Lonni Hopkins

Lonni Hopkins

Lonni has lived a life of art: from lithography and photography in college, to quilting while raising her children, watercolor, sculpture, and many mediums in between. Her endeavor into metalsmithing started circa 1996. Jewelry seemed a natural progression, pulling from past experiences and artistic expressions, culminating with the acute skill and careful craftsmanship that metalsmithing demands. Her skills were honed with a variety of master teachers including, John Cogswell, Ronda Coryell, Fabrizio Acquafresca Andy Cooperman, Betty Helen Longhi. The majority of her work is Sterling silver, sometimes including 18K Gold, and sometimes a body of work in Argentium silver. The newest body of work is called the “Mosaic Series” the works are sculptural and textural, using a painstaking process of creating sheet metal that looks like mosaic tiles. You’ll see in the new work hollow forms, and shell forms and domed pieces. Expect to see lots of new stones, layers, and coordinating pieces.

“How light dances across the surface of the metal is an important consideration in the designs. Stones provide a sense of color and contrast.” – Lonni Hopkins




Norman Neidert

Norman Neidert is a fourth generation woodworker, having learned his craft under the guidance of his father, a master carpenter.  Norman has spent years applying his woodworking skills in the construction industry, where he was recognized for his attention to detail and quality craftsmanship.  Additionally, he has studied graphic arts, metalworking, and pottery, but woodworking remains his passion.​

For the past eight years, Norman has focused on deepening and honing his woodworking skills, taking specialized craftsman classes, and studying under masters like Roy Underhill (from PBS’s The Woodwright’s Shop) in North Carolina. When working on a piece, he has learned to follow a tree, listen to its inspiration, and let the wood do the work.  His final pieces are creations that expose what nature has already made.

Norman and his wife Robin, travel frequently to a cabin they built in southern Kentucky. In the nearby woods of Center Point, he carefully searches for individual trees, using damaged or diseased trees whenever possible. He chooses those that have unusual and interesting grain patterns and becomes familiar with the wood before beginning a project. Logs are then sawn and dried in a hand-built solar kiln.  Norman’s dedication to allowing the organic shape of the wood guide the design of a piece creates unique art that reflects the natural aesthetics of the wood.

Norman’s style can be described as “rustic chic,” and through the use of high-quality materials, he is devoted to combining comfort, strength, and beauty in his designs. Presently, Norman resides in Terra Ceia, Florida, where he works and studies to perfect his art as a woodworker.

Classes with Norman Neidert

Lucy Barber

Artist’s Statement, Exhibition Record and Teaching Experience

Lucy Barber has participated in numerous exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and her work has been reviewed in notable press such as The New York Times, The New York Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer, Art New England, among others. For her studio painting and drawing Lucy has received numerous awards, including two Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants. In 2008 Barber was invited to teach as full-time Visiting Artist Instructor at The Ringling College of Art and Design in the degree program, and also has taught there as part-time instructor. In addition, Barber has taught at Pratt Institute in the Foundation Program, Bowdoin College, The College of William & Mary among other esteemed colleges. Barber received her MFA in painting and drawing from Brooklyn College City University of New York, and her BFA in photography from the The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Lucy teaches and paints in Sarasota, Florida, conducting workshops, teaching privately and in classes.  

Classes with Lucy Barber

Elena De La Ville

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Elena De La Ville’s work is on the cutting edge of visual art. Using Collage, Encaustic painting and Digital Imaging she utilizes the latest technology, media and techniques to repeatedly explore and expand the limits of Mixed Media.

