Laura Armenta is a leading expert in human mobility who's also established a successful educator and speaker career. Born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, Ms. Laura Armenta is a choreographer, athlete and performer with more than 30 years of professional experience. Her education includes various techniques on contemporary dance, world dance and she's a martial arts lover. In addition, Ms. Armenta is a holistic practitioner and intuitive healer with training certifications in Yoga, Ayurveda, Feldenkrais, Thai Yoga Therapy, and Healing Touch. She is the founder and creative director of Armentality Movement Arts Center in Grand Rapids.
Maggie Bandstra- Instructor and Education Consultant at HAAC . She holds a BS in Education from Loyola University of Chicago and an MA in Educational Leadership from Michigan State University. She is currently working on her MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. Maggie's studio is in Grand Haven Mi, where she lives with her husband, son and dog Nelson. Maggie has been teaching art at Hudsonville Public Schools since 1998. During her tenure in Hudsonville, she held the Department Chair position for many years. She mentored new art teachers and developed programs to get her students artwork in public spaces like Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and ArtPrize. Maggie also founded the Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective in 2016 to help artists connect with their community. See Maggie's work here.
Larry Blovits As a college professor for 26 years, Larry taught Basic Drawing, Anatomy and Life Drawing and all of the painting mediums. A consistent award winner in national and regional shows since 1964, he is a featured artists in a number of books and magazines. He has authored two books: Pastel for the Serious Beginner (Watson-Guptill, 1996), and No Experience Required: Sketching and Drawing (North Light, 2004). Elected to signature status in many national art organizations including the Salmagundi Club in NYC, the American Portrait Society, and the Master Pastelist in 1996. A professional portrait artist, his portrait commissions include presidents of colleges, corporations, and universities; noted professionals in the medical and legal professions as well as many private individuals. The American Portrait Society acknowledged Larry as "a portrait artist of exceptional quality." You can see more information about Larry on his website www.larryblovits.com/
Joyce Borst Her gentle, supportive approach to physical, mental and spiritual calmness will leave you feeling refreshed, revitalized and feeling a deep peace. Her mantra is, "You can change how you feel by changing your breathe." It is not instant gratification, but it is a slow steady path to contentment and maybe even happiness. All poses are accessible to most everyone.
Josey Brouwer is a National Board Certified Art Teacher. She graduated from Aquinas College with a Masters in Art Education and taught for Hudsonville Public Schools for 20 years. Three of her favorite things, wool from her sheep, wire, and printed words - are the inspiration for her small collages and needle felted animals. Her collages include snips of paper, bits of felted wool, and coils of wire along with found objects. She is drawn to the idea of looking at ordinary things in new ways through collage. See her work here.
Bux is a mom of 3, an artist and a performer from Grand Rapids, MI. They graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2007 with a BFA in Illustration and a Minor in (Traditional) Photography. Bux is a nerd at heart and loves comic books, music, and games. They can be found in their studio in their free-time working on completing their MFA in Painting. Their work and information can be found here.
Robin Canfied is an artist and designer who returned to Holland a few years ago after living in everywhere from California to Panama. She holds an MSc in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BS in Marketing from Florida State University. Robin runs two businesses- Ramble Design (ramblingaround.com), a whimsical wearable design boutique and RCanfield.com, her freelance design and communications business. Her designs are inspired by her travels, world cultures, stories, books, and the weird and wonderful.
Barbara Carlson lives with her family in Spring Lake. She is a life-long artist who works primarily out of the Armory Art Center in Grand Haven. Barbara is well-known in the community as a teacher of yoga and art classes. She has earned many awards and honors in area art shows. She is a member of Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective and Lakeland Artists. Barbara is also a 2 time breast cancer survivor.
“I strive to make all of my classes fun and educational. I believe that art and the act of creating is therapeutic for everyone. Personally, my art has always been a very important part of navigating life’s challenges. Whether I reach one person in a class - or 10 - I feel blessed.”
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 called a "delightful and inspiring instructor" by her students, Gini Cooper has taught glass, fusing, beadmaking, and Precious Metal Clay at the Holland Area Arts Council since 2005. She started working with glass in 2000 upon winning a scholarship to study lampwork glass bead making with Jessica Bohus at the Oxbow School of Art in Saugatuck. She then discovered the magic of glass fusing and Precious Metal Clay. In addition to teaching classes at the Arts Council, she has taught workshops in South Haven, Petoskey, and Charlevoix, Michigan and Bayclif, Texas. She currently has her simplistic and whimsical art glass pieces in galleries in Oberlin, Ohio, and Charlevoix, Michigan. Gini lives in the Saugatuck are with her musician husband, Jim.
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.
Christi Dreese is a contemporary expressionist painter who lives in her hometown of Spring Lake, Michigan. Her distinctive style radiates joy and expresses the laid-back spirit of the lakeshore life she grew to love from an early age. You will find colorful landscapes, flowers and abstract paintings brought to life with vibrant paint. Growing up, Dreese participated in numerous art programs and received awards for her artistic talents. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree and Business Major from Aquinas College. Dreese’s artwork has been shown in several exhibitions and a recipient of various awards from the Grand Rapids Regional Festival of Arts and Winterfest Juried Exhibits to name a few. She is established in several galleries throughout Michigan and Ohio. Galleries include C2C Gallery of Grand Haven, Art & Soul Gallery of Traverse City, Art Cats Gallery of Muskegon, Sleeping Bear Gallery of Empire, Frame & Mat Shop of Holland and Andy’s Frame Setting & Gallery of Westerville, Ohio. She works with art consultants and interior designers to meet their project expectations, paints murals for the community and you can find her art in numerous private and corporate art collections throughout the United States.
