Instructor’s Bios 2020-11-12T20:44:47+00:00

Instructors:

 

Pam Anderson: B.A. from Bob Jones University. Mrs. Anderson has taught art for over 28 years in all media from design, drawing, painting, art theory and techniques. She recently retired from teaching seven years at Lindsay Lane Christian Academy elementary, middle and high school fine art classes. Anderson states: “My goal is not only to teach techniques, but also to the art theory behind the actual techniques, thus bringing the artistic experience full circle.”

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.

Anna Sue Courtney: 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.net/portfolio-item/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 the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He currently teaches at Calhoun Community College as an 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).

Sara Beth Fair: Artist and educator painting for 17 years. In addition, she has a Ph.D. in optics and hence a technical as well as artistic understanding of light and color. She has taught multiple classes around the country and exhibited in galleries throughout the southeast. Her artistic training has come from independent studies of the masters, plein air  painting of nature, along with tutelage from contemporary masters. She spent three years studying with Murat Kaboulov, a Russian Impressionist, along with several students of the great Russian artist Serge Bongart. Her style reflects her love for the Russian Impressionists use of color and large brushwork. Artist Website: sarabethfair.com.

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/

Shanna Graves: M.A. in Art Education from Alabama A&M University. She is a secondary art teacher for Huntsville City schools, and also taught art in Grades K-8 at the Huntsville Museum of Art. Taught all grade levels in various art media and art history. Her main focus is mainly on sculpture and drawing.

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 and 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.

Linda Ruhl: B.S. in Fine Art and Design from Arkansas Tech University. Her commissioned portraits are in private collections throughout the country. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America and the American Watercolor Society. In September 2005 and October 2006, she conducted a weeklong Master Class-Portraits in watercolor, pastels, and charcoal with the Grafton Artfest in Grafton City, Australia. Artist Website: portraitsbylindaruhl.com/.

Lucy Thomas: A lifelong resident of Alabama, Lucy was born and raised in Jackson County. She earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Birmingham Southern College and attended school on a voice scholarship. She now lives in Huntsville, the rocket capital of the world, with her son and an ever-changing menagerie of rescued animals. She leads small and large groups of seasoned and beginning artists in North Alabama. She is currently volunteer teaching high school art in the Title One Jackson County, Alabama schools because “everyone should have the chance to experience the joy – creating art can bring regardless of your economic status.” Her work is available at The Little Green Store and Gallery in Huntsville, Alabama; Wild Oats and Billy Goats in Decatur, Georgia; Art Alley, Birmingham, Alabama and in her home studio. Artist Website: lucyisanartist.com.