Sandie Coffman is “specially designed.” This means that although she's hearing impaired, the loss of hearing causes her to see the need, seize the moment, and assist in solutions. Her first name, Sandra, means “helper of mankind.” She takes the meaning literally. It is her joy and privilege to help people use resources to reach their goals and objectives. This makes her perfect to teach the Arts Council’s Art for All program for developmentally disabled adults and teens. In addition to Art for All, she teaches art for the Thursday Resource in Center for homeschoolers and is an art instructor for seniors at Evergreen Commons in Holland, MI.
Gini Cooper has been beading for more years that she cares to divulge and making lampworked glass beads since 2000 when she won a scholarship to Oxbow School of Art. She now incorporates her own beads in jewelry, bookmarks, zipper pulls and whimsical wire sculptures. She recently started including Precious Metal Clay silver into to her jewelry and is eager to share the magic of PMC with others.
Douglas David received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Visual Communication from Indiana University Herron School of Art and studied under Frank Mason of The Arts Students League of New York for ten years in his summer class in Vermont.Douglas aims to capture the natural beauty of landscapes, sea scapes, city life and still lifes throughout the United States and Europe. Douglas currently resides in Indianapolis, although he constantly traveling around the country in different tours.
Kim Didrichsons is the Director of Kids Hope for Providence Christian Reformed Church. Kim has a passion for kids and teaching and enjoys creating items through painting and stained glass work in her free time. Kim resides in Grand Rapids Michigan with her husband and two kids and they like to spend their time as a family doing outdoor activities and exploring new things.
Jane Ewing earned a bachelor degree from Western Michigan University and master degree from Wright State University in Ohio. Her work has been published in Letter Arts Review, recognized by the Smithsonian Institution, and accepted into juried exhibitions at the Chicago Newberry Library, the Dennos Art Gallery in Michigan, the Muskegon (Michigan) Museum of Art, the Holland (Michigan) Area Arts Council, and others nationwide. Overseas her work has been exhibited in Singapore, Wales, and Belgium. She received instruction in brush lettering in China, where she taught Western calligraphy to Chinese university students, and she teaches locally. Her art emerges from Zen aesthetic ideals. Ewing’s book my calligraphy my response was published in 2016.
Lara Faucher began her ballet training under Sally Seven and Charthel Arthur and Robert Estner former dancers of the Joffrey Ballet. Through the resources and connections of these excellent teachers Lara received additional training from teachers such as Cherie Noble, George DeLaPena, Rebecca Wright, Paul Sutherland, Brunilda Ruiz, Edward Villella and Trinette Singleton to name just a few.
Upon graduating cum laude from Hope College in 1998 with a B.A. in Performance/Choreography, Lara founded Turning Pointe School of Dance in Holland. Lara Faucher is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Lara teaches at Grand Rapids Ballet and Grand Valley State University in the Department of Music and Dance. She also teaches and coaches independently throughout Michigan. One of her greatest joys continues to be teaching.
Lee Ann Frame currently teaches at Muskegon Community College and owns Norris Creek Printmaking Studio. She earned an MFA in printmaking, is a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists and participated in continuing education classes at Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Hollanders Bookbinding School and West Shore Graphic Arts Society. She is a signature member of the International Experimental Artists Society, and is active in the art community in numerous capacities including as an award-winning artist, curator, instructor and juror.
Mike Lozon is a writer, editor and photographer who spent the first part of his career working for newspapers throughout Michigan. He left the newspaper business in the 1990s to start The Write Way, a business specializing in the creation of personal memoirs, and the histories of Michigan businesses and nonprofit organizations. He started Freestyle Photography in 2014 as an offshoot of his writing and editing business. He has taken photos for the Holland Area Visitors Bureau, Ottawa County Parks, Downtown Holland, Outdoor Discovery Center, Tulip Time, Holland Historical Trust, Windmill Island, DeGraaf Nature Center, Ready for School, and Holland Area Arts Council, where he is a photo instructor. A Holland resident, he received his bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from Central Michigan University.
Cat Pope was raised in Clearwater, Florida and earned her degree in painting from Judson College in 2011. Whether working on location or in the studio, Cat paints to capture the atmosphere and light of her subjects with dynamic color and confident brushwork.Cat currently lives with her husband and overstuffed tabby in Mobile, Alabama, where she focuses on painting the life and culture of the Gulf Coast region she loves. Her work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the southeastern United States and is collected throughout the nation. When not in the midst of creating, Cat is passionate about teaching workshops and encouraging others to chase after their inspiration in all of their creative pursuits.
Sean Sterzer Freelance graphic designer and illustrator, Sean Sterzer has been drawing for a very long time, and studied with a myriad of teachers. She believes drawing is not only fun, it’s the keystone most fine arts.
Mary Sundstrom is a seasoned instructor with a wide range of interests and an insatiable appetite for the process of learning. She teaches watercolor, acrylic, and oil painting as well as collaging and printmaking. Mary specializes in teaching the foundations of color, design and technique while encouraging the students to find their own voice. Mary has been teaching art to adults and children at the Arts Council and in West Michigan for over a decade. As Program Director she assists in the development of curriculum for kids art camps as well as adult classes for the Arts Council. Mary is a published illustrator and an award winning artist whose work can be found in juried shows throughout the region.
Mary Wolter Ceramics Instructor: Mary Wolter is a Ceramics Instructor and ceramics studio manager at the Holland Area Arts Council. She attended the Kansas City Art Institute and received a BFA from the University of Northern Iowa. She has a heart for teaching and encouraging others in the learning process. Her work is a combination of wheel and hand building. She enjoys working with a group of potters that fire a wood kiln twice a year at West Michigan Clay. She and her husband Patrick have been residents of Holland for the past 30+ years. They have four adult children and two grandchildren. When she is not in the studio she designs gardens, ride a road bike and enjoys kayaking and yoga.