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FALL 2015
visual and performing arts courses
for ADULTS & TEENS

class offerings below

All of our courses are taught by working artists & educators using quality
materials in our climate controlled art studio spaces at the Belle Levine Art Center.
In all instances, we emphasize personal instruction through limited enrollment.
Our performing arts courses will be offered in our gallery space
which features a Marley dance floor.

a note about registration and payment options:
Register and pay online! We accept MasterCard or Visa.
Pay via PayPal (you do not need to have a PayPal account)

Call us to register over the phone

Print out the registration form available
by link below and return to us via one of the following methods:
mail, hand deliver, or scan and email (to joyce@putnamartscouncil.com).

For after hours drop off, we have a locked drop box
available which is attached to the building and located
just to the right of our main entrance.

please note that if you enroll in one of our courses,
you agree to our registration
and refund policies provided at the bottom of this page
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Instructor BIOS available below.

 


DRAWING


Drawing Fundamentals & Techniques with James Sparks
This informative, hands-on drawing class will be geared to improving confidence and ability in both observational drawing as well as the many possibilities of textures, patterns and imaginative abstract forms. The emphasis will be on investigating a variety of media and may cover portraits, basic animal forms, still life and fantasy. Materials list provided upon registration.

6 Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3
$150/$145 PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)


WATERCOLOR - BEGINNER TO INTERMEDIATE - with JEANNE DEMOTSES

This class covers the basic principles of watercolor. Students will develop skills necessary to produce finished paintings. Demonstrations in composition, focal point and design will be covered. Bring any watercolors, brushes and paper you have. Materials list provided upon registration. Register early, enrollment limited to 12.

6 Thursdays, 1-3 pm
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5

$150/$145 PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)


WATERCOLOR INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED with JEANNE DEMOTSES

This course will focus on still life and photographic resources, and explore the use of gouache and inks, and is designed for students with watercolor experience. Materials list provided upon registration. Register early, enrollment limited to 12.

6 Fridays, 1-3 pm
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6

$150/$145 PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)


OIL/ACRYLIC with JEANNE DEMOTSES

This course will cover still life and photographic-sources and focus on composition as well as the use and care of painting materials. The instructor will demonstrate various painting techniques and also offer critiques in a supportive atmosphere. This class is for students with some experience in painting in oils or acrylics. Materials list provided upon registration - easels will be provided. Register early, enrollment limited to 12.

6 Tuesdays, 1-3:30 pm
Sept 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27,
Nov 3

$180/$175 PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)

 

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY


ON LOCATION SCENIC PHOTOGRAPHY with JAMES SPARKS

Field trips to various locations in and around Mahopac. Will highlight a photography class to take the art of photography to the next level.

4 Saturdays, 10 am - 12 noon
September 26, October 3, 10, 17

$115/$110 PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)

PHOTOGRAPHY with Dr. Bernie Kessler
UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Personal individual instruction you can afford - One hour lessons taught in the artist's studioJoin Dr. Kessler in his studio in Yorktown to learn about any phase of digital photography that interests you, from buying a camera to printing, and everything in between. Receive clear, uncomplicated instruction. Your creative journey begins in the photographer's studio which is equipped with 4 printers, a 24" iMac and 2 PC laptops. Instruction is available Monday - Friday, between 2-6 pm. Call the office to work out a schedule and to register.
One private one hour lession @ $50.
Three private one hour lession @ $135.
Advance payment required..Call the office to schedule, 845-803-8622

PHOTOGRAPHY with MARGARET RIZZUTO
Margaret is a Portrait Photographer who teaches the Basics of Photography on a one-to-one or small group basis. Classes are taught in Margaret's Mahopac Studio where she teaches "proper camera handling; the "Exposure Triangle" which includes: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. She'll also review you're your camera's automatic and manual settings. Margaret will delve into image composition, planning and styling your shot to get the results you want. Working full-time as a photographer allows Margaret a wealth of resources for camera purchases, location shoots, props, publications, etc. which she is happy to share.
One hour private lessons @ $50.