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. See more of Lee Ann's work here.
Wade Gugino lives in a gritty fantasy world fueled by cartoons, soda pop and Subway sandwiches. He began cartooning at age 5 during the neo-classical dinosaur revival, but fell into a creative midlife crisis at age 22 and left kith and kin to play professional basketball in Europe for 15 years. Regaining perspective in his late 30s, Wade returned to the Land of Opportunity and began building the largest, full-service cartoon house in the midwest. He wants to share his joy of cartooning and illustrating with you. Yes, you. No, not him...YOU! (I guess you can bring him along, too, if you want to).
Sarah Irvin graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with degrees in Earth Science and Environmental Studies. In 2016, Sarah and her husband Sam moved to Holland, where she works as a Naturalist at DeGraaf Nature Center and the Outdoor Discovery Center. She has taken Mary Wolter’s ceramics classes at the Holland Area Arts Council since 2017 and enjoys both hand-building and wheel-throwing modern, functional pieces. In her free time Sarah likes to travel with her husband, work on home renovation projects, and spend time outdoors.
McCoy Khamphouy Yes, that is his first name! McCoy is a West Michigan native. He was born in Holland and is a cum laude alumna of Zeeland Public Schools. McCoy received his BFA in Digital Media-2D Animation from Kendall College of Art and Design where he graduated cum laude as well. Since then, he has worked for over seven years in the field professionally, first as a UI designer for children’s' apps for School Zone Publishing in Grand Haven and now as a Senior Graphic Designer for Mobile Defenders in Kentwood. McCoy considers himself to be a visual media artist, skilled in graphic design, illustration, animation, and he has recently delved into the world of photography and video!
Susan Loughrin has worked in the education world for 30+ years with a Masters from Columbia Teachers College. She has taught at the elementary level infusing the arts into every subject area. Most recently, Susan has focused her work on creativity; the magic of creating in the everyday. She has spent time as an Arts Consultant for the Ottawa County School systems, Education Assistant at Meijer Gardens, Program Coordinator for Student to Steward at GVSU, Naturalist Guide for Ottawa County Parks and Professor at GVSU Creativity 310 coursework. Susan has a year-round set of 21 Day creativity sessions that she runs online. Each session supports participants to bring creativity into their daily lives. Also, Susan is in an acoustic vocal duo, WoodSong with her husband and female vocal lead for Sweet Lou and the Savages. Susan is thrilled to bring her love for creativity to the Holland Arts Council.
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.
Emily Miller is an elementary art teacher in Rockford Public Schools. She has been teaching for 6 years after receiving her B.A in Art Education with a minor in Art History from Grand Valley State University. Emily currently serves on the Alumni Board as well as the College of Education Alumni Association at GVSU. She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband Rory and 3 cats. Emily has taught art to students with learning disabilities for 8 summers through GVSU as well as summer camps at HAAC for 4 years.
Hadley O’Brian is a teaching artist with experience in glassblowing, ceramics, paper arts, printmaking, jewelry making and more, with a BFA in art education from Kendall College of Art and Design. Her most recent experiences include teaching visual art in K-12 Michigan schools, coordinating a non-profit arts outreach program for rural schools in Missouri, working with PreK-12th-grade students through the art education initiatives of the Springfield Regional Arts Council and Springfield Art Museum (Missouri). She is also the director, headteacher, supply buyer, and paintbrush cleaner for an outdoor summer art enrichment program she founded more than 10 years ago--Ottawa House Art Camp. Her focus is on creative process and exploration, both for her students and for herself-- a practice that is diligent, hands-on, and close to the earth. Hadley believes artmaking is an essential component of the human experience--an opportunity to help young people use their imagination, play, become independent thinkers, make personal connections, and have confidence in their ideas. See more about her family-owned studio and art camps here.
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.
Tom Reverman, Instructor and HAAC Program Manager, graduated from Lake Superior State University in 2015 with a degree in wildlife management and moved to Holland shortly after. Prior to the HAAC, he worked for Park Township Recreation as Program Manager. He began pyrography, or "wood burning" in 2016, and soon found it to be his favorite medium. He primarily enjoys burning scenes of nature and animals, combining his love for the outdoors with his wood-burning talent. Tom also enjoys biking, fishing, and hiking with his dog.
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 Exhibits Director, Mary works to expose the Holland community to a wide variety of artists and mediums. Mary is a published illustrator and an award winning artist whose work can be found in juried shows throughout the region.
Dayna Walton is a recent graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design, earning her BFA and Excellence Award in Printmaking in May of 2019. Originally from Hudsonville, MI, she currently lives and works in Grand Rapids, MI. Often she travels throughout the region to share her art, as well as her research, at events and complete regional public art projects.
Rebecca Wierks received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano from Miami University. She has taught music in partnership with the Holland Symphony Orchestra, at Avalon School of the Arts, and at the Toedtman School of Music in Cincinnati, OH, and also teaches private piano and guitar lessons. She has former experience as a licensed Kindermusik Instructor, as well as experience with international early childhood music programs such as the Suzuki Method, and Music Together. She combines this experience and education with her practice as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (formerly at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and currently at Holland Hospital), and has created a developmentally appropriate and delightful music program for young children.
Mary Wolter is an experienced Ceramic Instructor living and working in Holland Michigan. Her teaching reflects her love of learning and passing knowledge to her students with a sensitivity to diverse learning styles. She studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and received her BFA from the University of Northern Iowa. Her work combines handbuilt and wheel thrown processes to create pieces fired in a wood kiln to be used in a functional way to enhance the everyday things we do in our homes.
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."