Our Teachers

Beth Andrews

Beth Andrews is a native North Carolinian with roots in the Piedmont and northwestern mountains which reach back to the 1700s.  As a child, serious health problems resulted in long stays in the hospital, and it was during that period, at age 10, that she was given an...

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Lorelle Bacon

Lorelle is a largely self-taught artist who as a child started out with drawing. During the years of her marriage her artistic inclinations were placed on hold. At the age of 50 she resumed her artistic pursuits. When a car accident then left her unable to continue...

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Renee Brooks

Renee and Syndi spent nearly 17 years living in Winston-Salem, NC. After a family member became quite ill in 2007 they moved back to the beautiful mountains in Ashe County, NC. The Ashe County Arts Council had recently completed the Ashe Art Barn Quilt Project and...

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Kelly Cameron

Born in Norfolk, Va, 1963, and raised for the most part in Elizabeth City, NC, I  was exposed to art at a young age by my mother who was an avid artist in her own right. Thanks to her, my next oldest brother Phillip and I grew up in an artful environment and were...

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Jane Campbell

Along with my husband, Mike, I am a native of Watauga County. We have two children, Cole and Ivy.  We are fortunate to live and work on part of the farm that has been in my family for over a century. Being raised on this farm, which lies along the “old Buffalo Trail”,...

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Marion Cloaninger

ARTIST STATEMENT There is nothing more enjoyable than the creative process.  Your mind is in a different place, leaving behind all worries and concept of time. Spirals, circles, abstract designs, textures and figures have always intrigued me.  I employ use of bright...

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Cynthia Cukiernik

CYNTHIA CUKIERNIK is an Artist and Educator based in Winston-Salem North Carolina. Cynthia is currently serving as an ArtistCorps member and leads arts instruction at several service sites in the Winston-Salem community. Cynthia has previously taught at Sawtooth...

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Susan Dahlin

At the young age of six, Susan received an easel, palette and box of paints from her father, Finn, a professional portrait painter. Immediately she felt the gift of artistic expression that was so deeply rooted in the Dahlin family. After graduating with a B.A. from...

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Michael Dees

Michael Dees, Master Caner - Moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia from the sand hills of North Carolina in the late 70's, became immersed in Appalachian culture and realized that many of the cultural traditions were dying at an alarming rate.  He...

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Paul DeMarrais

Paul deMarrais, 63, has had a long and varied career in art. For many years he focused on pastel painting 'en plein air', sitting out in the Tennessee landscape he loves. In the past seven years, he's been perfecting his own line of oil sticks, oil paint in a stick...

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Helen Farson

North Carolina artist Helen Farson expresses her vision of the world through impressionist oil paintings, full of rich color and individual style. Her work is inspired by experiences at home, including her lovely Gloriosa Garden and her grandchildren, and by travels...

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Addren Doss

“For me, plein air painting is about recording my emotional reaction to a specific place at a specific time of day.  The studio painting that may come from that experience is an extension of the intense feelings and reactions I had when painting outside.” -- Addren...

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Ryan Fox

Raleigh, NC artist Ryan Fox is a signature member of five state watercolor societies- Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and North Carolina (GWS, IWS, PWS, MOWS, WSNC) Ryan has won awards in The American Watercolor Society (AWS),  Adirondacks National...

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Harold Frontz

Harold considers himself a contemporary impressionist painter with an interest in all themes including landscapes, seascapes, still life, and wild life subjects.  He has been strongly influenced by artists of the Massachusetts Cape Ann School and is privileged to have...

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Cheri Fry

Cheri C. Fry finds endless inspiration in her birthplace, New Orleans, Louisiana.  Captivated for over 35 years by this region’s unique landscapes, waterscapes, people, and architecture, Fry depicts them in watercolor or oil.  With a strong understanding of elements...

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Annie Glacken

Annie has always loved creating some type of art.  As a child she would spend hours and hours lost in the joy of creating and drawing.  When she became a wife and mother, life shifted into high gear and the time available for art diminished.  However, once her...

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Dan Graziano

Dan Graziano is an award winning, nationally exhibited artist whose paintings capture the hidden beauty found in the unexpected places and fleeting moments of everyday life.  His work has been featured in numerous publications and hangs in the collections of private...

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Eva Green

Eva D Green is a fourth-generation basket weaver.  Eva was skillfully taught the art of basket weaving by her mother, Nadine Degraffenreaidt.  Hand weaving baskets is Eva's biggest passion.  She really enjoys making intricate baskets.  Weaving baskets with designs...

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Lotta Helleberg

Lotta Helleberg is a Swedish-born artist based in Charlottesville, Virginia. For more than a decade, she has experimented with textile printmaking, and most recently focused on eco-printing, relief processes, and local plant-based dyes to render works that both...

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Marsha Holmes

Marsha Holmes was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, educated at the University of N.C. in Greensboro, majoring in fine arts and specializing in painting and printmaking. She continued her education at East Carolina and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in...

