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 LaFogg majored in advertising and illustration in college and graduated with honors. She enjoys working in oils, acrylics, and pastels, painting from nature and in nature. Deborah has studied with world renowned artists; Hall of Fame/Master Pastelist Doug Dawson and the late Maggie Price Master Circle winner and past President of the International Association of Pastel Societies. In June 2011 she received the Masters Circle Award from the International Association of Pastel Societies and LaFogg is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and several other arts organizations. She has shown around the country and has been published in many newspapers and magazines including Wildlife Art Magazine, Wildscape Magazine located in the UK and Southwest and Wildlife art magazine online. Deborah has also illustrated a childrens book called “Woodrat Jill” with part of the proceeds going to preserve habitat for the endangered Key Largo Woodrat.
I began my formal art education at Parsons School of Art & Design in NY and years later studied acrylic and watercolor painting with renowned artists at the Woodstock School of Art. My favorite theme for landscapes and seascapes were inspired while living at the Jersey Shore, the Catskill Mountains and the coastal areas of New England. During my travels out west to Arizona and the Navajo Nation, my interest in pottery was awakened. Mastering the art of throwing clay was not an immediate success for me but I was captivated by the clay and stuck with it. I have been a potter now for over ten years and I find the rewards of throwing clay immeasurable. My encounter with alcohol ink also occurred while out west and I was immediately intrigued by this fluid art, the brilliance of the pigment and its versatility. Unlike acrylic or watercolor painting, alcohol ink allows for a freedom of expression which I find unique and challenging. I have been practicing as an alcohol ink artist for the past six years and continue to discover new techniques and applications with this exciting medium.
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.