Founder
Craig Erskine

Craig started his love of arts at a very young age in an art league in Elkhart, Indiana. He continued his work as a fine artist and a commercial artist in New York studying at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. While in N.Y., Craig was hired to work with companies such as Gucci and Etienne Aigner and Cotton Inc. illustrating and designing commercially. Craig has won dozens of awards as a creative director commercially over the past 20 years.

Within the fine arts he is a sculptor, a watercolorist, a printmaker and has extensive works in inks and graphite and the digital arts. Craig’s passion in the fine arts delves into the Surreal, working in so many mediums has allowed him to meld elements into stunning single frame stories for the viewer to reveal. Craig shares a wealth of knowledge with his students helping them to find their own path and think creatively through various media he teaches. 2012 Craig began to work with fellow artist William McMahan and has created in collaboration his best work to date. One of the collaborative works “Auctus Metamorphosis” (in the gallery above) was selected to appear in the 2013 62nd Annual All Florida Juried Art Show at the Boca Museum of Art in Boca Raton, Florida and in the Gallery of Avondale Artworks. The work was also accepted into the prestigious Boston Printmakers 2013 North American Print Biennial. The work represents a centerpiece of 13 linked etchings that are in various stages of being completed.

Artists and Teachers
This remarkable group of artists is guiding The Art League into a wonderful creative community.
Art Director, Artist, and Teacher

William McMahan

William McMahan grew up in Urbana, Illinois, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007.  He then studied at Indiana University where he taught “Drawing Fundamentals” to undergraduates for two years before receiving his Master of Fine Art in Printmaking in 2010.  William moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2011, and he has started teaching drawing through the Art League of Jacksonville.  William has had work exhibited at the Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA, Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, OH, and at the Grunwald Gallery of Art in Bloomington, IN where he had a piece win “Best in Show” at the 2011 NSAL Emerging Talent Show.

Artist and Teacher

Scott Merrell

Scott’s formal background is in Graphic Design, but his passion is illustration and painting. He finds himself always sketching and thinking about something new to create. Primarily he focuses on illustration using a wide variety of media including, pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, watercolor, and acrylic. He is a life long student of art and design and loves to be around all things creative.

The classes offered are mixed between intro to drawing and painting. The beginning of each class starts with a demonstration and the students can then work on that assignment or if they have an assignment they are already working on he answers the questions they may have. Each class he also introduces students to the fundamentals of drawing and/or painting and assists each student as needed throughout the evening.

Artist

Roger Bailey

Roger Bailey has extensive experience in the arts, he has created numerous wonderful acrylic city scenes, has tremendous experience in drawing media and has produced wonderful 3D work in pottery, clay, wire and metal. His talent is only surpassed by his giving personality in sharing his abilities and techniques with others.

Mr. Bailey has extensive experience as a teacher and as an accomplished artist. Roger and the Art League have designed a set of curriculum to bring his ability and experience to new generations using a foundation of art history and active drawing integration students will learn a great deal about the roots of technique and the progression of art in society.

Teaching Experience:

• 35+ Years Secondary Art Teacher Rochester, NY

• 73-’74 Fullbright exchange teacher – Taught further education college in Liverpool England

Docent and volunteer at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Florida

Artist and Teacher

Rebecca Campbell

Creativity was written in Rebecca’s genes. Being the kin of many writers, musicians, and visual artists it is no surprise that she did flourish in the creative arts. Like every child she was drawn to color and shape, but her passion continued to shine through into her teens.

Rebecca Campbell has a Bachelors of Fine Arts (focus in Ceramic Sculpture) with a minor in education from the University of Florida.

Rebecca explores themes of nature, femininity, the surreal, the subconscious and afterlife. Through portraiture, organic design, and abstraction she conveys her ideas. These themes are expressed through painting, drawing, sewing and ceramics. She lives in Riverside, Jacksonville with her husband and two young daughters.

Artist and Teacher

Patricia Johnson

Patricia Kent Johnson attended the “Cleveland Institute of Art” before receiving her BFA from Jacksonville University. Patricia has taught for many years, and she has participated in individual and juried group exhibitions, including two international shows. She has shown at the 52nd Gallery in New York, and her work is part of the permanent collection at both the Whitney Museum in Massachusetts, and the Caldwell Museum in Missouri.

Artist and Teacher

Pablo Rivera

Pablo graduated from Cooper Union Art School in NYC as well as attended workshops at School of visual Arts and Educational Alliance in NYC.

Exhibited in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, California and Florida.

Locally exhibited with St. Augustine Art Association, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, Art After Dark, The Art Center, Jacksonville, The Coalition of Visual Arts, The Adele Grage Cultural Center in Atlantic Beach and The Southlight Gallery.

Artist and Teacher

Kristin Bartie

Born in Italy and raised in Jacksonville, Kristin Bartie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Ceramics from the University of North Florida.

