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Laura Albert went to the University of Delaware after high school graduation where she studied painting. She graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art degree in 2004. Upon graduation and after devoting two summers to teaching Arts and Crafts at a local day camp, she decided to pursue a profession in Art Education. She continued her education and received a Master of Education degree in Visual Arts from the University of Missouri. She holds a professional license in Visual Arts for students in grades K-12.

Laura is completing her ninth year as the K-8 art teacher at Gross Schechter Day School in Pepper Pike, Ohio. She enjoys working with children and inspiring their creativity. Laura implemented an after school art club program at Gross Schechter Day School and Apex Academy. She has advanced as an artist and educator by completing coursework at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Notre Dame College, as well as, additional teaching positions during the summer months. Laura has enjoyed various teaching opportunities at Gilmour Academy Summer Program, Friendship in Teams (F.I.T.) Summer Program, and the Willoughby Arts Center.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys oil painting, supporting local artists, arts and crafts shows, visiting museums, playing piano, attending musical theater performances, concerts, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.



Beth Carpenter

Beth was first drawn to clay nearly 40 years ago while watching a potter working on a wheel at an art show. She began taking classes from a private teacher, then at Royal Oak Community College in Michigan. After moving to Chagrin Falls in 1982 she became involved with the Valley Art Center and started teaching classes there in 1983. For the next 12 years in addition to teaching, Beth participated in many annual art shows throughout northeast Ohio, including The Triangle show in Chagrin Falls as well as “Art on the Green” in Hudson. 

Beth continued teaching classes at all levels, spending several years at Ursuline College, West Geauga Senior Center and Orange Art Center. She attends the Functional Ceramics Workshop in Wooster, Ohio each year. Beth enjoys learning new techniques, experimenting with surface decoration and glaze application. She loves teaching pottery because it gives her a chance to inspire students to find the love of clay that she found long ago.


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Laura Ferrando

Laura first began studying ceramics as a child at the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby. Later, as a student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, she quickly rediscovered her love of clay. She earned her BFA in ceramics in 2000, and has been teaching ceramics, as well as other media, to children and adults throughout the greater Cleveland area ever since.

In 2012, Laura earned a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh. She is always looking for ways to combine her skill sets to help those with physical limitations to pursue their artistic interests.


Susan Gallagher

Susan Gallagher has been a ceramic artist for 45 years. She studied Biology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts during the early 1970's. Susan moved to Ohio and worked as a studio potter, selling her work in local galleries. In 1989, Susan went back to school at the Cleveland Institute of Art and graduated with majors in Ceramics and Fiber, with a minor in Sculpture. Since graduating in 1991, she has been an Ohio Arts Council Artist in Residence for ten years, traveling around the state working with children and adults. She loved sharing the wonders of clay and nature during the residencies. Susan then became involved at the Beck Center for the Arts, as Director of the Ceramics Department, then as the Associate Director of the Visual Arts Department and the Beck Center's gallery. Having "retired" from the Beck Center in 2014, wanting to spend more time creating, Susan teaches locally, continues as a studio potter and is now part of Brick Ceramic and Design Studio, in the Waterloo district of Cleveland as well as a new Faculty member at Orange Art Center.




George Kozmon

George Kozmon, an internationally collected artist, is best known for his monumental paintings which have been widely exhibited and critically acclaimed throughout the US and abroad.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including The National Endowment For The Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, and four Ohio Arts Council Grants. His resume reflects over 30 solo exhibitions in commercial, academic and institutional venues, and over 100 two- person, invitational, or group shows.

Mr. Kozmon’s work is represented in prestigious public and private collections including the Cleveland Museum of Art, (Cleveland, OH), the Akron Art Museum (Akron OH), Hyatt Regency (Cologne, Germany), IBM (Armonk, NY), the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH), Astor Residence Hotel (London, England), and the Progressive Collection, (Cleveland OH).

Commissioned projects include Halliburton Corporate Hq. (Houston, TX), Key Corp. (Cleveland OH), Turner Construction Co. (Columbus, OH), Ungerer GmbH (Pforzheim, Germany). The Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH), Marriott Corp. (Arlington MD), and 12 large-scale works for the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, (2013, Abu Dhabi, UAE).

A notable endeavor was Cloudscape; an ambitious 8ft. x 80ft. (2.4m x 24.4m) canvas commissioned by IngenuityFest 2013, painted as a live on-site performance for the premier international art and technology event in Ohio.

