts and George Mason University.  Serafin has been published in part of the Tim Rollins K.O. S and Pyramid Atlantic, The Creation Project at the Kreger Museum; and MAP’s Curator Incubator 2007.   She currently resides in Leesburg, Virginia.
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Melanie Stein
Melanie is currently an elementary art teacher with the Loudoun County Public Schools.
Prior to teaching with LCPS, she taught elementary art for two years with Fairfax County Public Schools and four years of middle school art with Roanoke City Public Schools. Melanie earned her BA in Art Education from the University of West Florida. Additionally she teaches art privately and creates her own artwork.
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Cheryl Suitor
Cheryl Suitor earned a Bachelors Degree in art education for the University of Maryland and a Masters Degree from Towson State University. She taught art in Baltimore, MD at Holabird Middle School and at Essex Elementar School. For the past 11 years she has taught art in Loudoun County. Cheryl is interested in functional and decorative pottery and other decorative forms of sculpture.

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Colleen Tracey
MFA, Mixed Media, University of Chicago; BFA, Painting, Washington University.
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Krister Tracey
Krister Tracey received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting, drawing and photography from Bemidji State University in Minnesota, and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Multi-Media Installation from the University of Chicago. He is a professional artist, and has been an art teacher for nearly twenty years. He currently teaches at Evergreen Mill Elementary School in Leesburg.
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