ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS
Lorie Amick paints in oils, encaustic, and acrylic but the main body of her work has been in watercolor. Her subjects are primarily still life and floral with a nod toward the nostalgic. Most often inspiration comes from objects that have been handed down from family members. This brings a deep emotional articulation to her canvases which adds to the allure of her work.
A full time painter, Lorie has been represented in regional and national juried exhibitions including National Watercolor Society, Heritage Arts Foundation and Hoosier Salon.
Lorie is a founding member of Artists’ Own and teaches watercolor at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. She teams up with LaDonna Vohar on the art museum's public art projects. They have painted hogs, frogs, dogs and 4 bears last year! Their Bison is situated on the courthouse square.
Jeff and Jane Boswell
Pottery I, II, and III
Jeff & Jane Boswell have a long history with teaching, with clay, and with each other. They both have done graduate work in pottery and have enjoyed exhibiting and selling their work. The Boswells developed the Museum’s popular pottery program in 2010 and continue to oversee all classes which now include a talented team of Teaching Assistants..
Becky has been a commercial artist all her life, focusing on fine art using watercolor for the last 15 years, and an art instructor for 30 years. Transparent watercolor is her only medium, but she enjoys painting on a variety of papers including a plastic surface (Yupo). Birds and landscapes with figures or animals are the subject matter that most intrigues her. Rebecca painted the Lions in 2016 for Lions and Tigers and BEARS oh my! as well has a frog, a hog and a dog.
Glass flame working or glass fusing at inspired fire
Glass fusing for kids at Inspired Fire
After a BA in art, Sharon started with a glass class in 1979. Her long term love affair with glass led her to study in Florida, Seattle, North Carolina and abroad. As a Lafayette native, she wanted the opportunity to share her passion, so she opened Inspired Fire Glass Studio & Gallery in 2002. It promotes over 30 local artists and gives an incredible studio to work, teach and play with glass in flame working, fusing and now furnace glassblowing.
Inspired by the nature around her, the glass vessels and jewelry she creates can be a colorful interpretation of transparency and opacity within swimming layers of joy!
Instructor Anne Parks has a BA degree in art education and a 40-year career in communications, sales and marketing. She currently makes her living as a fine artist and has been accepted into juried shows, winning numerous awards. Classes will include studio time, individual instruction, as well as short lessons to help you advance your art.
Elizabeth has been a professional artist for 30+ years. After formal training at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, she began her career in graphic design and advertising and she now focuses on drawing, painting, photography and teaching. She has been teaching for about 9 years and her students have included children and seniors. Her favorite mediums are watercolor, pastel, acrylic and charcoal. Elizabeth painted the bear that stands at the 9th street entrance to the Art Museum and is created two of the five bisons that are featured around town for this year's bicentennial.
A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, Jennifer Reitmeyer has been learning, teaching, inspiring, and creating Art since she was a child. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Indiana State University and currently holds a Indiana Teaching License in Art K-12. You may visit Jennifer and view her current mixed media art at her new Studio/ Gallery #11 at The Bindery, 511 Ferry Street, Lafayette, Indiana
Live Model Open studio
LaDonna is originally from Paducah, Kentucky, but has lived in Lafayette for many years. She loves to paint portraits, murals, furniture, and any subject that might interest her at any given moment. LaDonnalovesall the mediums she work in, whether its watercolor, pastel, acrylic, graphite, oils, or sculpture. When she is playing with an image, she is where she wants to be. You may seen her work locally on billboards and murals, hogs, frogs, dogs and bears and bisons.
LaDonna has received many awards over the years in a variety of art competitions.
James Werner studied in Chicago, at the Palette and Chisel Academy and graduated Valedictorian from The American Academy of Art. James received his classical training under Bill Parks, John Trapp and Ted Smuskiewicz, their training stems from the Belgium Royal Academy and the Superior Institute in Antwerp where William Mosby studied after WWI before bringing the tradition to Chicago. James also has taken summer classes at the Florence Academy of Art in figure drawing and painting, and holds a Masters in drawing, painting and printmaking from Purdue University where he was a teacher of life drawing and other courses.
Jeri Foley is classically trained in drawing and painting. It wasn't until she spent a little time at a very progressive art school that she learned the quality of digital painting. She has young children which keep her striving for the betterment of their lives, and what better way to improve lives than to bring art in to them. She is a strong believer that art and expression can cure any ailment and make better the world around us. The power of art is immense.
Yoga at the museum
Debra has practiced yoga for more than 20 years and has taught for more than five. First drawn to yoga as a way to combat stress, Debra's classes aim to provide students with the tools to develop a lifelong, mindful practice through gentle movement and relaxation.
Debra completed her 200-hour teacher training at the former All People Yoga Center (now Dragonfly 360) in 2012 and a 100-hour Yoga of the Heart: Cardiac and Cancer Certification(r) with Nischala Joy Devi in 2014, and is currently enrolled in a 300-hour yoga teacher training at Indiana Yoga Studio. She also has been fortunate enough to do workshops with Erich Schiffmann and Sarah Powers
Debra is E-RYT200 and YACEP certified through Yoga Alliance.
Kenya Ferrand-Ott is a classically trained artist with a minor in jewelry smithing. She is a wildlife artist and loves to bring this into her jewelry work with found objects and natural found crystals. Kenya believes that by using the natural beauty of nature, it's hard to ever go wrong.