Allyson has been an Art teacher at Langtree Charter Academy in Mooresville for 5 years, having taught both middle and high school.
Prior to school teaching, she owned and operated a ceramics studio where she held a variety of camps and workshops for all ages and skill levels.
Allyson earned her BFA from Western Carolina University, with a concentration in Printmaking.
"I was interested in teaching art since I was a child. I like helping people find ways to express their unique perspective through art!"
She enjoys drawing, printmaking, painting, and ceramics.
With a background in design, Anne Harkness gravitates towards subjects with a strong graphic image. Town scenes, chairs and telephone poles are among her favorites. Even in middle school, Harkness was pulling ads out of magazines to tape up on her doors. She liked clean crisp shapes and ads with witty, simple headlines.
An alumnus of the Atlanta College of Art, Harkness earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Maryland Institute, College of Art. This led to work with a small newspaper in Annapolis Md. Where she worked as an art director doing package and product design, logos, and hand lettering.
She studied under painter, Curt Butler, and soon afterward he asked her to work for him as a studio manager and later as an instructor. He taught her to paint and also to teach.
As a contemporary artist, Anne looks for a unique point of view and often finds some unexpected beauty in what many would consider an ordinary or unattractive subject. She uses line in a unique way in her paintings. Artists that have influenced Harkness are Staprans, Diebenkorn, Degas, Japanese prints, Toulouse Lautrec, Klimpt, and Rutenburg.
In the past few years, her pieces have been in national and international shows, galleries and museums. She has been featured in American Art Collector Magazine,
Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, as well as in International Artist Magazine, where she won 2nd place in their Abstract/Experimental Art competition. She is represented by Providence Gallery and Vision Gallery, in NC. She is a member of American Women Artists and various other groups.
“Great art captures something unexpected. Its beauty strikes at our very core. The artist gives something of themselves to the artwork and that is what calls to people. Great art is more than just technical skill; it's got to draw the viewer in, tell a story, or emote a feeling we want to keep experiencing.”
For more information about Anne visit: https://www.anneharkness.com
Dick Handshaw is a photography educator based in Mooresville, NC. He spent 35 years of his career as a learning and performance consultant as president of his own company, Handshaw, Inc. Before that he earned his living as a professional photographer. Now he is combining those two experiences to teach fine art photography in both digital and film formats. His favorite aspect of teaching is inspiring students to find personal expression through the lens of a camera.
Dick has a BFA in photography from Alfred University and a MS in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. He served on the Board of Directors for The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC and chaired their Education Committee where he also served as an instructor and designer of courses. He served on the Board of Directors at the Carolina Raptor Center in Charlotte, NC, where he designed and taught a course in Bird and Wildlife Photography. He has been passionate about photography since he was 14.
You can see samples of his work at: www.handshawphotography.com
Justin has been in education for over 13 years, teaching all grade levels from Kindergarten to the collegiate level.
He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Time-Based Media Studies (Animation), from Columbus College of Art and Design, Masters of Fine Arts in Illustration from Academy of Art University, and Art Teacher Certification from Seton Hill University.
Justin has worked with ESPN, Wendy's, and the Walt Disney World Company within the visual arts field.
"As an educator in the field of visual arts, I feel that it is important that every individual finds their own way to self-express themselves and to use that skill when moving forward in life's journey."
After several years working in IT departments for major US corporations, I discovered that painting for a
few minutes every evening reduced my stress significantly.
By accessing the creative side of my brain,
the more technical work became easier and even more fun. Painting florals in particular, explores my
interpretation of the amazing variety and beauty of nature that captured my interest and has never let
Lisa has been a photographer for over 24 years.
She studied at NYIP (New Your Institute Of Photography) and alongside many photography mentors. Her combination of learning opportunities and experience has provided much inspiration for her personal photographic art.
Lisa is proud to know that her award winning work is display in homes, businesses, magazines and galleries throughout the world!
"Photography will make one feel, love, save, recall, believe and display; it makes a statement by keeping a memory alive!"
More information about Lisa can be found at: https://lisacrates.com/
Malia Bryngelson is a pastel artist from the small community of Locust, North Carolina. She enjoys painting a variety of subjects but her favorite is definitely animals. She invites you to step into their world.
What is the animal’s interaction with the artist? What is their mood? How do they relate to their surroundings? What beautiful light falls on their form?
Her pastel paintings of animals address these questions. Feel their sleek hide, the breeze blowing past, the sun warming them. In her animal paintings she wants to convey the spark of that living presence, energy and intelligence of my animal subjects.
She was recently awarded a First Place in the Animal Category of Pastel Journal Magazine’s Pastel 100 competition.
"My mission as a teaching artist is, first and foremost, to encourage other artists in their art journey! I am passionate about pastel painting and truly enjoy sharing what I have learned with others."
Mary-Louise Biasotti Hooper, an international Italian-American artist, was raised amid the art shows of Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village NYC. She specializes in oils and watercolor inspired by her own photographs.
Her immigrant family did not encourage art as a career and she entered the field of education. Eventually she earned 5 university degrees including a doctorate. During those years she presented numerous research papers in 9 countries and was awarded a 6 month senior-research Fulbright Grant to Italy in the Arts and Humanities.
Initially her art was self-taught until also completing 2 art degrees. Upon retirement as an educator and university full-professor, she opened her art business “Hooperart”. As such she produces, markets and sells her art and is a master teacher of painting and drawing.
Internationally, she is life-juried into the Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea [Biennale International Contemporary Art Show] in Florence, Italy, has work in private collections in Italy, and shown in Germany. She is also juried into the Gallery of International Fulbright Artists/Scholars and has participated in international art projects.
Nationally, she has participated in numerous juried and non-juried individual and group shows in Michigan, California, Florida, Kansas, Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
Mary-Louise Biasotti Hooper is presently a member of the International Fulbright Arts Task Force, an Associate member of the Oil Painters of America, and a member of the Mooresville NC Art center where she is a master teacher of art.
See additional information at www.hooperart.com
Zan Thompson has always loved art especially watercolor art even though he struggled with the medium himself in his early years. Perhaps his saving grace is the fact he was born into a family of watercolor artists which has greatly influenced his passion and his persistence for watercolor painting. Zan grew up playing and experimenting with art in his parents’ Atlanta studios.
Zan studied art in high school and at college before switching to the University of Georgia and switching majors to landscape architecture and later urban planning. Mr. Thompson worked as a landscape architect for more than forty years, twenty-five of which he ran his own firm. He says it was that necessity to communicate through graphic skills and sketching the urban scene almost daily that provided him a comfortable familiarity of communication through renderings that eventually lead him back to watercolor painting.
His former professional career plays a role in many of the subjects he paints. Subjects include flowers and trees but of even greater attraction, Zan likes to paint landscapes, urban scenes and architectural subjects but what really lures him in is the seemingly mundane subjects many ignore like alleys, industrial sites, concrete plants and old worn-out buildings. He says it is usually the light and shadow of the subject that first draws him to paint, but other elements of design may draw him as well. Mr. Thompson has another lifelong interest, fly-fishing, and it too is reflected in many pieces of his art. He paints flies both fresh water and saltwater and loves to paint his friends fly fishing on scenic trout streams.
Today, Zan paints strictly in watercolor, is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and teaches several classes but his big three are watercolor and design, watercolor equipment, and Plein-air painting which is painting on location. He loves to teach art from drawing to painting but especially watercolor painting. He likes to share with his students the little tricks that helped him conquer the difficult medium of watercolor.
Additional information at: https://www.zanthompson.com