Three one hour private lessons @$135.
Advance payment required. Call the office to schedule, 845-803-8622

PHOTOGRAPHY with JAMES SPARKS

Mr. Sparks is a painter and visual artists/educator who stresses a fine arts sensibility to the art of photography. The emphasis in his instruction is with mastering light and space with a variety of camera accessories including lenses (both zoom and fixed) and the knowledge of creative lighting techniques with electronic flash and ambient or "available light" conditions. Basic camera operation is understood only as a means to an end in conveying a visually arresting and meaningful personal photograph.
One hour private lessons @ $50.
Three one hour private lessons @$135.
Advance payment required. Call the office to schedule, 845-803-8622.

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PHOTOSHOP


PHOTOSHOP with ELIZABETH BARKSDALE

Beginners and experienced artists bring your laptop with Photoshop installed and learn to use it as the great art-making took that it is. Image adjustment tools for adjusting your colors and brightness are just a click away. Cutting and pasting take on unbelievable dimensions with Photoshop's variety of selection and transformation tools - so fun and easy to learn! There are paint tools for digital painting, and best of all, Photoshop's layers so you can easily move things around or turn them on and off at will with edit and undo to erase your mistakes. Photoshop makes you wish life worked like it does! Come explore this fun program as local artist Elizabeth Barksdale leads students through creative exercises and projects culminating in your own color portfolio or Photoshop images. Students must come with a laptop with any version of Photoshop already installed.

6 Mondays, 2:30 - 4 pm
September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2

$115/$110 PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)

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POTTERY

Learn something new and polish your skills at one of the following 6-week clay course offerings. Classes provide personalized instruction and weekly demonstrations of projects and techniques. Personal exploration always encouraged.

WHEEL CLASS FROM BEGINNER TO PRACTICED with MICHAEL COLE
This 3-hour course provides a concentration on wheel throwing and is limited to 8 students so each has access to a wheel. Glazing techniques will also be developed. Hand building is always an option.

6 Tuesdays, 6:30- 9:30 pm
September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3
$205/$200 PAC members

Session
Student Name(s)

GENERAL CLASS FROM BEGINNER TO PRACTICED with INSTRUCTOR TBA
In this course, all techniques will be explored including wheel throwing, hand-building and lead-free glazing; open to all levels and limited to 8 students.

6 Wednesdays, 7-9pm  
September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4
$150/$145 PAC members plus 4 cents per cubic inch for materials/firing fees
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Session
Student Name(s)


CLAY IN YOUR DAY FROM BEGINNER TO PRACTICED WITH ELIZABETH BARKSDALE
Explore the versatile media of clay - Bend, Fold, Bond, Imprint and more - using tools and your hands. Create a variety of 3-dimensional projects such as figures, masks, animals, flowers, containers, wall hangings, etc.

6 Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm
September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3

$205/$200 PAC members plus 4 cents per cubic inch for materials/firing fee
Session
Student Name(s)

 

PRIVATE LESSONS AVAILABLE FOR ADULTS- INQUIRE WITH OFFICE STAFF FOR DETAILS.

STUDIO RENTAL AVAILABLE FOR POTTERS WITH EXPERIENCE.


Special offer for teens & adults

Try a one time class for $20. Without committing to a whole session. If you decide to continue with that offering, your $20 will be applied to the tuition. An affordable way to try something new!
New students only.

WORKSHOPS-

SUNDAYS AT THE CENTER

FRAMING WORKSHOP with INGER FOSTER
Inger brings this workshop to PAC to help others learn some of the basic and economical framing techniques she has mastered over the years. By using simple materials, she will demonstrate how to best present artworks for gallery acceptance. Maximizing the aesthetics of the artwork as a whole, she will explain how the importance of framing is to accentuate the art itself, to best present the work. She will guide workshop attendees in choosing matting, framing and wiring. All two-dimensional media will be covered: Oils, acrylic, watercolors, drawings, prints, and photography.

