Stacey Barden is an art educator who enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge of art with aspiring young artists. In 2010 she founded The Smiling Easel, an arts enrichment business whose clients range in age from preschool to young adults.
Stacey has had a love of art since she was a child. Having grown up in NYC , she was heavily influenced by the vast amount of museums and galleries at her disposal. These experiences are reflected in her teaching style and lessons. She frequently incorporates art history, various artists (famous and emerging) and a myriad group of ethnic cultures into her curriculum.
She holds a Bachelors Degree in Art from Marymount College in New York. She has worked for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, various art galleries and educational facilities. She has taught art to students of The Arc of St. Johns, a charter school for students with varying developmental abilities. Stacey is active in the St.Augustine arts community and enjoys all the cultural activities the town has to offer. In her free time, she is an avid reader, loves to draw and write, listen to live music and kayaking.
For more information, visit Stacey's website: thesmilingeasel.com
Mary Hubley is a native of Philadelphia,. Hubley demonstrated her artistic talent early. She was brought up with a paintbrush in hand during the 1960s, being first taught by her mother, Idella Hallowell, a prominent Philadelpha watercolorist and student of Howard Watson, John Pike, and Ed Whitney. Growing up immersed in the Philadelphia art scene, her mother's friends were gallery artists who gave her private lessons in watercolor, oil, and plein air painting. Hubley distinguished herself at the top of her class, where she had her first experiences in art shows and won several first-place student awards through college.
Through the 1980s, 90s and 2000s, her art matured as she exhibited in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida. She has won awards and has been included in many private collections throughout the world.
Hubley has studied the masters and has traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe to paint, study in museums, and explore local gallery art. She has practiced several disciplines through her career including watercolor, illustration and graphic design, but finds her work in oils most satisfying.
Hubley moved to St. Augustine, Florida in 1997 to immerse herself in the emerging art culture of the old city, and as a result her style has further matured with a distinctly warmer palette and soft textures. Her art is informed by the beach and sunlight, which is similar to the light in southern France that inspired Van Gogh and Gauguin, and adds strength and vibrance to her work.
For more information, visit Mary's website: http://www.maryhubley.com/index.html
I live in a little house with Brian, my husband of 33 years, built for one plus an artist. That means he is constantly pushing 'art stuff' out of his office and back towards my studio, but poor Brian sometimes says he lives in just a big art studio and gallery! I am now teaching in St. Augustine at the Beach Art Studio on St. Augustine Beach, just south of the pier and in Ponte Vedra.
In a painting, I am trying to capture that ever elusive 'something'... perhaps based on what I have seen or heard or felt. Maybe a color or shadow pattern or pure beauty or oddness, something that strikes a chord in me. My art is varied. I find that the infinite possibilities in art are what keeps me engrossed.
I work in mixed media, watercolor, batik, acrylic, ink, and pencils. I do accept commissions. I have original work and prints available.
For classes contact Linda at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Linda Holmes is an award - winning Impressionist and plein-air artist. Her work reflects her love of French and American Impressionist styles and of plein- air and studio painting. Her preferred medium is oil but she also enjoys oil pastel .
Linda's paintings are included in collections in the US, Europe & Africa. She also shows in galleries in St. Augustine & Jacksonville, FL and has completed private and corporate commissions.
Linda enjoys teaching classes & workshops. She volunteers at St. Augustine 's Flagler Hospital Cancer Center sharing her creative spirit with fellow cancer survivors. She believes art is a highly effective tool in dealing with the stresses of treatment & recovery. Her classes are often joined by some of the oncologists , nursing staff & other hospital professionals.
A Massachusetts native and former travel industry employee, Linda's work is influenced by her travels and her New England background. Participation in plein air and other workshops in France and the US have expanded her painting experiences and living in St. Augustine offers an endless array of local and surrounding spaces which inspire her colorful work.
For more information, please visit Linda's website: www.lindarholmesart.com
Teri Tompkins, daughter of jazz pianist Ross Tompkins, is an award-winning painter and teacher working in St. Augustine, Florida. Her work spans portrait and figure painting, international images, plein air work, and
environmentally inspired illustrative paintings.
Currently, her work can be see at 24 Cathedral Gallery, and at Neff Jewelry and Gallery in St. Augustine, Florida.
For more information, visit Teri's website: teritompkins.com
At the BEACH ART STUDIO
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Cynthia has been interested in art as long as she can recall. She began her career as an Art Director and Illustrator for several national magazines. She kept her hand in creative activities throughout her life. After many years with her personal art interests on the sidelines, she’s back working at what she loves; painting in pastel and watercolor. She says; “I think portraits are my favorite thing to paint”. Many of her works and commissioned portraits are in private collections across the country.
Cynthia has been a resident of St Augustine for nearly 10 years. Most recently she did illustrations for two children's books for two different authors. A member of the St Augustine Artists association, The Beach Studio of St Augustine, The North Florida Pastel Society, The Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra, The Art Guild of Orange Park, The First Coast Pastel Society (President) and the Portrait Society of America. Cynthia has also been juried into the Pastel Society of America, with an associate membership. Art displayed at Aviles Gallery in St Augustine.
Cynthia can be contacted at cinpier@Hotmail.com and her work can be viewed on her website: www.cynthiapierson.com
Martha Ferguson is an award winning artist with an impressionist flare. She paints in the studio and on location, primarily in watercolor and oil. Having lived in the charming town of Ocean Grove, NJ and now St Augustine, FL, she finds plenty of inspiration. One of her favorite subjects is light, whether it be a light post or the sun as it hits the corners of the old towns. Her favorite time to paint is early in the morning before the sun rises. "Even though the streets are empty, there is a sense you're not alone. The old lamp posts and narrow streets have so many stories to tell. It's not enough to capture a likeness, I seek to capture the moment or rekindle a special feeling."
Art has always been a part of Martha's life. She studied art at the Universty of Charleston while in high school and graduated from Flagler College with a BA in Fine Art. While in St Augustine she was greatly influenced by Emmit Fritz, a local artist who she often encountered painting scenes of St Augustine. It was in those days she fell in love with painting. Martha continued her art education at the Student Art League in NYC and through ongoing workshops. She now offers both private and group lessons in both watercolor and oil.
Martha's is a member of the Art Studio on St Augustine Beach where she offers classes in oil and handpainted scarfs. As well as the Art Studio, her recent works can be found at GNG gallery on Aviles Street in St. Augustine, FL and in local venues, shows and online at www.MGFergusonFineArt.com.