Babchak, Jill

Jill Babchak Rose has worked in marketing for 14 years and has been creating unique jewelry and stained/fused glass pieces for eight years. She has exhibited and sold her works throughout Howard County and Baltimore, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Virginia Tech.

Babchak, Trudy

Trudy Babchak, Assistant Director of the Columbia Art Center, holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is represented by Gallery 1448 in Baltimore. Trudy’s works have been shown in numerous juried and invitational gallery shows throughout the region.

Bell, Joyce

Joyce Bell received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Art Education from Towson University. She taught art in Baltimore County for thirty years. In 1996 she became an artist member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and later served on the board for six years. She has won various awards for her watercolors in shows throughout Maryland.

Buckmon, Manique

Manique Buckmon received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Maryland College Park. She is an assistant for the youth and teen programs at the Columbia Art Center and an advocate for youth development through the arts.

Carey-Realmo, Fidel

Fidel Carey-Realmo is a self-taught artist who believes the best way to learn is by doing. Fidel teaches the Visiting Artist series for older school-aged children as well as the Graffiti Workshop. He also works at KidSpace and with School-Aged Services for Columbia Association. Fidel views his job as art instructor to create the space for children to explore according to their interests. He enjoys painting and coloring in particular as well as the occasional enormous sculpture. Artwork can be viewed at

Cavanaugh, Kate

Kate Cavanaugh has been painting for more than 20 years, and studied art at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and Juniata College. She’s been a student and painter at Columbia Art Center since 2002. Kate has taught at Living Classrooms Foundation and the Art Center. Her work focuses on realistic but artful depictions of everyday subjects.

Coe, Bob

Bob Coe is a graphic designer, working primarily on web sites and applications. An artist member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, Bob studied watercolor with Morris Green and has been teaching at the Columbia Art Center since 1991. He has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibits throughout the area.


Crum, Janice

Janice Crum is a graduate of the Towson University arts program with a concentration in painting and printmaking. Her most recent work has been a focus on mixed media, printmaking, and small-scale figurative ceramics. Janice teaches Ceramic Doll Making and other small scale handbuilding techniques for the Ceramics Department of Columbia Art Center.

DeBose-Hankins, Anna

Anna DeBose-Hankins is a former gifted and talented educator who entered the art world as an artist several years ago. She believes art is a wonderful expression of the potential that lies within us all and structures her classes to be both warmly encouraging and inspiring to both experienced and beginning artists. Her art has been featured in several charity and gallery events and resides in private collections both in the United States and abroad.

Easter, Laura

Laura Easter holds her Bachelor of Arts in English Communications and Technology from UMBC. With career paths in marketing, managing and sales, she thrives off the energy of being around others. Laura enjoys scrapbooking, crocheting and creating projects for young children as her creative outlet.

Fisch, Liron

Liron Fisch, a Youth Art Instructor and Art Administrator at Columbia Art Center has had a lifelong passion for art. She began drawing at a very young age, took various art lessons (at Columbia Art Center!), and continued to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Maryland. Painting, drawing and screen printing are her favorite media. When she isn’t working on her art, she enjoys visiting art galleries, art museums, and art fairs to explore other artists’ work. Her work has been exhibited at Columbia Art Center, Howard Community College’s Art Department Gallery and the Herman Maril Gallery at the University of Maryland.

Fritz, Kathy

Kathy Fritz received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. After being a drafter for many years, she started beading. Kathy’s love for beading inspired her to launch Bead Soup, an online jewelry store. From Bead Soup came many teaching opportunities at senior centers and, most recently, the opening of her bead store in Savage Mill. Kathy incorporates all forms of media into her beading.


Fujii, Yoshi

Yoshi Fujii is a resident artist and staff member at Baltimore Clayworks, and recently joined as an instructor at CAC. Yoshi, originally from Fukuoka, Japan, has his Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Southern Mississippi and MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. His elegant porcelain wares have been shown at national and international exhibitions and competitions, won some awards and added to collections.

Gilbert, Dennis

Dennis Gilbert has been a nature and art photographer for over 35 years. He has photographed extensively and exhibited in the Outer Banks, other Atlantic coast regions and in the Columbia/Howard County area. With roots in film photography, for the past several years he has focused his creative energies on digital media.

