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Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Faculty
Adamson, Dustin      
Dustin Adamson (b. 1987) is an emerging American artist trained in the classical tradition of painting and drawing. Dustin has a strong interest in the art and techniques of the old masters, from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. After graduating in 2010 from with Distinction from San Diego State University, he began to study figurative drawing, painting, and sculpture with Justin Hess and Alicia Ponzio and human anatomy with Noah Buchanan. After studying for several years in the Bay Area he moved to New Jersey and studied at the Florence Academy of Art US. There he studied intensively an academic curriculum grounded in the 19th-century classical-realist tradition.  During his studies at the Florence Academy of Art US, Dustin received numerous awards and scholarships; including an award for Painting of the Year and the position of teaching assistant.
Adkins, James
Alberti, Joseph
Austen, Danielle        
Danielle Austen is an award-winning professional photographer for 16 years. She received her BFA from Cornell University and worked as a graphic designer before attending the master’s program at the Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, in photojournalism. As an editorial photographer, her work has been published in local, regional, and national newspapers and magazines, including Life Magazine’s, “The Year in Pictures.”   Returning to her fine art roots, she was selected for six Artist-in-Residencies programs across the United States, including four in the National Parks. She has participated in over four-dozen national and international juried exhibits, two group shows and three solo exhibits. Her next solo exhibit will be at the Romano Gallery in Blairstown, NJ in January 2018.
Baron, Doug  
Doug is the creator, writer, artist, and publisher of the progressive comic book series Suger Ray Finhead, Little Jim-Bob Big Foot, and The Flying Quasimodo Brothers and has worked for Marvel Comics.
Bedoya, Lisette         
Lisette Bedoya is a New Jersey based sculptor working primarily in ceramic arts utilizing the potters wheel to create one of a kind works of art inspired by the natural beauties of life.   Lisette attended Drew University, studying sculpture and ceramics. She furthered her ceramic study at Alfred University, where she worked with various firing and glazing techniques.  Lisette has taught at Creative Hands, and The Messy Artist, as well as exhibited pieces throughout Morris County. As an instructor, Lisette shares her passion for art with students of all ages. Currently teaching a number of pottery classes and more at the Visual Art Center of NJ.
Blanchard, Bill
Block Krol, Debrah
Byk, Cecily
Canfield, Sarah          
Sarah Canfield received her BFA in painting, cum laude from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. She has exhibited her work in locations throughout the Northeast, including the Pennsylvania State Museum, Woodmere Art Museum, Salmagundi Club in New York City, Monmouth Museum, Montclair State University, Noyes Museum, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the Google corporate offices in New York City. Awards have included a purchase prize at the Pastel Society of America in New York City and project grants from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. For more information visit
Cantwell, Kathy        
For her senior thesis show, Kathy Cantwell exhibited her paintings of horizontal stripes in a field of one color. It would be decades before she returned to abstraction. Although the extension of a straight line had a powerful pull, her personal and artistic life took a more circuitous route. Yet throughout the years, the one constant has been her passion for making art.  Born in Trenton, NJ, Cantwell was an outsider tomboy, who lived in a dicey neighborhood with her traditional Catholic family in a house surrounded by barbed-wire and tall wood fencing. From the age of thirteen, she spent hours in her makeshift bedroom-studio. Weekends while attending an all-girl high school, she escaped to nearby Philadelphia to take classes at the Moore School of Art, learning studio skills advanced for someone her age. After earning a BFA at C.W. Post College on Long Island, Cantwell moved to New York City like many artist hopefuls and found work in the music industry.  During the day it was an Alice-in-Wonderland world of rock stars and rappers in which she might be paying the bills for wrecked hotel rooms and keeping gun-bearing artists and producers within budget, but at night Cantwell came home to paint dark, uninhabited cityscapes and quirky portraits. After 25 years of this balancing act, she left NYC with her wife, Ann Sweeney, to raise their two adopted children there in rural New Jersey. In 2010, the Cantwell-Sweeney’s moved to Maplewood, NJ, just 30 minutes from Manhattan. These locations in central and northern New Jersey allowed her to become attuned to a new sense of openness light, and now the proximity to other artists and creative communities spurred her to explore new means of self-expression.  In meeting artist Lisa Pressman, she found a mentor who encouraged her return to abstraction. A sort of recovering eccentric, Cantwell is currently in a process of looking for her “inner stripe.” Her latest work in encaustic has become well-known through a number of recent solo and group exhibitions, primarily in the New York-New Jersey area as well as Provincetown, Massachusetts. In 2016, she was invited to become a member of The Painting Center in Chelsea and to be represented by Adam Peck Gallery on Cape Cod.   For more information:
