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Brown, Angie

I have always been drawn to watercolor, even before I ever painted with it. For about eight years, I dabbled in watercolor on and off on my own. That is when I first really fell in love with the medium. For several years I didn't paint at all. About four years ago I hit a very difficult time in my life, and decided to pick it up again a little more seriously. Painting not only helped me through that time; it also helped me rediscover my love for watercolor. Since then, I had taken several classes and workshops that have helped me grow in my painting.

My husband and I recently moved to South Venice, FL from Missouri. There, I was part of a group that met every Tuesday at a local art museum to do all kinds of art together, and occasionally, I helped with special art activities at the museum. I also taught a Watercolor Basics class for youth. I loved helping them discover and fall in love with watercolor.

Currently, I am working toward a Certificate in Fine Arts through a program at Ringing College. I am looking forward to partnering with the Open Studio to teach watercolor.

Calzavara, Dee

After serving as an RN for several years, Dee decided to switch it up a bit with training in Fine Arts (OCAD).  To that mix she added a B.A. from the University of Waterloo (Canada), focusing on Spirituality and Personality Development. For the past 20 years, Dee has been making art and using "creativity as healing". With those curative experiences under her belt, she decided it was time to step back out into the world...to be of service to the Greater Good. Becoming an Expressive Arts Practitioner, an Open Studio Process Facilitator, and hosting "creative clusters," allows her the joy of offering art-making sessions and encouraging creativity in others.

For more information on Dee's "creativity as healing," please click here.

Martin, Lori

I moved to Englewood 3 years ago. Not only did I find paradise but I was blessed to find a job that allowed me to experience a form of art that was new for me. I have been beading for just over 2 years and everyday I learn a new stitch or technique that helps me advance to the next level.

As an added bonus I have gained the friendships of so many talented women. Beading has helped me tap into a creative vibe that laid dormant for years while raising my two sons. I am embracing my new season, and I love sharing some of what I have learned with others, hoping it will open the door to their hidden creativity as well.

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