Aaron Anderson has twenty-six years of experience working for various stained glass studios, having served the last studio for 12 years. His background includes extensive work in fabrication, design, installation, and restoration. In conjunction with working for other studios, he has maintained his own commissions, operated a retail art glass supply store, and taught both community and private lessons. www.glasseryco.com
Courtney Andrews of Visions International is an educator at heart and avid world traveler. After graduating Furman University with a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies, she set off to Japan for five years to teach levels K-12 English as a Second Language. Courtney holds the second highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency (JLPT) and now teaches beginner level Japanese.
Deborah Belcher holds B.S., M.M., and D.M.A. Degrees in Piano. Since 1970, she has successfully taught private and group piano lessons to students ages 5 to 80+ in university and avocational venues. She is also a popular and effective teacher in classroom and seminar settings and is highly skilled at communicating information in a relaxed and entertaining style that sets students at ease and enhances learning. Dr. Belcher is a dynamic speaker and performer who inspires and guides students to do that which they have previously found impossible. www.pianofun.com/~deb
Alan Blakeborough has been fencing since he was 14…a long time! From 1992 the Knights of Siena Fencing Academy has been developing champions from the grass roots level. The Academy’s students have won divisional, state, regional and national titles. Alan has built more than 50 high school programs over the last 10 years. Students from the Knights of Siena have also gone on to many of the NCAA fencing programs throughout the United States.
Tara Daly Botka has been in love with photography since she was a
teenager studying film in the darkroom at the Fine Arts Center. She
went on to study digital photography
and post-processing at Coker College and Greenville Tech, winning
numerous scholarships and awards. She is a fine artist at heart who now
runs a commercial photography business in Greenville, SC.
Shane Bryant is a "mostly" self-taught potter. He has been making pottery for nearly 20 years and teaching for 11. Formerly the pottery studio manager and instructor for the Spartanburg Museum of Art School, he currently teaches and creates his own work at The William Felton School of Crafts, a working and teaching studio he founded in 2003. Shane also works with MAC as an instructor in the Smart Arts program for title one schools.
Jane Todd Butcher describes herself as a landscape painter, but not in the traditional sense. Her unusual technique and style is far from traditional, as is her use of vibrant color. Most of her current paintings utilize a combination of water-based mediums including acrylic paint and acrylic inks, and often include rice papers and other collage papers. Jane earned her degree in Art from Illinois State University, and since that time she has made her home in Greenville SC. She is a frequent workshop instructor, teaching her water media methods as an invited instructor at facilities in the Carolinas and Georgia. She has been awarded signature membership in the South Carolina Watermedia Society and the Georgia Watercolor Society. Her work is exhibited nationally, and is included in numerous private and corporate collections. To view her work, go to www.janetoddbutcher.com
Beth Chandler is the owner of Elizabeth Chandler Designs, a creative sewing and craft boutique in Greenville. When she's not molding pottery, designing handbags, or experimenting with the latest fashions, she's teaching sewing lessons to beginner and intermediate students. Beth is excited about the resurgence of craft and DIY, and is doing her part to revitalize the reputation of Home Economics. http://elizabethchandlerdesigns.com
Kae Childs started teaching dancing in Greenwood along with teaching academic classes at the Greenwood College of Commerce. She received her master's degree from Clemson with a Major in Guidance and Counseling. Kae moved to the Isle of Palms, outside Charleston, in 1980 with her family. She was a guidance counselor and taught dancing for Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department, Charleston Parks and Recreation, Sea Pine, Hilton Head, Wild Dunes, along with many other private and group lessons. Kae teaches shag presently at the University of South Carolina in the Physical Education Department, for Mt. Pleasant Recreation and Charleston Parks and Recreation, and for Furman. She produced two DVD's entitled Learning To Shag and Learning To Shag Part II which are in many South Carolina libraries. Kae cannot remember a shag lesson that she didn't enjoy! She loves meeting people and teaching them how to shag!