Sunday,
October 4, 3-4:30 pm

$10/Free PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)

FLORAL DESIGN WORKSHOP by LEAH WAYBRIGHT KENNELL
"Inspired by Nature"
Create a rich seasonal floral design celebrating the colors and textures of autumn. Instructor Leah Waybrignt Kennel, AIFD, CFD, has been an instructor @ New York Botanical Gardens since 1985 and is curator of the Wildflower Island at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining. Leah will demonstrate and share basic principles of flower arranging. Fresh and dried plant materials will be provided and creatively incorporated into a decorative piece that you will make for your home. Please bring a sharp folding knife or flower shears to class.

Sunday,
October 11, 2-4 pm

$75/$70 PAC members, includes $25 materials fee
Session
Student Name(s)

JEWELRY WORKSHOP: REUSED, RENEWED, REPURPOSED with EMMA CRAWFORD
We all have jewelry that we have inherited, been gifted or bought and don't wear anymore. Join us for this workshop to recycle those pieces into a statement piece for yourself or a gift. Turn a pin into a necklace, bracelet or hairpiece, a necklace to a bracelet. A bracelet to a necklace. The possibilities are endless. Bring jewelry pieces, broken necklaces, old earrings, clasps, chains and anything else that sparks your imagination! Tools and some findings will be provided. Suggested supply list available upon registration. Emma Crawford/artist, member-Arts Mid-Hudson, Putnam Arts Council. BFA/MS Pratt Institute

Sunday,
October 18, 10 am - 2 pm

$45/$40 PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)

35mm FILM PROCESSING AND PRINTING with JAMES SPARKS
Portrait and still life class with process and printing 35 mm film. We supply camera and various accessory lenses along with darkroom equipment and chemicals. Students provide b/w film and paper.

Sunday,
October 27, 3-5 pm

$75/$70 PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)

PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR CHILDREN with MARGARET RIZZUTO
Margaret Rizzuto is a professional photographer who has photographed hundreds of children over the past few years. In this 2 hour workshop Margaret will teach parents how to get photographs of their children that they will love. We will talk about using camera settings creatively, lighting, and composition. Please note that because of the limited time of this workshop, Margaret will not be able to go over individual cameras with students. The workshop will be fun, informative and help you take better photographs of your children straight-away.

Sunday,
November 1, 1-3 pm

$75/$70 PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)


WORKSHOPS

PERSPECTIVE WORKSHOP with JEANNE DEMOTSES AND JOANN ZWOLSKI
You can get there from here! Everything you always wanted to know about one and two point perspective with instruction, examples and exercises. Enrollment limited to 15. Bring a pencil, ruler and kneaded eraser.

Wednesday,
October 21, 1-4 pm

$95/$90 PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)

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Teen offerings in the Arts:

FUNDAMENTALS OF DRAWING with ROSALIE MARCUS
Ages 11-14
This class will focus on building mind/eye/hand/body coordination, opening up to different ways of seeing, and applying those abilities to drawing. The 6 basic drawing techniques of line, shape, volume, feature, texture, and composition will be covered. Each class will include lessons on materials and art history, featuring artists, styles and techniques. One of the main goals of this class will be to find the connection between what you see and imagine and the ability to express that on paper. Beginners and more advanced students will be able to apply these skills at their own level, as the class will not be limited by group projects, but rather will focus on each student's personal development.

6 Tuesdays, 5-6:30 pm
September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3
$130/$125 PAC members, (includes materials)
Session
Parent Name
Student Name(s) and Age(s)

CREATIVE KIDS CLAY AGES 10-13 with MAAIKE HOEKSTRA
Creative Kids Clay focuses on exploring the art of designing, building and creating 3D clay projects through hand building, throwing on the wheel and sculpting and is ideal for first time students and returning potters. The course encourages personal expression through structured age-appropriate projects and individualized instruction.

