Brooke Avery is a ceramic artist currently residing in Trinity, NC. She earned her B.F.A. in Design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2008. Since then she has been teaching pottery classes at local art studios, making and selling her own pottery at various shows, festivals and galleries. She currently teaches pottery classes at Randolph Community College. Her new adventure will be working at Art Alliance in Greensboro and at the NC Arts Incubator in Siler City.
LT Hoisington- Pottery
LT received his MFA in Studio Art and Sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1992. He has been teaching at Art Alliance for over 18 years. He has also taught at UNC-G in the ceramics department. In addition to participating in many local juried exhibitions, he has also been recognized internationally and has had his work published in two books.
Susan O’Leary- Pottery
My pottery forms are inspired by traditional ceramic art, my travels, nuances of people, nature and color that surround us. The way we use pots in daily life is important to me. I teach adult handbuilding classes at Art Alliance, where I am able to combine and share my BA in Education from Western Michigan University and my love of clay with the creative students in my classes. I hope that each of my pots expresses my idea, is good in form and function, and reveals an element of quiet surprise. For the past three years I have spearheaded the Ben’s Bells Project for the Triad. You can find out more about spreading intentional kindness from www.bensbells.org. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Deik Pierce- Pottery
Deik received a BA in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has been instructing at Art Alliance since 1997. His studio pottery business is Diek Pierce Clay Works. He has exhibited both in state and throughout the region and has been honored with awards in state wide competitions.
Lorrie Price- Youth Pottery
Lorrie came to pottery later in life. After her third son went off to college, searching for something new to pour her creative energies into, she discovered clay. The experience of creating something from nothing can be rewarding, spiritual, frustrating, meditative, therapeutic and challenging. Many know her Pursepots, functioning tea pots that look like pocketbooks. She also creates pieces with tree motifs and presses vintage lace directly into clay to create unique textures. Lorrie believes everyone is creative to some degree, especially children. Combining children’s imagination and their creativity is why she enjoys teaching pottery to kids. Lorrie is very proud of her newest “baby”, Elements Gallery, which she founded in 2010, to give local artists a place to sell and share their art with the public.
Tracy Raxter- Youth Pottery
Tracy Raxter is a Greensboro native. She got her start in pottery taking classes at the Cultural Arts Center in pre-Art Alliance days. She went on to get her BA with a concentration in Ceramics from UNC Asheville, graduating in 2002. Tracy is drawn to creating functional wheel thrown pottery and atmospheric wood firing. Currently, she enjoys inspiring budding young artists by teaching youth pottery classes.
Patrick Rowe- Studio Manager/Pottery
Patrick Rowe has worked as a professional production potter for more then 20 years. Currently he is working with wood fired, functional stoneware and porcelain. He also works as a production potter for hire in the Seagrove area and across the state. In this capacity he produces thousands of pieces each year suited to the individual design standards of each shop. He has experience working with many different types of clay and firing processes. Patrick is the Studio Manager at Art Alliance of Greensboro where he also teaches adult and youth classes.
Peter Strafaci- Pottery
Peter first became involved in pottery while completing his degrees at SUNY @ New Plalz, where he earned his BS in Art Education and his MS in School Administration. He returned to his love of pottery after retiring as a public school Assistant Superintendent. His work is attributed to a strong belief that God gifted him with hands to create. His unique hand built pieces, coupled with the use of surface texture and earthen colors often reflect Peter’s love of nature. Peter’s studio and gallery are located in Oak Ridge on the property where he resides. His work is exhibited and sold locally throughout Greensboro.
