Janet Rubinson earned her BFA in painting from Florida Atlantic University and her MFA in Studio Arts from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). She also studied fine art at Carnegie-Mellon University (pre-college), Penn State University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She taught AP (advanced placement) drawing, art history, and 2D design as a secondary level art teacher with Broward County Public Schools for 17 years. She is now an adjunct professor, teaching figure drawing, at Palm Beach State College. Her artistic interests include the intersection of artistic practice with meditation, storytelling, healing and community, having studied and explored the potential for mindfulness in the arts, and in education, in a variety of contexts. She has traveled to India many times and draws inspiration for her artistic and her teaching practice from her experiences on those journeys, seeing the inner and outer journey as one. Her current project is writing and illustrating a book inspired by Advaita Vedanta for children and their parents.
Kim Rae Taylor is a visual artist and educator based in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she serves as Associate Professor of Fine Art for the University of Cincinnati Clermont College. She received her MFA from the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati, and her BFA from The University of Texas at Austin. Additional studies include the University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy, and the Metáfora Center for Art Therapy Studies in Barcelona, Spain. She has been an artist in residence at Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan, Red Gate in Beijing, and Cill Rialaig in County Kerry, Ireland. Taylor has also worked as a graphic designer and illustrator, including work in cartoon animation. Her mixed media paintings and drawings explore a variety of themes informed by nature, language, and gender.
Michael Las Casas is an accomplished local artist experienced in watercolors, oils, pastels, street painting, screen printing, graphic design, graphite, and color pencil. Michael is a member of the Color Pencil Society of America, Florida Plein Aire Artists Association, and a perennial favorite “Featured Artist” of the Street Painting Festival in downtown Lake Worth. He studied fine arts at the University of Wisconsin, Baraboo. He was the art director for Palm Beach Funwear screen printed apparel, and Flipcity Graphix, and is the art editor for a local governmental agency. www.michaellascasas.com/
Nuné Asatryan was born in Armenia where she discovered her passion for art at an early age from a family of artists. She has become internationally known for her unusual artwork, conceptual designs, delicate murals, and bold statements. Her international experience has cultivated and exposed her to different cultures and she has created and exhibited in many countries. Art critics describe her art as a “provocative” and “intriguing” with elements of surrealism, photorealism, and hyperrealism. Nuné is exhibiting and selling her work at prestigious galleries and museums internationally. Nuné received her degree from the Academy of Fine Arts of Armenia.
Pat Crowley was an award-winning political cartoonist and artist director at the Palm Beach Post for three decades and a founding staff member of The Hill newspaper in Washington D.C. His cartoons and illustrations were distributed nationally by the San Diego-based Copley News Service and appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines nationally including the Sunday New York Times Sunday Week In Review. He has illustrated ten books.