Art Instructor Bios

Catherine 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.

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.

 

Mark Alexander

is an artist and wood collector living in the Killbuck Valley. His undergraduate work was in sculpture. He received his Masters of Art in Experimental Film from Kent State University. His films have been shown at the Sinking Creek (TN) and Ann Arbor (MI) Film Festivals.  He was part of the performance art collaborative Knectiv. They performed at the Cleveland Performance Art Festival, Hallwalls (Buffalo,NY), Maryland Institute College of Art, and CAGE (Cinncinnati,OH).  Mark’s work in sculpture includes both objects and installations. He has completed installations at Virginia Intermont College, Millworks (Akron OH), Standing Rock Cultural Arts Center(Kent,OH), and the Cuyahoga River. His sculptures have been exhibited at the Canton Museum of Art, Spaces(Cleveland,OH), B. Carroll Reece Museum(TN), William King Regional Art Center(VA), and the College of Wooster Art Museum. Mark has worked with elementary students as a visiting artist and through enrichment classes. Most recently he worked with the students at Winesburg Elementary to complete a sculpture for their school.  He also recently designed and build the sets for Holmes Center for the Art's Nutcracker and will be a guest instructor at their summer camps.  

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.

Cheryl Miller

is a life-long resident of NE Ohio. Having had an appreciation for drawing, detail and the natural world early on, she began her career as an artist in the early 1980’s when approached by a family friend to render a local historic building in graphite. From that beginning she produced a series of limited edition reproductions of other historic buildings in Millersburg, OH.
 

Always possessing a fascination with detail, much of her recent work has concentrated on botanical subjects which are drawn in colored pencil. The inspiration for this art form is found nearby as she is an avid gardener and explorer of the natural world around her home.  At the other end of the artistic scale she loves to paint the local landscape as well as scenes from different regions of the US that capture her creative heart. The Marblehead Peninsula and Catawba Island on Lake Erie are favorite subjects. For these she also uses the medium of soft pastel. Painting in acrylics is another medium she is exploring.

 

Cheryl has illustrated two books for children and one cookbook and designs a line of hand painted ornaments for 'Tis the Season, a Christmas store in Berlin, OH. She also enjoys sharing what she knows about art and drawing with children and adults.

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.

Brittany Sinnema-"Jack"son

Born and raised in Ashland county, Brittany Sinnema-"Jack"son has always been connected with the earth.  Whether by plowing fields, planting gardens, or becoming a professional potter and instructor.  For lack of a better phrase, she loves how it "grounds" people and gives other artists a break from their everyday lives.

Over the past 14 years of cultivating mud into mud pies and vases, Brittany has traveled all over Ohio and surrounding states teaching both children and adults how to create with the very ingredients that are below their feet.  

Much like planting, she loves to watch her students grow and take on a life of their own.  You can find out a little bit about here on her website:  http://www.jack-potpottery.com, facebook page Jack-pot Pottery, or her Instagram jackpotpottery.

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