Rebecca Wilson Allen grew up west of Denver and attended the Kansas City Art Institute, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. She also attended the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, where she concentrated her studies in Industrial Design. She worked for many years as a designer and construction detailer for exhibit and interior design firms in Denver and Chicago. For the last 15 years she has been employed doing design, drafting and architectural renderings for her husband’s architectural firm. A life-long artist, Rebecca has continued to draw, paint and do pastel drawings as well as commercial design and renderings. She was on the founding board of Batavia’s Art in Your Eye Art Festival and was very involved in coordinating the festival until 2013. Rebecca has been a resident artist at Water Street Studios for the last 5 years.
Karine Bauch became Director of Education at Water Street Studios in June 2016 and brings 15 years of art education experience with her. She especially enjoys teaching young people to draw and render realistically while still encouraging them to express their own creative style. She earned an AAS in illustration at Fashion Institute of Technology, and has worked as both an illustrator and art teacher. Her award winning art curriculum, The Phonics of Drawing, has been used by art teachers and home educators for the last ten years. Her personal gallery can be seen here.
Victoria Belz is a glass artist, teaching and creating in flameworked and lampworked since 2006. She uses her glass in jewelry and small sculptural work. Victoria has been a resident artist at Water Street for two years and has been teaching at Water Street for three years. for more about Victoria and her work visit www.tinkerbelzart.com, etsy shop and like Tinker Belz Art on Facebook
With a biology degree under her belt, Kelley Cappell is a qualified scientific illustrator situated in Geneva, Illinois. She is the current contract illustrator for Brookfield Zoo. Her passion is for science, nature, drawing, and providing instruction in painting techniques and other mediums. Kelley can compose artwork applying the traditional method of using paint and pencil or by creating digitally mastered work. Kelley takes great care to produce quality images that reflect her love for her subjects and her craft.
Lisa Dienst-Thomas has been designing, handcrafting and selling jewelry at Art Shows and in stores for over 20 years under the business name Lisa’s Pieces. Her current pieces use sterling silver, copper and glass. She loves tools and new techniques for using them especially those involving adding texture and dimension to her work. She have been teaching metalworking classes locally for over 5 years, including one day workshops and ongoing metals classes. Visit Lisa’s Pieces by clicking here
Kim Fredricks loves to get inky! She studied art at Northern Illinois University and stayed an extra year after discovering the wonders of printmaking. Under the direction of professors, Michael Barnes and Ashely Nason, Kim developed a passion for all types of printmaking. Through Water Street Studios, Kim eagerly shares her passion for print with her students. Kim’s story at Water Street Studios began as an internship, grew into teaching printmaking classes and developing Water Street Studios’s PrintLab in St. Charles.
Kevin Hunter learned to paint at the age of seven when his grandmother taught him to use watercolors and he’s been at it ever since. In high school, he studied drawing with children’s book illustrator Robert Baumgartner. In college, he studied medical illustration and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing/painting. He also studied portrait and still life painting for two years at Chicago’s historic Palette and Chisel Academy. He has won numerous local and national awards for both drawing and painting. Hunter is an experienced teacher, having taught for fifteen years at Elgin Community College in the Communication Arts program. He has also taught drawing at Northern Illinois University and at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago. Hunter maintains a vigorous studio practice in Batavia. His work is divided between his Regionalist Impressionism farm paintings and his PaintMyKNine watercolor dog portraits. His work can be viewed at www.kevinhunterart.com and at www.paintmyknine.com
Sabrina Martin was raised in Crystal Lake, Illinois and now resides in Batavia. At age of 12 she won her first prize, a Blue Spruce, for an Arbor Day poster competition. In high school she won awards in painting and sculpture. Taking the “more practical” route through college, she majored in International Studies & Spanish, married, received a Master of Arts in Adult Education, and has been raising two musical sons. Sabrina has over 30 years experience in all aspects of adult education programming and instruction. Since 2002, she has actively volunteered in the Fox Valley.
Lauren Peterson graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, studying with renowned instructors Irving Shapiro, Bill Parks, and Eugene Hall. After leaving the Academy, she continued her studies with Hall in his Rockford studio, assisting him with murals and conservation of damaged paintings while continuing to work in both the commercial and fine art fields, doing illustration, portraits, and other commissioned work. Lauren has exhibited widely, most recently at the Art Center of Highland Park, Park Art Center, the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art and Elmhurst Art Museum. Her professional affiliations include memberships in Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Portrait Society of America and numerous local arts organizations.
Erin Smith attended Eastern Illinois University. She was a 3D art major with a concentration in Ceramics. In 2015, she graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. She started off learning the basics like hand-building and wheel throwing clay. Then she worked her way up to constructing figurative pieces, and that’s when she discovered her passion for sculptural ceramics. She started teaching ceramics classes at Studio 60 in 2016 and at Water Street Studios in 2017. She cannot wait to share her passion with her new students. Check out her page: http://egsmith14.blogspot.com/
Maureen Stiebris earned a BFA at the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in Teaching from National-Louis University. As a certified art instructor, she has taught in both elementary and middle schools and enjoys teaching students of all ages. Her watercolor paintings have been in group exhibits at Mayslake Peabody Mansion, Oak Park Art League, and other art venues. She loves the lively and expressive nature of watercolor painting, and is excited to share this amazing medium with students at Water Street Studios.
Ashley Szeto earned her BFA in Graphic Design from Columbia College Chicago. While in college, she discovered her love of all things paper and started her career as a designer for a stationery studio specializing in custom invitations. After working in the wedding industry for nearly seven years, she decided it was time to pursue a new passion. Her Etsy shop, That’s Just My Type, was the perfect way to share her love of quirky hand-lettered greeting cards and stationery with the world. No stray scrap of paper escapes her doodles and she loves creating beautiful things that help people celebrate all of life’s occasions.
Lisa Youngdahl is the principal of Resolution Creative and has been working as a professional designer for over 25 years. She also has taught credit graphic design courses at Waubonsee Community College and College of DuPage since 2002.