LESLIE BELKNER | As a lifelong artist, I am often dismayed by others who think 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 students use what they know about a work of art to figure out what they don't.
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 10+ 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, 10 and Noah, 7, along with my husband of 13 years, Rob.
DEANNA TROY HENRY | Deanna is a fun, outgoing artist and art educator from Connecticut who currently resides in Cambridge, MA. She recently graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in Art Education. Deanna's evolving art teaching career, artwork and teaching style revolves around variety and diversity. Deanna has taught art to all ages, from toddlers to adults and has taught at many different types of schools and programs. Also Deanna has dabbled in many different mediums from painting, to video to sculpture to weaving and more.
KATRINA WILSON | Katrina Wilson is an artist from Vermont who will be graduating from Massachusetts College of Art and Design this spring with a BFA in painting. She has many years of experience teaching children and young adults in Vermont summer art institutions, and emphasizes the importance of fun in the creative environment in her teaching. In her personal work, Katrina paints still life with a focus on light, reflection, and transparency.