Anthony Conway is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and the Medical College of Georgia. He has studied classical painting with David Leffel at the Arts Students League of New York and has had several solo exhibitions of his work in New York City and Palm Beach. His realist paintings on the human condition link him to the tradition of Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper, and Andrew Wyeth.
Chumley Cope is an historian, native Carolinian, and former prep school teacher, whose passion is to search for an authentic "sense of place" wherever he travels. He has history degrees from the University of North Carolina and N.C. State University and taught history and religious studies at the Asheville School, St. Andrews-Sewanee School, the Webb School of Knoxville, and the Spartanburg Day School. Chumley invites all explorers-at-heart to pack light, bring their walking shoes, and join him for an adventure "on the hidden roads!" www.exploreupclose.com
Gregg Davis grew up in Williamston, S.C., where he now lives in the stone house his grandpa built for his grandma in 1946. He graduated from Palmetto High School in 1982 and Cum Laude from Furman University in 1986. A National Board Certified Art Teacher, he has taught both high school and middle school art for the past 27 years. He's also been teaching drawing and cartooning classes at Furman University since 1986. He draws a lot in his spare time, especially portraits. A music lover, he has 38,542 songs on his iPod. Seriously.
Keith Davis has been studying taiji for over 20 years. Currently, he practices and teaches Chen style taiji and qigong, based on the lineage of Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang. Keith has a teacher's certification through the Center for Taiji Studies, founded by Yang Yang, a long-time student of GM Feng. The taiji and qigong is martial arts based, but focuses primarily on the health aspects of the art. Keith is also a jazz pianist and teaches piano at Furman.
Tim Davis is the author-illustrator of seven children's books, and has made a career of illustrating for children's publishers. As a frequent contributor to Highlights magazine, he is the creator of over five hundred hidden picture scenes. Tim also teaches writing and illustrating classes at Furman University and Greenville Technical College, and enjoys speaking in elementary schools to inspire upcoming artists and writers. www.timdaviscreations.com
Lesley Diane (Leslie D. Smith) is a Greenville-based guitar instructor and singer-songwriter who began teaching as assistant to her own instructor while still in high school. Her approach is practical and supportive, with the goal of helping students quickly learn to play music they love. She teaches rhythm and fingerstyle guitar with a focus on playing by ear. Leslie has been featured as one of AudioSparx.com's Hot New Artists under the pseudonym Slee for her instrumental compositions, and contributes songs for commercial licensing at several music libraries. She plays out around Greenville and has had gigs at Cork & Tap, Addy's, Smiley's, OCha Tea Bar, Horizon Records, Mary's Restaurant and other local venues, as well as private and corporate events. www.LesleyDiane.com.
Heather Durbin is an award winning real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Caine in Greenville. She has a BA in Biology from Hollins University and earned the designation of Accredited Buyers Representative in real estate. In her free time, she enjoys running half marathons, reading and spending time with her husband. With two grown children, her little dog has quite comfortably settled into the position of "favorite!"
Janina Tukarski Ellis is an impressionist painter who moved to Greenville 7 years ago from Germany. She spent 20 years in Munich, where she developed her unique painting style. Ellis began her career as a self-taught artist, but has since attended classical painting schools both nationally and abroad, including Akthof in Munich and The Fine Arts League in Asheville, NC. Her home gallery is located in Greenville's Art District, but her work can also be found in Nashville, TN and a number of galleries in South Carolina.
Paul Flint received his B.A. in studio arts from Furman University and has taught painting and drawing classes through Furman's Learning for You program for many years. Paul is a practicing artist and maintains a studio in the Art Bomb Co. in Greenville.
