Venice Art Center Instructors

Acton, Mary

Mary studied art and elementary education and has a masters degree in Gifted Education. She took Ukrainian Egg Dying classes from the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. Mary currently resides in northwest Indiana, where she participates in regional art fairs and teaches adult and children's classes to enthusiastic reviews at the Chesterton Art Center. Creating traditional and unique designs on eggs of all sizes is a magic she loves to share.

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.

Argandona, Augusto

With degrees in Fine Art and Industrial Design, Augusto has practiced design, all the while pursuing his love for painting. Following a career change in 1990, he devoted his life to painting, primarily with watercolors. Argandoña has over 20 years of experience teaching watercolor painting to adults. He is a member of the FWS and signature member of the FSWS. His art is part of private, corporate and public collec-tions and has won many awards.

Aylsworth, Lynn Nelsen

Lynn has been a member of the Hudson Valley Art Association since 1999 and has shown in many juried shows. She has won awards at the Salmagundi Club, American Artist’s Professional League National Show, Catherine Lorilland Wolf Show for Women Artists sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kent Art Association, the Ridgewood Art Institute, the Florence Griswold Museum, and the Newark Museum. Her work was featured in American Artist Magazine twice. She has been presented by many galleries throughout the United States and her work is in many private and corporate collections.

Barber, Lucy

The paintings and drawings of award-winning artist Lucy Barber have been exhibited in the US and abroad, at Kouros Gallery in NYC; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; American Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus; Lori Bookstein Gallery, NYC, among many others. Barber’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Art New England and others. Lucy has received numerous awards including two Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants. Lucy teaches and paints in Sarasota, FL in workshops, teaching privately and in classes.  

Bass, Nancy

Nancy Bass is known for her contemporary oil portraits of animals. Her first childhood memory is creating a crayon portrait of a pink poodle. For thirty-five years she and her husband raised cattle on their farm in central Virginia. This herd of bovines became the inspiration for her paintings in which she captures the individual personalities, innocence, and beauty of each creature in her herd. Nancy exhibits nationally in juried competitions and in galleries and is a Signature member of the American Women Artists and a member of the Society of Animal Artists.

Bateman, Jenni

With a creative curiosity, it’s no wonder Bateman works at the intersection of art and design. Her work is described by one curator as “having a lyrical style”. Multi-faceted, Bateman works in watercolors, acrylics, and is noted for pushing the edge in textile design. Her work has found the judge’s favor in exhibits nationwide. With an energetic, integrated approach to teaching, she regularly conducts workshops across the country, and supports many notable charity events for children with special needs.

Baxter, Julie

Julie is a lifetime and award winning potter. Her teaching career has been with the Arlington County, Virginia, Depart-ment of Parks, Recreation & Community Resources. She taught beginning, intermediate, and advanced wheel throwing classes and workshops on surface decoration. She also taught children's hand building classes at Arlington County Elementary School. Julie was a member of Grey House Pot-ters, in Arlington, Virginia and the Kiln Club of Washington. Julie’s undergraduate degree is in ceramics and she has tak-en many workshops over the years to enhance her skills and further her education.

Berube, Patricia

Berube was born in 1963 in Missouri. Her formal art education began at Syracuse University in 1986 where she obtained a BFA. She then moved to New York City where she received her MFA from Columbia University in 1993. Berube worked in NYC at the MOMA and for a private art collector. Berube creates paintings, drawings, prints and hand-made books that stem from the human figure, landscapes, botanicals, current events and memory.

Blake, Kathy

Artist and author, Kathy has applied creativity to a variety of endeavors, including food styling for photography, recipe development and crafts. Her books include "Making & Decorating Your Own Paper", "Handmade Books", and six cookbooks. Kathy enjoys sharing her knowledge and techniques as a teacher. She has an M.A. in Food Studies from New York University.

Blake, Shirley

Shirley is an Illinois native, lived for 42 years in Minn, graduated from the U of Iowa and did graduate work at U of Minn. She has taught watercolor, acrylics, and collage to adults since 1987. She is a signature member of International Society of Acrylic Artists, International Society of Experimental Artists, and has received over 50 show awards with her work in many corporate collections.

Bullock, Ruby

My name is Ruby Bullock, a second-year college student. I have practiced origami since I was seven years old. I have since continued to progress into complex folding. I have connections with Sarasota art studio “Origami Air” and have attended the Origami USA National Convention in New York City twice.

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 to discover a wonderful pastime.

Chencharick, Diane

Diane has a long background in the arts, as a graphic designer, art director, creative director and a watercolor artist. She is known for her strong use of color and keen sense of design. Her award-winning abstracts have been shown in many galleries and exhibitions. She has mentored numerous artists, developing their creativity, honing their design skills and teaching effective use of contrast and color. Her specialty is helping artists overcome self-limiting behaviors that keep them stuck in old patterns.

