was an interior designer when she first began her explorations with fused glass. After taking a glass workshop for fun in 2006, it didn't take long for her passion for the glass medium to ignite. She named her company "Cocoon" to symbolize not only the transformation that the glass goes through when heated to extreme degrees, but also to represent her own personal transformation as she continues to explore what she loves. A longtime yoga practitioner, Suzanne melds her powerful, yet graceful, glass art with her dedication to personal growth. Her home studio is located in Cardiff By the Sea, California.
Jana Bednarkova Kenney
Jana Bednarkova Kenney
Jana Bednarkova Kenney is an independent French artist and art teacher from the Czech Republic. After earning her M.A. Degree in Ceramics at the University of Applied Arts, Prague, she immigrated to France, and established the Artaim Studio and a Non profit organization in central Paris. She has been teaching since 1990 and her ceramics have been exhibited in many countries including Japan and Korea. After her successful 17year career in Paris and 2 years of work in Hawaii in JBK Studio in Kailua, she moved to San Diego, California to pursue her artistic vision.
In 2015, Jana founded and organized an International Ceramics Exchange program followed by the exhibition of French ceramic artists at Spanish Village Arts Center, as a part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration of the Panama-California exhibition. She teaches private classes at Get Centered Clay studio and is a Co-Founder and teacher at Kids Like Clay after school enrichment program.
Vicky DeLong ~ Ceramic Art
Ms. DeLong is a working artist, a small business owner and the leaseholder of Studio 16B at Spanish Village Art Center (SVAC) for the past 14 years. She is a former Treasurer of SVAC 1998-2003, former Treasurer for Southwestern Artists Association Studio 23 and former Treasurer for San Diego Museum of Art Artist’s Guild, San Diego 2003 - 2012. Ms. DeLong is the Art Coordinator for Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation and Chair for SVAC/Gallery 21 - Small Image Show. She is also a teacher with SVAC Summer Kid’s and Adult Camps.
an award winning polymer clay/mixed media artist was introduced to polymer clay in 2011. Since first being introduced to polymer clay and mixed media she has attended classes and workshops taught by some of the best polymer clay artists in the country. Shelley frequently travels and has had the pleasure of spending time visiting art museums in Washington D.C., New York, England, France, and Germany. Her last art related adventure was to visit Monet’s garden in Giverny, France. Shelley’s love of art and travel has allowed her to create a unique style. Many of her pieces could be described as whimsical. She has been a member of Spanish Village Art Center since 2012. She has been a studio artist, patio artist and teacher during this time. http://www.untidyhedgehog.com
Deb cannot remember a time that she did not draw and paint. Her passion for color, texture, and drawing leads Deb to prefer the mediums of colored pencil, watercolor and mixed media. She has fun incorporating gold leaf, acrylic inks, and water soluble pastels with colored pencils to create her artwork. Her images function as structure to hang color on. There is a transparent nature to the materials she uses. Richness of color is achieved by placing multiple layers of pencil ont the page. This allows Deb to form unique ways of expressing each subject.Every piece is an adventure, a chance to further explore the world with new eyes. Her images tend to be tranquil and atmospheric, not a photographic reproduction of the subject. Her goal is to translate what she sees into texture, movement, mood and beauty. Deb likes to vary the surface on which she creates each piece. Sometimes it is paper and sometimes Dura-Lar, a semi-transparent mylar, that allows her to work both sides of the piece for greater depth of values and texture. More recently she is working on travertine and wood, and three dimensionally. All of her work is created using archival Deb has trained formally since high school culminating in a BFA from Northern Illinois University. She continues to take classes and workshops. You can visit her in studio 34A at Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park, San Diego. She is currently a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, District Chapter 202 San Diego. She exhibits her work at venues southern California as well as venues She also collaborates with fellow colored pencil artist Susan Salazar, CPSA, in teaching workshops in colored pencil. You can contact her at CApencilpainter@gmail.com. You can view some of he works at
www.gargulalifesongimages.com and http://www.cpsa202.org.
Art is nothing new to Daphne, she comes from a family of artist, and her Aunt Imogene Gaylord nurtured Daphne’s innate talent and fostered a love for art at an early age. Not only did she embrace the fundamentals of technique and creativity, Daphne learned the deeper reality of art in personal expression, and shares her unique ability to inspire others. She help institute a unique art program in her children’s schools teaching the liberating value of self expression also continuing in the family tradition mentoring her daughter and niece’s in their artistic endeavors. She works in oils, acrylics, and other mediums creating paintings, jewelry, sculptures, book cover design, Skateboards, and other works of art, and her most profound ability in the inspiration of others. Daphne has been a member of Spanish Village Art Center since May of 2015 and is a partner in Studio #3
I am a southern California local. I graduated from SDSU with a BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in printmaking. I continued on to get my teaching credential and am now in my 16th year of teaching Photography, Graphic Art, and Screen Printing at a localhigh school in San Diego. I currently am amcraft vendor at the Hillcrest Farmers Market, where I sell my art, clothing, and prints. I am most comfortable behind a press printing multi-‐coloredartwork on paper or clothing. I fell in love with the process of printing: It’s slow with just enough precision to keep me engaged in the moment. The process also allows an artist to make a series of prints in a variety of color schemes on either paper or clothing. I have a deep passion for this medium and I look forward to sharing / teaching the process.
