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Classes at the Edna Vihel Arts Center invite discovery, creativity, and learning through engagement with the visual and performing arts. In these programs, led by local professional artists and performers, Edna Arts students enjoy a broad selection of classes that feature the dynamic skills and passions of our teaching artists.

Art Instructors

AnneAnne Ferbrache is a Freelance Painter with a classical background and abstract undertones. She works in oil paints primarily. Anne began pursuing her artistic training seriously in Ewing, New Jersey with artist Patrick Devonas and continued in New York City with artist Kate Lehman. She completed her visual arts degree at Taylor University in Upland, IN with concentrations in Drawing and Painting.

Anne's art work has been exhibited in the New Jersey State Art Contest, the Metcalf Gallery in Upland, IN, the Honey Bee Bakery in Oxford, MS, the Red Door Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA, and Cafe Colaj and Turnul Artelor in Brasov, Romania. Her work has been featured in the Parnassus Literary and Art Journal, the Oxford Invitation, and other Mississippi publications. A Phoenix transplant, Anne enjoys exploring the surrounding desert landscapes and engaging in Phoenix cultural events as often as possible.

 

RachaelRachael Summers graduated with a BFA from The School of Art Institute of Chicago. She’s been an art teacher at Edna Arts for the past 5 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Garner

Susan grew up in the Pacific Northwest and moved to the unique Arizona desert six years ago after marrying her Arizonian husband. She is the Mother of two beautiful children.  She has a Bachelor Of Fine Arts from the University of Utah. She spent two years teaching Art and English in Kudamatsu, Japan and was also lucky enough to spend three months teaching at the "Sunflower Orphanage" in Peru. She is a professional portrait photographer and has taught Art classes at The Edna Vihel Arts Center for over 5 years. 

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Tal

Tal Dvir, when asked to describe his work, said, "In my paintings, I'm striving to engage fresh thoughts and ideas. I see my work as a process of constant reinvention and although working with paints on canvas, at times my work could be described as sculpting and designing with paints.

"As my art grows mainly through realistic features in subjects, I keep searching for new forms and ideas. I can say my art lives in the fine line of expressing thoughts, emotions and everyday life by creating realism combined with surrealism and abstract, which are truly inspiring essentials for my creation, start to end."

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 Terry HamraTerry Hamra was born into an artistic family that had talents that were considered by most to be exceptional.  She can say for as long as she remember, she knew she was an Artist. 

Terry began her professional career in the field of custom embroidery and screen-printing as a designer for the apparel and manufacturing industry, designing for well-known companies.

During her study at the Penland School of Crafy, she developed skills in jewelry and lamp glass techniques, then studied Jewelry, Glass Fusing and Precious metals clay at the Indianapolis Art Center.  At the 2008 Glass Craft and Bead Expo Gallery of Excellence, her glass art received 1st Place Awards in the Professional, Peoples choice and Best of Show categories for fused glass.  In 2009, Terry was honored to receive a 2nd place in the Jewelry category.

As a member of the Scottsdale Artists League, Terry served as president from July 2013 – 2015, and was a board member until 2017.

 

Mary Williams

Originally from Florida, Mary Williams is a professional oil painter and artist. Graduating from Florida State University with a BFA in Fine art she currently lives in Tempe, Arizona where she is pursuing her MFA in Painting/Drawing at Arizona State University. Before moving to Arizona, Mary was the art instructor for elementary and middle school students at Largo Country Day School in Florida for two and a half years. 

 

  

 

 

 

Lisa Zirbel is an artist primarily working at the intersection between photography and printmaking. Her artwork engages themes of storytelling, femininity, loss, and trauma through a variety of mediums. 

She received her BFA and Post-Baccalaureate from the University of Wyoming with minors in Anthropology and Museum Studies. She is currently completing her last year of Arizona State University's MFA program and is the Research Assistant for ASU's ArtCore program. 

Her teaching experience ranges from early childhood to adult workshops, and at the collegiate level having been the recipient of ASU's Teaching Excellence Award. Zirbel has been an Artist in Residency at the Double Dog Dare Studio in Kauai, HI, and attended workshops at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, CO. Her work has been featured in solo, group, and juried exhibitions, and both exhibited and curated shows for the MidAmerica Printmaking Council Conference.  

 

Swapna Das is a visual artist (Painting/ Drawing), living in Phoenix, Arizona for eight years. She was born and raised in New Delhi, India. Her move to U.S.A in 2011 offered her a new dimension in life. A Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Arizona State University (ASU) has allowed her to share her diverse background through art while enhancing her skills and knowledge through meaningful interaction with talented artists of the university. 

