Faculty Biographies

Aric Attas

Aric Attas received his MFA in Photography from the Hartford Art School in 1996 and BS in Psychology from Hobart College in 1988. He has won numerous awards for his fine art which has been exhibited internationally. Currently Attas is the owner of Aric Attas {Creative} in Vero Beach, Florida where he is sought out for his architectural, product and food photography. He is on the faculty of the Vero Beach Museum of Art and actively mentors private students from around the world. Publications include Luxe, Four Seasons Magazine and Vero Home, Life & Design. Attas has also been featured on Ovation TV’s art and culture program American Canvas. Most recently his work was added to the permanent collection of the University of Miami, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. www.photonlab.com

Hester Bloom

Hester Bloom has a Master’s Degree in psychology from the University of Florida, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 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 15 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. Visit www.burgarellaart.com.

Walford Campbell

Walford Campbell attended the Walsall School of Art and Derby Lonsdale College in England. He served as the 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.

John Cullen

John Cullen earned a B.S. in art education at New York University, and an M.S. in art education from Pratt Institute. He works in a variety of media including watercolor, oil, graphite, block printing and collage. John has over 30 years’ experience as an art teacher, and has won numerous awards for his work. www.abstractvenues.com

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.

Lorraine Fouquet

Lorraine Fouquet has been a professional artist for over 30 years. She studied at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts and at the University of Hawaii, and has also studied abroad in Italy and France. In addition to teaching at the Museum since 1993, Lorraine is also an interior designer. www.fouquetgallery.com

Pamela Pike Gordinier

Pamela Pike Gordinier has been a member of The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, The Copley Society of Boston, and the Connecticut Watercolor Society. An award winning artist, her work hangs in the collections of several Fortune 500 companies. With a Master’s in Education, Pam works to demystify the language of art. She teaches in Stonington, CT, and has taught workshops in Venice, Portugal and France.

Gary Grossman

Gary Grossman graduated from Pratt Institute in Industrial Design, and has an Art Education teaching certification from Marywood University in Pennsylvania. He is presently an adjunct professor at New Mexico Highlands University, teaching jewelry and small metal construction. Gary is a multi-disciplinary artist, working in silver, sculpture and painting, and has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the U.S.

Sherry Haaland

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

Chad Hitchcock

Chad Hitchcock earned his Bachelor of Science in Art Education from UCF in 2005. He currently teaches Art at Croton Elementary School in Melbourne, Florida to VPK-6th graders. He has been an art teacher for Brevard Public Schools for 11 years, and has taught art summer camps for nine years in Melbourne, Florida.

Laura Howell

Laura Howell received her B.A. in art history, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, Virginia, and did her graduate studies at Lynchburg College. Laura is a professional artist holding memberships in Oil Painters of America, Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, Annapolis Maryland Watercolor Club, and the Virginia Watercolor Society.

Joel Johnson

Joel Johnson has an MFA from Utah State University and he is a signature member of the NATIONAL WATERCOLOR SOCIETY, the TRANSPARENT WATERCOLOR SOCIETY OF AMERICA, and the FLORIDA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY. He has exhibited in the AMERICAN WATERCOLOR SOCIETY and the HUDSON RIVER EXHIBITION  in New York City as well as many regional and local shows in Florida. He was an invited guest artist for the Prix de West exhibition and sale at the Western Heritage and Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City. He has conducted many workshops in the U.S. as well as Italy. www.artistjoelrjohnson.com

Gina Johnson

Gina Johnson has been designing jewelry for 15 years. She has attended classes at the William Holland Lapidary School in Georgia as well as numerous private lessons with local artists. Her brand “Bead Crazy” displays at art shows along Florida’s east coast.

Kent Johnson

Kent Johnson has a 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. He spent the past thirty-five years as a landscape designer, receiving awards from the Home and Garden Show in San Diego, and created displays for the prestigious Delmar Thoroughbred Club. 

Vickie Marsango

Vickie Marsango is a studio artist and art instructor who works in oil, acrylic, mixed media, assemblage, and encaustic. She has studied Fine Art in colleges and universities in Illinois and Califormia, and has attended extensive workshops in encaustics, expressive drawing/painting, and process of painting. Vickie has sold hundreds of paintings to private and corporate collectors in the U.S. and abroad. Her work has been inspired by master abstract expressionist artists, including Joan Mitchell.

Dawn Mill

Dawn Mill has a B.A. in art from the University of Central Florida. She is a professional artist whose work includes watercolor, drawing and graphic art, pastel, oil, and acrylic. She teaches art to adults and children.

Dawn E. Miller

Dawn E. Miller holds a B.S. from Florida State University and an M.S. from the University of Mississippi. She has been a member of the faculty for the past eight years and has taught a wide range of classes. She is the Program Coordinator for the Museum’s Art for Health’s Sake program, and is certified in Arts and Medicine, where multiple art forms are used to facilitate mental and physical well-being. She has also recently received her certification in Memory Bridge, a program aimed to end the social and emotional isolation of individuals with dementia.

Evelyn Newton

Evelyn Newton obtained her Bachelor of Art and Psychology from Hope College, Holland, MI. She currently teaches art at Odyssey Preparatory Academy in Palm Bay. Evelyn is an experienced instructor for after school and summer art camp classes in and outside of museums. This year, she has been selected to implement the Talented and Gifted Art program at her school.

Himalaya Parker

Himalaya Parker has taught yoga and gentle stretching in our community for over thirty years, and is an instructor of the Kali Natha Yoga style, certified through Yoga Alliance. She also continues her practice as a licensed massage therapist and reflexologist.

George Paxton

George Paxton was educated at the Art Students League in New York City and the Corcoran School of Art, 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. www.georgepaxton.com

Marlene Evans Putnam

Marlene Evans Putnam 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.

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.

Christine Thomas

Christine Thomas a professional artist for over thirty years, participating in galleries and showing at fine art shows around the country. Her specialties include acrylics, silk painting, murals, silkscreen printing, and decorative painting, and has won awards for her fiber art.