Trudy Babchak, assistant director of Columbia Art Center, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a post-baccalaureate certificate in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is represented by Gallery 1448 in Baltimore. Trudy’s works have been shown in numerous juried and invitational gallery shows throughout the region.

Joyce Bell received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education from Towson University. She taught art in Baltimore County for 30 years. In 1996, she became an artist member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and later served on the board for six years. She has won various awards for her watercolors in shows throughout Maryland.

Chelsea Bork was inspired while young by a remarkable elementary school art teacher. She studied art education in Colorado, then continued on to complete a finance degree and start her own business. Driven by the desire to ignite the same inspiration in others, she runs an in-home paint night business and teaches art to children through homeschooling programs. Chelsea loves creating a place where anyone from children to adults can explore their creative side and create their own masterpieces, especially in a setting where mom doesn’t have to clean up after! Currently, her primary medium is acrylic on wood and canvas. Her work has been featured at a number of local galleries and resides in charitable collections. All of her work, each canvas, is inspired, designed and backed by love.

Fidel Carey-Realmo is a self-taught artist who believes the best way to learn is by doing. Fidel teaches the Visiting Artist Series for older school-aged children as well as the Graffiti Workshop. He also works at KidSpace and with School Aged Services for Columbia Association. Fidel views his job as an art instructor as creating the space for children to explore according to their interests. He enjoys painting and coloring in particular, as well as the occasional enormous sculpture. 

Thais Cassel is a Brazilian artist with degrees in fashion marketing and advertising, and a lifetime passion for visual arts. She has led painting classes for adults and children for more than a decade, savoring each opportunity for sharing her love of colors and shapes. Her restless spirit makes her art inventive and universal, navigating across a multitude of themes and techniques with ease and maturity. Her imagination has been shaped by an international life story that started in her hometown of Porto Alegre in Brazil, opened to the world in Montreal, passed by the little known Passo Fundo in Brazil, matured in the ancient Uppsala in Sweden and is settling happily in the suburbs of Annapolis. Thais has changed environments, met all kinds of people, adapted to different cultures and fundamentally reinvented her life so many times, creating a bag of resources that she uses with no restraints to personalize her art.

Kate Cavanaugh has been painting for more than 20 years and studied art at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and Juniata College. She’s been a student and painter at Columbia Art Center since 2002. Kate has taught at Living Classrooms Foundation and Columbia Art Center. Her work focuses on realistic but artful depictions of everyday subjects.

Robert “Bob” Coe is a graphic designer working primarily on websites and applications. An artist member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, Bob studied watercolor with Morris Green and has been teaching at Columbia Art Center since 1991. He has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibits throughout the area.

Robyn Gavigan has recently earned her master’s degree from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She also has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She is an abstract artist, actively exhibiting at the Artist’s Emporium in Havre de Grace. She has also recently been included in group shows here at Columbia Art Center, at the Meeting House in Columbia, and in Holtzman MFA Art Gallery at Towson University. She has held several solo exhibits in Sarajevo and Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in Brooklyn. She currently works here at the Columbia Art Center as well as the HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in Historic Ellicott City. 

Dennis Gilbert has been a nature and art photographer for more than 35 years. He has photographed extensively and exhibited in the Outer Banks, other Atlantic coast regions and in the Columbia/Howard County area. With roots in film photography, for the past several years he has focused his creative energies on digital media.

Adam Goode is a mixed media artist who works with puppetry, found objects and digital media to create works that are engaging and unexpected. Using light, sound and movement, these 3-D pieces transform the spaces they inhabit into something more sublime. Sometimes comical, sometimes mysterious, each piece has a presence that leaves the audience with a renewed sense of wonder. As an educator, Adam uses this sense of wonder to bring students through an experience of self reflection. Using the ideas of design thinking, he poses problems and challenges students to solve them with a variety of materials.

Marlene M. Jackson is the founder and CEO of Le’Chic Academy Foundation’s “Biz Kidz” program — nonprofit, faith-based organizations that were developed to empower young entrepreneurs, ages 5-18, with the guidance, resources and tools required to be confident, cultivated, and self-assured business leaders. In 2011, Marlene received a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix. Since 1984, she has served as a consumer specialist and graphic designer with the federal government.

Yonta Lyness earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts in Costa Rica and received her Early Childhood Development Certification from Howard Community College. Yonta’s work has been displayed at art shows in different countries, including Costa Rica, Guatemala and Norway. 

Monica Marshall is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a major in art. She also graduated from the Professional Baking and Pastry Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine. Monica has taught many culinary and baking courses around the D.C. area.

Sarah Matthews is a 2016 graduate of the MA Art and The Book degree program at the Corcoran College of Arts and Design at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Sarah’s work has been exhibited in the U.S. and is a part of the permanent collections of Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, George Washington University’s Gelman Library, University of Puget Sound, and Samford University. She currently teaches printmaking and bookbinding as an adjunct faculty member at Anne Arundel Community College and Howard Community College and as an art instructor at Columbia Art Center and The Root Studio in Maryland.

Christina McCleary has a bachelor’s degree in sculptural studies with a ceramic concentration from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and a master’s degree from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at MICA. She works as the ceramics manager at Columbia Art Center and is an adjunct faculty member at Howard Community College. Christina lives at Artist Housing, Inc. in Baltimore. She is represented by Gallery 1448 in Baltimore.

