Oil Painting and Drawing
Danielle Eubank is a painter interested in exploring the relationship between abstraction and realism. She is making a statement about the unifying preciousness of water by painting all the major bodies of water in the world. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant 2014-15.
In addition to her studio practice, Ms. Eubank is an expedition artist. She sailed aboard the barquentine tall ship, The Antigua, on an expedition to the High Arctic in Autumn 2014. She was an Expedition Artist on the Phoenicia, a replica 600 B.C. Phoenician vessel that circumnavigated Africa and was the Expedition Artist on the Borobudur Ship, a replica of an 8th century Indonesian boat that sailed around the African continent.
Ms. Eubank has worked as a commissioned artist, producing portrats for Standard Chartered Bank and for the Naval and Military Club in London, as well for many private individuals. Danielle Eubank exhibits in The United States, The United Kingdom, as well as in Europe and Asia. She currently lives and works in Tujunga.
photo by Krystee Clark
Nicholas Fedak II
Nick has been a very active and award winning exhibiting artist/photographer since 1981. He began teaching photography in 1981, and has taught at McGroarty since 2014.
He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Northridge, in 1986, and his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, California in 1988. He also attended a Master Photography Class with Robert Heinecken, UCLA Extension, Los Angeles, California in 1985.
Nick has presented many night photography classes at McGroarty, and also empowering workshops on how to become a successful exhibiting artist.
Painting and Drawing
Sheri Garwood teaches watercolor, acrylic, and drawing classes.
"I stayed in the lines of my coloring books till I was ten years old. My life as a visual artist began at that time when I broke my arm. The cast kept me from swimming and riding my bicycle that Summer, so I began drawing. Despite the fact that I had to use my left hand, drawing gave me extreme pleasure and I felt a sense of accomplishment in my ability to do well with it.
Years later, my passion for drawing (and clothing!) grew into an eighteen-year career in fashion design, followed by a new-found love of teaching art, which I continue today and will always continue. As a fan of music and dance, I am currently working on a series of paintings that bring together many of my passions for song, movement, color, theatre, and story.
I choose watercolor to express myself because I love the way it runs wild all over the page! It is a medium I can work very quickly with to capture the essence of the moment, while allowing me bold or soft color saturation, and that special translucent quality of transparent color on white paper.
I love drawing and believe it is an important foundation for good painting, as well as an added asset, allowing calligraphic detail, which works well for the whimsical lively stories I love to tell through the paintbrush.
A Southern California native, I teach watercolor, acrylic, and drawing at McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga, and am active in local art associations.
My art education has been self-directed. I have taken college classes, and workshops from artists whose works and thought processes I admired. I also study books and videos from masters, old and new.
I continue living and painting primarily in Southern California, recently spending time in the Hudson River Valley as Artist-in-Residence of the Art Students' League of New York, enjoying the light and music of the East Coast woods."
Expressive Arts and Mandala
Joanna Gates has been an artist her whole life, enjoying the element of self-expression through mediums that inspire her. Enjoying the tactile skills of using her hands "to create," Joanna believes that by applying creativity to concept, a simple project can be a life-altering experience.
She has been teaching for over 25 years and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services and Mental Health and a Masters Degree in Depth Psychotherapy/Counseling. She specializes in "expressive" arts and is an experienced behavioral therapist and MFT (marriage and family therapist) and has worked in many different capacities, with individuals of all ages and developmental abilities.
Joanna specializes in work with children, and is patient and understanding of the needs of children in a learning environment. From creating lesson plans to instructing her class, her classes are constructive with an element of exploration and discovery.
Joanna is energetic and creative, and encourages use of the imagination and individual expression through art. She thrives on engaging with individuals and groups, of all ages, in her workshops as a guide during your exploration, experiencing and learning about yourself in a creative environment.
Brian Peshek is an artist, educator and curator who represents the interests of the teachers and the ceramics programs at the center. He has a deep love for the arts and brings his innovative talents, and organizational leadership skills.
Brian received his Bachelor's Degree from California State University Northridge in 1992, then his Master of Fine Arts from Alfred University, NYSCC, School of Art and Design, Alfred, New York in 1995.
Since 1998, Brian has had a vested interest in the MAC as both Instructor and Gallery curator, as well as having developed the idea for two long-standing successful fundraising traditions.
In 2002, along with fellow teaching colleague, Ray Yocum, and a diverse group of volunteer ceramic students, he organized and led the Ceramics Guild and, soon after aligning its goals with the center, created the Annual Chili Bowl Benefit Fundraiser, and the subsequent Annual Ceramics Invitational Exhibition.
"The guild was built around the central idea that we could improve all facets of the ceramics department." With the help of this group, which is in its 14th year, he has led fundraisers for MAC that have grossed well over $50,000 and counting.
He has set the bar for gallery shows at the Center, bolstered its artistic reputation, and built a collaborative atmosphere between the department's students and staff. His innovative spirit, dedication to the organization and students, and ability to organize staff and volunteers around a common goal make him an invaluable part of the Center.
Contemporary Native American Beading
Corey Stein was born in Los Angeles, California, and received an MFA and BFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia, CA. Stein also participated in a year-long exchange program doing foundry work at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Major Influences include John Baldessari, Jules, Engel, and the African Ensemble. Stein's work has been exhibited Nationally and throughout Southern California, including Sealaska Heritage, The Los Angeles Municipal Arts Gallery COLA (2014), The Autry Museum American Indian Arts Marketplace, The Pilchuck Glass School, and the Vermont studio Center. Public collections include the Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall, Valencia, CA., the University of Washington Medical Center, and the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA.
Angela Tarbet-Knowlton represents the interest of the instructors on the Board. She is native of Tujunga and studied piano locally with Estelle Livingston. She graduated with honors from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles with a BA in Music, with emphasis in Harp Performance. Angela earned a California teaching credential in music in 1977. She has taught vocal and instrumental and classroom music in the Los Angeles, Glendale and Stoughton, Wisconsin school districts. She has been teaching both music and drama classes at Mcgroarty since 198a. She states, "I am truly commited to keeping McGroarty Arts Center open as a precious oasis for the arts in our Verdugo Hills."
Ray Yocum studied panting and drawing at the University of San Diego, earning his BA in Fine Arts, with a minor in art history. He received his BFA from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, where the fundamentals of painting, drawing, ceramics, design, and sculpture were emphasized, and then received his MFA in Intermediate in 1980. In addition to his many years teaching at McGroarty Arts Center, Ray has taught at Xiem Clay Center, and Barnsdall Art Center since 1994. His teaching philosophy emphasizes skills as a pathway to creativity.