Ava discovered Pilates through the competitive dance studio she trained at while growing up, and quickly realized the beneficial impact it had on the body. While she loved performing, she was even more passionate about the mechanics of movement and its therapeutic advantages.
She went on to earn a bachelors degree in Dance, and a Graduate Certificate in Laban Movement Analysis. Currently, Ava is studying for a comprehensive certification in Pilates and has already completed training on the Mat, Reformer, and Trapeze Table.
Dave has been photographing people and things since high school, but really began to hone his skills over the past 10 years, focusing on event and landscape photography. He strives to continually learn and grow in his photography and enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge with others. During these classes, Dave hopes participants gain a better understanding of how to use their camera, take the time to practice their skills, discover the world of photography in a new way, and challenge themselves to go beyond where they thought they could be.
Sharon began her passion and art for glass around ten years ago. It was something she had always wanted to try. She started out doing stained glass but started doing mosaics on glass and solid surfaces as she got a feel for the medium. She has always been involved in some kind art. She enjoys sharing her skills with others and really enjoys the satisfaction she sees in them when learning a new skill
B.S. degree: Psychology & art from Grand Valley State University. A.A. from Muskegon Community College
Joe took all of his art classes at MCC, where he did mostly 3 dimensional art: pottery (hand building & wheel work), sculpture, design, etc. Joe has been a clay artist on & off for nearly 40 years. He enjoys teaching clay hand building, an has been teaching these techniques at ArtWorks for close to ten years. Joe’s students include adults, children & special needs individuals. The focus of his classes are exploring various hand building projects & creative glazing techniques.
Taylor grew up watching her mom paint, and always asked her to teach her those same skills. So little by little she learned key techniques, and challenged herself to learn more on my own. Now she is sharing those skills by teaching others, like her mother taught her.
Jeanette Fleury and Nancy Randall
Jeanette and Nancy started working together in about 2008. Jeanette Jeanette had been teaching alone and was in need of assistance for a particularly challenging project. Nancy lived only a couple of miles away and was able to come and assist Jeanette with the project. Almost 10 years later, Jeanette and Nancy Randall can’t imagine teaching classes without each other. Both Jeanette and Nancy has been weaving since the late 1980’s. It’s been a partnership made in heaven!
Ginny has a bachelor of fine Arts in interior design from Kendall College of Art and Design. She began in engineering but switched to interior design because she wanted the ability to be more creative and more outside of the box. This gave her the opportunity to delve more into sketching and painting and learning more about color pallets. Her degree has helped her strengthen her knowledge of art and design principles as well as integrating technology into art. Her exposure at Kendall allowed her to experience 2D and 3D art with many different mediums including metal, paint, clay and plaster. Having a daughter who loves to be as creative as herself drove her to find an outlet that would allow her to teach art to her, while learning more myself and being able to make an impact on other kids lives. The lack of art and creative outlets in schools today is what forced me to look for outside sources that offer these things.