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Benita Brewer

Benita grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, earned a BFA in drawing from Indiana University and a MFA in electronic art from University of Cincinnati. Before turning to painting, she worked as a graphic designer and animator for many years and then became an assistant professor in Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne. Painting for Benita is a form of storytelling. Her ideas often start with a personal connection to a person or object. It is a spark used for developing a composition that reflects the essence of the memory but becomes more abstract and universal. The story may be hers but hopefully the viewer interprets the image from his or her own perspective.  

George Bruce

George has an Associate Degree in Architecture from Southern Illinois University and a degree in Fine and Applied Arts / Graphics and Advertising Design from University of Illinois, Champaign.  He worked in the Graphic Design areas of several major corporations, then became part owner of a Marketing / Packaging Design Company in Chicago. George recently retired from that business to pursue his desire for fine arts.  Upon retirement, he studied watercolor under Dick Shipley, took several workshops in watercolor from nationally known artists and later discovered the world of oil pastel taking classes with George Shipperely.  He has become hooked on oil pastel although he paints in both mediums on a regular basis.  George thoroughly enjoys the non-objective approach to oil pastel. His work is shown in various places in Wisconsin and Illinois.  

Margaret Bucholz

Margaret Bucholz started taking Saturday oil painting lessons as a teen in Hawaii where most of the classes were painting on locations. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from University of Hawaii. Upon graduation she moved to Illinois and worked as narrator at conventions at the McCormick Place. Her passion for art was nurtured by taking many workshops at the Clearing and Dillman’s Resort from many well-known artists. She has taken 3 years of colored pencil classes at Beech Tree Studios. Margaret has won numerous awards for her art work and many of her watercolor, acrylic and colored pencil paintings hang in private collections. She has given demos to art leagues and has taught children and teen classes in watercolor, acrylics, and colored pencil drawing. Her hope is to share her enjoyment of art and skill of creating color harmonies with her students.

Dan Danielson

Dan Danielson's fascination with watercolor began at The American Academy of Art, studying under well renown Irving Shapiro. After an exciting creative director career in advertising, Dan began painting and teaching
full-time. His award-winning work has been seen in many watercolor shows and businesses. Dan continues to develop his colorist, regionalism style, while allowing
the medium the freedom to reveal it's unique qualities of brilliance and fluidity. Capturing the medium's translucent elegance and strength is an ongoing odyssey and a heck of a lot of fun.

Mary Dorrell

Mary’s early childhood was spent in rural Missouri. She relocated with her family to Chicago while she was a teen. Mary pursued the arts in her education, earning a Master's of Arts from National-Louis University in Naperville with a focus on Philosophy, along with several Art Certificates, including two in Advertising Art, one in Painting from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and another in Fine Arts from The Art House in Chicago. In 2015, Mary transitioned from her career in education to pursue her love of painting full time. She has exhibited at galleries in Chicago and her work has been included in southwestern art gallery catalogues. She is a member of Oil Painters of American and in 2015 she was selected as an Artist in Residence at the Petrified Forest National Park. She is now serving as one of three Artists in Residence at The Art House in Chicago.

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