Goode, Adam

Adam Goode is a mixed media artist that works with puppetry, found objects and digital media to create works that are engaging and unexpected. Using light, sound and movement, these 3-D pieces transform the spaces they inhabit into something more sublime. Sometimes comical, sometimes mysterious, each piece has a presence that leaves the audience with a renewed sense of wonder. As an educator, Adam Goode uses this sense of wonder to bring students through an experience of self reflection. Using the ideas of design thinking, he poses problems and challenges students to solve them with a variety of materials.

Greenstein, Roberta

Roberta Greenstein is an art enthusiast and amateur who paints in watercolor and throws pottery. As the daughter and granddaughter of artists, she recently relocated to downtown Baltimore from Columbia, and loves discovering, exploring and sharing new venues for art and artists. She’s looking forward to sharing these adventures with you.

Koh, Yolanda

Yolanda Koh, Art Instructor, holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, College of Fine and Applied Arts. She is an artist and a professional architect. She teaches watercolor and Sumi-e classes, and is a Signature Member of Baltimore Watercolor Society and Potomac Valley Watercolorist. Her paintings have exhibited in prestigious juried shows in the Mid-Atlantic area.


Lansman, Donna

Donna Lansman has more than 25 years of clay experience working professionally as both a handbuilder and a wheel potter. She has taught various types of clay work to adults, children, senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Legg, Becky

Becky Legg has more than 27 years experience teaching children ages 2-12, and helping to develop their creativity through art, with a variety of media. At Columbia Art Center, Becky teaches the School’s Out classes, birthday parties, and the School Age Services After School Program in Howard County, as well as the Girl Scout badge workshops.

Maklowski, Deborah

Deborah Maklowski holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and serves on its national board as ways and means director. She is also a signature member and past president of the Maryland Pastel Society and a juried member of the International Guild of Realism, the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C., and the Pastel Society of America. She is represented by the Artists’ Gallery, Columbia, and the Horse Spirit Arts Gallery, Ellicott City. Her prize-winning work has been juried into numerous regional and national exhibitions and plein air events, is included in private collections on both the East and West coasts, and was published in “Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing,” North Light Books, 2007.

Marshall, Monica

Monica Marshall is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a major in art. She additionally graduated from the Professional Baking & Pastry Arts program at L’ Academie de Cuisine. Monica has taught many culinary and baking courses around the DC area.

McCleary, Christina

Christina McCleary has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculptural studies with a ceramic concentration from Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA) and an Master of Fine Arts from the Rinehart School of Sculpture, MICA. She works as the Ceramics Manager at Columbia Art Center and is an adjunct faculty member of Howard Community College. Christina lives at Artist Housing, Inc. in Baltimore. She is represented by Gallery 1448 in Baltimore.

McIntosh, Nancy

Nancy McIntosh has been teaching at Columbia Art Center in Long Reach Village since 1990 when it reopened as Columbia Art Center. McIntosh was hired to teach beginner to advanced wheel classes as well as stack and fire the kilns. She has taught a variety of night classes and topic from beginner wheel, soda and Raku firing to advanced wheel over the years while teaching full time high school ceramics classes and doing my own work and shows.

She has always exhibited regionally (including New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, among others) both in craft show and juried gallery exhibitions.

McIntosh has a passion for pottery and loves teaching.

Mettee, Jean

Jean Mettee pursued a glass-exclusive career beginning in 1991 after taking her first glass class at Columbia Art Center. She currently creates commission and gallery pieces in fused, stained and carved glass at her own studio. Jean Marie has trained at many glass centers in California, Nevada and New York. She teaches glass at several studios and exhibits in numerous galleries.

Olson, Sandy

Sandy Olson has been a freelance calligrapher and has taught in Howard County for more than 20 years. She is a member of the Washington Calligraphers’ Guild and has exhibited her works in area shows and now does mostly commission work. She loves to combine watercolor painting with inspirational verses lettered in gouache.


Parsa, Carolyn

Carolyn Parsa graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science. As a floral designer, Carolyn works with fresh, silk and dried flowers. Floral design combines her love of gardening with the elements of design. She likes creating arrangements that redefine classic and enjoys going beyond the vase, utilizing driftwood and other objects as bases for unique centerpieces and wall hangings. Carolyn is an avid crafter of media including, mosaics, woodworking, jewelry and miniatures.

Poroshina, Alina

Alina Poroshina has a Masters in Fine Arts from the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she studied painting, illustration and art history. Her artwork focuses mainly upon expressions of the human form through themes of religious imagery, folklore, and elements of fantasy. Marc Chagall, Lucian Freud and Leonardo Da Vinci are counted among her many artistic influences. She has been featured at several galleries and exhibits in Chicago, Grand Rapids, and New York. Alina now focuses on art education, portfolio development and commissioned artwork.

