jaime alspach

Jaime Alspach

After growing up in North Olmsted, Ohio, Jaime received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy from Ohio University. There, she studied flute and piano, and was active in Sigma Alpha Iota. Her clinical internship was completed at Capital District Beginnings in Troy, New York where she worked with preschool and school-aged children with a variety of diagnoses in their homes and schools. At BAYarts, Jaime provides early childhood music enrichment. Jaime is married to Tom Alspach, a Lead Solution Developer for Hyland Software, and has two children, Ashley and Matthew. She is an avid reader and enjoys camping, exercising, volunteering and spending time with family and friends.


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Moira Beale

Moira Beale was born and educated in England. As a graduate from Farnham School of Art/Surrey Institute of Art she was a Ceramics Major and a Printing/Etching Minor. She has been Head of the Ceramics Department of BAYarts since 2000. Each year she curates the annual Ceramic Exhibit in the Sullivan Family Gallery. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in the USA, including at Orange Art Center and Hathaway Brown. Moira coordinates Youth, Family and Scout programs at Playhouse Square.



John Carlson

Always artistically gifted, John began his career as an artist by attending Cleveland’s Cooper School of Art. Inspired by the works of Egon Schiele, Franz Kline, Edward Hopper and Lucien Freud, John strives to find a balance between expressive drawings and boldly executed paintings. John has been accepted into numerous juried shows including the prestigious Butler Midyear Show at The Butler Museum of American Art and recently juried into The Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery First Juried Show in Columbus OH. In July of 2015, he was the first non-photographer to show paintings in The Cleveland Print Room, gallery dedicated to the photographic arts. He was nominated for the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2009 and in 2004 his charcoal drawing "Viewpoint" was purchased by the Erie Art Museum and entered into their permanent collection. His work can be found in collections across the United States and in Europe.  johnwcarlsonstudio.com


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Erin Schechtman Caruso

Erin Schechtman Caruso is a 2008 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Syracuse University's prestigious Illustration program. She has worked for Darice, Inc. (Pat Catan's) since 2008 as a Staff Illustrator, and then as an award-winning Product Designer specializing in children's crafts and toys. Known for her ability to work in many different styles and mediums, Erin enjoys creating artwork in oil and acrylic paint, encaustic (beeswax), mixed media, charcoal, watercolor, and digitally using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. She has taught painting, drawing, and encaustic classes at BAYarts since 2011. Erin spends her free time creating gallery work and shaking up the Cleveland art community as part of the Rust Belt Monster Collective, a group of six professional illustrators who create live, improvised murals. Her websites are erininartland.blogspot.com & rustbeltmonster.com.


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Diane Chernisky

Diane began at BAYarts in the summer of 2008, teaching summer pottery classes to kids. From there, she went on to teach homeschool classes, Girl Scout workshops, birthday parties, Art Academy, and Parade the Circle troops. She got her BA from Kent State University. She is a co-creator of the annual BAYarts Girls Camp, which has become one of the most sought after summer camps on the Westside. Currently, she teaches at Redwood Elementary in Avon Lake and lives in Olmsted Falls with her husband and five kids.


audra costello

Audra Costello

Audra Costello began teaching at BAYarts in the summer of 2010. She especially enjoys teaching children hand sewing and how to make wonderful creations using a needle, thread and their imagination. Audra is a 1997 graduate of The College of Wooster where she majored in English. She lives in Rocky River with her husband and two daughters.






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Hallie Coughlin

Hallie Coughlin graduated from Wittenberg University with an art and education degree. She has taught K-8th grade art in public and private schools. Her first job was teaching K-5th grade art in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She was the Teacher Of The Year in 2009 before taking a job back home in Cleveland, Ohio. Hallie joined the BAYarts team in 2014 teaching Mini Mosaics" and various spring and summer classes. During her classes, students explore all sorts of art- from painting, sculpting and printing to drawing, photography, and weaving - her students are always thinking about and creating beautiful art. Hallie loves spending time with her husband John and their growing family.