She has been teaching at Mesa Community College since 2016 and is currently teaching at Arizona State University. She has been featured in YabYum music + arts in 2017. She had her two solo Art Exhibition in Central Gallery at Phoenix Public Library 2019 and in Vault Gallery at ASU Downtown Library in Phoenix in 2018 . She was also selected in Arizona Biennial 2018 exhibition in Tuscon Museum of Art and History. She has exhibited in Big Ideas in Small Packages, Blue Door Art Center in New York in 2017. She has also traveled to China for Inverse Conversation Exchange Exhibition with Renmin University of China and was also selected to exhibit 46th National Art Exhibition in India.

 

Paige Ressor

Paige Reesor is a local Tempe artist originally from Michigan, who specializes in painting with oils and acrylic paint. She loves to paint portraits, but her main focus of study is miniature paintings right now. Her desire to pursue an art career started at a very young age, and cannot remember a time when art wasn’t the main focus in her life. As Paige grew into a young adult, she started to take college level art courses through her IB programs in high school. Originally from the mid-west, Paige got her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Art Education with an emphasis in painting from Western Michigan University. Paige believes it is important to share her talents with others, and that is why it she is also a public school art teacher. She teaches at Gililland Middle School in the Tempe Elementary District.  Paige understands the importance of giving back to the community. She has dedicated her life to art, teaching, and community.

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Lisa Hoffner

Lisa Von Hoffner is a contemporary figurative painter from Philadelphia. She received her BFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design and her MFA in painting at Arizona State University. In 2015 she was selected to partake in an artist in-residence program in Joutsa, Finland where she invoked the richness of contemporary Finnish art to edify her work. Lisa has exhibited extensively in the States and abroad and was selected as one of only 40 artists out of nearly 1,000 applicants to be published in the New American Paintings MFA Annual. In 2017 she was on the Phoenix New Times list of “100 Creatives You Need to Know” and had her art featured on the show Good Morning AZ 3TV. Lisa is an educator at Arizona State University and continues to work on solo projects and collaborative efforts throughout the valley.

 

Sherry Kimmel

Sherry has lived in Arizona since 1979 and she loves her desert home. In 2004 after attending art classes at Glendale Community College, including five semesters of watercolor with Darlene Goto, art history, drawing, life drawing and painting in acrylics, she joined the Arizona Watercolor Association and began entering exhibitions on a local, regional and national level. Sherry is a Signature Member of the Arizona Watercolor Association and The Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona. She has received awards for her exhibited works.

Since 2012, Sherry has been exploring mixed media, mono printing, and collage and she has been teaching classes on these subjects at Arizona Art Supply in downtown Phoenix.

When Sherry discovered mono printing on a handmade gelatin plate she began experimenting with a variety of techniques, including a custom order for a 22 x30 print using branches from a Eucalyptus tree. What an incredible experience it was producing those prints! She now also uses the Gelli Arts Plate to paint papers for collage. Sherry is looking forward to demonstrating her techniques and sharing the art she has produced from the Gelli plate.

 

 

Ceramics Instructors

LisaLisa Bernal Brethour is a visual artist who works primarily in ceramics and street painting with pastels.  Her artwork focuses on personal relationships and connections. She has been teaching ceramics and art to both youth and adults, and loves to see what her students create! Lisa has a BS in Engineering from the UofA and an AA in Fine Arts from MCC.  

 

 

 

Sam

Sam Staas is currently a student at Arizona State University working towards his BFA in ceramics. Through his practice of wheel throwing, handbuilding, papermaking, and bookbinding he abstracts organic forms and textures found in nature. Born and raised in Tempe, Arizona, he strives to take his studio practice to a national and international level.

 

 

 

 

 

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Christopher Torrez is primarily a ceramics artist, but is versed in many art mediums, building methods and he is constantly learning. His artwork is a discussion of natural environment through constructed miniature landscapes in porcelain that are housed in self engineered, enclosed environments that include weather (rain, dust storms, lightning, etc), theatrical lighting effects, and microcomputers. He has been teaching art for twelve years for all ages and skill levels, including college courses. He has worked at Edna Arts since 2013 as an art instructor, ceramics instructor and ceramics technician. Christopher holds a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a MFA in Studio Art from Arizona State University.

