LaDonna West is the owner and executive director of MOMAC Studio. She specializes in the development of artistic innovation and nontraditional teaching methods to help increase learning across content areas. LaDonna holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Howard University and has over twenty five years experience as an independent artist and teacher. She is happily married with two sons.
Residing in Gray with her husband and daughter, Alice is finishing up her career as a homeschooling mom and tutor to join the Momac family as assistant director/program manager. She thrives in a creative environment and enjoys trying new mediums. While she has a degree in business mgt, Alice has worked in community theater as both an actor and set design assistant, dabbled in acrylics, paper arts, and mixed media, voraciously reads, and loves to share her joy of learning with others. She is excited to see where this journey takes her and to meet lovely families along the way.
Louise Richardson has been creating from a young age. She studied art and culture at Messiah College in Grantham, PA, Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, MI and at the Latin American Studies Program (LASP) in Costa Rica. She earned her B.F.A. in Art, Spanish, and Education. Louise is a homeschooling parent with five children ages 10 – 16. She enjoys all forms of art and brings with her a wide variety of creative projects for kids of all ages.
Barbara Brown Jernigan studied art at Georgia Southern College and with nationally famous watercolorists, Nita Engels, Skip Lawrence, Christopher Schink, Bryan Ateyo, Ted Minchin George James, John Salminen and, most recently, Laurin McCracken. She has exhibited in juried local, state, regional and national watercolor shows, and has received awards in a number of those exhibitions. She is active in and served as President of the Tennessee Watercolor Society from 2012 until 2016. She is also a member of the Watauga Art League, Kingsport Art Guild, and the Florida, Southern and American Watercolor Societies. She serves as chairman of the biennial Newell Hendershot Watermedia Exhibition. She has been inducted into the National League of American Pen Women. In 2011, she received the YMCA Tribute to Women in the Arts. She is represented by Bishop’s Gallery in Johnson City, and Impressions Fine Art in Kingsport. Her watercolors tend to be traditionally rendered in transparent watercolor of her favorite subjects, the beautiful landscapes and gardens of Tennessee. She also does non-traditional and abstract works in fluid acrylic and mixed media, and occasional portraits. If asked for a statement she usually refers to a quotation by Elbert Hubbard, “Art is not a Thing. It is a Way.”
Larry Reid is a K-12 certified art teacher specializing in drawing, painting and sculpture. He obtained his BA in Fine Arts & Animation from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He has taught art in the school system in Miami and for the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership in Philadelphia, PA. Larry enjoys building confidence in students to help them realize more fully their creative and technical proficiencies.
Rhonda Abbott, a retired K-12 art teacher from East Tennessee spends much of her time now painting. After receiving a BS in art education from ETSU, she taught in the public school system for 18 years. Her work, heavily influenced by the Russian artists, Igor Sakharov and Vladimir Volegov is figurative and expressive and oftentimes includes a reappearing, imaginary character she’s named, “Mary Melindee”. Rhonda is passionate about art and is convinced that although it may not be innate to some people, it can still be taught to anyone if given the proper instruction. Rhonda is happily married and enjoys animals, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Debbie Hunt has been a Certified Bob Ross Instructor for seven years. She grew up in Unicoi County, TN and has two grown sons. Her workshops are geared towards both the beginner and up. She says, “Even if you can’t draw a stick man, you CAN LEARN TO PAINT”!