Jim Barnhill- Sculpture
Born in Asheville, North Carolina in 1955, James Barnhill received his Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977. After his undergraduate work, he spent a year of study in Marburg, Germany and traveled extensively. In 1982 Barnhill received his Master on Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying the figure under the late Peter Agostini. He works from the live model, sculpting both fully in the round as well as in relief. Barnhill has successfully executed work for corporate, public, liturgical and garden settings. He currently teaches as an Assistant Professor of Art at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Tom Edgerton- Portrait Painting
Tom Edgerton’s portraits hang in private homes, on university campuses, and in the headquarters of businesses and philanthropic foundations. With a degree in studio painting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an artistic career spanning three decades, Tom has received more than two dozen awards for creative achievement, including recognition from the American Advertising Federation and the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. Tom has been recognized six times with awards from the Portrait Society of America, three times as a finalist in the Society’s prestigious International Portrait Competition.
Mike Northuis- Painting
Mike Northius holds a BA from Hope College (MI), and both a BFA and MFA from UNC-Greensboro. Mike has taught all levels of painting and drawing at UNCG. Additionally, he has taught drawing, painting, etching and color theory at Guilford College. His work has been exhibited in many major museums and showplaces in the southeast including the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC, the Norton Gallery in West Palm Beach, FL, the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA, the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, the Weatherspoon Museum of Art at UNCG, The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem and the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC.
Anne Kiefaber- Painting
Anne Kiefaber is an accomplished artist who finds joy in painting nature. Working in both oils and pastels, she loves to go painting outside trying to capture the evanescent light of the outdoors. A portrait painter as well, she finds great satisfaction in painting the face and the figure in all its different expressions and aspects.
Ms. Kiefaber is a teacher as well and has been holding classes in her studio for two decades, teaching both children and adults. She loves to see the potential emerge in her students and the many wonderful “ AHA” moments in their development.Many of her students go on to good art colleges and to exhibit in galleries on their own.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she attended the Schuler School of fine Arts, and later spent close to 2 years in Paris, working in an art gallery as well as taking classes at the Louvre Evening school and the Ecole Montparnasse. To further her skills she has taken workshops with noted portaitist Daniel Greene and Luana Luconi Winner and landscape painters like Larry Blovitz and Greg Biolchini.
She is a member of the National Portrait Society as well as the Pastel Society of North Carolina. She is represented by the Artisan Art Gallery in Greensboro and Saddlebags Gift Shop in Brown Summit, North Carolina.
Contact: wwww annekiefaber.com
Kathryn Gauldin- Mixed Media/Surface Design
Kathryn Gauldin is owner of KG Textiles, located in the studios of Fiber Company, an original business in the Winston Salem Art District. She received a Regional Artist Grant in 2015 for a computer interface to assist with complex weave structures in her studio weaving. Along with working in the studio producing a line of handwoven wearable art and compositions with surface design, Kathryn enjoys artist residencies at many local schools creating community tapestries.
Mavis Liggett- Oil Painting
Mavis is a graphic designer as well as a professional oil painter. She is the owner of Nuclear Catfish Fine Art & Graphic Design and has enjoyed a successful career as a graphic artist for over 20 years. She has a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Connecticut where she specialized in intaglio and stone lithography. Her paintings have been exhibited locally, regionally and internationally and also reside in over a dozen private collections. Mavis was a board member of Art Alliance for several years and chair of the board from 2010-2013.
Tristin Miller- Drawing & Painting
Tristin Miller has been involved with the Art Alliance since she took her first painting and drawing class there in 2000 as a high school student. She later went on to receive a BFA in Painting & Drawing from UNCG and has been teaching Youth Art classes, Adult Beginning Drawing, and PAGE by PAGE: Building the Sketchbook Habit workshop since 2012. Miller’s work has been shown locally and regionally. “RULE SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.” – John Cage
Jack Stratton- Drawing & Watercolor
Jack Stratton has been making and exhibiting paintings for nearly forty years. He received his BFA in Painting at UNC Greensboro in 1977; he worked as a bookbinder at Jackson Library for ten years, and as a preparator at the Weatherspoon Art Museum for twenty years, before retiring from the university after 30 years of service. He currently paints in his Greensboro studio, as well as teaches drawing and watercolor painting at Art Alliance. He also works as a freelance preparator, curator, art handler and lighting consultant.