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LisaMarie Adams: LisaMarie Adams, a local artist is a graduate of Mary Washington University. She has been involved in the art and education fields for over 25 years. She has taught at a Private School in Reston, public schools in Fairfax and Stafford counties, and The Foundry in Vienna. As an artist, she works in various mediums including collage, acrylics, clay and textiles. She mostly enjoys teaching creative classes to young students and also adults so she can share her love of the creative process as she believes everyone is capable of "doing art", just like breathing.

Trish Alizade Trish has been involved with stained glass for over 15 years. Besides art shows and fairs, her work may be seen in several galleries, including The Gateway Gallery Coop. Two of her pieces were published in the book Reflections of Clarke County, Virginia. She states "What started out as a "get out of the house hobby" has blossomed and evolved into a personal form of expression, what a difference a class can make!

Amy Berringer: Amy is a local artist who discovered the art of Ukranian egg decorating while watching Mr. Rogers Neighborhood with her children. The show inspired her to order books and supplies to create these beautiful eggs. Once she started she was hooked and has enjoyed making them for family and friends and selling them at art fairs for Christmas and Easter.

Bobbi Carducci: Bobbi Carducci is a freelance writer and columnist. She wrote her first short story at the age of eight and never stopped. Her short stories continue to win awards. Her monthly column, Buy the Book appears in print and online by in About Families Publications. Her first book for young readers is scheduled for publication later this year.

Christine E. Coviello: Christine Coviello has been an award-winning portrait and still-life artist for 25+ years. She has earned the signature memberships of the Pastel Society of America in NYC, the Maryland Pastel Society, and the CT Pastel Society. In 1997, she was awarded membership in the prestigious Salmagundi Art Club of NYC. She has been teaching private art classes for 20 years and has taught professional art instruction for the Community Arts Program, Shenandoah College and Conservatory (now University), Lord Fairfax Community College, and George Mason University, where she taught an independent 4 credit study in Drawing and Painting the Portrait. Most recently, she held classes in Oil Painting and Portrait Painting in Pastel at the Loudoun Academy of Arts, Leesburg. Christine has studied with artists Frank Covino, Richard Pionk and Daniel Greene and attended Paier College of Art, Maryland Institute, College of Art and George Mason University, where she studied mural painting and received her BA in '84. She conducts workshops and portrait demonstrations upon request.

Kathy Donovan: An avid teacher, Kathy offers braided-roving-rug classes several times a year. She spins her own yarn and experiments with colors made from indigenous plants to use for dyeing her own wool. Kathy's students love to visit her home, Checkmate Farm, to see the sheep that grew the wool that they use to make their beautiful class projects. Mrs. Donovan is a member and current president of the Loudoun Valley Sheep Producers Association.

Victoria Christie Healy: has been knitting for over 30 years. She currently teaches several knitting classes for Fairfax County at the Reston Community Center. She is a member of the Loudoun Valley Sheep Producers Association where she is active participant in the Wool Shop.

Jill Evans-Kavaldjian: Jill has a BFA in painting and printmaking, and has returned to block printing in the past years. She has begun a series of farm-themed prints that are also available as greeting cards, as well as a series of seasonal block prints. These bold prints reflect Jill's other artistic life as a designer.

Gina Faber: Gina Faber, a graduate of the University of Virginia, has extensive experience teaching pottery classes to elementary school students. She spent 7 years as a preschool teacher, 2 years as a library aide for preschool, 4 years as a high school math/computer teacher, and a few months as a Naturalist instructor at Rust Sanctuary. In her youth, Gina taught music lessons (piano, guitar) to children and adults for 5 years.

Tim Farmer: Tim Farmer is Public Relations Coordinator for the State Arboretum of Virginia, but he describes himself as a recovering journalist. He spent nearly 15 years as a photographer, writer, and editor at newspapers in Virginia and Kentucky. His work has appeared in three books as well as The Washington Post, Backpacker magazine, Loudoun magazine, Richmond magazine, Virginia Explorer magazine, and many others. He was a contributing editor for Canoe & Kayak magazine for 10 years. Tim has won awards from Virginia Wildlife magazine, the National Press Photographers Association, Virginia Press Association, Western Kentucky University (his alma mater), and other organizations.

Sandi Fanning: Sandi Fanning has been a professional potter for 7 years focusing primarily on functional stoneware. She also creates non-functional, decorative Rakuware. Sandi has been a member of the Shenandoah Potters Guild for 6 years and works from her studio in Clarke County.

