Robin Abello is a technology consultant, software engineer, and teacher. He is the founder of Personal Computerworks, Inc. and ezColumbia, a local classifieds service and community information website for the greater Columbia area. He holds a BS in Computer Science from University of Maryland and an MS in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He grew up loving photography and computers and has enjoyed the convergence of both in digital photography.
Jill Babchak has worked in marketing for the past 11 years and has been creating unique jewelry and stained/fused glass pieces for the past eight years. She has exhibited and sold her works throughout Howard County and Baltimore. Jill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Virginia Tech.
Trudy Babchak, Assistant Director of the Columbia Art Center, holds a BA from the University of Maryland and Post Baccalaureate degree in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is represented by Gallery 1448 in Baltimore. Trudy’s works have been shown in numerous juried and invitational gallery shows throughout the region.
Joyce Bell received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Art Education from Towson University. Since retiring from teaching art in Baltimore County elementary and middle schools, she has spent her time painting and making pottery. Joyce is a member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and served on the board for six years. She has won various awards for her watercolors in shows throughout Maryland.
Bob Coe is the principal designer for Arbitron, Inc. An artist member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, Bob studied watercolor with Morris Green and has been teaching at the Columbia Art Center since 1991. He has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibits throughout the area.
Janice Crum is a graduate of the Towson University arts program. As a painter and printmaker, Janice enjoys producing both abstract and traditional art. Janice enjoys working with and teaching children art and being able to share her eagerness to grow as an artist. Janice works with the Columbia Art Center’s summer art camp, as well as the seniors’ and school’s out program.
Susan Wertheimer David, a potter for over 20 years, originally trained as an art historian at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York. She has studied with potters such as Ron Meyers, Nicholas Joerling, Ellen Shankin and Woody Hughes. An expert in raku firing, Susan has taught many workshops in the Baltimore/Washington area. Her work can be seen at various venues in the area and in juried shows in the region.
Michelle M. C. Dunn received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Painting. She uses painting and printmaking as starting points to draw upon perceptions of personal experiences and investigations of the ways we form identity. Michelle teaches adults and children through Columbia Art Center specialized classes, Howard County After School Classes, Schools’ Out Program, Birthday Parties and Arts Integration Workshops.
David Fried holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and has studied portraiture and sculpture at the Schuler School and Mitchell School of Art. His exhibition credits are long. His work represents figural subjects, as well as oils of historical sites. He has recently retired from a teaching career and works full time as an artist.
Kathy Fritz received her BA in Fine Arts from St. Mary's College of Maryland. After being a drafter for many years, she started beading. Kathy’s love for beading inspired her to launch Bead Soup, an online jewelry store. From Bead Soup came many teaching opportunities at senior centers and, most recently, the opening of her bead store in Savage Mill. Kathy incorporates all forms of media into her beading.
Dennis Gilbert has been a nature and art photographer for over 35 years. He has photographed extensively and exhibited in the Outer Banks, other Atlantic coast regions and in the Columbia/Howard County area. With roots in film photography, for the past several years he has focused his creative energies on digital media.
Liz Henzey, Director of Columbia Art Center, holds a BS from The George Washington University. Liz has been marbling for more than 15 years and has participated in local craft venues and gallery shows. Her specialty is marbled scarves.
Monica Herber is the Columbia Art Center’s Youth and Daytime Program Coordinator. She has been the Art Center’s Summer Camp Director for the past 8 years. Monica is an experienced teacher, artist and arts administrator. Monica holds a BA in architecture from Virginia Tech. She incorporates a variety of media in her art work and paintings.
Cathy Holt has been working in clay for 18 years, starting in high school and continuing through classes at Montgomery College and Baltimore Clayworks. She recently completed her BFA in Ceramics at Towson University. Cathy makes pottery which challenges conventional conceptions of use and technique, drawing inspiration from what she sees in nature.
Marlene Jackson received her MA in Graphics Design from the University of Baltimore. She has currently received a doctoral degree at University of Phoenix. Marlene received her EdD in Education Leadership in 2009. Marlene currently works as a graphics designer for the Federal Communications Commission. She is a professor at Johns Hopkins University and University of Phoenix. As the CEO of Innovative Concepts, she offers graphic design scholarships and other opportunities to design students throughout the east coast.
Susan Kieffer has her BA degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has written, illustrated and published two children’s books. Susan has taught art classes in a variety of media for the last seven years to all ages. Susan owns her own business called Kieffer Kreations and participates in fairs and art shows throughout Maryland.
Donna Lansman has over 25 years of clay experience working professionally as both a handbuilder and a wheel potter. She has taught various types of claywork to children, adults, senior citizens and the disabled.
Deborah Maklowski has been a practicing artist for over 50 years. Working primarily in pastel, colored pencil, and graphite, she enjoys both representational and abstract subjects and is an accomplished plein air painter. Her prize-winning work has been juried into numerous regional and national exhibitions, is included in private collections across the U.S., and was selected for inclusion in "Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing," published by North Light Books in 2007. Deborah is represented by the Artists’ Gallery in Columbia and by Studio 55 in Baltimore.
Christina McCleary has a BFA in sculptural studies with a ceramic concentration from Maryland Institute, College of Art and an MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture, MICA. She works as the Ceramics Manager at the Columbia Art Center and is an adjunct faculty member of Howard Community College. Christina lives at Artist Housing, Inc. in Baltimore. She is represented by Gallery 1448 in Baltimore.
