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Rosewood Classes and Programs

Learn more about Rosewood's art classes for kids and adults, special programs and summer camps. Learn about Community Art and Music like the Kettering Civic Band and Kettering Children's Theatre programs.

Art Programs for Youth

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Kelley Booze is a painter from Springfield Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design and recently completed a Chateau d’Orquevaux International Artist Residency in France. Kelley also teaches art classes at the Springfield Museum of Art.

Cynthia Bornhorst-Winslow is a ceramics artist. She also serves as a faculty member and ceramics production assistant at Sinclair Community College.

Nancy Boss is a multitalented and longtime instructor, teaching a variety of youth and adult dance classes. She has been teaching various dance styles for decades, and began teaching at Rosewood Arts Centre in 1985. She has studied dance with Jorg Fastings from the Columbus Ballet Company and at Ballet Arts in New York City.

Jason Boyer has been working in glass for over 15 years, and exhibits his work regularly in juried art festivals, including Art on the Commons in Kettering.

David Brand and Sandra Picciano-Brand are a husband/wife team of Dayton-based jewelry artists. They exhibit at national-level juried art shows and have won numerous first place and best-of-show awards for their jewelry and sculpture.

Jane Brennan holds a B.A. in Art Education from the University of Dayton. She has taught in a variety of settings and has experience in many art media.

Shelly Burden began working with clay at Riverbend Art Center 1989. Her experience includes teaching classes at Greene County Career Center for 16 years.

Teresa Connair is a professional actress with credits in stage, television, movies and voice-overs. Since earning her B.F.A. in Acting from Wright State University she has acted in and directed over 150 productions. She is the founder and director of her own theatre company, Undercroft Players in Dayton Ohio, and also teaches acting at the Oakwood Community Center.

Mickie Cowan is a Dayton-based glass and jewelry artist. She attended the University of Dayton and currently teaches Rosewood’s Glass Bead Making classes.

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Greg Dearth graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. He is a member of the Portrait Society of America and has been a guest lecturer and instructor at the Columbus College of Art and Design and Atlanta’s Portfolio Center. His work has been included in many of the juried Society of Illustrators’ annual shows, Communication Arts, American Illustration and Print magazines.

Sammie Sue Edmondson has taught both youth and adult dance classes for the City of Kettering for over 30 years. She studied dance with the New York City Ballet, at Sinclair Community College and with renowned dance instructor, Jorg Fasting, of the Columbus Ballet.

Shannon Fent has been Kettering Children’s Theatre’s director for the since 2007 She has Associate’s degree from Sinclair Community College in Theatre Production.

Nicole Fiely is an artist and educator, who teaches a variety of Rosewood’s youth and adult classes and camps, including Printmaking and Screen Printing. She studied Fine Arts at Wright State University.

Lana Gurieva originally from Ukraine, moved to the Dayton region in 2010. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design from the prestigious National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture, Kiev, Ukraine, and an A.A. Degree in Fine Art from Donetsk Art College, Donetsk, Ukraine. Lana has participated in numerous art projects, exhibitions, and contests in Ukraine and the US.

Trish Jeffers-Zeh is an awarding winning artist, teacher and public speaker. Certified in PMC, Senior/ACW she is dedicated in the advancement of the metal clay Arts teaching all levels of Metal Clay. She also offers certification and mentoring of metal clay instructors. Her work has been shown internationally, sold in galleries, displayed in art museums and she is a published author of instructional articles for magazines and other publications. Trish teaches nationally as well as through Rosewood Art Centre.

David Kirchner has a degree in art from Cedarville College. He also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. David operates the H. David Studio/Gallery in downtown Dayton. He has worked in clay since 1984.

Donna Kuszpa has studied wirewrapping with John Kleber in Columbus. She has taught wirewrapping since 1993 at Riverbend Arts Centre.

April Lemaster has been studying ceramics for over a decade. She has attended numerous workshops and conferences for ceramic techniques around the country. She has exhibited her ceramic work and received awards in the greater Dayton region.

Brandon Lowery holds a BFA from the University of Dayton and an MFA from Miami University in ceramics. Lowery teaches ceramics classes at Xavior University and is currently serving as the Ceramics Studios Coordinator at Rosewood.

Tracy McElfresh is the owner of Tracy’s Sewing Studio, a small independent business specializing in clothing alterations, custom creations, clothing replicas, costumes and group lessons for the beginner to the advanced. Since 2004 she has been making custom dresses and teaching the art of sewing. Tracy wrote a monthly fashion column for the Dayton Daily News as well as her own sewing blog, which received the 2018 Best Sewing Bloggers on the planet award.

