Kimberly Rock: I was inspired at a young age by her mother who would often find inventive ways to be creative. "During second grade one of my classmates had brought in a painting of two red birds that his mom had made. I remember thinking that if his and my Mom could make something like that then I could too." Kimberly took Art throughout school, which mainly began with free handing her favorite subjects such as animals and anime. Through college, Kimberly developed an interest in figural work and mainly enjoyed working on large surfaces with charcoal and acrylics. "I pick people as my subject because I love trying to capture emotion in my work. It's exciting to me when the audience can feel the mood I'm trying to set." Kimberly graduated from William Carey University in 2015 with her B.A. in Art Education. She moved later that year from her home in southern Mississippi to San Antonio, Texas where she completed her first year of teaching Elementary Art. Having recently moved to the area, Kimberly is excited to meet new people and share her skills at Amber's Art Place!
Lindsay Calabrese (Sewing Instructor) is a local designer and seamstress who lives in Crystal Lake with her husband and 4 children. Since receiving her degree in Fashion Design, she has been designing and creating children's clothing, doing clothing alterations, and teaching homeschool sewing classes. She is excited to share her skills and teach here at Amber's Art Place.
Ally Irsay: Co-Director, teacher, Printmaking, Acrylic Painting, Furniture Refinishing, Paint Party facilitator)
Ally has worked together with Amber for over a year and a half and came to Amber's Art Place as a life long artist. She received her first set of acrylic paint over 20 years ago from her grandfather who was himself an amazing artist and photographer and she has experience with a number of different arts and crafts styles. Ally has taken multiple art classes in high school, college and beyond and has done a number of works in acrylic, oil and water color paints, chalk and oil pastels, printmaking, mixed media and more! She is excited to host workshops, teach classes and host painting events. Ally is now the director of all Paint Parties for kids and adults and has a great following!