The faculty members who teach classes and workshops at Beverley Street Studio School include artists, art historians, and critics who are highly esteemed professional and experienced educators. They are selected by The Academic Committee after a review of applications, candidates’ professional standing, available student evaluations, and professional recommendations. After that, and a review by the Standards Committee, the schedule of varied, informative, and enjoyable class is announced.
Amy Ransom Arnold
BY Amy Ransom Arnold
Amy has spent over forty years exploring the overlap between the disciplines of fine arts, landscape architecture, and community design. As a practicing artist and landscape architect, pursuing the relationship between ideas and the physical configuration of materials, within a discrete space, is a fundamental thread throughout Amy’s work. This thread is expressed in the three dimensional space of site design, the two dimensional space of drawings, and the sequenced patterning of an artist’s book.
Amy earned her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, going on to complete her MFA at the University of Washington, Seattle. In 1996, Amy earned her Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia, and has worked extensively in both private and community contexts over that last twenty years. Amy is an award winning landscape architect and has been included in many exhibition and publications as both a designer and as an artist. In addition, Amy has taught drawing and design at the University of Virginia and Mary Baldwin College. For more information about Amy, visit https://amyransomarnold.squarespace.com
BY Leslie Banta
Award-winning artist Leslie Banta exhibited for nine years in the Washington, DC metro area before moving to the Shenandoah Valley in 2005. She earned a BFA in Oil Painting from Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama, where she grew up. Northern Virginia abstract painter Joyce McCarten mentored her after college, and at the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, DC, she took post-graduate work with fellow Alabama native Bill Christenberry and collage guru Mindy Weisel. British artist Richard Kenton Webb helped her to see ‘colour‘ in a new way, and greatly influenced her palette. Although primarily an abstract oil painter, Leslie enjoys the freedom and nostalgia of a box of watercolors and some drawing tools. The simplicity of color and mark-making plus the faster drying time make for a nice change of pace from oils. She lives in Staunton, Virginia with her husband the nearly famous writer and their two sons, the international forces of nature. They own and operate Staunton Art Supply on N. Central Avenue in downtown Staunton. For more information about Leslie, please visit www.lesliebanta.com.
BY Nancy Bass
Nancy has exhibited her work nationwide over the past decade and her paintings have been acknowledged for excellence in juried shows by curators and museum professionals. She has been an artist in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and is a member of the McGuffey Arts Center artists’ cooperative. Nancy’s paintings are held in public collections, including UVA Hospital, Capital One Corporation, and Martha Jefferson Hospital. Her paintings have appeared in the juried publication Studio Visit and are featured in the book How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint the Landscape. She has been a finalist and award winner in the The Artist’s Magazine International Competition for the past three years and a semi-finalist for the Bethesda Painting Award.
For thirty five years, Nancy and her husband have raised a herd of cows on their farm in Southern Albemarle. These beloved and named bovines are the inspiration for many of her paintings. For more information about Nancy, please visit www.nancybassartist.com.
