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holds a BA in fine art with an emphasis in painting from George Washington University, Washington, DC, where her program was affiliated with the Corcoran School of Art. She later attended the Art Students League of New York. In her teaching, Connie encourages individuality, emphasizing freedom of expression based on theories of balance and structure. She has participated in solo as well as group and juried exhibitions, and her painting has been featured on the award-winning label of Meadow Glen Wine, Sonoma County, California. Connie's artwork is collected both locally and nationally. She has taught at the Art Academy of San Diego since 1999.
Connie Athens

received his BA in painting and printmaking from San Diego State University in 1977. Since that time, he has had over 30 one-person shows and participated in over 60 group and juried exhibitions. From 1980 to 1992, Stuart owned Rogue Graphics and Stiff Springer Gallery in North Park. He is a founder and the Director of the Art Academy. Galleries in Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Florida represent him. Memberships include the CA Art Club, Oil Painters of America and the Impressionist Society of America.

Stuart Burton

REED CARDWELL - (1954 - 2013)
received his BFA from Cal State University, Long Beach with further studies at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Reed also studied drawing and painting with Los Angeles artist Harold Kramer and later studied painting with Nathan Oliveira in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Reed worked as an animation artist for Walt Disney Feature Animation. His work is exhibited locally and nationally and is part of many private collections. Reed has taught at the Athenaeum School of Fine Art and at UCSD Extension.

Reed Cardwell

received his MFA degree from Yale University and BA from UC Santa Cruz. He has 30 years painting experience specializing in working from life as well as from the imagination. He has taught classes in studio art at UC Santa Cruz and currently teaches at UC San Diego Extension. His work has been exhibited nationally and belongs to many private collections.

Michael Coletta Begining Drawing

is an abstract realist painter who lives and works in San Diego, CA. She paints focussed natural histories: close-up corners of the big picture of life, in subtle colors and painterly detail. Her artistic goal is to invoke calm and contemplation. In addition, Bronle paints portraits by commission, teaches painting and drawing, and volunteers for and is on the board of ArtReach San Diego. Her work can be seen in galleries in San Diego and the Napa Valley.

Bronle Crosby Drawing Intermediate and Advanced

earned a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1990. He was given his first show at Doug Simay's Java Cafe/ Gallery in 1992. Stephen has been represented by the Thomas Babeor Gallery and is now represented by Quint Contemporary Art in La Jolla and Koplin del Rio in Los Angeles. He has been included in three shows at the California Center for the Arts Gallery, Escondido. Stephen has also shown at the Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco, Saddleback
College, Claremont College, Grossmont College and The Cannon Arts Gallery in Carlsbad. His work is included in many private collections and also in the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and the California Center for the Arts Collections. Stephen also teaches at Palomar Community College, San Marcos.

Stephen Curry

received her BFA from Emporia State University in the southeastern part of Kansas now known the world over for its Flint Hills National Grasslands Park. She worked at Hallmark Cards as an illustrator after graduation, being inspired by the use of brilliant, creative color. From 1982 to the present she has enjoyed being represented in a solo show and many group shows. An award winning artist, she has taught artists of all ages to overcome their limitations and stretch into their own style. Her current work features acrylic landscapes using color to evoke feeling. Her work is held privately locally and nationally. Her work is represented by local galleries as well as at the Art Academy of San Diego.

Deanna Ditzler


earned her BA from San Diego State University's School of Art and Design, studying under the tutelage of world-renowned professor and author, Arline Fisch. She has also studied at Haystack Mountain School of Arts and USCD Craft Center. A native of California, Jacqueline finds ample inspiration in nature here. One can readily see the waves of the sea in her fluid shapes. In addition to creating jewelry, she also teaches art to children.

Jacqueline Gore

received her MFA in Printmaking in 1994 from CA State University, Long Beach. She won a Printmaking Fellowship at the Kala Print Institute, Berkeley, in 1996. While earning her BA at UC, Davis, during the 1980s, Loretta studied printmaking with Roland Peterson and painting with Wayne Thiebaud. She taught printmaking at Palomar College for five years. Her recent work has focused on Monoprints. She has exhibited her work internationally and is included in many collections. She is currently a member of North County Printmakers of San Diego, Los Angeles Printmakers Society, San Diego Artists Guild and the San Diego Art Institute.

