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Teacher Bios

Lynn Abbiati

Lynn loves teaching and has a passion for a broad spectrum of art. She is a self-taught artist with creative flare. Her art mediums include ink, watercolor paints, pencil, charcoal, acrylic, multimedia and collage. She enjoys working with children of all ages including adults. Her specialty is teaching those who are timid and insecure with their creativity. Lynn helps these individuals step outside of themselves and embrace their creative and artistic abilities.

Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson is a graduate from Humboldt State in Studio Art – Cum Laude and shows throughout the West.

Christie Beebe

"My love of art has prompted me to learn as many techniques and styles as I am able. I am constantly in search of a new idea, a new theme, a new look. I love working in oil, acrylic and watercolor. I also have a passion for printmaking, oil pastels, colored-pencil and mixed media."

I have an Associate's Degree in Art Education and also an Associate's Degree in Graphic Design. Fine Art Major at Southern Utah University, where I specialized in printmaking. I also attended Butte College.

Gitta Brewster

"I have enjoyed drawing, painting, playing music and other forms of hands on creativity since I can remember. When I paint or draw I literally feel "at home"."  My most formal lessons in drawing and painting were a brief enrollment at an Institute For Applied Arts in Berlin, Germany and at Sacramento City College. I like to keep a light hearted and humorous approach when teaching without losing focus on the subject and the students' needs.

Sadie Card

"Over the years I have developed several types of armatures that begin most all of my shapes. I have learned how to tear and manipulate paper into smooth contoured shapes used for muscles and form. My art ranges from very small to very large pieces. This art is very durable as well and there are no supplies to buy."

Sal Casa

Sal Casa is a well-known local artist who taught at CSU Chico and other local classes. He is an award winning member of the National Watercolor Society and his work is exhibited in Chico as well as around the country. We all know Sal!

Eva Farley

"I am a local Chico painter with a B.F.A. degree from CSU Chico. Color is the most important element in my paintings. I love the intensity and subtlety of color that watercolor provides. It can be as rich and bold as I want, or as pale and soft as is needed, to produce the painting I have in mind. I create the illusion of texture with washes, layering, glazing and lifting.  I like to contrast the range and luminosity of transparent watercolors with the flat opaque quality of gouache.  Visit evafarley.com for examples of my work."

Kim Finlan

There are SO many things you can make a mosaic with, as well as an infinite number of things you can put a mosaic onto! This is what I love best about mosaic. I am self-taught, but art runs in my blood. Mosaic is accessible and I am ready to show people who want to learn, just how fun it can be!

Dave Owen

Dave Owen is a ceramic artist, a sculptor, potter and educator from 1980 to the present. He received his degree from University of New Mexico, and has exhibited widely. His ceramic sculpture may be viewed on line at his website.

Ben Saturen

Ben Saturen has been a member of Society of Animal Artists, NY; San Francisco Society of Fine Artists and Artists’ Guild of San Francisco. He attended the College of Marin, Santa Rosa Junior College, California College of Arts and Crafts and earned a BS in Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University. Ben has taught Animal Illustration at Sonoma State University for the last two years and taught 3D Computer Animation at College of Marin, Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma State University and Academy of Art University (San Francisco).

Jon Shult

Jon Shult is an award winning artist and has exhibited locally and in the Bay Area. He runs a gallery showing his paintings and prints in Oroville, and has experience in cartooning and illustration. Degrees include a BA in Art from UCSC and a MA in Art from San Jose State University. He has taught art and cartooning for over 20 years.

Erin Wells

Erin Wells is a well-known artist and member of the Chico Art Center. She took 1st place in the 3D category at our 6th Annual Contemporary Woman Show for her unique teapots.


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