• Bruce Andrews
    Bruce Andrews Executive Director
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    Bruce attended UAB until his junior year, leaving to marry and begin working to support he and his new bride. Bruce has been drawing, sketching, and painting since he was old enough to hold a pencil. His work has been featured in Southern Living, Southern Living Seasonal Coffee Table Book, and the Birmingham Magazine. Not only does he have a passion for art, but music as well. He is a professional musician concentrating mainly on the Blues and American Music derived from blues and gospel. His award winning band performs in and around Shelby County, Alabama.

  • Lynn Dodson
    Lynn Dodson Painting Instructor
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    • Relaxed, Creative, Productive Painting class for adults
    • Private Instruction

    Lynn’s love for painting began over 25 years ago. As a student at the University of Montevallo, Lynn was honored two consecutive years with the “Excellence in Painting” Award.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Montevallo in 1997.  Since that time, Lynn has been working full time as a freelance artist, receiving commissions from both private and corporate patrons.  She has also enjoyed teaching art classes to adults and children.

  • Parastoo “Paris” Farzad
    Parastoo “Paris” Farzad Photography Instructor
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    • Basic Digital Photography for youth and adults

    Paris graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in Commercial Photography. She is an internationally published and award-winning photographer. Her company, Paris Photographics, specializes in wedding, portraits, and event photography. She is also the owner and head instructor of the Birmingham School of Photography located in Homewood, Alabama.

  • Candye Lundy
    Candye Lundy Pottery Instructor
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    Candye Lundy is a beginning hand-building pottery instructor for the SCAC.  She specializes in creating large serving vessels and funcational pottery pieces.  Under Candye’s guidance you will learn the basics of utilizing clay to create funcational art. Candye lives with her husband, Don, at the tranquil Horsefeathers Farm.  She has a background in interior design.

  • Levi Owens
    Levi Owens Guitar Instructor
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    Levi Owens was born and raised in rural Upstate New York and recently moved to Alabama. He enjoys and has experience in many different styles of music, but has found his niche in acoustic folk music. Levi has led worship in many churches over the last ten years and currently leads worship at Shelby Church Communities in Calera, AL. He loves teaching and has been giving guitar lessons on and off for the past five years. Levi also plays many different instruments, including piano, ukelele, and drums

  • Amy Pickens
    Amy Pickens Intermediate/Advanced Pottery Instructor
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    Amy Pickens – local artist on Willow Island Road, Shelby, Alabama. Amy spent many years working in the jewelry design industry.  An art school graduate, Amy is ready to share her talent and insights with her students.  She lends her skills in leading our Creating in Community – Sculpture/Pottery evenings.
  • Edna Sealy
    Edna Sealy Painting Instructor
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    • Meet the Masters
    • Acrylic Painting for Seniors

    Edna Sealy attended Auburn University where she completed her Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Education, and Education Specialist degrees. Edna has taught in public schools for 26 years and presently she teaches Art at Coosa Valley Academy. Her students have won numerous awards at the state level. She has continued her artistic education by taking courses at UAB, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and studied under artist Linda Vance. Her awards & achievements include: Selected to paint “In the Park” at Seaside, Florida. Former Hoover Art Show winner. Recipient of the Shelby County Teacher of the Year Award.

  • Hank Siegel
    Hank Siegel
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    Hank is a retired Department of Defense official who has lived in the Birmingham area since 1992 and rediscovered his photographic interest upon retiring in 2003.
    Being trained as a certified Army Instructor in Behavioral and Organizational Dynamics, he has since parlayed those skills into developing and teaching classes in Digital Photography for all levels of skill. He is the sole instructor for photography for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and also teaches classes at the Horizons School, The Thomas Aquinas Home School Co-Op, and the Shelby County Arts Council in teaching venues throughout the
    His works have been displayed in venues throughout the southeast and his images have won awards at annual photography exhibitions throughout

  • Nita Terrell
    Nita Terrell Pottery Instructor
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    Nita Terrell is a graduate of the University of Montevallo where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) degree. She currently resides in Alabaster, Alabama, with her husband David and son Eli.