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Amy Coursen

Amy teaches preschool pottery and "mommy and me" classes at BAYarts. She has worked with clay since childhood and taken classes at Orange Art Center, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland State University, and BAYarts. She earned her bachelor degree from CSU in Ceramics, as well as Environmental Planning. Outside of the studio, she is a mom to her sons, native plant enthusiast, and a very happy camper. Amy has had the joy of introducing children to clay since 2011.


randy crider

Randy Crider

Pencil-pushing dinosaur fighter, Randy Crider is built from pens, ink, and madness. A Best Local Illustrator nominee from Scene Magazine, he's a founding member of the Rust Belt Monster Collective and The Cleveland Drink and Draw Social Club. His website is randycrider.com & he can also be found at rustbeltmonster.com. He's been teaching cartooning at BAYarts since 2011.


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Bernie D’Ettorre

Bernie has participated in classes and workshops throughout the state and overseas. She has been educated by talents such as Diane Boldman, Cathy Welner, Bob Moyer, Alvaro Castegnet, Ray Balkwill and many others. She is a signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society and vice president of the Lakewood Art League. Awards have included multiple "Best of Show", 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, places in juried art shows. For seventeen years she showed at the St. John Westshore Art Show and presently displays at Art on The Green in Hudson Ohio. Bernie began teaching at BAYarts around 2010. Presently she teaches several classes throughout the area. Recently, she received a government grant through the Carnegie library funding program to start an art class in an area library.



Eric Dull

Eric Dull grew up and currently lives in Grafton, Ohio. He is a 1997 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA in Illustration. He has worked as a illustrator, graphic and product designer as well as a production artist for a variety of Cleveland area companies. Working in such varied environments, he has become skilled in a wide range of mediums and techniques, both traditional and digital. In 2007 he began working his own projects with a concentration in his life long love of nature through realistic, detailed paintings and drawings. This has expanded to Broken Road Creative Studios, studio and gallery space in Grafton were he works and conducts classes and workshops.


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Mary Deutschman

Growing up in Cleveland, Mary Deutschman grew up sketching the glamorous high heels, beaded handbags and lace dresses that were in her parent’s attic trunks. Knowing she wanted to be an artist, she began studies in commercial art. She took up as a fashion illustrator, designer and then an art director. She then began a focus with painting, in which she employed bright and bold colors. She has said, “Color is my focus, not the subject of the painting, as I once thought it was.” With these colors for which she has become so renown, Deutschman has participated in gallery shows at BAYarts, as well as offered several well-attended workshops and classes. Painting has allowed her to teach workshops, write several books, learn computer programs like Access and Adobe, and give demos to groups and classes. Her website is marydeutschman.com


ryan finley

Ryan Finley

Ryan Finley is BAYarts' very own costume-wearing, pop culture aficionado. He has been with the organization since 2014. As a child, he attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and found it fueled his passion for art. He began working in the tattoo industry, where he stayed as a tattoo artist for 6 years. It was during this time he discovered how much he enjoyed getting to teach other’s the skills he had. Now, as a teacher, his love for pop culture and comic books is present. Ryan enjoys helping future artists develop their skills for self-expression. You can find him at ryanpfinley.com


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Al Fuchs

Al Fuchs began his career in photography as a photojournalist following his graduation from Bowling Green State University with a degree in journalism. He worked for newspapers around the country where he pursued a love of photojournalism. Much of his work involved documenting people’s lives and their environment. After leaving newspapers he began working as a commercial photographer - primarily for corporations and institutions. While most of his work is commercial, he also enjoys creating personal work. Fuchs says, “I find each type of work influences the other. Each allows me to expand my experiences and experiment with new techniques and technologies.” These new experiences included finding BAYarts around 2005, where he began showing and selling work. He was then invited to begin teaching photography around 2010. 
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Jim Giar