6 Thursdays 6:15-7:45pm
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5
$130/$125 PAC members plus 4 cents per cubic inch for materials/firing fees
Session
Parent Name
Student Name(s) and Age(s)


PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT with JEANNE DEMOTSES

Ages 16 and over.
A preliminary assessment will be made covering past art courses taken, work done independently, student's strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations, as well as a review of quantity and quality of work needed to prepare a portfolio for presentation to colleges and art schools. A series of exercises and projects will be designed to assist the student with the development of pieces needed for portfolio presentation for individual colleges. Work will be done one-on-one with the instructor as well as independently.
$65 for a one hour private session. Call to schedule (845.803.8622)

 
 

PRIVATE LESSONS AVAILABLE FOR TEENS-
INQUIRE WITH OFFICE STAFF FOR DETAILS

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performing arts classes & workshops for 16 to adult

private piano for ages 2nd grade through adult

DANCE

BASIC BALLET with OLENNA TRUSKETT
Ages 16-Adult
The perfect class for you if you have no ballet experience and always wanted to learn, or if you have not done a plié in some time! Come learn - or relearn - the basics of this exquisite art form, which is not only fun, but good for you, your posture, flexibility and strength. Classes will be taught in a comfortable and supportive environment, by the talented and experienced Olenna Truskett. Leotards and tights are not necessary; however, students should dress to be able to move with hair tied back. Ballet slippers are a must!

6 Wednesdays 6-7 pm - TBA
$130/$115 PAC members

INTERMEDIATE TAP with MARY JANE HOUDINA
Ages 16 - Adult
Start off your week the right way, with a high energy, exciting tap class with Mary Jane. Tap technique is taught to the experienced tapper, involving the entire body and utilizing light, quick footwork. There is a focus on attitude and quick study of combinations and details, where students are encouraged to put their own unique signature on movements. Learn from an accomplished dancer and choreographer who has consulted for Peter Allen at Radio City Music Hall and danced in a myriad of musicals on and off Broadway.Requirements: Prior experience required. Low heeled character shoes preferred.

6 Mondays 6-7 pm
October 5, 12, 19, 26,
November 2, 9

$130/$115 PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)

GROUP CABARET with MARCI ELYN SCHEIN
Ages 16 - Adult
Explore your vocal range as you prepare your own songs to perform, cabaret style! Marci has amazing skills and vast training, and will bring out talents you never knew existed! Come with your own song choices, or have Marci choose a song that best matches your style! Course will culminate in a performance TBD.

6 Thursdays 7-9pm - TBA
$130/$120 PAC members


YOGA

YOGA with MARY BRENNAN
This semi-private six week yoga journey, exclusive to beginner's course, is limited to only four students. This will allow Mary to personalize and zone in on each student's needs and go in depts. With each pose. Mary will focus in on basic poses with alignment, breathing and adapting poses to meet the student's ability. Through the yoga poses students will feel amazing while working on strengthening the body, through balance, stretching, flexibility and posture. Guided meditation will be done at the end of class to help focus and quiet the mind. This journey, hopes to bring awareness and inner calm. Leave feeling relaxed and ready to face the world! Give it a try, "The mind is everything. What you think, you become." Buddha Please bring to class a yoga mat, towel or blanket, a pillow and a water bottle.

6 Tuesdays, 11am-12:15pm
September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20
$110/$100 PAC members
Session
Student Name(s)

Private Lessons:

AUDITION PREP FOR TEENS AND ADULTS with MARCI ELYN SHEIN
Prepare for that next theater audition, college audition or your next High School Musical with Marci's expertise as she assists you in developing your song (including NYSSMA songs) and monologue choice, and gives you pointers on how to best succeed in your audition.
$75.00 for one hour private session-Call 845.803.8622 to schedule lessons @ PAC.

