Here is some of the talent that you can learn and be inspired by at the Charity Wings Art & Craft Center.
Jamie has been involved in the arts since her late teens. She is a self taught artist and her skills range anything from fine arts, mixed media, all the way to graphic design.
Jamie has been in the crafting industry for the past ten years and has had her first signature collection produced with Prima Marketing Inc, called the Bloom Collection.
Her collection stemmed off of her Fine art pieces which have been lovingly dubbed “Bloom Girls”. Jamie’s Bloom Girls have become a signature of her’s and she teaches Bloom Girl workshops internationally. She has a love for art but her creativity doesn’t stop there, she is also an independent author who currently has three books published on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles with more to come.
Jen Cushman is a natural storyteller who found mixed media art 15 years ago and never looked back. She is drawn to the imperfect, the funky, the quirky, the artsy and the authentic: be it people or objects or art. Her work has been widely published in national art and jewelry magazines, and she currently writes a DIY colum called “The Mixed Media Metalsmith” for Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine and a business column called “Straight Talk; The Art of Business” for Artists and Makers magazine.
She is the author of two jewelry books, and she travels the country teaching collage, assemblage and jewelry making techniques. An inspiring speaker, Jen’s been invited to share her knowlege of business, marketing and creativity as a panelist and presenter at industry conferences and art events. She is Vice President and Partner of Susan Lenart Kazmer LLC/ICE Resin. To learn more about ICE Resin, visit the company’s website.
To visit Jen Cushman website visit her website.
Kelly Steindorf is the Project Manager for Charity Wings Arts and Craft Center. She has played an integral role in the running of the center almost since the beginning of its opening in May of 2013. She has been in charge of the Nonprofit Classes and continues to assist in the maintenance of those classes as well as teaching. Polymer clay is her choice of medium that she combines with wire and re-purposed items to enhance her designs. She has sold her designs in wholesale and retail markets where she enjoys connecting with the customers. She also enjoys painting as well as other mixed media art. A recent endeavor was learning to Facilitate “Healing Through Art” classes which helps so many people connect with feelings and emotions using different forms of art.
Her connection with Charity Wings allows her to connect with people at events and teach others about what they can create using Polymer clay. She enjoys sharing her love of art by teaching the Nonprofit classes. The different physical and mental abilities as well as personalities makes working with these groups a blessing. Charity Wings Art and Craft Center has given her an outlet to use her creative abilities that she has been learning all of her life.
As the Project Manager she hopes to make all the events and fundraisers that Charity Wings is a part of run smoothly and be more successful.
Hi! My name is Laurie and I’ve been a professional artist and K-A art teacher since graduating from art school 30 years ago. When I’m not creating in my studio, I’m collecting inspiration from my love of family, friends, animals, nature and more.
Through teaching I’ve learned that magic really does happen when people come together in safe, creative, non-judgmental environments. These moments are wonderful opportunities for both artistic and personal growth for people of all levels. With every class I encourage students to let go of any fears and really embrace their personal unique process. I always like to say, no matter what happens… “Everything is fixable in art…. it’s true…(paint is a wonderful thing , haha!) : D
I look forward to creating with you!
RYAN MATHEW GRAY
Ryan Mathew Gray is a Youngstown, New York native and draws heavily from the influence the area had on his developing sense of aesthetics and balance of the natural world. After graduating from Lewiston-Porter, where Ryan first was exposed to the world of ceramics, he was accepted to Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York. There, he majored in ceramics and acted as the President of the student run ceramics club.
After graduating with a B.S. in Ceramic Design, he went on to complete his Masters in Fine Arts at San Diego State University in San Diego, California, a three year program culminating in his final thesis show, Insincerus, April 2014.
Ryan is currently working as an adjunct professor in Ceramics at Miracosta Community College. See More of Ryan’s Work on his website.
James originally started out as a self-taught home sewer as a way to make inexpensive surf trunks. Eventually he learned the art of pattern making and began sewing professionally for a backpack company in Southern California. As well, he continued with apparel design by making special occasion dresses for private clientèle. After receiving a design degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, he has continued working in the Outdoor Gear Industry, freelancing illustrations for fashion textbooks and making one-of-a-kind prototypes for inventors.
Hi, I am Robyn Olszowy and I was born, raised and live in Wisconsin. My son and daughter-in-law live in Michigan with my two grand-dogs.
I have been interested in crafts most of my life. Self-taught, or video taught. I learned how to teach crafts while being a needlework home party planner for 2 years, and a Stampin’Up! Demonstrator for over 10 years.
I have been crocheting off and on since I was about 9 years old, and has fallen in love with it again. I am in love with Amigurumi right now, and can’t find enough time in the day to make all the things I want to for my grand-nieces, grand-nephew, and friends.
As a volunteer for Charity Wings Elena has wanted me to teach a crochet class when I am visiting and I finally agreed.
Crocheting is my therapy and I am always on the lookout for more hookers to join me.
I have been enjoying my passion for calligraphy since 1980. I have taught elementary age children in after-school programs, adults through the San Marcos Community Dept. of Recreation, and middle school students in Encinitas.