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Renee P. Foulks ’80 spoke at Art at Lunch at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she has been a faculty member since 1990. She is an instructor in the Certificate/BFA and MFA programs and currently coordinated the Fine Arts Illustration Specialization. She showed examples of her work and spoke about her journey in education, developing a studio discipline and experiences exhibiting her paintings and drawings. Professor Foulks is currently represented by Haynes Galleries.
Caroline Ambs Niesley '80 gave a demonstration of inking with a brush for cartoons for the North Penn Art Alliance entitled, "You Use a Pen, I Use a Brush.”
Dressler Smith '80 was appointed Coordinator of Adult Programs at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). Her responsibilities include Art at Lunch, PAFA After Dark and the traveling lecture series. She was also appointed to the Outreach Committee for the Art by Women Collection of Linda Lee Alter and was interviewed to discuss her art on Eye Opener WPHL, Channel 17.
Linda Snyder Tagavi '80, owner and director of S Activewear, is excited to announce the opening of the first S Activewear Pro-Shop at Hugo's Gymfitness, Santa Clarita, CA. Hugo’s houses the largest selection of S Activewear, active sports apparel line, under one roof.
Kimberly Coleman Mehler '81 created a mural, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, for the SEPTA underpass in Glenside, PA. As a member of a women's co-op art group MamaCitas, Mehler initiated a concept for an art installation for the maternity ward at the new Einstein Hospital in East Norriton, PA. She was project manager and curator for the two-year project called Beginnings. Lisa Kelley ’92 also participated. Mehler was one of five collaborators for an installation at the Painted Bride. With the help of a Leeway Grant for Art and Change, the group created a steel wire vessel for each person lost to violence in Philadelphia in 2012.
Kathleen Shaver Amrom '83 exhibited in the following shows in 2012: Solo Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia; Strokes of Genius, juried exhibition at the Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD; Annual POST Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia; Irresistible group show, Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia; Fifth National Juried Exhibition, Prince Street Gallery, NYC; XL-XS: Extra Large and Extra Small Formats, Maryland Federation of Art National Juried Exhibition, University of Maryland (Juror's Choice Award); 20th Annual Friends Exhibition, Ceres Gallery, NYC.
Michelle Gordon Kennedy '83 began a new position in 2012 as handwork teacher at Three Rivers Waldorf School in La Crosse, WI, for grades 1 through 8. Handwork involves a curriculum of teaching knitting, crocheting, wool spinning, felting, toy making, sewing, embroidery, cross stitch, creating 3-D animals, Waldorf doll making, marionette and stage design and machine sewing.
Cindi Raimondo '83, owner of Ruka, a retail store in Center City Philadelphia, features jewelry, textiles, furniture and more, is offering guided trips to Asia. ruka.com.
Marni Maree’84 was the featured artist for May at Workhouse Arts Center, Fairfax County, VA, and her painting will be on the cover of the Fairfax County Visitor’s Guide. For the past eight years, she has volunteered as an art teacher in Haiti at the Village of Hope School and Clinic and visits her Haitian goddaughter, Colleen.
Crystal Moll ’84 exhibited her work in Bring on Spring: Fine Art & Fine Weather. The gallery hosted a plein air painting workshop in conjunction with the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
Wendy Elliott-Pyle '84 received the 2012 Outstanding Online Professional Staff Award for National Distance Learning Week at Drexel University. This award is presented to staff who have demonstrated a commitment and contribution to the field of online learning.
Encaustic paintings by Eleanor Schimmel ’84 were exhibited at the Newtown Library. The exhibition was covered in the Delaware County News Network.
Libby Soffer ’84 had a duo art show with her husband, Alan, at The New Gallery in the E.O. Bull Center for the Arts at West Chester University in April.
Kathy Butterly '86 exhibited small clay sculptures in her fourth solo show, Lots of Little Love Affairs, at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, NYC. She was the 2012 winner of the Smithsonian American Art Museum Contemporary Artist Award. The story was covered in artdaily.org and in Art in America. She is being honored by Moore’s 2013 Visionary Woman Awards on September 18, 2013.
Kathryn Kasper Cashman '87 opened her own studio in September 2011. She is painting daily and offers fine art classes, workshops and student exhibits.
Tina LaPlaca ’87 was featured in a Mercer County Community College publication where she is coordinator of advertising and graphic design. LaPlaca is coordinating two new programs which she helped to create: Fashion/Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising.
Loretta Tryon ’87 exhibited two sculptures at the Lehigh Art Alliance Spring Juried Exhibition. She also showed her jewelry at the PA Guild Fine Craft Fair, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.
Bobbi Bennett '88 exhibited a series of large photographic tree and leaf panels in Roots, Wallspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Miracle Mile Art Walk.
Eden Daniels '88 was part of the “Bands of Brothers” web-based reality show that follows three bands, made up of 12 military veterans. The show portrays the group as they bond together as units, overcome challenges, and are mentored by professional musicians.
A painting by Dana Donaty '88, Dana's Freshly Made Garlic Crab Cakes, became the poster for 14th Garlic Festival in Delray Beach, FL. The story was covered in the Palm Beach Post.
Carol Reitter Elia '88 had the honor of introducing Victoria Hagan at the 2012 Visionary Woman Awards at Moore College of Art & Design.
Lana Heckendorn '88 had a booth of her ceramics at the Festival of Fine Craft at Wheaton Arts and at the PA Craft Guild Show in Blue Bell. She exhibited and sold her ceramics at the Sugarloaf Juried Craft Festival sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.
Sharon Kenny '88 was invited to show her new series of paintings at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, PA. The paintings like nature to the human body.
Emily Bittenbender '89 was appointed to the Board of Philadelphia Academies, Inc, a nonprofit youth-development organization that prepares Philadelphia public high school students for employment and post-secondary education.
Patricia Griffin '89 showed her wildlife works in Roxbury, NJ.
Renee Reeser Zelnick ’89 published “The Art School Grads Guide to the Real World – Volume One.” The guide features tips “to get you out there and working and blast off your creative career.”