BY Karen Blair
Karen Blair is a painter working in Crozet. Her work is represented by among others, Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, VA, Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville and The Bee Street Studio Gallery, Dallas, TX. To see more of her work visit KarenBlairArtist.com
BY Ron Boehmer
Ron is a co-founder of BSSS and teaches drawing and painting classes and workshops, specializing in plein air painting. In addition to BSSS, he teaches painting workshops in Connecticut at the Wethersfield Academy in Hartford, and in Massachusetts at the Springfield Museum of Art. Since coming to Virginia, he has taught art history and studio courses for Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg College, Hollins College, The Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, and the Virginia School of the Arts. Ron’s work is widely exhibited and collected. He has been recipient of over 46 awards in painting and drawing in regional and national juried exhibitions, including more than 18 ” Best in Show” awards. Ron holds an MFA degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art. For more information on Ron, please visit www.frednichols.com/annex/artists/ronboehmer/index.html or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BY Sally Bowring
Sally Bowring, a native New Yorker, received her first degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in textiles, her BA from Goddard College, and her MFA from VCU. Sally teaches painting at the Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Museum Studio School. She is a recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art Professional Fellowship and the Theresa Pollak Visual Arts Award, and has received four Fellowships to the VCCA. Represented by Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, VA; the Blue Print Gallery in Dallas, Texas; and Les Yeux du Monde in Charlottesville, VA, Sally’s artwork has also been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, including at the Art and Embassy Program in Doha, Qatar. www.sallybowring.com
LARA CALL GASTINGER
BY LARA CALL GASTINGER
Lara Call Gastinger is a botanical artist and illustrator in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was the chief illustrator for the Flora of Virginia Project after she received her master’s degree from Virginia Tech in Plant Ecology. She was awarded a gold medal at the Royal Horticultural Society garden show in London (2007, 2018) and her work has been in several ASBA traveling exhibits and catalogs. Lara’s painting was accepted into the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and she is represented by Susan Frei Nathan’s Fine Works on Paper. The subjects of her art come from the natural world and reveal detailed evidence of change, decay, and processes that occur in nature. Lara strives to make a plant portrait in such a way that it reveals its character and uniqueness. Her focus is on the small details in nature, down to the small venations in leaves, which hopefully inspires others to look deeper and pause a bit longer. www.instagram.com/laragastinger
Shay Herring Clanton
BY Shay Herring Clanton
Shay was born and raised in Alabama. She now lives at the foot of Walker Mountain near Deerfield, Virginia where she maintains her studio. The mountains and rivers and forests that surround her home in Virginia and the landscape of her family home in the foothills of the Appalachians in northern Alabama are the inspiration for her paintings and drawings. Shay received a BA from Mary Baldwin College with a combined major in studio art and art history and an MFA from James Madison University in drawing and painting. She has taught at James Madison University and since 2000 has taught painting, drawing and design at Mary Baldwin College. Her work has been exhibited extensively and her paintings are included in numerous private and public collections. For more information about Shay please visit www.shayherringclanton.com.
BY Jessie Coles
Jessie paints large abstracted still lifes. She has a BA in Studio Art from the University of Virginia and has shown extensively regionally. Her work is in public collections such as UVA Hospital, Martha Jefferson Hospital and PVCC. She is a member of The McGuffey Art Center and is currently represented by Les Yeux du Monde. For more information about Jessie, please visit:http://JessieColesPainting.weebly.com JessieColesPainting.weebly.com
BY Pat Cook
Pat is best known for her figurative series “Conversations” which has won numerous awards in national and international exhibitions. These include top awards in Catherine Lorillard Wolfe, American Watercolor, Rocky Mountain and National Watercolor. A painting of Pat’s was chosen for the 2012 Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibition. She holds signature membership in the American and National Watercolor Societies and many other art organizations. Pat has served as a juror of selection and awards for many exhibitions including juror of selection for the 2010 American Watercolor Society Exhibition and the 2005 National Watercolor Society Exhibition. She has been published in The Artist’s Magazine, International Artist, American Artist, Watercolor Artists, and Palette Magazine.
BY Nan Covert
Nan has taught courses in drawing, painting and art history at Bridgewater College since 1996, and has been chair of the art department since 1997. She has been an artist all her life, but also is fascinated by history. Her bachelor’s degree in history from the College of Charleston was put to good use in her freelance business designing and making Renaissance costumes. Nan earned her MFA at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, where she was a lecturer in the university’s art department from 1991-1996.
BY Kathleen Craig
Kathleen is an oil painter who skates – not effortlessly! – between figurative and abstract work, specializing in still lifes and landscapes. She exhibits regionally in Central Virginia, with occasional forays into Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. Her work is included in the collections of UVa’s Woodson Institute, Martha Jefferson Hospital, the Aquilino Cancer Center, Piedmont Virginia Community College, and the Washington and Lee School of Commerce. To learn more about Kathleen, please visit www.facebook.com/Kathleencraigpainter.
BY Richard Crozier
Richard is a professor emeritus of art from the University of Virginia, where he taught drawing and painting. He maintains an active exhibition schedule and is involved in community arts and service. Richard earned his BFA from University of Washington, Seattle and his MFA from University of California at Davis. He is represented by galleries in New York, Santa Monica and Richmond.
