BARBARA HANSELMAN began her adventure in clay some 20 years ago and is recognized for her clay hand building techniques, ceramic rattles, and hand formed beads. Her work in clay has been acknowledged with National awards as well as published in Lark Books and her clay bead tutorials have appeared in several beading publications. Barbara operate an Etsy shop which offers her line of intaglio flexible rubber stamp mats, ceramic pots, and clay jewelry components. She shows at area fine craft galleries and offers classes/workshops on all her clay skills through several art centers.
Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BHClaysmith
BOBBIE ANN TILKENS-FISHER is a weaver, art historian and owner of At Home Modern. After a lifelong love of collecting fibers, Bobbie discovered weaving after her son Milo was born. She admires weaving because it is accessible, portable, endlessly creative and meditative.
BRIAN BUTLER began his art training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Art Students League in NYC and Glassboro State College. After pursuing a career as recording artist and songwriter with Columbia Records, Epic Records and BMI Publishing, his return to art led to employment as a member of the research and development team at Tyco Toys and as concept artist and product designer for Mattel. Over the past 16 years Brian has taught illustration, digital media, and comic book art as adjunct professor at the University of the Arts, Rowan University, and Camden County College and has taught a variety of art classes at Perkins Center for the Arts.
CRYSTAL LORICA is a youth art instructor with a degree in art and design. She is passionate about fostering creativity with children and providing an environment for young artists to explore and get messy! She brings with her years of experience in art education and passion for the arts.
DAVID GAMBER. Like many clay artists his journey started in the sand boxes and mud puddles of his youth, playing with dirt. He has continued to cultivate that sense of play throughout out his education and development as an Artist. He began playing with clay as a teenager, embracing it as his life’s work soon after his first ceramics course at Goshen College. Goshen was followed by a year at the University of Louisville and an MFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University. Currently, David is teaching at various locations in Southern New Jersey and exhibiting work both regionally and nationally. He has been the ceramics teacher at Moorestown Friends School for the past 10 years and has been teaching at Perkins Center for the Arts for over 15 years.
Facebook: Mudpuppy Clayworks and David Gamber
DAVID GRAEBER. My stories in glass have evolved over time. However, one fact, my love of nature, remains constant. Many of my creations celebrate the memory of a loved one or the joy of a special event. All capture nature’s elegance and remarkable diversity.
A life-long “Jerseyman,” I’ve honed my craft under the watchful eye of teachers, mentors, and friends including:
- The late George Vail who introduced me to the world of architectural reconstruction and forensic sculpture;
- William “Bill” Marlin, Ed.D., a dedicated teacher and established painter;
- Paul Stankard, the internationally acclaimed glass artist who encouraged me to strike out on my own in 2009;
- The late Ed Poore, was a renowned master cutter whose skill has enhanced several of my paperweights.
And always, I’ve welcomed the support of gallery owners including Alan Kaplan of Leo Kaplan, Ltd. and Ben Clarke of L. H. Selman Ltd., New Jersey, the “Garden State” and home of our nation’s first National Reserve, the million-acre Pinelands, continues to serve as a living laboratory for me.
DEBORAH WILLIAMS is the owner of Rankokus Pottery, making wheel thrown and hand built functional pottery in her home studio. She graduated from Rutgers University in 1976 with a BA in Fine Art, focusing on sculpture. Deborah’s teaching experience has spanned 30 years, as an instructor at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia for nearly 25 years, and was an adjunct professor at Rutgers University teaching Ceramics, Sculpture and 2D and 3D Design. She has provided clay residencies in Philadelphia through the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership at UArts, and The Clay Studio’s Claymobile. She runs a senior citizen class at Allens Lane Art Center, and teaches adults at the University City Arts League, both in Philadelphia. She is currently on the teaching artist roster with the NJ and PA State Councils on the Arts.
DIANE DELUCA began her musical education at the age of 16 while attending Combs Conservatory of Music in Philadelphia. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Temple University. Diane is an accomplished singer, actress, choreographer and held the title for Miss New Jersey Senior America 2016. Her credits range from performing in concerts, repertory theatre, casino showrooms and on cruise ships. As Founder/Artistic Director of Spotlight Studio in Florida and Teacher for the Atlantic City Ballet, she has directed hundreds of talented singers and actors. She specializes in proper vocal technique and stage performance through fundamental exercises and songs from pop to Broadway. “My goal is to offer students of all age the opportunity to explore and grow their natural talents in a creative and supportive manner”.
