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Agresti, Francesco

Francesco’s paintings and drawings are exhibited in collections in Germany, Russia, Italy, U.S.A, and other locations. Francesco was born in Italy and spent his childhood there before moving to New York in 1956. He earned a Master’s degree of Fine Arts and a professorship at national and international universities. He enjoyed his first success as an emerging artist together with Sean Scully, Len Bellinger and David Reed. Francesco moved back to his home in Italy, where he keeps a studio and pursues his passion for painting. In Italy, he taught at a university and enjoys tending his beloved olive garden.

Baxter, Julie

Julie is a lifetime and award winning potter. Her teaching career has been with the Arlington County, Virginia, Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Resourses.  She taught all levels of wheel-throwing classes and workshops on surface decoration. She also taught children's handbuilding classes at Arlingtin COunty Elementary School.  Julie was a member of Grey House Potters, Arlington, Virginia and the Kiln Club of Washington.  Julie's undergraduate degree is in ceramics.

Campbell, Carol

Carol has earned a BS and MS in Art Education from Northern Illinois University in 1975. She taught K-12 Art Classes in Polo, IL doe 29 years retiring in 2000.  Since then she has been teaching watercolor painting to adults in retirement communities near here such as Herons Glen and Gran Paradiso.

Cassidy, Marilyn

Marilyn has a B.A. in Sociology and an M.S. in Education. She taught in the Albany City Schools in New York State. She moved to Florida in 1990 and worked in Early Education in Sarasota. She has studied with several local and nationally known artists. Her goal is to share her collected knowledge with others who are honing their   artistic skills; who want to have fun and discover a wonderful pastime.

Chencharick, Diane

Diane is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and serves on its Board of Directors. She is known for her strong use of color and keen sense of design. Her award-winning abstracts hang in many galleries, private collections and exhibitions. She has mentored numerous artists, honing their skills and teaching effective use of contrast and color. Her specialty is helping artists overcome self-limiting behaviors that keep them stuck in old patterns. www.deepwatergallery.com

Delfs, Julie

Julie comes from a life of creative living and has always experimented with different forms of art. She has always been inspired by and drawn to the ocean which is clearly reflective in her coastal-inspired works of art. Since discovering a love for resin-epoxy in 2017, she has created and sold over 300 one-of-a-kind works of art and loves to share her insight through fun and informative classes.

Espinosa, Josephina

Josephina studied at the Institut de Bellos Arts in Colombia, South America. She went on to teach both children and adults a wide range of media including drawing, painting, glass fusion, and stained glass. Her work is known throughout the world.


By embellishing her clay pieces with a wide array of found objects, Jane Freund elevates the basic pinch pot to a distinctive — and expressive — art form. Originally a wheel thrower, she switched exclusively to handbuilding many years ago and has developed advanced pinching methods that are both organic and elegant. Jane has exhibited widely at galleries and in juried shows. She shares her techniques at workshops and classes in both Pittsburgh and Sarasota. 

Golden, Sheila

Sheila Golden has worked in fine art for over 30 years, being included in a women's art calendar and exhibiting in New York City, San Francisco and Santa Fe, NM. Her watercolors are in Sarasota's Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy. She has a BA in Fine Art from Sonoma State University and has studied with noted artists Barbara Nechis, Robert Burridge and Wolf Kahn. With her art in private and corporate collections, she enjoys sharing the magic of watercolors.

Heart, Nancy

Working in three dimensions has been Nancy’s passion since high school. Her love of creating clay sculptures and teaching combine to make her “one happy camper.” Her student’s success and very busy classes support her enthusiasm and willingness to share her knowledge of sculpture techniques. After a successful 25-year career as a clinical social worker, working with children and adults, Nancy has found her niche continuing her art full time and teaching in Venice. “Life is Good!”

Johns, Andrev

Andrev Johns is a Roma born in Pahokee, FL in 1966 to Turkish immigrants. Working and apprenticing through the Southwest in 1980-84. Started showing in Las Vegas in 1990. Most of his artistic career in southern CA. Andrev lives in Venice FL today; working as a sculptor, and mixed media fine artist; and as spiritual leader for his band/tribe.

Keck, Alan

Fifty years experience on potters wheel. Made a living for 10 years as production potter, Masters degree in Art Education. Taught all levels of ceramics and glassblowing at Emporia High School in Emporia, Kansas. Last ten years as Department Chair.

