Megan Gurisko | BFA
Megan Gurisko earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting and minor in Art History from Grand Valley State University. She works mostly with acrylic medium, but has experience in printmaking, drawing, bookbinding and ceramics. Her work explores the process of mark making with various tools to create layered and contrasting surfaces. Gurisko is an active member of Avenue for the Arts and the DIA.
Stephanie Kent | BFA
Stephanie is an illustrator who studied at both Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids and Wayne State University. Focusing on realism, her work showcases the natural and scientific world using 2-D and 3-D media. She uses a variety of mediums including oil, charcoal, ink, mixed media and even graphite dust. She has previously worked with Paint a Miracle, a nonprofit in downtown Rochester, assisting people in developing their own creativity. Visit her website kentillustrations.blogspot.com
Sonia Litynskyi | BA
Sonia holds a BA in Studio Art from Oakland University. She has experimented with a wide variety of photographic techniques, from pinhole cameras to smart phones, analog and digital. The camera has always been a tool to process her surroundings. Her most recent work has explored the balancing roles of mother, artist and woman. Being that most of her daughter’s life was being experienced behind a lens, Sonia decided to hand the camera over to her daughter for a change. The results inspired her to teach a unique perspective of photography, providing young students the ability to use the camera and other photographic techniques as a tool.
Shannon Mack | BFA
Michael Neville | BFA, MFA
Phil Parks | BFA
Phil has been a working artist for over 20 years with a BFA from Wayne State University. As an illustrator his clients have included Harper Collins, Warner Books, a host of independent book publishers, as well as private and agency commissions. As an instructor, he does not believe in a formulaic, “step-by-step” approach, but rather in helping students build a strong foundation from which they can explore their own creative path.
Charles Pompilius | BFA, MFA
Charles Pompilius is a full-time painter whose work is primarily concerned with portraiture and the human figure in interior spaces. In 2011 Pompilius painted the official portrait of Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Granholm, which hangs in the capitol rotunda in Lansing, Michigan. The David Klein Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan has represented his work for the past twenty years. Pompilius’ work has been shown in exhibitions in cities throughout the United States including New York, San Francisco, Milwaukee and Scottsdale. He has a BFA from Central Michigan University and an MFA from the University of Iowa and has had residencies at Skowhegan, the Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony for the Arts and the Ragdale Foundation. Pompilius is the recipient of a Pollack-Krasner Award and a Michigan Council for the Arts Creative Artist Grant. Charles lives near Detroit with his wife and family.
Mary Reo | BFA
Mary holds degrees from Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies. She worked in advertising for several firms in layout design and illustration. Mary has been an ‘All Media’ instructor for the Flint Institute of Arts and has worked as an automotive technical instructor. She is a qualified judge and juror for gallery and Plein-Air exhibitions.
Kris Schaedig | BFA
Kris received her BFA in drawing and painting from Wayne State University. Her goals in teaching art are to foster personal creativity, as well as to assist students in increasing their skills through the proper use of materials, methods and studio practices. Kris believes that it is important to let the individual discover their artistic voice through creating a caring but challenging environment.
Anatoliy Shapiro | MFA
Anatoliy graduated with honors from Leningrad State Pedagogical University. His work has been exhibited internationally. In the Detroit area, he is best known for his mural work, which includes murals at the Holocaust Memorial Center, Motor City Casino, The Chrysler Museum, Palladium 12 Cinema and Comerica Park.
Christina Strybis | BFA, MFA
Strybis received her BFA in Ceramics from Grand Valley State University and her MFA in Ceramics from State University of New York at New Paltz. Strybis’s work focuses on the concept of portrayed and hidden identities, experienced by the viewer. Strybis enjoys sharing her knowledge of wheel throwing, hand building, historic ceramics and sculpture with students of all skill levels.
Carol Ward | BA
Carol received a Bachelor of Arts in Photography from Columbia College Chicago after realizing a passion for photography in high school. Her career began with a focus on commercial advertising but transitioned in 2003 into opening a wedding photo documentary & portraiture business.
Carol is an active member in several professional organizations and volunteers her time and expertise to Flashes of Hope. She looks forward to inspiring her students’ creativity while providing the necessary technical skills needed to complete their vision.