DOLORES POACELLI is an abstract painter living in Collingswood NJ. Dolores has been working in her studio in Philadelphia’s Italian Market neighborhood for the past 26 years. A winner of the New Jersey State Council of the Arts Fellowship for painting in 2011, her work has been exhibited in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, Delaware and China. Her work is also in numerous public and private collections including: SAP Software Corp. in Germany; Morgan-Lewis Legal Firm in Princeton; Jenkins & Martin Law Firm in Texas; Bank of America in Delaware; the State of New Jersey.
Facebook: @Dolores Poacelli
Ceramic artist EVELYN TAYLOR BONNER earned a BFA in Ceramics and Art Education from Syracuse University. After 4 years as a ceramist at the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works and 20 years in arts marketing, she is now full-time in her Collingswood ceramics studio, selling her work in galleries and gift shops.
Social media: @evelyntaylordesigns
JAMES BOYLE is a professional illustrator. He earned a BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts and has been working in the commercial art industry for the past 15 years. His artwork has been featured in Magazines such as Boys’ Life, Outside, and Philadelphia Magazine. He is the creator of the Philadelphia Tarot deck and is currently working on an upcoming comic book series for A Wave Blue World publishing.
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JENNIFER SANTA MARIA. While studying fine art at Montclair State University, Jennifer would babysit for a family friend who worked in her basement by the light of a flame and draw in hot wax. It fascinated her, and in 2010 her friend took the time to teach her a skill that was typically passed down from mother to daughter in Slavic cultures. Jennifer knew immediately the batik-process of drawing on eggs would be something she’d dedicate her life’s work to. Since then, she’s had the privilege to teach all over the East Coast from New Hampshire to Delaware, passing on the therapeutic and meditative process to thousands of people (many of which were Ukrainian and Polish). She encourages meaningful conversation around family history and this ancient art. In addition, she collaborates with current artists such as tattoo artist Adrienne Haberl and calligrapher Bernard Maisner.
Initially her work was inspired by sacred geometry and mathematical principles. However, in recent years she has had more of an interest in designs, line weight, and subjects in the art nouveau style, creating an Erte series. While pysanky is typically associated with the spring, her dyes are out and in use all year round. Jennifer teaches art history and general art in the Tinton Falls school district, and life drawing classes at Brookdale Community College.
JENSON CHENG is a Taiwanese born Asian American sculptor, painter, designer, craftsman, and educator. After graduating from the Taiwanese National University of Arts majoring in sculpture, Jenson studied commercial design in US and holds an MFA in Museum Planning and Design from the University of The Arts. He is skilled in a wide variety of art mediums and has experience in both Western and Eastern arts. For the past 20 years, he has devoted his time to educating and promoting the Chinese Cultural arts by teaching at the Cheltenham Art Center, Wayne Art Center, and several public and private schools in Philadelphia.
JESSICA BASKIN is an artist and Graphic Designer who grew up and continues to reside and work in Moorestown. She’s loved drawing since she was a young child and decided to pursue that passion with a graphic design degree from Moravian College. She’s currently an Art Director at Idea Lab Digital, nestled in the middle of town on Main Street. Even outside of work, Jessica can’t help but continue drawing. She focuses on hand lettering and illustrating stationery and art prints that she sells at Joylark Studio. She now also teaches her love of hand lettering.
Mediums: Graphic Design, Hand Lettering, Illustration,Watercolor/Gouache
Social media: @joylarkstudio
KASSEM AMOUDI received his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with post-graduate studies at the University of North Texas and his BS in Art and Education at Huwarah Institute of Education in Cairo Egypt and Irbid, Jordan. His exhibition participation includes the James Baids Gallery, Newfoundland, Canada; Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, Pa.; Rowan College, Glassboro, NJ; Artists Equity, American College, Bryn Mawr, PA. His work is included in many public and private collections.
JENNIFER WANKOFF. Jennifer began working in ceramics while living in Israel after college and has been immersed in the field ever since. Her current work is wheel-thrown and altered, and often wood-fired. Wankoff teaches adults and children in a variety of schools.