Dymphna de Wild
BY Dymphna de Wild
Dymph conducts printmaking classes and workshops for BSSS, and teaches at James Madison University. She has had several solo and group exhibitions regionally in the past ten years as well as a few international exhibitions, and has won several awards for her work. Dymph received her MFA from James Madison University and is a fine arts graduate of Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. She has a Diploma from the Art of Photography from the Academy for Fine Arts in Belgium and a BA from the College for Personnel Management in the Netherlands. For more information on Dymph, please visit http://dymphdewild.com.
BY Steve Doherty
M. Stephen Doherty (Steve) earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University; taught art in public schools, colleges and workshops; worked for an art-materials manufacturer; served as editor-in-chief of American Artist magazine for 31 years; and is now editor of Plein Air magazine (www.outdoorpainter.com), a print and digital magazine dedicated to people who enjoy artwork based on direct observation of nature. He has written a dozen art books and hundreds of magazine articles; exhibited his paintings in solo and group exhibitions; served on the advisory boards of schools and artist’s organizations; and judged art exhibitions for museums and art societies. He and his wife Sara moved to Waynesboro, VA in December 2012 and both have been thoroughly enjoying the local community of artists and art enthusiasts.
Mary T. Echols
BY Mary T. Echols
Mary is a co-founder of BSSS and educates members in art history and appreciation classes. She is a professor emeritus of Mary Baldwin College where she was head of the art department 1975–1991. Before coming to Staunton, she taught and frequently exhibited in Italy, Chile, Peru, Brazil and Haiti. Her works have received numerous awards and are included in a number of private and public collections. She is a much-respected artist and teacher who is highly accomplished in both respects. Mary received a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Virginia, an MA from the University of Southern California, and a BA from George Washington University. For more information on Mary, please visit www.coartgallery.com/artist/echols/echols.html.
James DEAN ERICKSON
BY James DEAN ERICKSON
James earned his BA at The University of Virginia while running varsity track and cross country. He received several honors and awards at UVA including The Aunspaugh Fifth-Year Art Fellowship. In 2011, James earned his MFA at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and now exhibits his work throughout the east coast. His paintings explore the space between realism and abstraction bringing to mind the ephemeral and enduring qualities of nature. www.jamesdeanerickson.com
Midway through her college career, Betty Gatewood changed her interest from laboratory science to the “outdoor” sciences of ecology and natural history; she’s been outdoors ever since ~ observing, hiking, skiing, teaching, learning, sharing, documenting, journaling, and painting.
Instead of presenting the perfect specimen or picture, Betty paints it as it is – the torn and tattered American chestnut leaves, the bug-eaten witch-hazel leaves, a foggy mountain snow-scape, or a quick, messy journal sketch to document an experience.
She has conducted art and journaling workshops for teachers, Shenandoah National Park visitors, and local art groups. She has exhibited her Appalachian Trail/travel journals at Staunton Public Library and her botanical art at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond. Her witch hazel illustration was on display at the US Botanic Garden in Washington, DC, along with 70 other botanical art images from US National Parks to commemorate the Centennial of the National Park Service in 2017.
After teaching middle school for several years, Betty was the Teacher-in-Residence for Environment-Based Learning at Mary Baldwin University with Dr. Tamra Willis under a NOAA grant. She worked with local teachers and students to enhance and document their environmental experiences. Following her MBU time, Betty enjoyed being an Education and Interpretive Park Ranger in Shenandoah National Park where she developed educational curricula, led student and park visitor programs. She continues to be an active member of Potomac Appalachian Trail Club; her passion is to provide opportunities for anyone to get outside to experience, observe, analyze and document the natural world through art and journaling.
Frequently on her outdoor ramblings, she is accompanied by her husband Mark, an avid outdoors-man, who often suggests particular subjects to document with her art. Their rambles near and far have provided many inspirations for her journals and art ~ the Shenandoah Valley, Appalachian Trail, Shenandoah National Park, West Virginia, and New England are her favorite places to experience and document the beauties and intricacies of the natural world.
BY Elizabeth Geiger
Liz teaches still life painting classes and workshops for BSSS. She has painted still life, landscape and figure paintings, showing regularly throughout the east coast fromVirginia to Massachusetts. Liz received a BA in painting from the University of Virginia and went on to study at the New York Studio School, and at the Vermont Studio Center. For more information on Liz, please visit http://elizabethgeigerart.com.