Kelly Frazier, MA has been a Lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences at Furman University for eleven years. Frazier received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University in Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition, and her Masters degree from Furman in Health and Exercise Science. She instructs Wellness Concepts and Fundamentals of Human Nutrition for undergraduate students. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Kelly directs and leads classes in the Furman Fitness Center Group Exercise Program. Most recently, she has pioneered the Furman University Eating Lean (FUEL) plate-based dietary intervention to improve nutrient intake, facilitate weight management, and reduce health outcomes associated with cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes. Kelly lives in Greenville with her husband and two children. While she has always loved to cook, she now focuses on preparing quick, easy, affordable, and healthful plant-based foods.
Carol Funke is an award winning artist and author who began drawing as a young child and has always had an interest in art. She has studied art in several states in the U.S., as well as internationally. Carol states that her artwork is "one of a kind" and is designed either to match her client's décor or one of her own creations. An innovative artist, Carol works in several mediums such as handmade paper, watercolor, pen and ink, greeting card design, wedding invitations, handmade paper journals, wall pockets, bowls, and the handmade paper "Maidens" or dolls. Carol is a member of South Carolina Arts in Education, Municipal Arts Council of Greenville, and the Artists' Guild of Spartanburg, SC and she has exhibit in several states. More information and art can be seen on Carol's website: http://funkeoriginals.com
Somer Grasser is a social media professional with over 10 years of strong public relations experience. She owns her own social media consulting company that provides all inclusive social media outsourcing for organizations of all kinds, including private business, medical industry, political campaigns, and non-profits. Somer is a highly sought-after social media teacher and trainer and has taught classes for hospitals, local churches, elected officials and the state political parties.
Pat Grills is a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, SC where he won the Blackwood Outstanding Senior Art Award along with architect Ron Boozer. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Furman. For the last 41 years he has taught art and art history for Greenville County Schools, the last 32 years at Riverside High School in Greer, SC. He has twice been chosen Teacher of the Year at Riverside High School, three times a finalist for the District Teacher of the Year, and was the first runner-up to the Greenville County Teacher of the Year for 2007-08. He has been chosen Continuing Education Teacher of the year for the state of South Carolina. He has also taught in various capacities at Furman University for the last 36 years. Pat has been an art consultant, art juror, and his art is included in collections all over the Southeast. He is an award winning artist and educator. He is a lecturer, historian, musical performer, storyteller, and Chautauqua actor. He recently has become a member of the Artist Guild Gallery of Greenville on Main Street in Greenville. In 2010 Pat's students, former students, friends, and family sent him and his wife Cathy on a three week excursion to New York, London, Bath, Stonehenge, Paris, Milan, Pisa, Florence, and Rome!
Stephen Hadden is the wine manager at Total Wine & More, America's largest independent retailer of fine wine, spirits, and beer, in Greenville, SC. He drives the execution of Wine Operations and is the leading expert on wine producers, regions, and varietals. Stephen has over 13 years of experience in the wine retail industry, and he has consulted for many prestigious local wine tasting events, including Euphoria, Taste of the Nation, Pawley's Island Wine Festival, and the Red Cross Wine Auction. He served as a judge at the International Wine Judging and Competition for the 2012 Charleston Food and Wine Festival.
Danielle Jackson is the director of the Piano for Young People program at Furman. She has both a B.M. and an M.M. in piano performance from Bob Jones University. She has served on the Bob Jones piano faculty and has been an instructor in the Piano for Young People program since 2001. She is an active performer, accompanist and church musician. Danielle is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Music Teachers National Association.
Michal Jones-Smith graduated with a degree in culinary arts and began her career working as a pastry chef for Table 301 restaurant group. She has been the brains behind the dessert menus of restaurant O (which is now Nose Dive in downtown Greenville), Table 301 catering, Soby's On The Side and Soby's Sunday brunch. She later continued her career as assistant food editor for Honolulu Weekly, exploring the many flavors Hawaii has to offer. Her love for sweets has brought her back to Greenville where she continues to bake wedding cakes for local brides.