When he's not busy thwarting alien invasions, local artist Jim "Rev" Giar is huddled over his drawing table pursuing his passion: drawing comics. Referring to himself as a pop culture brat, Jim was raised on healthy doses of westerns, film noir, grindhouse cinema, horror films and comics. These influences are sprinkled and peppered into his single illustration work. Jim attended CCAD, studying illustration and photography. There is where adopted advice from his illustration instructor as a lifelong mantra: “every illustration should tell a story.” Recently he has contributed to several anthologies, including the Harvey Award nominated Once Upon A Time Machine published by Locust Moon & Dark Horse Comics, as well as the New York Times best seller FUBAR: Empire of the Rising Dead. He shares his love of comics with kids, looking to motivate the young storytellers of the future to continue telling stories through the use of sequential images… A talent, Jim feels, exists in all children. You can find him on chelzostudios.com.


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Susan Gray Bé

Susan Gray Bé has taught Oil & Acrylic Painting at BAYarts since 2010. She has a MA. in Painting from the State University of New York at Albany, a Certificate of Completion from the National Academy of Design, and has taken summer courses at the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Vermont while in college. Susan received an BA. from Hamilton College in 1980, majoring in Art & a minoring in Psychology. Alongside teaching at BAYarts, she teaches drawing and painting to adults at the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Cleveland Museum of Art (since 1997).

Peter Green

Peter Green was born and raised in southern Ohio, but he has spent time living in various locations abroad. He studied both drawing and design at Cleveland State, and while there he received a merit scholarship for the quality of his work. He then went on to receive an MFA from San Francisco's prestigious Academy of Art. Since then he has continued his artistic training in various workshops and specialized classes, under the tutelage of master artists such as Rebecca Guay, Juliette Aristides, and most recently an 11 week intensive at Studio Escalier in France. Peter is a representational artist who focuses mostly on the figure, still life and landscape, working in oil paints and traditional drawing media. His work has been published in art annuals, won awards, and shown in galleries across the nation. He currently teaches at Cleveland Institute of Art, The Beck Center, and BAYarts.

Linda Goik

Linda joined the staff at BAYarts in Spring 2016. Linda is a graduate of Saint Joseph Academy and the former owner of Local Girl Gallery in Lakewood. In addition to creating her own line of hand­painted silk designs, Linda has been involved teaching workshops, art/summer camps for young children for 20 years. She enjoys guiding hands­on art experiences to both children and adults of varying artistic abilities, through an array of art mediums. Her passion for art, draws inspiration from natural elements and a love for the whimsical. Linda is looking forward to teaching adult and children’s programming at BAYarts.


yuki hall

Yuki Hall

Yuki Hall is an impressionistic watercolor artist. After earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering, she had a career as an engineer in the automotive industry until 2006, when she decided to leave the workforce and start an artistic journey. She has studied the medium with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists such as David Taylor, Eric Wiegardt, and Alvaro Castagnet. Yuki’s work has been accepted into various prestigious national & international level watercolor juried competitions including the 38th National Exhibition of Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and the 46th Watercolor West International Exhibition, where she won the Founders Award. Her works also have been published by highly competitive national art/watercolor publications: two consecutive years (2014 & 2015) in Watercolor Artist Magazine and Splash 16 - Exploring Texture (2015), North Light Books. You can find her online at yukihall.artspan.com.


melanie harlan

Melanie Harlan

Melanie joined the staff at BAYarts as the Education Assistant during Spring 2015. Melanie has a BA in Art History from The Ohio State University as well as an associates degree in Fine Art from Lorain Community College. Melanie is the former owner of Gingko Boutique in Tremont where she created and sold her own line of hand-made jewelry. With inspiration from nature and a love to create, Melanie is looking forward to teaching the kids programming at BAYarts.


