Moira Beale

Moira Beale_200x200.jpgHead of BAYarts Ceramics Dept, Moira was born and educated in England, studied at Farnham School of Fine Arts/Surrey Institute of Art and Design. She holds a BFA specializing in ceramics and printing.  By day, Moira is the Sales & Marketing Coordinator of Youth and Family Programming for Playhouse Square.  She is the recent recipient of the Pacesetter Civic Award for her work with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio.

John W. Carlson

John Carlson_200x200.jpgAlways artistically gifted, John began his career as an artist by attending Cleveland’s Cooper School of Art. Inspired by the works of Egon Schiele, Franz Kline, Edward Hopper and Lucien Freud, John strives to find a balance between expressive drawings and boldly executed paintings.  John often combines traditional oils with alkalids, charcoal and graphite. Working mostly on large canvases, he freely applies his medium without sacrificing subtle emotional details. This method allows him to control the negative space, which is vital to the ambiguity that runs through all of the work. What appears to be a gentle gesture to some can appear violent or passionate to others.

Audra Costello

Audra Costello_200x200.jpgAudra Costello has been hand sewing and crafting with fabric since she was five years old. She is a 1997 graduate of The College of Wooster and teaches English at Firelands High School. She is currently in the midst of her biggest crafting adveture ever: from August 2010-January 2012 she has vowed to not buy, only make toys for her two young daughters, ages 3 and 5. You can read more about this at her blog called Little Tiger and the Milk Belly Princess.

Stacey Gepperth

A graduate of Miami University, Stacey received a Bachelor of Science in Art and a Masters in Education. She has been a preschool teacher at BAYarts for many years.

Susan Gray Be

Susan Gray Be_200x200.jpgSusan has a MA in painting at the The State University of New York at Albany (SUNYA) and a BA from Hamilton College and studied at National Academy School of Fine Arts, University of Vermont and the Rhode Island School of Design. Ms. Gray Bé has been teaching oil painting and drawing classes for children and adults at BAYarts since 2009 and also teaches oil painting and drawing at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Fairmount Center for the Arts and Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Mel Grunau

Mel Grunau_200x200.jpgReceiving a Bachelor of Arts degree at Baldwin-Wallace College and a Master of Architecture at Kent State University, Mel became a teacher of watercolor, collage, oil and acrylics. He has taught at the Polaris Career Center for 35 years, Beck Center for the Arts, Baldwin Wallace College, The Cleveland Institute of Art along with BAYarts.


Kate Holinek

Kate Holinek_200x200.jpgKate is a licensed preschool - 5th grade classroom teacher. Her education degrees were earned at Baldwin-Wallace and Ursuline College. She also has a BFA in Studio Art from Baldwin-Wallace College and an Associates degree in Graphic Design from Virginia Marti College of Art and Design. She currently teaches at Westerly Elementary School in Bay Village and has been teaching at BAYarts since 2008.

Laura Jacobs

Laura Jacobs_200x200.jpgIn summer 2006 Laura Jacobs opened Embellish, a unique create-your-own jewelry store in Rocky River, Ohio. She dabbles in a number of different jewelry making techniques and her favorites include Silver Art Clay, silversmithing and working with resin. Since 2007, Jacobs has taught a number of jewelry making classes at BayARTS, including introductory classes, working with beach glass and designing with Silver Art Clay.  Jacobs is certified in Precious Metal Clay (PMC) by Rio Grande. She was selected in 2010 as a demonstrator for CRYSTALLIZED(TM) Swarovski Elements, and she has been commissioned to design jewelry for non-profit groups, including Susan G. Komen for the Cure and The I Will Foundation.

Jim Johnson

Jim learned the art of silversmithing on the job at Potter & Mellen where he stayed for 45 years. He then went to Marlin jewelers for 4 years. He joined the BAYarts faculty 4 years ago.

Leslie Koelsch

Leslie Koelsch_200x200.jpgLeslie received a Bachelors of Art Education from The Ohio State University in 1990 and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in 1997 from Ashland University. She truly believes in lifelong learning and has continued her education by attending workshops in her field and taking course work in technology and classroom management.  Leslie taught high school art in the Sandusky City Schools for 5 years before being hired in 1995 as an Art Educator for the Avon Lake City School System. Leslie has remained with the Avon Lake Schools and is a K-4 Visual Art Educator at Redwood Elementary.  She truly enjoys being an Art Educator and sharing in the smiles, laughter and learning of the children.

Teece Lester

Teece Lester_200x200.jpgA master of all things preschool, Miss Teece is crazy about little kids. Teece has spent over 20 years working in preschools; she was the Director of the Westlake Montessori School and has spent the last 10 years loving the little Nature Nuts at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.   She is magical and the little ones love her here at BAYarts!


William Mannion

A Bay Village resident for over 30 years, Bill is a nationally acclaimed watercolorist and pastelist. He is a signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, the North Coast Collage Society, the Great Lakes Pastel Society and the Portrait Society of America. His work is in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States.

Liz Maugans

Liz Maugans_200x200.jpgLiz Maugans is a co-founder and Managing Director of Zygote Press, Inc.  She received her BFA in printmaking from Kent State University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1992.  She teaches printmaking and drawing at Cleveland Institute of Art, BAYarts and Lorain County Community College.  She is included in the collections of the BF Goodrich(Charlotte, N.C.) and  The Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, (Columbus, OH).  She received an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship in 2000.  She received a 2005 Artist-in-Communities Grant from the Ohio Arts Council for her “Drawing It Out” program, introducing creative experiences for women in chemical dependency programs towards their recovery.

