ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS
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.
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.
Portrait and Figure Drawing
James Werner has been teaching at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette for 20 years and working as a fine artist doing portrait commissions, murals, and gallery works. His work is created in a tradition of realistic representation and he teaches traditional methods rooted in classical realism, while encouraging students to pursue creative styles that interest them. James attended the Florence Academy of Fine Art in Florence, Italy and graduated from Purdue University with a Masters of Fine Art and a BFA from The Amaerican Academy of Art in Chicago.
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!
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.
Penny Kliner studied ceramics and art history at Herron School of Art and has been an integral part of the pottery program at the museum for many years. She currently leads the studio and teaches Pottery II and III while assisting with Pottery I.
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
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.
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.
Erin McAtee hails from Lafayette, Indiana and has a background in art education and mission work. Since graduating from Ball State University in 2016, she has found a diverse range of experiences in teaching and volunteering to share her artistic gifts within various types of communities, particularly those she has volunteered with at Western Connecticut State University (Danbury, CT) and those she has served in the Manhattan and Bronx area. She utilizes the processes of printmaking, drawing, and painting in her work to focus on the beautiful and grotesque in humanity, relationships, and the innate dignity found within all of us. Erin will be working as an artist-in-residence at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in New York City this fall.