February 18th-March 28th
Drawing & Animation
J.C. Amberlyn loves art, animals, and adventure in the Great Outdoors. She is an award-winning artist, book author, photographer, and animator who graduated from the Art Institute of Phoenix with Honors and Best Portfolio of her class. She has written and illustrated seven how-to-draw books for Penguin Random House and Monacelli Press. Her creative goal is to create visual and written works of art that strike a chord with her audience and that express her love for the life that shares this planet with us. J.C.'s work has received a number of awards and recognition and has been published in various media, including fine art magazines, comic books and the New York Times. She was especially honored to receive recognition from the Arizona Game and Fish Department for her work on wildlife in 2008 (Outdoor Writer of the Year) and a community award from Kingman, Arizona for her contributions to the arts in her community (Women Making History (Arts)). JC loves epic stories, engaging characters, inspiring art, and the various forms of media that allow people to share these stories- whether they are movies, graphic novels, TV shows or video games.
Kim Buchheit received her art degree from the University of Iowa. She was a recipient of a design fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, has taught college-level design courses in Phoenix, has juried numerous art festivals and arts-related programs and served on art committees for the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Grand Canyon Conservancy. Her felted work has won awards and been included in group shows and galleries across the country. Kim is a certified art teacher for grades 6-12 and recently completed ASU's inaugural Teaching Artist Program. She has taught several adult fiber arts workshops annually for various organizations and institutions, operates her own design business, enjoys making art. Kim lives in Grand Canyon National Park where she has resided for the past 25 years.
Jean Chowhan or Grama Jean
As a storytelling grandmother, Grama Jean enjoys drawing the pictures for each of her stories and loves sharing this talent with the children. Her desire is to help children learn to creatively express their stories onto the sketch pad and guide them to feel successful in sharing their thoughts and feelings through art.
Drawing & Graphic Design
Crystal Palmer grew up in Kingman, Arizona, and moved to Phoenix after graduation to attend art school. After earning her Art degree, she continued to live in Phoenix, where she worked as a graphic artist, got married, earned a Biology degree, and started a family. Part of Crystal’s heart never left Kingman, and, in 2015, she and her family made the move back to her hometown. She continues to work as an artist, while staying home with her two little girls. Her artistic passions are figure drawing, portraits, storyboarding, and hand-drawn animation. Crystal is happy to be back in Kingman, and enjoys helping to make art accessible to her hometown community.
Dancer, Choreographer, Yoga Instructor
Sandra graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in December of 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Performance and Choreography. She was awarded the Outstanding Choreographer award from the university. She has performed internationally in South Korea, Germany, and the Caribbean. She has choreographed works that have traveled to Russia, South Korea and Germany.
After graduation Sandra joined Artists in Unity in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. With that company she did stage performances and dance for the camera. "Silent Dance" choreographed by Lindsay Schaffer was selected for film festivals such as Movies at the Mill in Easton, Pa and Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival in Bethlehem, Pa. Sandra also danced with Artichoke Dance Company for their premiere of "Plastic People of the Universe" in Brooklyn, New York as well as their performance of "Public" performed under the Manhattan Bridge Archway in Dumbo, Brooklyn. In the summer of 2015, she performed with the Red Desert Dance Ensemble in New York at the Check It Out Dance Festival on the east river. Sandra was a guest artist for Scottsdale Community College and choreographed on the SAJE college dancers in the fall of 2013 and the fall of 2015.
Sandra has a love for choreography. She has collaborated, performed and team taught with musicians and composers to experiment with the connections between choreography and creating a musical composition. She performed with Erasable Color for their John Cage Centennial, which explored improvisational performance techniques between dancer and musician.
In 2016 Sandra gained her 200 hour RYT in yoga in 2016. She is currently in the process of obtaining her 500 hr RYT. This has opened up a new way of approaching movement. A more wholistic approach with the mind, body and breath moving as one. Sandra loves sharing movement of many forms and looks forward to encouraging others to find their voice through movement of the body.
Sandra also serves as the Education Director at ArtHub & KCA.
Lesley has a deep love of nature, travel and learning and is fascinated by human potential.
She has been studying energy work and personal growth for her entire adult life.
Lesley currently works as an emotional wellness and empowerment coach offering virtual energy clearing work to help women release past trauma energies, trapped emotions and limiting beliefs so that they can step more fully into the life they really want to be living. She also offers virtual women’s circles, online courses and workshops focused on personal development. You can find more information at www.lesleychristine.com
I am very fortunate to be old enough that they still taught art in school. I took metal art, ceramics, art theory anything related to art; but as I grew older my artistic endeavors had to take the “back burner” while I concentrated on education that could possibly be my future career. So like many people who lived in Southern California I graduated college and got a job at an Aerospace Company, first Hughes Aircraft and ultimately Northrop Grumman where of all things I worked as a Financial Analyst and ultimately a Manage of Engineering Planning. Me make a career out of Math? I hated Math. But you have to do what you have to do in order to earn a living.
While working I did take time off and spent my vacations taking painting classes. One of my favorite was the Las Vegas Creative Painting Convention and then the World of Color Expo in Herndon, Virginia. My career gave me the funds to be able to follow my passion. I also took other classes such as quilting, tole painting, cake decorating, etc. After the death of both my parents I even started a tole painting business, Kathy’s Country Creations, where I did Festivals and Craft shows making hand painted Christmas ornaments.
Then three years ago I got the opportunity to retire and my husband and I moved to Kingman, Arizona. I had previously taken a Bob Ross oil painting class at the Creative Painting Convention with Nic Hankins (he is now a Master Teacher in New Smyrna, Florida), “Calendulas”, I have it framed in my studio now and I was hooked. I had never watched Bob Ross on tv or anything prior to that but now boy do I! Upon retiring I looked at the Bob Ross website and saw that I could go attend classes in New Smyrna, Florida and ultimately receive my certification in both landscapes and florals. Well why not? I at that time had no intention of actually teaching any classes, I just thought what a great idea, a vacation at the beach and taking art classes, how can you lose?
I did find out during the course of those classes that I had what it takes to teach. I do have the skills needed to paint, I have the ability to teach, I have communication skills and patience. I loved downtown Kingman and want to help to bring people here to experience it. I love all the antique shops, the turquoise store and of course Kingman Center for the Arts, so I approached them about teaching and have been teaching on a monthly basis.
Jane is a versatile artist who started drawing and painting at an early age and has continued through the years developing her art style. Jane taught painting and pastel drawing techniques throughout the Midwest for community colleges and in private workshops since 1979.
For the last 15 years Jane has extensively been creating in soft pastels. Pastels give her gratification and allows her to be present in the moment creatively.
In the last 10 years she has enjoyed the challenge of painting outside and with Plein air events throughout the mountain region.
Jane’s favorite subjects are the Rocky Mountains and the Snowy Range area in Wyoming. “I just can’t get enough of the Rocky Mountain region.”
She has published five how-to books on color pencil drawing and watercolor and pen/ink techniques through Susan Scheewe national author and publisher. She has written articles through the years on colored pencil drawing techniques with national magazines, Tole World and Decorative Painter. She has been represented at Deselms Fine Art Gallery in Cheyenne, Wyoming and her work may be viewed at, Colorado and Cream and Steam and Unrepentant art Gallery, Fairplay, Colorado. Prior Galleries was Bob Parks and Durfee art gallery Scottsdale AZ.
Jane has won various awards throughout the Midwest and Rocky region.
Recent 2005 – 2017 Accepted in the Western Spirit Art Show, Cheyenne,WY
Contact Jane Wunder at firstname.lastname@example.org