Karen Menyhart

Karen graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in elementary education, with a concentration in Fine Arts. She has been performing story times for over 10 years and has a strong passion for literature and art. Karen is a local educator.

Bob Moyer

bob moyer_200x200.jpgBob has studied at the Cleveland School of Art, the Huntington Institute, The Cleveland College and Milwaukee's Latham School of Art. He is a member of the Ohio Watercolor Society and has taught at BAYarts for many years.




Diane Padrutt

Diane Padrutt_200x200.jpgFor more than 10 years, Diane has been sharing a love of art with children of all ages!  After earning her degree in Art Education from Kent State, Diane worked as an elementary art teacher for the Parma City School District, creating art curriculum at the district level and developing art awareness in the community.  Diane teaches many of our children's classes including pottery, painting, drawing, and printmaking.  She is also our Scouts Coordinator, creating and implementing programs here at BAYarts for Scouts across the Northeast Ohio area.  Believing that a good teacher never stops learning, Diane also participates as an advanced student in our pottery studio, refining her craft and selling her work locally.

Gayle A. Pritchard

Gayle Pritchard_200x200.jpgWorking as a fiber artist for twenty five years, as well as a curator, lecturer, teacher and published writer, Gayle Pritchard received a BA-Honors degree from the highly competitive College of Wooster, where she was the college’s first double-major student. She majored in German and Psychology, with a double-minor in art and French. Pritchard was a Rotary Scholar at the Universities of Tour and Paul Valéry in France. She pursued additional post-graduate art training at the Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Columbus and in the continuing education program at the Cleveland Institute of Art.   Fluent in three languages, her work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums across the US and in Denmark, Japan & Australia.

Arabella Proffer

Arabella Proffer_200x200.jpgArabella is a portrait artist and illustrator. She attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA before receiving her BFA from California Institute of the Arts. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout North America and Europe.

Paul St. Denis

Paul St. Denis_200x200.jpgPaul received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Cleveland Institute of Art and his Masters at Kent State University. He is a Faculty Emeritus at the Cleveland Institute of Art and a member of the American Watercolor Society, The National Watercolor Society and the Ohio Watercolor Society.


Debbie Sanson

Debbie Sanson_200x200.jpgFor over twenty years Debbie Sanson has been sharing her love of art with students of all ages. Her teaching career began in Texas where she taught art at Strack Intermediate School. Upon moving back home to Bay Village, she has instructed students at Normandy and is currently enjoying teaching the third and fourth graders at Westerly School. Debbie has added BAYarts to her list of favorite places to teach.

Gunter Schwegler

Gunter Schwegler_200x200.jpgGunter is a fiber artist specializing in silk painting. His earlier work in watercolor, acrylic and oil painting formed the basis of his style and technique. Numerous works have been commissioned for public and private spaces. His work is a celebration of life.



Mary Ann Sedivy

Mary Ann Sedivy_200x200.jpgMary Ann is an oil painter who primarily paints in oils with a focus on the local landscape. She is a member of the Ohio Plein Air Society.  A graduate of Hiram College with a B. A. in Education, Mary Ann has taught Secondary Art for 17 years at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School where she is department chair.


Andrea Serafino

A graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Art, Andrea has exhibited her work and curated shows extensively in the area. Andrea currently teaches at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Orange Art Center, Lakeland Community College, Clayworks and BAYarts.

Julia Shutt

Julia_200x200.jpgJulia McComb Shutt has art in her blood.  Born into a family of professional artists, she attended her first art class at the age of four.  Her art career began in 1981 in photo-advertising as a photo-stylist doing hair, make-up and wardrobe.  In the late 90’s, Julia embarked on a second career as a landscape designer.  Gardening and understanding how plants grow has always held an innate interest of Julia’s. Envisioning a landscape as a composition to be created makes this field a kick for her!  She has now joined talents with her husband, Byron Shutt of Maple Leaf Landscaping Inc. and together they work as a dynamic design team.

Erin Stack

Erin Stack_200x200.jpgAfter studying at The Art Academy of Cincinnati and earning a degree at Cleveland State University, Erin was immediately hired by St. Bernadette Grade School in Westlake where she taught students in grades K-8.  During her 3rd year at St. Bernadette, the students, parents and staff nominated her as Art Educator of the Year with Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland and became one of the top five educators in the area.  After 5 wonderful years as an instructor, Erin decided to take time off to expand on her family.  During this time, she opened a shop in Tremont and was soon after was invited to manage BAYarts consignment shop.  In 2008, Erin became BAYarts Education Director Back to her true love, she develops art programming for students of all ages.

Kathy Winzig

Kathy Winzig_200x200.jpgA graduate of Buffalo State University, Kathy loved working at Bay Nursery School, where she taught preschool for over 10 years.  Kathy currently shares her talents with our preschoolers offering them a hands-on artistic experience.



Jeff Yost

Jeff Yost_200x200.jpgAn alumnus of the Columbus College of Art & Design, Jeff Yost graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004.  There he studied with such painters as Neil Riley, Charles Hall and John Kortlander.  In 2002, he had also spent a semester of study in Florence, Italy, painting under the artists Lorenzo Pezzatini and Gary Lissa.  Yost's focus is in painting and drawing landscapes and room interiors.  He paints observationally and en plein air, as well as creating synthetic environments from memory and appropriated imagery.  His upbringing and personal life also greatly inform his imagery.   Yost is currently teaches oil and acrylic painting to students at BAYarts.  He lives on the west side of Cleveland with his wife and 2 daughters.