BY Martin Geiger
Award-winning Martin Geiger is a skilled painter, and an enthusiastic artist who is also a recent graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Local to Staunton, VA, Martin enjoys painting en plein air, as well as from his studio. You can see his work displayed throughout the East Coast, including Staunton, Lynchburg, Bath County, Charlottesville, Philadelphia & Oxford PA, and Cincinnati OH. For more information about Martin, and to see selections of recent works, please visit MartinGeigerArt.com.
BY Philip Geiger
Philip Geiger was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After receiving a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA from Yale University, he began his teaching career at Colorado State. Three years later, Philip joined the faculty of the University of Virginia where he taught from 1983-2017. The Geigers moved to Staunton in 2017 and Philip now paints full time. A figurative artist, his long admiration of Vermeer and Degas is evident in his interior paintings populated by models, friends and relatives. He has shown nationally for 40 years, most notably in Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, and Richmond. Philip’s work can be found in numerous collections and institutions, and his many reviews include the New York Times, Art in America, Art News, the New Criterion and the New Yorker’s “Best 10 Shows of the Year” list. Additionally, Philip has been a visiting artist at PAFA, MICA, NYStudioSchool, Indiana University, and numerous small colleges. More about Philip Geiger can be found here as well as in a short YouTube documentary by ArtPneuma.
BY Al Gury
Al is Chair of the Painting Department at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He received his BA in fine arts and humanities from St. Louis University, a Certificate of Art from PAFA, and an MFA from the University of Delaware. He is a recipient of the Cresson Traveling Fellowship and numerous grants and awards for painting and arts education, and was designated a master teacher by both the University of the Arts in Philadelphia as well as American Artist Magazine. His paintings have been exhibited at museums and galleries across the country. He is contributing editor for Per Contra – The International Journal of Arts, Literature and Ideas, and has written two books on the history of painting: Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Direct Painting and Color: Its Traditions and Practice in Painting. For more information about Al, please visit http://www.pafa.edu/faculty-members/al-gury
John A. Hancock
BY John A. Hancock
John A. Hancock is a professional artist and college art professor. He has been designing and teaching drawing courses for mature high school students for over 20 years. From 1999 to 2007, he taught and directed the North Carolina Governor’s School East’s Art Program, continues to serve as the head art judge for the NC Governor’s Schools and is a national judge for AP in Studio Art. To learn more about John, please visit www.JohnAHancock.com.
BY Emily Hirtle
Emily Rose Hirtle is from Westerville, Ohio. She attended “The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and received her BFA and Certificate in Painting in 2017. In May of 2019 she received her MFA in Drawing from “The New York Academy of Art”. Her work is part of numerous collections such as: The Linda Lee Alter Collection in Philadelphia, PA. Actress and Model Brooke Shield’s and Actor Aidan Turner. She is a practicing Artist and a Drawing/ Painting instructor for numerous institutions in Philadelphia, PA.
BY Frank Hobbs
Frank Hobbs is Associate Professor of painting and drawing at Ohio Wesleyan University, in Delaware, OH. A native of Virginia, Hobbs studied art at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and later at American University in Washington, DC, where he earned his Master of Fine Art in1984. A co-founder of the Beverley Street Studio School in 1992, Hobbs lived and had his studio in Staunton for 15 years. In addition to conducting courses at the BSSS, he also taught at Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute. Hobbs’ paintings have been exhibited both in the U.S. and abroad in Ankara, Turkey, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Bermuda, through the Arts in Embassy Program of the U.S. State Department. His work is in numerous public and private collections internationally. The artist has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Most recently, Hobbs is the recipient of an Individual Excellence in Art Award from the Ohio Arts Council. To see more about Frank, please visit http://frank-hobbsart.com.
