Our Award Winning Instructors
Alison L. Baker graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BFA in Studio Art. Her concentration in Studio Art included Painting, Drawing and Printmaking. Also certified in Art Education, Alison taught in West Shore School District for 24 years. She is experienced in teaching design principles with a variety of media, from batik to ceramics to colored pencil and more. Although Alison works with various media, her watercolor is most familiar. Her work reflects a love for nature and the outdoors. Her artwork is exhibited and sold locally.
KATHLEEN BECKER, an art educator with over 25 years of experience, is new to the York area. She received a degree in Art Education from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and a Master’s in Education from SUNY Plattsburgh, NY. She taught art to elementary children in Colorado, New York, and Pennsylvania, receiving the Outstanding Educator Award for the Montoursville Area School District in 2013. Studying watercolor since the age of 16 at Silver Bay YMCA on Lake George, NY, she is now the lead instructor for the watercolor classes and continues to teach each summer. On occasion, she teaches watercolor for the Roads Scholar program. Kathy continues to study painting at the York Art Association and participates in exhibitions there.
BRANDY BOSWELL grew up in a home filled with poets, painters, and craftsmen. Every day, there was some sort of creative project at hand, from drawing and sculpting to collage and natural art. It was no doubt that she would become a talented and cunning craftsperson and artist. Today, Brandy specializes in paper and mixed media art pieces that are meant to be used daily. It was not long into her journey that she discovered the need to have a place online where she could display her work. A website where she could sell and showcase her work made the most sense. However, this could not be just any website. It had to be beautiful, and functional. She wanted to ensure that no one else could dictate or duplicate what she would post on her site. She also realized that working through a 3rd party type site would run the risk of someone else having jurisdiction over what she could post and write. The logical step was to create her own site that matched all her wants and needs. Since 2011, Brandy has been building low-cost websites for herself and others. Being a self-starter Brandy learned how to quickly build artistic websites from the ground up, giving the owner flexibility to create an artistic e-commerce website that is both beautiful and functional.
BARBARA PILLETTE BUCHANAN is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She has exhibited at the Society of Illustrators, and has created illustrations for Reader’s Digest Great Book series, The Bon Ton and Pfaltzgraff. She has won many national and regional awards and her work is in private and corporate collections along the East Coast. Barbara’s and her husband Robert’s work can be viewed at Garth Gallery in Columbia, PA.
MICHELE BYRNE is recognized for her figurative plein air work. She lives and works in Reading, Pennsylvania. However, she travels extensively, painting in various locations including, Manhattan, Paris, California, Colorado, Cuba, Key West, Florida and Wyoming. Byrne has won numerous awards in her plein air and studio work including her most recent – an Award of Excellence in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (2016) and Second Place in PleinAir Magazine bi-monthy Salon (2016). Byrne’s work can be found in the permanent collection of the Bennington Museum in Vermont, and the important Mennello Collection in Winterpark, Florida. Michele has also had her works included in sales at Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia and she is a nominated member of the Salmagundi Club in NYC. She is also a member of the Oil Painters of America and a Signature Member of the American Impressionists Society. In February of 2017 LILIEDAHL released an instructional video of Byrne’s process. In this video you can follow along as she explains her thoughts and techniques while creating a plein air painting.
ROSA LUZ CATTERALL is a graduate from NYU with two Master’s degrees in Social Work and Art Therapy. As a Latino trained psychotherapist/social worker she is fluent in Spanish and English. She has more than 20 years of experience working with the trauma based population in New York City and Pennsylvania. In addition to integrating the creative arts with her clinical skills, both in groups and individually, she is actively developing as an artist, painting with acrylics, oil, pastels and mixed-media. Her primary focus in her professional and creative life is to find empowerment through the process of healing and transformation. Rosa Luz has received some training in drawing, studio art, and sculpture in New York City (Queens College, Douglaston Art Association, Parsons School of Visual Art, and NYU). She is also a member of the York Art Association since 2006 and has taken classes under Phyllis Disher Fredericks, Barbara Buchanan, as well as private studio art classes with Brenda Wintermyer. At the present time, Rosa Luz has an art studio in Royal Square and as an independent contractor has coordinated creativity/relaxation groups for different age populations. She is also a summer volunteer at Creative York – Art in the Park since 2014. She has recently won three awards: 2016 First Place winner – Non-Professional – Life Forms Juried Exhibit at the York Art Association; 2016 Award of Distinction into the “Yorkfest Juried Art Exhibition”; and 2016 People’s Choice Award – Plein Air Exhibition hosted by the York Water Company. You can see her work at: Her Website
PHYLLIS DISHER FREDERICKS, a highly accomplished artist, received her degree in Fine Arts from Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, Newark, NJ. Additionally she has pursued private studies in California, Arizona, and the Barnstone Studios in Coplay, PA. Her work has been exhibited in numerous group and juried exhibitions and appears in private and corporate collections. Phyllis taught beginning to advanced painting courses at York College for ten years.
