Guest Artists

Each monthly meeting of the VFAA features a different guest speaker. Below is our guest book. See the 2018 schedule or find each month in the Artisan NewsletterPast Guest Artists


September 2018

Jill Ault terminologies translate into fine art explorations, like Shibori, discarded color, Organza. From structured stitchery to geometric nature elements, her pieces have evolved into abstract award winning images of fabric guided by the artist's own algorithms. From craft to inspiration (see the left and righthand images below). be sure to check out her work in person sometime.

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August 2018

Sylvus Tarn shared a unique perspective on the art and technique of glass bead design and production, or 'lampwork'. Like many artists who try to follow a practical track in life, and instead are pulled into the life and adventure of an artist, Sylvus was drawn to beadwork. She produces unique glass beads for others and explores her own visions for unique jewelry pieces. For more information on beadwork as a fine art and craft, look up the activities of the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild.

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July 2018

Rick and Deb Zuccarini have utulized ancient traditional techniques and materials since the 1960s and shared a fascinating story about plaster and pigments. Think Diego Rivera and Giotto and Etruscan pottery techniques, 4000 year old trowels and painting through wicking color from the brush to the wall. As we know chemistry is the basis of fine art. The artists are committed and patient and the rewards have been many. They are going to offer a workshop to those interested. That should be quite a unique experience. Thank you Rick and Deb!

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May 2018

Sandra Difazio shared her artwork and her story in May. Immediately you notice that color become alive in painting done outdoors, surrounded by weather's light effects and detail. Sandra became interested in plein aire through a friend's introduction in Ann Arbor. Eventually she supported the organization by becoming chairman. She has painted under many conditions, day and night. Everyone who attended received a tip sheet for creating a successful painting outside and shared her unique DIY framing and matting technique. If you drive through Saline in the near future you may see one of Sandra's painting blown up and mounted at the Pineapple Gift Shop. Artist secret: Painting outside forces you to get out in the natural world and push forward.

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April 2018

Barbara Goodsitt, artist and pencil art instructor, shared wonderful pieces and a slideshow reflecting her story and her experience in teaching. She is proud to have inspired award winning artists in addition to winning awards of her own. Barbara endorses the Colored Pencil Society of America. One of her inspirations is the work of Janet Fish. She experiments with multiple techniques, using them in her favorite themes and stylistic design elements. Barbara teaches at Washtenaw College and orginally grew up in Wisconsin.  Find more about Barbara at

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March 2018

Todd Marsee captured the attention of the group with his beautiful story and interpretation of nature in watercolor imagery, evoking both the color and sensibility of the scenes he paints. Todd described his experience as an Artist in Residence near Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, near Munising in the upper penninsula of Michigan.Certainly this has inspired us to load up our our equipment and head north to create.  Thank you Todd for sharing your work and your story!

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February 2018

Kim Ensch described her journey in life as an artist and the meaning of the subject matter that streams through her images and constructions. The pieces she brought and the slides are expressive and use non-traditional materials including found papers. Kim is a very revealing and open person who shared her techniques and moreso the themes and personal experience involved in making her artwork. Kim is also involved in encaustic painting and included in a show currently at the HVCA.

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January 2018

You might recognize the unique style of Pamela Day. Her work in clay and in painting emotes certain fantastic themes rooted in art history and her love of certain imagery. Pamela shared her journey in art and her methods of mixing ceramic form with stains and prismacolor finishes that evoke striking realism and personality. Pamela is an award winning Wixom artist who has displayed work at the SHAC in relief and scuptural form and in Brighton, Farmington, Detroit among her shows. Enjoy her work or reach her through her website: We were honored Wednesday night to see her work and talk with her in person and be inspired by her story.

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October 2017

Carolyn Weins returned to demonstrate her pastel technique once again, applying her color theory and creating beautiful and intense landscapes. Some of her materials include water, alcohol,and pipe insulation material. Carolyn showed the group how to experiment with cool and warm color contrast studies to achieve vibrant and realistic artwork. Some favorite sources: author Richard McKinley and Dakota Art Pastels. See more of Carolyn on our web site home page scrolling masthead, or at

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September 2017

Fall began at the VFAA with a visit from William Brody, who after exploring styles and techniques, found his attraction to midwest Americana as a winning subject for his painting. His story as an artist includes travel across the country to participate in shows, developing his own paint, and making those decisions about supporting an artist lifestyle. You might find William teaching painting at Michael's Art Store in Fenton or see his work in one of the many MIchigan classic art shows.

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August 2017

Milford VFAA has been looking forward to our visit from special guest Tony Roko, celebrated painter of expressive color portraits. If you have seen the brand labeling of Detroit's Atwater Brewery packaged products, then you are familiar with Tony's catching artwork. Tony shared his personal story and the inspiration that gave him a path as an artist, not a conventional life choice in the modern industrial Detroit area.  Random events and charged moments are behind his beautiful style and success. Most everyone could relate to at least part of his story and be encouraged. Tony's latest effort is to launch a foundation to encourage young creatives with mentorship and support to explore and grow as artists. See more about Tony Roko on Facebook or

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July 2017

Kristine told the group about the development of her ideas and skill as a ceramic artist, starting with a creative and resourceful exploration of nature enouraged by her parents. This influence is clear in her very unique work expressing her love of birch trees and the materials of nature. Kristine has a close relationship with Parson's Center in the Interlochen area of northern Michigan and handmade pottery techniques. Kristine lives in Ann Arbor and you may see her pottery exhibited in shows there and in Northern Michigan.

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June 2017

Mino explained her unique vision in a wonderful demonstration of her painting style, combining air brush using a mouth atomizer and detailed brushwork. Mino was born in Nagoya, Japan. Her imagery combines her interests in nature, food and fairytales. She was assisted in her presentation by Gary Watts. You can see more about Mino's artwork at

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May 2017

A large group intently watched and listened to the direction of successful and experienced Jill Wagoner, a Plein Aire pastel and watercolor artist who joined us for May's presentation. Its safe to say that everyone walked away inspired with new guidance or ideas or inspiration to go out and paint in the natural world. The colors outdoors will always give you much more than working from a photograph indoors. Its all about light after all. VFAA is hosting a Plein Aire event in June - see the information on the Home page.

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April 2017

Eric returned and provided a refresher on photography skills, specifically focused on artwork entries. His closing thought: Shoot great images! White balance is important in order to obtain the best color. Make minor adjustments and frame your image with the cropping tool before you save the file. If all of this is too much, Eric has created an excellent online class and he will also shoot your work for you. Contact:

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March 2017

David Larwa was an excellent presenter of all types of paper folding including and beyond Japanese Origami. Many scientific innovations have been based on physics related to paper folding and yet some of the most intricate and beautifully crafted pieces from from the same material. Thank you David for sharing your story.  David also is known for 100s of miles of walking tours around the world. He has made and left small Origami crosses at locations or with people he has met on his travels.

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February 2017

Darcel Deneu is a fulltime and energized painter who more recently has been working on stained glass in subject matter that Detroiters and beyond can appreciate. The artist brought examples of her latest work, her book of studio portraits and paintings, and a great stillshot video of working on her large wall painting installation at the "Garage" in Northville. Darcel has works in her studio in downtown Detroit.

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