De La Ville’s work has been exhibited in Museums and Galleries around the world

Selected Experience in the Arts
Painter, Visual Artist, Photographer for the Secretary of State, Michael Connelly, Boston MA
Faculty; Photography and Digital Imaging, Ringling College of Art, Sarasota, FL
Instructor, Mixed media Courses: Ringling College of Art and Design, Art Center St Pete, Longboat Center for the Arts, Castle Hill Art Center, Truro, MA, Featherstone Center for the Arts, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Exhibitions & Galleries
Solo Exhibitions:
Marks and Textures, Solo Show, Paradigm Art Gallery, Sarasota, FL
Sonnet Gallery Fine Art, ‘Encounters’ One person Show, Sarasota, FL
Harmony Gallery, Sarasota, FL

Group Shows:
Shopliftable, GAZE Modern, Sarasora, FL
Instructors/Faculty Show, Ringling College of Art + Design, Sarasota, FL
Florida’s Finest, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
[blank] Slate Gallery Contemporary and Fine Arts Small Works Exhibition, Sarasota, FL
SARTQ Print Exhibition, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
Long Boat Key SARTQ residency, http://www.edelaville.com/it-can-all-go-up-in-smoke
Here and Now, State St Gallery, Sarasota, FL
Swept Away, Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
VOICES, An Artists Perspective, N.A.W.A. Gallery, National Association of Woman Artists. NYC, NY
Big Bad Wax, Mount Dora Center for the Arts, FL
Swept Away, Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic, Cape Cod Museum of Art, MA
The Call of Wildacres, Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota, FL
The Inspiring Image, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Long Boat, FL
The Future of the Past, Encaustic art in the 21st Century, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
Creators and Collectors Suncoast Art Tour, Sarasota, FL
Beeline Exhibition, Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Pulsion, The Body as an object of Desire in Photography, Museo Acarigua, Venezuela
Encaustic to the Sixth Power, Nelson Gallery, Lexington, VA
Nudes, Sonnet Gallery Fine Art, Sarasota, FL
Art to Wear, Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
Best Foot Forward, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
58th Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art
Beauty and Its Opposites, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Hot Stuff, Juried exhibition, 1st National Encaustic Conference, Beverly, MA
Nudes, Sonnet Gallery Fine Art, Sarasota, FL
Museo Contemporaneo de Caracas, ‘5X5 Exhibit , Venezuela
Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia- Colombia
Embracing our Differences, Sarasota Bay front, FL
4 x 4: Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art and Design, FL
Small and Lovely, White Dog Design Gallery.
Art League of Manatee, FL
The Arts Center, Juried Exhibition, FL
Field Gallery, West Tisbury, MA
Cambridge Artists Cooperative, MA
Featherstone MeetingHouse for the Arts. Martha’s Vineyard, MA
New England Photographers, Danforth Museum of Art, MA
Lieberman Gallery, Flower Power, Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Visual Art Center, ‘Power of the Pixel 4′, FL
Shaw Cramer Gallery, ‘Metal-Earthworks-Paint’ Vineyard Haven, MA
Dragonfly Gallery, Oak Bluffs, MA
Paper Tiger, Vineyard Haven, MA
Boston Athenaeum, A Commonwealth to Keep, MA
Basement Gallery, One person Show, MA

Education & Professional Training
Art Institute of Boston, Major in Photography and Graphic Design. Boston
Atelier d’art Decoratifs, Internship. Paris.
Chelsea School of Art and Design; Textile Design. London
Rochester Institute of Technology, Management and Care of Photo Collections.
Escuela de Bellas Artes Fine Arts. Venezuela.

Curatorial Projects
EX-PATRIA, 3 Contemporary Venezuelan Artists; Opening March 19, 2015,Sarasota FL
WOW! Women and Wax, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL,

Grant and Residencies
Selected to the Vermont Studio Center Residency, April, 2018
Honorable mention, 58th Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art
Directors Award, 3rd national Encaustic Conference, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Honorable mention, EPHEMERA Show, The Arts Center, St Petersburg, FL
Ann Culvert Award for Creativity, All Island Art Show, Martha’s Vineyard, MA,
Ruth Bogan Award All Island Art Show, MA.,
Flower Power, Lieberman gallery, Best of Digital. Sarasota, Fl
Honorable mention, Power of the Pixel, Art Center of Sarasota, Fl,


James Griffin

griffinI have several goals when I begin a painting, the first being to dive into the form of consciousness known as the “Flow”. This trance-like state is a form of meditation and a source of joy. I have to enter into the work for it to come alive.

