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Emily Bayless

June 20, 2017
20 Jun 2017

Emily Bayless BWEmily Bayless holds a Bachelors in Ceramics from Arizona State University and received her Masters in Fine Arts, Ceramics from the University of Colorado Boulder. After completing her MFA she lived and worked in London, UK before accepting a position at Millersville University, where she now teaches Ceramics. Her work has been shown widely across the United States, including the State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.

John Kovaleski

June 20, 2017
20 Jun 2017

John Kovaleski BWJohn Kovaleski is an artist, writer and teacher. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and his Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College. He has taught at Gettysburg College, Burlington, College and Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition to his painting and sculpture work, he is a noted cartoonist with work appearing in publications as varied as the Village Voice and MAD Magazine, as well as in two book collections.

Michele Ports Gargiulo

May 4, 2017
04 May 2017

MGargiuloCropMichele Ports Gargiulo is a working artist who works in paint, photography and mixed media. She is best known for her pet portraits. Michele has taught art camps for kids and pet portrait fundraisers to all ages. She was commissioned to paint murals in local restaurants and private residences.  She is active in state animal advocacy and has donated over $10,000 to various animal rescues through her painting workshops.

Barrett Benica

April 25, 2017
25 Apr 2017

Barrett Benica is an animator, illustrator, character designer, and storyboard artist with over 17 years of experience. Growing up, Barrett’s best friends were his pencils and his sketchbooks. His hobby carried him to New York where he worked on projects for Nickelodeon, Disney, Mattel, Spike TV, Nick Jr., and more. Currently he lives in York, and works for an online school where he creates animated pieces to help illustrate lessons for students.

Christy Brooks

December 27, 2016
27 Dec 2016

CHRISTY BROOKS photoChristy Brooks has been involved in theatre for over 25 years. She is an actress, playwright, and director in Southern York County, PA. Christy is owner of Theatre Works, LLC, which provides theatre workshops, full-scale productions, STEAM workshops, fundraising productions, and team-building corporate theatre workshops. Christy completed coursework at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County for Fine and Performing Arts.  She holds a degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University.

Phyl Campbell

December 19, 2016
19 Dec 2016

Phyl Campbell Bio Photo BWPhyl Campbell holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Arkansas. She has been teaching and tutoring English, reading, writing, and ESL for nearly 20 years. She’s also an author and a publisher. She wrote her favorite story, Weird Pie, when she was eight. She helps other young people write and publish their stories to inspire other readers and writers at a time when the world desperately needs both.

Ellen Ehlenbeck

September 6, 2016
06 Sep 2016

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Ellen Ehlenbeck holds a BFA in painting from Penn State and a MA in graphic design from Savannah College of Art and Design. A working artist, Ellen has exhibited her work widely in the region, in both solo and group shows, as well as juried exhibitions. She loves to teach, and currently serves as a Resident Teaching Artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, in addition to teaching courses in art history and painting at the Art Institute of York, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and Creative York. One of the four founders of Creative York, Ellen is excited about York’s creative renaissance.

Justin Ayala

May 9, 2016
09 May 2016

Ayala_J BWJustin Ayala is a practicing artist, VJ, and arts educator living in York, PA.  Backed by his Mass Communication degree from York College and 15+ years of education experience, Justin is one of only 350 teaching artists in the state rostered by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Artist in Education program. He has exhibited, taught and preformed extensively throughout the country, has been recognized for best practices in arts education by the state of Pennsylvania, and has served as lead artist for over a hundred public, community murals. Justin’s entire life is propelled by his insatiable passion for creativity and exploration, a passion that is contagious in any classroom he sets foot.

Christina Fritz

May 9, 2016
09 May 2016

Christina-Fritz BWChristina Fritz graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture. Christina also works with fiber art, including hand-spinning wool and knitting. She fell in love with the creative atmosphere of an abstract classroom while coordinating the Art in the Park program and looks forward to growing her creative processes and sharing art with many ages.

Stephanie Holmes

May 9, 2016
09 May 2016

Steph Holmes BWSince receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Millersville University, Steph has taught at multiple art centers and traveled to several craft schools around the country to pick up new creative skills. She currently teaches ceramics, drawing, and mixed media collage classes here at Creative York. Steph believes that art education can be essential to someone’s growth as a person and wants to share and facilitate that growth for other people.

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