BY Janly Jaggard
Janly instructs several drawing, painting and enameling classes and workshops for BSSS. She has more than forty years of teaching experience and her teaching style is one that anticipates a serious quest on the part of the student who wants to develop a sound foundation of knowledge. She exhibits regionally, nationally and internationally and has participated in several group and solo shows. Janly studied sculptural ceramics as an undergraduate earning a BFA from The West of England College of Art and Design, Bristol, England. Vitreous enamel on copper as a medium for wall work was introduced a few years later and is now central to her practice along with painting. In 2015 Janly was awarded an MA in Fine Art from Norwich University of the Arts, England. For more information on Janly, please visit www.janlyjaggard.com.
Dr. Sara “Sally” Nair James is an independent scholar and lecturer from Staunton, Virginia. She has a Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Virginia, as well as an MA in Humanities (Medieval Studies) and a BA in Art. Dr. James spent the majority of her career as a Professor of Art at Mary Baldwin University, and was named Professor Emerita of Art History in 2016. She is currently a Lecturer and Study Leader for Smithsonian Journeys and a member of the Faculty at the University of Virginia’s OLLI Lifelong Learning program. Dr. James is widely published in books, articles, reviews and regional publications. She continues to make presentations at selected professional conferences. Dr. James is a member of several prestigious professional organizations and local community organizations.
Shawn Dell Joyce
BY Shawn Dell Joyce
Shawn Dell Joyce began her career as an artist’s apprentice in New York’s SoHo area in the 1980’s and worked in the studios of many prestigious artists. She began teaching a series of plein air painting classes in the Hudson Valley in 2000, where she eventually founded a non-profit plein air school with an Arts and Agricultural mission based on the historic Hudson River School. The Wallkill River School of Art has grown considerably and Shawn continues to serve as Executive Director there. Shawn has won many prestigious awards including First in the Quick Draw at the 2017 Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival and People’s Choice in the International Plein Air Paint Out 2005 in Niagara Falls. She is a signature member of New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP) and International Plein Air Painters (IPAP) and has been featured in many national newspapers and magazines including the New York Times and Plein Air Magazine. Shawn is represented by galleries in NY and Florida. She teaches workshops in pastel and plein air techniques across the country. Her work is included in collections in the Georges Pompidou Museum in France and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. http://www.shawndelljoyce.com
BY Darren Kingsley
Darren Kingsley is a realist painter currently residing in Philadelphia. His training began at The Atelier in Minneapolis. In 2001 he moved to New York City to study with Nelson Shanks at the Art Students League of New York and shortly thereafter moved to Philadelphia to study at Shanks’ newly opened Studio Incamminati. Darren was a recipient of the American Society of Classical Realism Scholarship and received a fellowship from The Hudson River School for Landscapes. In 2010 he was the winner of Grand Central Academy’s Figure Drawing Competition. Darren exhibits at The John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, in various group shows around the country, and he teaches at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia. His work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions and is included in many private collections including those of Nelson and Leona Shanks, Larry and Anne Hall and George Lucas. Darren has taught drawing and painting classes and workshops at Studio Incamminati, The Atelier, and Grand Central Academy. www.darrenkingsley.com
BY Matt Klos
Matt is a painter of interiors and plein-air landscapes in Baltimore, MD and further afield in places like Stonington, ME, New Brunswick, Canada, the Brittany region of France, and Umbria, Italy. He was a recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2016, 2012 and 2008. His work was selected for solo exhibitions at the Academy Center of the Arts, in Lynchburg, VA in 2016 the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, OH in 2015 and at the Prince Street Gallery in Chelsea, NY in 2011. He won the Bethesda Painting Awards in 2007 and received an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant in 2001.
Matt currently teaches drawing and painting full-time at Anne Arundel Community College. He is a member of the collective Perceptual Painters www.perceptualpainters.com and Zeuxis, www.zeuxis.us. Aside from those sites his work can be found online at www.mattklos.com. His work is represented by Prographica in Seattle, WA and the Oxford Gallery in Rochester, NY. He resides in Sparrows Point Maryland with his wife and four children.
BY Sarah Lock
Sarah creates sterling silver jewelry reflecting her interest in nature, animal themes, and the order of the universe. After teaching high school art for two years, she returned to graduate school at James Madison University, where she received her MA with dual concentrations in metalsmithing/jewelry and painting. She has been a working silversmith for more than 30 years, and is represented by several regional galleries and co-operatives. She enjoys passing on her love of metalsmithing to students of all levels. To see more of her work, please visit www.oasisfineartsandcrafts.org.
