Teacher Bios

Eduardo Valadez Arenas

Eduardo is a Mexican-American Artist from Mexico City by way of the Coachella Valley. He is currently residing and working in California’s bay area. His artworks echo diaspora, his Mexican American heritage, and influences of California pop culture. His mixed-media works on paper and handmade panels contain elements of cartoon illustrations, sign painting, traditional
printmaking techniques, and street art. Through the Modern Codex series, he seeks to explore and share the tradition of documenting and personal histories and rewriting narratives. Outside of the studio, his work as an educator has led to collaborations with art-based organizations like Kala Arts Institute, Ryse Youth Center, Riverside Museum of Photography, Oakland School for the Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and La Cocina.

Terri Griffin

Re-cycled furniture is Terri’s passion. Being able to save an old worn piece and turn it into a beautiful whimsical piece of furniture is her mission. She creates useful unique furniture made from various papers, dried leaves, foil and fabric and loves to share her knowledge and inspire whimsy within her students.

Find Terri’s work on Facebook @ Pollie and Paper- Recycled furniture by Terri Griffin Home

Joanne Gelles

Originally from the D.C. suburbs, Joanne has lived on the Eastern Shore for almost 25 years. She loves the slower pace of life and the beautiful water views almost everywhere. She discovered Mosaics about 10 years ago and has been busy creating mosaics ever since! Joanne enjoys small mosaic workshops and helping others discover their own creative path. Her background is in the Arts, Writing, Photography, and Education.

Aggie Beletsky

Aggie started professional dance training in her twenties, when she walked into an Arthur Murray Dance Studio in San Diego, California. Although she had been partner dancing (waltz and swing) with her father back in Poland, she never had any formal training prior to entering that dance studio. Shortly after placing first in her first few amateur competitions, she started competing Pro/Am with her dance teacher at competitions all over the U.S. Aggie joined Dancing on the Shore nine years ago and has experience teaching all levels.

Laura Rankin

Laura Rankin has been creating art in one form or another all her life. She taught herself needle felting and wet felting about ten years ago. Her professional art career began in the 1970s, first as a courtroom illustrator for the CBS affiliate in Buffalo, NY, then as an illustrator in editorial at THE BUFFALO NEWS in Buffalo, NY. After that, she moved into her 30-year career as an award-winning children’s book author and/or illustrator of 20 books.

Jan Boettger

Jan started by taking a glass class at DCA under the instruction of Bill Wise, a teacher at the center in the 80’s. When Bill retired, Jan continued to produce her sparkling images as well as teach the art of stained glass. Jan’s love for working in glass and teaching the craft shows in both her students’ work and her own. When asked Jan says, “My greatest joy over the years has been the variety of students I have taught and the pride these students have for the beautiful pieces they created.” Much of Jan’s work can be seen in various buildings around the shore.

Griselda Jiménez

Griselda, originally from the State of Veracruz Mexico, has had a passion for art and nature since she was a child. She started three years ago sponsoring activities in Mexico, Cambridge and Colombia. In August 2020 she founded WorldWide Hope starting with 7 students teaching upcycling Art. Now it has 35 active members and 6 coordinators in Latin America, Goldsboro and Cambridge MD. “Art develops skills in children, works as therapy and at the same time we take care of the environment. “I want to leave a legacy, a legacy of love to the planet”.

Warren Saunders

Warren is a master decoy carver born and raised on a farm in Dorchester County. Warren spent his early life studying waterfowl in their natural surroundings. Warren studied with noted carvers over the years and has become one of the noted experts in his craft. He participates in exhibitions and shows throughout the eastern United States. He became an Open Class Carver over 22 years ago and was notified by the international Wood Carver’s Association congratulating him on being amongst the top 120 top carvers in the country.

Diana Evans

Diana has been teaching watercolor techniques for over 9 years. She enjoys painting landscapes, seascapes, flowers, and the wildlife of the Eastern Shore. Diana enjoys teaching beginning students and encourages her students to request subjects that are of interest to them.

Robert Gladney

Robert’s profession is art and design. He is multi talented and has studied the fine arts of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and graphic design at various art schools across the country. Always keen to help others experience the joy that he has found in art, he particularly enjoys the beginning students and is always there to answer questions and help the student figure out the answers.

Windy Karpavage

Windy is a fiber artist and owner of Kaire’je Studios, a fiber arts retail business on Taylor’s Island that carries high quality and unusual fibers and materials. Windy is passionate about knitting and felting and is familiar with many fiber art forms. She has worked as a test knitter for a knitwear designer where she perfected fine finishing details. She currently teaches knitting at DCA and helps knitters new and experienced bring their own unique flare to their work.

Find Windy at KairejeStudio.com.

Barbara Zuehlke

Barbara is an award winning Eastern Shore artist. She works in various mediums from serigraph to oil, focusing primarily on watercolor. Using wet pigment on wet paper (wet on wet), Barbara creates a softness and flow that is exciting when combined with the sharp, clean edges of working on dry paper. Barb creates beauty for your enjoyment; believing that good drawing is the basis
for good painting and that the observer needs to feel the medium… “ the flow and transparency of watercolor or the rich gooeyness of oil.”

Find Barb at BarbaraZuehlke.com.