Canziani, Mary Jean  
Mary Jean Canziani is a working artist. She earned a BFA (Concentration:Printmaking) at Marymount College and continues her art education through career choices. Her years working in visual merchandising have given her expertise in 3D design and installation techniques. Following that she started “Arts For the Home”, a self owned decorative painting company, servicing residential and commercial clients. This provided opportunities to learn many classic painting and plaster techniques as well as executing large scale murals. Freelance work includes graphic design, textile design and illustration. These acquired skills, combined with a strong art history background, qualify Mary Jean to teach in a number of disciplines. She is delighted to share her knowledge as a teaching artist and enjoys learning from her students. She has exhibited her award winning work in dozens of group and solo shows in the greater NYC area and recently had a successful solo show in Venice, Italy. Her work is figurative with a focus on social commentary. Many of her pieces are owned by collectors in the US and abroad.  Website:
Cavaluzzo, Kailyn
Celler, Lynn
Chang, Beatrice (Jao-O)
Conklin-King, Donna
Cotter, Alicia
D'Alessandro, Edward          
2003 Fairleigh Dickinson University, MA 1987 Kean University, Master of Fine Arts Degree 1978 California Arts Council Grant Art in Prison Program 1975 Kansas City Art Institute, BFA 1973-74 Tyler School of Art  I am presently teaching drawing and painting at the Jefferson Arts Academy, Elizabeth Public Schools During my career my students created murals in the Dunn Sports center of Elizabeth High School and the music wing and cafeteria of Jefferson Arts Academy. My painting project was written about in the NJEA Reporter, February 2017,Playground art project brings Elizabeth community together. Students drew designs and patterns out on the playground and then painted them in a big paint the playground event that involved the whole community. My artwork has been displayed at the Morris Museum in Morristown, and James Howe Gallery at Kean University. Curated a show of student work at the Snyder Academy in Elizabeth. Exhibited Sculptures in Echoes of Freedom Show, Snyder Academy in Elizabeth. I was a recipient of a California Arts Council Grant, Arts in Prisons Program
de Mos, Mark
Mark de Mos Artist – Watercolor, Pastel Artist Statement: My goal, as an artist is to produce art that is alive, not static and that creates a drama(color or story), a feeling, a slice of life. I also believe in taking advantage of the medium’s strength. In watercolor, it’s the fluidity, soft varying washes that can also, by color selection, create interesting textures (granulation) and edge control(soft, hard and lost).  My goal is to create art work that isn’t technique driven, but captures the essence of a given subject. Instead of a having a finished idea in mind that I just put down, I use a reactive process that focuses on a subject or idea that intrigues me which has an interesting value pattern. As I paint I react to what’s on the paper and I can see the interesting color and tonal elements that will make it come to life.  I believe it is the attention to color and the use of under painting that defines my work. I apply colors in warm and cool variants and ‘bounce” nearby or complementary colors into shadows and highlights to imply the movement of light.  Resides – Morristown NJ Education 1977-82 – New Jersey Institute of Technology  Teaching: Livingston Art Association (watercolor) Lakeland Arts (Mt Lakes, NJ, Watercolor, Pastel and Children)  Memberships: Allied Artists of America (elected 2010 board, newsletter, submissions) New Jersey Watercolor Society-(elected 1998, Newsletter) Garden State Watercolor Society (2004) New Jersey Pastel Society (president 2004-2008)  Galleries Studio 7, Bernardsville NJ Swain Gallery, Plainfield NJ  Awards: 2010 – Best in Show, Essex Watercolor Club Member Show at Community Theatre, Morristown NJ 2009 – Third Prize, Pastel Society of New Jersey Member Show at Clifton Art Center 2009 – Winsor Newton Award, New Jersey Watercolor Society Members Show
Deshpande, Stephanie         
Stephanie Deshpande is a representational painter living in northern New Jersey. She is best known for her psychological portraits and narrative paintings. Her work combines her love of realism with personal allegories. She creates paintings that capture the quiet drama of the world around her. Deshpande graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BFA in Painting and continued her studies at the New York Academy of Art earning her MFA. She was awarded the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to attend the Yale Summer School of Music and Art, and has received recognition for her paintings by the Portrait Society of America, RayMar Art, Artist’s Magazine, the Art Renewal Center, Allied Artists of America, and Oil Painters of America. Her paintings have appeared in several issues of Poets Artists Magazine and in the book 21st Century Figurative Art: The Resurrection of Art by Jan Esmann. In addition to painting, Deshpande enjoys teaching classes and workshops.