Karen Helble : Karen is an avid calligrapher. She has been a member of the Washington Calligraphers Guild, enjoying taking specialty courses in many areas. She is also an accomplished pewtersmith, and has been selected by Early American Life for inclusion in the list of "America's Top 200 Traditional Craftsmen". She enjoys weaving, (cloth and baskets), and has taught various private classes over the years. Currently, she lives on the beautiful Blue Ridge with her wonderful husband and three terrific children.

Catherine Hillis: Catherine has painted all her life, winning numerous awards and honors at competitive shows regionally and nationally. Mrs. Hillis primarily paints in watercolors, including busy street scenes, intricate florals and her favorite, the historic sites near her home on the Blue Ridge in Northern Virginia. The hallmarks of her work are rich color and a touch of humor. Most recently, her work has been selected for the North Lights' publication: "Splash 12," and she will serve as Artist in Residence at Hot Springs National Park during the summer of 2010. She has earned five signature memberships. Read more at

Meredith Hilt: Meredith Hilt is a jewelry artist specializing in wire and metal-smithing techniques. She combines precious metal, wire and stone into wearable pieces of artwork. A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (PA) she began a lengthy graphic design career before starting jewelry. Meredith's lifelong obsession with jewelry finally led her to begin classes in metalwork. Using a pliers, hammer or torch, Meredith merges metals together, seeing how they can play off one another. The end result is often embellished with artisan glass or semi-precious stones. Using her hands and imagination she creates unique, organic pieces with a contemporary flair. .

Mary Kenesson: Mary Kenesson is a member of the American Craft Council, the Frederick Hot Glass Society, the Mid-Atlantic Society of Glass Beadmakers, and the D.C. area Veazey Street Artisans Group. Her work is sold through the Round Hill Arts Center, the New Dynasty Glassworks & Gallery, and at Waterford's annual Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit and Christmas at the Mill events. Mary creates jewelry and wearable fiber arts with an Asian flair in the rural colonial village of Waterford, Virginia. Her work, known by her ”ma su ke" label with a dragonfly logo, often combines beads and fibers as well as vintage buttons from her huge collection.

Zofia Aniela Lategano: Master of Arts - Painting and Drawing, Montclair State University, NJ. Experience teaching art classes for all ages including painting with oils, acrylics, watercolors, clay and sculpture, and photography. Zofia has been painting for over 25 years mainly with oils on canvas. She has recently completed a series of large landscapes depicting vast beaches, skies, clouds and dunes inspired by the beautiful beaches on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Zofia has begun working on a large canvas depicting the Blue Ridge Mountains in the far distance with the beautiful countryside with farms in the foreground. She is also working on several smaller watercolors of the working farm where she is living. Zofia’s love for the arts continues to be her focus. Her lively spirit and love of life are driving forces behind her artworks.

Donald Maloney: When Donald Maloney retired from the lumber business he followed his dream to become a woodturner. He bought a small lathe and began turning some bowls and wine bottle stoppers. As an attendee of many woodturning symposiums all over the US and Ireland, Don has taught many others to turn and is active in the Capitol Area Woodturners, and Apple Valley Woodturners. He recently helped start the Catoctin Area Woodturners in Loudoun County, VA. Don sells his work at the Aldie Mill Art show, Burwell Morgan Art Show, Bluemont’s Art in the Foothills art show as well as having items in the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va. Don’s work was recently recognized in a hard cover book titled “Reflections of Clarke County Virginia” featuring over 100 area artists.

Amy Manson: Amy Manson is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio with a degree in Psychology and Minor in East Asian Studies. She has been a studio potter for the past 10 years in Charlotte, NC and currently Leesburg, VA. Amy has studied ceramics at Penland School of Craft , Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, and Charlotte Clayworks. Amy enjoys teaching both adult and children's ceramics and mixed media art classes, specializing in advanced hand building and surface decoration techniques. Her artwork is currently displayed in various galleries in NC, SC and VA.

Rosalba Negrete: Rosalba is a talented sculptor who hails from the Central valley of Chile.  A student of history and politics, she bring a passionate intensity to her work as a scultpor and teacher;  she was also a founding member of The Gateway Gallery.

