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 forA 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.|
|Jan 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.
|Mary Phelps All her life, Mary has looked at the world as if she were painting it…practicing painting in clouds and such with an imaginary brush. Some years ago, she got actual brushes and paints and tried it for real. She finds intrigue, delight, and solace in figuring out how to express what she feels about what she sees. From her my life experience, she finds that some form of personal expression is necessary for a balanced life. Whether one is the Artist or the Viewer, there is a comfort and or wonder, a moment of joy and hope for us all she hopes is that something about what she sees touches something in the viewer. Plein air painting is what she loves most, but the Human Landscape draws her too.
Mary was classically trained at the Zoll School of Fine Art in MD. She has been painting for 10 years after retiring from RN- Licensed Acupuncture practice for 35 years. She has studied with several prominent artists including John Sills, David Good, Matt Zoll, Lisa Mitchell, Palden Hamilton and has also done workshops with David Leffel, Sherrie Mc Graw, and Robert Johnson. See some of Mary’s work.
|Elisabeth (Beth) W. Harvey has a passion for painting water and children. She is a Latin teacher, who has been painting with oils for over 40 years! She was inspired by a professor known as a supreme colorist in the Impressionist style and he introduced her to the world of painting that revolutionized her own personal style. Since then, Beth has been painting hundreds of paintings, learning a little more with each work. She has sold many pieces and has taught small group workshops. Beth is an accomplished, self-taught artist who enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge with her students. See some of Beth’s work. See some of Beth’s work.|
|Marty Stewart learned painting methods as a small child. She grew up in South Korea and learned traditional Oriental Watercolor Art which was a lot of fun, using rice paper, ink, and watercolors. She majored in Studio Art at ORU University and received the all-school Art award in Painting in her final year there, in 1987. She also studied skills in Watercolor for almost 20 years, while raising her children in Ashburn, Virginia. studying under a wonderfully talented Watercolorist, Lassie Corbett. See some of Marty’s work. Visit marthastewartpinkartist.weebly.com|
|Steve 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 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.|
|Mila 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.|
|Sharron Burns is a graduate of Christopher Newport University with a degree in Fine Arts. She has had the good fortune to study art all over the world. Sharron teaches watercolor and drawing to adults. Her preferred subject matter is still life but she also paints animals and flowers. Her works reflect her love of still life subjects plus crystal and glass and how it diffuses the light and shadows. Sharron is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and a member of the American Watercolor Society. www.sharronburns.com|