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Jim Johnson

Jim started at Potter and Mellen Jewelers after graduating from High School in 1950, and continued on until 1995. He learned jewelry and silversmithing during his time there. He then started teaching at Mayfield Heights in 1989 and switched to Mayfield Village in 2012. Jim then came to BAYarts in 2001. He was in the May Show 4 times, won third prize once, as well as winning awards a number of times for Potter and Mellen.


larry kasperek

Larry Kasperek

Larry attended the University of Missouri, graduating with a degree in Photojournalism in 1974. That led to a 25-year career in newspapers, working in New Jersey, Mississippi and Iowa as a photographer, then Michigan, Southern California and Alabama as a picture editor and director of photography. In 2000 he moved to Cleveland to partner in a commercial photography business. Gradually he started moving into fine art photography. He now operates his own company, Pixellarry. Larry works in a number of styles, using digital and analog processes. Over the years he has expanded into historic preservation and digital restoration of images. His photographs reflect an interest in history, as well as current trends, such as iPhone photography. He has taught photography classes at BAYarts since 2009. His website is pixelarry.com
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Teece Lester

Teece Lester has been educating, guiding, and giggling with young children for 25 years. The little artists at BAYarts paint and plant with Miss Teece for MiniMosaics and Fairy Gardens. As Preschool Coordinator at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, Teece is beloved by legions of preschoolers who have interacted with nature through the hallmark Nature Nuts preschool program she created 18 years ago. A former director of Westlake Montessori, Teece has devoted her life to creatively and lovingly fostering the developing hearts and minds of young children.


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Kelly Kocon

Kelly Kocon has been at BAYarts since 2014. She teaches preschool art as well as art camps during the summer. She remembers always having loved teaching other’s, even when she was a child herself. She’d even put her babysitting income towards art supplies to bring to her next babysitting gigs. She went to LCCC for Early Childhood Education and has taught traditional preschool, been a nanny, and also managed an in-home daycare. “BAYarts has given me the chance to grow as a teacher and as a person. I love watching my preschooler’s tiny little hands creating their masterpieces to bring home. It is truly a rewarding job.” Currently living in Bay Village, she is a Mom to 3 children – ages nine, seven and three.


leslie koelsch

Leslie Koelsch

She received a Bachelor’s of Art Education from Ohio State University in 1990, and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in 1997 from Ashland University. Being a fan of lifelong learning, she has continued her education by attending workshops in her field, as well as taking course work in technology and classroom management. In the summer of 2003, she spent two weeks touring the art and architecture of Italy. In the fall of 2005 she was awarded a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship and had the opportunity to study the people and culture of Japan for three weeks. In November of 2005 she became a National Board Certified Teacher in art education. She was then awarded Northeastern Ohio's Outstanding Art Teacher 2006 by the Ohio Art Education Association. In 2013 she was awarded OAEA’s outstanding Elementary Art Teacher at the state level. She taught high school art in the Sandusky City Schools for 5 years before being hired in 1995 as an Art Educator for the Avon Lake City Schools. She's taught at BAYarts since 2010, specializing in glass fusing.


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Christopher Leeper

Christopher Leeper is a realist painter working in all mediums. His award-winning work has been shown in solo and juried exhibitions throughout the country. He has illustrated four children’s books and has written and illustrated the book Realism in Watermedia, North Light. His work has also been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magic, Plein Air Magazine, Ohio Magazine and Splash 14 (North Light).He is a member of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Art at Youngstown State University. He is a member of the Oil Painters of America, Ohio Plein Air Society and is past president of the Ohio Watercolor Society. A popular instructor, he teaches workshops throughout the Midwest and South. He has been teaching workshops (watercolor and oil) at BAYarts since 2010. You can see his work at christopherleeper.com


susan mangan

Susan Mangan

Susan began teaching writing at BAYarts during summer 2015.  She holds an MA in English from John Carroll University and MA in Education from Baldwin-Wallace University. A former Power of the Pen writing coach and Bay Middle School Language Arts teacher, Susan currently publishes a monthly column for the ianohio:Irish-Amercian News Magazine. Susan is also a private reading and writing tutor who works with students of all ages.


