With her Bachelor’s in Fine Art and MFA in Abstract Painting and Drawing, Emily teaches art all over town, including the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Art on Wheels, Art180, Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and Westminster Canterbury. All of Emily’s classes encourage reusing discarded materials and thinking about stuff beyond its original intention. She occasionally exhibits her work, which is all available to view and buy at http://www.twirlyskirts.net. When she’s not making or teaching art, Emily puts her passion toward food advocacy, volunteering at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Community Kitchen Garden, which donates 100% of the food to FeedMore, and works heavily getting the Richmond Food Co-op off the ground.
As an artist and craftswoman, Mary is constantly exploring, planning, digging and experimenting. At the Corcoran School of Art and Virginia Commonwealth University, she polished her skills while having many opportunities to discover a variety of disciplines. With a home in Richmond, Virginia, her love for the hunt of vintage treasures is an important part of the creative process and is a medium she uses to bring everyday items from the junk drawer to a one-of-a-kind functional form. The combination of restoration, recycling, humor, retro design and love of color continue to inspire her work.
Renee Stramel is a local artist and photographer with experience in filmmaking landscape design. As a published artist, she heads up the Embellishment Department at World Art Group, a global art publishing company based in Richmond, Virginia where her creative team applies custom finishes such as gold leaf to prints by hand. Renee’s favorite part of her job is exploring new techniques and media then sharing what she has learned with others.
Ann M. Ritter, M.D., VCU Department of Neurosurgery – Advisory Board Member
Rachael Cohen, Advisory Board Member
Rachael Cohen is an artist, educator, and the former Project Director for Stuff Redux, Richmond’s creative reuse center. Rachael loves to unlock the hidden potential of objects that others leave behind. She finds inspiration in the transformation of materials and enjoys encouraging others to create value and meaning in unexpected places.
Merenda Woodward is a local artist and state certified art educator. She holds a BFA in Art Education with a minor in Crafts from VCU. She has shown work in local galleries and assisted with public art projects in Richmond and Philadelphia. Her areas of specialty include mosaics, book arts, and using recycled materials. She is passionate about art, teaching, and social justice. She enjoys being outside and spending time with her family. Merenda teaches part-time in Chesterfield County schools and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and is the former art teacher at Crestwood Elementary.