My aim is to communicate that joy with the viewer, in whatever way is possible. That feeling of a shared experience with those looking at my work.Being passionate about painting has served me well over the years, both in my career as an illustrator and as a gallery artist. Working every day with color, form, composition and line has loaded my brush with a lot of experience. The things I like about creating an illustration carry over to things I like in doing my gallery work, telling a story, communicating with the viewer, catching and holding their interest.
My inspiration comes from the sunlit world in Southern Florida, as well as the crowded sidewalks of New York City and the endless variety of Maine. It also comes from dreams. I am not content to simply paint the view, but instead want to bring out mysteries and emotions lurking beneath its realistic surface.I grew up in South America and the UK, as well as the US and Canada, and graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Art degree from Pratt Institute. Being a realistic painter at a time when that was very much out of style, I found my way into doing paintings for paperback book covers, one of the last genres that appreciated realistic oil painting. As the number of my illustrations accumulated and moved up towards several thousand, I kept up my own work, experimenting with style and technique, showing here and there. Somewhere along the line, I noticed a blurring of the line between Illustration and gallery art. I was applying all the heart and soul of my personal work to “jobs” and using the possibilities I was seeing in illustration in my “fine art” work.And that’s where I stand now, continuing to produce illustrations as well as paintings for galleries, with the excitement of each giving something to the other.

Ted Camp

I have been a professor of Ceramics for the last 35 years at the State College of Florida. During that time, I have given numerous workshops within the state and at schools in the north. My work spans many categories including wheel and large scale hand built forms that focus on utility and/or sculpture. My work is in numerous private collections throughout the country. I consider myself student-centered and teach through demonstrations and hands on involvement with the student.

Donna Carrion


CarrionDonna-4smEven at a very young age Donna knew that she was an artist, but it was difficult for her to decide what medium would provide her with the satisfaction she desired. After enrolling in a jewelry-making class at the University of the Arts, Donna realized that her calling was a career as a Metalsmith.

Originally from New York, Donna currently resides in sunny Southwest Florida. She has a B.F.A in metals from the University of The Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her work has been exhibited in New York at the Rack and Hamper Gallery, at the New York Public Library in Manhattan, the Délann Gallery in Princeton, NJ, Philadelphia at Dizyners Gallery and in Portugal, Spain at the Faculdade de Belas Artes da Univasidade de Lisboa.

Classes with Donna Carrion

Joanna Coke


Joanna received degrees in Art History from Harvard, Education and Fine Arts from the University of South Florida and her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Louisiana State University. Her approach to art combines the abilities of the applied and fine arts.

Classes with Joanna Coke

Kerry Didday

Kerry Didday is an award-winning Florida-based artist. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art and Architecture. He has been active in the arts for many years, both corporate and fine art and teaches in St. Petersburg, Fl. Kerry is a founding member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters  (ISAP) and the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA).

Classes with Kerry Didday

Libit Jones

libitLibit Jones is a Texas native who has called St Petersburg home since1995. She is a well known artist in the Tampa Bay area and a popular instructor.Although she works in various media, her passion is watercolor. She is a Signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society and a member of the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA). She has been accepted into many prestigious shows and won numerous awards. Her paintings are owned by private collectors across the United States, Canada and England.


Deb Gallery

Debra Gallery graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa with an Art Education degree K – 12. She has taught art in public and private school systems, as well as private lessons for 22 years. She is known for her versatility of skills and media. Debra is presently an art instructor at Stewart Elementary School in Bradenton.

Classes with Deb Gallery

Graciela Giles

Graciela Giles Watercolor lasses at ArtCenter ManateeGraciela’s love of art, as well as music, blossomed early and the two have always formed a creative duet in her life. Her love of the natural world is readily apparent in her watercolors and musical expressions of paintings, places and people. Originally from Argentina, she has been an active watercolorist and teacher for two decades, earning awards from art societies for her sensitive portrayals of landscapes and people. Her artwork has been selected for numerous juried and invitational exhibitions and can be found in private collections internationally. Her affinities for art and music came together when she and artist/musician Rena Tatem created Painting Music/Playing Art workshops designed to facilitate connecting with our inner creativity. Graciela leads workshops and teaches watercolors at the Ringling College of Art + Design, Continuing Education, and various locations including The Rose/Giles Studio in the Village of the Arts, Bradenton, Florida. In addition to painting and teaching she gives piano, flute and vocal performances during which she captures the essence of visual art through music.

