MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Kristen Margiotta is an illustrator, fine artist and art instructor with a BFA from the University of Delaware. Her artwork is exhibited nationally and she has illustrated several books.
Her most recent publication is the Gustav Gloom series for young readers.
Deanna Daly is an artist who focuses on collage and painting. Deanna studied illustration at Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) and received her Associates Degree in 2010. She received her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in the Spring of 2013 in Art Education and Fine Arts with an emphasis in 2-D Design. She has taught art at Great Taste Design Company in Wilmington, DE, Camp Accomplish in Maryland, Moore’s Young Artists Workshop Program in Philadelphia and student taught art K-8 at Greenfield School in Philadelphia.
Cynthia Swanson enjoys teaching art to students of all ages at CCArts and other local organizations. A painter with a BFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, she exhibits her work locally and nationally and is especially known for paintings that express her love of the outdoor world.
Rachel Barton has appeared in numerous theatre and television productions, commercials and film. Rachel has worked with the CT film office on major studio productions such as SONY and Columbia pictures. For over 30 years, she has inspired and motivated performing arts students by creating a fun and challenging learning environment.
Paul completed his general requirements to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in music at Thomas Edison State College, New Jersey. Prior, he studied commercial music at Rowan University, specializing in music performance in jazz piano, composition and classical piano. Paul continues to experiment with music styles in his song writing, arranging and recording. He also is involved with the local music scene playing coffee houses as a solo performer or as a member of two bands. He has written original material, arrangements and recorded music for radio advertisements, local cable television, in-house hotel music and for a Miss New Jersey contestant. Accepting beginner and intermediate students for piano. Website: www.reverbnation.com/paulborisjr
I was born in Russia and attended the Moscow School of Fine Arts, where I studied in the classical realistic tradition. Before immigrating to the United States, I spent the summer of 1981 in Italy, studying art at the greatest museums. To be in Rome, to spend days in front of the masterpieces in the Vatican and to study for weeks the works of the Masters was an unforgettable experience. My interest in sculpture grew stronger, and in 2005, I went back to school and started my studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in sculpture. I have exhibited extensively in the Philadelphia area and my sculptures, drawings and commissioned portraits in pastel and bronze are in many private and some public collections. In 2010 I was granted a commission for the life-size, two figure bronze statue depicting St. Leonie Aviat by the St. Bernadette of Lourdes Parish in Drexel Hill, PA.
I am a Philadelphia native who lives and works as a teaching artist in the Philadelphia suburbs and in Wilmington, Delaware. I enjoy teaching art and inspiring my students to cultivate creative practices. I teach for a private preschool and I was recently awarded a Teaching Artist Residency with the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. I received a B.F.A. from Moore College of Art & Design and earned an M.F.A. from the University of Delaware with a specialization in Ceramics. My current work focuses on landscape narratives and objectification. The small scaled ceramic reliefs create installations that make up more than 100 mini personal landscape narratives.
Jamie has been teaching classes in Glass Fusion at the Center since 2010. By day, Jamie works in the pharmaceutical industry, and any free time is spent either teaching or learning/experimenting with different glass techniques and mediums. Jamie thoroughly enjoys teaching at the Center and watching students express themselves through the creation of beautiful glass works of art. Jamie lives in Kennett Square, PA, with her husband Gregg, her No. 1 Apprentice!
Lynne Claire Morse recently sang the role of Beth in American composer Mark Adamo's Little Women and Female Narrator in Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. During the summer of 2009, she was a featured vocalist in the Best of the Sacred Songs of Duke Ellington as part of the Dupont/Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, in Wilmington, DE. She was honored to participate as a featured soloist in the World Premiere of The Wright Requiem, written by Andrew Wright, Director of Music of Westminster Cathedral in London. Career highlights include singing Lily, one of the lead roles in Cindy Lou (Susan Asbjornson, composer), a World Premiere performance in Los Angeles. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and has just completed a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Delaware.
Naomi Owens began violin lessons at the age of three. Besides actively playing as a violinist in her church, Naomi continued to pursue her passion for music by learning the guitar, singing and playing with her sisters in open mics, playing the piano, and playing harp in the Brandywine Harp Orchestra. With a love for not only classical music but Irish, fiddle, country and pop among other genres, Naomi looks to inspire her students to embrace the versatility and beauty of the violin, as well as to explore the excitement of the world of music as a whole.
I have trained with and shot alongside some very big names in the fine art photography scene. Most of them I am fortunate enough to call friends. We regularly try to get out and shoot conceptual images. The experience it provides is invaluable. I am constantly training in Digital Photography and various editing programs. Always a student, right? I am currently a freelance photographer and Public Relations consultant who has worked in all disciplines including action sports, still life, portraits, and events.