VOICE AND ACTING LESSONS for ages 8 to 80 with MARCI ELYN SHEIN
Join Marci and get personal, hands-on performance instruction, in either voice or acting, or both! Marci's students have performed in Broadway, Off Broadway and Regional productions
$75.00 for one hour instruction Call to schedule 845.803.8622 lessons @ PAC.


PIANO


PIANO LESSONS with MARK SNYDER

Ages: 2nd grade through adult.
Learn piano from Julliard trained Mark Snyder, an educator and performer whose innovative teaching style enhances the learning experience and encourages positive results.
$30 for a private 30 minute session. After school, evenings and weekends.
Call to schedule.

Registration Hours: Tuesday - Friday from 11am-3pm

 

 
 

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***INFORMATION ABOUT REGISTRATION & REFUND POLICIES.***

Advance registration is required for ALL classes & workshops. Classes are registration driven and can only take place with sufficient enrollment. Please register early so that we do not cancel a class. Do not appear for a class if you have not already registered with the office.

REGISTRATION can be done online, in person, by mail, by email or phone. Please access our registration form and get it to our office when completed with your payment. Payment forms accepted include cash, MC/Visa, personal check or money order along with the form and can be hand-delivered, mailed, scanned & emailed or call. If you register and pay online,
please know that by registering, you are accepting our registration and refund policies.

REGISTRATION POLICY: We attempt to accommodate everyone but we do not pro-rate tuition and in most instances, you should not expect a make up class.

REFUND POLICY: NO REFUNDS WILL BE GRANTED AFTER THE FIRST CLASS MEETING, without a doctor's note. Full refunds are issued for classes cancelled by the Putnam Arts Council. Your refund will be issued in the same manner in which you paid. Turn around time for refunds is up to two weeks.

ABOUT MATERIALS: Adult Classes may require materials and a list will be provided upon registration. Youth classes include all materials unless stated otherwise.

CLOSINGS/CANCELLATIONS: It is the policy of the Putnam Arts Council to follow the Mahopac Schools for weather/emergency delays/closings.
This information is announced on WHUD, 100.7 FM and on the storm center page at www.whud.com

Our Faculty of Teaching Artists - adult offerings


Michael Cole
Michael, a resident of Mahopac since 1997, took a pottery class in August 2011 and has quickly developed a new passion for throwing pottery on the wheel. A “Recovering Actor” (having performed in musical theatre productions in New York and across the country), he makes his living as personal assistant to Stephen Schwartz, composer and lyricist of the Broadway shows GODSPELL, PIPPIN and WICKED (among others). Mr. Cole’s voice can be heard on the sound tracks of the DreamWorks animated feature Prince of Egypt, the Wonderful World of Disney television special Geppetto and Disney’s live-action feature Enchanted. Other passions include home improvement and waterskiing. On pottery: "I'm particularly drawn to the idea of altering the basic wheel-thrown form, the sculptural aspects of pottery and juxtaposing finer elements with the more 'earthy' bisque-ware.

Emma Crawford
Emma Crawford is an award winning graphic/package designer and artist whose work has been exhibited locally and in NYC, Emma is a graduate of Pratt Institute with a BFA in Book Arts/Printmaking and a MS in Communications/Package Design. After many years as a partner/owner of a NYC design company Emma returned to the Hudson Valley to pursue her fine art printmaking and continues to work as a children's book designer/illustrator as well as teaching classes in botanical drawing and watercolor, printmaking and jewelry.

Jeanne Demotses
Jeanne's primary medium is oil. She also often works in watercolor, acrylic, pastel, monotype and collage. She experiments in making her own paper to use as a ground for her pastel work, and uses the paper as a collage element. Her work ranges from the figurative to the abstract and often combines aspects of both. Jeanne's paintings are in many collections in the U.S. and in Europe. She maintains a studio in Peekskill and is a member of that community's growing artist district. In addition to her classes at the Putnam Arts Council, she also teaches oil and watercolor painting at other schools, and portrait painting in her studio. Jeanne studied art at Hunter College, the Art Students League and the Westchester Art Workshop.

