Growing up in Philadelphia my life was rich with art and a diverse source of cultural experiences. I discovered photography while attending the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr. I took my first college course at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. I thought I would become a photojournalist.
I have always been very experimental, I enjoy painting on photographs with beeswax.
I received my Masters and Bachelors Degrees in Photography and also began my career as a teacher and a mixed media artist. In 1999, I returned to Philadelphia to focus on my career. I am an artist and I teach mixed media workshops from my studio and on location. I taught college at the Philadelphia Art Institute and Camden County Community College. I am also a commercial photographer working with Susan Beard Design and owner of Jewellea Photography, specializing in weddings and portraits. I enjoy making art and books for Bliss Books, a high end, hand-made album company.
Naima is a mixed media artists who has studied a variety of mediums of art including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, wood carving and woodworking. In 2013 she graduated from the University of the Arts with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Photography. She has always been interested in combining different mediums and using art as a way to experiment and create something new.
In 2014 Naima studied at Studio 34 Yoga and became a certified yoga teacher. She is passionate about the importance of movement and taking breaks to care for ourselves. She is very enthusiastic about teaching and sharing knowledge and skills acknowledging that we all can teach each other something. Naima believes in the importance of building strong communities and participating in in groups that help individuals and communities. She taught an afterschool art program at Roxborough Free Library from 2015-2016 through the PAEP. She currently works at Nice Things Handmade a handmade boutique that supports local artists and volunteers at the Ahimsa House, a center for nonviolence, where she offers free or donation yoga classes, workshops on yoga for anxiety and depression and kids art classes.
Megan Lee Wenger
Megan Lee is a graduate of Mason Gross School of Fine Arts in New Brunswick, NJ, where she focused on painting using trash and other recycled materials.
Her recent endeavors have included the all-female NYC pop-up show Au Jus, and featured work in several all-female art zines.
In addition to her art, she's served as a gallery assistant and as an arts instructor with VSA-NJ, specializing in students with disabilities. She is currently co-director of MRAC's curriculum program.