Meet our New Teacher for Art Club!
graduated from Southern State University with a bachelors degree in art education in 2002. She is a Connecticut K-12 certified educator. Rebekah is a mother of two and is the owner/photographer of Bekah Photography – Studio #506 in Whiting Mills. She also teaches art therapy to adults with autism and disabilities within the community. Rebekah has an Associates in Fine Arts and Graphic Design from Northwestern Connecticut Community College. She attended RISD for a summer session in textile design. Rebekah studied watercolors and weaving abroad in the summer of 2001 in Italy. Her passion is to share and teach others through art, she is compassionate, detailed, organized, hardworking and enthusiastic. Rebekah’s ultimate dream is to write and illustrate a children’s book.
Jacob Aronow graduated from the Hartford Art School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration in 2012. He is beginning his careers in the fields of illustration and teaching with this class. Jacob loves working with many techniques and mediums. He works mainly in oils, watercolors, ink or just a pencil and eraser. In his time at the Hartford Art School, Jacob discovered his interest in teaching from watching his professors enjoy passing on their knowledge to him and his fellow classmates. He looks forward to passing on his knowledge and enthusiasm for art and its heritage.
Courtney has degrees in Art and Horticulture. She is a master gardener, photographer and artist. Her professional gardening has her working in the three dimensional space of the earth. This training has given her a keen eye for sculpture and how objects react in real space. Her degree in art taught her drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, video and sculpture. She is a creative soul and a jack of all trades. She has taught workshops at Artwell on terrarium construction and design. In 2007 Courtney drove across the country, living out of the car, camping and backpacking in over a dozen national parks and forests. She shot 50 rolls of film and created a journal of her trip.
Roger Pappineau graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and concentration in Illustration. He also has a background in the CCSU Art Education program and many observational and teaching experiences in districts such as New Britain and Bristol where he learned firsthand how art can enrich the academic experience for students of all ages. At CCSU, Roger became acquainted with many different mediums including drawing, painting, ceramics, print screening and sculpture. Roger’s favorite medium is pencil and he enjoys making surrealist works using a mixture of imagination and photo references. Roger sees art as one of mankind’s most cherished means of universal expression and as the crucial bridge between man’s ambitions and reality.
Bridget Grady is an award winning exhibitor and painter both nationally and internationally. Most recently she was selected for “The Art of Conservation 2010, An International Exhibit of Nature in Art” sponsored by the Artists for Conservation Foundation and was an exhibiting finalist in the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Environmental Art Prize 2010. Ms. Grady’s projects also include traditional and digital works created in Southeast Asia where she was an assistant professor of art at Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design, and Media located in Singapore. These works investigate the complex issues surrounding the material culture of developing nations and their affect on the environment. Work from this series “Glut” was selected for inclusion in the International Painting Annual, Exhibition in Print, sponsored by Manifest Creative Research Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ms. Grady is a signature member of Artists for Conservation. Website
Jan Loomis is an award winning figurative sculptor who could always draw (no, really, from the time she could hold a crayon!). She graduated U. of Hartford Art School cum laude 1987. In the past Jan has served on numerous Art Boards including The Society of CT Sculptors (founding President), American Medallic Sculpture Association, and CT Women Artists. One of Jan’s favorite ways to work has always been combining drawing with sculpture and creating bas reliefs (Reading Inspires Imagination, hanging outside of the Public Library in Enfield, CT was recognized by the Smithsonian as public art worth saving). Recently, Jan has focused her efforts on small “art medals.” Jan loves sharing her passion for the human form as an art subject and has taught at The West Hartford Art League as well as numerous Adult and Continuing Education classes in CT. She put up an ecorché under the tutelage of David Klass in NYC and studied under Lloyd Glasson, Tony Antonius and the late Paul Zimmerman. She has attempted numerous ways to avoid being an artist, and to support her art habit only to realize that just doing art is the best thing in the world she can do and teaching it is a close second. Both make her deliciously happy and she is delighted to share her excitement with others.
Graduated with an MFA from Maine College of Art and a BFA from the University of Hartford. Her teaching experience includes Hartford Art School, the University of Hartford, Maine College of Art, Community College of Rhode Island, and Northwestern Connecticut Community College. She has exhibited extensively throughout the northeast.
Kwame Antwi is a full time concept artist working for Left Brain Games in Torrington, CT. He graduated from Westwood College with a degree in Game Art Design and almost immediately landed an internship at Left Brain Games. Soon after, Kwame was hired on as Left Brain’s primary concept artist, which demanded skills such as illustration, animation, level design and user interface design. In addition to his full time job, Kwame also works as a freelance illustrator for various game developers around the U.S. and has experience in many different aspects of the gaming industry. Despite only being in the game industry a short time, he has carved out a reputation as a skilled and desired artist. In addition to his skills in game design, Kwame is also an accomplished and in-demand tattoo a
Giovanna Adams is an award winning artist, and an illustrator of children’s books. She attended The Colorado Institute of Art, where she was exposed to the early works of Charles de Lint and the paintings of Brian Froud in his and Alan Lee’s book Faeries. Giovanna has a passion for fantasy art and the world of the fey. A sense of wonder and mystery informs her work. Her artwork is collected internationally and she has licensed her images for a variety of products sold worldwide. Giovanna lives in Harwinton, CT with her husband, two little pixies, and an array of furry family members. Website
Kath Bloom Since the late 80’s, Kath, besides working as a songwriter and performer, has also been an Arts Educator. She has taught and performed in many libraries, foster homes, nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, and much more. Kath has instructed her “Music for Babies”, for 16 years. She has facilitated and developed latch key afterschool programs, and conducted “Folk Choruses” of all ages. Most recently she developed her own integrated arts pre-school program, combining music, rhythmical instruments and dance. She has written many songs for children. Kath believes that redirecting chaotic and potentially harmful emotional pain into creative energy, can, without a doubt, transform the lives of children and adults!
David Leff Essayist, poet and writer of both fiction and non-fiction, David is a former Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and currently serves as a director of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association and Audubon Connecticut. His writings focus on the connection of people to their communities and the natural environment. His Master Class in writing ecopoetry includes exercises in sharpening participants’ ability to use all their senses to perceive the environment. Website
is an award-winning plein air painter, and an award-winning art teacher. His paintings are included in public and private collections in the Northeastern US, New Mexico and Canada. Victor is represented by Sherry French Gallery in Chelsea, NYC and by Red Sable and McPhee Fine Arts, both in New Jersey. His October 15, 2011 Master Class at Cornwall Covered Bridge was a productive day for all. Website
Born in New York City, Michael Yurgeles received a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire and an M.F.A. in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. Michael has served on the faculty of the Wheeler, Dublin and Forman Schools and the Northwestern Connecticut Community College. Much of Michael’s work is photo-based, and deals with cycles in nature and perceptions of time. He believes that as an artist, he should collect as many images as possible, much as an archeologist collects objects, and then attempt to organize them in a way that reveal underlying purposes and patterns, and motivations.