BY Lynn Mehta
The paintings Lynn Mehta creates are the art of Impressionism. It is important for her to give the surprise of discovery when looking closely at her paintings and then stepping back, allowing room for imagination. She works and paints in her home studio in Alexandria, Virginia. Lynn holds a BA in Art from San Diego State University and has studied with internationally acclaimed plein air artists in the US and abroad. In May 2016, she completed an artist residency in Acadia National Park. A recipient of over 60 awards, Lynn recently received Best Use of Light at Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2017 and was honored with the Best in Show award in BSSS Queen City Plein Air Festival 2016. Lynn has been a featured artist in Plein Air Magazine and Hill Rag and she is included in the publication 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic. Lynn is juried into Oil Painters of America, Salmagundi Club, and the Washington Society of Landscape Artists. She was recently awarded Signature Membership in the American Society of Marine Artists. www.lynnmehta.com.
BY Jan Olsson
Jan is a draftsman, painter and printmaker who has taught figure drawing and painting workshops for BSSS. While a member of the art department faculty at Mary Baldwin College, Jan received the Professional Grant in Painting from the Virginia Museum and completed three residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris France. She is also a fellow of the Santa Fe Art Institute and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work is shown in galleries and museums throughout Europe and the United States, and is included in both private and public collections. She received her MFA degree in drawing from the University of Arizona. For more information about Jan, please visit http://janolssonart.com.
BY Lincoln Perry
Lincoln Perry attended Columbia University and received his MFA from Queens College. He has taught at the Universities of New Hampshire, Arkansas, and Virginia. His work has been widely exhibited in a variety of venues, including more than a dozen solo shows, and his paintings are in numerous private and public collections, including the University of Virginia and the Shell Oil Company. In addition to his work as an easel painter, Lincoln’s mural works include commissions at Cabell Hall at the University of Virginia; Lincoln Square, 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue, and One Penn Plaza in Washington, D.C.; the Federal Courthouse in Tallahassee, Florida; and the Met Life Building in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author of Lincoln Perry’s Charlottesville, a collection of his paintings of that city, and a selection of his watercolors illustrates a 2012 edition of Henry David Thoreau’s essay “October, or Autumnal Tints.” Perry’s work can also be seen in the documentary The Murals of Lincoln Perry, which has appeared on PBS. Perry lives with his wife, Ann Beattie, in Staunton, Virginia; York, Maine; and Key West, Florida. www.lincolnperry.com
BY Robin Poteet
Robin fell in love with watercolor the moment she first laid brush to paper — many years ago. It mixed and mingled on the paper, it flowed in unexpected ways, it taught patience and timing, and it served as a reminder that control doesn’t always yield the best painting. Robin honed her skills through years of working with nationally known companies as a designer and illustrator. Now, she devotes her time to painting, teaching, exhibiting, jurying, and co-leading overseas painting trips. Her welcoming and relaxed teaching style makes students of all levels feel comfortable. Demos are frequent, but brief, giving students ample time to explore on their own as she circulates the room for one-on-one assistance. Her goal is that everyone leaves her workshops inspired and ready to take their work to the next level. Watercolor Artist Magazine named Robin as one of their national Ten to Watch (Dec. 2010 issue), and since, has also been featured in Palette Magazine, Sketchbook Journal Magazine, and North Light’s Book, Sketchbook Confidential II. She is a signature member of the VA Watercolor Society, and has several dozen award ribbons on her studio wall in Salem, VA. website: www.robinpoteet.com
BY Maria Reardon
Maria Reardon paints the world around her. Working primarily in pastels, she loves being outdoors, immersed in the world, observing and experiencing everything going on around her. She’s drawn to the unique and ever-changing relationships of form and color. She is intrigued by the unexpected combinations of light and color which characterize her work, while working within the confines of physical forms and the spaces they inhabit.
Maria is a Virginia native and received her formal education from Virginia Commonwealth University earning a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in illustration. She studied portraiture with Daniel Greene and continued her study of landscape by attending workshops with Albert Handell, Lorenzo Chavez and other nationally known artists. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Richmond area and is in private collections.
