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Cathie Lynch

holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education from Cleveland State University. She taught K-12 art for 31 years, 30 of those years in Holmes County. Since her retirement from the public schools in 2015, Catherine has been teaching classes in portrait drawing and acrylic painting for HCA as well as some classes and camps for children and teens. Catherine also does some grant writing for the arts center and has taken on a new role as director of Community Connections. She is excited to make the arts accessible to those who might not otherwise be able to participate. Catherine lives at Lake Buckhorn with husband, Kevin where she enjoys walking and finding time to draw and paint, her lifelong passions. She and Kevin have two grown sons. ​

Mary Gilmore

is a local artist and educator. She received her M.F.A. from East Tennessee State University, and her B.S.Ed and B.F.A from Kent State University. She has worked in a variety of media including ceramics, installation and performance art. She was a member of the performance collective Knectiv. She curated and promoted exhibitions for Millworks, Akron Ohio, co-operated North Water Street Gallery in Kent, Ohio, and spearheaded three art walks in Millersburg Ohio. ​ As an educator, her teaching experiences include, William King Regional Art Center, Abingdon, Va., East Tennessee State University, Oriana House Community Based Corrections, Inc, and East Holmes Local Schools. She has illustrated two books; “Lilly’s Life” and “Wake Up, Beautiful Girl”. She currently lives in an old farmhouse in the Killbuck Valley with her family.

Marlea Hershberger Leinbach

In 2002, Marlea Hershberger Leinbach earned a BA in Art and Secondary Education from Goshen College. She then taught in Indiana for several years at the elementary and preschool levels. After moving back to Ohio in 2005 and while her children were small, Marlea continued to work from home as an artist. For the last 3 years she has privately taught adult and children’s mixed media workshops and painting classes. As a teacher, Marlea emphasizes the creative process. She is passionate about encouraging creativity and critical thinking through making art. Although her educational background is in elementary art, she has found that she also enjoys working with adults with all levels of ability and experience. As an artist, Marlea works in a rotating variety of media, including: acrylic paint, collage, ink and pastel. In addition to painting, she also works in colored ink on paper. Texture and layers of color are important elements in her creative process. Inspired by nature; trees, flowers and landscapes dominate her work. When possible, she makes and prepares her own painting surfaces and frames. Marlea grew up in Wayne and Holmes Counties and currently resides in Trail.

Eric Yoder

My name is Eric Yoder. I grew up in Harrison Virginia where I fell in love with clay and the potter’s wheel at Eastern Mennonite High School thanks to my wonderful art teacher, Barbara Gautcher. I spent time at Easter Mennonite University and James Madison University studying Ceramics and majoring in Art. In the mid 90’s I moved to Holmes County Ohio, where my wife Karina is from. I opened Yoder’s Potter. I was a studio potter for 7 years before changing gears to become a stay-at-home parent and eventually pursuing a career in Information Technology. I was thrilled to receive an invitation to teach at the new HCA facility and have enjoyed getting back into clay and sharing my knowledge and skills with students.

Karen Drongowski

graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts and a minor in Art Education. Upon graduation she accepted a job teaching art for Kent City Schools in Kent, Ohio. In Kent, Karen had the opportunity to teach all grades {K-12) In 1985 her family moved to Sylvania,Ohio where Karen taught pre-K and after school Art class for Sylvania students. Following her family's move to Dublin, Ohio, Karen taught Art at Dublin Prep Academy, Dublin City Schools and Dublin Arts Council. Most recently, Karen has been engaged conducting Art Therapy at retirement homes in central Ohio. Karen is currently the full time Art teacher at Franklin Township Elementary School in Wayne County. She and her husband reside in Millersburg, Ohio.

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