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George Broderick, Jr. has worked as a professional in comics since 1982. He’s written stories for DC and Marvel Comics and handled scripting and editing on the LOST IN SPACE and QUANTAM LEAP comics for Innovation Publishing.
Douglas Brown is a Pittsburgh native who attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After pursuing a career as a package designer and free-
Ruthann Farinacci has a B.S. in Art Education from Edinboro University. She has experience teaching in the public schools, a challenge program at La Roche College, and over 15 years teaching at the North Hills Art Center specializing in pottery and weaving. She is a Board Member at the NHAC and a member of the Three Rivers Fiber Focus.
Kim Freithaler has a B.F.A. in Painting from St. John’s University in New York City and has taught elementary level art in the Manhattan public schools. She participates in area art shows and does portraits by commission.
Annie Heisey earned a BS in Art Education and a BFA in Fine Art from Penn State University before pursuing her MFA at Boston University, which she received in 2007. She has taught at various universities, art camps, and private companies such as Nike's Blue Ribbon Studio. Annie has exhibited her paintings in cities across the country, including Portland, OR, Boston, and New York City. For more information please visit www.annieheisey.com.
Marianne Hilke Her early art education was begun in Pittsburgh at The Ivy School of Art and then continued at the Rhode Island School of Photography. Her most valuable instruction came while in Rome, Italy, where she studied art and developed a passion for painting. She teaches all ages and passes along art skills to those who attend her classes. Marianne lives in western Pennsylvania and is affiliated with The Butler Institute of American Art, The Audubon of Pittsburgh, The Hoyt, St John's Episcopal Church and other organizations, in Pennsylvania, Ohio and California.
Laura Hilston has a B.S. in Art Education K-
Yvonne Plavetsky Hutchinson has been mesmerized by art and beauty her entire life. She is primarily self-
Bethany Kaiser is an artist and photographer based in Pittsburgh, Pa. She specializes in painting and illustration work, featuring landscapes, pets, and horses. At Oakbridge Academy of Arts she studied fine art and photography, graduating with a degree in Specialized Technology. Several of her pieces have won awards and been in print. She regularly shows her work in the Pittsburgh area. Her style is heavily influenced by the beauty of nature from a childhood in the country and is organic and whimsical.
Amanda Keiras is an illustrator and paper artist, who loves to creates strange stories, weird pictures, and fun pop-
Stacy Koehler has been making quilts and other fiber art for nearly 45 years. She’s taught these skills in shops, community centers, conferences, quilt shows, special needs schools and adult day programs. She is a firm believer in the idea that expressing oneself and influencing the nature of one’s environment through creative pursuits is a vital part if human development, regardless of skill, interest or depth of participation. In other words: for everyone. Stacy has been a certified quilt show judge since 2005 and is also qualified to judge Masterpiece quilts. She serves on the board of the national judge’s organization and is in the process of developing that organization’s blog, The Quilt Judge’s Eye.
Reiko Nakajima was born in Tokyo, Japan. She began studying Sogetsu School of Ikebana in 1980, and became an instructor of the form in 1984. Shortly thereafter, she immigrated to the United States and started teaching here in 1989. She earned the first degree Instructor of Sogetsu School in 1990 and was one of the founders of Pittsburgh Sogetsu Study Group, which was established that same year. From September 1996 to August 1998, she served as president of Ikebana International Pittsburgh Chapter. Currently she is the chairman of Pittsburgh Sogetsu Study Group. She received Sogetsu School’s “Oversea Award” in 2007 and “Oversea honored Award” in 2017. She teaches Sogetsu Ikebana at North Hills Art Center and has workshops at Phipps Garden Center.
Elise Neill graduated from the Ohio State University with an engineering degree. She is also certified to teach pre-
Miranda Pavelle is a recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, majoring in Animation. She has a love for movement, expression, and color, and believes that without art, the world around us would be very different and lifeless. Art is a core instinct of humanity, whether it be music, dance, sculpture, or painting. It is what defines our culture, lives, and expression.
Jeanne Perrier has focused on botanical illustration in colored pencil for the past 15 years. She earned a Second Level Certificate in Botanical Illustration from Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and has Participated in numerous exhibitions, most recently winning Best of Show at the Washington County Arts Council Gallery in Hagerstown, Maryland. She is Currently on faculty at the Oil Valley Center for the Arts, and at Phipps Conservatory in the Botanical Art and Illustration program. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society, Colored Pencil Society of America, and Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.
Diane Pontoriero has a Masters in Art Education degree from Carlow University and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a full time elementary art teacher in the North Hills, is a board member of the North Hills Art Center and has been teaching classes at the Art Center for over 15 years.
Eva Pontoriero has a psychology degree from the University of Pittsburgh with a minor in studio arts. She works with autistic children and teaching art to children. She enjoys painting and ceramics.
Rachael Schweiger graduated from Carlow University with an Art Education Degree and a Minor in Art Therapy. She taught middle school & elementary art for 4 years. Her favorite medium is to paint but she loves to share her knowledge and expertise in all forms of art!
Jan Steinle began her journey as an artist 40 years ago upon graduation from the Ivy School of Professional Art. She spent the next several years creating store decor and displays for various retailers. After taking time off to raise her family, Jan became a Creative Memories Consultant, and later co-
Melissa Tai has studied under many accomplished Pittsburgh artists. A life-
Gloria Tsang has been teaching the continuing education pottery classes at CCAC since 2007. She moved from Hong Kong to Pittsburgh about twenty years ago. She believes her Asian heritage keenly influences her works -
Susan E. Vincent graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and was a former art student at Carnegie Mellon University; she’s now embracing over thirty years of freelance art experience. Her most rewarding artistic experience was working with first-
Cynthia Young has studied in the US, England, and Japan. She has an MFA from the University of Florida, an MA from IUP, and has studied ceramic engineering at Alfred University. Her residencies include the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown, PA; Mendocino Art Center in California; Watershed Center for Ceramic Art in Maine; International Workshop of Ceramic Art in Tokoname, Japan; and PCA artist in residence. She has assisted many times at the Penland School of Craft and has taught at Westminster College, Point Park University, University of Florida, The Ellis School, Mendocino Art Center, PCA and various other city art centers. She exhibits nationally and locally. Cynthia has Art certification for grades K-
Amanda Zimmerman graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art with a mix of fine art and graphic design skills. A fan of Sci-
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