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Viktoria Majestic

Viktoria K. Majestic is a classically trained, Hungarian-American fine artist, currently living in North Carolina. She studied art both in Europe and in the United States. Her work can be found in collections throughout the US and abroad as well.  As an artist she has...

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Freda Lee McCann

"...In my work I try to depict the tranquility and peace I see and feel in nature. I am interested in both eastern and western art, so though my works are out of the Chinese tradition, they reflect a distinctly western influence." -Freda Lee-McCann Born in Washington...

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Betty Miller

Betty wove her first basket in the mid 70’s with the Alleghany County Home Extension Service. Shortly afterwards in 1979, she began teaching basket weaving classes through Wilkes Community College. Betty has been a member of the NC Basket Weaving Association since...

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Pat Morrison

Pat Kincheloe Morrison is a creative spirit, an educator, and an expressive artist who creates unique pottery, sculptures and mixed media inspired by nature and whimsy. Her education includes undergraduate degrees in Special Education and Art Education, as well as a...

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Zoe Nelson

Zoe Nelson has more than 25 years’ experience making many styles of jewelry. Before working with metal clay she did intricate beadwork and traditional metal forging. She found her passion for working with metal clay after taking an introductory class and receiving a...

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Rachel Nicholson

Rachel Nicholson is a felt artist who has worked in felt for 20 years. She is a graduate of Meredith College, Raleigh, N.C. with a B.A. in Studio Art. She has studied at Penland Craft School, Arrowmont Craft School, Arts Student League in Washington, D.C. and John C....

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Michael Pearson

Michael B. Pearson studied art in NYC and is a graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She holds a degree in Fashion Illustration. Acclaimed for her custom wall murals, book illustration, pen and inks she has worked in transparent watercolor and acrylics for 37+...

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Susan Payne

After growing up in Virginia and raising my family in Charlotte, I recently retired from teaching art and moved to the beautiful North Carolina mountains.  My academic and professional credentials include a Masters Degree in Art Education, National Board...

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Betty Powell

Betty Powell is an artist and teacher whose sensitive pastels, watercolors, oils, acrylics and mixed media collages hang in private and public collections across the US. She is a native of Wentworth, NC that has lived in various parts of US over the years and is now a...

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Cheryl Roberts

I am a certified Mc Gown rug hooking teacher. I love to teach, as it is a way to carry on the rug hooking tradition. I began hooking in 2003 after I inherited rug hooking equipment from my Mother-in-Law. My first rug was a design I drew on linen backing, a gecko. I...

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Raney Rogers

Raney Rogers has been living and painting professionally in the Blue Ridge Mountains for over twenty years.  Well-known in North Carolina and gaining national acclaim, Rogers has won numerous awards and exhibited her work in galleries around the world.  In addition to...

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Sharon Sharp

Through Curious Pursuits Press, Sharon A. Sharp creates artist’s books featuring original text, artwork, photographs, and handwriting. Several books appear in 500 Handmade Books, volumes 1–2, and in 1,000 Artists’ Books. Widely exhibited, her books are held in many...

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Jane Slivka

Jane demonstrates how to paint with ease and confidence and to enjoy acrylic painting to it’s fullest. She encourages the connection of the artist and their art flow openly without reservation. Jane’s paintings are vibrant and exciting. She paints in an expressionist...

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Miles Tager

Miles Tager has been writing and reporting, promoting and marketing non-profits and small business, and advocating social and environmental causes for over thirty years. Author of Grandfather Mountain, A Profile and thousands of newspaper and magazine articles, Miles...

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Robert Way

Robert has been learning his craft, producing his inspiring works of art, and teaching others for over 40 years. Relying on the time honored and proven artistic principals of the masters, his work depicts a strong affinity for light, color, and dynamic composition. He...

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Robin Wellner

Robin Wellner is an avid painter of people as well as landscapes and Plein air.  Her fascination with painting faces has lead her to numerous national awards and inclusion in national shows with the American Women Artists, Oil Painters of America and Richeson 75...

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Peter Werner

Peter Werner, a retired Professor at the University of South Carolina, has been interested in traditional crafts for many years.  Various members of his family practice some type of craft, ranging from jewelry making to quilting and knitting.  Werner’s mother has...

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Connie Winters

Although Winters has painted most of her life, it wasn’t until 1985 that she determined to become a professional artist. She gave herself the gift of two years to develop a defined style of painting. Her signature style, creating fresh vibrant landscapes and warm...

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Marilyn Wooten

Marilyn, a retired educator, taught art from preschool through sixth grade for Ashe County Schools.  The classes she taught focused on art through the multiple intelligences. Children as well as adults learn in different ways; multiple intelligences help students...

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Jessica Yee

Jessica Yee is a calligrapher in Fuquay Varina, NC. She has been a calligrapher ofr over 25 years and has run for business, The Oblique Pen for the past seven years. She is the past president of the Triangle Calligraphers Guild and is a current board member. She is...

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