Jes McMillan is a mosaic artist and founder of the Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton. She has been creating artwork for over 16 years.

Amanda Miller holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wright State University with a concentration in painting. She works with children at Key Behavior Services as a Lead Registered Behavior Technician.

Teresa Olavarria graduated from University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1984. After a semester at the University of Louisville in the Masters of Art Therapy program she moved to Colorado and started a family. Eventually returning to Ohio, her interest in enameling and metal casting rekindled. After several years away, Teresa has returned to teach metal enameling classes at Rosewood.

Mary Patterson has worked for over 40 years as a master goldsmith and artist. She received her BFA specializing in Crafts, from Bowling Green State University. She did graduate work at Wright State University, Miami University and Sinclair. Mary was an instructor at Riverbend for decades, taught classes at Rita Caz Jewelry Studio and continues to teach privately and to lecture on jewelry making across the state. Her goal as an instructor is to give back as much as she has been given by her past teachers and students.

Loretta Puncer founded and ran Gallery 510 Fine Art from 2007 to 2018 as an initiative to culturally revive Dayton’s Historic Oregon District by creating a channel for local and regional artists, including herself, to display their work. Puncer’s paintings attract private collectors and patrons both locally and from across the country. She teaches a variety of classes and workshops both at her studio and Rosewood Arts Center. She received her BFA from the University of Dayton.

Shannon Rea is the creator and owner of Barmaid Soap Company. Over eighteen years ago, Shannon started her endeavor by learning to make her own bath products. You can find Barmaid Soap traveling to craft shows and markets, and educating the public about the rewards of using good handmade soap and skincare products.

Rachael Redolfi is a sculptor and doll-maker. She holds an Associate’s Degree of Fine Art from Sinclair Community College and has done course work at the John C. Campbell School of Folk Art.

Heather Lea Reid is an independent artist and a facility coordinator at Rosewood Art Centre. She received her Masters of Humanities, focusing in painting and research, and was awarded the honor of “Outstanding Graduate Student.” She received her BFA from Wright State concentrating in sculpture.

David Rose and Judy Rose own and operate Central Ballroom Dance. They co-teach and are trained in many forms of American and International style ballroom dance.

Kate Santucci is a visual artist working in several media. She graduated from Wright State University in 1994 with a BFA in visual art, and participated in an encaustic painting workshop with Susan Mulder at the Krasl Art Center in Michigan. She teaches encaustic painting and leads the Paint & Wine program, Art Start Preschool Story Time as well as the Art in the Wild spring break and summer camp.

Nicki Strouss grew up on a horse farm in Lexington, KY and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Columbus College of Art and Design, and is a certified yoga instructor. She works at Stiver’s School for the Arts teaching ceramics and running the ceramics studio. She has an interest in fibers, the outdoors and traveling both to learn and teach.

Amy Wang is the creator and owner of Amy’s Piano Academy LLC and teaches piano lessons to kids throughout the region.

Amanda Wheatley works in both ceramics and textiles. She has studied fine arts with a focus in ceramics at Sinclair Community College. Amanda currently serves as Assistant Facility Coordinator at Rosewood.

Leonard Williams is best known for his vibrant watercolor scenes. His paintings have been recognized in numerous juried shows, both locally and nationally, featured in private and corporate collections across the country. His work can be seen in “The New Creative Artist” by well-known artist/author Nita Leland and he is a featured artist in her newest book Confident Color. In addition, his drawings appear in a series of learning and activity books for children in grades one through five produced by Children’s Historical Publishing.

Kathy Woodruff is the co-owner of Busy Beaver Arts and Crafts and a glass art educator.

Claire Zook began her dance training with Terre Manning at Terre’s Dance Workshop and the Miami Valley Dance Company, she then went on to study Dance and Choreography at Mercyhurst College. Claire has performed as a dancer on an international tour of Elmo’s Superheroes! Claire currently serves as Facility Coordinator at Rosewood Arts Centre and Associate Artistic Director for the Miami Valley Dance Company.

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2020 Artist in Residence: Nicki Strouss

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2019 Artist in Residence: Arthur Kettner

A solo exhibition in Rosewood Gallery featuring Kettner’s  work from his 2019 Residence  is scheduled for March 1 - April 3, 2020. Email to be added to the list to receive gallery updates.

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