Craig Blietz, Artistic Director, Instructor
Craig Blietz received a BS from The University of Denver. He continued his art and design studies at The Harrington College of Design and finished his formal studies with four years of academic training at The School of Representational Art. Blietz studied privately with master draftsman and recognized Chicago figurative artist Fred Berger. Along with Mr. Berger, Blietz studied with portrait artist Richard Halstead, and also with painter, printmaker, and illustrator John Rush. Several extended trips to the art centers of both Europe and the United States, with the sole purpose being the study of the great masters, has added to Blietz's extensive education.
Blietz's exhibition venues have included the Muskegon Museum of Art, Elmhurst Art Museum, Wright Museum, Rahr-West Museum, Miller Art Museum, and the West Bend Art Museum. In 2002 Blietz was given a Ten Year Retrospective in the Baer Gallery of the Carol and Robert Bush Art Center on the campus of St. Norbert College. In 2007 Blietz had a one-person show at The Fairfield Center for Contemporary Art.
Blietz is currently represented by galleries in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Utah.
He lives and works in Northeast Wisconsin.
Please visit Craig's website: www.blietzstudio.com.
Ken DeWaard, Instructor
Ken was born and raised in the Midwest. His love for the arts was apparent at a very early age and through encouragement and early training, he has built his life around the arts.
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts with honors, Ken began working in a commercial art studio in Chicago. He continued his studies at the American Academy of Art where he studied with nationally recognized watercolorist, Irving Shapiro. Upon Irving's recommendation Ken joined the acclaimed Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art in Chicago, where he soon began studying with Scott Burdick and later with Dan Gerhartz. It was there that Ken adapted his direct and pure approach as well as his bravura brush style, which he achieves by painting from life.
Strongly inspired by John Singer Sargent, Nicolai Fechin, Joaquin Sorolla and the Russian Impressionists, Ken finds himself painting an array of subject matter from everyday life. The feelings Ken evokes in his paintings are due in part to the excitement and passion he feels while capturing the fleeting effects of light, or the wonderful color nuances and harmonies presented by nature and all of her beauty.
Ken continues to travel throughout the United States as well as Italy. He has spent many a summer day painting the Italian countryside, American vistas, and beauty wherever it finds him. This has always been a contributing factor in his work, insight, and inspiration and growth as an artist.
Ken currently resides with his wife and four young children in the beautiful driftless area of southwest Wisconsin.
Please visit Ken's website: www.kendewaard.com.
Steve Ohlrich, Instructor
Steve is an artist who comes from an artistic heritage including painters and wood workers. He has been drawing since early childhood and received awards at an early age. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a minor in psychology. After serving the psychology community in and around Chicago for three years, Steve pursued artistic training at The School of Representational Art. He is a Master Draftsman and received a Certificate of Completion, after four years of extensive training in academic drawing and painting, and the study of composition and impressionistic color.
Steve draws inspiration from a wide variety of artists including the Old Masters, American and European Impressionists, and modern painters. His work includes realistic figurative works, portraits, still life and creative compositions. Steve’s creative compositions are a combination of artistic skill and imagination, which give voice to his unique perspective on life and human endeavor past and present. Currently, Steve works on commission and pursues independent projects. He has sold his works to private collectors and has displayed in public exhibitions.
An instructor at The School of Representational Art in Chicago, The Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum, he also gives individual private instruction. Steve exhibits at the Barnsite and Linden Galleries on the Door Peninsula and the Linden Centre Gallery in Dali, China.
Steve now lives in Milwaukee.
Amy received a Bachelor of Science, Nursing and a MBA at the University of Illinois. She attended Chicago’s School of Representational Art, where she is now an instructor and Academy Administrator. She has attended several workshops including “Technique Mixte” with Patrick Betaudier and has studied and painted in Europe.
Ms. Lloyd is an intuitive artist focused on her inner journey to create art that reflects the continuum of life. She is sensitive to portraiture and chooses to paint in a representational style for its realness and grounded organic nature. “As I continue to emerge as a fine artist, I intend to depict and connect the space between reality and imagination.”
Amy lives and works in Chicago where she co-founded Entre’ Art, and is a full time artist and teacher.
In addition to being represented by Barnsite Gallery, she is also represented by Linden Gallery in Ellison Bay, WI and the Linden Centre in Dali, China. Amy’s website is www.amylloydart.com.
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Lori Beringer, Instructor
An impressionist, known for her landscapes, still-lifes and portraits that capture a joyous celebration and a deep reverence for the blessings of each day. Her oils express a sense of excitement and energy that come from the intimate exchange of her surroundings.
Although largely a self-taught artist, Lori credits Russian, European and American artists such as Joaquin Sorolla, Nicolai Fechin and John Singer Sargent as influence for her bold vibrant style. She has studied with Daniel Gerhartz, Albert Handell, Ann Templeton, among others.
Lori paints plein air (from life) throughout the year, primarily in Wisconsin where she was born in 1958. Her travels have taken her to various painting locations within the states along with Mexico and France. Painting on site and experiencing the culture create a timeless sense of place in her work.
Lori is a founding member of the Plymouth Art Center, which was formed in 1993 and currently has over 500 members. She is also a member of Oil Painters of America.
Please visit Lori's website at: www.loriberinger.com
Bren Sibilsky, Instructor
Bren is a full time self-employed artist, working in the art field for 20 years. She graduated from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1987.
Bren studied sculpture with international artist Hanna Jubran and one year of intensive anatomy study with artist Harold Hueber. Her career started in commercial art working as an illustrator. She is an international artist, and has been working mostly in sculpture for the past few years. Bren teaches sculpture and she shows at various juried art shows and museums.
2006 ARC Salon finalist, check out her sculpture, 'Aphrodite', at www.artrenewal.org under sculpture finalist. In another international show Bren is a winner in the sculpture division of www.manhattanarts.com, the show 'HerStory'.
Please visit Bren's website at www.brensculpture.com.
Portrait Photography: Linda VenBeek