DiMarchi, David        
Dave DiMarchi is a multi-disciplinary printmaker and artist working in printmaking, papermaking and sculptural book forms. He engages in a relentless material practice, nurturing ideas into singular and editioned works. As a multi-disciplinary artist, he has exhibited works on paper, installations and books in both the US and internationally. He maintains a small collaborative studio and art space in New Hope, Pennsylvania working deeply with artists to master printmaking techniques and create new portfolio and exhibition-ready prints. He teaches printmaking, papermaking and book forms extensively throughout the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. He is also the owner of 9INHANDPRESS, a nexus of design, print and publishing.
Doyle, Terry   
Terry Doyle is a photographer/director/content creator, living & working in the NYC-area. Terry's work is known for its energy, beautiful light, and vibrant color. Clients include: Nordstrom's, Macy's, Target, Walgreen's, Champion, Payless, Avon, Hanes, Bali, CVS, Nickelodeon, Target, Pandora, Burt's Bees, NuSkin, Kohl's, Origins, PeopleStyle, Beauty By Brent, & many more.
Eggleston, Kate         
Eggleston received her BA in Visual Art from Ramapo College of NJ in 2005. She is a teaching artist with a K-12 NJ Art Teacher certification with 10+ years of experience. She attended artist residencies at _gaia studio (Wonder Women 9: Superfood) in 2015, the Tyler School of Art at Temple University (Summer Sculpture Intensive) in 2012, and completed the Creative Capital Blended Learning Professional Development Program for NJ Artists in 2016. Eggleston frequently shows her work throughout the state with concentrations in Trenton, Jersey City, Newark, and Monmouth County. Eggleston enjoys comics, sci fi, Renaissance faires, geocaching, petting zoos, Crossfit, and spending summers in Port Loring, Ontario with family. She lives and works in New Jersey with her family.
Epstein, Andrea        
Andrea Epstein is a painter and printmaker who creates vibrant abstract mixed media works on paper incorporating a variety of printmaking techniques in her own print studio in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Andrea has many years of teaching experience with students of all ages, always placing emphasis on experimentation and process. She has shown her work often in the Tristate area. Recent shows in New Jersey include the Fine Arts Gallery of St. Peters University in Jersey City, Transformations Gallery, Metuchen, The Atrium Gallery in Morristown, Edward Williams Gallery at Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Gaelen Gallery East and West in Whippany and West Orange and The Lundt Glover Gallery in Chatham. Andrea’s education includes a B.F.A. in painting from The Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art. A large selection of her work can be viewed at
Fanning, Margaret    
Margaret Fanning has exhibited internationally and her art can be found in private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has won multiple awards including the Alexander Portfolio Award and the NJ Chapter of the American Artists Professional League Traditional Realism Award. She currently teaches at the Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge, NJ, the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ, and the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ. Margaret holds a BFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art & Design.
Felber, Laurie
Morris County College/ State of New Jersey Professional Certificate 2011 Teacher of Art                                                               New York University Professional Certificate 2010 Arts Administration  Parsons School of Design Bachelors in Fine Arts          1980 Major: Sculpture Minor: Painting Dean’s list  AWARDS/exhibitions Art and Décor at Surf City 2017 1918 Long Beach Island Blvd Surf City, New Jersey  Mendham Borough Library  2015 10 Hilltop Rd. Mendham, NJ 07945 “FACES” “A Summer in Watercolor”  Paterson Art Walk 2015 Paterson, NJ The Figurative Artist Alliance  Paterson Art Walk 2014 Paterson, NJ The Figurative Artist Alliance  St. John’s on the Mountain Juried Art Show 2014 Bernardsville, NJ Honorable Mention  TEACHING EXPERIENCE   Visual Arts Center of New Jersey 2017 Summit, NJ  Pace University 2016 New York, NY Adjunct Professor
Forelli, Chip
Gianchiglia, Andrea  
Andrea Gianchiglia, local artist of Califon, New Jersey, graduated from the Hartford Art school receiving her BFA in illustration with a minor in art history. Andrea works as a full time artist with private commissions and freelance illustration, as well as an art instructor at various art facilities throughout New Jersey. She teaches both adults and children at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, The Center for Contemporary Art, the Hunterdon Art Museum and conducts private lessons at her private studio. She is represented at Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery in Bernardsville, NJ.  Andrea’s paintings lean toward the realism style of painting, focusing on her true passion animal and wildlife art, as well as rural themed still life’s. Most of her collection is made up of oil paintings, however Andrea works in all mediums including watercolor, pastels, acrylics, graphite, charcoal, scratchboard, and colored pencils. She has had both individual and group shows throughout New Jersey and the tri-state area, along with various national juried shows where she has won several awards for her specialty, animal portraiture. She is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, the Pastel Society of America, the Salmagundi Club, and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She was also recently flown out to Denver to film her online class “The Art of Painting Horses” at studios.
