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.
KRIS CERE | Teaching Artist
MARISSA TIMOTHY | Teaching Artist
TARA DINKEL | Teaching Assistant
Art was never a big part of my life, until I attended one of Leslie’s Paint Corner nights with my mom a few summers ago on the Vineyard! We loved the idea and decided to try it out, just for fun. After painting “Chilmark Charm,” my mother and I became inspired. We found ourselves buying our own paints and brushes, a variety of canvases, and began painting on our own. Now, painting plays a huge role not only in my life but my mothers as well and we have Leslie to thank for that.
Moving from Ohio to the Vineyard has been anything but amazing. I run the After School Program at the YMCA and help run a children’s program at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort. I love incorporating art in my programs and sparking the little minds of children. I am very thankful for being part of the Paint Corner team and am looking forward to what masterpiece we will create next!
LEANNE MERCADANTE | Teaching Artist
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.
GRIFFIN ESS | Teaching Artist
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!