We are so proud of our colleague and extraordinarily talented artist/printmaker, Veronica Barker-Barzal Kelly, who this year was ‘juried in’ as a TFAC studio artist and will now be teaching Beginning/ Intermediate Etching and Intaglio Techniques Thursday afternoons in DGA. Veronica has been an art teacher at the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc. for the past ten years and brings an amazing variety of both relief and intaglio experience to the class. A recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Veronica completed her Post-Baccalaureate in Fine Art in 2014. While attending MICA, she was a graduate Teacher Assistant for Eva Wylie in printmaking. Veronica's style is a fusion of the classics with both urban and fantasy influences. She incorporates symbolism throughout her art including both Western and Eastern cultural influences, and often anchors her art-work with Celtic knot-work incorporated in the borders.Lyla Shlon is also a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) majoring in printmaking and she associated with the school as a teaching assistant demonstrating advanced techniques in fine art lithography. She received training in the Printer Training Program at the very exclusive Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, NM and Lyla has started a collaborative lithographic workshop in Baltimore, MD called Two Birds One Stone Editions. We are so excited to have Lyla as a member of DGA department and look forward to working in stone and plate lithography with her.
Our good fortune truly comes in threes, as we have yet another new instructor to introduce, an amazing talent, woodblock artist Jennifer Dunbar. A graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts, in Art and Design she graduated Cum Laude in 2008. She taught painting, drawing, printmaking in the public school system in Bay County MI where she also curated exhibits of student work and organized community art events. Her astonishing ability in multiple color woodblock printing, however, speaks volumes of her talent and commitment to the field. Although Jennifer has only been an affiliate member of DGA for little more than a year, her passion and genuine artistic talent has given the Torpedo Factory an up and coming star.