Cirillo, Lynne

Lynne is a self-taught jewelry designer and artist. From Delaware, she loves all types of art and designing, though making jewelry is her favorite. Her first bracelet was on a bead-loom. She started wire wrapping when she moved to Florida twelve years ago by wire wrapping shells into pendants. She’s taught at local bead shops and groups. She has won jewelry contests, has been a featured artist on wire worker guild, and is working on a jewelry book.

Concepcion, Diane & Booth, Asia

Asia Booth and Diane Concepcion are mosaic artists that run a studio in Ft Pierce, Florida. They love the versatility of mosaic art. They will share the ins and outs of cutting glass, selection of adhesives, design and much more, Their classes are informative and fun. Initially self taught but went on to study with some of the best mosaic masters in the community. They have garnered a wealth of insight from their years of teaching this ancient art.

Delfs, Julie

Julie comes from a life of creative living and has always experimented with different forms of art. She has always been inspired by and drawn to the ocean which is clearly reflective in her coastal-inspired works of art. Since discovering a love for resin-epoxy in 2017, she has created and sold over 300 one-of-kind works of art and loves to share her insight through fun and informative classes.

DeRice, Julie

Julie DeRice and her husband retired from owning and operating a real estate development company in Maine to the Nokomis area in 2001. In 2009 she decided to pursue a love of art and started taking acrylic classes. In 2013 she signed with Sundance Graphics. Her coastal art is sold in furniture and home décor stores across the U.S. Julie loves to encourage those who think they could never paint and wants to help others build a passion.

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.

Freund, Jane

By embellishing her clay pieces with a wide array of found objects, Jane Freund elevates the basic pinch pot to a distinctive — and expressive — art form. Originally a wheel thrower, she switched exclusively to hand building many years ago and has developed advanced pinching methods that are both organic and elegant. Jane has exhibited widely at galleries and in juried shows. She shares her techniques at workshops and classes in both Pittsburgh and Sarasota. 

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.

Harshberger, Wayne

Stone Sculptor, Wayne’s career began as a stone mason where he learned how to handle stone, to recognize the potential fracture lines, and to bring out the beauty of each stone. As an award winning artist involved in art shows and fairs, teaching workshops keeps me attuned to the procedure and process. Showing how to handle alabaster stone and tools so each student can complete a piece is my goal.

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.

Joyce, Terrance

Apprenticed to Italian monks in the early 1960s, the NYC born artist began painting murals in the libraries and chapels of the seminary where he studied. Later while studying at the Arts Students League (ASL) in NYC, he was a founding member of the first co-op gallery in the emerging SOHO. For 25 years he headed Inner Beauty Studio creating commissioned murals in fine establishments in NYC. By 2008 his gallery in Greenport NY had become a salon for artists, writers and musicians.

Keck, Alan

Fifty years experience on potters wheel. Made a living for 10 years as production potter, Masters degree in Art Education. Taught all levels of ceramics and glassblowing at Emporia High School in Emporia, Kansas. Last ten years as Department Chair.

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.

Knutson, Karen

Primarily a water-media artist, Karen is constantly changing and growing as an artist. Her inquisitive nature has served her well in her career, and made her a better artist. By asking “Why did that happen?”, she doesn’t rely on “happy accidents”, but instead makes them happen on purpose. Karen attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and currently lives in Minneapolis, MN. She thoroughly loves teaching watercolor and collage, and teaches workshops nationwide. Her workshops are filled with techniques to make painting fun and easy.

Larisch, Linda

Linda is the fourth generation of artists from a multicultural background. She has been painting for the past 40 years, had over 30 one-woman shows, and has been represented by various galleries in the US and Mexico. Her medium is acrylic paint on canvas. Her style ranges from realistic to abstract. She was an educator for pre-school children with delays and taught middle school here in Florida as well as art classes at several venues in the area.

Maria, Gary

Gary received his BFA from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania in 1976, then studied at the Art Students League of New York, the School of Visual Arts, and NYU during the late 1970s and 1980s. He worked in NYC as a graphic designer and illustrator in book publishing, then as a fine art print colorist at Mill Pond Press in Venice. His work aspires to the craftsmanship and traditions of nineteenth century academic realism.

