A master of translucent tranquil watercolors, Cindy Briggs is known for her sun drenched cityscapes, luminous landscapes and flowers, portraits and creative watercolor sketchbooks. Whether painting in places like Italy, Utah or Carmel-by-the-Sea, her paintings are infused with light, in harmony with life and in full color.
A nurturing, positive and informative art teacher, she has been leading workshops for over 25 years, taking artists of all experience levels to Europe, Canada and throughout the US to paint on location and in the studio. A member and featured artist in NWWS, NWS, WSO, WW and NWWS exhibits, she has also been featured in galleries, museums, special events, art centers, in Plein Air Magazine, Outdoor Painter and Watercolor Magazine. www.CindyBriggs.com
Rachael Bush got her Botany degree from Weber State University. Shortly after graduating, she was offered the position of lab manager for the Department of Botany. She spent eight years working with the faculty, staff, and students of the department, enriching her knowledge of plants, and how people use them. Since then, she has developed a series of recipes for natural body care that are good for you and good for the environment.
Bruce has been guiding and instructing wilderness adventures for 16 years; he is certified in first aid and CPR. Bruce has played guitar since 1972 and has been teaching the instrument since 1987. He shares his talent in a highly personalized and down-to-earth style.
"Bruce obviously had great knowledge of the subject matter and was very good at presenting it in a way that was easy to follow. This was the best Lifelong Learning class I have taken!! Bruce was an awesome teacher." - H.H., SLC
"Bruce made the class very approachable for everyone and gave a lot of content for us to go beyond just beginning guitar practice as we progressively increase our abilities."
"Bruce is a super guy. He made learning fun and easy. He inspires me to play. No weaknesses." - B.H.
Bruce was an amazing teacher. I loved kayaking on the Weber River. I highly recommend this class for anyone interested in learning a new outdoor activity! S.S.
Jason holds a BA in Italian. He lived in Italy for two years and has been teaching Italian since 2000.
"Jason took all of the intimidation out of learning a new language. He also has a lovely sense of humor which kept things going." - P.E., SLC
"Jason has a true love of Italy and the language. He made the class so very enjoyable. He knows his stuff. Two thumbs up!" - Satisfied Student
"Jason Cox is a proper instructor who combines proper Italian with skills to greet Italians with useful phrases in their beautiful language. He is amusing and creates a wonderful camaraderie of aspiring Italian communicators in his classroom."
MARK DEL VECCHIO
Mark is an experienced educator and world traveler. He constantly strives to seek the unique. Creating chocolate experiences is his latest of a long line of passionate endeavors. Mark brings his researching skills and appreciation of culture and food to enhance our artisan farm to bar chocolate business. He has experience in teaching
and learning on four continents, most recently in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has earned a masters degree in Educational Leadership. He was born in Rhode Island, but in
1992 his love of skiing lured him to Park City, Utah.
Bonnie is a mental health therapist in private practice in SLC. She is an experienced clinician practicing since 1993 and has been practicing meditation for over 30 years.
Eric Erekson's long road to making art started with his life and education in Salt Lake City, Utah. His skills as a painter were fine-tuned in the BFA and MFA programs at the University of Utah. He has shown in a number of galleries throughout the state, received honorable mentions, has been included in group and solo exhibitions, and has been published twice in International Artist magazines. His work has been exhibited locally at Coda Gallery, Evergreen Art and Frame, Magpies Nest, Pickett Fairbanks, Springville Art Museum, Pioneer Theater, Salt Lake Photo Collective, Gittins Gallery, Art Access Gallery, and Mountain Trails Gallery. Eric's interest is in how identity is formed, which he now explores in a body of work that bridges the gaps between technology and painting. He has a relentless work ethic, leading to a prolific portfolio. He paints consistently while also teaching at the University of Utah, participating in family life, and volunteering for projects such as the Beautify Salt Lake Mural project (intersection show) and leading Sketch Night at the Leonardo Art and Science Center.
