Faculty Biographies

Linda C. Adams

Linda C. Adams graduated from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, and then acquired her Interior Design license in 1997. Designing in Boca Raton, New York, Miami, Las Vegas, South America, and now here in Vero Beach, has given her the opportunity to broaden her palate and style. In her quest for a deeper meaning and understanding for practicing Interior Design led Linda to study Feng Shui and become a Reiki Master.


Aric Attas

Aric holds a BS in Psychology from Hobart College and an MFA in Photography from the Hartford Art School. He has won numerous awards for his work which has been widely exhibited. As a two-time cancer survivor he thrives on sharing the healing power of creativity with others through art, music, creativity coaching, workshops and speaking engagements. His teaching credits include Rutgers University, Hartford Art School, Trinity College and Ovation TV. 


Sandy Bachmann

Sandy Bachmann earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising design at New York Institute of Technology. After 23 years working in graphic design, she moved to Florida and went back to school to receive a teaching degree in art. She has been teaching art for 15 years at the middle school and elementary school levels in Broward county and the past 4 years in Indian River County. Sandy earned awards with her colored pencil drawings, but as an art teacher, all mediums were important to have her students experience. She realized that she enjoyed 3-D work the most. After taking a pottery wheel class, she fell in love with getting her hands into clay, resulting in her buying a wheel and kiln, and now has a small studio at her home, where she is happy to give lessons in both clay and painting.


Jodie Baldanza

Jodie Baldanza is a muralist, creator, teacher, and executer of original faux and restorative wall finishes. During a temporary residency in D.C. in 2011, she was able to partake in various historical restorations at The Capitol, Healy Hall Georgetown University, The Metropolitan Club, and The State Dept. In 2017, Jodie painted for downtown art galleries and worked as a scenic artist for several of Orlando’s Theme Parks and all the murals in the Legoland water park.


Lynn Berkowitz

Lynn Berkowitz is an experienced museum educator with a career spanning over 20 years. Lynn has overseen thousands of educational programs during her tenure as Director of Education for The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, as well as in her role as Director of Learning Experiences and Interim Museum Co-Director at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and most recently at The Barnes Foundation, as Community Programs Manager. She holds an M.F.A. from Temple University and currently teaches various online art appreciation classes through diverse educational organizations.


Hester Bloom

Hester Bloom has a Master’s Degree in psychology from the University of Florida and is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, an international registry of yoga instructors and training programs. She is also a certified Qigong instructor through the Cloudwalker program in Vero Beach. 


Judy Burgarella

Judy Burgarella has taught painting and drawing for fifteen years, and her work has been exhibited in many galleries and shows, earning her numerous awards. She is an artist of many mediums, including sculpture, and she has studied with such notable artists as Christopher Chang, Dorothy Starbuck, Karen Lafell, Lou Bonomarte, and Charles Gruppe.


Walford Campbell

Walford Campbell attended the Walsall School of Art and Derby Lonsdale College in England. He served as head of Ceramics at Solden Hill House in England, and taught at Edna Manley College in Kingston, Jamaica. Walford’s focus is on surface decoration and larger sculptural forms.


Christopher Louis Fasolino

Christopher Louis Fasolino has an M.A. in art history and English literature from Plattsburgh State University. He has taught art history for more than ten years, including courses for undergraduates and museum docents. His historical adventure novel, Men of Promise, was published in 2015. Christopher’s new novel, Early Nature Artists in Florida – Audubon and His Fellow Explorers, is available from Arcadia Publishing.


Sherry Haaland

Sherry Haaland received her B.S. in art education from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She has extensive experience in both oils and pastels, having studied art and art history for many years. Sherry is a professional studio artist, receiving many commissions for pet portraits in pastels.


Cynthia Hurst

Cynthia Hurst has practiced Tai Chi for nearly three decades. Continuing studies of the art include qigong with instructor Hester Bloom and yoga with Himalaya Parker and Shelley Adelle in Vero Beach, as well as training in 18-step qigong and 24-step Ta Chi Form with Glenn Grossman in East Lansing, Michigan. Cynthia has a B.A. in social work/psychology and an M.S. in HRLR from Michigan State University.


