Meet the Teachers

These are the talented teachers who are currently instructing children, teens and adults at Mint Hill Arts:



Kim DiBiasio is an artist, muralist and currently works with elementary school children in the Union County Public Schools After School Program. She created an art appreciation program that ran for 7 years in a local elementary school and introduced hundreds of children to a world of Masters throughout history and inspired many to become young artists. Kim teaches art classes for elementary students that incorporate the expertise of the Masters throughout history. Above all else, Kim allows her students to have fun and enjoy making their own artwork as she guides them through the creative process. See some of Kim’s work.


js-portraitJan Schopen has a BA in Fine Arts and 25 years of experience working with children, Janet loves helping kids create and express themselves. She is currently working with colored pencils, crafting realistic drawings from photographs. Her motto this year is “life is good…dive in!” See some of Jan’s work.



ca-portraitCindy Angelelli is a mixed media artist and owner of Creative Streak Boutique. She creates unique artwork and accessories that enable people to affordably express their individualism. Cindy enjoys making colorful, textural works that are inspired by nature, literature and life’s simple pleasures. She is a retired engineer who experiments with many different types of artistic expression:  watercolor, alcohol ink, collage, printmaking, fiber, photography, mixed media and jewelry. See some of Cindy’s work.


mc-portraitMary Crow has a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from West Virginia Univ. and foundation year studies at Columbus College of Art and Design. After moving to the Charlotte area from Wilmington, NC, with her family, she discovered the PAPNC and Plein Air Buds groups. Working in oil and pastels has been the inspiration for her colorful and energetic landscape paintings. She has studied portraiture with leading portrait artists such as Wendy Corporale, Tom Edgerton, and Lisa Ober. See some of Mary’s work.



mb-portraitMalia Bryngelson is a member of the Piedmont Pastel Society and an associate member of the Pastel Society of America. She has won awards locally as well as at the North Carolina Statewide Pastel Exhibition. Malia teaches introductory classes designed for people who have little or no experience with pastels. The relaxed classes are focused on experimentation with pastels, surfaces, and basic techniques, as well as encouraging artists to venture into a new medium in a very positive way. She truly enjoys sharing the information she has learned from, many others in her one day workshops and loves to encourage emerging artists. See some of Malia’s work.


kj-portraitKathryn Jarvis is a Charlotte artist who uses a variety of mediums including watercolor, pastels, acrylic, oil, mixed media, and photography. Her favorite subjects are anything inspired by nature – flowers, landscapes, woodland animals, winter scenes, leaves, and portraits. She enjoys viewing life through the intuitive lens of an artist, intrigued by colors, reflections and shadowing on objects. She utilizes a Monet-inspired artistic style with rich colors and graceful movements. She teaches art classes, has been represented by galleries and participated in numerous exhibits. See some of Kathryn’s work.


sl-portraitSteve Lindenman is a freelance event and commercial photographer located in Matthews, NC. Steve is also the Education Committee Chairman for the Charlotte Photography Group, an organization of photo enthusiasts, where he assists other aspiring photographers to achieve their goals in the dynamic arena of photography. In addition to corporate work, he shoots for variety of publications, including professional and college sports. See some of Steve’s work.


evy-portraitEvy Grouse is a native New Yorker who paints with acrylics, oils and watercolor. She enjoys painting animal portraits and mountain and coastal scenes. Evy also enjoys teaching decorative art using the “One Stroke” painting technique. She studied under artist Donna Dewberry who developed this technique. Evy has introduced hundreds of students to the almost instant results obtained by the “One Stroke” method. Evy served as president of the Hilton Head Plantation Artists Association and was a member of the Hilton Head Art League. She also taught at the Hilton Head Art Academy for six years. See some of Evy’s work.



Milas photo5Mila Antonyuk is a local artist and art instructor. She was born in a historic town in south-western region of Ukraine. Her childhood was spent surrounded by a thousand-year-old architecture and scenic landscapes. At the age of six, Mila was accepted into art school and studied alongside students that were at least twice her age. Since then, drawing and painting became her life’s passion. She earned a Master’s Degree in Art and has worked as an artist and art instructor in Ukraine and Estonia, Seattle (WA). While living in Europe, she participated in regional and national art exhibitions as a painter. In 2002, Mila and her family moved from Seattle to Charlotte where she is a member of Carolina Clay Matters Pottery Guild and Mint Hill Arts. She participates in regional and local art shows.  See some of Mila’s work.