Marshall, Frederica

Frederica Marshall, Master Brush Painter, artist, teacher and researcher, lived in Japan for 28 years. She received a B.F.A. in Painting from Miami University in Ohio and an M.A. in Art Education from Michigan State University. She currently resides in Deer Isle, Maine. In Japan, she explored western painting styles with Michiro Mori and studied Sumi-e (Asian Brush Painting) for 10 years with Grace Yen. She has also studied Sumi-e techniques with Yang Chan, Li Dongfeng, and Leigh Wen. She has exhibited in Japanese venues and galleries since 1973, including the Takumi Gallery, the Mikimoto Pearls Gallery, the Okinawa Civic Center and the International Ocean Exposition in Motubu. Her Sumi-e paintings were featured in a solo show at the U.S. Naval Gallery in Yokosuka. Frederica’s works have been selected for numerous national exhibitions in the United States, such as those sponsored by the National Sumi-e Society at the Tweed Museum…

Marucci, Debbie

For over 30 years, Debbie has been making and marketing her art throughout the country in juried art festivals, after obtaining a BFA from YSU + Post Grad classes at Kent State. She taught art in the Youngstown Schools before moving to Venice 20 years ago. Her paintings and     sculpture reflect her love of color and design. She hopes to inspire others through sharing her enthusiasm for the creative process.

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.

Nishihira, Robert

I was a full-time commercial photographer for 18 years in California and had clients such as Callaway Golf, IBM, and Qualcomm. I won a number of honors including CA Magazine’s Award of Excellence and ASMP’s Gold Award. My work was published in magazines such as Vogue and Town & Country. After retiring from commercial photography, I taught photography at the City College of San Francisco for 20 years. I retired last summer and moved to Venice. See website:  

Palmer, Jeanne

Jeanne has been a fulltime potter for over 25 years; having owned and operated a pottery school and gallery near Buffalo, NY for 12 years. Her education includes: Bachelor of Arts/Ceramics from S.U.N.Y. at Fredonia, Post graduate Glaze Chemistry at S.U.N.Y. Alfred, Art & Education Graduate studies at University of Colorado at Boulder, and Studio Concentration at Penland School of Crafts, NC. Jeanne has shared enthusiasm for her craft having taught classes at many art centers and retreats. Palmer Pottery is well recognized in the area as she exhibits at fine art shows and local galleries.

Platte, Roxcy

Roxcy Platte is an award-winning artist who has been sketching and painting all her life. Especially known for lively portraits and charming street scenes, she captures subjects quickly and brings that spontaneity to her classes. Her students learn how to see the world around them through the magic of light and shadow, color, shape and the use of negative space. Her classes are not to be missed.

Ploughe, Susan

Susan Ploughe (Ploughe rhymes with blue) is an award winning painter and an enthusiastic instructor who loves helping people develop their skills. Her workshops include a ton of information, lots of practical exercises, and plenty of laughter. She teaches in Venice only once a year! Susan is experienced in studio and plein-air work. She is a Signature Member of both the American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America. Susan’s artwork is in private and corporate collections, and she has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector and International Artist magazines. See her paintings at

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.

Rakyta, David

Rakyta worked for ten years as an instructor for adults with special needs at the Loveland Center in Venice. During that time, he taught classes in mosaics, painting, drawing, and collage.

Rogers, Steve

Steve Rogers AWS, NWS, TWSA - His paintings have won hundreds of awards in juried competitions including the National Watercolor Society Purchase Award -“Best of Show” in 2006 and four awards in the American Watercolor Society. And 2017 Best of Show in the Florida Watercolor Society Exhibition. Steve is a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society and was an Ambassador/Director of AWS and is also a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and Transparent Watercolor Society of America. He was the national invited juror for the 2007 AWS exhibition where he served on the Jury of Selection. He was the Chairman of the Jury of Awards for the 2010 AWS exhibition and he was the 2014 Juror and sole Awards Judge for TWSA.

Roggenburg, Linda

As a child, Linda began painting Sumi ink paintings and chalk pastel landscapes. As an adult, she studied art and architecture at the University of Oregon, where she earned a Master of Architecture degree, becoming both a designer of houses and a professional working artist on the Oregon Coast. Her watercolors capture scenes in an easy, loose, impressionistic style. Linda says that she isn't a "fine" artist but a FUN artist.

Rosall, Judith

Judi Rosall is the creative director at WildCherry Studio in Venice, FL, and a 20+ years, professional Fine Art Photographer. She has shown her work in numerous solo art gallery shows in Denver/Boulder, Colorado. Judi shoots with a DSLR digital camera and the iPhone and works with a wide variety of subjects, including the human figure, seascapes, wildlife and landscapes. Judith has a B.S. degree in Journalism/Photo Journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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.

Schadler, Peggy

After 15 years as a free lance artist in Washington D.C., P.J. Schadler began 30 years teaching fine arts and crafts to adults and children, as Arts Director for the Military in MD, PA and in Italy. She expanded her love of fibers, batik, and abstract painting, studying with several renowned artists in Europe and the U.S. She loves combining media and techniques with nature, photographs and found objects. She believes art is a journey.