Gildea, Allison
Alli Gildea is a locally based cartoonist who received her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Sequential Art, with a minor in Animation. She specializes in all-ages comics and storyboarding, and has a passion for using humor to tell stories that reveal deeper truths, or simply spread a little joy; much of her work is also inspired by, or relating to music. Having worked with various clients, other artists, and independently on comics, illustrations, and several award winning animated short films, Alli finds the same sense of satisfaction in creating these works as she does in teaching others how to bring their own artistic visions to life.
Gladstone, Anita  Anita Gladstone is a pastel artist and former potter. Her love of nature and natural forms has been and continues to be an inspiration. She continually strives to capture in her work the beauty she sees in nature.   Anita earned a B.F.A from the University of Cincinnati where her major was painting. During her senior year in college, however, she became interested in working with clay and spent the next many years pursuing that interest. While working as a potter she participated in many craft shows and was actively involved in several co-op galleries and craft organizations. In 2005, Anita returned to her roots and began painting again, this time with pastels. She finds the spontaneity of the medium along with the wonderfully vibrant colors to be an exciting way to express her interest in the beauty of the landscape in particular. Since retiring from her “regular” job in 2013, Anita has also begun working again in oils after a 40-year hiatus.   Anita is a signature member of the Pastel Society of New Jersey, a juried Associate Member of The Pastel Society of America, an Associate member of Allied Artists of America, and a member of Studio Montclair and the Livingston Art Association. She has exhibited her paintings in numerous juried and non-juried group shows.
Grande, Donna  Bachelor of Arts, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ Associate’s Degree, Fashion Institute of Technology, NY, NY Art Student League of New York, NY, NY An accomplished and intuitively inspired artist, Donna Grande’s work is an expressive journey created with acrylics, pastels and oils. Colorful designs articulate, enrich, and create a densely layered surface reflecting the mystery and beauty of our environment. Her paintings possess a sophisticated sense of color, unique design, and expert use of her mediums. Donna is a graduate of Montclair State University and has a design degree from F.I.T. She also studied at the Art Students League of New York and has established a noteworthy career as an artist over the last 30 years. Donna has won numerous awards for her paintings, has been included in many juried exhibits and galleries, has presented numerous solo shows in the Northeast, and has been featured on NBC and Fox News.
Greenberg, Jeri          
Hedden, Rich
Hess, Ellen     
Heydt, Gerry  
MFA - Instituto Allende, Mexico; BFA - Stephens College, Columbia, MO.; National Academy of Design, NY; New York Academy of Figurative Art; Newark School of Art. Teaching: Somerset Art Association; NJ Heritage Workshops. Exhibits: Audubon Artists, NYC; Sundance Gallery, NY; Reeves Reed Arboretum, NJ; Johnson Gallery, NJ. Lectures and Demos: Westfield Art Association; Columbia College, MO. Collections: Scandinavia; USA - private and corporate.
Hurant, Jill     
Kehoe, Sandra           
Krishnamurthy, Melissa       
Melissa has a BA in Fine Arts Education from Montclair State University where she received 3 teaching certifications; Art Ed grades K-12, Elementary Ed grades K-8, and Nursery school 3-5yr olds. She has 14 years’ experience in Woodbridge Twps. School district teaching elementary art, first grade classroom and second grade classroom. Taking time off to raise her son, she continued teaching art part time at the NJ Arts Guild in Rahway until its closing in 2016. Melissa has been a member here at the Visual Arts Center for 12 years working on her passion ceramics. She also loves sculpture, painting, drawing and scrapbooking.
