Recent Workshop Instructors included:
Jay Apking is the founder and artistic director of the Janus Project, a theater in Cincinnati, Ohio that concentrates on the development of young people in the performing arts. He has been teaching and performing for children for 15 years, having worked at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival and the Barter Theater in Virginia as well as touring the eastern U.S and Russia with productions.
Yostie Ashley: Yostie passed away on Thursday December 20th. We will miss her dearly and know she is shining happiness and light down on us from above. Rest in Peace, Yostie. You were a one of a kind lady.
Harry Culpepper, Jr. graduated from Shenandoah University with a BFA in Music Theatre. He spent over a year with Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN, performing on the main stage, touring with their Youth Theatre, teaching playwriting, serving as a resident teaching artist in the public schools, and directing/producing two original cabarets. He served as the Education Specialist for The Peace Center for the Performing Arts, and is currently the Drama Teacher at the Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts, which recently earned the 2009-10 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award. Harry has appeared locally in Main Street Youth Theatre productions as the Cat in the Hat in Seussical The Musical, and the title role in Willy Wonka and recently directed A Thousand Cranes at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.
Danielle DeMers is a painter and printmaker living and working in New York City who also maintains a studio on Hilton Head Island. Danielle studied printmaking drawing and painting at Bennington College with Vincent Longo, Stanley Rosen and Jules Olitski among others. She was a member of Atelier 848 in Montreal and joined the Pratt Graphics Center in New York City when she began working at New York University (Tisch) School of the Arts Theatre Program. She has taught Figure Drawing at NYU, The Red Piano Art Gallery (when it was owned by Louanne LaRoche), the Art League of Hilton Head and as a visiting artist at Spring Island. She is a long-time member of the Manhattan Graphics Center in New York City where she prints and teaches a Monotype Intensive class. Her drawings, watercolors and prints have been shown in the U.S. and abroad. Locally she showed at The Red Piano Art Gallery and was member of the Roundtable. Her work can be seen at Four Corners Gallery and Framing in Bluffton.
Margaret Hancock holds her M.Ed from the University of Virginia and her BA in Art History from Duke University. She leads design-based educational programs and workshops at a variety of institutions, including the Virginia Center for Architecture and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Margaret’s expertise also includes judging annual juried shows, teaching undergraduate courses, serving as a docent at several art museums and completing an internship with the National Gallery of Art.
Melissa Holloway grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where her love of teaching was inspired from working at her Grandparents' toy store. She received her BFA in Art Education at Ole Miss. and then moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where she earned a Masters in Art Therapy. Melissa currently works part-time at a local pre-school in Savannah, GA and also volunteers at Backus Children's Hospital.
Amos Hummel’s bright and happy paintings showing his interesting perspectives of his surroundings have made him one of this area's favorite artists. A self-taught artist, Hummell uses vibrant colors and bold compositions to capture the joy and beauty of the Lowcountry. The work is fun and funky, with a semitropical color palette to reflect the coastal area where Amos has lived since 1980. The zany and sometimes downright weird characters who show up in his pieces are often reincarnations of real people who have crossed his path.
Natasha Lawrence is a professional calligrapher and instructor. She also teaches other arts and crafts workshops. She is also an award-wining photographer, a freelance service journalist and destination writer for magazines and travel sites on the Internet. Having lived in Southeast Alaska for several years, she is a lecturer on cruise ships’ enrichment programs on the Inside Passage. She is calligrapher to the Historic Charleston Foundation.
Patti Maurer has a BFA in dance from the University of Colorado and has performed throughout the United States, Japan, and Korea. She also has an Advanced Fine Arts Certification, Highly Qualified in Dance, K-12 for South Carolina. Patti performed in the Arts Center's productions of The Producers, A Chorus Line, My Fair Lady, and Hello Dolly!, Other past credits include: Mass., Sweet Charity, A Chorus Line, Colorado Repertory Dance Co., Kim Robards Dance Company.
Cathie M. Murdaugh, a Charleston artist, received her B.A. and M.F.A. in ceramics from Winthrop University and USC respectively. She has been teaching clay to kids and adults since the 1990’s throughout the state of South Carolina.
Sylvia Pitts teaches visual art at Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts. Before teaching she worked as a professional artist for 10 years. She is a painter and a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has made Hilton Head Island her home since 1990. Along with teaching art to 750 students during the school year and raising three children, Sylvia continues to expand her own body of work.
Amy Plew grew up on a small sheep farm in Southern New Jersey, where her parents own and operate a folk art school. Amy assisted in teaching classes at the school from the time she was ten years old, but now calls the Lowcountry her home. Amy sells her felted creations at a number of craft shows and online at www.etsy.com/shop/littlesheepfelt.
Christina Taylor received her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a M.Ed. from Berry College. She divides her time between teaching and designing her personal line of jewelry, Dreamcat Jewelry.
Marianna Tcherkassky was brought up in Kensington, Maryland and is of Russian and Japanese descent. She began her training with her mother, Lillian Oka Tcherkassky and continued her studies at Mary Day’s academy of the Washington School of Ballet and on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet in New York. She joined American Ballet Theatre in 1970 and was elevated to principal dancer in 1976. She has been recognized as one of the world’s leading ballerinas and was reviewed as “one of the greatest Giselles that American ballet produced” by Anna Kisselgoff of the New York Times. Since Miss Tcherkassky’s retirement from the stage in 1996, she has taught extensively, and in 1997 she received a Golden ring award honoring artistic excellence from the Asian-American Arts foundation in San Francisco. On June 11, 1999, she received an honorary Doctorate of Performing Arts from the University of Cincinnati. She is married to PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr.
Danielle Agostinelli Tobia is an artist and teacher originally from New York City. She received her BA in Art Education and Elementary Education from Monmouth University in New Jersey. She has been an elementary art teacher for five years and is a member of the National Art Educators Association.
Jen Washburn is a veteran of 9 companies of A Chorus Line, including the Broadway-European tour and two productions on stage here at the Arts Center. Jen has worked with the top A Chorus Line company members and also appeared in the Art Center’s Cats as Rumpleteaser and will be seen in this summer’s Shout! The Mod Musical. More on Jen at www.thejenbrooks.com.
Robert Yonke works out of two studios, one in Pittsburgh and the other in Swanton, Md. He works mostly in watercolor and focuses on subjects that he loves, such as bluegrass music. His love of music, the mountains, and the outdoors can be seen in his work. Bob's award-winning art has been shown in many galleries throughout the region. He is a member of the Garrett County Arts Council in Western Maryland.