Art Education Department
We would like to welcome our new Open Studio Membership Manager, Nicholas Daglis!
Nicholas Daglis graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University with a BFA in 2016, with a concentration in glassblowing. He has been working with molten glass for over seven years and owns Ground Up Glassworks; a public-access glass studio that specializes in youth and adult art education. Nick has taught and exhibited across the Southeastern United States and has two pieces in the personal collection of President Jimmy Carter, one personally commissioned by First Lady Rosalyn Carter. He and his wife, Caitlin Adair Daglis, moved to the Athens area in 2017. Caitlin is currently attaining her MFA in Studio Art from the Lamar Dodd School of Art.
Art Intern - Abigail West - Abigail West is an interdisciplinary artist and activist based in Athens, Georgia. She has lived and shown work in Bali, Germany, Oklahoma, and Georgia. One of her callings in this life is to find new possibilities for discarded objects, and she applies this in her work as an artist and by managing reclamation projects for the UGA Office of Sustainability. She received her BFA in Printmaking & Book Arts, UGA, May 2019. (pictured right)
Toni Carlucci-Drawing & Fiber & Youth
William Stephanos-Metalsmithing & Jewelry, Media & Youth
Jennifer Borg - Youth
Robert Brown IV-Cartoon/Illustration
Amanda Jane Crouse - Ceramics
Kira Hegeman - Printmaking
Brittany Lauback- Photography & Youth
Leslie Litt- Jewelry & Enameling
Paula Reynaldi - Youth
Jane Ritchie - Jewelry
Michael Ross - Painting
Charles Warnock- Painting
Jane Wright - mosaic
Bio's and photos of our teaching artists are listed below alphabetically by last name.
For any questions, please contact Art Education Specialist, William Stephanos at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
706 613 3623 ext. 7605
Amanda Burk is a printmaker living in Athens, Georgia.
Her focus is on objects from my past. Objects that have enough distance from the present to feel like an escape to another time. These objects become characters, relaying text or a physicality that embodies a sort of human feeling. She likes to think the work has subtle punchlines embedded throughout.
Burk uses use traditional printmaking methods like relief and screen printing to make works on paper, tending not to follow the traditional rules of the medium by making an edition (identical multiples) of each image created. She uses the techniques of printmaking like a painter uses a paintbrush. The mark making on each print is uniquely individual in some way.
Toni Carlucci - youth, drawing
Toni began her career as a teacher in 1987 as a Artist-in-Residence at an elementary school in south Georgia and has been teaching ever since. For 11 years, she taught children all over Georgia and South Carolina how to weave using techniques inspired by Peruvian, African and Native American weaving.
During that time she also finished her MFA from UGA in Fabric Design. She had the pleasure of teaching art when the Lyndon House Arts Center was in the historic house and has taught children and adults at Lyndon House since the expansion. She loves to draw and is passionate about showing others that they can learn to draw
Amanda Jane Crouse earned an MFA in Ceramics from the Lamar Dodd School of Art. She is as well accomplished in Sculpture, Pottery, Pinhole Photography, Music, Poetry, Painting, Drawing, and Performance. Her artwork has been shown in galleries including Fay Gold Gallery, Lowery Gallery, the Lyndon House, Loblolly, Athica, Pulaski Art Crawl, Eye Drum, and Winterville Center for the Arts. . Her sculpture has been featured in Athens Banner Herald, Athens Food and Culture, Athena Magazine, the Red and Black, and Flagpole Magazine and on the Peabody-award-winning series, Rectify. She is a spontaneous process-based multimedia artist whose work has been noted as blurring the lines between seer and seen. In a 2013 manifesto she describes art as “my way to share what is otherwise a very personal meditative exploration of finding myself in the universe, physically and cosmically.” She has taught art, pottery, and culinary classes for students of all ages at the University of Georgia, Oconee Cultural Affairs Foundation, Double Helix STEAM Academy, Good Dirt, Wired and Fired and at her own studio, Clay Gardens. Her teaching philosophy includes guiding students, whether accomplished or novice, to discover an authentic expression of themselves through art by engaging in fully immersive creative activity and practice. Crouse also maintains a small business, Little Cuckoo Chocolates, while raising her three extraordinary children.
Tabitha Fielteau - Fashion
Tabitha Fielteau clothing line was launched in the spring of 2014 showcasing a refreshing Spring/Summer collection from designer Tabitha Fielteau. The line embodies the designer's true aesthetic, which is clothing made for the today's modern and contemporary woman, who appreciates fashion with sophistication. Tabitha Fielteau is a self-taught, womenswear fashion designer who enjoys creating each garment from sketching to pattern making to sewing and construction. She takes pride in designing clothing that brings out the beauty and chic side of every woman. "The most rewarding experience is seeing each garment come to life!" says designer Tabitha Fielteau.