Kucks, Jacqueline      
Jacqueline Kucks is a Precious Metal Clay (PMC) Certified Artisan and an Art Clay Silver Certified Instructor. She is a graduate of Rising Tide Capital Community Business Academy and small business owner.  Jacqueline’s artistic journey began over 25 years ago when she began taking courses in stained glass. Shortly thereafter she developed an interest in glass fusing and PMC. Over the years, Jacqueline has attended workshops with famed artisans such as Tommy G, Peter McGrain, Joe Porcelli, and Terry Kovalcik among others.  Jacqueline draws inspiration from everyday beauty – the shape of a leaf, the intricate details of lace, even the façade of an old building. She enjoys selling her unique stained glass and wearable PMC art and teaching PMC jewelry making workshops/classes at Visual Art Center of NJ.   She is an avid pupil and dedicated instructor, always striving to learn and teach the latest techniques and applications.
Kumar, Vijay  
Kung, Diana Hsu        
Langley, Matthew     
Matthew Langley was born Alexandria, Virginia and studied at Virginia Commonwealth University and received a BFA from The Corcoran School of Art. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in major collections in the US such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Ernst and Young, DC Commission for the Art and Humanities, MacAndrews & Forbes Saks Fifth Avenue, Montefiore Hospital, The Cafritz Foundation and University of Maryland. Recent exhibitions include; Axom Artspace (Rochester, NY), The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art and Susan Calloway Fine Arts (Washington, DC). Mr. Langley’s artwork has been covered in publications such as Art in America, New York Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, The Washington Post, The Washington Citypaper and news sources such as National Public Radio. Recently he has become part of the US State Departments Art In Embassies Program.
Larko, Valeri  
Valeri Larko is known for her densely painted landscapes of the urban fringe, all of which she paints on location. She is attracted to the decaying and abandoned structures that populated the outskirts of America’s urban centers and the stories these places can tell.   Valeri Larko’s paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Europe. Solo exhibitions: Bronx Museum, NY, Lyons Wier Gallery, NYC, WallWorks NY, Bronx, Hampden Gallery, University of Amherst, MA, The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, New Jersey State Museum. Larko is represented by Lyons Wier Gallery, NYC.
Lederman, Vicki        
Vicki studied ceramics at Betsalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem and earned her MFA from Antioch University. She has developed a methodical, step-by-step approach to throwing with clear, simple techniques that can help anyone learn to throw and improve their skills. She also enjoys helping more advanced students explore their unique artistic expression and find their own signature style, melding form and decoration so they work harmoniously together. In her personal art she takes clay to the extreme, creating unique, flowing forms on the potter’s wheel by stressing and manipulating pots during throwing and intentionally taking the clay to partial collapse, while still controlling the emerging form. She works on opposite ends of the spectrum, creating unexpected shapes and textures in both refined porcelain and in rough, dry, and primitive forms inspired by ancient Japanese Bizenware. Awarded a Fellowship by the NJ State Council on the Arts, she has taught all areas of ceramics as well as batik at several art schools.
Livingston, Debra      
Debra F. Livingston is an artist currently creating mostly monoprints and handmade books. She has been involved with the Visual Arts Center in Summit since 1988 as a printmaker, teacher, docent and mentor. She also teaches drawing and painting to adults at the JCC in Scotch Plains as well as printmaking workshops throughout the state. She has a BFA in printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design.
Lopez, Vanessa          
Maddalena, Stephanie         
Maillard, Drew          
Matthews, Samantha
Samantha Matthews is a whimsical purple and blue-haired New Jersey artist who has earned her BA in Fine Art from Gordon College. She has traveled all over the world seeking beauty and it was overseas where she discovered her passion for creative outlets for children. The countries and places where she spent the most time and have greatly influenced her work art Guayaquil, Ecuador, Orvieto, Italy, Joplin, Missouri, and Niamey, Niger. Color and repetition are her main subjects that take form in many mediums including watercolor, pen illustration, oil and acrylic painting, mural making, mixed media sculpture, and photography.
