Donna Persinger is a multimedia artist with a primary focus in encaustic painting. She retired from a career in Special Education and Therapeutic Recreation where she utilized art in therapeutic and educational activities. Persinger enjoys exploring possibilities in every medium looking beyond what is immediately evident reveling in the exploration of color combinations, textures and employing materials in a variety of ways. Her work is intuitive flowing from her heart to express her connection to the world around her.
Persinger’s exploration into Encaustic art as a creative medium started five years ago. She incorporates this wonderful medium into most of her work because of its organic luminosity, layering capabilities, and amazing versatility. She especially loves the scent and feel of the wax.
Persinger is a member of The Blue Ridge Arts Center, The Art Connection at Keowee Key, the Anderson Artists Guild, and the North Georgia Art Guild. She has exhibited and taught at various venues across South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina.
Born and raised in the foothills of the Carolinas, the arts introduced themselves as storytellers early in Carrie’s life. Her family, rooted in musical traditions and open hearts, allowed Carrie to venture through materials to find her method of telling her story in ceramics. Following two residencies & assisting demonstrating artists through the South Carolina Clay Conference, she is pursuing an apprenticeship with Michael Kline in Bakersville, NC as a part of the Penland community.
Chrissie has been a middle and high school art teacher for 25 years. She began her ceramics journey in 1999 while living in upstate New York and teaching high school ceramics and studio art. She is a 1991 graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana with a degree in art education. In 2001, she returned back home to Indiana and Ball State and participated in the ceramics program and pottery guild for 12 years. During that time she was also teaching high school ceramics at Yorktown High School. Chrissie currently teaches art and ceramics at Robert Anderson Middle School.
Drawn to handcrafted items early on, Beth values attention to detail and the unique expression of an artist’s voice. She found her own creative voice fabricating jewelry out of silver and copper metals. Beth likes the problem-solving aspect of metalsmith fabrication and has a passion for teaching beginning metalsmithing. Her work has been exhibited in juried art shows, sold at regional and local craft fairs and can be found at the Art Gallery on Pendleton Square. Beth lives in Anderson, SC with her husband and is on the lookout for a new rescue dog to join her family.
Diana Winuk has been creating and drawing since childhood. With her parents support, she explored a variety of careers including serving in the United Stated Marines, as a police officer. Throughout her life, she has maintained a connection to the art world.
Winuk employs a variety of mediums to create: pen and ink to create detailed images through pointillism, drawing and calligraphy, wire, stones, and tools, to create jewelry and sculptures, and acrylics to create a variety of Butterfly Towers, yard art posts and so much more.
She has been creating jewelry for nine years. She especially loves seeing people wear something she has made as it makes for a very personal connection. Winuk loves teaching others and encouraging them to explore their own creativity. She enjoys because it improves her eye and skills as she shares with her students.
She is continually learning and growing as an artist and has begun creating art posts which allows her a new avenue through which she can share and inspire. When she creates artwork it makes her smile. It is her hope that when others see her work they are intrigued and inspired by what they see.