Michael Blair worked as a studio potter and teacher for ten years after earning an MFA in Ceramics from University of Georgia. From 1980-84 he was the head of the ceramics department at the Evanston Art Center in Illinois. He was one of the first artists in residence at the PBC School of the Arts and worked for 13 years as prop-master at Florida Stage until it closed in 2011.
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/
Michel McNabb is a jewelry artist living in West Palm Beach, Florida. She has been creating jewelry using the lost wax casting method since the year 2000. Her art jewelry collection is composed of bright colored vitreous enamel combined with cast and fabricated pieces in sterling silver and gold. She has been working as and independent designer, attending wholesale shows and juried art and craft shows both nationally and internationally. Michel earned her BFA at Denison University, focusing on intaglio etching. After graduating she moved to Spain where she lived for 18 years. This is where she began making jewelry, learning from local craftsmen and artisans and implementing skills from her fine arts background as well. “The process begins with an idea inspired by the beauty around me. It could be a pattern from the architecture or simple forms found in nature and everyday objects. An idea sparks. This idea keeps me awake at night until I can see the finished piece in my mind. I sit down at my workbench and begin creating. When I work with my hands, I am reminded that I can create objects that will last much longer than I will. These are the things that will be left behind as artifacts of our contemporary culture.”
Nancy Tart earned her BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, and her master’s in Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. She paints outdoors at many locations around Palm Beach County. Nancy spends many days painting at Grassy Waters Preserve and DuBois Park. Over the past several summers, Nancy has enjoyed painting in Maine around the Freeport and Rockland areas. She has shown her work in the Northeast and in Florida at The Society of the Four Arts, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Cornell Museum, and the Armory Art Center, where she is an adjunct instructor. Her paintings are in private collections around the United States. www.nancytart.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.