Mauro, Stefanie        
Maxwell, Sarah         
Sarah C. Maxwell  Education: BA (Art Education), Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA. The Art Students League, New York, NY (figure drawing, portfolio development and review)  Certifications: New Jersey Standard Teaching Certificate, Art K-12.  Teaching Experience: Cedarbrook K-8 Center, Plainfield School District, Plainfield NJ. Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood School District, Ridgewood NJ. Frelinghuysen Middle School, Morris School District, Morristown NJ. Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Morris School District, Morristown NJ.  Language Skills: proficient in Spanish
McDonald, Martha   
Mensch, Judy
Judy Mensch has shown her prints throughout the US and abroad. They are in collections including The New York Public Library, The New York Historical Society, The Library of Congress, and Pfizer Inc among others. She has taught print,making workshops and classes at Marymount Manhattan College, The College of New Jersey, The Zimmerli Art Museum, the Lower East Side Print Shop and the Manhattan Graphics Center. She was awarded a grant to study Japaneses woodblock printing from Art Quest, The Nagasawa Art Park Pilot Project, on Awajishima, Japan and residencies to Yaddo, Ucross, and Centrum voor Grafiek, Frans Masereel, Belgium.
Mullarkey, Jeannette
Education: BA & BFA (Jewelry/Metalsmithing) University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA  Owner of Finestra Designs, Fine Jewelry -  Prior to founding her own company, Jeannette worked for some of the top high-end designers in the jewelry industry, as well as fine retail jewelers, where she created custom work, original designs and models.
Nathenson, Howard    Born Denver, Colorado. Graduated Denver University with BFA, attended San Francisco Art Institute 2 years, graduated University of California, Berkeley with MFA.  Taught painting and drawing at University of California, Kean College, William Paterson University, Visual Arts Center of NJ 1970-2017(currently), and The Rockland Center for the Visual Arts (currently).  I have exhibited my paintings and photographs nationally, and my work is in many public and private collections, including The Neuberger Museum and The Dorsky Museum of CUNY.
Oswald, Alina
Polzo, Donald
Read, Donna  
Rosen Howard, Shelley         
Shelley Rosen Howard Biography  Education: Masters in Art Education/Ceramics Major, Tyler School of Art/Temple University Bachelors in Fine Arts/Printmaking Major, Penn State University  Experience: Ceramics & Interdisciplinary Arts Educator, Somerset Hills YMCA, 2009-present Ceramics Program Coordinator/Educator, Down Dog Yoga & Art Camp, 2017 Ceramics Program Coordinator/Educator, Camp Green Lane, 2009-2016 Ceramics & Mosaic Arts Coordinator/Educator, Grant Funded Programs, 2010-2016 Pottery Enrichment, Mendham Borough Schools, 2008-2013  Exhibitions & Craft Shows: Somerset Hills YMCA Student Exhibitions, Camp Green Lane Summer Pottery Exhibitions, Mendham Borough Library Student Pottery Exhibitions, Pottery Enrichment Student Show, Morristown Charter School Art Gala, JCC Student/Faculty Exhibitions, Vox Gallery, Lannons Gallery Spring Craft Show, The Main Line Potters Gallery, Center Spring Craft Show, The Clay Studio, Manayunk Arts Festival, The Main Line Art Center Faculty & Craft Shows, NCECA Juried Exhibition, Tyler School Of Art Solo Ceramics Exhibition, University of Alabama Printmaking Exhibition, Penn State Solo Printmaking Exhibition
Sachs, Sue      
Saenger, Mark           
A phone call from the HBO show, “The Sopranos” requested that his art be featured in the 2001 season.  Saenger was initially motivated to paint by a college art professor who advised him to “stick with it.” The paint-along artist, Bob Ross seen on TV, fascinated Saenger. He took a workshop with this popular personality only to find, to his disappointment, but more to his benefit, that nothing which looks so easy could be achieved without commitment and skill.  From thereon, he began a rigorous study of the principles of art, having to spend long hours behind the easel and miles of canvas. He has studied with some of the most notable landscape artists of today. Saenger enjoys helping beginners and intermediate artists get on the road to success, like his mentors had done for him.  Saenger’s goal is not only to stop time and capture a certain "light effect" or condition, but to ensure that the viewer can feel the warm glow of the sunset, or the bitter cold of winter.
Sailer, Kit       
Kit Sailer earned her BFA from Syracuse University, receiving the Hazard/Gee Fellowship upon graduation. She has received a NJ State Council of the Arts Fellowship, was Artist-in-residence at the Newark Museum, and was selected to participate in Aljira’s Emerge program. Solo exhibits include Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Catskill Art Society, Johnson & Johnson, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Tomasulo Gallery, and Watchung Arts Center. Group shows have included The Newark Museum, Aljira, NJ State Museum, Old Church Cultural Center, and City Without Walls.  Kit teaches painting and drawing to adults at the Visual Art Cener of NJ and the Artist Teacher Institute. She works with children through various programs including the NJ State Council on the Arts Artist-in-Education, and outreach programs administered by Arts Horizons, and Young Audiences.  Ms. Sailer is based in Jersey City NJ and in Callicoon NY.