BY Christine Rooney
Christine’s love for broad bands of color, horizon lines, and quiet landscapes began on the small family farm near Springfield, OH where she grew up. After graduating in fine arts from The Ohio State University in 1970, Ms. Rooney worked as a landscape artist for an architectural firm in Palo Alto, CA. While in California, she also studied art at San Jose State University and Foothill College. In 1973, she and her husband, Michael, moved back to the East Coast. She resumed graduate studies at West Chester State University in Pennsylvania and later at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA, and began working as a freelance artist. She has won numerous awards and has shown in solo and group invitational gallery shows. Christine teaches classes and workshops in drawing, pastel, and encaustics and works in silverpoint, graphite, encaustics, pastels and oils. Her studio is in Lynchburg, Virginia near the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can see her works above The Art Box at the corner of 12th and Clay Streets. www.christinerooneyartist.com
BY Karen Rosasco
Karen Rosasco returns to Beverley Street Studio School to teach mixed media workshops. Karen graduated from the State University of NY at New Paltz with an honors degree in Art Education. She taught high school art for over 30 years helping students develop portfolios for the top design schools in the nation. During this time she also earned over 50 graduate credit hours and taught adults in evening courses for over 25 years. After retiring from public school instruction, Karen continues to teach adult classes and give workshops around the country. Her prize winning art work has been accepted in regional and national juried shows including the American Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club and Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Exhibitions in NYC, and can be found in private and corporate collections in the USA.
BY Ryan Russell
Ryan Russell is a co-founder of BSSS, and an active plein air painter in the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. Having received an MFA from James Madison University, Ryan’s work can be found in private, public and corporate collections throughout the U.S. His work can also be viewed in The Artist and the American Landscape, and The Virginia Landscape: A Cultural History.
BY Jeremy Sams
Jeremy Sams is an award winning representational artist residing in North Carolina. Jeremy has been a professional artist for over 20 years and his primary subject matter is landscapes while working in acrylics. He also loves the challenge of portraits and his work varies in size from just a few square inches to murals measuring upward of 40×60 feet! His artistic growth took on a new form in 2011 when he was introduced to painting en plein air. Since then, he was won many awards for his plein air work and has been a featured artist in Plein Air Magazine. Jeremy’s personal inspirations come mostly from the play of light and atmosphere and their effects on objects and landscapes. www.jeremysams.com
BY Martha Saunders
For over 25 years Martha has been exhibiting her work throughout the East Coast. Her art is held in a number of corporate collections including Capital One Corporation, VCU Medical Center, Richmond, and Rockingham Memorial Hospital. An active arts educator for over 25 years, Martha holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is represented by Les Yeux du Monde (Charlottesville, VA) and ArtGallery (Norfolk, VA), and is based in Charlottesville, VA. www.marthasaunders.com
BY Elise Schweitzer
Elise makes large paintings of dancers, skydivers, horseback riders and all kinds of characters. A 2014 show of her work at Beverley Street Studio School gallery presented the before and after scenes of a skydiver crash-landing in a suburban backyard. Her current artwork focuses on the equestrians and horses at Hollins University, where she is an assistant professor of painting and drawing. For more information about Elise and her artwork, visit EASchweitzer.com.
Jim Sconyers, Jr.
Jim is an artist in a variety of media, including printmaking, photography, digital media and sculpture. In 2002, he received his MFA in Printmaking with Distinction from Indiana University’s Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts. Since that time, his work has been selected for both national and international exhibition. Recent bodies of work include transition memory, contingency, and imago corporis impressa. Contingency made its debut at Mary Baldwin College’s Hunt Gallery in January 2009 and showed in a solo exhibition at Main Art Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, in May 2010. In October 2012, Jim delivered a presentation of his work at Blue Ridge Community College as a part of the show From the Hill: The Studio Art Faculty of Mary Baldwin College. The show included a site-specific installation of his sculpture, The Shadow of a Greater Structure That Cannot Be Experienced. In November 2012, Jim exhibited his intaglio print titled, “32-bit string” in a group exhibition at the Mid America Print council Biennial Conference at Southeast Missouri State University. His large-scale work titled, Aposematic, exhibited the summer of 2013 at the Beverly Street Studio School. In the fall of 2013 Jim received a commission from the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers for Aposematic 2, a scaled down tabletop version of Aposematic. In February 2015, he presented his latest body of work titled imago corporis impressa in an exhibition at Mary Baldwin College in Hunt Gallery.
