Artist / Camp Instructor Bios
Kelly Devine – Stained Glass: Kelly is a graduate from Tyler School of Art receiving my BFA in 2011. She has been teaching stained glass at Tyler Park Center for the Arts for quite some time now. She learned this skill from her grandfather when she was a little girl. She inherited all of his supplies after his passing and was determined to keep his spirit alive. Teaching stained glass is not only fulfilling to her passion for art, but also keeps her connected with her grandfather. Kelly loves teaching people of any age how to engage with their artistic abilities to create something of their own.
Basia Andrusko – Pysanky Egg Decorating: has been writing Pysanky for over four decades, gathering in the kitchen during Lent to carry on the Ukrainian tradition. She finds the creation process very soothing and meditative, and look forward to the moment of melting off the wax to reveal the design. She writes pysanky with traditional patterns, but also enjoys creating egg art with fresh interpretations and original designs (like my beach-inspired seashell patterns).
Dar Hosta James – The Art in You: Dar is an artist, a writer/illustrator of children’s books, a teacher of both children and adults, a public speaker, and a life coach. She is the daughter of an artist with a BA in creative writing from the University of Missouri and a secondary education certification in Language Arts. After a brief stint as a high school teacher, she became a stay-at-home mom in rural Ohio where she became an artist while spending days at home with her two young sons. She continued working in education through writing and art as a visiting author, an artist-in-residence and a national speaker on creativity in education. In 2003, after a move to central New Jersey, Dar started an independent publishing company. Of her life as an artist, she says, “Art has become a metaphor for my life… my life has become a metaphor for my art… in both areas, I try to look for what is working and how to make it all more fun. The two feed each other.” She is the mother of two grown sons and lives in New Hope, PA. When she is not busy creating art, Dar is an avid runner, a regular yoga practitioner and an amateur student of tarot. See her work, calendar and shop at www.darsworld.com.
Tracey DeLellis – Ceramics: Tracey is a local artist specializing in ceramics and jewelry making. As a certified art teacher, Tracey enjoys bringing new techniques and inspiration from around the world. Tracey brings a love for creativity and personal expression to every project!
Bonnie Pelberg – Beading: Bonnie learned the art of making wire-crocheted jewelry after being the stay at home mom to 3 boys. She has turned this skill into a business, Wired by Design, in which she designs and creates jewelry, wind chimes, keyrings, and beaded scarves. Her work is currently in several stores in the Tri-state area. She also currently teaches beaded jewelry, windchime and re-purposing jewelry classes in the area.
Ivia Sky Yavelow – Drawing: Ivia is a lifelong mixed media artist who has been exhibiting her work in the tri-state area since 2010. She received a BA in Studio Art from Bard College and also studied drawing and sculpture at the New York Studio School. She was a 2015 Visual Arts Fellow at the Edward F. Albee Foundation and completed a monthlong residency at the Foundation’s William Flanagan Memorial Creative Persons Center. Ivia teaches with Artists in Residence Bucks County and at Raven’s Run Visual and Performing Arts Camp in New Hope, PA. Her work focuses on play and experimentation with materials as well as the contexts in which art is made and seen; expanding creation into new areas both conceptually and spatially. Her recent work is inspired by the STEM to STEAM movement, gesture drawing, and texture.
Laura Violante – Grimm Fairy Tales: Laura graduated from Arcadia University with a BFA, and then completed graduate courses in art education. Her courses included drawing, printmaking, painting, and graphic design. In addition, she enjoyed teaching art for seven years in New Hope, PA and in Trenton, NJ. She is a certified as a Teacher of Art K-12 in Pennsylvania and in New Jersey. As a professional who enjoys creating artwork, she shares my growing knowledge with her students, while encouraging them in their own artistic endeavors. Art is important because it helps one to express emotions and build self- confidence through each new skill learned and each project completed satisfactorily. In addition to drawing and painting, she enjoys reading, shopping, and walking in her spare time.
