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.
Eric Olson‘s career in clay began after taking a five session introduction to wheel throwing course through the University of Wisconsin Craftshop. While running his greenhouse business, he was able to spend off hours playing and experimenting with clay. Six months after that first class, he sold the greenhouse operation and started making pottery full-time
Through more than 26 years of working with clay he has refined and broadened his skills as a ceramic artist, and developed a method of teaching those skills that is easy and fun to learn. Eric has taught students of all ages and skill levels at studios in Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida and Montreal.
Gerard Bartlett is a wildlife artist who presently resides in Hobe Sound, FL. He began his career as a wood carver, competing in the Ward World Carving Championship, Ocean City, MD where he consistently won top awards. He then took first place at the first World Fish Carving Championship Saltwater division Virginia Beach, VA. Wishing to change mediums he gained an apprenticeship at the Johnson Atelier in Princeton, NJ where he learned the processes involved In creating bronze sculpture, including mold making and metal-chasing. Gerard has also been an avid outdoorsman his whole life working as a guide, mate, and captain from Alaska to Cabo San Lucas and from Nova Scotia to Venezuela.
Gerson Rapoport received his MA in Design from City College, City University of NY. With over 37 years of teaching experience in sculpture, ceramics, craft, and foundry work, Gerson has produced many commissions that are part of private collections, synagogues, and public buildings.
Jan Bush, ED.D., ATR-BC,is a certified art psychotherapist, mental health clinician, educator, addictions counselor, a founding member of the Florida Art Therapy Association, a university instructor, author, painter and a nationally known speaker and presenter on Art Therapy. She is author of the pioneering textbook, The Handbook of School Art Therapy – Introducing Art Therapy Into a Public School System, (CC Thomas Publishers, 1997), three graduate education course guidebooks and many published papers.
She has served as Department Chairperson for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools in the Division of Psychological Services where she founded and directed a program of over 20 master art therapists from 1978 -1999. This endeavor was a major contribution to the fields of art therapy and psycho-education with the establishment of a national model art therapy program.
Through her long-term work in the public schools, the South Florida community and across the USA, Dr. Bush subsequently received several awards including a Distinguished Clinical Services Award from the American Art Therapy Association and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Miami Dade County Public Schools and the Florida Art Education Association. She retired from full time work in Miami in 2011 but continues to serve as a consultant in private practice based in Palm Beach County Florida.
A popular speaker, Dr. Bush presents courses, invited keynotes, workshops, professional supervision and other learning opportunities in educational, medical and business settings across the USA.