RIMA is a visual artist, designer and international art educator. Originally from upstate New York, she is a first generation Lebanese American who was always surrounded by the appreciation for all art forms. She earned a double bachelors of fine arts from Lesley College of Art and Design, in illustration and graphic design. Then completed her first masters degree, at Lesley University in visual art education. She enjoys watercolor and gouache painting, pencil, pen & ink drawing the most. Her themes and style influences may slightly differ based on her mood, current address or hunger state, however the line quality and level of details does not change. She enjoys art making, sharing her passion with others and daydreaming about faraway lands of mystery and natural beauty. She was fortunate to have spent 5 years abroad teaching art in Beijing, China and Istanbul, Turkey, where she was able to grow both as an artist, educator and traveler, having visited 30 countries in total. Currently Rima resides in Danbury, with her Turkish cat and is attending WCSU where she is earning her second master's degree in Master of Fine Arts.
SARAH is an artist currently residing in Newtown, CT. Graduating with a bachelor's in Art Therapy from Marywood University, she went on to complete a dual master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy at Lesley University and is currently working towards licensure. Her current work and research in the field of art therapy focuses on the benefits of community art making. Passionate about art making, her work as an artist can be summed up as an exploration of various existential themes that she has encountered throughout her lifetime, with raw expression being her main goal. Sarah enjoys working in all media but specializes in painting, mixed media, and ceramics. As an intuitive artist, Sarah is passionate about sharing her love of self-expression through the arts and enjoys cultivating a fun, creative environment in which others can freely express themselves as well.
SUSAN M. is a mixed media artist with no idea what she's doing. Well, some idea. She's definitely making art, but beyond that, who knows. A 2016 graduate from Eastern Connecticut State University, Susan has been making art since she can remember. Susan has participated in multiple group shows and works in a studio at 6 Rubber Ave. in Naugatuck. Born and raised in Connecticut, Susan is influenced by nature, emotion, humanity, and even materials themselves. With a B.S. in communication and a minor in writing, Susan strives to communicate messages through her work. Many pieces feature text or lettering. Thematically, she focuses on women and the female experience, but also touches on time, death, life, love, and regret. Susan is Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of Bruised Knuckles, an online variety magazine. With vast areas of interest and a short attention span, Susan makes art quickly and tends to jump back and forth between works-in-progress until she finally actually finishes something. Susan is in the process of compiling a book of poetry. Susan loves pizza, walks in the woods, the smell of apricots, black sharpies, and a good rousing game of hide and seek. Susan can be found on Instagram and Twitter as @susanisrad and her artwork can be found on Etsy at etsy.com/shop/peachemojiart.
AMANDA is a visual arts student, currently pursuing her major in Art & Design with a concentration in Studio Art at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL. She most recently won the Grand Prize at NSU's 10th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, and the school has acquired her drawing "The Cloth" for their permanent collection gallery. She previously attended Newtown High School and graduated in 2016. At NHS she had taken Ceramics 1 through 4 and Mixed Media Sculpture. While growing up, Amanda enjoyed taking art instruction at The Art Spot in Ridgefield, CT and attended many afterschool art club meetings. She enjoys creating pieces with clay, acrylics, and graphite, but loves pen and ink drawings the most. She is strongly influenced by Salvador Dali, with all his intricate works of art, and Banksy, by his courageous outlook on art. Currently, Amanda resides in Sandy Hook, CT with her parents and her many pets.