Maryann Kot worked in pharmacy and drugstore management most of her adult life. When retiring from her full time professional career, she immediately committed herself to another career that was just as demanding and rewarding-art. She entered into extensive three year nature illustration program at the Art Institute, Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona. The three year certificate program focuses on the basic elements of drawing nature through study of our natural surroundings. This direction cemented Maryann's passion for nature and realism in her art. After getting her Certificate in Nature Illustration, Maryann went on to take workshops throughout the US, concentrating on colored pencil and oil studies.
Laura Lein-Svencner grew up in Downers Grove and now resides in Darien, Illinois. She’s married with four grown children and a home full of loving creatures. Although she has studied drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and paper making, her love of paper keeps pulling her back to collage work. She is a signature member of National Collage Society and co-founder of the Midwest Collage Society, which exhibits throughout the Midwest Region. Her collages are represented at Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, Egg Harbor WI. Laura teaches her collage techniques locally at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, Illinois and On-line. Her work is published in North Light books, Incite I, II, and III, AcylicWorks II, The Art of Expressive Collage by Crystal Neubauer, The Artist Magazine, The Professional Artist Magazine, Cloth Paper Scissor Magazine, The Watercolor Magazine and Collage in All Dimensions (book) by Gretchen Bierbaum. When not teaching classes or workshops Laura enjoys her family, her own yard and walks in the woods that replenishes her creative spirit.
Ally Irsay: "Ally comes to Ambers Art Studio as a life long artist. She received her first set of acrylic paint over 20 years ago and has experiece 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 and is currently focusing on linoleum block printing, furniture chalking & mixed media. Ally owns her own Etsy shop and sells her block prints as greeting cards at Conscious Cup Coffee in Crystal Lake. She is excited to host upcoming workshops and classes and share the joy of art with others!"
Emily Kreiger is a Senior at Cary Grove High School. She has been involved in art her entire life and involved in the Cary Grove Art Department since Freshman year. Her favorite type of art is Anime/Manga, a style of cartoon from Japan. She is very excited to share her love of Anime and Manga art by teaching it to others!
Amber is an Art Educator (MFA)/Artist. She taught as an Art Specialist for 17 years in District 47 and continues to love teaching art after 20 years to all levels of children, teens and adults. She has participated in local & state art shows. She is the founder of Creative Arts Fine Art School and served as director/instructor for 7 years. Amber teaches art from her heart building self-esteem in her students and challenging them to find their inner artist. She believes that through the process of doing art, individuals experience creative thinking, problem solving and development of their artistic ‘eye”! Each art endeavor develops technical skills, artistic interpretation and unique quality artwork.
Nancy Collins is an accomplished seamstress and loves to create all kinds of sewn projects. There is nothing she can't do with a piece of fabric! She owns a store on Etsy and sells personalized embroidered works. We are glad to have this fun and patient teacher with us to impart her knowledge of sewing to our students. They LOVE her!
Julie Lemperis Bentle comes to Ambers Art Place with over 14 years of art teaching experience to students age 3 to 93! Julie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Art Education and was awarded her Masters in Teaching at Roosevelt University. Julie's passion and skill in art and teaching have placed her as a instructor of art at award winning Stevenson High School. Julie's flexible teaching style, creative intuition, and ability to meet the needs of all students gives participants the tools to succeed and have fun while doing it.
Patricia Lynn Eagle: My home is in northern Illinois, not far from the Wisconsin border, where native prairies and forests once covered the land. A clear prairie lake is a stone's throw away.
A favorite memory is that years ago, on rides down open country roads, my dad would sometimes slow the car to barely a crawl and tell us how it must have been to walk, run and ride horses across the vast prairies, matching the speed of the car to his stories. The wonder and awe that I felt listening to those stories has never left me.
Prairie colors of windswept grass, azure skies, silvery waters and sun drenched stones are prevalent in my work. My designs are not meant to reflect any certain culture or time; they are from somewhere inside of me, and without sketching or planning, they unfold in my hands.
The earth is our blessed home. I strive to use uncomplicated and earth friendly processes and materials in my jewelry designs and to live the same way by taking a gentle approach to the land and its creatures.
I have been told that my jewelry conveys a sense of peace and wholeness, which is always my intent.