Studio Art Classes – Instructors
KATHLEEN BUCKALEW biography coming soon!
JULIA CLIFT biography coming soon!
ROSEMARY CONNELLY Delaware artist Rosemary Connelly has been creating watercolor journals for more than ten years. She spent two years living in Italy with her husband Bob, a photographer, where she recorded her observations of the world around her, filling countless journals with her notes and watercolors. Now living in Milford DE, with a studio in the historic downtown, she teaches workshops in watercolor journaling that regularly fill up and her students keep coming back for more. Rosemary’s students say her classes have changed their lives, allowing them to slow down, see and appreciate the little things and their own ability to capture them with pen and brush. Her website is www.LiveCheapMakeArt.com.
DONNA CUSANO This talented artist and popular instructor is a cum laude graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA, and has garnered critical acclaim both locally and nationally. She has won awards with The Pastel Society of America, The Artists’ Magazine, and The Philadelphia Water Color Society as well as many local organizations. Her work has been featured in The Best of Pastel Books I and II, Art Matters Magazine, and Chester County Living Magazine. Visit her website at www.donnacusano.com.
MAGGIE DEBAECK Ereceived her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and subsequently studied metals and jewelry making at Tyler School of Art. She has also taught metals and jewelry making at Main Line Art Center, Peters Valley Craft Center, Wayne Art Center and, most recently, Penland School of Crafts. View her work.
FRANK DEPIETRO grew up in Scranton Pennsylvania. At the age of ten he had his first experiences with oil painting, initially taking courses at Marywood University and subsequently private lessons with a local artist. He graduated from Bloomsburg in 1997 with a B.A. in Studio Art, his concentrations included Drawing, Painting and Ceramics while minoring in Art History. After graduating, Frank moved to Philadelphia PA and continued his pursuits in painting. In his time spent there he continued his studies in art, getting a post baccalaureate teaching certificate at Moore College of Art and Design as well as participating in painting courses at Tyler School of Art and Studio Incaminati. Over the 12 years spent in Philadelphia Frank participated in an extensive list of exhibitions both locally and nationally while receiving several awards for his paintings and teaching practices. In 2010 Frank moved with his family to Chester County PA. Inspired by the crisp realist tradition of Brandywine Valley artists and the surrounding landscape, he had an abrupt shift in styles. He has departed from the primitive expressionist imagery of his early work to the highly realistic depictions of nature that have become his focus at this time. Visit his website at www.frankdepietro.com.
BRIAN GARNER earned his Professional Printers certificate from the Tamarind Institute in 1997, a BFA in printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art 1994, and also holds an MFA in Digital Imaging from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His extensive background collaborating with contemporary artists, acquired from experience in five professional print shops, prompted the desire to establish his own independent studio. www.lithoshop.net
RENEE HAMILTON biography coming soon!
KARYN WARNER HAMMOCK earned her B.F.A. at the University of Pittsburgh and received Professional Certification at the American Jewelry Institute in Atlanta, GA. As well, she has been fortunate to train with industry luminaries such as Jean Stark and Julia Woodman. She has been creating unique art jewelry for the past 17 years. Karyn previously taught metalsmithing at the Center for Creative Arts in Yorkyn and private classes in her home studio. She is a member of Pennsylvania Society of Goldsmiths, American Craft Council, Society of North American Goldsmiths, and has earned Juried Status with the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. Her work can be purchased at numerous prestigious craft show as well as several local galleries and Museum stores. Recently her work has been expanding to include mixed metal wall art and clocks. Her website is www.metalaesthetics.com.
WENDY HATCH biography coming soon!
CARYN L. HETHERSTON has been designing and creating one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry as well as small-scale sculptures with wearable elements for over 30 years. She studied metalsmithing at Philadelphia College of Art and Peters Valley Craft Center. Her work has been shown in galleries and exhibitions all over the country and published in numerous books and publications. She is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the Pennsylvania Society Of Goldsmiths. View her work at www.carynlhetherstondesigns.com.
DAVID LEE JONES studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His art work has garnered numerous awards and is represented in the collections of Rohm and Haas Corporation and Bank of America. David continues to paint, teach and exhibit his work regionally.
JACQUELINE JROLF MFA, is a sculptor and educator living in the Pennsylvania. She has previously taught classes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA, Abington Art Center in Jenkintown, PA, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA and at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Her sculptures have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work is represented by the Rhonda Schaller Studio in New York City. www.jrolf.com
RHODA KAHLER is a ceramic artist living in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Her tile work has been featured in magazines, newspapers and on television, including on the Home and Garden Television network (HGTV). Rhoda created the centennial tiles for the Delaware Art Museum in her Alphabet City motif. Most recently, she finished a Guest Artist Residency at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for their Form and Art Program. Working with a select group from the Chester County Art Association, Rhoda’s art has also been spotlighted in several award-winning displays at the Philadelphia Flower Show, receiving the blue ribbon in 2008 and 2011. Drawing from nature, much of her art bends toward the organic, making use of abstraction and collage. There is a tactile intimacy that is translated through the mud between her fingers to her pieces that beg to be touched. Her handmade tile murals appear in public and private collections throughout the Delaware Valley—her most recent wall is located on the new E.O.Bull Center for the Arts at West Chester University. The exterior wall spans 85 feet x 15 feet, covered in handmade tile and other shards with a painted background. Other walls include the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry and the Historical Kearsley Building in Philadelphia, among other sites. Rhoda has also taught classes and workshops at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, at regional art centers and has participated in a wide range of Resident Artist programs. An occasional adjunct faculty member at West Chester University, she graduated from WCU in 1995 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Rhoda exhibits her hand-sculpted tiles and sculpture regularly at fine art galleries while also working on her commissioned tile work. www.rhodakahler.com
AMANDA B. KAMEN, received her B.F.A. from The College of New Jersey, and M.F.A. from the University of Delaware. She has taught courses at Washington College, University of Delaware, DCAD, and Cecil College. Exhibitions include Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, and The Foundry Gallery, London Biennale 2006, Shoreditch, England. Her work is featured in The Drawing Center Viewing Program Artist Registry, NY, NY. View her work.