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Beth Martin

Local jewelry designer and author Beth L. Martin spends the summer months walking the beaches of Lake Erie in search of glass and other shoreline findings. A life long resident of the North Coast, Beth arrived at BAYarts as a jewelry instructor in 2013, using beach glass from Lake Erie exclusively in her jewelry classes. Beth guides each student through her step by step instructions, whether it's Drilling 101 or more intricate wire wrapped pendants, bracelets or earrings. Beth's gift is inspiring our students to incorporate beach glass in new and unique ways. Part of BAYarts “dynamic duo", she co-authored a book with Eva Sherman, another one of BAYarts' noted jewelry instructor's. Beth’s designs and book, titled “Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry” are available in our gallery. You may also find her pieces at beachglassshop.com.


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Melissa Moon

Melissa Moon began her career at BAYarts as a child, growing up on the campus as a student and volunteer in art classes of all kinds. While pursuing a degree in Art Education at Bowling Green State University, Melissa returned to BAYarts in 2012 as an instructor bringing with her an excitement for teaching. At BAYarts you can find Melissa instructing anywhere from the pre-school to the adult 2-D classes, Art Academy and the Summer Girls Camp dressed up alongside her musical husband, Tim Moon, dancing with the 250+ girls in attendance. Currently, Melissa teaches at Strongsville High School where she instructs a variety of classes focusing on Ceramics and Art Exploration for Special Needs Learners. On the side she is a professional photographer and working artist. Her recent work is inspired by the newer medium of "Zentangle Art", where she can produce pen and ink drawings with repeated artistic marks and patterns. You can check out her latest work on her instagram @melmoonart.


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Bob Moyer

Robert Moyer was educated at the Cleveland Institute of Art, the John Huntington Institute and the Latham School of Art. His work has included commercial illustrative work for commercial companies, agencies and studios. Currently, he is an associate member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, Aquarelle Group, Westlake Watercolor Society, Rocky River Senior Center. Moyer also teaches classes at BAYarts, and has since the 1970’s. Awards received are numerous, and include: Cleveland Art Director’s Club, C.S.C.A., Emerald Necklace, St. John Westshore Festival of the Arts, Lakeside Katherine Frampton Art Show, and the inclusion in several BAYarts Juried Exhibitions.


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Loren Naji

Loren Naji, painter/sculptor, voted best Cleveland sculptor by Scene Magazine, owns a studio in Ohio City and galleries in Ohio City and Collinwood. His Virtual Gallery can be viewed online at najiartscene.com Along with creating and showing contemporary art, he has traveled extensively to exotic locations collecting indigenous art to exhibit. Naji’s art has been displayed in The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Butler Museum, New York City and many other galleries, events and shows. His sculpture, “They Have Landed” is a Cleveland landmark, installed near the Lorain Ave RTA Station and West Side Market. In 1998 Naji earned a BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Naji holds a second BFA in Graphic Design from Kent State University. Loren Naji taught portrait painting at BAYarts in 2014. He has taught numerous portrait drawing and painting classes at various institutions in Cleveland.


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Martin O'Connor

Martin E. O’Connor was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1972. He attended The Cleveland Institute of Art and graduated with a BFA in painting in 1998. He has been teaching at BAYarts since 2010. Martin currently lives in Rocky River with his wife Jennifer and their two sons- Cullen and Emmett. He maintains a studio at The Screw Factory in Lakewood. You can find him online at: Martin E. O'Connor.



allison polgar

Allison Polgar

Allison Polgar was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BFA in painting and printmaking from Miami University of Ohio in 2012. Since graduation, Polgar has interned and taught through Zygote Press, and has been teaching drawing and painting for Bay Arts Art Club program since January 2014. She has shown work regionally and recently completed a residency through The Birdsell Project in South Bend, Indiana. She currently lives and works in Cleveland.



