Kären graduated with a degree in Fine Art from Toronto’s OCAD. Kären’s work is focused on landscape with a human element, as well as collage with miniature painting, sculpture and found objects, and is currently exhibiting at Shoreline Arts in Suttons Bay. She has found delight in teaching art to both children and adults for the last 29 years.
Jenny Creech | AAS
Jenny Creech is a graphic designer and illustrator. She has been with PCCA since January of 2017 where she serves as the Manager of Galleries & Digital Media as well as the Artist Liaison for the Art & Apples Festival. She graduated with honors from Macomb Community College with an Associates in Art for Advertising (2010) and an Associates in Creative Imaging & Illustration (2012), and is pursuing the completion of her Bachelors of Fine Art in Graphic Design through Academy of Art University. Working predominantly in marker, colored pencil and the Adobe Creative Suite, her personal artwork has been included in twelve group exhibitions and one solo display across Metro Detroit since she began exhibiting in 2015.
Mary Dudek is a visual artist working in Metro-Detroit. While primarily a figure sculptor, her practice ranges from drawing, to painting, to ceramics, to metal. Her passion for her faith and awe of the human body fuels her work prompting her to create mostly liturgical art and representational figure sculpture. She studied drawing and sculpture at Studio Art Center International in Florence Italy and earned her BFA from the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design. She teaches a variety of classes and workshops throughout the Metro-Detroit area and maintains her studio work and commissions.
Shelley Malec Vitale | BFA
Shelley Malec Vitale graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Painting from Eastern Michigan University. She has also studied under some of the most noted artists and instructors in Michigan at Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies, and Henry Ford Community College. An accomplished artists active in the Detroit Art Community, Shelley has shown throughout the state and New York, and has work in many private and corporate collections throughout the country.
Phil Parks | BFA
Phil Parks is a drawing and painting instructor with Paint Creek Center for the Arts.
Charles Pompilius | MFA
Charles Pompilius is a figurative painter based out of both Detroit, Michigan and Naples, Florida. His paintings have been shown in exhibitions throughout the United States, including ones shown in New York, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Scottsdale, and Birmingham, MI. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Central Michigan University as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa. In 1984, he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture on scholarship. Pompilius has taught painting at Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies, and Edinboro University. He is the recipient of a Pollack-Krasner Award as well as the Michigan Council for the Arts Creative Artist Grant.
David Prescott | BFA
David Prescott (Rochester Hills, MI) holds a Bachelor’s in Art from Wayne State University and works as a product designer for FCA. A talented artist in many mediums, David has participated and displayed his work in several exhibitions at PCCA. He currently teaches pen & ink and printmaking workshops here at Paint Creek Center for the Arts.
Brian Rubenacker | BFA
Kris Schaedig | MFA
Kris Rygwelski-Schaedig lives in the Detroit, Michigan area. She earned her BFA from Wayne State University in Detroit and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 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.
Carolyn Shoemaker | BFA
Carolyn always knew art would figure prominently in her life, professionally and personally. She earned her degree from College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She worked as a professional graphic designer for over 25 years and was always painting in her free time. In the last three years she has been focusing on painting and began a new passion for teaching.
Carolyn loves to share her knowledge and enjoys seeing the outcome of her students accomplishments.
She has exhibited her work in a number of galleries in and around this beautiful state of Michigan where she and her family love to travel. Gardening is another passion, which is why painting florals is one of her favorite things to paint along with landscapes and abstracts.
Amanda Trotto | BFA
Amanda holds a BFA in Studio Art with a specialization in drawing and painting from Oakland University. She enjoys working in a variety of formats, from mixed media collage to pen in ink drawing and digital illustration. Amanda’s fine art explores process-based techniques while remaining decorative and laced with tradition. She also enjoys graphic design, creating custom portraits and typography. In addition to her full-time job, Amanda works as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Since art is her passion, Amanda is excited to share her enthusiasm for all things creative with the Paint Creek Community.
Isadora Vincent | MFA
Isadora Vincent is a ceramics instructor with Paint Creek Center for the Arts.