Maryel Henderson is a Pennsylvania artist who currently works from her studio in the Marketview Gallery in downtown York. She also has a studio in her home, which is a renovated church built in the 1800s. She graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, then went on to obtain her B.S. in Art Education from Mansfield University. After living in four other states and three years in Japan, family ties brought her back to Pennsylvania. She worked as a Visual Manager in two major retail stores, then left to do her art full time. She currently paints more with liquid acrylics and inks, using detail in the focal areas of the abstract painting. She is known for her vibrant colors and signature stinkbug hidden in each painting. Her children’s book called “Squirt Saves the Day, a Stinkbug’s Story” was just released on Valentine’s Day this year. She wrote and illustrated the book and was recognized on the red carpet this year as one of her publisher’s accomplished artists/authors. You can visit her Website at Maryel Henderson
JESSICA LEE is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania where she received her BA in Fine Art with a minor in art history. In addition to Small Star Art House, Lee has most recently exhibited at The King’s Courtyard Artist Collective, The Hive Artspace, Creative York, York Art Association, York Blue Moon, Guthrie Public Library in Hanover, PA, Hufnagel Public Library in Glen Rock, PA, Talus Salon in York, PA, and more. Lee is currently exhibiting work at NASA Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt, MD, as part of a special project inspired by The James Webb Space Telescope. She is one of just twenty-three artists chosen internationally to participate in the project. Lee focuses on textures, lines, shapes and what she refers to as “surface depth.” A sentiment that has held much personal meaning for her is in the Niche quote, “There are no beautiful surfaces without a great and terrible depth.” Using this as a metaphor for her own personal struggles and triumphs, Lee typically flattens the picture plane and creates instead a depth to her surfaces through translucent layers. “Much of my work is nonobjective abstracts, full of fluid lines, flowing colors and organic shapes. My process allows an element of chance not unlike “happy accidents” in traditional East Asian Ink Wash Paintings and Ebru (the Turkish art of marbling paper). “Topographical maps and satellite photos inspire me. As I work, I often meditate on a place – the way it feels to be there with sun against my skin, blades of grass or grains of sand between my toes and the sounds of the world around me, tickling at my ears. I hope that when viewers see my work, it takes them away from their daily lives and brings them a sense of being present in another world where they become engaged in the creative process through exploring, meditating and imagining.”
Linda Benton McCloskey paints from her heart and from wonderful memories of growing up on a Lancaster County farm. Her subject matter ranges from abstract to realistic but almost always relates to nature in its many forms. Linda’s most recent works are experimental watermedia (abstract), mixed media, encaustic, and collage with lots of texture and exciting color. Her works have been juried into numerous exhibitions and shown in well-known art publications. Please visit her website at Linda Benton McCloskey
Julie Yontz Rupp is a graduate of York Academy of Arts, York, PA, and participates in many juried, solo and group exhibitions. She has won numerous awards including most recently first place in the 2012 International Society of Experimental Artists juried exhibit held in Gloucester, MA, Best of Shows, the Annual Adams County Arts Council juried exhibit held in Gettysburg, PA, and the 2008 Rottler Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts. Julie is a member of the Art Center Manatee, the Florida Watercolor Society, the York Art Association and a signature member of the International Society of Experimental Artists and Baltimore Watercolor Society. Her artwork is currently being used in all First Watch Restaurants nationwide along with the originals being purchased and displayed at their corporate headquarters in Sarasota, FL. Julie’s original paintings can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Europe. She is currently represented by Studio Gallery 234 in York, PA, and Garth Gallery in Columbia, PA. She is also an Instructor of Experimental Mixed Media/Abstract classes & workshops at The York Art Association in York, PA.
CAROLYN OPDERBECK studied art at the Entwhistle School of Art and the Ridgewood Art Institute in Ridgewood, NJ, under master artists and teachers for many years, painting in watercolor and oils. She has exhibited paintings in fine art galleries in New Jersey, Naples and Key Largo, FL, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, MA, and in juried exhibitions in New Jersey. Her paintings have been purchased by clients all over the United States and Europe. She enjoys painting plein air in oils and teaches workshops in both oil painting and painting with alcohol inks on Yupo. She teaches weekly classes in her home studio. Several years ago, Carolyn wanted to try ”something new” and took an introductory workshop painting with alcohol inks on Yupo. She discovered a challenging new medium and new painting surface which resulted in paintings filled with exciting jewel-like colors creating beautiful patterns and design. After much experimentation she has developed and improved upon the methods and techniques she uses to produce beautiful, vibrant, unique Alcohol ink paintings and now teaches workshops. She has gained national interest for her skills and ability to teach and inspire those who take her workshops. Carolyn has written a guide to painting with alcohol inks on Yupo. For more information visit her website: Carolyn Opderbeck
Jason Ward is a fine – art painter and illustrator inspired by both the Hudson River School painters of the 19th century and painters and illustrators working in the realist tradition today including Odd Nerdrum, Daniel Sprick, Doug Henderson, and James Gurney. He received his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and currently teaches painting and exhibits his artwork around southeastern PA and NJ.
DEB WATSON is a self-taught artist who paints small town scenes in a contemporary realist style. A full-time artist, Deb has exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the nation. Her work has been featured in magazines and books over a dozen times. Deb is active in the art community, volunteering and teaching. She’s a signature member of many national groups including NWS, the Watercolor USA Honor Society and Allied Artists of America, among others. Her website: Deb Watson Art
LYNNE YANCHA has achieved national recognition, as she is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. Her methods have been featured in Splash: America’s Best Contemporary Watercolors, and Splash II: Watercolor Breakthroughs, published by Northern Light Books. Lynne is a trained teacher, loves people and is willing to share her world and talent with anyone who is interested. Lynne said, “I always begin my work with musings and I use the same technique as always in a layered, lost and found way. My media continues to be mixed: watercolor, ink, white acrylic, colored pencil and of course graphite. I still love edge to edge interest, and a story: yours and mine. Mostly I am absolutely in love with the mystery of inspiration and how it affects the process. The painting will be entirely different from the image which one begins and it will always tell its own story.”