Sharon Pomales

Sharon Pomales is a realist contemporary artist, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1970. Since moving to Bay Village, Ohio in 2012 she has exhibited at various galleries, institutions, and museums nationwide. Her work can be found in collections across the United States and Puerto Rico. Sharon is a member of the Portrait Society of America, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, American Women Artists, International Guild of Realism and is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. Her work is represented by Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


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Angela Oster

Angela Oster grew up in northeast Ohio and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in digital media from the Cleveland Institute of Art. After a life-changing Creative Workforce Fellowship from Cuyahoga County Arts & Culture in 2009, she found the confidence to do what she truly loved - draw cartoons. Angela's work explores the tearful yearnings and joys of childhood, and she also enjoys drawing odd and spooky characters. She lives in Rocky River with her husband Tom Stevick, also an artist, and her daughter Sylvie. Angela's grandmother and father were both teachers, so she is thrilled to carry on the family tradition as a teacher at BAYarts. Her website is angelaoster.com.



Bob Raack

Mr. Raack studied art at the American Academy of Art in Chicago & at Cooper School of Art in Cleveland. Following graduation he worked for two years as an illustrator for American Greetings and taught drawing/painting at Interlochen Center for the Arts and at Cooper School of Art. He received an MFA in Painting from Kent State University and taught Painting/Drawing/Design for twelve years at the University of Akron and for twenty-two years at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Mr. Raack draws and paints from direct observation with the emphasis on seeing how color relationships function to convey a sense of space, light and movement. He's completed over 40 commissioned paintings in the past twenty years, half of which were for CWRU. He's exhibited his artwork in many museums & galleries as well as being included in large number of regional, national & international juried exhibitions, winning numerous awards. He has a studio in the Shore Cultural Center in Euclid, Ohio. Examples of his work can be viewed at www.robertraack.com


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Jessica Ramage

Jessica Ramage is a professional photographer/ceramicist/artist/vampire living and working in Cleveland. She received her BFA in photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2003 and her MA in Art Education from Case Western University in 2004. She is currently the Ceramic Studio Assistant and a ceramics instructor at BAYarts. Jessica also owns her own business, Ramage Arts (ramagearts.com) where she specializes in child photography, invitations and party décor, murals and more. Her biggest achievements in life are her two adorable daughters and one very lucky husband.


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Mary Ann Sedivy

Mary Ann Sedivy has her degree in Fine Arts from Hiram College and has been teaching art for 25 years at both the high school and adult level. Mary Ann currently teaches at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin High School in Geauga County, where she is the art department chairperson. She started teaching at BAYarts in 2009 with a focus on teaching Plein Air painting workshops; where the student can explore the plein air painting experience in oil or acrylic paint. She has exhibited in Ohio in numerous juried exhibitions and has had several solo shows. Currently, her work is represented by BAYarts in Bay Village, Ohio. Mary Ann’s work is also in private collections, most notably in that of television personality Patricia Heaton’s of "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "The Middle", and of local singer-songwriter Alex Bevan. Her website is orionwhitedog.com.



Andrea Serafino

Andrea Serafino joined the BAYarts ceramic department in 2008 and teaches both children and adult classes. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Andrea has been an active participant in the Cleveland Art Community as a ceramic artist, teacher and supporter of the arts. She, along with fellow artists, coordinated and performed Spaces Gallery first benefit, "Eat at Arts." She then spent six years as a Spaces Gallery Board member. She has curated several ceramic exhibitions in the Cleveland area and was a member and then director of East/ West Alternative Gallery. As a teacher, she draws on and shares her expertise as a wheel-thrower and ceramic sculptor, often encouraging students to combine techniques in their work. Her 18 years of teaching in the children's program at the Cleveland Museum of Art, has made teaching art history fun for the many children she has taught over the years. As well as teaching for us here at BAYarts, she works and teaches at her east side studio, Beachwood Ceramic Guild.