She has studied in Rome, worked as an artist assistant for professional artist Jenny Hager, and has worked as a professional sculptor in Fort Lauderdale.  After gaining new inspiration and skills in South Florida, Kristin has moved back to Jacksonville to be with her family and share her talents with those around her.  Through experimentation with color and texture, form and function, she brings new ideas to light.  Her work is mainly focused on functional tableware with a side interest in sculptural ceramics.

Kristin has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville and in multiple juried galleries across South Florida, including Art Basel in Miami.

Artist and Teacher

Kevin Arthur

I am a self-taught artist with a lifelong fascination with art, particularly the human form and portraiture. I also enjoy plein air and still life work in all mediums. I belong to several figure and portrait drawing groups within the Jacksonville area. I studied with several local artist as well as national known artists, such as Kevin Beilfuss, Romel de la Torre, Kerry Dunn, Carolyn Anderson and Robert Liberace.

I participated in the One Spark festival for several years as a creator drawing portraits on the street. I’m currently a member artist at the Southlight Gallery in downtown Jacksonville. I have shown in Gallery 1037 at Reddi Arts on Hendricks Ave, Kings Street Studios in the Cork Arts District and The Haskell Gallery at the Jacksonville International Airport.

I taught beginning figure drawing at the Ponte Vedra Cultural Center in Ponte Vedra and will  teach pastel portraiture at UNF this summer. I work primarily in charcoal, graphite, pastel, watercolor and oil.  I recently added etching to my list of mediums and was invited to participate in the Face Forward self portrait show thorough the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.

Artist

Kathleen Vought

Kathleen Vought has taught school both in California and Florida for over 20 years. She has taught all subjects, but her favorite subject to teach is art. She loves being part of her student’s creative processes and discovery. She has found that by giving kids hands-on opportunities to be creative supports problem-solving in other areas as well. She has developed homeschool art programs,  after school art programs and summer art camps programs and continues to be actively involved as an artist herself. Being an artist is a lifelong journey and she loves sharing this with her students.

Director of Ceramics, Artist and Teacher

Cat Plesko

Born in New York, Catherine Plesko, better known as Cat, is a graduate of Jacksonville University who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in Ceramics.

Motivated in her field, Cat, enjoyed an Art internship that allowed her to work with the division of Public Art at the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. It was there that she took part in the community outreach program, artistic professional development, and work with the administration department. Cat helped coordinate maintenance, conservation strategies, and manage collections for Public Art within Jacksonville.

As a career, Cat is considered a functional ware artist who also enjoys creating sculptural pieces using the wheel.

Cat’s work has been on exhibit at The Cummer Museum of Art in Jacksonville, Jacksonville University, Zoo Lights here at our local zoo, and Eastern Washington University.

Artist and Teacher

Alex Stringer

Alex Stringer is a local Jacksonville artist currently attending his first year at FSCJ. He plans to transfer to a Florida University and major in either illustration or digital arts. He has been assisting Art League of Jacksonville as their graphic designer for approximately one year. His skills range from graphic design, digital and  traditional illustration, and story development.

Artist and Teacher

Aileen Scurato

Aileen studied ceramics at Daytona Beach Community College with Shikko Alexander, and Avon Park Community College where she also apprenticed under professional studio potter, Gene Brenner in Sebring, Florida. Parallel to a career in architecture, she has been involved in teaching students of all ages in hand-building, sculpture and wheel throwing, as well as showing in galleries and festivals and private sales from her studio. She was the former studio manager and instructor at the Clay Factor in Tampa, Florida where she was the workshop coordinator and participant for the following national and regional artists: Rudy Autio, Bruno LaVerdiere, Don Reitz, David Gamble, Martha Holt, Russ Gustafsen-Hilton, Al and Joanne Huntley, David Greenbaum, and Jack Boyle.Aileen was one of eight artists who formed Tampa’s first visual and performing arts center, Artists Unlimited, Inc. The facility was integral in redeveloping the Port of Tampa near downtown into the thriving commercial and residential center it is today. The facility housed 35 private artists studios, three galleries, a sculpture garden, three galleries and a gift shop. Aileen sat on the Board of Directors for six years, managed the clay program, and served as office manager. Aileen makes functional and non-functional vessels, sculptures, and handcrafted tiles. They are curious, inquisitive, changing, light, dark, courageous, strong, fragile, and sometimes witty. She also like exploring the human psyche and societal and political themes.

She says “Inspiration can come from the wind and sunlight beautifully dancing on the trees. Sometimes it can come from a beautiful piece of music that is then reflected in a platter or sculpture. People who know me are not surprised by my visual cornucopia. There is a certain fabric to my work…details that consistently appear, a signature if you will – a genetic marker. For me, working in clay is mostly just this: The way a piece of clay feels in my hands and the desire to make something…anything…to simply be in the moment and see what happens.”

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