Aida Birritteri emigrated to the US in 1968 at the age of three. Her family settled in Elizabeth, NJ where she lived for 25 to 30 years. She dreamed of becoming an artist at a young age. She began drawing, as children often do, and developed her visual art skills throughout her life. She attended Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and New Jersey City University graduating with a BFA in 1990. Aida and her husband Anthony moved to High Bridge, a small town located in Hunterdon County, NJ in 1997. They have two daughters.
Aida teaches watercolor at the Artist of Yardley Art Center in Bucks County PA. She works en plein air and as a studio watercolor artist. She has been entering her watercolors into local and regional juried shows throughout the Delaware Valley in NJ and PA, for a number of years and has exhibited in gallery shows as well. She participated at the Tinicum Art Festival, Erwinna PA, receiving 3rd Place for Watercolor in 2015 and an Honorable Mention in 2017. She was accepted into the Stover Mill Gallery Annual Juried Exhibit in 2015 and 2018. Aida exhibited at the “Ellarslie Open 35,” Trenton City Museum, in 2018, and the “Tertulia,” exhibit at Ellarslie, in 2016, highlighting local and regional Latin Artists. Aida received a Merit award at the Annual Garden State Watercolor Society Juried Exhibit held at Ellarslie in 2016, and a 3rd Place award in 2017 for the “Quick Draw Plein Air Event,” held at the Gronendhal Farm by the Art & Cultural Council of Bucks County in Doylestown, PA. She was also awarded Best Watercolor in 2016 during a plein air event at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ.
Aida exhibited a complete body of work in a duo artist show during the month of June 2019 at the Stover Mill Gallery in Bucks County PA. She was part of a group invitational show in December, 2016 at the Schmitberger Fine Art Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ. Her paintings have been purchased by private collectors.
James Bongartz began his passion for art during formal childhood lessons at the Carnegie Institute and continuing at Carnegie-Mellon University following a BSEd in art education from Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania. He has painted for over thirty years, exhibiting in galleries and juried shows throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Many of his works are in private collections. Most paintings are responses and interpretation from his own photography. Mastering the use of color and brushwork as a form of processing imagery and evoking experiences are current inspirations. James is a member of Art+10, a Princeton based artist group and AOY. A portfolio of Jim's paintings and further details about current and past exhibits can be seen on his website: jamesbongartz.com.
Renee Pelletier Egan is an award winning artist and a founding member of the Artists of Yardley who recently retired from the New Jersey public school system where she taught art to Middle School and High School students for 18 years. Renee’s dedication to her students helped propel them toward success throughout the years, wherein; they won many awards in both county and state competitions.
During Renee’s early career at an ad agency in New York City, she worked as an art director for print ads and TV commercials. She was educated at the Paier School of Art in CT and the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Later on Renee went back to school and earned a degree in Art Education from The College of New Jersey.
Renee continues to show her paintings throughout Bucks County and eastern coast venues. Currently, she has several private students and teaches Teen Drawing and Painting at AOY Art Center on Thursday evenings. www.eganpaint.com
Fiber Artist & Instructor, Feltinelli LLC, Member of International Association of Feltmakers IFA,U.K, Member of Northeast Guild of Feltmakers, U.S. and Member of Surface Design Association, U.S. I am a self taught fiber artist working with natural fibers and dyes creating variety of pieces from wall art to wearable art exploring the broad possibilities of felt making. All of my work is original and one of a kind. It is my passion, hobby and love. I share my knowledge and experience with students of all age groups. I participate in various juried art shows in New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania. http://feltinelli.blogspot.com, email: email@example.com .
After studying commercial art in high school, Lisa attended the School of Visual Arts in NYC. At that time, rigorous instruction was thought to stifle creativity. Lisa believed that all great artists begin with a solid command of drawing.
To earn a living, Lisa worked in advertising. While graphic art gave Lisa the means to support her growing family it did not provide the limitless opportunity to create that is afforded a fine artist.
Lisa left the graphic art field to paint and draw again. Still, she understood that drawing accurately is a skill and began searching for an academic instructor.
She found a small atelier run by John Murdoch. John is an American painter, portraitist and teacher. John Murdoch became Lisa’s teacher and mentor at the Bucks County Classical Arts Center.
The rigorous curriculum at the Bucks County Classical Arts Center was what Lisa was looking for. Lisa’s training there focused first on drawing, then grisaille painting. She moved on to limited color and, finally, full color painting applied to realism in art.
Since her training, Lisa has exhibited at the Ellarslie, Artsbridge, New Hope Arts, Phillips Mills, Salmagundi in New York City and the Philadelphia Sketch Club (America’s oldest arts club) and has won several awards. Her work hangs in homes and businesses across the United States.
Lisa continues to teach with John Murdoch at the Bucks County Classical Art Center, New Hope PA.
