MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
All of the award winning GLAF
instructors have art backgrounds, many years of experience, and are considered leaders in the art community.
Frequently exhibiting at the Gallery 223, they also exhibit at other locations. View their websites for a look at their beautiful artwork, and join us for enlightening classes that are sure to improve your skills.
Classes are small so individualized instruction can be given. Chat with other artists, share techniques, and get creative with Geneva Lake Arts Foundation, Inc.!
After graduating high school in Rockford, Illinois, where I was born and grew up, I attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, graduating with a BS in Elementary Education and Special Education. I have taught in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and was a Walworth County Literacy Volunteer in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Ever since I was a young girl I have loved art and animals. My life long love of drawing, painting and animals has been the inspiration for my art. For painting I choose a medium based on what I think the subject would look best in; mostly watercolor, oils or pastels.
For subjects I draw on my life experiences with family, city and country life, animals of all kinds and my own fox hunting experiences. Over the years I have studied with many teachers and artists in watercolor and oil such as Ingred Albrecht, Gale Bennet Art Study, Giverny, France, Ovanes Berbarian, Rose Edin, Nita Engle, Estelle Fedelle, Irving Shapiro, Frank Webb, and Alice White.
I have always loved beautiful times, objects and ideas and try to capture these impressions in my paintings. My paintings are represented in corporate and private collections.
Pam Ring has been a collage artist for over 30 years. For 5 years she was the display artist for the Westchester, New York, AC Moore Co., an arts and crafts store,. Most recently she was the artist-in-residence for the Shades Repertory Theater in Haverstraw, New York. Her work has also been licensed for holiday greeting cards. Although largely self-taught, she has studied under many well known mixed media artists, notably Claudine Hellmuth, Bev Braxton and Kelly Killmer.
Ms. Ring states that her collages are the ultimate in "green" art, for she uses found material in all her pieces - ephemera, billboard papers, flea market finds. She works in small formats so that her work is affordable to all who appreciate and desire to own original works of art.
Her work is readily identifiable - bright colors, easy to navigate compositions and whimsical juxtapositions. She recently expanded her work to include collaged jewelry.
Ms. Ring works out of her home studio in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and 3 dogs.
Artist/Art Educator, Delavan, WI
Visual Art Instructor -1990 to present-St. Andrew's Parish School Delavan, WI
Education: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
BFA University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Teaching Certification University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Exhibited in university, state, and local art shows
Worked in various media: painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, printmaking, decorative art, illustration, design
Worked in various studio groups in New Mexico and Wisconsin
2001 Herb Kohl Education Foundation Fellowship Award Recipient
Exhibiting Artist Member- Gallery 223- Geneva Lakes Arts Foundation- current president
Current work in progress: ink and acrylic images on wood .
Inspiration: I am always inspired by nature and use those shapes and lines I see to create my pieces. I focus on both the positive and negative shapes and spaces created by nature.
I received an Art/Art Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986 and taught Kindergarten through 8th grade in Wisconsin Public Schools throughout the following 32 years. Although I am also a certified Reading Teacher/Specialist and taught in that capacity during some of my years teaching in the Wisconsin Public Schools system, the bulk of my teach career has been as an Art Teacher.
In addition to teaching Art in the public school system I have taught individual and small group Art lessons to both children and adults, including parent/child classes. I work in a variety of mediums and enjoy teaching and working with people of all ages. My focus as an instructor is to foster the individual creativity of each student as I introduce specific skills they can apply to their ArtChristine Sotos-Barrera
I am a long-time resident of Lake Geneva. After my retirement in 2017 I joined the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation, of which I am an active member. I am excited to be teaching Art Glasses at Gallery 223!