Linda Sheffield

Linda Sheffield grew up in the heart of New York City, attending both Music & Art High School and New York University. From an early age, she found herself fascinated by the mixture of cultures around her. Today, as an artist, she is deeply driven by both the juxtaposition of oil colors on canvas, and sculpture in clay, in order to achieve a similar end: the portrayal of the human condition within the world cultures around us.

Deeply inspired by her generations of Northern/Southern Italian heritage, Linda enjoys capturing the subtlest thoughts of her beloved Italian culture. Most recent is her series of work in oil entitled “Vivere, Ridere, Amore;” a colorful depiction of daily life in Italy.

Completing her BFA at Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a Presidential Scholarship, Linda has shown her work at the Academy’s Spring Show and Art Center Manatee.


2016   BFA Drawing & Painting   Academy of Art University
2014   AA Fine Art   Academy of Art University


2016   Presidential Scholarship   Academy of Art University
2011   Italy Scholarship   Academy of Art University

continued studies

Summer 2011, Plein Air Painting around Italy with Academy of Art University.

Numerous workshops with Stephen Assael, Dan Thompson, Mary Minifie, John Ebersberger Kerry Dunn; Studio Incamminati, Philippe Faraut, and Martin Dawe, Cherrylion Sculpture Studios.

exhibitions and publications

2018   March Featured Artist,
2018   Solo Exhibit, All Angels, Longboat Key, Fl., May 1 – July 30
2018   Italy Solo Exhibit, Manatee Bd. of Ed, Jan. 18 – Apr. 18
2017   Bradenton Herald Feature Article (October 1st)
2017   Artist’s Choice,   Merit Award,   Kellogg Gallery,   Bradenton, FL
2016   Hot, Hot, Hot!    Art Center Manatee,   Bradenton, FL
2009   Spring Show    Academy of Art University,   San Francisco, CA

Classes with Linda Sheffield

Helen Solomon

Helen SolomonHelen has owned her own art business for many years before moving to Illinois. Helen worked at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, teaching continuing education and older adults before moving to Florida in 2003.

Helen has been teaching fine art to beginners and advanced students for over twenty-five years. She teaches a variety of art subjects such as still life, landscape/seascapes, figures and portraits. Teaching students simple shading in pencils and color pencils to more advanced mediums such as pastels, watercolors, acrylic and oils.

Helen has always been involved in the arts, Helen was one of the founding member of the South Shore Arts Council. A current member of the Tampa Museum of Art and The Firehouse Cultural Center.

Classes with Helen Solomon

Victoria Mayol

Victoria MAYOL picVictoria Gomez Mayol is a young joyful artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She majored in Visual Arts at the University of Arts in Buenos Aires. Her work has been featured in galleries and national and international private collections. Her compositions are clear statements of life. Victoria’s innovating manner combines traditional materials and luminous colors, with a variety of mixed techniques. She considers herself a figurative artist. Most of her work is about the female figure painted with strength and personality. The artist’s refined style makes her compositions well-balanced, distinctly unique and they are real conversation pieces. Her classes are a breath of fresh air, where she not only teaches technique but also encourages her students to explore and experiment while connecting with their emotions. Art is about finding our own voice. It is a continual search throughout our lives and we must enjoy the journey.

Classes with Victoria Mayol

Alexandra Lillis

lexiAlexandra Lillis’ artwork has been  featured in solo and group exhibits at governmental buildings and  cultural centers. In addition her work is in private collections.  Alexandra Lillis lives and draws her inspiration from Anna Maria Island,  Florida. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art (BFA) from Ringling  College of Art and Design, Florida

Classes with Alexandra Lillis

Lolly Owens

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Creative Process:
Art is both a freedom and a restraint for me as well as a constant source of pleasurable problem-solving and spiritual exploration. It never gets boring. The more I delve into it, the more I realize I need to learn and the more I try to push the boundaries. Inspiration comes from my faith that we are all born with spiritual elements that we sometimes forget we have and therefore do not express as we travel through our lives. The elements of the human soul I refer to: Gratitude, Humility, Love, Peace, Courage, Joy and Strength. This is what I paint in abstracted ways but within color focus . Joy is primarily yellow in my work; gratitude is green; humility is indigo; love is red; peace is blue; courage is orange and strength is violet. When a person is attracted to my red works, I know they are unconsciously remembering love and/or want to be surrounded by love. This is what feds me and sustains meLolly Owens is an award-winning artist whose work has been widely exhibited in group shows around the country as well as in Florida. She is a member of the Florida Arts Group (FLAG), the Sarasota Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women, Women Contemporary Artists, and the International Society of Experimental Artists. She is the former president of the Palouse Watercolor Socius and a founding artist of the Pullman Gallery & Studios in Pullman, WA. From 2001-2008, she was a member/officer of The Artist Guild of Anna Maria Island, FL. She  holds a BA from Chatham University in Pittsburgh.

Classes with Lolly Owens

Janet Flickinger


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While attending collage Janet worked as an architectural model builder. It is at this time that she fell in love with the symmetry of architecture. In 1982 Janet graduated from the Art Institute of Houston with honors. She subsequently continued for the next ten years in graphic design and illustration. In 1993 she founded Flickinger Design Studio.

It is at this time that Janet’s passion for drawing and painting people really began to flourish. Her style can be characterized as (social or photo realism) with a high technical and detailed structure. Her style goes beyond what the naked eye can ordinarily comprehend and combines the fluidness of the human figure with the structure of architecture. Her passion now is to capture the essence of everyday life as it exists.

