Instructor’s Bios 2022-05-13T14:47:12+00:00

Instructors:

Robert Bean: B.F.A. from Mississippi State University and M.F.A. from Louisiana State University. Taught classes in figure painting and drawing at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA and Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL. Currently teaching classes at UAHuntsville in the Department of Art, Art History and Design. His works have been in group and solo exhibitions. Artist Website: robertbeanart.com

Lenore Corey: Painter working primarily in oil paint. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo juried exhibits, local galleries, and in publications. She holds a state certification in art education and a M.Ed. from Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL. Artist Website: lenorecoreyart.com and facebook.com/LenoreCoreyART

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/

Jennifer Redstreake Geary: Geary 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, Geary 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.

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.

Rachel Larose: B.F.A. in Ceramics and M. Education from University of Montevallo. A secondary art teacher at Randolph School, Rachel grew up in Huntsville and fell in love with clay while taking ceramics class in high school. She has taught for 10 years, and has a passion for three-dimensional media, sculpture, and crafts as well as many interests in the arts, including ballet and theater. Her work has been included in the Art Teachers’ Biennial Exhibition held during Huntsville’s Youth Art Month.

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.

Gayle Power: Artist and instructor in painting. Artist signature: Herman Gayle. Both formal and informal instruction from University of Alabama in Huntsville and in private study and served as the art director of a private school. As a Southern impressionist artist, Power has exhibited in galleries and has work in private collections across the United States and around the world.

Kimberly Reyes: M. Ed. with emphasis on Art Education from Alabama A&M University and B.S. in Art from Illinois State University. Currently teaches art at Randolph School. Has attended a wide range of professional workshops and conferences, most notably at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work has been included in the Art Teachers’ Biennial Exhibition held during Huntsville’s Youth Art Month.

Elizabeth Lewis Scott: Liz was trained in the atelier/classic method (B.A. in Studio Arts), including plein airing around Europe long before plein air was cool! She creates work for galleries and on commission and loves equine, western, and wildlife themes. Accomplishments include:  Showing at Beverly McNeil Gallery in Birmingham, AL – Guest Artist Fall 2021 and  National Oil and Acrylic Painters (NOAP) “Best of America Small Paintings” Apr-May 2022;  Fine Art Connoisseur magazine – Featured as a Modern Master (Equine) – August 2020;  Cover of The Bighorn magazine  (Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society) – Spring 2020;  Phippen Museum (Prescott, AZ);  American Academy of Equine Art (AAEA) Signature Member, Instructor;  American Women Artists (AWA) Signature Member;  Women Artists of the West (WAOW) National Exhibitions. One of Liz’s core principles – “An artwork’s strength springs from the drawing that preceded it.”  Artist Website: elizabethlewisscott.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