Instagram & Facebook: @jenniferwankoffceramics
KATHY DALLARA. A working artist since 1986, Kathy has a strong passion for continued learning and has mastered numerous art mediums. She enjoys teaching by sharing her creative and artistic education with other artists and inspiring them to develop their artistic skills. She has a solid background in traditional fine arts and commercial illustration. Kathy’s drive for learning new techniques led her to complement her art knowledge with digital skills such as Photoshop and Illustration.
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Visual Arts (Illustration major & Psychology minor), Rowan University, 1986 Cum Laude and Honors. Computer Graphics Certification, Camden County College Honors grad 1991
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LEE ANGERSTEIN is an artist, illustrator, and animator that specializes in drawing cartoons both traditionally and digitally and loves comics, video games, and Star Wars.He started drawing from a young age when he received his first Spider-Man comic book from his mom and was instantly inspired. Ever since then he knew he wanted to draw and has been ever since.
After going to school for illustration and art, Lee eventually opened up his own business and started his own brand, Rad Robot, the umbrella under which all his projects would fall. Lee has pitched to Nickelodeon and other companies. He is now, under Rad Robot and company, currently creating and running his own fully produced original animated series called Chup and Lyle which you can find on Youtube. He has also taught classes and camps at Perkins Center for the Arts. Lee offers and teaches classes out of his studio in Haddon Township New Jersey.
LISA MATERA attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as a 4-year certificate painting major and received her BFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Lisa taught Fine Art for 5 years at the Burlington County Institute of Technology, is certified through the State of NJ as a K-12 art teacher, and teaches privately. She lives and works in Moorestown.
MARISSA SOZIO recently graduated in May 2019 from The College of New Jersey with a bachelor’s degree in Art Education (K-12). She is currently working as a high school art teacher at South Hunterdon Regional, however has always loved teaching elementary art during her student teaching practices. She writes, “I have worked at Perkins as a counselor in training (CIT), counselor, and as an intern and have loved all of the memories I’ve made! I am beyond excited to teach an art class at Perkins and to be able to share my passion for both art and education. I can’t wait to meet you and explore all of the amazing things art can do!”
MATINA LAGAKOS received her B.A. in Art at Douglass College, Rutgers University. Matina began teaching pottery to children and adults at the Bancroft School in 1975. She has 40 years of clay experience and has exhibited at Perkins Center for the Arts, the Deptford Municipal Building, Collingswood May Fair, and Head House Square in Philadelphia She taught pottery at Appel Farm Arts and Music Center for 12 years and is currently teaching at Perkins center for the Arts. She has sold pottery in various Community Craft Fairs, Art Yard Sales and Holiday Sales in her home in Collingswood, NJ.
MICHAEL CLAY’S life as a visual artist began in 2006 when he took a photography course to study abroad in South Africa while at Rutgers University-Camden. Over 10+ years later under his business, Driven by Design Creative Agency LLC, he has grown into a multi-faceted multimedia artist and visual storyteller. One of Michael’s passion is working with organizations that serve children and families. His skills range from family portraiture to commercial advertising in the professional fields of photography, videography, and as a teaching artist.
Video Montage about Michael’s business: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RzMBaxTgVw
OLIVIA VILLALON-IGLESIAS is an early childhood educator with a degree in human development. She has been involved with Perkins as both a student and a teacher since her own childhood and she loves Perkins Center! She is passionate about learning through play, creating hands-on experiences, and fostering creativity with young children. Children are built to explore and create…let’s let them!
PAUL SERENA is currently the pottery studio manager at Perkins Center for the Arts. Paul studied at the Art Institute of Philadelphia as well as the University of the Arts. He was recipient of a gold award in the National Scholastic art and writing awards. Paul has over 20 years of experience with clay and clay studies. Paul was the head potter for 3 summers at Historic Cold Springs Village, NJ where he was also an instructor in their junior apprentice program as well as a private pottery instructor.
