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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.

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.

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Naima Merella

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.