LESLIE ROBERTS-BELKNER | Owner/Teaching Artist
As a lifelong artist, I am often dismayed by others who feel they "cannot" draw or paint! I believe everyone has creativity within themselves, and along with that, an ability and a desire to express it. I knew that starting an art bar would be the perfect way for me to test my theory by sharing art, and it's profound effects on humanity, with a wide audience.
As a Museum Teacher at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, I was trained to lead gallery tours using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a discussion based method of looking at art whereby museum visitors contribute observations and ideas on works of art, while respecting and learning from the perspectives of others visitors.
I've worked in a variety of mediums including oil and acrylic paint, oil pastel as well as digital mediums. In 2000, I founded a graphic design studio, drawing upon my years as an in-house designer for various companies in Boston including Student Advantage and Sam Adams (Boston Beer Company). But alas, my most proud masterpieces are my two wonderful boys, Ian, 12 and Noah, 9, along with my husband Rob.
ALYSSA VIRGIN | Teaching Assistant
While currently residing on Martha's Vineyard working in the hospitality and tourism industry, I've always kept the love of visual arts in my back pocket. Ever since I was a child I was drawn to colors, textures, compositions, and being able to create something with your mind and hands to express yourself. While other sectors of the world are defined or categorized into black and white, to me, art gives you that freedom to directly express whatever your soul is feeling at that time and release inhibitions. I was fortunate enough to connect with Leslie this past Spring on the Vineyard, which reignited my enthusiasm for painting. Being a part of the Paint Corner Art Bar team connects my two passions, connecting with people and connecting with the canvas.
ESTIE MARTIN | Teaching Artist
I am a Boston-area native and recent graduate from Brandeis University, where I studied Painting and Anthropology. In addition to being part of the Paint Corner team, I also work in a day program for adults with developmental disabilities, where I try to emphasize art programming as an essential tool in developing independent living and expressive skills. I believe that painting is a full-body experience, and is all about the personal energy each person brings to their canvas. I love teaching at Paint Corner because we get to help you provide a voice to those secret parts of yourselves only accessible through art and we have so much fun guiding you through that process!
KRISTOPHER CERE | Teaching Artist