Janice Itzel is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art. She also holds a Master of Science in Teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin. After working as an elementary and middle school teacher for 25 years, she is now retired and spends her time volunteering (at the Hagley Museum and Carousel Park), as a member of the Newark Arts Alliance and CCArts, creating art-themed tote bags on her vintage Singer sewing machine, and drawing with graphite and colored pencils. For the past six years, Janice has taught at Wilmington University as an adjunct instructor in the First Year Experience program.
Mary Kay Mann has a degree from the University of Delaware in Music Education (Flute) and a Masters from Philadelphia University (Instructional Design). She has performed with the Wilmington Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, the Brandywiner’s Orchestra, and QVC-TV, as well as in numerous festivals, concert series, churches, and private events. Mary Kay has won multiple awards for Irish flute and Celtic Harp in Irish competitions and recorded four CDs of Celtic music that have sold throughout the world. But her first love is teaching, and she has been teaching students ages 5-85 for 30+ years. Her flute and clarinet students have been members of Delaware All-State Bands and Governors School of Excellence – and her tin whistle and Celtic harp students have been winners in the Eastern-US Irish competitions. Celtic harps are available for rent, for beginning harpists. www.marykaymann.com
Eo Omwake is an accomplished artist with over 45 years experience of creating and teaching art. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts and has taught or served as a visiting artist at Moore College of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, Drexel University, University of Pennsylania and the Delaware Art Museum. He has widely exhibited his art and has shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Whitney Annual, Marion Locks Gallery and many more. To learn more visit his website: Eo Omwake
Val Goncharov is a graduate from Kiev Ballet Academy in 1982. He was offered soloist and later principal dancer positions with the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theater, where he worked from 1982 to 1992. In 1987, he received a Bronze medal at the Republican Ballet Competition (Donetsk, Ukraine). He danced professionally in Ukraine, Russia and in the United States. In 1991, he danced at the Nervi International Ballet Festival in Genoa, Italy. In 1992 he moved to the United States. From 1992 to 1999, he became a principal dancer with the Ballet Theater of Pennsylvania and later with the Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware. Val performed principal roles in many classical ballets: Bahchisarai Fountain, Swan Lake, Giselle, Francesca da Rimini, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Chopiniana (Les Sylphide), The Firebird, Cinderella and many others.
A native of New Jersey, Diana Graziano Bowden has resided in Delaware since the early 90's. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Fitness. Diana takes her love for fitness and healthy-living and translates it into exciting, fun-filled classes for our toddler and preschool students! You can see her on weekday mornings at our center singing, dancing, playing instruments, doing parachute games and even climbing through tunnels! In addition to being the CCArts movement instructor, Diana is also a local preschool gym teacher...and mom to her boys, Evan and Luke.
Gregory is a native Virginian and graduate of Virginia State University and an alumnus of the University of Delaware. He has lived in Delaware for 44 years. He is a retiree of the Delaware educational system and also a retiree of one of the state’s housing authorities.
Gregory has been an instructor of stained glass for nearly 40 years. More than thirty of those years were spent instructing at CCArts. Prior to teaching at CCArts, he taught glass classes for many years at and did custom work for Captain Craft at the former Castle Mall in Newark, Delaware.
One can find many of his custom glass creations in homes locally and nationally. He has work displayed and/or installed in numerous homes in Maine, New York, Delaware, Colorado, the Carolinas, Alabama, Florida, etc. He also displayed and sold his works in many juried art shows such as; CCArts Annual Artisans Show, Brandywine Arts Festival, the Harford Day Show and The Philadelphia Waldorf School Holiday Fair.
Roberta, attended college in New York City at the Pratt Manhattan Center and majored in Illustration. She also,
attended the Art Students League where she received a scholarship to study life drawing, painting and portraiture.
She continued her education at night while working in the fields of; advertising, textile design, and Illustration during
the day. She also attended C.W. Post Long Island University where she studied art education and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Currently Roberta creates
fine art in a variety of mediums. She enjoys teaching art classes and private lessons to students of all ages.
Heidi has been teaching Fine Arts for 36 years at Unionville High School. She is the Department Chairperson and instructs a rigorous studio program, developing visual observation skills and advanced media techniques in drawing and painting. She also wrote the UHS curriculum for and teaches Advanced Placement Art History. Individual development as well as creative problem solving and analysis skills in Studio Art have prepared students for post-secondary success across many disciplines, but especially, Architecture, Graphics, Fine Arts, Engineering, Health Professions, and Film & Animation.
Portfolio art has supported students pursuing a BFA ,admitted by prestigious visual programs including but not limited to: SCAD, RISD, NYU, SVA,Tyler, PaFa, Parsons, CIT, USC, Pratt, SAIC, Syracuse, and Carnegie-Melon. Art Portfolios have been essential in supporting non-BFA students’ pursuing special programs, honors admissions, and scholarships at Ursinus, WCU, Pitt , John Hopkins, PSU, Harvard, Temple, CIT, Columbia, & Syracuse.