Classes with Graciela Giles

Julie Hanson

Julie received her B.F.A. from the Ringling School of Art and Design. Julie’s strong interest in color led her to the Cape Cod School of Art. Her artistic expression has been influenced by the plein air painters’ magnificent use of color.

Classes with Julie Hanson

John Hynal

John Hynal Photography at ArtCenter ManateeJohn’s introduction to photography began 40 + years ago when he received a 35mm birthday gift from his wife Peg. His enthusiasm increased with every shot he captured and before long he was winning awards in imaging and printing techniques. He entered the industry professionally as a photography instructor at Manatee Community College (now State College,) Manatee Technical Institute and also worked as an associate and management with local outlets (Norton Camera & Johnson PhotoImaging.) Along the way he owned & operated a Wedding & Portrait Studio (Affairs of the Heart) and a Photography School (Exposures Photo Workshops,) both based in Sarasota. Over the years he published in several magazines including the Oracle, Farm & Ranch (Readers Digest pub.) His passion has never wained and today he enjoys sharing his knowledge in his self designed workshop series titled “Creative Photography, Pure & Simple.”

Classes with John Hynal

Lisa Wojciechowski

Wojciechowski-Advanced-CeramicsLisa Wojciechowski earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a ceramics concentration from East Carolina Universary in Greenville, North Carolina. She started an Etsy shop in 2012 to market pet drinking fountains, pet urns and birdfeeders. Lisa has been a professional artist for over 15 years specializing in 2D illustration, painting and ceramics.

Lisa now focuses on teaching ceramics, pottery, sculpture, polymer tiles, and wine glass painting to adults. In addition to being an instructor, Lisa has participated in over 130 art and craft fairs.

Classes with Lisa Wojciechowski

Sandra Symens

I’m Sandra Symens and I’m pleased to be teaching ceramics at ArtCenter Manatee. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and secondary teaching credentials from the California College of Arts. My Master of Arts degree is from California State University, Sacramento. In California I studied with Viola Frey, Art Nelson and Vernon Coykendall. Since moving to Florida many years ago I have studied with Ted Camp, Annette Sidner and Ed Ross. Among the influential ceramic artists I’ve taken workshops with are Don Reitz, Malcolm Davies, Tom Coleman, Ron Meyers, Gay Smith, Suze Lindsay, McKenzie Smith, Matt Lang, Nan Smith, Kent McLaughlin and Regis Brody. My work can be seen here in the Artists’ Market and in Sarasota at The Museum of Art and Whimsey. Animal imagery is typical of my work with a fondness for frogs, rabbits and birds and a mad love for dogs.

Classes with Sandra Symens 

Wendy Thurlow

Wendy is an award winning jeweler/metalsmith. She has her BFA in Metals from the University of Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She was recently chosen as first place winner for publication in the book, Best of Artists and Artisans Books Series. She produces her own, one of a kind and limited edition jewelry.

Classes with Wendy Thurlow

Anne Walker

Anne Walker Painting Classes at ArtCenter Manatee

Anne Walker studied at the Philadelphia College of Art and with several artists in New England and Florida. Anne has painted all her life but took it up seriously after moving to Florida when her sense of color was reawakened. Every day she is inspired to capture and explore the use of color. She believes finding your passion drives creativity and the ability to celebrate your unique self. She loves to help students understand the basics of painting, demystify the mediums and find the joy of experimentation. She presently teaches at Art Center Manatee and Sun City Center and shows her works at Little Swamp Gallery in Village of the Arts, Bradenton.

Classes with Anne Walker