Dana Kimmell graduated from San Francisco State University with a BFA concentration in ceramic sculpture. She attended the Fine Arts Center and the Governor's School for the Arts, and is currently a ceramics teacher at Christ Church Episcopal School. Prior to moving back to her native Greenville, Dana was a director for art galleries in Colorado and California, and lived on a plantation in Jamaica, teaching ceramics to students from a local boys school.
George Lee has been making photographs since the age of 15. After graduating from Clemson University with a BS degree in mathematics he spent a brief period in the corporate sector. Soon realizing this was not what he was inspired to do he perused his passion for photography and never looked back. He has been a commercial and advertising photographer for the last 35 years working with advertising agencies, designers and corporations in the Southeast. He is currently still working as a commercial photographer but is also working in fine art photography and wide format printing. www.georgeleefineart.com
Heather Marshall is an author and teacher whose classes, workshops and coaching focus primarily on helping people access their stories. She has taught in classrooms across South Carolina and has presented workshops across the country. Heather's fiction and creative nonfiction are published in literary journals and anthologies in the US and the UK and have been read on the radio in both countries. Heather earned her BA in English from the University of South Carolina and her MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. Her novel, The Thorn Tree, is forthcoming in late Fall, 2013. For more information, please visit heathergmarshall.wordpress.com.
Ralph C. (Buddy) May Jr., has a B.S. in Industrial Management –Clemson University and is a retired owner of a manufacturing facility producing textile finishing machinery. He has been on the journey of Beekeeping for more than a decade, currently holds the classification of Journeyman Beekeeper with the SCBA, and has achieved a Master's classification in Beekeeping with the Eastern Apicultural Society, and the South Carolina Beekeepers Association. His apiary now consists of 50 bee hives. He has taught beginner and advanced beekeeping classes with Furman Learning For You for 3 years and Furman OLLI for 4 years.
Ron Moede has a BS in Industrial Education and a MS in Media Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He moved to the Upstate in 1976, and teaches Industrial Technology, Photography and Sailing at Wren and Powdersville high schools. He has worked with Furman in Continuing Education since the early 90's. Ron worked for Fluor Corporation doing architectural photography worldwide. He is a US Sailing Certified Instructor and has a US Coast Guard Captain's license. Ron loves sailing and photography!
Susan Molnar is an artist, designer and educator. After a battle with blood cancer she has relocated to the upcountry of South Carolina. Here she is finding new ways to share her wide array of expertise and talents and helping to develop them in others. She has lived in worked in Paris, Las Vegas, Boston and New York City, where she was teaching at Parsons School of Design.
Sean O'Rourke is Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Furman University, where he served as Chair of the Department of Communication Studies from 2005-2009. He received his J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Prof. O'Rourke teaches courses in "U.S. Public Address," Rhetoric in the Age of Protest: 1948-1973," and "The Ethics of Rhetoric." He enjoys traveling, teaching, and learning with groups of all ages.
Katie Poterala received an MFA from Arizona State University after earning her BFA from Winthrop University. In addition to her studio practice, she has taught metalsmithing and 3D design classes at Arizona State University and Winthrop University. She is an active member, attendee, and volunteer at national conferences, and has held positions in both Arizona Designer Craftsmen and the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Katie's work implies of a sense of history, and is sensitive to the delicate relationship between beauty and decay, as well as our relationships to precious objects. A main focus of her work is the reinterpretation of the jewel – often by removing it, replacing it with the unexpected, or otherwise reincorporating in unique and captivating ways. The work blends precious and non-precious materials with a feeling of authenticity. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and is represented by galleries and shops throughout the country. www.katiepoterala.com
Blake Praytor began his career in photography in 1970 as an AP News photographer's assistant. He studied photography at the California College of the Arts (BFA 74) in the San Francisco Bay Area and locally at Clemson University (MIEd 76, MFA 98). He has worked in photojournalism, editorial, advertising, architectural and fine art photography for forty years. He has been active in education throughout his career, spending the last thirteen years on the faculty of the Visual Arts Department at Greenville Technical College, where he served as department chair for eight years. He is now retired and continues to be active in photography.
