Mark Shamlian has a bachelor of fine arts in drawing and painting from the University of Delaware and a Masters degree in Painting from Boston University. He also studied at the University of the Arts and Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He has taught drawing, painting, and illustration at the University of Delaware, University of the Arts, and various continuing education programs. He also taught environmental design at the former Art Institute of Philadelphia. These days he divides his time between fine arts pursuits, commercial design, illustration, writing, carpentry, and music related activities.
Like many artists, creating art has been a driving force since I was a child. As an adult, I explored a number of creative options, including being an entrepreneurial soft-sculpture artist with my own company to being a professional journalist. Now, I’m a mixed-media artist, and transform trash into art through the magic of paper mache. Using a variety of recyclable elements such as soda cans, newspaper, plastic and cardboard, my works include a range of fanciful creations —— from large-scale lobsters and insects, to whimsical mermaids, birds, butterflies and even flying pigs —- all made with paper mache and a myriad of cast-off embellishments.
Publicly, I’ve exhibited my work since 2019, starting with an emerging artists show at Carrollwood Cultural Center in North Tampa. In the fall of 2020, I had my first one-woman art show entitled “Ms. Mantis and the Garden of Whimsy,” a collection of large-scale paper mache insects, at Carrollwood.
Since then, I’ve continued to show my work and have been grateful and fortunate to be accepted into numerous art exhibits in the Tampa Bay area. I have also won a number of awards, including Best 3-D in the “Fishing for Diamonds” show at ArtCenter Manatee in 2020; first place in the “Mother Earth” show at Carrollwood in 2020; special merit and honorable mention awards for shows at the Art Center Sarasota and Beach Art Center in Indian Rocks Beach. Recently, I garnered a second place award for my piece, “Wings of Change,” in the “Always a Bridesmaid” exhibit at Carrollwood. This year, my work, a giant, paper mache praying mantis was accepted into the “Art of the Garden” exhibit at Florida CraftArt in St. Pete. I’ve also exhibited at Center Place Fine Arts and Creative Junk Therapy in Brandon.
Addie Rose started teaching at ArtCenter Manatee in the fall of 2022. Prior to that she worked as a potter and pottery instructor at Arts Ablaze in Lakewood Ranch.
Pottery has been a lifelong passion of Addie’s. She started working on the wheel in middle school. Addie graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Ceramics & Studio Art in 2003 and studied under Paul Donhauser and Randy Johnston. During her military career, she always sought out a kiln and a wheel to keep her artistic passions alive. Her inspiration explores the dynamic between various energies, forces and influences. Typically she explores this through combining wheel thrown and handbuilding techniques and various glazing methods. She welcomes beginner through advanced students in all her classes and offers Beginner Wheel throwing (Mondays 1-4pm), Monday evening wheel throwing (5:30-8:30pm) and Combination Wheel and Handbuilding (Wednesdays 5:30-8:30pm).
Her motto is Pets, Pottery & Yoga. Do more yoga, be more YOU! When she’s not practicing or teaching yoga, Addie enjoys SCUBA diving, traveling, and volunteering with The Haven and the Florida Aquarium. Addie is also an avid animal lover, she started pet sitting in 2022.
Melissa Miller Nece, CPSA, CPX, MAA is regarded as one of the foremost colored pencil artists in the country. Her enthusiasm and humor have made her a favorite speaker for arts groups, and she has inspired many others to try colored pencils through her classes and workshops. She has taught colored pencil, drawing, and oil and acrylic painting at the Dunedin Fine Art Center since 1990, and many workshops in Florida and as far away as South Carolina, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin.
Melissa is president, a ten year merit signature member and a CPX signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Prior to that, Melissa was CPSA’s ways and means director for eight years and she served two terms as president of CPSA District Chapter 113. She is also a signature member and board member of the Miniature Artists of America, a member of the Florida Artist Group, board member of the Professional Association of Visual Artist and a member and past board member of the Miniature Art Society of Florida.
Melissa developed a mixed media technique featured in a step-by-step article she wrote for the October 2012 issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Other publications featuring her artwork include CPSA Signature Showcase, Modern Masters of Miniature Art in America, Creative Colored Pencil Portraits, American Artist and Drawing Highlights magazines, The Best of Colored Pencil, volumes 2, 3, and 5, and other books. She has worked with several manufacturers of art products who have used her work in advertising, packaging and promotional materials. Her drawings and paintings are in many private and corporate collections, including the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, the city of Clearwater, and the Pencil Museum in Keswick, England.
My life careers were in teaching and industrial management. In 1996, wanting to satisfy my creative juices, I decided to try my hand working as a full-time artist. Art & art-related projects have always been a big part of my everyday existence for as long as I can remember. Encouraged by a mentor and friend, I have never looked back.
I love those happy accidents that I see every day in pursuing my passion. I look to the whimsical, contemporary & abstract for inspiration and then just let my thoughts guide my hands. God has truly blessed me.
I have taught art in public schools and art centers. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm with young artists. I currently work as an art instructor at ArtCenter Manatee in Bradenton, Florida as well a private tutor.
In addition to teaching, Robert has 30+ years experience in media communications as a designer and illustrator creating product illustrations, technical illustrations and manuals. 25+ experience using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Accomplished artist in a variety of media. Innovative approaches to illustrate and communicate ideas and information for client presentations. Good organizational skills and project/task management abilities to carry a project from concept to final production.
“I loved the free flow style of watercolor, but needed more precision” said Peterson. “I then discovered that using a variety of different mediums gave me the ability to be unrestrained yet detailed.”
Her work can be found in private European and US collections and galleries.
Jan received her Masters Degree in Art Education from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Visual Arts from Bemidji State University. She was a high school Art Teacher for 14 years teaching students in grades 9-12. Jan has taught classes at ArtCenter Manatee in Mixed Media and Drawing. She really likes to teach beginning students in Studio Arts, adding a dash of Art History and Art Critique. “Welcome to the Wonderful World of Art!”