Let us introduce you to some of our previous and current talented instructors!
Wiley Purkey, a professional artist and instructor has been painting since age 13. His work is the end result of having been born in the Ellicott City Historic District, growing up in the the town as it experienced it's rebirth, and returning to paint the town and be part of it’s continuing history. He and Ellicott City and their journey together are inseparable, and it shows in his life’s work, his art. He works with watercolor, oil paint, egg tempera, chalk pastels, oil pastels, most kinds of drawing materials, and has recently turned some attention to making constructions out of re-purposed materials, and the Historic District of Ellicott City remains his favorite subject. Check out his recent mural project in Ellicott City which includes a very large historical map. Wonderful work!
Lauren Siminski is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and a talented illustrator and painter. "I’m a front end web designer/developer with a love for cool code, dogs, traveling, live music, & ampersands. My daily fuel is coffee and an impossible dream to one day know how to do everything. I’m still learning and I’m okay with that." She is available for commissioned work. Please visit her website. www.laurensiminski.com
John Kachik, a local award winning artist is teaching classical drawing techniques for students of all levels ages 11 and up via the Freedom Area Recreation Council. John's classes typically run in 6 week sessions, and focus on drawing from life and photos, encouraging students to try different mediums and draw subjects that interest them most. Whether you register for all sessions or drop in one season, John will better prepare your young artist for high school classes and/or help with portfolio quality work when preparing for college. For some samples of John's work, visit his website, www.johnkachik.com
Molly Sims, a professional artist and instructor. Being the daughter of an avid outdoorsWOman, Molly grew up camping, hiking, fishing and playing in the streams and rivers around the Idaho National Forest. This began Molly’s lifelong love and passion of nature and wildlife, which she shares as the source of her inspiration. “To be in nature, is to witness a thousand miracles. There is an endless variety of subject matter. Nature speaks the truth and there is so much beauty, wonder, grandeur to be found. It uplifts our spirits and is the best natural therapy for our souls. I hope to capture some of its beauty, wonder and peace and help connect and uplift my viewers to see and connect with our natural world”. After graduating with a graphic design degree from Spokane Falls Community College, Molly continued to study drawing and painting with several professional artists and currently studies with nationally recognized artist Hans Guerin at the Shuler School of Fine Art. Molly also shows at several Juried fine arts festivals throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, winning 1st prize in the painting category at a recent show. Molly has also sold numerous paintings and commissioned portraits throughout the US, Canada and England. She currently exhibits and sells her work at Horsespirit Art Gallery in Savage Mill, and is currently teaching Oil Painting via the Freedom Area Recreation Council. http://mollysimsart.com/
Kim Fondiller is a native of Baltimore and has lived in Eldersburg with her husband and son for nine years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Design from Towson University. Although she enjoys many mediums, she especially enjoys working with stained glass. She has been working with stained glass using the copper foil method for ten years. The last three years she worked at Camp Milldale as an art teacher and Arts Camp director. She has been teaching Stained Glass and art for ages 6 - 10 for the last few years with the Freedom Area Recreation Council.
Vivian S. Davis is the Creative Director and Founder of Tutoring Art since 2008. She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, attended classes at the Atlanta College of Art, started her career working as a Graphic Artist and Scenic Painter, and then dabbled in the early stages of video animation. In 1993, she won an Emmy Award for the computer animation title of a documentary entitled, “Southern Bases.” Thereafter, taking a side step, Vivian entered the hectic world of financial sales and marketing, and worked as a trainer/instructor where she discovered her passion for teaching. In 2007, she decided to devote more time to family and returned to working as a professional artist. Vivian founded the Arts Program with the Freedom Area Recreation Council, Freedom Arts and since then it has expanded to offer additional art classes by local and highly talented instructors. In addition, she's designed and painted scenic backgrounds for local theater and vacation bible school, and has continued to teach workshops for youth and adults in her home studio. Vivian founded the SYKESVILLE PAINTING CLUB in 2014, which provides local budding and professional artists the ability to network, conduct and/or attend workshops, plein air painting and group studio sessions. Recent awards include a merit award for her Pyrography on live edge wood, a 10th Anniversary win for the annual (marshmallow) Peep Show at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster with an 8 1/2 foot dragon, along with additional 3rd place win in 2018 for a sponsored sculpture by Just Born, Inc., the Peep Company. Now located in Norfolk, VA., watch for local programs, private lessons and commissioned work.
Tara Mayers is a Carroll County native with a B.S. Degree in Visual Communications from Towson University and a M.L.A. from Western Maryland College. From early drawings in High School to painting, graphics, jewelry design and art history in college, Tara is excited to bring her knowledge to you! She has over 30 years of experience in Graphic Design and Illustration, and a passion for art that reaches into all corners of history and current events. She is currently working with art fundraisers and teaching painting to private groups. She is also available for childrens parties as THE ART FAIRY*. That’s right, she magically transforms herself into an art fairy, bringing joy and delight to young artists. You will dance, sing and paint a very special “theme of choice” painting with special magic paints and of course glitter. But it is not just for the girls, parties can be designed for the young men also... a pirate, or perhaps Pokemon theme... there is no limit to what we can do nor to what we can imagine. *non art fairy available for teen parties! We’ll keep it cool.