Ellie Hitchcock - President
Ms. Hitchcock is a working artist and leaseholder of Studio #30; and has been a member of Spanish Village Art Center for 19 years. Ms Hitchcock is a two-term past president of Spanish Village Art Center, has been a member of the Spanish Village Jurying Committee for about 15 years, and currently directs and teaches in the summer Afternoon Children’s Art Camp in Spanish Village. A long time advocate of arts education, Ms Hitchcock founded the Children’s Integrated Art Experience, which partnered with San Diego Unified School District to bring 28,000 5th graders and 420 teachers to Spanish Village for hands-on art experiences over a two year period, served on the Advisory Board for the San Diego High School, School of the Arts and organized, supervised, and taught in an After School Art Enrichment Program in the Solana Beach School District. In Balboa Park, Ms Hitchcock has been a member of the Balboa Park Educator Council for 17 years, was a charter member of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership and served on the Zoo Expansion working group for two years.
lives and works in San Diego, California where she paints on fine silk using brilliant imported French dyes. She is dual French/American and she is inspired by France’s landscape as well as San Diego’s own natural beauty. Although she has painted her whole life, she discovered the magic of silk painting in college where she earned a Master’s Degree in Costume and Scenic design. Costuming naturally evolved into a study of fabric dying and Nadja was fascinated by the depth and feeling of color and texture that could be achieved in this medium. Having worked in theatre and film, Nadja has always maintained her own personal creative integrity by painting images inspired by the natural landscape surrounding her. She is a board member of Silk Painter’s International and of the San Diego Silk Guild. She was honored with the Master Silk Painter designation from SPIN and she loves to share her passion of painting on silk by teaching this magnificent art form. Nadja owns and operates her own art studio, Tum Tum Arts and you will find her on any given day creating, teaching and painting wherever the wind will whirl her!
is a versatile figurative artist working in a range of media – from high-fire ceramics to alabaster, steel and copper. Her work balances the additive elements of clay and the subtractive challenges of stone and metal. Recent featured artist shows include “Monster Mania” (2017) and “Tortured Souls” (2016), as well as contributions to the Guild’s “Tribute to Balboa Park” (2018). See more of her work at Spanish Village's Studio 36, the San Diego Botanic Gardens in Encinitas, CA and at tmonk.artspan.com.
Madeline has her paintings in Private Collections throughout the USA, Europe and China.
Lois Madeline Nicholls – Mixed Media. Artist /Painter
A SOUTHERN CALIF IMPRESSIONIST and ABSTRACT PAINTER
Madeline up-rooted the weed and swished it in the curb-side water, heading to the sidewalk where she proceeded to “paint“ on the concrete. Voila, Madeline became the Artist / Painter
Madeline the Artist enjoys a natural creativity and passion for painting.
She discovered painting at the age of 2 ½ while soaking her bare feet along a curb where water was running off freshly, mowed lawns. She was attracted by a tall, willowy weed in her own lawn.
· Acrylic Painting· Abstract Painting· Art Basics for beginners· Altered Books for children and adults· Batik and Crayon Resist· Collage· Doodling Zen Tangles· Embroidery 100 Stitches· Palette Knife Impasto· Stitchery Design· Mixed-Media Painting,· VISUAL Journaling with Water Color· Mono Printing· Oil Painting· Water Color· Quilting
Since that time, Madeline graduated from Los Angeles State College with a degree In Education, and she became a California credentialed, Teacher. She continued to study Art media and techniques. Her natural creativity and desire to learn and teach others have led to an art-filled life. She has taught and volunteered as an art teacher in every community she has lived in.
The following classes are a few that she has taught:
Madeline juried into SVAC in 2006 and has been a Gallery Artist and a Patio Artist. She has also taught privately and in the yearly, Afternoon Summer Camps of SVAC.
If you fall between the ages of 6 and 106 and have a desire to paint, you will enjoy your lessons with Madeline
As a self-taught mixed-media artist Kathi Vargo works mainly with collage and assemblage. She enjoys putting the puzzle together whether it is with paper or something to up-recycle. Taking classes to add new skills is something Kathi enjoys doing when she isn’t creating. After teaching her first class Kathi fell in love with teaching, it is so much fun! She enjoys helping everyone discover their inner artist. Her classes are always fun with a lot of energy and laughter. As a full-time artist Kathi has been a juried member of Spanish Village Art Center since 2006 her work can be seen in Studio 8 at Spanish Village Art Center.
Mixed Media Artist
Lucy Wang, an international renowned artist, graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in Taipei, Taiwan. She has blended her Chinese painting background and the influence of western painting techniques to develop an innovative style of three-dimensional watercolor on silk, which was featured by "Lynette Jennings, Design" on the Discovery Channel, and "Our Place" on Home and Garden TV. Her monthly educational television program, "The Magic of Chinese Brush Painting", broadcasted on several local cable television stations. Furthermore, she is the author of five Chinese Brush Painting books published and distributed worldwide by Walter Foster Publishing, Inc. She has taught Chinese brush painting for over 30 years at her studio / gallery, Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park and University of California, San Diego Craft Center (1996-2012).
Chinese Brush Painting