Clint Erekson is a graduate of the University of Utah, College of Fine Arts with a degree in Photography/Digital Imaging. He has an excitement and enthusiasm for unconventional means of art and photography. He has been using his iPhone exclusively for the last few year to take his photos and one of his pieces shot with the iPhone won best in show at a local gallery. Clint also has a long history with improv comedy, spanning over 12 years of experience. In high school, Clint led his school's improv team for two years and won a local improv competition his Senior year. While in his first year of college, he was a rotating member for the popular Southern Utah improv comedy troupe Off the Cuff. In 2008, he joined a team called And Go! Improv Comedy and served as its manager and artistic director until 2014. With And Go! Clint has taught workshops for groups such as the Boys and Girls club and other various organizations.
Neil has been a professional photographer for more than 30 years; his photos have been published internationally. Neil also has motivated sales forces of up to 100 people in some of the nation's largest corporations.
What Students Are Saying
I came to this class as a 'point and shoot' photographer, but through the lectures, handouts, and examples I learned so much! Thank you!
- K.O., SLC
Neil is very engaging with the class. He encouraged class participation. The atmosphere was very comfortable for a person with no experience in digital photography.
Mark Esterman is an ordained Zen teacher and a leader of the Salt Lake Zen Group. He began his study of Zen in 1969, and after having served as the Vice Abbott of a Zen Temple in North Carolina he moved to Utah ten years ago to study with Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel at Kanzeon Zen Center, from whom he received Dharma Transmission as a teacher of Zen in 2014. Professionally, he and his wife run an independent book publishing company. He received a PhD in literature from Brandeis University, and has taught classes on Zen and Meditation in the U of U's Lifelong Learning program since 2008.
"The instructor was AMAZING. I have struggled to learn meditation for some time, but he made the class a true learning experience and put meditation in an accessible light."
Melissa, through her own healing journey, has cultivated a strong practice in the Traditional Chinese Medicine use of Qigong and Qigong Healing techniques reawakening ones own healing abilities. She has trained and practiced in China at the Hebei Medical Qigong Hospital and School learning Nei Yang Gong form. She as also expanded her learning by training and certifying with four other teachers/masters through out the United States. She enjoys having opportunities to share and practice Qigong with people of all ages and abilities.
"This was such a great class! Relaxing, interesting and very instructive. I felt I got all the training I needed to become a beautiful calligrapher and I'm not an artistic person. Janet made it unique with all sorts of projects along the way, beautiful papers, different nibs, fun inks and treats. I loved it!"
Meg Kinghorn, an associate of Dawn Marano & Associates, began a daily practice of writing as part of a friendly challenge in her writing group. Since then, journaling has become a meditative practice, a means of self discovery and a rich trove for essays and poems. Since 2009 she has facilitated as a mentor with the DiverseCity Writing Series, a Community Writing Center program located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has been featured in their "sine cera" publication. She contributed as an author in the Utah Cultural Celebration Center's 2012 Ekphrasis Exhibit, and was named as a finalist in the Lascaux Flash 2013 Flash Fiction contest. She is currently working on a series of creative non-fiction essays.
"Meg provided a structure for this class that provided positive feedback and constructive criticism from her and the other students. She, and other teachers like her, are the reason why I will not take an online class. Being there and interacting in a positive learning environment is the only way to go!
It's also obvious that Meg has a love for the subject and her students alike...couldn't ask for a better class!!"
"I loved my instructor, Meg. She was such a great leader and mentor for the class and was so great in cultivating positive relationships amongst our writing group. I think everyone got something special from this class."
"Meg provided a structure for this class that provided positive feedback and constructive criticism from her and the other students. She, and other teachers like her, are the reason why I will not take an online class. Being there and interacting in a positive learning environment is the only way to go! It's also obvious that Meg has a love for the subject and her students alike...couldn't ask for a better class!!"
Shauna has a BS in Exercise and Sports Medicine and an MA in education. She has been teaching Spanish at the elementary, middle, and high school levels since 2004. She perfected her Spanish while living in Buenos Aires for eighteen months.