Janet loves the emphasis on common life as it occurs with the detail of architecture. Janet loves to capture the interaction of people as they conduct their everyday pursuits of life. As one examines her work they will begin to observe life through the perspective of her eyes. Janet is more drawn to recording history rather than creating decorative art.

Classes with Janet Flickinger 

Angel Navarro

Angel Navarro owns and operates Angel Navarro Photography, Inc., a photography and digital design company, in Bradenton, Florida. He provides both portrait and commercial photography services to clients through all of Central Florida. His portrait specialties are high school senior pictures, wedding photography and professional headshots. In addition to portraiture, he also provides editorial, advertising and product photography.

Angel began a career as a professional photographer in 1996, which added to his repertoire of skills as a graphic designer. It was a natural addition to a creative process that thrived on creativity, resourcefulness and ingenuity.

The rewarding opportunity to provide photography education began when he was asked to join Johnson Photo Imaging as their director of education. He soon discovered that what he understood now needed to find its expression to teaching. As both an instructor and a full-time photographer, he discovered the rewards of teaching others the craft of photography. With each passing year comes the opportunity to meet new challenges and serve new clients. As one who has benefited from the craft of photography, he also feesl a responsibility to pass on the skills which have served him so richly.

Classes with Angel Navarro

Seth Barendse

Seth Barendse has been working with clay for the past 22 years. He received his BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2011. Barendse has taught ceramics at Booker High Schools’ Visual Performing Arts Program, Workshops at Wildacres Retreat, and Ringling College of Art and Design. He has been a studio manager at State College of Florida. Barendse also assisted Cynthia Bringle’s workshop at Penland School of Craft in 2015. He is currently teaching at the ArtCenter Manatee, and Carla’s Clay in Sarasota FL. His work has been exhibited in Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Tennessee, Oregon, and California.

Classes with Seth Barendse

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,
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


I 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


 Ted is a master potter and teacher producing large and small scale work of his own design, both wheel thrown and handbuilt.

Ted started out studying chemistry. He ended up being an artist, drawn to the tactile sensations and aesthetic experience of working with clay. Unlike a lot of potters, he was captured by the chemistry of ceramics. He makes all his own clay and glazes, which allows him to manipulate his creations in ways a lot of potters can’t. Ted has been teaching ceramics for over 35 years. Over the years, his teachings have informed and enriched his art.

Ted was a professor of Ceramics for 35 years at State College of Florida. During that time, he gave numerous workshops within the state and at schools in the north. His work spans many categories including wheel and large scale hand built forms that focus on utility and/or sculpture and is in numerous private collections throughout the country.

Donna Carrion



Although Donna knew from a young age that she was an artist, it was difficult to decide what medium would provide her with the satisfaction she desired. Once she enrolled in her first jewelry class at the University of the Arts, Donna realized that it was important to her to pursue a career as a metal smith and jeweler. Donna, a native New Yorker, currently resides in Sarasota, Florida. She has a BFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing 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, and at the Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidad de Lisboa in Portugal, Spain. Donna has been a featured artist for Florida Craftsmen: Celebrating the Art of Craft in 2013.

Donna exhibits and sells her work in galleries and gift shops. She received Best in Jewelry for her creation “Protection IV” from ArtCenter Manatee. Longboat Key Center for the Arts awarded her 3rd Place for 3d Art in their Community Art Show for her sterling silver bangle titled “Line + Circle”. The Florida Society of Goldsmiths awarded Donna with the Mark Pheiffer Memorial Award for Best Works in Silver.
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-Demo-Photo-copy-300x213Kerry 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

deb galleryDebra 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 recently retired as 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

Judith White

WHITE-June-2019-3892Judith received a Bachelor of Arts K-12 teaching degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston Illinois.

Over the years, Judi has taught in public and private art schools in Illinois. Her work has been displayed in galleries in Chicago and Europe. Judi has taught many workshops throughout her career, on many different techniques pertaining to clay and glazes.

Judi is a very hands on instructor, helping students understand the art of throwing and stretches her students potential to bring out their creativity.

Liana Martin


As an artist and biologist, nature and wildlife are the inspirations of some of Liana’s art work. She found that she could express her love of nature in an art form – kiln formed and flame worked glass. Her natural curiosity lead her to constantly experiment to see what would happen if . . . She feels fortunate that she was able to combine two passions; nature and glass, into an art form that she can now share with others.

Classes with Liana Martin

Linda Tilson


I love working with color and fabric, experimenting with techniques and materials to create beautiful textiles. Most of my handmade clothing and accessories are cut from my hand-painted, dyed or marbled textiles. I begin with a design idea, make the patterns, create and cut the cloth and sew them in my studio. With a degree in Clothing and Textiles from Texas Tech University, I have been a designer, boutique owner, wholesale business owner, teacher and artist. For many years I traveled and sold my designs at some of the top juried Fine Art/Craft Shows in the USA, and I still exhibit in select shows because I love to meet my customers, get their feedback and hang out with my artist friends. Because of the “free” way I create textiles many of the pieces are one-of-a-kinds, but I often take orders for “similar”. I use high quality fabrics and professional dyes that are set according to specifications, usually by steam setting. Through the years many customers have been happy with the uniqueness, fit and quality of my designs, and I hope you may find a piece you like!

Classes with Linda Tilson