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Julie Blair
Class:
Wheel Throwing II & Creative Aging Pottery
Julie taught art and ceramics at Monroe High School for 6 years right out of college and has been at home with kiddos for 7 years now. It can be difficult for her to make time for clay during this time of her life, but teaching really helps her stay connected to the art community. Julie loves seeing her students succeed and get a vision for what they can do and where they want to go with their work.
Laura Cole
Class:
Kundalini Yoga + Meditation
"Kundalini yoga classes are a dynamic blend of postures, breath and meditation, which teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation. Balancing body and mind enables you to experience the clarity and beauty of your soul." -- Yogi Bhajan While living in Los Angeles, this tag line was what originally drew me to my first Kundalini class. I was quickly hooked on the instant results felt physically and mentally. Thus began my personal journey on and off the mat, through workshops and teacher trainings and the path of gentle self-discovery which yoga leads us to.
Chrissy Collopy
Class:
Creative Aging Painting
Chrissy Collopy attended the Miami University College of Creative Arts from 2001 – 2005. In 2013, Chrissy earned a Certificate of Completion from The Creative Center at University Settlement’s Creative Aging Training Institute in New York City, New York. Since 2010, Chrissy has been the Lead Artist for O.M.A. (Opening Minds Through Art) – “an intergenerational art program for individuals with dementia” sponsored by the Scripps Gerontology Center. Chrissy also teaches acrylic painting classes for seniors at Colonial Seniors Home in Hamilton, Ohio, from 2011 until the present day and teaches a variety of painting courses for the Fitton Center for Creative Arts.
Alex Couch
Class:
Art + Wine Workshops
Alex Couch is a Cincinnati native. She has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati, college of DAAP. She currently teaches art at Harrison Jr. School. In her free time, Alex loves to read, knit, sketch, or spend time with her husband.
Dan Couch
Class:
Drawing Studio and Art + Wine Workshops
I am an artist/ Educator and recent graduate from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. As an artist I have been trained in multiple artistic disciplines, but have a specific focus in drawing/ painting and sculpture. I strive to find creative ways to blur the line between two and three dimensional work. My teaching experiences have provided me with the opportunity to work with students from a variety ages and backgrounds.
Rebekah Dixon
Class:
Piano and Voice
Rebekah has loved the piano and singing since she was a little girl. This passion lead her to study voice at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, travel the world with Celebrant Singers (an International Music Ministry), and be involved in music all of her life, which included teaching elementary music in the Hamilton City Schools for the past 7 years. She currently teaches voice and piano to children and adults in both Hamilton and Middletown. Rebekah believes that music provides an outlet for worship and creative expression. She desires to see both children and adults alike reach their own personal goals as they create music of their own.
Lori Farr
Class:
Creative Aging Mosaics, Mosaics: The Joy of Breaking Glass, Mixed Media Mosaics, Wearable Mosaics Workshop, and Paint Chip Mosaics Workshop
Lori Kay Farr earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Environmental Design from Bowling Green State University. Over the past 15 Years, Lori has been teaching art to students in private and public school settings. During this time she worked creating many theater set displays and themed room designs along with custom mosaic designs. In 2012 Lori was selected to lead a large group of homeschool students to create a mosaic pig for Cincinnati ArtWorks Big Pig Gig. It was displayed on Fountain Square along with another pig she created; a version of “Starry Night” painted on a standing winged pig. Lori loves to share her passion for mosaics. "I find it very rewarding to take broken and discarded items and find new life and beauty in them when they are brought together in a mosaic."
Bevy Sue Hammons
Class:
Yoga
Bevy Sue Hammons RYT has taught yoga for almost 10 years in Hamilton and Fairfield with certification from Atma Yoga (a Kripalu-style yoga). She is a registered member of Yoga Alliance and CYTA (Cincinnati Yoga Teachers Association) and continues to attend yoga workshops and gatherings to bring fresh ideas to her classes. Bevy Sue has been inspired by great teachers: Lilias Folan, Julie Lusk, Christopher Baxter, Eric Shiffmann and many others. She enjoys sharing her love and joy of yoga with her students as well as helping them learn ways to de-stress and to realize the body, mind and soul connection. Her classes include getting centered, warm ups and yoga asanas.
Linda Hanson
Class:
: Functional Pottery
Linda Hanson has been creating pottery since she first studied ceramics at Miami University in the early 70's. She has returned to Miami for numerous pottery Craftsummers and also attended many Arrowmont workshops. Linda taught art for over 25 years at several local schools, including Lakota and Northwest. She also has worked in the education departments for the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Fitton Center for Creative Arts. As an art educator, Linda dabbles in many art forms, including jewelry making, painting, marbling and photography. Pottery however, because of its therapeutic and earthy qualities, is and will always remain her favorite.
Mike Hicks
Class:
Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele
Mike Hicks has been playing guitar for over 25 years with hundreds of live performances. Currently he performs locally in the acoustic duo, Double Tap. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Audio/Video Production from Southern Ohio College in Cincinnati. He has previous experience giving private guitar lessons to students of all ages. His passion for music translates into enthusiastic instruction for those looking to learn the guitar or bass as a hobby or as a future career!

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