Instructor’s Bios 2022-11-17T19:00:16+00:00

Instructors:

Anna Sue Courtney: Attended East Stroudsburg State College in Pennsylvania majoring in visual and performing arts. She is an arts instigator, coordinating interdisciplinary collaborations at her studio as well as for museums, community centers, schools, universities and festivals. She is a member of Puppeteers of America, UNIMA and The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. Her puppet company, Squeaking Tribe has been in Huntsville since the 1990’s and she is a founding member of Flying Monkey Arts, the seed community that grew at historic Lowe Mill. She has taught the HMA Museum Academy’s Art for Homeschooled Students Program as well as other classes from preschool to secondary levels. Artist Website: lowemill.art/studio-directory/squeaking-tribe-studios-puppetry-studio-269/

Greg Datcher: Artist and instructor in ceramics. Taught at The Studio in Huntsville. Attended Alabama A&M University, majoring in fine arts. Works in all clay forms from handbuilding to wheel throwing techniques with sculptural qualities.

David Edwards: M.A. in Ceramics from University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa; B.A. in Studio Arts from University of Alabama in Huntsville. He currently teaches at Calhoun Community College as Adjunct Instructor in Ceramics. Managed Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment Center. Served as Program Assistant at The Arts Council, Inc. in Huntsville. Participated in exhibitions, festivals, and shows in Alabama such as the Monte Sano Art Show, Panoply Festival of the Arts, Kentuck Festival of the Arts. His work can be located at The Source (Huntsville) and Kathleen’s (Decatur).

Susie Garrett: B.A. in Communication Graphics from UAHuntsville and M.S. In Art Education from Alabama A&M University. Taught drawing classes at Calhoun Community College, Huntsville City Schools, and private lessons. Her work has been in group and solo exhibitions throughout the southeast. Currently has a studio at Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment. Artist Website: https://lowemill.art/studio-directory/susie-garrett-studio-126/

Liza Harrison: M.F.A. in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design and B.S. in Education and Art from University of North Alabama. She is a secondary art teacher for Huntsville City Schools. Areas of concentration include drawing, painting, design, ceramics, and art history.

Ashton Huffstetler: Born and raised in Huntsville, AL. Her artwork explores color, pattern, and nature. She graduated from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting, a minor in Art History and a Masters of Art Education. Ashton taught high school art for four years in the public schools’ system. In 2022, she made the transition to full time artist. Her work includes watercolor portraiture and acrylic paintings of birds and other nature scenes featuring her pattern-on-pattern style. She maintains her teaching certificate and teaches art lessons from her home studio in Blossomwood. Artist’s website: ashtonhuffstetlerart.com.

Erin Jones: B.A. in Arts and Sciences from University of Alabama. Erin taught art and photography at Virgil I. Grissom with Huntsville City Schools. She designed and implemented various thematic lesson plans as well as facilitated student development in academic, career and social areas.

Jessica Nunno: Graduated from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and has a BFA in Illustration. Her passion is for Science Fiction and Fantasy Illustration, where she gets to design creatures, characters and build stories. Jessica’s favorite tools to use are markers. They give her the smooth, vibrant colors she is so well known for in her work. She now has a working studio at Lowe Mill, in Huntsville, AL and travels for art festivals as well as conventions and teaching engagements throughout the South. Not, only does Jessica work as an illustrator, but she has 3+ years of experience teaching. She has taught Kindergarteners to Adults all different kinds of art techniques. From digital illustration, figure drawing, creature design, gesture drawing, the elements and principles of art, mixed media and more. Jessica also runs an Art Club called Junior Illustrators Guild open to preteens and teenagers with a passion for art and as a way for them to socialize over common interests. Art is Jessica’s passion. She has a goal of inspiring others to bring more creativity into the world. Artist Websites: https://www.jessicanunnoart.com or through social media using @JessicaNunnoArt and https://lowemill.art/studio-directory/jessica-nunno-art-studio-261/

Melinda Ortner: Over 15 years of experience in stained glass. She specializes in lamps, windows, mosaic garden stones, repairs and a variety of unique home décor. She has spent the past five years as an Instructor for Daimler-Chrysler Training Center, Kids Camp, The Studio and Hobby Lobby. Her instruction reflects her great passion for glass.

S. Renee Prasil: A champion for local arts, she created the afterschool art program at the Hampton Cove Elementary School (Huntsville City Schools) and began the Visual Arts Ministry at Whitesburg Baptist Center with Debbie Milner. Her expression in art includes murals, portraits, clay vessels, handmade tiles, jewelry, and sculptures. Selected as the 2005 Panoply Arts Festival Poster Artist, Prasil was also awarded the commission for the Port of Huntsville 45th Anniversary Mural located at Huntsville Airport. She ‘feels’ in color, finding the joyous in everyday items and activities. Chooses art to share these feelings. Guiding people of all ages and abilities to find their own means of expression through art is her passion. Prasil – “I find learning/experiencing/engaging to be immensely exciting and hope I continue developing my skill level and interests until I simply am no more. At that time, I hope others continue to be inspired through my experiences on canvas.”

Jennifer Redstreake: Jennifer has been an artist since her wee young days back in New Mexico, where she grew up. Her parents were super supportive and encouraged her to “keep at it,” and by the time she was in her 20’s, she was doing what she loved professionally. She fuels her creativity with green chili and tankards of coffee. Graphic designer/web developer by day and watercolor artist by night, she stays very busy creating and garnering inspiration from everyday things. She is addicted to collecting Daniel Smith watercolors, Ampersand Aquabord™, brushes, and paper. She is known for her Ball Jar watercolor series and painting fur babies for clients all over the country. Artist Website: redstreakecreative.com.

Lucy Thomas: I live in Fayetteville, Tennessee with my dreamy husband, 4 teenage boys, 2 black cats and a dog we think is from Mars. What seems like a very long time ago, I earned degree in Theatre Arts and music from Birmingham Southern College and attended school on a voice scholarship. I finally found my real purpose though when, in my late 40s, I started painting. There is no greater pleasure for me than for my art to make someone smile. It is literally created just to give an uncomplicated rush of happiness to the viewer. I have a great time making it and enjoy being able to pass on that joy to patrons and students alike. I regularly have work available at The Little Green Store and Gallery in Huntsville, Alabama and in my home studio. You can see what I have going on at [email protected]. Artist Website: lucyisanartist.com