BY Peg Sheridan
Peg has been painting in watercolors for 37 years, and teaching watercolor painting for 18 years. She is a signature member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, and has won several awards for her watercolors. She is known for her encouraging, positive way of teaching. To see examples of her work, visit www.pegsheridan.com.
BY Jeffery Stockberger
Jeffery teaches several still life painting and figure drawing classes and workshops for BSSS. His work has been exhibited extensively regionally and his paintings have been featured in such notable publications as Southern Accents, The Washington Post, Traditional Homes, and D.C. House Magazine. Jeffery received a BFA from James Madison University’s College of Art and Design with intensive study in large-scale figure paintings at the Corcoran School of Art and Design. For more information on Jeffery, please visit http://www.jefferystockberger.com/.
BY Robert Stuart
Robert leads a painting critique class for BSSS. He has also taught at James Madison University, University of Virginia, and Mary Baldwin University. He received an “Academy Award in Art” from the American Academy of Arts & Letters in 2004. Robert has exhibited extensively over the past 30 years and his works are included in numerous museum, corporate, public and private collections regionally. Robert holds an MFA from James Madison University and a BFA from Boston University. For more information about Robert, please visit www.robertstuart.net.
Misa Kobayashi Stuart
BY Misa Kobayashi Stuart
Misa, a native of Nara, Japan, holds a B.A. in English Literature with emphasis on Shakespeare and drama from Kwansei Gakuin University; a B.A. in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts; and a M.A. in Music Composition from New York University. She has taught music in Japan; taught Japanese in New York City; founded the Japanese language program at Virginia Military Institute; taught Introduction to Japanese Traditional Theater and Introduction to Noh Theater through OLLI at UVA. She is the translator of a two-volume autobiography, Voice of Fire, Voice of Earth, and Encounters with Fire, Encounters with Peoples by Shiho Kanzaki, a Japanese potter.
BY Aaron Thompson
Aaron Michael Thompson is a Full-time Professor at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. He is also one of Gamblin Artist Colors Educational Representatives and has given lectures on color at Museums and Institutions of Higher Education for seven years. He received his M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and his B.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design. He was recently published in Observational Drawing, and among his most recent awards include the Premier Coup Award from the a national juried exhibition, the Nude, at the Wayne Art Center and the Barnes Artist residency in Umbria, Italy. www.aaronmthompson.squarespace.com
BY Laura Vahlberg
Laura Vahlberg lives and paints in Roanoke, Virginia in the United States. Her work is about the everyday and mundane within the context of formal abstraction. She works on site in front of the motif, nature acting as both reference material and active contributor. Atmosphere as well as an abstract experience of light are forces utilized to create familiar moments indoors and out in the landscape.
Laura Vahlberg’s oil paintings can be found on her website at www.lauravahlberg.com, on instagram @lauravahlberg, and at Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, VA.
BY Bill White
Bill teaches painting workshops for BSSS and has been a professor of painting and drawing at Hollins University and Indiana University. His art has been shown in numerous solo and group shows across the state of Virginia and in other venues in the USA. His works are included in several collections in Virginia and throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Bill earned an MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and a BFA from University of the Arts (Philadelphia College of Art). For more information on Bill, please visit www.warmspringsgallery.com/518/painters/bill-white.
Priscilla Long Whitlock
BY Priscilla Long Whitlock
Working from nature, she abstracts the subject matter into landscape. She has received fellowships at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and awarded residencies at the Truro Center for the Arts, Cape Cod, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Bodie Island and Buxton; Acadia National Park; and Les Amis du Grande Vigne, Dinan, France. Priscilla juried the plein air competition in Lynchburg, Virginia in 2017. Her work is in the U.S. Ambassador’s residence at Riga, Latvia, through the Art in Embassies Program. For further information about Priscilla please visit www.priscillawhitlock.com.