Meet Our Incredible Teachers:
Judy is a Missouri native who attended the Kansas City Art Institute and received a Bachelor of Fine arts in Painting and Printmaking. She moved to Tampa a little over 21 years ago to accept a job offer as a Graphic Designer for a Tampa company, and is still employed in the Marketing Department. Over the years she has been involved in various art shows throughout the Tampa Bay area and has received awards for her detailed etchings and linoleum block prints.
Tona Bell, proprietress of The Paper Seahorse, has always had a passion for all things paper, packaging, writing and making. All through her successful career in public relations, marketing and creative services, she found new and exciting ways to use paper. She used hand-written, stamped letters to 100 specific people as a very personal way to launch a successful marketing company. In her18 years as President of that company, Tricycle Studios, she continued to encourage the use of handwritten letters. With The Paper Seahorse, her dream has come true to share these creative pursuits with others. She hopes to inspire people to follow their dreams and make the world a lovelier, more thoughtful place. www.paperseahorse.com
Chiara is an artist and educator who earned her BA from USF with a focus on sculpture and ceramics.
Chiara began painting Italian inspired pottery at Moultrie Creek Studios, taught herself how to paint watercolor and experimented with making jewelry and mobiles while attending community college in St. Augustine, FL. Today she paints decorative tiles and sweet pet portraits, creates seed bead jewelry and sculpts wire and paper mobiles. She loves to bring brightness and joy into the world through her art pieces, spending time socializing with her family and friends and practicing yoga.
Carlie is the owner of Carlie Chew Photography. She, her husband and two kitties and live in St. Pete where she spends most of her time capturing portraits and families. Her love affair with photography began when her father gave her his film camera at the age of 13. Since then her father’s Minolta has not left her hand and has captured some of her favorite memories. She’s always been very nostalgic and has held onto every little memory, no matter how mundane it may be. She believes that life is full of memories and meaningful moments that must be kept alive.
Julie is a lively creative spirit who does it all: from knitting to crochet, jewelry to pottery and more. Owner and creative vision for Beadlejules, Julie ran Tampa’s premier beading shop for 10 years. After taking some time to get married and make her greatest creative production, daughter Amelie, we are so lucky Julie is back inspiring us all.
Jenni Glaser grew up in Shreveport Louisiana and has lived in Tampa since 1986. She received a BFA from Tulane University and a MEd from the University of Missouri. She has taught art in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, is the mother of four, and currently is creating art in the medium of clay and fiber.
Leo Gomez is a designer and hand lettering artist based in St. Pete Fl. You'll often him working on fun hand lettering projects for menus, t-shirts, signs and wall murals. Leo loves teaching what it means to be a hand lettering artist and how you can make a career of doing what you love. You can see his work on Instagram and Website . When Leo is not working on something cool, he loves to spend the day with his bulldog puppy Luna.
JENIPHER LYN GALLARDO
Jenipher Lyn is a self-taught artist who believes the more genuine encouragement in the world, the better! Her goal in life is to inspire as many girls and women that they are not alone! She accomplishes this with whimsical illustrations and vulnerably humorous articles. She is the owner of Nightly Doodles and wrote and illustrated an encouraging book for girls (Crown Pub. May 2018!). She’s worked with amazing clients such as: Design House Greetings, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Recycled Paper Greetings, and Girls on the Run. She can be found drawing and eating cupcakes in the middle of Florida with her amazing husband and giant cat, Baby.
Patricia Ingegneri is a transplanted New Yorker who had been an RN for going on 30 years. She received her BSN from Pace University in NYC. Hobbies are how she keeps her sanity in such a stressful profession. She’s dabbled in beaded jewelry, pottery, mosaics and spindle spinning. Her current passions are knitting, spinning, and recently happy mail, fauxdoris and junk journaling. She loves the crinkly sound of paper!
Amanda is a wife and mom of two. She is the designer behind Amanda Kammarada Hand Lettering, which specializes in hand lettered art and design that hopes to bring inspiration, happiness and joy. Art has always been a part of her life but didn’t find her love of hand lettering until 2015. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, going to Universal Orlando and DIYs. She loves Harry Potter, coffee and chocolate.
Natasha is the creator and working hands behind Everything So Pretty products. Her handmade affair came about as an escape from the stress of corporate life. She quickly realized balance and peace of mind can be triggered by different mindful emotions through our sense of sight, touch and smell. Seeing, touching and smelling anything pretty can elicit positive energy. Everything So Pretty creates items that inspire wellness through our senses. Follow her on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/everythingsopretty_esp
Teri Navajo is in fact Native American and a Florida Native (yes, they exist). While she is not from the Navajo tribe, the Navajo is a collection of people that she identifies with due to their love of nature as well as aesthetically in their artwork and jewelry making. Her passion is to create, connect and coach. She loves hanging out with my fellow artist tribe but finds it really amazing when she has the opportunity to work with someone who feels intimidated by art or who may have never picked up a paint brush or sketchbook in their life and help them take a journey that shows them just how creative they are.
Julio Ramos is an art director and self taught lettering enthusiast for over 10 years. He currently labors as the creative director for Creative Loafing Tampa. Julio also does brand identity and illustration work on his free time where he incorporates his passion for typography and letterforms. You could see some of Julio's work at www.studiografiko.com
Risha is a DIY enthusiast and Calligrapher. “Before I buy it – can I make it?” is one of her life’s mottos and it’s a catalyst that led her to pursue calligraphy. She has experience with both Copperplate and modern calligraphy. Risha loves using this lettering craft on just about everything from custom invitations, cards, signs to digital design to Cinco de Mayo table runners --- you name it, she will find a way to write on it. She believes that handwritten or handmade elements truly make any gift, celebration, design or touch in life special and so much more unique. You can find her bumbling around with her pointed pen and Shiba Inu sidekick, Cubby, on her Instagram @rrisha.
Randy Rosenthal is an artist/entrepreneur. As co-founder and Creative Director of Tricycle Studios, he advises business leaders at some of the world’s best-known brands like Johnson & Johnson, and Olympus on customer engagement strategies. He is very excited to bring these proven techniques to the local creative business community. Randy brings his signature “human-centered” approach to all of his wildly different endeavors like stand-up comedy, hypnosis, and filmmaking. Most recently, Randy curates and restores vintage typewriters, making them available for use at events, rental or to have for your very own. www.tampatype.com
Since childhood, Tammy Wright has loved all things paper including stationery, journals and paperback books. She even studied paper making in school and currently holds a bachelors degree in Pulp and Paper Science. For 15 years she worked in various engineering and project management roles for the paper industry. Since leaving the industry in 2013, she has shared her love of paper by leading workshops on letter writing and running her YouTube channel, Paper Tams, where she talks about snail mail, journaling, paper crafts and books.