Meet Our Instructors
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 Insitute, the Florence Griswold Museum, and the Newark Museum. Her work was featured the American Artist Magazne twice. Her work is in many private and corporate collections.
Julie is a lifetime and award winning potter. Her teaching career has been with the Arlington County, Virginia, Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Resources. She taught all levels of wheel-throwing classes and workshops on surface decoration. She also taught children’s handbuilding classes at Arlington County Elementary School. Julie was a member of Grey House Potters, Arlington, Virginia and the Kiln Club of Washington. Julie’s undergraduate degree is in ceramics.
Beth Burgan brings experience of teaching art to gifted and talented (K-12) university students, and challenged adult populations. Her B.S. degree is in art education. She has an MFA, was a teaching assistant in sculpture at Kent State University. She worked in Human Resources for 15 years and owed a clinical massage therapy practice in Minneapolis for over 30 years. All the various career paths had one thing in common, to empower each individual to create and manifest positive self-awareness.
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.
Diane Chencharick has a long background in the arts as a graphic designer, art director, creative director and watercolor artist for more than 40 years. She is known for her strong use of color and keen sense of design. Her award-winning abstracts hang in many galleries, and exhibitions. She has mentored numerous artists, honing their 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. www.deepwatergallery.com
A self-taught professional watercolor pencil artist, teacher and author. I have dabbled in many different mediums over the years. Retirement has allowed me the opportunity to pursue my passion for art. The love that I have for the beautiful wildlife that we share on this planet, well it was only natural progression for me to paint animals as well as pet portraits. I have done shows as well as solo exhibitions and commission work in the Kansas City area. Being awarded “Best of Show” at the Buttonwood Art Space”, was an honor for me. Recently moving to Sarasota, Florida to be closer to my family I am looking forward to painting, teaching, and writing.
Josephina studied at the Instituto de Bellas Artes 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.
Emilia Farrell is currently an Englewood, FL, based artist and art instructor. She studied with V. Sangarov (Ukraine), Monique Johannet, Babrara Baum, Sue Miller (Cambridge AEC) and David Small, Mass College of Art (Boston, MA). The subject matter of her works: portraits, landscapes and still-life in the traditional/impressionistic style. She is fascinated by ideas and concepts of various time periods of art history and cross relationships between arts, science, as well as relevant to these periods’ techniques and use of materials. She participated in New England’s art events, exhibits and is a member of the Oil Painters of America (OPA). She enjoyed teaching drawing and oil painting classes at the Newton Adult Education Center, Lexington, MA, as well as at the private students’ studios. Her works are shown in Cambridge Art Association, Belmont Art Gallery of Art, Newburyport, MA. Her landscapes and portraits were purchased by private collectors.
Victorine Hinger was raised in Luxembourg and moved to NY in 1992 to become a full-time artist where she studied stone carving at the Art Students League in Manhattan under Lorie Goulet and attended several carving symposiums around the country. Her work is in private collections all over the world, she has won several business awards including last year’s commission to create a 5-foot bronze sculpture for the Centennial Celebration of Luxembourg Immigrants to the US
Claire Jenkins was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. A recent graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, Claire holds a bachelor’s degree in art, and works with a range of mediums including ceramics, steel welding, plaster casting, and oil painting. While completing her bachelor’s degree at FGCU, Claire had the opportunity to study oil painting and art history at the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute in Florence, Italy. Claire has worked alongside accredited artists such as Patrick Dougherty on his stickwork installation located in the Naples Botanical Garden. Not only is Claire a teacher at the Venice Art Center, but she is the Exhibition Coordinator as well!
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 herein Florida as well as art classes at several venues in the area.
Nora Robertson, a distinguished senior at Venice High School, boasts 12 years as a Girl Scout and leadership in sports and clubs. Passionate about curtailing plastic pollution, Nora ardently advocates for cleaner beaches. She inspires others to reflect on the origins of beachside trash and its environmental impact.
Christine has been a creator and artist since childhood In New Jersey and attended Pratt and Parsons in NYC. She has owned her own interior design and an event company for over 30 years
along with building a cafe” and music lounge. She is an accomplished potter, seamstress, photographer and has recently resumed painting. Her jewelry design business ChrisinaBellaBeads started
in the early 90’s and she began metalsmithing and instructing while living in Raleigh NC for 25 years. She was a Docent at the North Carolina Museum of Art and now Christine is a full time artist and designer, living here on Venice Beach. She offers workshops to private groups, institutions and at events.
Throughout her life, Shelby has been a working artist with her main focus on studio and gallery shows, plus teaching. She has taught her art in Florida, California, Mexico and Greece. In the past few years, dot painting has entered into the mix, and she has been sharing this technique with her students. Her current dotting work has been creating Mandalas, Masks and nature designs.