Joel Johnson

Joel Johnson has a B.F.A. in art from Westminster College and M.F.A. in painting and art history from Utah State University. A career artist, Joel has received numerous awards, exhibited in many national shows and has been featured in many fine art galleries throughout the country. Joel is a member of the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society. He is also an exhibiting artist at the Prix de West in Oklahoma City at the Cowboy Heritage Museum. This will be his fifth year and in 2021 he was awarded the Donald Teague award for Outstanding Work on Paper. His work has been featured in Southwest Art magazine and also Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. His work is represented by Mountain Trails Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit  www.artistjoeljohnson.com 


Kent Johnson

Kent Johnson has his degree in ceramics from Palomar College, along with two years in studio production. He has also worked with renowned potters, Stephen Hill and Lana Wilson. Kent spent the past thirty-six years as a landscape designer, receiving awards from the Home and Garden Show in San Diego, and created displays for the prestigious Delma Thoroughbred Club.


Betsy Kurzinger

Betsy Kurzinger received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the School of Art at East Carolina University. Afterwards, Betsy Kurzinger developed and directed the BFA program in graphic design and illustration, in the Department of Art + Design at Eastern Kentucky University. Retiring with Professor Emeritas distinction, her work in collage and mixed media have been included in over 150 exhibitions, both solo and group.


Pearl Lau

Pearl Lau graduated from Art & Design HS and was an art director in Manhattan for over 20 years. She also holds a BA and MA in Art Education from CUNY, NYC. Pearl has taught at Northeastern University, the School of Visual Arts in New York and the NYC Dept of Education, where she was New York City’s Art Educator of the year twice. She has won several grants to study the arts of Ancient China and Meso-American Mexico, including a Fulbright to India. Using a variety of media, she is primarily a landscape painter. Pearl has won numerous awards as an art director, art educator and as an artist.


Stephanie Lovallo

Currently a professional painter and sculptor, Stephanie is known for her large scale assemblages. She received a BFA from FAU in Boca Raton, FL; a Masters in Science in Emotionally Handicapped from Nova University SE in Davie, FL; and certification credits from Barry University in Miami, FL for Guidance and Counseling.

She was a member of and art teacher at the Broward Art Guild in Ft Lauderdale, FL, a founding member of a Ft Lauderdale art gallery, and has won numerous art awards.  She is retired from the Broward County Schools system, where, during her tenure, she taught severely emotionally handicapped students full curriculum and Art, taught Elementary students Art, was an SED specialist, and was a Guidance Counselor.


Katie Nall, Ph.D.

Katie Nall, Ph.D., is a certified Qigong instructor through the Cloudwalker program in Vero Beach. She is also a mathematician, a two-time TEDx speaker, a professional member of National Speakers Association, an Accredited Master Trainer and Practitioner in Emotional Freedom Technique. 


George Paxton

George Paxton was educated at the Art Students League in New York City, and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. He has studied with a multitude of classical sculptors in the U.S. and Europe, and has won many awards in juried shows and art competitions. His works are in numerous private collections in the U.S. and Europe.


Marlene Evans Putnam

Marlene Evans Putnam works in watercolor, and most recently in oils, and has conducted numerous workshops around the country. She is known for her portraits as well as seascapes, has won many awards, and continues to exhibit throughout the U.S. Mrs. Putnam’s work is included in many public and private collections.


Barry Shapiro

Barry Shapiro is a graduate of Pratt Institute (BFA in painting and printmaking) where he studied with internationally renowned artists such as James Grashow, Vasilios Toulis, Rudolph Baranik and Audrey Flack. His portraits and abstract landscapes have been featured in several exhibits including The Brownstone Art gallery (Brooklyn, NY), the Nathan B. Rosen Museum Gallery (Boca Raton, FL), and locally at The Emerson Center, The Center For Spiritual Care, the Community Church Narthex Gallery and Lighthouse Art Gallery.


Diane Thelen

Diane Thelen, who joined Film Studies in the fall of 2014, holds a bachelor’s degree in English, with minors in art and French, from Douglass College. She also did post-graduate work in education at Rutgers University. A former Language Arts teacher, who has traveled abroad for many years, Diane combines a keen interest in film, together with a curiosity about people and cultures. She brings this appreciation of cinema to the class, to share its emotional power with all of Vero’s movie buffs.

Martha Westphal

Martha Westphal studied at Springfield College and the Springfield Art Association, as well as Peoria Center for the Arts and Illinois Central College. Martha has continued and expanded her studies in the arts with numerous professional artists including sculpture with Syril Moss, egg tempera with Robert Vickery, and oils with Daniel E. Green, N.A., Jack Acetus Jackson, among others.

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