As well as being a full-time artist, Mr. Kozmon also engages in various cultural engagements. Launched in 2015, Project Gx2, a collaborative partnership with artist Guy-Vincent, is an art-advocacy project, a video series focused on conversations giving voice to international art leaders who facilitate/communicate contemporary art to an audience, including gallerists, curators, collectors, and art fair directors. 

He also writes essays and articles, teaches, lectures, curates exhibitions for various institutions, and serves on several non-profit boards.



Jennifer earned a BFA from Kent State University in Graphic Design and Illustration and has worked as a designer since graduating in 1988. She started a graphic design business creating books, annual reports, and other printed materials for Cleveland area businesses and non-profits. She published illustrations in the Plain Dealer and Northern Ohio Live magazine on an ongoing basis in addition to corporate and children’s publications. 

In 2010 Jennifer earned a Post Baccalaureate K-12 Visual Art teaching certification from Cleveland State University. She has taught art in a number of Cleveland area school systems including Shaker Heights, Orange, Bedford, and Cleveland.

Jennifer is currently focusing on printmaking as art. Her work has been accepted into juried gallery shows in the region including the Erie Art Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art, Morgan Conservatory, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve and BayArts. She is a member of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, Zygote Press, the Morgan Conservatory, Heights Arts, and the Print Club of Cleveland and serves on the Board of Shaker Community Gallery.

Currently Jennifer lives and works in Cleveland Heights with her husband Ray. They have two daughters, Hannah and Audrey.




Linda merchant

Linda has been painting for as long as she can remember. As a child, she was inspired by the detailed wildlife artwork of Robert Bateman, Carl Brenders, and others. Primarily self-taught, she pursues a realistic approach to drawing and painting, creating detail in meticulous layers. Each painting can take months to complete, as she must wait for each layer to dry before adding the next. 

Linda prefers to work in oils and soft pastel. Oils provide durability and a glow that cannot be achieved with other media, and soft pastels provide a brilliance and immediacy that can also not be equaled. She studies the time-honored painting techniques used by the Old Masters, including grisaille, glazing, and layering. 

While these techniques take far longer than some of the more immediate modern art forms, Linda's paintings take on a glow that cannot be achieved with any other technique. This quality has been recognized in the numerous awards that she has received since she first began exhibiting her work - her very first show entry won Best of Show, and she has since many other awards for her work. She has exhibited in national and international juried shows and has also had solo exhibitions of her work.  She is also a signature artist of Artists for Conservation, an international nature and wildlife art organization.

Linda Merchant holds a B.A. in Archaeology from Youngstown State University and a M.S. Degree in Special Education from National University.  She is currently visual arts faculty at the Willoughby Fine Arts Association, Beck Center, and Orange Art Center.




Stephanie Miller-Davis

Stephanie holds a Bachelors Degree in Art Education from Ohio State University and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with Emphasis in Ceramics from Cleveland State University. She taught elementary art in the Cleveland and East Cleveland public schools. In 2001, she received the Outstanding Art Teacher Award from The Ohio Art Education Association. Stephanie retired from public education in June 2007 after 35 years and now enjoys working in her studio every day, creating original functional ceramics.

Stephanie has attended workshops in Colorado, Montana, and Tennessee with such distinguished ceramic artists as Peter Voulkos, Warren McKenzie, Julia Galloway, Josh DeWeese, McKenzie Smith, Kristen Kieffer and Suze Lindsay. In recent years, she has exhibited her work at Heights Arts Gallery, River Gallery,

Fiddlehead Gallery and Three Sheep Gallery. She has participated in numerous sales and art festivals including Art by the Falls in Chagrin Falls and Cain Park Arts Festival in Cleveland Heights.



A.D. Peters

A.D. Peters was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the youngest son of an inventor and electrical engineer; creativity was valued and encouraged in his family.

After winning an art scholarship to further his education after high school, he attended The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to be educated in classical materials and techniques.   He then attained his BFA in painting with a minor in filmmaking at Kent State University.  After completing his degree he traveled Europe to explore museums and paint.  He returned to America and lived and worked in Kent, Ohio and Key West, Florida.  For 18 years Peters spearheaded an award winning art program for hospitalized veterans at the VA in Brecksville and Cleveland, Ohio. He also taught evening school at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Environmental Art at Hiram College.  A. D. Peters, a graduate of Orange High School, will mark his 35th year as a painting instructor at the Orange Art Center in September of 2017. 