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Fun Facts: Last year, Lisa helped create oversized props for the famous Pennsbury Prom “Hollywood Nights” and, for many years, she managed the Gold Light Gallery an artist co-operative on Bridge Street in New Hope PA.
holds a BFA from Parson’s School of Design and is celebrated for her watercolor work. She moves effortlessly from still life to landscape to florals and local scenes. Expanding recently into oil painting, she has gained recognition in this medium as well, winning First Place in a recent Bucks County art competition. She finds inspiration in nature and her Bucks County surroundings, where she has made her home for the past fifteen years. A dedicated and focused artist, she has exhibited in over one hundred local group shows, including over a dozen juried regional and national exhibitions. www.jo-annosnoe.com
Kristen Russo is a digital photographer based in Bucks County, PA. With a focus on urban landscape imagery, she captures a wide range of image types including conceptual, architectural, commercial, as well as wedding and family portraits. Her images highlight strong lines and unusual perspectives. She began teaching at AOY Art center as a photography camp instructor for teens in 2018 and taught the first virtual photography class at the AOY Center in 2020. She encourages her students to learn about the technical aspects of their cameras and to create relevant photography that reflects their personal voice. Kristen shows her work at national and local juried shows. Her work was recently displayed at the Photoplace Gallery in Middlebury, VT as well as the "Art of the Rivertowns" exhibit at Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ highlighting local art in Bucks County. A portfolio of Kristen's work as well as details about past exhibits can be found at: www.kristenrusso.com
Joanne is an award winning artist and photographer. For many years she has worked as Teacher, Art Director, Book Designer and Gallery Manager. She currently has the good fortune to create full time. Joanne's painting and photography has garnered recognition and awards throughout the United States. Her work can be found in private and public collections in Europe, Australia and the United States. Joanne continues to explore new artistic territory with continuing education and exploration. She believes that everyone can unleash their artistic potential and free their imaginations by letting go of self-imposed rules and restrictions. Her collage class aims to do just that with a variety of tips and techniques offered in a fun and carefree manner. www.joannedonnelly.com
Donna Sheehan is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, with two degrees focused in general illustration and graphic design. In her early career as a graphic designer, Donna designed marketing materials for malls around the country while working at Pembrook Management in Long Island, New York. With a move to Yardley, Pa in 1993 and taking time to raise her children, Donna transitioned to a fine arts career with commissions to paint hanging murals for the St. John the Evangelist Community Center and St. John Evangelist rectory. Versed in a wide variety of mediums, she enjoys oil painting using direct and indirect methods, choosing subjects from life and her own photography. Donna shows her work in juried and local shows and continuously grows and explores as an artist, drawing inspiration from teaching students from her in home Yardley studio and at AOY in beautiful Bucks County Pennsylvania.
Collage and Collage/Mixed Media to Oils, I find new ways to create dynamic relationships between colors and shapes. I interweave discards with paint, new paper, ink, charcoal etc searching for something new and compelling. I create my unique vision of motion, form and space. Web site www.shillart.com .
Joy Spadafora, a non-stop knitter with 30+ years experience, has been teaching adult and youth Knitting classes in the Boston area for 16 years. She teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Special Topic, and Workshop sessions. Whether in Adult Ed, after school, summer camp, or private lessons, she delights in sharing her knowledge, enthusiasm and anecdotes with her many students. Join her classes for knitting instruction, inspiration, and conversation. When not Knitting for her family, friends, or favorite charity, Joy enjoys many activities that seem to include the letter “K” – Biking, hiking, kayaking, skating, skiing, hockey, taking pictures, baking, and relaxing in her hammock.
Jill studied studio art while an undergraduate student at Muhlenberg College, PA. She focused continuing studies on her preferred medium: watercolor. A thirty year resident of Bucks County, PA, she earned an MAT from the College of New Jersey. After a teaching career in public schools, Jill became a member of Artists of Yardley by way of a thoughtful retirement gift from her children. She studied with AOY’s teaching artists and mentors, Anne Gannon and Jo Ann Osnoe. She recently participated in PAFA’s Master Class with watercolorist, Eileen Goodman. Jill is an Open Studio artist at AOY. She enjoys painting with a talented group of members and shows her work locally. Jill teaches “Exploring Watercolor Painting” for beginning students. She hopes to encourage others to explore this lovely transparent medium.
Teaching artist William (Will) Wolf is a welcome addition to the AOY community. Beginning July 6, Will is offering an AOY online drawing class for adults and older teens. Details and registration information can be found at https://aoyartcenter.org/event-3843808. He is also eager to start teaching a live class this summer, on Saturday mornings, also for adults and older teens.
His studio work explores the abstract and is very process oriented, demonstrating a clear grasp of both the formal elements of visual art and a contemporary philosophy of fine art. Will's approach allows for introspection within a given medium that leads to an understanding of the what, the how and the why something visually works. He has a BFA from Edinboro University, an MFA in painting from the University of Massachusetts and lives in Philadelphia.
We fully expect that his talent, educational background, energy, drive, and love for art will inspire you into a surprisingly unique creative journey. Whether your interests lean towards realism or abstraction, his classes will offer valuable exposure into learning how to see and respond visually. Examples of his work can be found at http://willwolfstudio.com