Faye McCray is an author and essayist whose poetry and essays have been featured in the Huffington Post, Little Patuxent Review, For Harriet, Madame Noire, Black Girl Nerds, and other popular publications. She is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Weemagine, a website devoted to celebrating and inspiring all children and the people who love them. Faye is also the author of White Belt, a collection of horror short stories; Boyfriend, a novel about a troubled college student struggling with love and fidelity; and I am Loved, a collection of positive affirmations for children. By day, Faye is an attorney and married mother of three boys, and a Master’s in Writing candidate at Johns Hopkins University.  

Nancy Ziegenfus McIntosh has been teaching at Columbia Art Center in Long Reach since 1990. Nancy was hired to teach beginner to advanced wheel classes as well as stack and fire the kilns. She has taught a variety of night classes and topics, from beginner wheel, soda and Raku firing to advanced wheel over the years, all while teaching full-time high school ceramics classes and doing her own work and shows. She has always exhibited regionally (including New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, among others) both in craft shows and juried gallery exhibitions. Nancy has a passion for pottery and loves teaching.

Alexis Merriman has been an artist her whole life and has been working with kids since graduating college. She teaches youth classes, assists with the School’s Out program, leads birthday parties at Columbia Art Center, and also worked as a teacher and counselor at Art Camp. She is a kid at heart and loves to help kids connect with their art, and she learns just as much from them as they do from her. She studied psychology and women’s studies in school and uses this knowledge to connect to her students by adapting to their diverse approaches to art.

Jean Marie Mettee pursued a glass-exclusive career beginning in 1991 after taking her first glass class at Columbia Art Center. She currently creates commission and gallery pieces in fused, stained and carved glass at her own studio. Jean Marie has trained at many glass centers in California, Nevada and New York. She teaches glass at several studios and exhibits in numerous galleries.

Jill Babchak Rose has worked in marketing for 14 years and has been creating unique jewelry and stained/fused glass pieces for eight years. She has exhibited and sold her works throughout Howard County and Baltimore, and holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Virginia Tech.

Mark Russo is an accomplished graphic designer and painter with a passion for art. After obtaining his associate’s degree in art and design, Mark pursued a part-time career as a freelance artist. In 2014, he started his own business repurposing wood into canvases, as well as selling and donating original paintings to local charities and fundraiser events. Mark’s energy resonates, and his ability to break down complex designs into easy-to-follow steps make him an excellent addition to our instructing staff.

Chaya Schapiro has studied art, design, painting and more with a number of prominent artists. She is a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, Adirondack Mountain Painters, and the Portrait Society. She has taught at Howard Community College, Columbia Art Center, Columbia Festival of the Arts and other Maryland locations. She worked as the assistant gallery director for Howard Community College and now serves on the board of Columbia Art Center. Her work has been represented in numerous galleries and exhibitions as well as the Ross Museum. Chaya teaches art classes to both children and adults. She enjoys creating art and finding new and exciting directions in her work as well as sharing these ventures with others.

Nancy Smith is an Elite, Level 2 One Stroke Certified Instructor with an additional certification in One Stroke with Oils. Nancy has been teaching the One Stroke technique for 13 years. She enjoys teaching all age groups, from the first-time painter to the advanced artist.

Shawnda Smith has been making jewelry for more than eight years. Her favorite projects include anything wire-wrapped, and she also enjoys making multi-strand necklaces and incorporating a variety of materials such as chain, leather and hemp into the multi-strand necklaces. She attends local craft events and bead shows as a participant as a local artist, as well as to support and purchase creative pieces from other artists. 

Jann Tamburello has been working as a ceramic artist in Howard County since 1995 and has been teaching potter’s wheel classes at Columbia Art Center since 2007. She makes both wheel-thrown and handbuilt pieces in stoneware and porcelain clays, and she is familiar with a wide range of firing methods in both gas and electric kilns. She has also worked for several years as Columbia Art Center’s glaze technician. Jann has participated in numerous shows and gallery events in various locations throughout Maryland.

Marcie Wolf-Hubbard received her bachelor’s degree in studio art from the University of Maryland and studied fine art and illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her paintings have been shown in more than 50 exhibitions during the last 30 years, and she has illustrated for magazines and books, as well as worked as a courtroom illustrator. Marcie is an instructor at Glen Echo Park, Yellow Barn Studios and the Smithsonian, and teaches art in her studio for children and adults. She has always loved to draw as a connection to the world. Marcie uses encaustic painting to highlight her drawing. Texture, luminosity, layers, and dimension all help in her construction or building her artwork. She adds and takes away, sometimes making the painting more of a sculptural form. The back and forth nature of collage lends itself well to encaustic painting.

Carol Zika is an art educator with a master’s degree from University of Illinois. Carol is a versatile teacher, working with students from ages 9 to 90 and beyond, with a range that includes drawing, portraits, pen and ink, acrylic and watercolor painting, printmaking, metalsmithing and jewelry design. She has combined her enjoyment of writing with using art materials for page decoration in an expressive art form called artful journaling. She owns Zika Studios and teaches in the Baltimore and Howard County area.