A.D. continues to paint at his studio farm nestled in the heart of Amish country in Northeast Ohio. Peters’ work has been included in numerous exhibitions as well as solo shows in NYC, and has been collected both nationally and internationally including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Progressive Collection, the Cleveland Clinic and the Hugo and Carla Brown Collection in The Hague.


Annie Peters

Annie Peters attended Kent State University earning a Masters of Art in Fine Arts and Akron University earning a Bachelor of Art in Art Education.  

Annie taught all aspects of art at Grand Valley High School (Orwell, Ohio) for 40 years. During that time she was awarded “Teacher of the Year” three times, and the Ruritans Outstanding Teacher Award.  Annie’s students excelled on both the national level and the local level, many of them pursuing careers in art.

Annie received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant in sculpture (1990). She was an invited illustrator in ALLISTER CROMLEY’S FAIRWEATHER BELLE (Bedtime Stories For Grown Ups To Tell) written by Shane Portman, 2012.

Annie is also published in Glencoe McGraw Hill, Art e- Solutions, Experiences of a Traveling Art Teacher, Winter, 2010. Annie has exhibited her work in museums (including the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Southern Ohio Museum) as well as national and regional shows. She has been an invited juror and lecturer in Ohio and California.


Robert Raack

Mr. Raack a figurative painter who works from direct observation. It is the life, clarity and presence of information in the moment that informs his creative process. In the summer months he is primarily a plein-air painter, painting landscapes on location. During the winter months, he works predominantly from the human figure and still life in interiors. One of his chief aims is to convey how the surrounding environment influences and supports objects and also how the presence of the object affects the surrounding environment; this reciprocal interaction has both physical and psychological aspects that enliven his visual reading of my subjects. 

In addition to painting with watercolor and oil media he uses digital processes. His ‘digital paintings’ differ from his other work not only in process, but by the emphasis placed on their underlying psychological content. The digital images evoke various psychological states through the posturing of the body and by the staging and redirection of situations and spatial contexts.

His work has been selected for inclusion in many local, national, and international art exhibitions and he has received numerous awards. He have completed over 40 commissioned paintings; half of which have been for Case Western Reserve University, most of the others have been private commissions. His paintings are in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Canada.

Mr. Raack has over 40 years of experience teaching at the university level: Cooper School of Art 1973 -1978; the University of Akron 1981 to 1986; theCleveland Institute of Art, 1983 – 2004, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 2005 to 2006 and Youngstown State University, 2007- 2016. Mr. Raack recently retired to dedicate full time to his own painting in hisArt Studio in the Shore Cultural Center in Euclid, Ohio.







John A sargent III

John A Sargent III is a native Clevelander and professional artist since graduating with his MFA in painting from Ohio State University in 1988.  His undergraduate degree is from Trinity College Hartford Connecticut in 1984, and he attended Hawken School graduating in 1980.  He was an Adjunct teacher of drawing painting and design at Ohio State University, and has taught at Tri C Metro, Tri C East, and Orange Art Center.  He has taught seminars at the Albright Knox museum in Buffalo.

John has exhibited widely.  His work has been seen in The Cleveland Museum of Art’s May show, The Ohio State Fair, OOVAR in Columbus, The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, The Butler Institute of American Art, The Elmhurst Museum among others.   He  is represented locally by the Bonfoey Gallery.  His work is represented in the collections of Progressive Insurance, Cleveland Metro Health, Cleveland Ronald McDonald House, The Cleveland Clinic, Pfizer Corporation, Parker Hannifin, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, And the US Supreme Court, among others. He was the recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2015.

John currently serves as a board member of the Artist Archives of the Western Reserve and on the Gallery Committee at Valley Arts Center.  


Andrea Serafino

Ceramic Artist and instructor, Andrea Serafino, has been teaching and showing her work in the Cleveland area for over 25 years.  Very knowledgeable in the ceramic arts, she is known as “the” person with whom to study ceramics in the Cleveland area. She freely shares her techniques for wheel throwing, hand-building and clay sculpture with her students. 

Andrea attended the Cleveland Institute of Art, majoring in ceramics and has a minor degree in sculpture. She has been an active member of the art community in Cleveland, and was a founding member of the Artcraft Studios in downtown Cleveland. She served as a board member for Spaces Gallery from 1983 to 1990 and was a founding member of East/West Alternative Gallery from 1990 to 1998, later becoming the director from 1995 to 1998.  Andrea is currently the director of the Beachwood Ceramic Guild, offering studio space to area ceramic artists in a co-operative setting.