 

Mya M

A lifelong creative and practitioner of the arts, Mya is a recent Arizona transplant from Minneapolis, MN where she has been a teaching artist for the past 5 years.  Her artworks are primarily focused in ceramics but she finds time to juggle in book arts and mixed media assemblages whenever possible.  Her  work often gravitates to the relationship between nature, everyday rituals, and belief.  Often inspired by structures within our natural environment and ancient objects most often seen in her use of organic textures and shapes found in places of sanctuary.  Having trained under multiple national artists, she finds gratification in teaching her students varied techniques, from the traditional to the crafty, and how art is a constant opportunity for learning and exploration.  

 

Theatre and Music Instructors

Stephanie

Stephanie has been involved in theatre for most of her life, including teaching theatre and drama classes with Edna Arts since 2014. She started her higher education studying Theatre Education at Illinois State University before relocating far away from the snow. Currently, she is completing her BA in Theater at ASU and plans to advance her work with an MFA in Theatre for Youth.

 

 

 

Carlos

Carlos Urtubey was born in New York City.  He grew up there, and lived his teenage years and mid-twenties in Bogotá, Colombia. Carlos began his musical studies on the guitar in Colombia at age 11, and also learned Andean, Latin American music and its rhythms, and the Charango and the Cuatro instruments, too. He formed his first band of Andean folk music at age 13.

Since arriving in Arizona, Carlos has participated in folklore “peñas,” performed as “Carlos, El Magnífico” at the Arizona Renaissance Faire, and has played and sung in numerous plays, Operas and musicals throughout the Phoenix Valley. His most recent performance included acting and composing music to lyrics in the play “Hit Music” by Guillermo Reyes, director and professor at ASU Theater studies.  Carlos also plays Latin American music with his band, “Soul Mi Sol”, a trio of voice and guitar, violin and percussion.

Carlos is also a Music Therapist, having finished his Music Therapy undergraduate studies at ASU.

 

Lorin Drexler

Lorin Drexler (aka Loryn) is an American poet, musician, songwriter, performer, music producer, teaching artist, and novelist. Rooted from the windy city of Chicago and currently residing in Mesa, Arizona, he has worked and lived in various US cities coast to coast. Experimental in nature, provocative in metaphor and mellifluous in sound, art truly is the ritual of his practice and teachings.

As a performer, Loryn has played alongside artists such as Local H and Rusted Root frontman, Michael Glabicki. He has played multiple music festivals and parades, venues as extravagant as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Double Door, and worked with avant-garde theatre giants, Collaboraction, as outsourced musical talent. As a music producer, Loryn has released four studio albums and one single, all currently distributed worldwide. In addition to his repertoire as a music artist, Lorin has produced a variety of other artists . As a poet & fiction writer, Lorin’s work has appeared in numerous publications. Lorin was also an awarded recipient in the 2019 Tempe Writing Contest.

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Emily BrusoEmily Bruso is passionate about providing high quality musical experiences for people of all ages. For the past five years Mrs Emily has specialized in leading young children into the magic of music in school, community and home settings with her business Magic Music Time. Before that she taught beginning band and orchestra in the Washington Elementary School District. Currently a graduate music therapy student at ASU, Mrs Emily is excited to serve the Tempe community. 

 

Caila Rochelle

Caila Rochelle is a member of the local arts and advocacy communities and a fifth generation native of Arizona. A trained visual artist and designer, Caila began applying her creative skills to theatre in 2010 after a collaboration with a dancer revealed a compelling opportunity to create more immersive artistic experiences. Caila is passionate about human creativity as a path to learning, healing, and the overall sustainability of communities. Caila holds dual degrees from Arizona State University, a BS in design and a BA in Social Sustainability. She is the Executive Director of Transformative Arts Practice (T.A.P.) through which she has been directing and producing devised works with local artists, offering creative project consultation and facilitating transformative art workshops since 2011. Her other projects span direction, stage management, lighting design, set design, costuming and teaching artistry with companies across the valley. Caila’s work is driven by her personal tagline; Think. Create. Transform.

 

Rebekah Dawn

Rebekah Dawn has worked as a performer and teaching artist across the western states and Australia. She received her B.A. in Theatre and Dance from CSU Sacramento, and was based in Seattle, WA for 8 years working as an actor, dancer, director, choreographer, teaching artist, and theatre maker. She came to Tempe for an MFA in Performance (acting and devising), which she is slotted to finish in May 2020. She is also currently working on a certification in Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals, and Michael Chekhove acting technique.