Alexandra Griffen – Watercolor / Ceramics: Alexandra’s well rounded education and diverse experiences are channeled into energetic teaching and a deep desire to share her knowledge and time generously. She discovered a love of water color and quick sketches wile traveling through Spain and the south of France as a teen. Latter being inspired by the historic plantations of the southern united states she developed a distinctive approach to art using techniques originating in China while equally being influenced by western impressionism. Embracing spontaneous style watercolors were pigment is poured and used in lose washes she emphasizes capturing the ephemeral qualities of the natural world. Using her love of nature to inform her work as a sculptor and watercolor artist, she hopes to encourage a sense of stewardship in her young students. She is intently seeking additional art instruction for personal enrichment at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. An art educator and active volunteer she is also a classically trained vocalist. She is educated in religion and the humanities. As an alumni of Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts she placed personal emphasis on cultural sensitivity and concentrations in art and psychology. She is currently organizing a watercolor group for adults as therapeutic stress management.
Karen Wychock – Basket Weaving: Karen is a retired art teacher, is a juried member of both the Bucks County Guild of Craftsmen and the PA Guild of Craftsmen. She has taught beginning and advanced classes throughout PA as well as in her home studio in Warrington, PA. She sells her work at a number of shows throughout the tri-state area. Check out her website at www.karenwychock.com or facebook for additional information.
Gina Tavelli – Felting & Collage: Gina specializes in Fiber Art ; Felting Making, 3D fiber, Eco Installations, Batik, Shibori, wearable Design and local runway shows. She also teaches Collage, Pastel, Musical Instrument making using gourds.
Jessica Jensen – Music: As a mother, Music Together teacher, Kindermusik instructor, and Montessori Assistant, Jessica has been making music with children for 8 years. Jessica has played many instruments throughout her life, including the flute, baritone horn, and tenor guitar, but has a particular affinity for percussion.
Vincenzo Baratta – Drawing: Vin is a Freelance Character Animator with close to 10 years experience in animation. He co-created and ran movie creating camps out in the Hempfield School District for 4 years and has developed working with young minds in the past. Having noticed that animation is an under-appreciated art form in early schooling he wants to create a way to inspire young artists to take interest in this trade.
Jan Wyatt – Drawing: Jan is an experienced artist and art educator. She has provided a variety of fine arts teaching in schools and colleges, in community art centers and in museums. Her museum educator work includes workshops and classes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Michener Art Museum. Audiences for Jan’s fine arts workshops and classes include children, adults, family groups, and senior adults. In addition to her work as a fine arts instructor, Jan brought fine and applied creative arts to an adult and senior adult treatment program. Jan was able to promote similar therapeutic creative arts while she directed a Doylestown healthcare day treatment program. As an artist, Jan Wyatt has exhibited in solo and group shows, locally and regionally. In the past 2 years her sculptures have been accepted into the annual Juried shows at Sidetracks Art Gallery and at the 2015 & 2016 Bucks County Sculpture Show. Jan Wyatt earned an MFA from Peabody College, Vanderbilt University with an emphasis in 3 dimensional work. Jan also studied sculpture for an independent year of studio work at the Italian Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.
Cara Vaughn – Doll making: Cara Wolf-Vaughn is a mixed-media studio artist, working predominantly in both fiber and clay. She discovered her love for materials earning her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design, later going on to design as a fiber artist for Adrienne Vittadini and Liz Claiborne. Cara studied ceramics at University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Chatauqua School of Arts and the Penland School. She has worked at numerous summer camps and teaches private lessons in her home studio. www.creativitycaravan.com
Jennifer Miller Manzi – Ceramics: Jennifer is the owner and head instructor of Earth Center Pottery and a juried member of the PA Guild of Craftsmen. She specializes in functional and decorative clayware. Jennifer and her talented and experienced instructors teach the techniques, tips and trends of this fun and ancient craft. Everything from handbuilt to wheel thrown, wedging to glazing is covered.