Loretta Kramer

is a nationally recognized award-winning figure and portrait painter whose work in soft pastel, oils and watercolor span more than 30 years. Glen has been featured in numerous books and magazines including the Artist Magazine and Pastel Journal where Glen has been selected 5 years for the prestigious Pastel 100 Issue. Glen is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies Master’s Circle, a Pastel Society of America Master Pastelist, and an artist member of the San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild and Pastel Society of San Diego

Glen Maxion
is a highly trained, classical stained glass artist. She is a diplomat of the Ecole de Vitrail et de Creation, Monthey, Switzerland. There, during a 3 year intensive program, she furthered her studies in drawing, painting and design, and mastered all aspects of the stained glass process. Her work has been in several European exhibitions including the Swiss Museum of Stained Glass. Lisa's professional stained glass studio is called Verre Designs where her specialties include custom glass art for residential, commercial, and liturgical settings.

Lisa Maywood

In his eighth year as a watercolorist, Chuck has garnered hundreds of awards for his paintings and holds triple Signature status with the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, National Watercolor Society and The San Diego Watercolor Society.
He served as Third VP on the NWS Board, two years as the Member Shows Director on the SDWS Board, and three years as Newsletter Chair on the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild Board. Today he is the 1st Vice President of the Foothills Art Association.
This intuitive artist paints full-time, building a reputation through a quick wit and infamous 6" brush, flamboyantly embellishing paintings with props borrowed from large and intimate crowds... like lipstick & coffee.
Chuck recently co-founded where he offers workshops, paint-alongs and composition clinics and serves as a discerning art show juror. He will instruct intermediate and advanced watercolor sessions in January 2016 at the Art Academy of San Diego.

Chuck McPherson
Is a North Park jewelry artist who is originally from the Chicagoland area. She spends a lot of her time traveling to participate in various art and craft shows. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Metalsmithing from the University of Illinois, she began working in fine jewelry that focused on hand-skills and CAM technology. She then went on to study at the Gemological Institute of America to further her jewelry knowledge and skills. The technical training, she received from her fine jewelry background has allowed her to expand her focus on her own line of jewelry. All her work is handmade, one of a kind, and quality driven. Katie’s favorite jewelry technique is enameling which she has been practicing since she moved to California. Pushing the limits of color on metal is something she loves to do, and continues to explore every time she’s in the studio.

Seth Slater, M.F.A.
is a former newspaper reporter and editor who has taught creative writing at the University of California, San Diego.  A former civilian dolphin trainer for the U.S. Navy, Slater is author of The Dolphin Divide: Sounding the Depths of Our Common Consciousness, a regular blog column for Psychology Today magazine, ongoing publication of which led to his appearance as a dolphin behavioral expert on National Geographic Wild’s television program “An Animal #$*% My Vacation”.  
Slater’s latest book publication was in the anthology Permanent Vacation: Twenty Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks, which features his essay “An Admirable Hard Start” describing events that took place during a season he spent working as a wrangler and trail guide for a mule packing outfit in the Eastern Sierras.
Slater currently teaches creative writing at Cuyamaca College, where he has hosted literary events showcasing the creative writing of students as well as professional and semi-professional San Diego writers.  Slater has appeared as an invited reader at the West Hollywood Book Fair, and has been a participating writer in San Diego DimeStories, a venue for three-minute stories read by their authors online, over the radio, and at monthly open mic events in California and New Mexico.  Slater’s short stories have appeared in the anthologies DimeStories: California, New Mexico, and Beyond – A Celebration of 10 Years of Dimestories and in Five and Dime, a compact disc audio release by DimeStories Live Showcase.   
Slater has, at various times, worked as a deckhand aboard a commercial fishing boat in Alaska, a volunteer for the California State Parks System, and a SCUBA instructor in Southern California.  He was a night-shift taxi cab driver on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, and has twice camped his way across the southern states in a pick-up truck accompanied by a Siberian husky and a kayak.  He earned his Master’s degree in Fine Arts at Antioch University, Los Angeles and lives in San Diego.

received her B.A., M.A., and M.F.A. degrees from U.C. Berkeley. She served as affiliate graduate faculty at the University of Hawai'i for eleven years. Since relocating to her home town of San Diego, she has taught privately as well as for the Athenaeum School of Fine Arts, UCSD Visual Arts Dept., and UCSD Extension. Pia's work is held in galleries, museums, public and private collections nationwide, and has been critically acclaimed in newspapers, books, and journal reviews.
Pia Stern

has a degree from San Diego State University in Graphic Design as well as an emphasis on fine art. While running her busy design business she pursued her painting career and for the last 15 years has showed and sold her work locally and nationally. Her work is energetic, loose and intuitively driven.

Theresa Vandenberg Donche