    Nita started working again in ceramics in 2009.  She finds joy in creating functional pieces that become a part of someone’s everyday-life or special occasion’s pieces. Much of her work is created by incorporating and combining both wheel-thrown and hand-building components to create subtle but basic design.  All of her unique ceramic pieces are food-safe, lead free, microwave and dishwasher safe, yet maintain her signature designs that have simplistic yet elegant lines.  She started teaching ceramics in 2012 to children and adults, and today continues to share her enthusiasm and knowledge of ceramics. Through teaching these classes she has evolved as an artist and is constantly changing and improving her ceramic process.


  • Danielle Tickell
    Danielle Tickell Drawing Instructor
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    Danielle Tickell is a BFA graduate of the University of Montevallo and a local artist with a laid back teaching style. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Art Education. Her objective is to help students improve their skills and knowledge of art. You will learn the elements of contrast, depth, and tangible atmosphere with various drawing medias. 

  • Ellen Tweiten
    Ellen Tweiten Piano Instructor
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    Ellen Tweiten received Bachelor and Masters degrees in piano performance  at the University of Michigan.  She did post graduate work at The Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore  and the University of Texas at Austin. She has held several college teaching positions including that of Adjunct Professor of Piano at Birmingham Southern College.  She was the pianist for the Alabama Symphony for sixteen years and and has performed in numerous solo and chamber music recitals.  In her spare time she enjoys training horses and gardening.

  • Krista Wendle
    Krista Wendle Voice Instructor
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    Krista has been a professional vocalist for 30 years. She toured the Southern United States with various musical groups for more than 8 years, playing such venues as the Hard Rock Cafe, US Virgin Islands & Universal Studios, Orlando. She has opened for top acts like, David Lee Roth, formerly of Van Halen, and played with several groups local to Vermont, Florida, and Alabama. Krista is experienced in many vocal styles, including jazz, country, top 40, and rock. Her teaching is not only aimed at making you a better singer, but also a more effective performer.

  • William Yarbrough
    William Yarbrough Guitar Instructor
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    With southern roots William A. Yarbrough was born and raised just outside of Birmingham, Alabama. His talent as a guitarist and singer/ songwriter has developed over the last 19 years. William currently serves as Guitarist at Canterbury United Methodist Church and Lead Guitarist at Independent Presbyterian Church Birmingham, Alabama

  • Nelson Grice
    Nelson Grice Pottery/Sculpture Instructor
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    Nelson earned a BFA and an M.Ed from the University of Montevallo and has been teaching in the public schools since 1996. His professional career as a sculptor compliments his role as a teacher. Through hard work and his love for art, Nelson’s sculptures have continued to evolve and grow with each passing group of students. He sees the students as an inspiration. “Teenagers live in an imaginary world,” he says, “and it’s that imagination that inspires me”. Nelson is known for his whimsical and entertaining animal sculptures and paintings. He has had multiple corporate and museum purchases. 


  • Sharon Rogers
    Sharon Rogers Piano Instructor
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    Piano Instructor, Sharon Rogers, teaches at Elvin Hill Elementary during the day and for us on Thursday Afternoons. Sharon studied at Samford University. A resident of Chelsea, Alabama, she is married and has two children.

  • Becky Anderson
    Becky Anderson
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    • Vocal Instructor

    Vocal instructor Becky Couey Anderson has had an extensive career in voice as a solo recording artist and a voice-over artist as well as many other accomplishments. She spent 30+ years as a solo recording artist and composer with performances on national television networks including EWTN, TBN, and BET. She has shared the stage with artists like CeCe Winans, Kurt Franklin, and Christian artists Steve Camp and TRUTH. Other performances include City Stages “Birmingham New Jazz Stage” and various other music festivals and stages across the southeast. In the 1990s she had several recordings that received frequent airplay on Christian Radio across the southeast.

    Anderson’s other vocal experience includes:

    • 10+ years as a background studio vocalists with country, pop, blues and jazz artists.
    • 15 years as a voice-over artist for radio and tv advertising.
    • 10 years experience as a vocal and performance coach.
    • 3 1/2 years formal study in voice.
    • 2 years as the Special Events Director at Wallace Stage College