Therese Fokine
I have always been a creative person, with crafts and hands on pieces of art. I have been inspired by many people in my life, and by life itself. I began painting later in life,  with Lee Hochberg, of Yorktown, NY.  Later taking drawing with Joanne Zwolski of Yorktown, and then with Jeanne DeMotses, an amazing teacher and friend. It is a passion and a brilliant way to see the world,   Art makes you truly LOOK.

Mary Jane Houdina
Mary Jane has had a varied and prolific past in the performing arts. She was associate choreographer for the movie THE GREAT GATSBY and tap consultant for Peter Allen at Radio City Music Hall. On Broadway, she was associate choreographer for the original ANNIE, and choreographer for INTO THE LIGHT. Regional theatre productions have seen her work in a myriad of musicals, including OKLAHOMA! star Jean Stapleton, FOLLIES star Juliette Prowse, and SHOWBOAT star Gavin MacLeod. She is the 1998 Barrymore Award recipient for her choreography for CRAZY FOR YOU at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, and Barrymore nominee in 2001 for SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, and in 2006 for 42nd ST. On TV she choreographed The ADVENTURES of SLIM GOODBODY IN NUTI-CITY for Captain

Dr. Bernie Kessler
Bernie Kessler has been an award winning photographer for over 50 years, exploring and celebrating the beauty of nature, including human nature. His images have been exhibited internationally and are in corporate and private collections. He is recognized as an outstanding teacher. His ease of style creates a non-threatening learning environment. Students have fun and feel very personally inspired as they improve their photographic skills.

Deb Lecce
In 1971, while still in high school, she first embraced clay. As she wandered the halls searching for the stone carving room, she stumbled upon the clay studio. Looking back at it now, this was and is the only time that she had ever been grateful for her lack of directional skills. She observed the students at their wheels, and the hand builders shaping expression into developing forms. She was enamored. From this moment on she knew that clay was my passion. The potter’s wheel is her primary tool. It allows her to create a canvas for embellishment while also challenging the physical boundaries of the medium. Wavering rims, darted forms, and paddled surfaces help her discover which direction a piece will go. She has attended Alfred University, Penland, Haystack, as well as Peters Valley. She co-created Clayworks on Columbia, Brooklyn, NY.

Rosalie Marcus
Rosalie is a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer.  She has exhibited her paintings in New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Nova Scotia, and California.  Her art work has been reviewed in many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Bergen Record (NJ), and ArtNews Magazine.  Rosalie has also designed books, fabric, housewares, brochures and corporate logos for such clients as Warner Communications, King Features, Bloomingdales, and The National Organization of Women.  She was also an art director for a housewares company.  She attended Cornell University, got her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, and her MFA from California Institute of the Arts.  Locally, Rosalie has taught art workshops at the Mahopac Public Library, at the after school program at Fulmar Road School, and is presently teaching drawing at PAC.

Margaret Rizzuto
Margaret Rizzuto is a published photographer who specializes in contemporary women’s portraits. She is a self-taught, perennial student who loves that there is always something to learn and something to teach about photography. She has an easy-going style that lends itself to casual yet inspiring classes.

