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Leah Macdonald

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.

Leah received her Masters and Bachelors Degrees in Photography and also began her career as a teacher and a mixed media artist. In 1999, she returned to Philadelphia to focus on her career. She is an artist and she teaches mixed media workshops from her studio and on location. She taught at the Philadelphia Art Institute and Camden County Community College. She is also a commercial photographer working with Susan Beard Design and owner of Jewellea Photography, specializing in weddings and portraits. Leah enjoys making art and books for Bliss Books, a high end, hand-made album company.

 
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Ariel Wolfenson - Bannon

My philosophy of teaching is reflected within my own artwork. Inspired by themes of identity and transformation; my artistic practice attempts to draw connections between the ‘personal’ and ‘collective’ through mixed media manipulation. As a practicing community artist, I advocate for working with local communities to actively participate in reshaping the world through the visual arts. My representational, abstract, and conceptualized work is produced through a combination of independent and collaborative efforts; aimed at investigating varied modes of self-expression and meaning-making through art.

Ariel received her Associates Degree in Fine Arts from Montgomery County Community College, before earning her Bachelor of Science Degree and Community Arts Certification at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. Ariel is currently a Certified Art Teacher (K-12).

 
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Annie Fortenberry

A dance and movement artist, Annie hails from Mount Kisco, NY. Her performing background includes performances at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and with companies including Ballet Nouveau, Charm City Ballet and Dissonance Dance Theatre. She is currently a company member with Ballet 180 in Paoli, PA. She has studied at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan, and Rick Odums Centre International de Danse Jazz in Paris, France, as well as at the Joffrey School, the Ailey School, Peridance and Boulder Ballet. In 2015, Annie graduated Cum Laude from Goucher College with a degree in Dance and French. She loves to share her passion for movement through teaching all styles and levels of dance.

 
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Donald Stephens
Don has attended Burlington County College obtaining an AAS 90’. He then furthered his yearning for the arts at Temple University Tyler School of the Arts, where he has achieved his BFA 96’; simultaneously completing a full term in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a Communicator.

Lately, he has displayed his work in various locations in the Delaware Valley area and Northern New Jersey Area. To add, the role of Artist/Instructor/Lecturerhas been carefully added to his list of creative skill.

 
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Mateus Costa
Mateus studied in Rome, Italy in 1978 and got his BFA from the Tyler School of Art in 1980. Mateus won many different awards, first of which was the Gimbels Award for Excellence in Portraiture in Watercolor back in 1975 in High School, to the Artist's choice Award, 'Best in' show and Legislative award in the Berlin Plein Air Festival in 2017.

Born in Portugal, Mateus has long been a member of the Philadelphia (artist) community. He exhibited at the Woodmere art museum, Main Line Art Center, Philadelphia Sketch Club and the Roxborough Manayunk Art Center, among many others.

In his paintings, Mateus Costa uses objects that we find in our everyday lives, and does not intend to show the viewer obscure references. Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Caravaggio, Cezanne, Manet, Velasquez and many others famous masters have strongly influenced his paintings and are referenced and bring complexity and greater interest to his work.