PHILIP J. CARROLL is a professional artist and is currently the Curator of Exhibitions for the Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown and Collingswood, New Jersey. He grew up in Haddonfield, NJ and lives with his family in Collingswood where he has been a long-term resident. He teaches oil and watercolor for Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown and Collingswood, NJ, and for Mainline Art Center in Haverford, PA. Mr. Carroll is a 1984 graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA and studied Art History at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
His most recent exhibitions include an invitational group exhibition at the Monmouth Museum, Monmouth, NJ (2020); Artists of Yardley Group Exhibition, Yardley, PA (2016), and the Perkins Center for The Arts, Collingswood, NJ (2016). He has had one person exhibitions of paintings at Warm Springs Gallery | Warm Springs, VA (2011), Des Champs Gallery | Lambertville, NJ (2009), Monmouth Museum | Lincroft, NJ (2007). His recent group exhibitions include Monmouth Museum NJ 2020, Le Poissons Gallery MD 2020, Ellarselie Open at Trenton City Museum | Trenton, NJ (2010), Artists House Gallery | Philadelphia, PA (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012), Main Line Art Center | Haverford, PA (2007, 2008, 2009), Deschamps Gallery | Lambertville, PA (2007-2010), ADM Gallery | Philadelphia, PA (2005).
Philip Carroll is in many public and private collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA.
QUEEN NUR is a national storyteller and teaching artist who has performed in over 36 states, Canada and Ghana. She is a 2018 winner of the Governor’s Award in Art Education and 2018 Teaching Artist of the Year for YANJEP. Queen is also the Emcee of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award Concert for 2019 and 2020. Her workshops and residencies are highly interactive and engages Core Curriculum Standards and Social and Emotional Learning competencies. As a folklorist, she is the Director of the Folklife Center at Perkins Center for the Arts.
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RAY BLUME is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Gibbsboro, N.J. since 2000. Ray is a certified Tai Chi and Qi Gong instructor with the American Tai Chi Association and is teaching Tai Chi and Qi Gong at the William Rorher Center for Health and Fitness in Voorhees, at the Virtua certified medical gyms in Moorestown and Washington Township since 2008, and at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill. He also instructs special needs young adults at the TOPS program in Cherry Hill in Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
RICHARD BELL is a lifelong photographer. His career started with staff jobs (photojournalist and photo editor) at two large metropolitan dailies. From there, he began his own freelance business shooting advertising and editorial photography for corporate entities, newspapers, medical centers, universities, and magazines. He was also a Senior Lecturer at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Currently, Richard works on personal fine art and documentary projects from his studio at Photo33, Medford, NJ.
TOM FINLEY has been teaching watercolor at Perkins for five years, is a member of the Garden State Watercolor Society, has won several watercolor painting awards, was a career high school teacher in Philadelphia public schools, and tries to apply his teaching methodology to his art classes.
VERONICA KAIROS is an artist who works in multiple mediums such as photography, sculpture, fabric arts, ceramic, metals, and mosaic. She is a resident artist at the Centre for Arts, Bristol Pennsylvania and her work has been displayed in numerous galleries and museums and is included in numerous personal collections throughout the United States. Veronica Kairos is a member of the Mosaic Society of Philadelphia (MSOP) and the Society of America Mosaic Artists (SAMA).
Facebook: @Kairos Arts
YLVIA ASAL was born in the Black Sea area of Turkey. She believes she was actually born an artist. Her formative education, at the Girls’ Traditional, Technical and Vocational Middle/High School, was followed by an intensive arts program in Istanbul, focusing on technique and design, along with accounting.
As a multimedia artist, Ylvia works with a wide array of mediums: sculpture with Clay, wax and fabric (soft sculpture), painting, and textile art such as working with fabric and yarn. Her greatest passion is ‘making lace’, which is a centuries old technique of creating handmade lace. Her life in the United States took her to Business Accounting school in Philadelphia and in 2012, she opened her art business, Anatolia Art and Crafts Studio. Ylvia received the New Beginnings Awards from the State of New Jersey as well as an award for Outstanding Achievement honoring her for her art business in 2015. She was honored to be chosen as a NJ Council for the Arts Fellow in 2018. She also participated in the Tastefully South Jersey exhibit at the Perkins Center for the Arts in Collingswood, NJ.
She has been a Teaching Artist in Belly Dancing, Lace Making, Embroidery, Turkish Paper Marbling “Ebru” and the Art of Turkish Food at the Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown, NJ, as well as in local art centers. Ylvia is always looking for new opportunities to share her ideas and her love of the artsby exhibiting, teaching, participating in and partnering with other artists, communities and cultural organizations.