Andrea and several of her friends, including Catherine Butler, Deirdre Daw, Paula Dubaniewicz, Sam Hubish, Julie Edberg, and Andy Yoder organized, installed and performed “Eat at Arts;” Spaces Gallery’s first benefit, in 1983. 

Andrea currently teaches ceramics for the Orange Art Center, the Beachwood Ceramics Guild and BAYarts. Past teaching affiliations include Lakeland Community College, 1995 – 2012, The Cleveland Museum of Arts’ Children’s program, 1986-2004, TriC Senior Adults Art Program, 1995 – 2005, CHABAM Educational Play Center, and Clayworks at Coventry Library.


Sophie Shiloh

A lifelong artist a passionate educator, Sophie’s favorite teaching position was as the director of a financial literacy program at a refugee resettlement agency. Before that, during her years at the Ohio State University, she taught classes in Hebrew, yoga, art, and community organizing in both paid and volunteer positions. She began studying metalworking in 2015 and started her own jewelry company shortly thereafter that she runs today out of her Cleveland studio. Sophie has learned from artists in Cleveland, Columbus, Portland, and Barcelona, and has taught jewelry making techniques to a few curious customers. She loves sharing her passion for jewelry and metalworking through teaching. Sophie’s natural ability to nurture a fun, supportive, and engaging environment lends itself perfectly to working with students of all ages, skill levels, and in a wide variety of subjects. Sophie is excited to share her knowledge of metalworking and her love of self-expression through jewelry to the students at Orange Art Center.

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Mandy Spisak

Mandy Spisak is an enamelist and art instructor from Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a focus on painting and enameling. Her work combines the ancient form of glass fused onto copper (enameling) with up-cycled materials to create art, jewelry and home decor.

Mandy has spent her career instructing kids and adults in a variety of mediums at local art & community centers and studios. Her passion is sharing with others how to use upcycled materials to create beautiful works of art that also help the environment.

Her work is shown in galleries and boutiques located throughout the state of Ohio and surroundings areas. She is the owner of Retro Revival, an enameling and stained glass studio and gallery located in Valley View, Ohio.


Jenn Szalkowski

Jenn Szalkowski is a fused glass artist born and raised in Cleveland, OH. Her love for creating art began at an early age with inspiration from her mother, an artist who ran a home ceramic studio and her father, a musician. Jenn always excelled at anything creative and artistic, with a particular interest in all things 3-dimensional. The act of creating something with your own two hands was something that was exhilarating and inspirational.  

 She followed her love for creating to Kent State University. While studying at the university she was active in the arts community by running a university art gallery and participating in many local art exhibitions. She earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in glassblowing in 2004. After graduation, she began focusing on fused glass, as a medium that was suitable for home studio production and offered teaching opportunities. She has taught at Steinert Glass School, Ford Motor Company and the Cleveland Art Glass Center. She currently offers classes at the Orange Art Center and her personal studio. The joy of sharing her creative talents with others made teaching a perfect fit and she finds a source of inspiration in her students’ work.  

Jenn creates her personal line of fused glass jewelry and home décor at her studio, Night Owl Glass, located in the Screw Factory Artists’ Studio in Lakewood, OH. She offers instruction in fused glass and open studio time for students to work independently. Her work is exhibited at several shops and galleries in northeast Ohio. She participates in various local art shows and enjoys interacting with her cats.





Josh Usmani

Josh Usmani is a Cleveland-based artist, writer, instructor and curator. In addition to being Cleveland Scene Magazine’s Visual Arts Editor, he’s been teaching kids cartooning classes since 2013 at venues such as the Cleveland Institute of Art and Campus International School, as well as special workshops at SPACES and the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center. 

His own artwork has been featured in more than 100 group exhibitions, as well as several solo shows, and is represented locally by Tregoning & Company, a charter member of the Northern Ohio Art Dealers Association. As a curator, he has helped produce more than a dozen group art exhibitions throughout Cleveland from Waterloo to 78th Street Studios.






GUY-VINCENT is an internationally exhibited and collected interdisciplinary artist.  His art practice has investigated a great variety of modes of expression including: traditional media, concept-based performative endeavors, moving images, and photographyHis Symbol Art is widely known for its innovative use of incorporating glyphs, cyphers, and Unicode elements within the 140 character confines of the Twitter platform.

