John Andersen: "My greatest influences come from the American Tonalists of the nineteenth century. Chief among them are artists George Inness, Dwight Tryon, and Charles Harold Davis. Change and memory are my central themes. I capture the transient and ephemeral qualities of the light and atmosphere in the changing seasons with waxing or waning light. I have all but abandoned the use of photographic reference and plein air painting in favor of my own memory and imagination. This leads to a more personal and expressive view of the landscape. I don’t seek to record a specific place but to express a poetic vision of the world". http://www.johnandersenart.com/
Jackie Bartley received her MFA in English from Western Michigan University where she was also employed in the English department. Presently she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Hope College.
Laurie Baron has worked as a writer and editor for many years and has played with words for even longer. She is a certified facilitator with Amherst Writers and Artists and leads writing groups and workshops for all genres including spiritual memoir.
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.
Carmen Davis worked as an apprentice while living in the Copper Country (Michigan's Upper Peninsula), digging river clay for Potter Vicki Shirley from whom she learned a purist style of pottery. Carmen has an education degree from Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts degree in administration from University of Michigan. Recently certified as an Interior Alignment Feng Shui Practioner, she's practicing the art of de-cluttering. Living near Lake Michigan, she enjoys kayaking, boogie boarding and yoga.
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.
Laura 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.
Derek Johnson earned his BFA in Art from Michigan State University and continues to learn and teach painting and drawing. He has led after school art programs in Grand Rapids public schools, and he develops and teaches art camps for children and teens. A lifelong resident of West Michigan and an award-winning painter, Derek enjoys collaborative painting with his friends and is inspired by dune ecology.
Andre Matthews has been teaching ballroom in the Grand Rapids and Holland area for over four years. Andre works full time for Herman Miller, Inc. and enjoys spending his free time sharing his passion for dance.
Ed Post became a serious photographer 30 years ago after attending the first of several workshops with professional photographers. Since that time, Ed has worked and studied to hone his skills in photography, concentrating mainly on landscape and nature photography. Ed leads workshops and photo tours. He lectures frequently on nature and landscape photography. His work has been widely published and he has received honors and awards in contests and exhibitions. You can find some of work at https://www.flickr.com/photos/edpost/.
Mike Lozon: 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.
Sean Sterze 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.