Sandie Bacon is a versatile, classically trained artist . She has an MFA from Maryland Institute Graduate School of Painting, and is the Chicago land representative/teaching artists for Golden Artist Colors. Her work is shown nationally, and she has received many commissions for large-scale public art (including one the murals in the Lake Bluff train station), and is a member of the Dandelion Gallery in Waukegan.


Michael Latala expresses the natural beauty he sees in the world around him through his deft handling of materials such as oil paint, pastels and charcoal. His landscapes, still life, figurative and portrait work offer a fresh and seemingly effortless symphony of color. After receiving a Associate of Arts degree in Advertising/Design from the American Academy of Art, Michael has had a successful career as a storyboard illustrator working on staff at Draft FCB and Ogilvy & Mather, two of Chicago’s largest advertising agencies. Pursuing his love of painting, he’s studied with Scott Burdick, Dan Gerhartz, Romel De La Torre and Richard Schmid.

Lezlie Lenz likes to create paintings that make people smile. Her whimsical mixed media landscapes of flying ladies and angels create the illusion of movement and sound. She uses non-traditional watercolors to paint her landscapes that have become the home for her angels. Lezlie received her Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design and painting and has worked as a graphic designer/illustrator for the past 20 years. Her award-winning art is exhibited at galleries and shown in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Doris Monti is a Chicago painter, printmaker and a Deer Path Art Leagueinstructor with a verity of classes. In the Exploring Printmaking class, students study three methods of printmaking; etching, drypoint, and monotype. This class is custom designed by the student’s skill level and interests. In the Mixed Media & Collage Techniques class, students will compile odds and ends of materials, adhere them to paper with an acrylic medium, and create a unique display of composition. Please contact us for more information on these classes for our upcoming fall session.



Carole Pearlman is the founder of The Joy Of Creativity art program. Carole is a professional artist and certified teacher. She holds an M.Ed in Educational Therapy and an MA in Developmental Psychology. Through her research, teaching and daily practice she believes that being creative is an essential part of a balanced life.


davidDavid Roth is a Fine Art /Commercial Photographer. He graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and the Leica School of Photography in New Jersey.  He studied with Howard Bond of Michigan, Arthur Lazaar, Illinois and Daniel Anderson of Wisconsin. He has been teaching for over 42 years and currently teaching, lecturing and privately tutoring in both digital and traditional fine art photography.  He has also been a lecturer and instructor for Leica Camera, Nikon Camera and Canon Camera, and has taught numerous workshops and seminars.

Beth Shadur is an artist who has exhibited widely in solo and groupexhibitions in the United States and abroad, including at the Art Institute of Chicago; the Drawing Center in New York City; the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY; the Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown, Ohio; and at the Colorado Springs Art Museum, Colorado Springs, CO.  She has created over 150 large public murals as public, private and community art projects in both the United States and Great Britain.  She is an Artist-in-Education for the Illinois Arts Council in Chicago, IL.  

dorisDoris Volpe
was educated at Lake Forest College and later studied with Hubert Ropp, Abbott Pattison and Ed Paschke. Her work has been published in “Chicago Art Scene” by Ivy Sandell and Dorie is a member of “Who’s Who of American Women 2001”. She has exhibited in more than 40 galleries and shows from Chicago to New York to London. Her work is enjoyed in private collections throughout the U.S. and South America. Among her one-person exhibitions is a retrospective show at the Chicago Cultural Center.


skipSkip Wiese, an illustrator for H&R Studio in Chicago until 1980, has received more than 50 art awards. He runs his own studio and gallery in Waukegan in addition to teaching workshops in pastels, watercolors and monotype printing. In 1991, Skip attained signature membership to the Midwest Pastel Society, awarded to an artist for achieving three years of juried competition. His artwork is widely displayed in galleries and has been purchased for private and corporate collections worldwide.