Craig McInnis is the President of Art Synergy, Art Director for The Event Group, Creative Director for Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds, and Theme Set Designer for the South Florida Fair. Craig is a freelance artist with a career balancing commercial and fine arts. His artistic background includes painting on numerous surfaces, illustrating, producing graphic design, creating storyboard art and props for motion pictures, apprenticing as a tattoo artist, and working behind the scenes at art shows.
David Valenzi graduated from Lynn University with an MFA in Visual Effects in 2017. He is a practicing digital and traditional artist, working with 2D and 3D animation, graphic design, and video editing, as well as traditional drawing and watercolors. He is an avid consumer of electronic media and brings this knowledge to both his art and his teaching. Dave has a passion for education and loves teaching students of all age and skill levels, from school children to adults.
Deborah Adornato is from Atlanta where she has worked as a studio potter for over 30 years. Her education in ceramics includes the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Penland School, and a 2 year apprenticeship at Wildcat Creek Potter in N C. After establishing her studio, Atlanta Street Potter in Roswell, GA., she was instrumental in designing a clay program for the city. She has been an instructor at both Roswell Clay West and in her own studio for over 20 years. Deborah’s pots are primarily wheel thrown and reflect her passion for craftsmanship and a love of surface design and texture. Her current work, porcelain and stoneware fired in reduction and soda atmospheres, contain images relating to birds and migration.
Eileen Lyons is a fourth generation painter who grew up on Long Island, NY and West Palm Beach, FL. As a teen, Lyons studied drawing at the Norton Museum of Art. She received a BFA in painting from St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame and an MA in Museum Studies from the American University in Washington, DC. Lyons continued her studies through master-level painting classes at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design in DC and also earned her teaching certification from the University of Virginia. Lyons is now painting full time in her Jupiter, FL studio where she concentrates on the concept of place and patterns found in nature. Lyons remains on staff at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC as a Teaching Artist where she leads adult drawing programs. Lyons exhibits her contemporary oil paintings widely and has work in many private collections in the United States and Canada.
Ellen Levy is an art jeweler and has been knitting for over 60 years. She finds combining both hobbies and avocations has been an absolute joy. She has been selling her jewelry at art jewelry boutiques and major art shows in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Austin, Texas and southern Florida for the past 15 years and presently sells locally at Whitespace and the Armory Art Center. Ellen Levy’s first career was as an environmental designer, designing sensory stimulation environments for multiply handicapped individuals. Her second career was capital goods sales for one of the two largest hospital equipment companies in the world. Her third career was as executive vice president of a clinical research company that performed research for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, from which she retired. Ellen returned to her love of design when she studied jewelry design at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Taos Institute of Art in Taos, New Mexico and from many Master Jewelry Artists throughout the United States. As a graduate student in design, Ellen was deeply influenced by the geometry, form and function of the architects and designers of the Bauhaus School. As a jewelry artist she has transformed her love of form and function into a unique combination of style, form, texture, and color.