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Ilze Aviks (BFA, Painting and Art History University of Kansas; MFA Fibers Colorado State University) has maintained a studio in Durango, CO for over 30 years and has taught workshops in textile design across the United States, Australia and Canada. Schools include Fort Lewis College, Penland, Arrowmont, Maiwa, Portland School of Art, University of Minnesota, and the Kansas City Art Institute. Aviks has contributed essays and reviews to Fiberarts and Surface Design Journal, and Telos Publications (Art Textiles of the World: USA and Susan Lordi Marker monograph).Aviks is the author of two workbooks: “Stitching as Mark-making” and “Stitch and Monoprinting”.
Ilze Aviks’ tapestries and stitched cloth are included in numerous public and private collections including Kaiser Permanente, Lore International, AT&T, and the U.S. Embassy in Riga, Latvia. Aviks’ work has been exhibited widely; national exhibitions include Fiberart International, Chautauqua International, Vahki, and Materials Hard and Soft. In addition to a recent Solo Exhibit at the University of Northern Colorado, Aviks’ work is included in the two-year traveling exhibition “Legends and Innovators” opening in 2012 at the Muskegon Museum. Upcoming exhibitions: Annual Penland Auction (2014) and the 50th Anniversary Invitational at the San Antonio School of Art (2015).
Tracey Belt first encountered jewelry making in an elective metalsmithing course while studying at the University of New Mexico. She was drawn immediately and completely to the craft that would become her career and passion. Initially intrigued by different metals and patinas, she then went on to pursue her curiosity for color by studying the process of lampworking. This is how she learned to make the glass beads that are now the signature of her glass and metal designs. While still in college Tracey began selling her work and her path as a professional artist had begun. She graduated in 1997 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Fine Art. Tracey later attended Haystack Mountain School of Crafts to study with renowned enamelist Harlan Butt, where she gained in depth information of the innovations of the ancient craft of enameling.
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His first job, at 16, was writing greeting cards. Since then, Paul Evans, co-author of The Rolling Stone Album Guide, has been a newspaper editor, music/book/art critic, speechwriter, ghostwriter, advertising writer, business writer, and songwriter. Co-Author also of The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, he has written for the LA Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Billboard, Art Papers, Entertainment Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews. His fiction has been published by the Duke University Press and the State University of New Mexico Press.
Brucie Holler, a South Carolina native, received a BFA in painting from Florida State University and did graduate work at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. She then moved to Telluride, Colorado and worked for seven years teaching and serving as Director of Exhibitions for the Ah Haa School for the Arts, a non-profit art school. She has studied with a variety of internationally known painters including Richard Smith, Mario Martinez, and Truman Lowe among others and has shown her work in galleries in Florida, South Carolina and Colorado. She moved back to South Carolina in 1997 where she maintains a studio.
With a BFA in musical theatre and an MFA in acting, Keith Jefferson has an extensive performance background in film, TV and live theatre. He has worked alongside such acting greats as Jamie Foxx, Angela Lansbury, and Danny Glover, and under award-winning directors Quentin Tarantino, Hebert Ross and Charles Haid, among others. Drawing from his extensive experience teaching similar workshops around the country, Keith will lead his students on a road of artistic discovery.
Wendy Kowynia has lived and worked in Steamboat Springs, Colorado since 1991. She and her family lived in Telluride from 2000-2003, where she found her true home as an artist at the Ah Haa School. Wendy has taught classes in weaving and surface design over the years and last taught at the Ah Haa school in 2007. Wendy has worked in wearable textiles since 1985, and has exhibited at the Santa Fe Weaving Gallery since 2005. Her work is strongly influenced by the textile traditions and esthetics of Japan. She has studied with luminaries in the field of surface design including John Marshall, Gina D’Ambrogio, Catherine Ellis, and Ana Lisa Hedstrom. Wendy currently exhibits at the Center for Visual Arts in Steamboat Springs, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.
John Lees is an American contemporary expressionist artist who works primarily in painting. He received the 2005 Francis J. Greenburger Award and has also received the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Hassam, Speicher, Betts and Symonds Art Purchase Award in 2010, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Grant in 1993 and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant in 1989. His paintings are included in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Fogg Art Museum, The New Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Arkansas Art Center, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Tucson Museum of Art.
Lees also served as an art professor for 40 years at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture (1988–2011), the School of Visual Arts (1987–2005), Sarah Lawrence College (2000–2003), State University of New York at New Paltz (1996–2000), and Mt. San Antonio College (1971–1981).
Though he is a native Texan, Sam Levy received his BFA from the University of Maryland at College Park and his MFA in Painting from The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. Sam paints and draws the figure and landscape from direct perception. He prefers working with the same motif over an extended period of time. In this way he searches for and discovers pathways, forms, and relationships that he couldn’t have known at its outset. His work is an experience in time: a realization of a conversational journey made tangible in paint. The paintings are a sensual experience, both seen and felt.
Sam studied with Bruce Gagnier, John Lees, Stanley Lewis, Graham Nickson and Foon Sham. He moved to New York City in 2003 and worked for the artist Ursula Von Rydingsvard as a sculptor’s assistant. He has traveled and worked in Europe and across the United States. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Born in Beijing, China, Ying Li graduated from Anhui Teachers University (1974-77) where she taught 1977-83. She immigrated to the United States in 1983 and received an MFA from Parsons School of Design, NY in 1987. Ying Li is a painter and Professor of Fine Arts at Haverford College. She is known for her highly energetic, on-site landscapes that verge on pure abstraction, yet simultaneously are totally convincing as direct visual experience. Her uncompromising sense of personal vision combined with complete abandon in the possibilities of paint make her work style the epitome of painterliness.
Ying Li lives and works in New York City and Haverford, PA
Lisa Pressman creates paintings that draw upon an exploration of the unknown. The work invites a deep, visceral response that evolves over time; the paintings have a life of their own. Lisa has a BA in Art from Douglass College, Rutgers University and an MFA from Bard College. Her work is exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, and is included in many public and private collections. Her paintings were featured in a solo exhibition at The Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA in the fall of 2013; and also in group shows, including: Noctures, curated by Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D. Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ; and Shape Shifting, Susan Eley Fine Art, and ”Infused” at Butters Gallery, Portland Oregon. Lisa lives in West Orange, NJ and currently is teaching around the country including the Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit, NJ; Penland School of Art, Penland, NC; and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.
Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of numerous beloved books for young people, including the highly-acclaimed, Caldecott-honored picture book All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, and her debut novel for middle grade readers, The Great Good Summer, as well as The Good-Pie Party; Happy Birthday, Bunny!; Noodle & Lou, and several others. Ms. Scanlon is also a poet, a teacher and a frequent & popular presenter at schools, libraries and conferences. She grew up in Colorado and Wisconsin, and now lives with her husband and two daughters in Austin, Texas.
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