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 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.
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 Writing Fellowship.
Dori Huber holds a BA in K-12 Art Education from Ohio State University and a Masters of Education from Purdue University Northwest (PNW). Many of her students have received state, national and international recognition. Dori has received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award at PNW three times and once at South Central Community Schools.
George Kassal received his MA from Governors State University in Photography/Digital Imaging. He teaches courses in photography, image editing and art appreciation in many area schools including IU Northwest, Prairie State College, Westwood College and PNW. Kassal has an extensive exhibition history in the Midwest.
Jo Ellen Pilecki holds a BA in History and English and an 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.
Julie Wildman has over 25 years of calligraphic experience and her expertise is frequently sought after for staff development classes, onsite promotional events, community programs and personal growth workshops both locally and in the Chicagoland area.
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 numerous awards.
Jay Zerbe completed a BFA from the American University of Beirut and an MFA in printmaking 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.