Schapiro, Chaya

Chaya has studied art, design, painting and more with a number of prominent artists. She is a signature member of the Baltimore watercolor society, Adirondack Mountain painters and the Portrait Society. She taught at Howard Community College, Columbia Art Center, Columbia Festival of the Arts and other Maryland locations. She worked as the Assistant Gallery Director for Howard Community College.

She is serving on the board Columbia Art Center. Her work has been represented in numerous galleries and exhibitions as well as the Ross Museum. Chaya teaches art classes to both children and adults. She enjoys creating art and finding new and exciting directions in her work as well as sharing these ventures with others.

Schutz, Mary

Mary Schutz, a retired telecommunications specialist, has enjoyed watercolor painting as a hobby for more than 15 years. In 2011, she discovered the joys of Zentangle through the Columbia Art Center and has been hooked ever since. Combining her love of watercolor with the meditative quality of Zentangle has enabled Mary to expand her artful expressions into new and exciting abstract themes. Mary has shown her work locally in Columbia and also in Montgomery County.

Serpico, Jackie

Jackie Serpico is a local artist born and raised in Columbia. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and has been working for Columbia Art Center since 2012 with the youth department. Her most recent work has been focused on mixed media with found objects.

Smith, Nancy

Nancy J. Smith is an Elite, Level 2 One Stroke Certified Instructor with an additional certification in One Stroke with Oils. Nancy has been teaching the One Stroke technique for 13 years. She enjoys teaching all age groups from the first time painter to the advanced.

Snowden, Sarah

Sarah Snowden has been painting porcelain for 13 years and has studied with several nationally known porcelain painting artists. She teaches a beginners to intermediate class at Columbia Art Center. She also has an ongoing class in her at home studio.

Song, Abby

Abby Song is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her major was painting. She likes to work with water-based paints on paper, and she is currently working with silk as a painting surface. Abby teaches Silk Painting Workshops for the painting department of the Columbia Art Center.

Tai, Anna

Anna Tai is a retired research scientist with a great passion for knitting, crocheting and loom-knitting. To express her love of colors and textures, she experiments with many different colors in the spinning and dyeing of specialty yarns. For the past five years, Anna has derived great satisfaction in teaching these skills to others.

Tamburello, Jann

Jann Tamburello has been working as a ceramic artist in Howard County since 1995, and has been teaching potter’s wheel classes at Columbia Art Center since 2007. She makes both wheel-thrown and handbuilt pieces in stoneware and porcelain clays, and is familiar with a wide range of firing methods in both gas and electric kilns. She has also worked for several years as the Art Center’s glaze technician. Jann has participated in numerous shows and gallery events in various locations throughout Maryland.

Trail, Megan

Megan Trail has been working with the interface between ceramics and printmaking since 2002, achieving a Bachelor of Fine Art in Ceramics from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 2010. Megan is currently an instructor and the ceramics studio assistant at Columbia Art Center.

Vitek, Joe

Joe Vitek started with Baltimore Clayworks in 1987, and was a resident artist until 1995. Joe worked as a hospital corpsman/medical illustration tech and a production medical artist. In 1964 he started working with clay while at the Corcoran School of Art, studied in Tamba, Japan and has been a functional potter ever since.

Williford, Deanna

Deanna Williford has been making things with her hands since she was 7 when she made clothes for her Barbie doll and hasn’t stopped since! Currently she teaches Zentangle, rug hooking, gourd creating, watercolor, and jewelry making. She has experience with fiber art, quilting, needlework, Tiffany reproduction lamp making, portraiture, basketry and paper arts.

Yeagley, Emily

Emily Yeagley is a recent graduate of Howard Community College, with degrees in studio art and graphic design. In her spare time she enjoys experimenting with a variety of mediums, with a focus on oils, watercolor and graphite.

Zika, Carol

Carol Zika is an art educator with a Master of Arts from University of Illinois. Carol is a versatile teacher, working with students from age 9 to 90 (and beyond!), with a range that includes drawing, portraits, pen and ink, acrylic and watercolor painting, printmaking, metalsmithing and jewelry design. She has combined her enjoyment of writing with using art materials for page decoration in an expressive art form called artful journaling. She owns Zika Studios and teaches in the Baltimore and Howard County area.