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Venice Art Center Instructors

Agresti, Francesco

Francesco’s paintings and drawings are exhibited in collections in Germany, Russia, Italy, U.S.A, and other locations. Francesco was born in Italy and spent his childhood there before moving to New York in 1956. He earned a Master’s degree of Fine Arts and a professorship at national and international universities. He enjoyed his first success as an emerging artist together with Sean Scully, Len Bellinger and David Reed. Francesco moved back to his home in Italy, where he keeps a studio and pursues his passion for painting. In Italy, he taught at a university and enjoys tending his beloved olive garden.

Cassidy, Marilyn

Marilyn has a B.A. in Sociology and an M.S. in Education. She taught in the Albany City Schools in New York State. She moved to Florida in 1990 and worked in Early Education in Sarasota. She has studied with several local and nationally known artists. Her goal is to share her collected knowledge with others who are honing their   artistic skills; who want to have fun and discover a wonderful pastime.

Espinosa, Josephina

Josephina studied at the Institut de Bellos Arts in Colombia, South America. She went on to teach both children and adults a wide range of media including drawing, painting, glass fusion, and stained glass. Her work is known throughout the world.

Golden, Sheila

Sheila Golden has worked in fine art for over 30 years, being included in a women's art calendar and exhibiting in New York City, San Francisco and Santa Fe, NM. Her watercolors are in Sarasota's Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy. She has a BA in Fine Art from Sonoma State University and has studied with noted artists Barbara Nechis, Robert Burridge and Wolf Kahn. With her art in private and corporate collections, she enjoys sharing the magic of watercolors.

Heart, Nancy

Working in three dimensions has been Nancy’s passion since high school. Her love of creating clay sculptures and teaching combine to make her “one happy camper.” Her student’s success and very busy classes support her enthusiasm and willingness to share her knowledge of sculpture techniques. After a successful 25-year career as a clinical social worker, working with children and adults, Nancy has found her niche continuing her art full time and teaching in Venice. “Life is Good!”

Johns, Andrev

Andrev Johns is a Roma born in Pahokee, FL in 1966 to Turkish immigrants. Working and apprenticing through the Southwest in 1980-84. Started showing in Las Vegas in 1990. Most of his artistic career in southern CA. Andrev lives in Venice FL today; working as a sculptor, and mixed media fine artist; and as spiritual leader for his band/tribe.

Kelly, Patricia

Pat has worked as a studio potter for over 35 years. She is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology in Graphic Arts with post-graduate study at the School for American Craftsmen, where she studied with potters Franz Wildenhaim and Jim Seacreast. Her work has sold in specialty shops, Dean and Delucca and Tiffany’s of New York City. She has been featured in House and Garden, Home Beautiful and Country Living. Her work is in private collections in the U.S. and Japan.

McCullough, Heather

Heather is a physician and watercolor artist who began her study of art at the Venice Art Center in the 1990’s, and then continued for many years with Herbie Rose at his studio in Bradenton. She is an enthusiastic plein-air painter of landscapes and figures. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice Art Center, Venice Theater and Community Center. She enjoys teaching, glad for the opportunity to share the gift of painting with others.

Meyer, Katrina

Katrina, from Toledo, Ohio, became fascinated with minerals, gemstones and jewelry after a career in Ohio and Maryland as a secondary and adult education teacher and administrator. Beginning in 1996, she studied wire-craft jewelry making at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Georgia and in private sessions with internationally known master wire artists. She sells her award-winning designs at area art shows and has taught wire jewelry making since 2001.

Radomski, Michael

Michael Radomski has had an advertising career as an art director and photographer. He earned a BFA at Kutztown University and is classically trained in “wet” darkroom techniques. He now specializes in digital fine arts photography: Color, B&W and post-processing applications. Photography is an adventure. “Look small, you’ll discover a new way of seeing the subtle details of our natural world.” His work has been shown in galleries, museums and is contained in private collections.

Rose, Nancy

Art training since age eleven, Nancy is a professional award-winning artist, listed in “Who’s Who for American Art.” Rose has exhibited at New Britain Museum of American Art and is a juried member of Connecticut Watercolor Society and Women Contemporary Artists. As an Individualized learning specialist who taught teens with disabilities, Nancy began taking this approach to the art classroom. A nurturing teacher with enthusiasm and optimism that is contagious, she encourages students to paint as unique individuals.

Smith, Frances

Frances Smith has been a freelance artist in Venice for over 40 years. She attended Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and Ringling College of Art, specializing in acrylic, watercolor and pastel - with extensive work in stained glass, calligraphy, and Public Art and wall murals - both indoors and out. Frances has taught both children and adult art classes and exhibited locally and nationally, winning numerous awards for her work.

Tilson, Linda

Beginning with a BS in Textiles plus Education from Texas Tech, Linda has been a teacher, a commercial textiles and clothing designer and entrepreneur. For the past 20 years she has been a textile artist, creating one-of-a-kind garments and accessories which she sells at fine craft/ fine art shows, including ACC, Lincoln Center, NYC, and some juried Florida shows. Venice is her home and Linda enjoys sharing her passion for working with colors and designs on fabric.

Wilcox, Susan

Painting is one of the greatest joys of my life. I consistently use the gift that I have been given while striving to improve my technique and bring joy to others with my work. Susan studied in Buffalo, NY and earned a BS and MS in Art Education.

Zebot, George

George Zebot’s work has taken him to over 80 countries. He served as an artist in Vietnam and a Peace Corps Volunteer. His former faculties list Chapman University, Saddleback College, Laguna College of Art and Design, University of the West Indies, and Pannasastra University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia and California State University, Long Beach. His biography has been listed in The New York Art Review, Who’s Who in American Art and Contemporary Graphic Artists.