Ann Noel: Color is very important to Ann Noel. She uses color to create drama, tension and a sense of space. Paintings are planned with a narrative. Something has happened or being planned, for example, Figures in contemplation or conversation or the moment. During the creative process, Ann will take a canvas and explore her sense of the space and decide how to fill the space, manipulate the space and what colors will be used to paint the subject. Her abstracts include lush colors depicting energy, movement or place within. Creativity for is an ongoing developing process throughout the painting. Ann's goal is to have the viewer stop and think about the moment, the setting, the movement, the happening etc.

Mary Louise Ravese: Instructor Mary Louise Ravese is founder and owner of Bella Vista Photography. Ms. Ravese has taught a variety of photography classes from camera fundamentals to composition. Her work is displayed in private, corporate and university collections in over 29 states and has been exhibited nationally. She has won numerous accolades for her work, both locally and nationally including first place honors in the "American Landscapes" national juried show at the Washington Gallery of Photography in Bethesda, Maryland and Leesburg's "Mayor's Award" at the 2007 ÒFall into the ArtsÓ festival. In addition, Mary Louise has been a guest speaker and competition judge for several photography clubs in the mid-Atlantic region and the annual Meadowlark Photography Expo.

Donovan Reid: Mr. Reid is a graduate of the University of Maryland. In addition to journaling, he enjoys the outdoors, art, photography, history and sports.

Jean Seelig : Jean Seelig of Haymarket VA has studied art work in many forms since the 1970s. After years of art classes she decided to concentrate on Asian Brush Painting. Initially she studied under Ming Friedman and more recently with Betzi Robinson and Marie Kaneko Shaughnessy. In additions she has taken workshops with masters such as Henry WU, Tesshin Sasaki, Liang Wei, Shozo Sato, Lampo Leon, and Lian Zhen. She has exhibited in the National Sumie Shows in 2009 and 2011. She also shows at Millwood, Lorton Workhouse, Leesburg, Piedmont and VGalleria. She has taught there, in Haymarket and the Philippines. She also teaches Asian Art history on contract for Shenandoah University.
As President ot the NCAC chapter of the Sumi-e Society of America her love of this art form grows and flourishes with others who share the love of Asian Brush Painting.

Jerry Spears: Jerry Spears, a former public school teacher, quilting and knitting teacher, has been a rug hooker for 10 years and has participated in many workshops with well-known rug hooking artist

Kristen Swanson: Kristen Swanson studio artist and educato from Lovettsville, VA. Kristen  has had her hands in clay for 18 years, with seven years of experience teaching ceramic art to children and adults in her community through her personal studio and classroom, White House Ceramics Studios. Kristen exhibits her unique porcelain art locally and nationally and sells her work around the globe. She holds degrees in Elementary Education from Virginia Tech and a Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Kellie Tatem: Kellie is an artist and writer living in Harpers Ferry, WV. She recieved her undergrad in Media Art and Animation from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She's never used her degree in a professional manner but she dabbles in photography and finds that her education comes in pretty handy despite her best attempts to render it irrelevent. Originally from the north metro area of Atlanta, she began art school in 2005 about the same time she decided to give up smoking (she likes to keep her husband on his toes). She picked up knitting to help her not strangle those around her and discovered a heretofore unknown passion for fiber. She launched her business in 2007 and her yarns, fibers and stitch markers are now carried in yarn shops across the globe. She began spinning in March of 2007 and just never stopped. She can usually be identified in the wild because she'll have a spindle and some silk out no matter where she is.

Chip York: Chip York has been sewing for over 30 years, starting from childhood. He has sewn costumes, casual day-wear, formal-wear and bridesmaid dresses. In recent years his focus has been on neo-Victorian costuming and custom patterns. While his primary focus has been sewing for family and friends he has sewn on consignment for bridesmaids and burlesque performers. Chip also creates on-of-a-kind carpentry projects with the Pith Helmet Provisions Cooperative, and exhibits glamour shots through Chip York Photography.

Lisa Zimmer-Chu: Lisa Zimmer-Chu holds a BFA in painting from Michigan State University and an MPS in Creative Arts Therapy from the Pratt Institute. She interned as a Creative Arts Therapist at the Child Development Research Center and the Mount Sinai Hospital (New York), and worked as a Creative Arts Therapist for the Mental Health Corporation of Denver, Colorado from 1988 to 1991. Between 1991 and 1993, Zimmer-Chu was in Chica, Panama as an Environmental Education Extensionist with the U.S. Peace Corps, and from 1994 to 1998, she was a Youth Development and National Resource Specialist with the University of Wyoming at Laramie.

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Virginia Commission for the Arts Town of Round Hill, Loudoun County, Virginia

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