Scorola, Vito-Leonardo

Vito-Leonard Scarola is an accomplished artist and educator. As an award-winning artist Mr. Scarola has been included in exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum, Art Renewal Art Museum, Museum of New York Society of Illustrators, San Bernardino County Museum, The Laguna Beach Museum and his work has been acclaimed by the American Portrait Society among others.He has over four decades of experience as a college professor teaching a wide range of undergraduate and graduate level visual art courses.  Mr. Scarola holds an MFA degree from California State University Long Beach, a BA from the State University of New York and an AA From St. Gregory’s University.

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.

Soileau, Hodges

Hodges had a successful illustration career which lasted more than twenty five years. His art graced the covers of more than 300 books. He worked for most of the major publishing houses in New York. Hodges was a 23 year member of the prestigious Society of Illustrators in New York. During this time, he received many citations of merit for work exhibited in annual shows. He was selected to do the painting for the 29th calls for entries, and chaired the 35th Annual Exhibition. After years of executing ideas and concepts for others, he presently paints subjects that are of personal interest. He was a finalist in the 2001 and 2002 Artists Magazine Competition. He received an award of excellence in the 2004 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition. He received an award of excellence in the 2006 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, and he received a 2007…

Spann, Susanna

Susanna Spann earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Arizona State University followed by three years at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles for Illustration. She is a signature member of American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America and Florida Watercolor Society. Her work is in 14 different books on watercolor including her own book “Painting Crystal and Flowers in Watercolor”. For 45 years Ms. Spann was a participant in the Outdoor Art Festivals and won over 675 awards for her drawings and paintings. During 15 years of this time, she was an adjunct instructor at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota , Florida teaching watercolor and illustration. She presently paints for national competitions, judges exhibitions, instructs watercolor workshops and displays her work in her own gallery, The Dead End Gallery in Cortez, Florida.

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.

Turconi, Sue

Sue Turconi received a M.F.A. from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N. Y. Her work is included in the public collections of City Hall. here in Venice, N.J. State Museum in Trenton and the Newark Museum also in N.J. Her work is included in many private collections throughout the world. Sue also teaches Art History at State College of Florida. See full resume on the member’s pages of the Florida Artist Group also known as FLAG:

Vogel, Marianne

Marianne Vogel is a Fiber Artist who currently exhibits her work nationally and teaches in the Southwest Florida area. Her philosophy in the classroom is to enjoy the discovery of a new creative process and to have fun sharing this learning experience with other students. 

Webster, Lynn

Lynn Webster, Professor Emeritus, The College of Idaho Lynn received a B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an M.F.A. from Northwestern University. Additional studies include Kungl Konst Academie in Stockholm and a Fulbright. Lynn's work is in various private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago. Lynn recently exhibited work at Art Center Sarasota. Lynn moved to Florida three years ago from Idaho.

Whitmore, Caroline

Caroline began oil painting in an adult education course in the Hudson River Valley, NY. She studied with noted artists (Lee Hochberg, George Peter, Robert Gary, P.J. Steadman, Richard Ochs), becoming a very effective and well-rounded artist/teacher. Her love of nature and the desire to perpetuate moods that are “pleasant and romantic” led her to floral and garden paintings. Her work is in private collections in the New York area, and she has done many commissioned pieces.

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.

Winter, Norma

Norma is a Professional Artist/Educator, recipient of Woman of the Year 2011–12 plaque from NAPW for demonstrating excellence and dedication in her profession. She is a supporter of the arts in Mentor, Madison, Ohio, Fonda and Adirondack, NY, Wellington, WPB and Venice, Florida. Literacy and artist in residence volunteer in Venice Florida and a Member and Officer for Toastmaster’s International. Norma taught in Ohio, New York, and Venice, Florida, including her own Norma Albertha Studio Gallery in Madison Village, Ohio.

Wokoun, Linda K

Based in South West Florida, water media artist Linda Wokoun leverages the natural characteristics of water to bring energy and movement to her paintings. She likes to incorporate both abstract and representational elements in her work and believes that water media is particularly well suited to her approach. Linda is a signature member of the Florida Sun Coast Watercolor Society where she regularly exhibits and has won several awards. She is a member of the Florida Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America where she has also exhibited. Linda is a popular workshop instructor teaching throughout the Florida area.

Yash, Debbie

I am a full-time artist living in Venice, Florida. My art focuses on imagination, expressive uses of color, and design. Major media are transparent and opaque watercolors along with inks. I have studied painting and drawing at the Ringling College of Art and Design, Venice Art Center, and Art and Frame of Sarasota. My approach is to offer a hospitable and friendly environment, respecting each person's knowledge and creativity, while sharing techniques and information.

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.