Chris Olsen founded Legacy Imports (uslms.com) on the premise that product development and managing Chinese supply could be more predictable. He's been refining the process of managing China for almost 20 years. Before Legacy, he earned degrees in mechanical engineering, spent a decade in aerospace, another building structures for the mining industry, and another running product development for a national manufacturing company. In that product development role he established and moved supply chains into China, managed intellectual property, and invented dozens of consumer products. At Legacy he creates turn-key solutions for clients including engineering, qualifying supply chains, and running international logistics to get product to store shelves. He has also invented and taken his own consumer product to retail with mixed success, including a brief swim with the Sharks. If you want advice on how best to channel the enthusiasm that comes from invention and turn it into retail success then talk to Chris.
Ella Joy Olsen was born, raised, and currently resides in Salt Lake City (though she has also lived in Seattle, Washington & Savannah, Georgia). Ages ago, she graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Finance, but after years of typing boring number stuff, she eagerly gave up her corner cubicle and started writing fiction.
Most at home in the world of the written word, Ella also spent nearly a decade on the Board of Directors for the Salt Lake City Public Library System (and over four decades borrowing from the stacks). She is the mom of three kids ranging from barely-teen to barely-flown-the-nest teen, the mama of two dogs, and the wife of one patient husband.
She is a member of Tall Poppy Writers, Historical Novel Society, Women's Fiction Writers Association, and the best book club ever: Salt Lake Bibliophiles.
ROOT, PETAL, THORN (September 2016/Kensington) is her debut novel. It is a traditionally published historical fiction set in Salt Lake City which earned an Editors Choice designation from Historical Novel Reviews, a Top Pick from RT Reviews, was praised by Library Journal, and was featured in the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News. Her sophomore novel, WHERE THE SWEET BIRD SINGS will publish September 2017.
"Ella blended constructive suggestions, insider insights into the world of publishing and valuable resources in each class, as well as the opportunity to offer substantive help to one another on our manuscripts. Ella's warm and personal approach, and the small class size added to the enjoyment and beneficial effect. I would gladly continue to drive from Ogden each week to work with such an instructor."
Sheral Schowe is the founder and owner of Wasatch Academy of Wine, Utah's first and largest wine school and affiliate provider of classes for the Wine Scholar Guild. She teaches for the Lifelong Learning program at the University of Utah, Harmons Grocery and Cooking Schools, and Salt Lake Community College Culinary Institute. Certified as a French Wine Scholar through the French Wine Society, she is a Scholar in the areas of Provence and the Rhone. She has a Master's degree in Adult Education and is a Licensed Wine Educator through the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Hi, I'm Stormy Sweitzer. I am a local writer, teacher, and consultant with a love of amazing flavors and exotic ingredients, lifelong learning, and exploring new ideas and places. I focus on these topics on my blog, Maoomba.com.
During the Market Tour I am excited to share my go-to sources for the delicious and unusual ingredients that have become staples in my kitchen and an approach to using these ingredients to bring a little culinary adventure into our everyday lives.
Catherine is a Parisian with a Master's in English from the Sorbonne University; she has been teaching French since 1978.
"This class was terrific. The assignments were interesting and fun. I liked that she got everyone talking--a lot. Very fun." - satisfied student
Richard is a self-taught watercolorist who has been painting since 1994; he is represented by several local galleries.
"Rich Vroom is the greatest! I have taken 4 classes from him. He is a true professional."
"What a gift Richard Vroom is to Continuing Ed ! He is incredibly talented both as an artist and as a wonderful teacher. He is so able at sharing his skill and encouragement. He is personable and delightful to be with. It's just amazing how Richard is able to bring out the most stunning of results in ALL his student's products. I never cease to be amazed!"
Xiqiang is from Qingdao, China and is pursuing a master's degree in World Languages from the University of Utah. Xigiang graduated from Jimei University of China with a major in Japanese. He taught Chinese as a second language in Thailand from 2010 - 2013 and worked as a Chinese Immersion teacher at Syracuse Elementary School in Utah from 2014 - 2017. He can speak Chinese, Japanese, English, and Thai fluently. In his spare time, he likes reading, photographing, cooking, playing guitar, hiking and snowboarding.