KRISTIN LANDON biography coming soon!
CHARLIE METZGER received his BA at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and his MFA at the University of Delaware. He also studied at Penland School of Crafts and served as a resident artist at Baltimore Clayworks. In addition, Charlie has taught fine arts at Cecil County Community College in Maryland, Haverford College and the University of Delaware.
ROE MURRAY graduated with a BS from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, pursued graduate courses at Tyler School of Art and Arcadia University and completed a teaching certification through Immaculata College. She has taught art in Pennsylvania public and private schools and at the Wayne Art Center, in Wayne, PA. She has taken part in various group shows and has exhibited in various galleries. View her work.
SAM & KATE MYLIN are directors of Masterpiece Art, where their purpose is to “ignite creativity and develop relationships.” Sam is a 1985 graduate of Antonelli Institute of Art and Photography and Kate graduated in 1987 from Kutztown University. Both are members in the Lancaster County Art Association as well as other organizations throughout PA. Both are working artists and exhibit their artwork throughout PA and DE.
EO OMWAKE graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he also served as an instructor. Additionally, Eo has worked as a visiting artist or instructor at Drexel University, Moore College of Art, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas. View his work.
TRACI PARMAN received her BS from the University of Delaware. She pursued additional studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and her one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces have been exhibited across the country. Currently, Traci teaches silversmithing classes at the Delaware College of Art and Design.
DENISE PETTIT received a degree from Penn State University, as well as certifications in Commercial Art from the Art Institute of Houston and Wilderness Camping from St. Leo’s College in Florida. Previously a graphic designer, Denise now designs jewelry. www.aestheticals.com
KATE PLOWS biography coming soon!
DIANE PODOLSKY is known mainly as a printmaker and for her line of hand pulled graphics (AnniePod Press), Diane Podolsky is also a mixed media and installation artist based in Philadelphia. As a teaching artist, Diane has been the recipient of several residencies and fellowships including an Art Futures Residency through the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a New Courtland Artist Fellowship. She has exhibited extensively, receiving many awards for her work. Diane is passionate about printmaking and strives to create work that brings joy to the viewer. Her website is www.anniepod.com.
KATE ROBBINS biography coming soon!
ERIN ROBIN biography coming soon!
MARTHE ROBERTS/SHEA graduated from Moore College of Art, in Philadelphia, with a BFA degree. Marthe's Sculptural woodworking and functional furniture has been shown in galleries nationally, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine and Art Jewelry Magazine. She is part of several private collections in Washington, DC, New York, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. She studied at the Abington Art Center, The Cheltenham Center for the Arts and Cheltenham Adult Learning Center. Marthe is a lifetime member of the Art Students league in New York City and a member of the Pennsylvania Gold Smith Society, American Crafts Council and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. www.jewelrybymars.com
ERIN ROBIN biography coming soon!
BETHANY RUSEN draws on a wide variety of interests, materials, theories, and personal histories to construct her mixed media site-responsive sculptural objects. Her work seeks to explore the visceral and emotional aspects of body experience. Rusen graduated with a BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2003 and earned her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 2010. Her work has been exhibited nationally at a variety of venues, including Texas Tech University, Boston University and Concordia University in Minnesota. She is currently the ceramics studio manager at Main Line Art Center in Haverford, PA. Visit her website at bethanyrusen.com.
DANNY SCHWEERS biography coming soon!
JOHN SEVCIK received his BA from Villanova University and graduated with a certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He has taught Drawing and Painting at the Delaware Art Museum and Immaculata College and Art History at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania. John exhibits his work a various venues. tothestudio.com
AL STASZESKY has been teaching painting, drawing and sculpture for over 20 years. He studied with Violette de Mazia at the Barnes Foundation and privately with artist Ed Loper for 30 years. Additionally, Al has taught art classes at the Art Studio of New Castle County and the Loper Studio. www.stasz.com
CYNTHIA SWANSON received her BFA from Philadelphia College of Art, now the University of the Arts. An accomplished artist and instructor, she has taught adult art classes for the last 20 years at such institutions as
the Center for the Creative Arts in Yorklyn, Delaware, the Newark Arts Alliance and the Rehoboth Art League. Cynthia also actively exhibits her artwork throughout Delaware and Pennsylvania.
BRETT THOMAS biography coming soon!
CLAUDIA TORRES-GUILLEMARD biography coming soon!
NANCY WAMBACH is a Precious Metal Clay (PMC) Guild certified teacher. She has been exploring and teaching PMC for over six years, learning from her students. She enjoys studying a wide variety of jewelry techniques and materials to expand her skills.
MARTHA WORDEN biography coming soon!