 

 

Dance Instructors

StephanieSorosiak

Stephanie, originally a Connecticut native, currently resides in Tempe, Arizona as a performing artist and educator. Her primary background is in classical ballet; she has worked with companies like Bolshoi Ballet and Joffrey Ballet School for pre-professional training. She began her collegiate level training in New York where she learned the foundations of modern dance. Since then, she expanded her repertoire to postmodern and contemporary ballet styles since moving to the Southwest. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. She has worked with several artists in the area, performing at venues like the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Margaret Gisolo Dance Theater. Her most recent piece, Un/Related, was chosen for 2018 Spring Dance Gala on ASU’s Tempe campus where it stood alongside professional guest artist work. She also has experience teaching for grades pre-kindergarten through upper high school after completing her student teaching through Herberger’s BFA program. She continues to work in the Valley as a freelance artist and arts assistant for the City of Tempe.

 

Hannah Thomas

Hannah Victoria, born in Atlanta, GA, is a dancer, performing artist, choreographer and visionary. She is trained in hip-hop, contemporary dance, ballet,  jazz, modern, African, and more.

As a second year graduate student at Arizona State University, Hannah aims to explore powerful topics presented in the form of Dance Theater.She is currently researching providing dance spaces and tools for Black women to heal by reflecting, creating, and moving in result of conversing about trans-generational trauma in their bodies, minds, and spirits. Some of her passions include collegiate spirit coordination (dance team), master hip hop classes, social justice screen dances, concert stage work, directing films, editing music, and growing as an artist.

She is passionate about giving people experiences of connecting to community, their own dopeness, and movement whether in the classroom, workshops, rehearsals, or conversations.

 

Niamey ThomasNiamey Thomas graduated Arizona state University (ASU) in 2015 with a BA in Communication, Minor in Dance and Certificate in Brazilian Studies.

With her strong faith background and love for the community she graduated from Elevate International Antioch Discipleship and Arts program in 2017 where she learned how to be a disciple implementing projects and initiatives to enrich the community. 

Niamey served in an Americorps program, Public Allies graduating in 2018 placed at Swift Youth Foundation as the Program Coordinator where she built programming for youth/teens. 

She is an Artist and writer for “The I Am Root Co.” (a collective of artist), a Youth/Dance leader at Prayer Assembly COGIC, and recently founded Life of a Young Realist a nonprofit that’s creates art that challenges the status quo.

Niamey is passionate about her faith, human rights, community, equity and finding one's purpose.

 

Colin Gribble

Colin Gribble is an Arizona native who is very positive and always radiating good vibes and energy! He has been working very hard for 2 years learning and perfecting the art of Shuffling, an underground dance that is now becoming more public and modernized. He has a great sense of musicality for shuffling, and it has become his passion and favorite style of dance.

He has been holding Shuffle meets that boast 50-100 people for over a year now at the Tempe Town Lake Marina.

With shuffling on the rise, Colin's goal is to spread the awareness of this dance to youth and to help people truly feel free in their own skin. He attends many yearly festivals and visits multiple communities in the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene to constantly level himself up and always stay sharp. This his his craft, and he aims to be the best at it that he can be! 

 

Shannon Phillips

Professional dancer Shannon Phillips is a native of Iowa. Shannon is trained in Ballet, Modern, African, Afro-modern, Lyrical, Hip-hop, and Improvisation and teaches dance classes for adults, seniors, teens and youth. She’s trained with Julliard dancer Dorian Byrd, Joffrey Dancer Carl Jefferies, and studied at Columbia College Chicago. 

Shannon says "Through dance I’m able to express how I feel through movement. My dances are small reminders to press ahead, command your space, or live your BEST life. Whether I'm performing or teaching I hope I impact your life in a GREAT way!" 

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Katherine Myles

Dance has always been a part of Katherine’s life. She has been dancing since she was three years old and competed her way through high school with professional training in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop.

After high school, Katherine went to Oklahoma State University, where She joined the Dance Company of OSU. She became an officer after her first semester as PR chair and co-captain.

After graduating with a degree in strategic communications, she joined Dance Fitness with Marz in Oklahoma City and became an assistant dance fitness instructor. Katherine moved to Phoenix in August 2019 in hopes of merging her background in communications with her passion for the arts. She has registered to become a Zumba instructor and plans to be a choreographer and possibly have a studio of her own one day. 

 

Anya Hernandez

Anya Hernandez is an Arizona based theatre artist with background in yoga, modern, and east coast swing. She studied dance and theatre at ASU and has since performed and directed with various groups including Grey Box Collective, Kerfuffle, Vessel, and Brian Foley Dynamic Theatre. 

Passionate about connection and community, she has co-founded Small Dance Collective, an ensemble that creates physical theatre rooted in community storytelling and embodied listening. Her personal practice seeks to cultivate creative spaces that invites individuals to feel seen, heard, and known. 

 

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