Deborah Beck

Deborah holds a B.A. with honors in Fine Arts from Brandeis University, an M.A in Art Education from New York University and she also attended Parson’s School of Design, The School of Visual Arts and The Art Students League. She has been teaching children art for over 15 years. She has exhibited her work through solo and selected group exhibitions and has won numerous awards. She now brings her vast experience to us.

James Coe

James Coe is originally from New York. He received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1979 and his M.F.A. from Parsons School of Design in 1984. Mr. Coe is also a member of the Society of Animal Artists. James is an artist, illustrator and naturalist. He loves nature and loves to capture it in his work. Much of his work is Plein-Air, or animal related. He has had many solo exhibitions. James is a published author and illustrator. His illustrations have been included in Ornithology, Audubon Handbooks, Eastern Birds: A Guide To Field Identification and many others.

T.A. Charron

A New England farm boy from Massachusetts, a painter and curator, T.A. Charron is well known in the award arena. He has received over 65 international, national and regional awards and prizes, for excellence in both painting and drawing. T.A. is an elected member of the Salmagundi Club and the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, in New York City. He is also an elected member of the Academic Artists Association, Rockport Art Association and is CA signature artist at the Copley Society of Boston. Artist T.A. Charron paints on locations throughout the northeast and in his north light studio in Southern Massachusetts. He will offer demo’s and will also be instructing seasonal 3 day plein-air workshops.

Helen David

Helen David is our master still life artist. After attending Brooklyn College and later teaching there, Helen went on to study at the Art Student’s League, and Art Institute. She has successfully participated in benefits for the Newark Museum. She exhibited at the River Gallery which was highly acclaimed by the noted author and art editor, Robert Steiner of the Art Times. Her paintings have been displayed in national juried art shows and prominent galleries throughout the tri-state region. Her last major solo exhibition was a complete sell out.

Stephen Doherty

Stephen is an active alla prima painter who loves to paint all over the United States and Europe. He is Editor-in-Chief of American Artist, Watercolor and American Artist, Drawing magazines. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Doherty has written dozens of magazine articles and several books regarding painting in various different techniques. Stephen will be one of our featured instructors offering a seasonal plein-air demo and Workshop in oil or watercolor.

Joseph Fama

Joseph Fama will be teaching several beginning and intermediate courses in painting and drawing. He is an accomplished painter, illustrator and designer. After receiving his liberal arts degree he went on to further his degree at the school of Visual Arts and the Pratt Institute. He is an award winning Art Director who has worked and designed for such companies as Christopher Radko, Nestle Foods, Campbell Soup and many others. He has had numerous exhibitions of his work and along with being a terrific artist he brings with him the experience of years of teaching art and visual concepts.

David Fox

David Fox’s specialty is contemporary painting, portraiture and classical figure drawing. David received his diploma in Art and Design from the Wimbleton School of Art, London, England. He went on to receive his Post-Graduate Diploma from St. Martin’s School of Art, London, England. He then completed his Master of Fine Arts at Maryland Institute College of Fine Art where he also went on to a Graduate Painting Fellowship. He has been featured in numerous one person and selected group exhibitions around the country, and has been featured in many publications including; “The New York Times”, “The Baltimore Sun”, “Soho Arts Weekly”, “Arts in Progress”, “Penrose Annual England”, and others. He also carries with him years of fine art teaching experience.

Michael Graves

Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts Michael Graves began art at an early age. Upon graduating high school in 1970, Graves joined the Blackstone Valley Art Association. He studied at the Famous Artist Correspondence School and at Anna Maria College. He spent 20 years painting with friend and mentor Bernard Corey until Corey’s death in 2000. Graves has received over forty awards and six medals. His work can be found in galleries throughout the United States. His work has also been included in national exhibitions at the Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists, Knickerbocker Art Association, American Professional League, Harvard Club of Boston, and Arts for the Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Although Graves spends most of his time outdoors and painting on location throughout New England, he finds time every year to offer painting demos and teach a 3 day plein-air painting workshop.

Kathryn Jahnke

Kathryn is our local art teacher who works with our youngest children. She lives locally as well as teaches in a near by art program. Kathryn received her M.A. from the University of Colorado and her B.A. from the University of Denver. She brings a new level of creativity and enthusiasm into the children’s classrooms, creating fun and informative programs that stimulate the minds of young children.

Holly Meeker Rom

Holly Meeker Rom our adult watercolorist has an M.F.A. in painting from American University, an M.A. from Cal State University in art education and a B.A. from Mills College. She brings to us over twenty years of experience as an artist and teacher. Her professional experience includes many solo and selected museum exhibitions, and numerous awards. Her illustrative work has been featured in many publications including “The Washington Post”, “Mills Quarterly” the “NYU Medical Handbook”. She also volunteers as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art leading student tours of the European Masters, American and Modern Art.

Cheryl Vlachos

Considered one of the new Hudson River School Landscape Painters, Cheryl brings her successful career as an artist to our school. She has won several awards from the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) and was one of the winners of the annual Soho International Exhibition. Her work has been highlighted in the New York Times and has been shown throughout the U.S. and in Europe while working on exhibits for Unicef. Her educational experience comes from Newport Art Association Schools, RICC, RISD and The School of Visual Arts.