Suzy Seagrave became a Master Gardener in 2001. Immersed in that organization, she Cochaired the Greater Greenville Master Gardener's vegetable garden at Project Host Soup Kitchen from 2003 – 2009 which provided fresh vegetables year round to the Soup Kitchen and its Culinary School. Suzy has been involved with a number of local groups interested in starting Community Gardens for their school, church, organizations or neighborhoods including the St. Francis Community Garden. An active member of the Greater Greenville Master Gardener's Speaker's Bureau, she has done presentations on a wide variety of gardening topics to numerous local garden clubs, nurseries, senior citizen and children's groups, hospital and business wellness programs and Furman University's Learning for You and OLLI programs. In
her spare time, Suzy has propagated over 375 different plants – from groundcovers to trees – and has provided over 3,500 plants over the years, to the Master Gardener's annual Plant Sale. In addition to her home landscape, Suzy tends a 500 SF garden that produces fresh vegetables 365 days a year.
Angelika "Angie" Smith was born and raised in Germany and has called South Carolina home for 40 years. She is married and the mother of 2 daughters. Her love for crafts was passed on to her by her mother from an early age. She enjoys many different crafts like sewing, knitting, jewelry making, stamping, papercrafting and scrapbooking. As a certified scrapbook instructor she has taught numerous seminars and workshops. Angie enjoys teaching and sharing her ideas and designs in the hope that her students will enjoy crafting for many years!
Corey Urbina is a certified personal wardrobe stylist and owner of Style Matters in Greenville. Corey writes a style blog, reports on fashion trends for Examiner.com, and coauthored a book on style for women in 2012. She also offers image education trainings and style workshops.
Heather Ford Weber, aka the Yarngineer, is an optimistic Alaskan girl surviving in the hot, hot South. She is a former engineer and MBA turned designer and knitting instructor. As a self-taught knitter of 10 years, she understands how to find what works for each individual because not everyone learns the same way. She is passionate about lifelong learning and teaching others, young or old, and hopes that the fiber arts will unleash creativity in and bring peacefulness to others. www.Yarngineer.blogspot.com
Beth Whigham - you could say art is in her blood—literally. A second generation artist (her dad is an accomplished artist and illustrator) Beth has been immersed in the art world from early childhood. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education and a Masters in Art. Much of the past 20 years has been devoted to art education. She has taught drawing, painting, and a variety of classes locally and out of state including the Greenville County Museum of Art,
the "Smart Arts" program offered through the Greenville Metropolitan Arts Council, and Arts Workshops at the university level in Wisconsin.
Debbie Wilson "fell into" gourd art after basket weaving for several years. As an art teacher, she could see endless possibilities for this hard shelled natural object. She has woven, wood burned, carved, imbedded objects and stones and painted on gourds for ten years, all the while still learning what can be created with them. She is a self-taught rotary carver and is learning how to chip carve with u-shape carvers. Debbie is a member many professional organizations including the SC and American Gourd Societies and a Juried Member of Carolina Foothills
Artisan Center, and she won Best of Show at Arts Alive Greenville and Upstate Visual Arts shows. Debbie is recently retired from teaching in the public schools and busy still learning what the possibilities are. www.artbasgo.com
Mary Katherine Wyeth is a private chef in Greenville. After graduating from Clemson University and working in advertising and marketing for 5 years, she enrolled in the culinary arts program at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte. While at Johnson and Wales she completed an internship in Charleston, SC, under Nathalie Dupree, through which she helped edit the final stages of Dupree's James Beard-Award-winning cookbook, Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. Shortly after graduating in the Fall of 2012, Mary Katherine started her company, Prep, in which she specializes in in-home cooking classes and private dinner parties.