Twyla Butler’s fascination with glass started in 1993. After mastering the copper foil and lead techniques, she moved on to mosaic and fused glass. This led to instructing employee art classes for major corporations in the region. Butler’s other artwork includes sterling silver jewelry, mixed metal jewelry and photography.
Eric David Edson is a life-long native of Michigan City and recent graduate of the International School of Comics Chicago where he learned from three working comic book professionals, including comics’ legend Jill Thompson (Wonder Woman/Sandman/Scary Godmother). Currently he has two books and a web-comic.
Hannah Hammond-Hagman holds an MFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Henry Radford Hope School of Arts at Indiana University. Currently, she is the Education Director at LCA.
David Hoppe is an award-winning journalist, playwright and essayist. He is currently a Contributing Editor for NUVO, the alternative weekly in Indianapolis. He has been awarded nine First Place Society of Professional Journalism Awards, a Creative Renewal Fellowship and a Time-Life Creative
Dori Huber holds a BA in K-12 Art Education from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Education from Purdue University Northwest (PNW). Many of her students received state, national, and international recognition. Also, Dori received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award at PNW three times and once at South Centeral Community Schools.
Jo Ellen Pilecki holds a BA in History and English and a MA in English and Secondary Education from Indiana University. She taught English and Creative Writing at Michigan City High School. Pilecki is an experienced group leader and an Amherst Writers and Artists affiliate.
Patti Shaffner, CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) has taught adults and children in the Lake County Jail Mental Health Program, the Miller Beach Community Arts Outreach Program, Valparaiso PACT Recovery Program and IUN Senior University Program.
Michelle Wiser has a BFA from Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, followed by 5 years of portrait painting studies with Robert Bentley and 5 years of classical watercolor painting with Alain Gavin. She has exhibited extensively and won
Jay Zerbe completed a BFA from the American University of Beirut, and an MFA in print-making from Indiana University. His professional art career began in 1968 in Beirut with several exhibitions. Zerbe has showcased his work all over the U.S.