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Eva Sherman

Eva Sherman began beading as a way to spend time with her daughters but soon became hopelessly addicted. In 2005 she traded in her architectural career for the opportunity to spend all her time among beads, and opened Grand River Bead Studio in Cleveland, Ohio. Eva now happily spends most days in the studio creating, writing. She has discovered an affinity for working with wire and metals, and prefers to design in an organic and unstructured style. Currently, Eva is working on her second book on organic jewelry design and has been teaching metal jewelry classes at Bay Arts since 2013. Her website is evashermandesigns.blogspot.com.



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Erin Stack

A graduate of The Art Academy of Cincinnati and Cleveland State, Erin has a Fine Arts degree with a specialty in Arts Education. An award-winning art educator for grades K-8, she came to BAYarts with a wealth of experience and loyal following. As Program Director, Erin created the model for BAYarts successful art education curriculum, developing diverse and challenging programs and outreach for student’s pre-K through adult. She still loves to teach, create her own work for BAYarts shop and edits BAYarts award-winning newsletter. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Judy Takács

Judy Takács has been teaching her Paint a Celebrity Artist Portrait Class at BAYarts since 2012. With a 1986 BFA in Illustration and Portrait Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art, she has curated and exhibited in solo, group and juried shows at museums, art centers and colleges in Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania... Her paintings have won awards throughout Northeast Ohio and from the Portrait Society of America and the Art Renewal Center. She has signature status at the Akron Society of Artists, and is archived with legendary Cleveland artists at the Artist Archives of the Western Reserve. She chairs the New Media Relations Committee on the Cecilia Beaux Forum of the Portrait Society of America. In 2013, Judy won an OAC Grant for her ongoing traveling painting project, Chicks with Balls: Judy Takács paints unsung female heroes. Chicks debut in 2013 at BAYarts. You can find her online at judytakacspaintspeople.com & chickswithballsjudytakacs.blogspot.com
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Susie Underwood

After 9 years in the Education Department of the Columbus Museum of Art, Susie quit her job, got married, and moved to the great city Cleveland. She makes mixed media and participatory installation art when she's not decorating her eclectic little house in West Park. Susie has dual bachelor degrees in Art and Communications and a Masters in Art Museum Education. She is excited to try out unusual project ideas with students of all ages at BAYarts.
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Janet Wade

Janet Wade has taught art classes and workshops for over 30 years. She started her art career in Bay Village teaching at Baycrafters from 1980-1997. Janet rejoins BAYarts faculty after moving back into the Cleveland area from St Louis, Missouri. She continues to exhibit her work both nationally and regionally, has been the recipient of Juror Awards in Excellence and her work has been published. She is an active member of several national and regional art organizations such as Women's Caucus for Art; where she served on the St. Louis Chapter Executive Board. Janet looks forward to teaching a variety of fiber based classes at BAYarts.
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Shari Wilkins

Shari is the Founder/Executive Director of Cleveland Print Room, arts educator and an artist. A self-taught photographer and mixed media artist, her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions from 2013 to present. Shari has collected photos since she can remember and when she found her collection was getting too big, she began selling vernacular snapshots to locals and collectors around the country. When she is not out buying snaps, she is at CPR (clevelandprintroom.com) or out in the community teaching others photography and alternative processes. CPR, a community darkroom, education center and gallery opened in January 2013. She has been teaching at BAYarts since 2015.


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Kathy Winzig

Kathy is a graduate of Buffalo State College with a B.S. in Business. After teaching preschool at Bay Nursery School for ten years, Kathy brought her experience to BAYarts beginning in 2007, teaching preschool summer art classes. When not at BAYarts, Kathy works with young children at Providence House year round and during the school year teaches preschool at Pembroke Kids in Avon Lake.


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