Sarkar, Sajal  
Sajal Sarkar was born in Kolkata in 1963, an eastern region of India, and grew up in a middle class joint family. He initially enrolled in a local art school, and later, in the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata, where he completed a BFA in painting in 1989. He then worked as a freelance illustrator for one year at a leading Bengali newspaper. He taught art to the differently-abled kids at Spastics Society of Eastern India, Kolkata in 1990. He was also a regular contributor with illustrations in little magazines published for the aspirant young writers.   In 1993, Sajal decided to move to Baroda, in the western region of India, to learn and study printmaking at M S University of Baroda where he completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Printmaking in 1995.   In 1996, Sajal was awarded a grant from Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Canada. Within a few years of art practice he got some more recognition through research fellowships, grants and some international exposure such as a solo show in AICON Gallery at Palo Alto in 2007, a second grant from Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Canada in 2005 and a number of shows in India and internationally, including Print Triennial of Chamelieres, France. He attended a lot of art workshops and residencies both for painting and printmaking in India and abroad. One of Sajal’s etching prints can be found in the collection of the Library of Congress in their prints and photography section. In the year 2012, a sculptural project was approved by the cultural ministry of India and he was awarded the Senior Research Fellowship. Sajal was associated with various art schools in India and especially with the Painting and Printmaking Department for more than 20 years at Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University of Baroda , India as an external jury member. He also played a major role for co-curricular programs such as art workshops and artist portfolio.
Savore, Cristiana       
Schiller, Doug
Doug Schiller is a realist painter whose landscapes and still lifes are the products of his direct observations. They are contemporary views of classical concepts that create a quiet presence and balance of nature. Doug received his BFA and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and a diploma from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. A grant recipient of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Artist/Teacher Initiative, Doug has been an instructor at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey for over 30 years, and has also taught at the University of Connecticut and the College of Saint Elizabeth. For more information and to view Doug’s work, visit
Soltysik, Marissa       
Hartford Art School: Bachelor of Fine Arts: Illustration / Art History Minor GPA: 3.98, Summa Cum Laude I am a freelance illustrator based in Northern New Jersey with experience in children’s book illustration, portraiture, pet portraiture, and sports illustration. I embrace a strong foundation in traditional drawing and painting techniques. My work has been featured in numerous publications, including the competition series “AcrylicWorks: Best of Acrylic Painting” and “Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing” from North Light Books. Television appearances include illustrating a segment about Peyton Manning called “Art of the Comeback” for ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, and drawing the trophy for the 2016 UEFA Euro Soccer Tournament in ESPN’s Opening Tease video for the tournament. Exhibitions have included the New Jersey Published Writers and Illustrators Exhibit, and Society of Illustrators in New York City.
Spitkovsky, Russ Russ Spitkovsky was born in 1981, in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1992 he moved to Sunnyvale, California, in 1999 he moved to New York to attend the School of Visual Arts, in 2003 he received his Bachelors in Fine Arts and in 2009 he graduated with honors from the SVA MFA program. Russ Spitkovsky’s artwork has been included in numerous national and international publications and exhibitions. He is one of the founders of CARRIER PIGEON and is currently editor in chief and contributor of the quarterly publication. In 2014, Russ helped create Guttenberg Arts, a multidisciplinary artist residency program. He currently resides in New York and is focusing his artwork in the area of Printmaking, particularly etching, photo—lithography and monoprints. His work has been included in several national and international publications and art shows. He is interested in movement, composition and spontaneity in image making.
Starger, Victoria        
Victoria Starger is a multimedia artist of drawing, painting and sculpture with focus on portrait and figure, landscape and nature. She is a graduate cum laude of the Du Cret School of Art and has been exhibiting fine art in local and international expositions. Once accepted into the Salon d'Automne of Paris France 1988, her art has been shown in Parisian salons since, more recently in Salon des Artistes Membres et Amis at Galerie Etienne de Causans. She is a member of the Blackwell St. Artists and Who's Who Arts Club International. Her art is in American and international collections.