Marci Elyn Schein
Marci is a performer in jazz and classical vocal music and all disciplines of musical theatre, as well as a producer, director, musical director, vocal coach and proud member of Actors Equity Association. She most recently played the Adult Female and was the Musical Director for the Garage Theatre Group's production of Spring Awakening. She currently concertizes and records for composer Philip Springer (Santa Baby, How Little We Know). She has entertained audiences of over 14,000 at Tavern on the Green for the NYC Marathon multiple times. Marci has been featured on numerous CD’s: HOT MAMAS LIVE, HOMEWARD BOUND (Philip Springer) and THE HOPELESS ROMANTIC COLLECTION CD (Michael Ficocelli ) and many more. Marci has originated many roles off Broadway and regionally including the role of Selena Peake in SO BIG (based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Edna Ferber), sharing the stage with Broadway veterans such as J. Mark McVey, Loni Ackerman, Joe Kolinsky, Bruce Sabbath and more. Regionally, she has performed in such shows as FOOTLOOSE, THE KING AND I, COMPANY, SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM and many others as well as performing her Cabaret show in Atlantic City, Foxwoods Resorts and numerous venues throughout the east coast. She holds a Bachelor of Music in voice (classical and jazz) and theatre. As a jazz vocalist Marci has performed with an array of jazz greats some of which include, Jeremy Wall (Spyro Gyra), Joel Rosenblatt (Spyro Gyra) and Dave Weckl (Chic Corea), to name a few. Please visit www.marcielynschein.com for more info.

James Sparks
Jim is a prolific painter and photographer whose work has been shown and collected country-wide. His special talent and energetic style as a teaching artist is widely known. His experience ranges from elementary level on up, with particular emphasis on college level instruction in art history, drawing, photography and painting (College of Mt. Saint Vincent, Bronx Community College, Connecticut Institute of Art and others). His BFA in Painting is from Washington University and MFA from the University of Southern California.

Mark Snyder
Mark was formally trained at Juilliard and is a published and recorded composer. Mark is an experienced and accomplished instructor who has taught many piano students throughout the county, and is still doing so. He has appeared in TV, in the movies, in many theaters and on many sets throughout the years. Mark's stage credits include Fagin in Oliver, Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Creon in Antigone, Captain in Mr. Roberts, Frank in Over the River and Through the Woods, Norval in Dearly Departed, Maurice in Social Security and most recently, Erronius in A Funny Thing Hpppened on the Way to the Forum.

Christopher Staples
An award-winning mixed media artist and workshop leader, Staples cross pollinates collage and print making with painting and drawing in her abstract works. Combining words and images is of specific interest. She has a passion for bringing new and rich creative experiences to people of all levels of artistic ability, opening and pushing the boundaries for the creative voice she believes is inherent in all of us. She has a studio in a converted barn, is Executive Director of LOOK | ART, and exhibits regionally. Further information is available at www.christopherstaples.com.

Olenna Truskett
Olenna Truskett has enjoyed many artistic endeavors as a dancer and choreographer. As a child, she relished ballet classes in the US, Japan, the Philippines, and Iran. As a teenager, she trained with Mary Marshall in Virginia, and at the Harkness and Joffrey schools in New York. At the College of William and Mary, she studied modern dance and worked summers at Busch Gardens, clogging and being cut in half 5 times a day during a magic show! Settling into an engineering career, she moonlighted for many years, dancing and choreographing for the Fairfax Ballet in Virginia and Lee Harper & Dancers in Georgia. She later taught dance at Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, helped incorporate and run Prelude Ballet Ensemble, a nonprofit youth company in Putnam Co., and served as faculty at several William and Mary summer dance intensives. Currently, she indulges in dance classes at Union Hall Studio in North Salem with other dance enthusiasts and serves on the Board of the Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition with the mission to renovate and open a performing arts theater above the Studio Around the Corner at the Old Town Hall in Brewster.

Joann Zwolski
Joann works with a wide variety of mediums. Her work visually expresses a passion for line and color. Her palette is full of brilliant hues from a wide spectrum. She combines both abstract and thematic elements in her "works on paper". She has exhibited through solo and group shows in the tri-state area and Delaware. Joann received her BFA from Pratt Institute and her MA from the College of New Rochelle. She has taught art for over thirty-five years to students from kindergarten to high school and has been teaching adults drawing for the past several years in a variety of places.

 
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