Nancy Backes a certified Zentangle teacher, has been a member of the Artists Studio for 9 years, and has worked as an architectural draftsperson and renderer for various architectural firms in Honolulu. She also enjoys sketching historical sites and has had many commissions in Palos Verdes and Arizona.
Caryl Christian Levy (BFA, University of Iowa/University of Nebraska, MPAS, USC Roski School of Fine Arts) taught and directed programs in studio fine arts and public art. She maintains a working fine art studio in historic Los Angeles Chinatown concentrating on printmaking and painting. Her monotypes and paintings have been exhibited internationally including in the new artist-residency in large format monotypes in Venice, Italy and solo shows in Los Angeles this year. Her website highlights recent exhibitions. www.cmcfinearts.us
Annie Clavel (MS, Université de Paris, France) formerly a mathematics teacher, now gallery director and abstract painter, teaches drawing and painting in Long Beach, CA. www.annieclavel.com
Gerard Dislaire (Studio Berçot, Paris, France) has worked in the fashion industry for over 30 years. In France, he worked for Chantal Thomass as a designer, creating apparel and accessories, sourcing exclusive fabrics and prints, and styling fashion shows. In Brussels and New York, he was responsible for the creation and marketing of denim fabrics through innovative weaving and dyeing techniques. For the following 10 years, he worked at Juicy Couture in Los Angeles, most recently as VP of Design Operations, leading various creative teams, and establishing internal processes related to design. Gerard currently teaches fashion design at Woodbury University in Burbank, Ca.
Bernard Fallon (BA, Liverpool College of Art; Leicester University School of Photography) a member of the California Art Club, and founding member of the Pastel Society of Southern California, teaches oil, plein air landscape painting and photography. bernardfallon.com
Jeffrey fan (BFA, illustration, Rhode Island School of Design) specializes in teaching drawing and painting from observation. He has exhibited in Los Angeles and Providence and has work in private international collections. www.jeffrey-fan.com
Kim Kei (BFA San Francisco Art Institute) is an artist whose personal work exists somewhere between representation and abstraction, but is fundamentally about the body. Studying the figure and working life has remained a constant feature in her practice as an artist. kim-kei.tumblr.com/
(Cal State, Long Beach) describes his wheel-thrown porcelain vessels as “fine crafted pottery inspired by nature, cycles of aquatic ecosystems, Japanese ethnicity and California life style.” A native of Japan, he has lived in California most of his life. He says: “When I go to Japan to visit my family, I go to the pottery villages to absorb what the potters are creating. And usually I bring back small pieces and tons of ideas for my future projects, taking small steps toward crossing bridges of ceramic art.”
At the Palos Verdes Art Center, he teaches both hand-building and wheel-thrown ceramics to adults and wheel-throwing to youth, ages 10 and up. www.artawakening.com/roy
Frank Minuto (Chouinard Institute of Art; Otis Institute of Art; University of London) has work in numerous collections and also does art restoration. frankcharlesdanteminuto.com
Mario Mirkovich classically educated in Europe, brings together traditional art skills, superb draftsmanship and expert use of color. www.mariomirkovichfineart.com
Shoran Ohba (BA, Irvine Valley College, SUNY Plattsburgh; academy credential Japan Calligraphy Academy (Nippon Shodo Geijutuin) in Tokyo) was born in Japan, but educated in Australia and the U.S. She studied under the supervision of renowned calligraphy master Chise Ohishi, and opened a calligraphy school in Shizuoka. Shoran is currently visiting California with the Cultural Exchange Artist program.