Her favorite decade of fashion is the 40/50s era because of women regal and elegant sense of style which was shaped by great fashion designers. And truly talented designers of today such as Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, and Stephane Rolland to name a few has definitely been a source of inspiration. She hopes she can become an inspiration to others and grow continually as a designer.
Kira is an artist and art educator in Athens, GA. She works primarily in printmaking and book arts, but has recently expanded to paper making and weaving. Her explores memory, place, and our relationships with material objects. In addition, she is working on a PhD in art education with a focus on participatory public art installations as places of learning and transformation.
Jessie Jordan - Jewelry & Metalsmithing
Growing up, industrial tools, torches, and traditional metalsmithing techniques were commonplace. My family taught me to be resourceful and gave me an understanding of the tools at hand. Looking back, I realize that rifling through my dad’s toolbox equally met my enthusiasm for digging through my grandmother’s jewelry box. With that knowledge and a continued love of adornment, I have since added small, calculated, and precious levels of refinement to those processes and materials. I feel comforted by the familiarity a shop environment, and the processes of jewelry and metalwork come naturally to me.
Leslie Litt - Enameling
As a person who loves color; I was always watercoloring flowers from my mother’s beautiful and colorful garden. The scraps of material my grandmother gave me from her job I would make doll clothes; Later I began playing around with paper and plastic jewelry and than moved on to silver and gem stones. Wanting to add more color to my work I decided a good way to do that was to to use enamel. When I use enamel I feel that my works are bringing me back to my roots of painting. In my jewelry I tend to be eclectic and strive for my work to be one of a kind. Whoever chooses one of my creations, whether it be a piece of jewelry, an object of art, or a wall piece I hope my work is appreciated for my sense of color and the love I put into it.
Jane Ritchie - jewelry
Jane Ritchie is an artist and jeweler who has just moved to Athens, GA from Norfolk, VA. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Old Dominion University in sculpture and metalsmithing and a Masters in Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.
During her time in Norfolk, VA Jane maintained a personal studio practice as well as taught adjunct in the Art Department at O.D.U. Including classes such as introduction, advanced, and alternative metalsmithing classes. She also spent every fall teaching an introduction to blacksmithing course. Her work has shown nationally and internationally and she looks forward to her future in Athens,
Michael Ross - painting
Michael Ross is an artist who makes naturalistic, evocative paintings of forests, fields, wetlands, birds, and our relationships to natural spaces. He has exhibited his work extensively, and his work is featured in the collections of the Georgia Museum of Art, the University of Georgia, the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, Georgia, the Washington, D.C. Department of Transportation, and in many private collections. He has participated in artist residencies in Maine, Vermont, Norway, and on the west coast of Africa. Ross grew up in Scandinavia, received his MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art (class of 2016), and lives in Athens, Georgia. You can see more of his work on michaelrossart.com
William Stephanos - Jewelry & Metalsmithing
Please welcome William to the Lyndon House Arts Center as the new Program Specialist in Art Education!
William is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii and has lived all over the world. He recently relocated back to one of his "hometowns" Athens, Georgia. Prior to joining us, Will was the Cultural Arts Administrator for the city of Kingsport, Tennessee from September 2012 to September 2016. He has two adult sons. He graduated with a BS as well as a Master of Education with a concentration in Media and Technology and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Planning and Development from East Tennessee State University.
Charles Warnock - painting
Charles Warnock was born the second son of a Southern Baptist minister in the town of Soperton, Georgia. He graduated high school from Stevens County High in Toccoa, Georgia in 1976. In 1979, he entered the Air Force where he worked as an engineer for the next twenty years. Upon retiring from the Air Force, Mr. Warnock attended the University of Georgia where he received his Master’s Degree in Drawing and Painting in 2003.
Mr. Warnock currently teaches an open studio painting class at the Lyndon House Art Center in Athens and is the Gallery Director for the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation. He is proficient in both oil and acrylic techniques and has produced numerous paintings. His primary subject matter has been large floral paintings.
Jane Wright - mosaic
Local Athens artist Jane Wright has been a mosaicist and instructor for nearly twenty years. Long before Jane began creating mosaics she had always been attracted to the art form because of it's beauty, intricacy and amazing longevity. She finds her own inspiration from nature, personal moments in her own life, the work of other artists and a sense of whimsical fantasy. Jane uses a broad variety of materials to create a dramatic narrative of texture, movement and visual interest.
She is a member of The Society of American Mosaic Artists and is presently on the administrative staff of the National Contemporary Mosaic Artists.