“My work is intended to provide unexpected narratives,” he has said.  “Visual expression is compromised of many layers from the past, present, and ultimately the future.” This gives insight into his most recent and ambitious series of work Neo Post Factum.  These large-scale works explore his interest in identity, mark-making, and our interconnectedness and to symbols.

His artwork is represented in numerous public and private collections including; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea - Spoleto, Italy, Eaton Corporation World Headquarters - Highland Heights, OH, SAP America - Philadelphia, PA Hotel Giordino, Pisa, Italy, and Rtiz Camera - Baltimore, MD.

Most recent awards include, the Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artist Excellence Fellowship 2017.




Marlene Weinstein

Marlene was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in New Jersey. For the last few decades she has called the ‘north coast’ her home. She lives in Beachwood, Ohio with her husband, James Newman. Marlene retired from a 30 year health care career in 2012 and completed a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Akron’s Myers School of Art in 2016.

Marlene shows her work in regional and university exhibits. In August 2017 she participated in ‘Eastern Edge’ Juried Exhibition at Ursuline College. In November 2016, Marlene had a solo show at Coffee Phix in South Euclid. In 2016 and 2015 she participated in The Mandel JCC Juried J-Show and in 2014 she received a Purchase Award from University of Akron’s Center for Conflict Management. In this, her triptych Freedom became part of the collection of the Center for Conflict Management.

Marlene also engages in her community through teaching. She is currently volunteering in Cleveland by teaching art to senior citizens and the developmentally disabled.  She also teaches drawing to both children and adults.  Other interests include reading and weight lifting.

Dan Whitely

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Daniel Whitely has been working back and forth as both a professional artist and art teacher for at least 30 years. Having two careers at once helps him balance out his work and naturally allows him to step away from his work to focus on his class. Daniel Whitely focuses on modeling what he teaches and brings in his own skills to teach his students. The best thing he is able to model is define your potential; no matter the field you work in or even your age.

As a fine artist, Whitely has several Corporate Art Collections located in Ohio, including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Nestles Corporation, Kaiser Hospitals and more. He also has five public murals in Cleveland that were commissioned by the City Mission in Cleveland, Ohio. Back in the classroom, Daniel Whitely has been recognized as a presidential scholar teacher in 2008. In 2006 and 2007, he received the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Teacher Recognition Certificate by the youngARTS program. More recently, Whitely was awarded the Innovative Educator Award by “eXpressions ART” in 2017 along with a National Educator Award by Scholastic Art and Writing.

In the last five years, his attention has been primarily focused towards Studio Art and Design. Studio Art and Design is connected to a consortium consisting of eleven schools titled Excel TECC. Most of Whitely’s achievements and education in life can be located both at the Studio Art and Design website along with his own website.


Allison Wooley

Allison has taught art for 16 years in Philadelphia and recently moved back to her hometown of Cleveland. She spent 6 years teaching for the Mural Arts Program and 10 years teaching for the School District of Philadelphia. She has worked with such artists as Pepon Osorio and Sonia Sanchez, collaborating on murals with the artists and local students of Philadelphia. Her years with the school district, include working with resident artists, helping students to get scholarships to art colleges and winning the Lindback distinguished teaching award. Recently, Allison has traveled to Taos, NM to study Navajo weaving with Pearl Sunrise and went to Ghana to study art and dance. While in Ghana she learned skills in traditional kente weaving, Adinkra printing, batik, basket making and gourd art.

Additionally, Allison has many experiences in showcasing her work. After college, Allison began her own clothing label called Wooleybear Wear. She sold clothes and jewelry at festivals, several artist consignment shops, and participated in several fashion shows in the Philadelphia area. Allison has also participated in solo and group art shows in Philadelphia, one where she raised money for the Pre-Eclampsia foundation through the sale of her artwork. This show was held at the Plastic Club in Center City Philadelphia in May 2013. Recently she participated in a virtual art show through Cookie Cutter House project (CCHP) in collaboration with coworker and artist Diane Podolsky. This art show included various artists making a piece of art around what home means to them.

Allison loves to work on various methods of art making. She has always had a love for drawing hyper realistically. She also enjoys working with textiles such as printing on fabric, sewing and weaving. Sometimes she combines painting with textiles. Recently she has invested her art making in wood burning, basket making, and drawing. As far as theme and thought instilled in her work, she always works as a serial artist and makes comments about environment, community, or strictly focuses on design elements and portraiture.