Stecki, Danielle         
Sussman, Heidi  Heidi Sussman is a photographer and mixed media artist who combines natural and digital art media with her photographs. Her art is process driven often incorporating image transfers, hot wax, cold wax and oil paint into her pieces.   A graduate of Emerson College, she continued post graduate studies at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende Mexico. She teaches workshops in photography, journaling and mixed-media processes in her studio in East Orange, in area workshops throughout the state including the Nancy Ori Cape May Photography Workshops and is on the faculty at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey.  Actively exhibiting her art in solo and group shows, her work is held in public and private collections throughout the United States and Canada.
Syak, Peter    
Tidey, Joel      
Tokoly, Elizabeth      
I think finding a connection is something that we all look to do in life. It was during high school years that the seed of my artistry was planted. I found that the class I was most interested in was art. It was there I discovered that using my hands gave me a sense of purpose. Through the guidance of my art teachers, my own art jewelry journey began.  I began my formal education by attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and completed a two-year Jewelry Design Program. What intrigued me the most from what I learned there, was fabrication. It was so satisfying to see a piece of sheet metal or wire turn into an actual object or piece of jewelry. The experience at FIT allowed me to refine and develop my technical skills. Upon completion of the program, I needed to find what inspired me.  It was at the University of Arts in Philadelphia that I began investigating math and nature. I found that multiples and repeated patterns really piqued my interest. After graduation, I worked for both an art jeweler and a commercial jeweler, but knew deep down that I wanted to submerge myself in developing my art. I was honored to be accepted to Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. It was there that I discovered my unique, artistic approach for designing art jewelry.
Traill Schaeffer, Jennie         
Teaching artist, Jennie Traill Schaeffer, operates under the apron of TraillWorks which has taken on many transformations from a small bedroom studio, to a large brick and mortar gallery / studio, and back to a large home studio. Born and raise in Easton, PA, Jennie earned a dual major BFA, magna cum laude, in Painting and Art Education from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. While at Syracuse she studied with painter, Jerome Witken, and spent a pivotal semester studying in Florence, Italy. Separating art making from teaching was very difficult - after a few years teaching in public schools, Jennie began her own business making and selling art and soon after, taking on private students. Jennie made her early home and start in her career in Sussex County, NJ, where she ran a gallery / studio for 5 years. Jennie’s teaching style that insists on supporting both technique-building and creativity with a nurturing mindset has drawn students to follow her after relocating to West Orange. Her own work dances back and forth between oils, watercolors, prints, and drawing, constantly pushing her subject matter. Over the past decade she worked predominantly in oils depicting sainted kitchen appliances, while most recently her new body of work, TeaScapes, shifted to a focus in watercolors and image transfers. Jennie takes commissions including dog portraits and Wedding Cake Portraits. Her work has been exhibited in the tri-state area and owned in private collections. Learn more about her at
Truk, Katie     
Katie Truk received her BFA from Alfred University. She has been teaching multi-media classes to children and adults of all ages and levels since 2001 through personal lessons, visiting artist grants and in places such as Creative Hands in Madison, Let’s Create, Messy Artist, West Windsor Art Center and Visual art Center of NJ. In her studio the medium of choice is pantyhose. She combines the translucent and sensual nature of pantyhose and the rigidity of wire to create sculptures of complex depth and personality. Theses sculptures have been featured around the tri-state area.
Volk, Aliese Andersen           
Aliese Andersen Volk MFA, Studio Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA BFA, Studio Art, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN Born and raised in North Dakota, Aliese Andersen Volk studied Fine Art at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She moved to Philadelphia for graduate studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she received her MFA. She works in a variety of media, most often in oil painting, drawing, and printmaking. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the Midwest and Philadelphia areas.
Wheeler, Louise        
Wolf, Michael
Wong Chesek, Carole
Yavorski, Stephen     
New Jersey Artist, Stephen Yavorski has work that’s been featured in several exhibitions including venues such as Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Swain Galleries, Mainstreet Galleries, The Salmagundi Club, Misericordia University, and The Ice House Gallery in Monmouth University.  His outspoken manner and ability to objectively look at situations with clarity and insight are the driving forces behind his work. For Stephen, it’s not just about creating artwork, it’s about communicating these thoughts through the limitless vehicle of art. He provokes thought and insight and sees himself as an example for other people to do the same.
Zaretzka, Traci           
Education: MFA Visual Narrative 2016, School of Visual Arts New York, NY K-8 Multi-Subject Teaching Credential 2002, San Jose State University