ART CENTER INSTRUCTORS
Michelle is a visual artist and educator who loves to make art that makes the world seem a little weirder and a little more beautiful. She grew up in Pickerington, Ohio before earning her BFA in Painting and Drawing at the Ohio State University and her MA in Museum Education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Primarily, Michelle works in painting but also specializes in collage, printmaking, and bookmaking. Her art has been exhibited in Italy and in the United States including shows with the Ohio Art League and Granville’s Art @ 43023. Currently she lives and works in central Ohio, where she divides her time between making art and teaching at the Columbus Museum of Art, Franklin Park Conservatory, and other Columbus organizations.
John’s medium of choice for painting is transparent watercolor. A Westerville native, John is involved in the local art scene as Past-President of the Westerville Art League, Past Vice-President of the Central Ohio Watercolor Society, Steering Committee member of the Central Ohio Visual Arts Council and Immediate Past-President of the Arts Council of Westerville. John has taught classes at the Westerville Community & Recreation Center and the Sunbear Gallery & Studio in Alexandria. In addition to teaching, he also continues to improve his own skills by taking lessons from a wide variety of well-known and respected local and national watercolorists. John’s paintings have been exhibited locally in several venues and are currently displayed in two Uptown Westerville businesses.
Jenn is a professional watercolor artist and owner of OohMyGouache Watercolors. She loves creating fun and vibrant watercolors and is inspired by nature, animals and travel. Jenn loves teaching watercolor classes and creating commissioned pieces. She resides in Grandview, Ohio with her husband Anthony and their Shetland Sheepdog, Louis. Jenn also works full-time as a Clinical Research Coordinator at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Bryan attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where he attained dual degrees in Photography and Graphic Design, achieving honors in each. He spent 3 years in New York City making art and working internships with renowned photographers, Joyce Tennesson and Arnold Newman. Since 2005, he has run photography studios in both Georgia and Ohio. While in Georgia, he also ran an award winning art space called Gallery RFD where he acted as co-director, art instructor and concert promoter.
As an artist, Bryan works in a variety of media in addition to photography and has shown in over 100 art exhibitions. Currently Bryan is an instructor at The Central Ohio Technical College where he teaches Photography, Video and Design. He is also a professional photographer with a studio in downtown Newark.
Sarah Gray is a local, self-taught artist who aims to transform the ordinary into the eccentric, and to find the beauty and excitement in every artistic medium. “I love art for its delicacy and strength; the willingness of a canvas to be transformed to celebrate the human mind, and treasure our imaginations, is an alluring thing.”
Sarah graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. In her spare time she enjoys pursuing her artistic passions with her company, Earth Goddess, volunteering with local organizations, and traveling abroad. One of Sarah’s favorite quotes is: “Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible.”-LORIS MALAGUZZI
Paul Hamilton is a graduate from the Columbus College of Arts and Design. Paul is the former Creative Director and instructor for the Granville Studio of Visual Arts, and his resume includes a long list of gallery and museum shows for his painting, sculpture and installation media. He is represented by Hammond Harkins Gallery in Columbus,Ohio. A few of these locations include the Franklin Park Conservatory, the Decorative Arts Center, as well as three exhibitions with David Findlay Galleries in New York. Paul’s work is also in private collections throughout the United States, Venezuela, Mexico, and Great Britain.
Susan Klemetti’s eco-conscious art begins in the gardens, fields, and forests around Granville. She grows and forages for (with a rare purchase) leaves, flowers, roots, and seeds that provide colors that are a direct reflection of place. Fabric dyed with natural dyes creates patterns and colors that shift subtly as the light changes throughout the day and natural colors always seem to harmonize with each other and their surroundings. Susan adds complexity and texture using hand-stitching with globally inspired patterns. As a third-generation textile artist, she was taught by her mother to embroider, knit, sew, weave, spin and dye. She absorbed fiber art through books, museums, and private collections. During graduate school in anthropology (University of California, Davis) she was further exposed to small-scale traditional textile production and the global diversity of art. Susan is particularly inspired by Chinese brush painting, ancient European cave art, and the art of the Australian dreamtime. Not only was she inspired by the art, but this life-long education in textile production has inspired Susan to be highly conscious of her ecological impact (water use, toxicity, invasive species, fiber waste, etc) and strives to lower the impact of her creations.
Karen Markgraf is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design where she concentrated on paper making, printmaking and sculpture. Currently she resides in Granville where she and her husband co-own Markgraf Clayworks- a studio producing contemporary sculpture and functional ceramics. She has been a partner artist at ART@43023 through 2018. She taught art classes for all ages at the former Whatever Works Art Space in Granville and at St. Edwards Kindergarten Enrichment program for five years, as well as private classes in her studio. Karen has exhibited her work in many exhibitions and their studio has created installations for the Wexner Center of Pediatric Research at Children’s Hospital in Columbus, as well as artifacts for the San Jose Opera House in California.
Meredith Martin has been an established artist in the Columbus area for over 22 years. Her work in pastels, oil, and oil pastels reflects her experience living in the West and has been influenced by her studies in pre-Columbian art and architecture. A fine arts graduate of Otterbein University, Meredith has shown work and is in collections throughout the United States. Starting as a member of Studios on High, she established her own gallery, Sunbear Studios, in 2003. In 2010 she moved the gallery to Alexandria, OH and eventually expanded to over 40 Ohio artists. Meredith holds an M.A. in Adult Education from The Ohio State University and has over 20 years of experience teaching and supervising.
Jennifer is a Westerville native with a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Upon graduation, Jennifer returned to Columbus to continue her studio practice. She has been in various shows around the midwest including Grand Rapids, MI and Richmond, IN. In 2018, Jennifer was awarded 1st place at the Bryn Du Mansion’s Annual Art Show. Along with her personal painting, she works as a freelance artist for muralists and fabricators around Columbus. Outside of art, Jennifer is an avid gardener with around 100 houseplants! She spends her free time taking care of her plants, and her dog, Cricket. Jennifer is currently studying classical trompé-loiel painting techniques at the Van der Kelen Painting Institute in Brussels but plans to provide instruction at the Art Center again upon her return.
Jennifer Pentecost is a painter, printmaker, photographer, and teacher. Currently an art instructor in New Your City. Jenn graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and a strong background in Art History. She is formerly the Art Center Director for the Bryn Du Art Center, Studio Director of the Granville Studio of Visual Arts, and Art Programs Director at The Learning Camp (Vail, CO). Jenn’s philosophy is that art builds minds, and she has one goal at the end of the day: to teach children to love art for arts sake. Jenn is currently a visiting instructor to the Art Center.
Tonya received a bachelors degree in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and pursued a masters degree in Art Education from The Ohio State University. Tonya has worked as a designer of textile patterns, a graphic artist for digital and print materials, and as an educator, technical director and computer graphics animator at Disney Feature Animation Studios in Los Angeles. Her paintings and drawings have been displayed at state and regional venues. Tonya is a member of the Ohio Pastel Artists League, Ohio Plein Air Society, and Central Ohio Plein Air. Growing up in Licking County, Tonya spent many hours outside swimming, hiking, planting gardens and ice skating, which fostered her love of nature. Most of Tonya’s painting is done outside from life because it brings excitement and immediacy to the artistic process. In a few brief hours, before the light and weather conditions have altered, she creates paintings inspired by her love of nature in the plein air tradition. In addition to painting, Tonya hosts artwork by local artists at Buckeye Lake Gallery.