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Meet our talented friends that share their art knowledge!

 

 

Carol Sack Denmark

Carol Sack Denmark

Carol Sack Denmark

Carol Sack Denmark is a lawyer who is happy to say she is now an artist. She has been lucky to have studied with many talented artists. Carol received a certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (continuing education dept) in December 2012 and is continuing her studies there, and all over the world.

Her favorite place to be at is any beach; hopefully a tropical one. Not surprisingly, they are also her favorite places to paint. She is a lover of the outdoors and painting. Carols favorite mediums to paint with are oils, watercolor, and pastel. When she was ten years old she saw her first impressionist painting. Claude Monet quickly became one of Carols favorite artists. To this day she still loves American and French impressionist styles. Carol has had the privilege to have her work exhibited in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art student art shows, as well as many local galleries and coffee shops.

 

 

jackie cooper

Jackie Cooper

Jacqueline Cooper Sanromá

In 1998 Cooper began her studies with a fellowship at Casa Candina under ceramists Jaime Suarez and Toni Hambleton. In 1995 she obtained a BA in Graphic Arts from The School of Visual Arts in San Juan, PR. The following year she joined the faculty there teaching sculptural ceramics. In 2004 she became Toni Hambleton’s assistant and offered classes from her studio to adults. She later went on to studying to become certified as a Montessori teacher at the preschool level. Her work has been shown in Puerto Rico and abroad, including Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, USA, Croatia and the Dominican Republic. She has participated in international fairs such as Art Basel, Photomiami and Circa, Puerto Rico.

 

Bonnie Pelberg

Bonnie Pelberg

Bonnie Pelberg

Bonnie Pelberg of Wired by Design creates wire-crocheted and hand-beaded jewelry, wind chimes, key rings, and functional pottery featuring semi-precious and glass beads, wood, bone, shells, vintage beads and the like for its one of a kind unique pieces.

Having learned the art of crochet at the age of 7 and looking for a new direction in life after raising 3 boys in Bucks County, PA, Bonnie has incorporated this skill and others to create wearable art and functional pottery for a whole house experience.

 

 

valerie barbour

Valerie Barbour

 

Valerie Barbour

Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, I’ve always thought that I had something within me that I could share with others. However, for so long, I just could not figure out what that was. Both of my parents were self-employed and really got great satisfaction from their particular crafts. Even my brother had two businesses.

I’ve dabbled in hat making and really made some beautiful ones, but it still did not feel that I had found my niche. Finally, in 2005 or 2006 I had an “aha” moment. I was always looking for some product to give me the smoothest, softest, glowing skin. Believe me, I spent quite a bit of money from some of the most well- known companies in search of how to maintain that “flawless skin’.

At the same time I started really reading the ingredients on the products I was purchasing. It was then I decided to stop using the chemical laden face and body creams. I even stopped using chemicals in my hair!

I started researching the properties of oils, butters, salts and minerals derived from the earth, their effect on or bodies (both inside and out) and found that using them was very beneficial to maintaining the health of my skin. Being the proud mother of one and grandmother of two, I have learned that the quality of what you put into your body as well as put on your skin is extremely important. That is why you will NEVER find any ingredients in my products that is artificial.

 

maria maneos

Maria Maneos

Maria Maneos

Maria is an artist who first became acquainted with the harsh realities of incarceration in the U.S. when her son’s unlikely addiction to heroin inevitably led to his arrest, conviction and sentencing to prison for a non-violent offense. Visiting him in jail brought to light for her the lack of rehabilitative programming within most of our country’s prison system. She learned that inmates for the majority of the day have few – if any – emotional, educational, or social outlets, to help alleviate, and lessen feelings of self-defeat, depression, and cynicism that can further entrap them in a cycle of crime and drug addiction.

Maria’s experience and education in the fine arts inspired her to make a difference in the lives of prison inmates. Through her program, Brush With The Law, she employs innovative art therapy techniques to provide inmates with the rehabilitative lessons and life skills characteristically lacking in the prison system.

Maria currently serves the inmate population at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville, Pennsylvania, with weekly art classes that incorporate critical thinking, mindfulness, professional development and transitional skills.

Maria earned her BFA from Arcadia University and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her work has been shown extensively in the Philadelphia area in such galleries as Artists’ House in Old City and is currently showing in many New York galleries.

 

Elena Drozdova

Elena Drozdova

 

Elena Drozdova

Elena is an artist who uses her versatility in fine art painting to  work artistically with people with diverse talents.   She has developed and directs  pARTtners, a component of  the Creative Gifts day program at Peaceful Living.   pARTners is a creative challenge and outlet for adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in professional fine art painting.  Elena holds an art and design degree from the Moscow Architectural Institute in Russia.

 

 

 

stephanie nicholson

Stephanie Nicholso

Stephanie Nicholson

Stephanie is a portrait painter, printmaker, and book artist.  She graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in painting from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts in 2002. She has exhibited her work with the American Color Print Society, the Delaware Valley Art League and the Main Line Art Center. Her work has been acquired by private collectors as well as by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Syracuse University. Stephanie is currently pursuing an MA in Art Education, with an emphasis on special populations, at Moore College of Art and Design.

Stephanie is a teaching artist who has given private and group lessons to beginning artists and experienced artists alike. She has assisted at the Main Line Art Center’s art classes for the blind and visually impaired. She also currently teaches an art class for a group of adults with intellectual disabilities. Stephanie believes that creating art can help uplift anyone.