Nancy Ziegenfus McIntosh has a BS in Art Education from Penn State University and an MFA in studio ceramics from Columbia Visual Arts College, Columbia, MD. She is a member of the Clay Studio in Phildelphia, PA. She has been a teacher in the Montgomery County public schools for 19 years, teaching ceramics for 16. She has been teaching pottery at Columbia Art Center for the past 15 years.
Jean Marie Mettee pursued a glass-exclusive career beginning in 1991 after taking her first glass class at the Columbia Art Center. She currently creates commission and gallery pieces in fused, stained and carved glass at her own studio. Jean Marie has trained at many glass centers in California, Nevada and New York. She teaches glass at several studios and exhibits in numerous galleries.
Sandy Olson has been a freelance calligrapher and has taught in Howard County for more than 20 years. She is a member of the Washington Calligraphers’ Guild. She has exhibited her works in area shows and now does mostly commission work. She loves to combine watercolor painting with inspirational verses lettered in gouache.
Carolyn Parsa graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Plant Science. As a floral designer, Carolyn works with fresh, silk and dried flowers. Floral design combines the love of gardening with the elements of design. She likes creating arrangements that redefine classic and enjoys going "beyond the vase," utilizing driftwood and other objects as bases for unique center pieces and wall hangings. Carolyn is an avid crafter of media including, mosaics, woodworking, jewelry, and miniatures.
Nancy Pollack is a multi-media artist, creating jewelry in Precious Metal Clay (PMC), metal wire, and polymer clay. Her jewelry has been featured in several national magazines, and can also be seen in local shows and in the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. Nancy has been teaching jewelry classes at Columbia Art Center since 2002.
George Sakkal has a BA in architecture from Texas A&M University and a Master’s Degree in City Planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. His collages have appeared in award-winning exhibitions. His essay/critique of contemporary art was recently published in the 2009 summer edition of American Arts Quarterly. George teaches retinally conceived, obsessive visuality collage.
Tim Singleton is the co-publisher of Little Patuxent Review and a long standing board member of HoCoPoLitSo, the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society. As well a member of the Haiku Poets of Central Maryland and the Haiku Society of America, he is an award-winning haijin (haiku writer) whose work has appeared in the prestigious Red Moon Anthologies, annual collections of the best of the year's English language haiku.
Sharon M. Sirkis, BSN, became an accredited T'ai Chi Chih (TCC) teacher in 1997, after achieving relief from many years of chronic pain. She currently teaches at Vantage House Retirement Community, and UMBC, as well as seated TCC to the MS DayGroup at Kernan Hospital. She is also a Reiki Master, a certified Chakra Energy Healing Practitioner, a Black Belt in kenpo karate, a Sundancer, and a firekeeper for Native American Sweat Lodge ceremony.
Anna Tai is a retired research scientist with a great passion for knitting, crocheting and loom-knitting. To express her love of colors and textures, she experiments with many different colors in the spinning and dyeing of specialty yarns. For the past 5 years, Anna has derived great satisfaction in teaching these skills to others.
Jann Tamburello has been working with clay since the early 1990's and became affiliated with the Columbia Art Center in 1995. She makes wheel-thrown functional work, as well as handbuilt pieces in stoneware and porcelain. In addition to teaching, Jann works as the Art Center's glaze technician. Jann participates in local gallery exhibits and shows. Her works can also be seen at the Baltimore Potters' Guild and in the Columbia Art Center Gallery Shop.
Jones Taylor, Sr. is a professional photographer who works in his home studio in Columbia, MD. He was instrumental in developing and initiating the photography department at Columbia Art Center and has taught for more than 12 years at the Art Center. Jay’s photographs have been featured in area exhibitions and festivals.
Laura Vernon-Russell’s recent series of encaustic paintings, The Hidden Forest, combine the elements of photography, drawing and painting. Trained as a painter at MICA she has used these skills and her work in photography to perfectly meld the two in encaustic paint. She has shown the encaustics at the Tai Sophia Institute, University of Baltimore and I Spring 2010 at Gallery 1448 in Baltimore.
Joe Vitek started with Baltimore Clayworks in 1987, and was a resident artist until 1995. Joe worked as a hospital corpsman/ medical illustration tech, and a production medical artist. In 1964 he started working with clay while at the Corcoran School of Art, studied in Tamba, Japan and has been a functional potter ever since.
Kay Weeks is a retired historic preservation professional (and writer of poetry and essays) who paints for fun. The Department of Interior, national Park Service, Washington, DC, published two of her books for younger audiences, then distributed over 15,0000 copies. Kay mostly writes poetry now, but has two other books for kids as well.
Clinton White With a focus on comics and cartooning, Clinton received his Bachelor's in Fine Arts at the Ringling College of Art. Upon graduation, he has taught art at both the Columbia Art Center's art camp and HOPE Academy in Baltimore, Maryland. His work is featured both online and in several shows throughout Florida and Maryland.
Deanna Williford has been making things with her hands since she was 7 when she made clothes for her Barbie doll and hasn't stopped since! Currently she is in the Zentangle, rug hooking, gourd creating, watercolor, and jewelry making phase of her life. She has experience with fiber art, quilting, needlework, Tiffany reproduction lamp making, portraiture, basketry, and paper arts.
Carol Zika is an art educator with a MA from University of Illinois. Carol is a versatile teacher, with a range that includes drawing, portraits, painting, printmaking, pottery, metalsmithing and jewelry design. She has adapted her enjoyment of writing with art materials into her latest passion, Artful Journaling. She owns Zika Studios, teaches in the Baltimore area and travels as a guest workshop leader to Ghost Ranch, NM and the Rehoboth Art League, DE.