Kelly, Patricia

Pat has worked as a studio potter for over 35 years. She is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology in Graphic Arts with post-graduate study at the School for American Craftsmen, where she studied with potters Franz Wildenhaim and Jim Seacreast. Her work has sold in specialty shops, Dean and Delucca and Tiffany’s of New York City. She has been featured in House and Garden, Home Beautiful and Country Living. Her work is in private collections in the U.S. and Japan.

Maria, Gary

Gary received his BFA from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania in 1976, then studied at the Art Students League of New York, SVA, and NYU. He first worked as a graphic designer in NYC at several book publishing houses. He then freelanced  illustration for Dell Puzzle Magazines, Silhouette Romance, and Barbour Publishing, and also worked as a fine art print colorist at Mill Pond Press in Venice, Florida. His work aspires to the traditions of nineteenth century academic realism.

Nishihira, Robert

Robert was a full-time commercial photographer for 18 years in California and had clients such as Callaway Golf, IBM, and Qualcomm. He won a number of honors including CA Magazine’s Award of Excellence and ASMP’s Gold Award. Robert's work has been published in magazines such as Vogue and Town & Country. After retiring from commercial photography, Robert taught photography at the City College of San Francisco for 20 years

Radomski, Michael

Michael Radomski has had an advertising career as an art director and photographer. He earned a BFA at Kutztown University and is classically trained in “wet” darkroom techniques. He now specializes in digital fine arts photography: Color, B&W and post-processing applications. Photography is an adventure. “Look small, you’ll discover a new way of seeing the subtle details of our natural world.” His work has been shown in galleries, museums and is contained in private collections.

Rosall, Judi

Judi is the founder/creative director at WildCherry Studio in Venice/Port Charlotte, FL. She is also a 20+ years, professional fine-art/mobile photographer and mixed-media artist. Her work ranges from figurative, to conceptual abstract, fine art photography; vintage/botanical composites; and seascape/wildlife photography. Judi has a B.S. degree in Journalism/Photojournalism, including advanced, fine art photography studies with leading CO, CA and NM, photographers.

Rose, Nancy

Art training since age eleven, Nancy is a professional award-winning artist, listed in “Who’s Who for American Art.” Rose has exhibited at New Britain Museum of American Art and is a juried member of Connecticut Watercolor Society and Women Contemporary Artists. As an Individualized learning specialist who taught teens with disabilities, Nancy began taking this approach to the art classroom. A nurturing teacher with enthusiasm and optimism that is contagious, she encourages students to paint as unique individuals.

Salezze, Marla

Marla Salezze is a jewelry designer and teacher of bead weaving. She is the author of the book Learn to Stitch Beaded Jewelry published by Kalmbach Publishing. Her original beadwork designs have been published numerous times in Bead&Button, Beadwork, Beading Daily, Step by Step Wire, and Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazines. She teaches beadweaving classes, workshops, and retreats across the country. Contact her, purchase kits for her projects and follow her beading journey at www.beadedbymarla.com.

Schadler, Peggy

After 15 years as a free lance artist in Washington D.C., P.J. Schadler began 30 years’ teaching fine arts and crafts to adults and children as Arts Director for the Military in MD, PA and in Italy. She expanded her love of fibers, batik, and abstract     painting, studying with several renowned artists in Europe and the U.S. She loves combining media and techniques with nature, photographs and found objects. She believes art is a journey.

Smith, Frances

Frances Smith has been a freelance artist in Venice for over 40 years. She attended Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and Ringling College of Art, specializing in acrylic, watercolor and pastel - with extensive work in stained glass, calligraphy, and Public Art and wall murals - both indoors and out. Frances has taught both children and adult art classes and exhibited locally and nationally, winning numerous awards for her work.

Tilson, Linda

Beginning with a BS in Textiles plus Education from Texas Tech, Linda has been a teacher, a commercial textiles and clothing designer and entrepreneur. For the past 20 years she has been a textile artist, creating one-of-a-kind garments and accessories which she sells at fine craft/ fine art shows, including ACC, Lincoln Center, NYC, and some juried Florida shows. Venice is her home and Linda enjoys sharing her passion for working with colors and designs on fabric.

Wilcox, Susan

Painting is one of the greatest joys of my life. I consistently use the gift that I have been given while striving to improve my technique and bring joy to others with my work. Susan studied in Buffalo, NY and earned a BS and MS in Art Education.

Zebot, George

George Zebot’s work has taken him to over 80 countries. He served as an artist in Vietnam and a Peace Corps Volunteer. His former faculties list Chapman University, Saddleback College, Laguna College of Art and Design, University of the West Indies, and Pannasastra University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia and California State University, Long Beach. His biography has been listed in The New York Art Review, Who’s Who in American Art and Contemporary Graphic Artists.