Dael Patton (BA, MA, Painting, Cal State, Los Angeles) has taught at LaVerne University and in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She has won awards and exhibited in many juried shows and private collections. www.daelpatton.com
Lerri Peterson teaches art to adults and focuses her own painting on animals and nature. She is a member of The Artists’ Studio. www.artbylerri.com
Lance Richlin is instructor of classical figure painting at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art. www.lancerichlin.com
Christopher Rowland (MFA, Otis College of Art & Design) is an exhibiting fine artist and filmmaker, currently teaching painting and video production at Otis. He is the 2009 PVAC Trustees Award winner and 2003 Artist Residency in Skopje, Macedonia. www.CrimmitProjects.com
Steve Shriver is a professional artist who specializes in large scale paintings and ornamental panels. He recently completed a public mural in Hermosa Beach and a large painting for the San Pedro Brewing Company. www.steveshriver.com
Jennifer Siegal (Otis College of Art and Design; Florence Academy of Fine Art) has been sculpting, painting and teaching for over 10 years. www.siegalstudio.com
Karen Silton has been a full-time professional ceramist, fine art mosaicist and educator for the last twenty years. www.mosaicmorphosis.com
Edgar Silva (BFA, Art Center College of Design) is a fine art painter who exhibits his work throughout Los Angeles and currently teaches at Art Center College of Design, Laguna College of Art & Design, Gnomon School of Visual Effects and 3Kickstudio. www.EdgarSilvaArt.com
Jennifer Stillwell (BFA, California Institute of the Arts) has taught animation and storyboards at Cal Arts and Mt. San Antonio College and has worked on numerous projects. jstill99.wix.com/live-animation
Mark Tahbo is known as one of the finest Hopi potters today. Born and raised on the Hopi Reservation, First Mesa, Mark learned the art from his great grandmother, Grace Chapella. Mark’s distinctive pots have been exhibited worldwide in museums and galleries. Among the many top awards he has earned at the Santa Fe Indian Market, is the prestigious, Helen Naha Memorial Award for Excellence in Hopi Pottery, which he earned three consecutive years. Mark has been profiled in various publications including Native Peoples Magazine, and is included in numerous books and articles on Pueblo pottery.
Barbara Teller Ornelas is best known for her Navajo “tapestry” weavings (95–120 weft threads per inch). She has set several records with her weavings: she has won Best of Show at the Santa Fe Indian Market twice; she established a new record in 1987 by selling a weaving for $60,000 that she and her sister Rosann Lee made; and she has woven the largest tapestry-style Navajo weaving on record. Barbara is a fifth generation weaver who was raised near Two Grey Hills on the Navajo Reservation where her father was a trader. She has been featured in National Geographic, Business Week, Americana and Native Peoples Magazines, as well as numerous books. She has won dozens of awards, and has demonstrated and lectured at museums and institutions across the country and recently did a cultural exchange with the Peruvian weavers in Peru at the request of the US State Department.
Lynda Teller Pete began weaving at age 6 and won her first major award at age 12 at the Gallup Ceremonial. She has gone on to win numerous awards for her weaving; recently winning the Best of Classification for Textiles at the prestigious 2011 Santa Fe Indian Market. Lynda collaborates with museums, schools and other art venues in Colorado and around the country to teach the public about Navajo weaving. She is also known as an accomplished beadwork artist and has won many awards for this work as well. www.navajorugweavers.com
Bill Ungar (BS Industrial Design, CSU, Long Beach) a career industrial designer and design instructor, with over 25 years experience designing and developing scuba diving equipment, sporting goods, medical equipment, and hand held devices, is a strong advocate of project based design curriculum to engage students, teach problem solving, and foster creativity. www.billungardesign.com
Arlene Weinstock (BFA, Boston University) earned her Signature and Experimental Signature from the Colored Pencil Society of America. She is a leading proponent of the loose colored pencil style. She shows her work locally and nationally. www.arlenew.com
Amber Wells (MA, Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Cultures with a specialization in Egyptology from UCLA) is a lecturer in Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology for Art Muse Los Angles. She began her museum career at LACMA as assistant to the curators of Tutankhamen and the Golden Age of the Pharaoh. In 2007 she joined the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Education Department facilitating a variety of educational and academic programs at the Getty Villa. www.artmusela.com/about
James Wisnowski (American Academy of Art) has taught his philosophy of painting at national and international workshops. www.jameswisnowski.com