Mark Arts

Winter Quarter 2018 Class and Workshop Instructors

Bevin Akers received her BA in Art from WSU in 2009. In 2007, she started to focus on digital painting with the use of a tablet and Photoshop. She loves traditional and digital media and believes a strong traditional background can easily translate to using digital tools. Her favorite traditional media are pencil, charcoal, acrylic and oil paints. For digital painting, she uses Wacom and a variety of programs, including Photoshop.

Allen Atha received his BFA (2004) in Motion Pictures and Television from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. He works at KPTS Channel 8 as a production technician and editor. He brings with him nine years of instruction in a vast rage of age groups and digital media disciplines. He is an Adobe guy who explores story through the use of graphics, audio, video, and web design. Some of Allen’s work can be found on his website,

Macarena Atha received her MFA (2006) degree from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, emphasis in figurative painting. Mac also holds a BFA in Studio Art, emphasis in Graphic Design. She comes to us with more than 15 years of teaching experience in a vast range of age groups and media, most recently in higher education in Southern California. She primarily works in traditional media, such as drawing and painting; however, she loves the challenge of merging both commercial and fine art. Her work has been exhibited primarily in Southern California, where she arrived as a small child from Chile.

Troy Becker received his BFA from Wichita State University in studio art with an emphasis in ceramics. His styles vary from handbuilt forms to highly crafted thrown pottery, and he has shown his work in numerous exhibitions. Troy was the Mark Arts 2009–10 artist in residence.

Doug Billings received an MFA in Printmaking from Wichita State University. He is a member/partner of Gallery XII and a member of the Boston Printmakers, the American Color Print Society and the Society of American Graphic Artists.

Mary Binford Miller received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kansas State. She has been trained as a classical oil painter and uses that approach in her teachings. Mary is represented by Southwind Gallery of Topeka, The American Legacy Gallery of Kansas City, Missouri, and Artworks of Wichita.

Mark Birchfield is a commission portrait artist working in charcoal, graphite, soft pastel and oil paint. He is a realistic, representational artist with studies in classical techniques and materials.

Bernadette Bradshaw studied art at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota. She’s won numerous awards for her pastel, watercolor and fiber works. Bernadette has taught painting in various media since 1996.

Alex Browne is a local artist who enjoys sharing the love of art through teaching. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design, emphasis in Illustration. When creating art, she primarily works in drawing, painting, design and illustration.

Craig Campbell has sculpted for numerous private and public collections. In addition, he has sculpted for notable films such as The Hobbit series, Elysium and the recent Mad Max film. He was also a featured artist on the History Channel’s Monument Guys.

Karin Cernik has been creating in glass and metal for 15 years, through lampworking, silversmithing, glass fusing and culminating in enameling. She sees enameling as a way to blend her love of color and detail with her interest in the technical aspects of how and why things happen with the medium.  Primarily drawn to cloisonné, Karin has studied with Linda Darty, Amy Roper Lyons, Harlan Butt, and Ricky Frank.  Her teaching experience ranges from workshops in rubberstamping techniques to teaching graduate students at Wichita State University in psychology.

Gayle Clayborn is an energetic, passionate artist who has taught private and group lessons for more than 12 years. A handful of her youth students have received national awards.

Darren Couch is an experienced technology teacher who is excited to teach others the skills they need to become confident in completing meaningful projects that can benefit them in the future.  Darren has been in the education field for more than 15 years.  As an Apple-certified trainer and an instructor in video editing at The Independent School, Darren has been teaching kids and adults what they need to do to make their ideas a reality.  He encourages students to use their creativity to find new or improved ways of bringing their creations to life.

Katharine Elder, the executive chef at Elderslie Farm, north of Wichita, finds cooking to be a perfect opportunity to fuse a love of science and an urge to create something beautiful with a commitment to showcasing locally grown ingredients. Her circuitous path to executive chef wound through the arts and sciences, which informs her approach to cooking – flavorful but not always complicated food, bringing out the best in the ingredients themselves.

Conan Fugit received his BFA from Wichita State University in 2005. Conan’s most recent work is primarily in the medium of photography, but his previous work includes both painting and large–scale, site specific installations. Conan is also the owner and creator of Lamphouse Photo Company.

Virginia Grass Simmons has won multiple awards in teaching and oil painting, exhibiting in regional and national painting shows. Her painting Flint Hills Glory won the 2016 Prairie Art Exhibition by the Symphony in the Flint Hills.

Jim Gross received his teaching degree at Friends University in 1972 and his MFA degree from Wichita State University in 1981. He is a member of the American Abstract Artists, NYC. His works are in the Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Nelson–Atkins Museum in Kansas City, among other gallery affiliations in New York City.

Matthew Hilyard has curated numerous exhibitions at local Universities and his art has been in numerous International and National juried exhibitions. Recently the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation chose Matthew to paint one of the Keeper of the Plains statues on display at the Wichita Urban Pop-up Park. He studied at Butler Community College and Wichita State University. Matthew maintains his home and art studio in Andover.

Brian Hinkle earned his MFA in Painting at Wichita State. He has taught at Mark Arts since 1996 and previously served as the gallery director. He is represented by Artworks, Inc. in Wichita; Strecker–Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas; and Leopold Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri.

Anne Horton is a native of Wichita and a member of Wichita Women Artists, Artist Guild of Wichita, Mid America Pastel Society, Oklahoma Watercolor Society, Kansas Watercolor Society and Missouri Watercolor Society.

Kellie Knowles-Foltz earned her degree in Culinary Arts, Hotel/Restaurant Management and Business Administration from Kansas State University in 1999. She has worked in corporate environments such as Walt Disney World and Marriott and at other fine dining establishments. She currently owns and operates Sweetly Scrumptious in Wichita, where she takes fun and creativity to another level. Her passion for the hospitality industry, worldwide travel experiences and vivacious personality continue to add much sugar and spice to create, teach, learn, love and laugh.

Bill C. Koch has been teaching dance since 1988. His experience includes country and western, popular ballroom, Latin, tango and various swing styles.

Lori Martin-Price earned her BA in metalsmithing from the University of Kansas. She is a professional artist who also teaches K–12 art at Elyria Christian School and non-credit silversmithing at Hutchinson Community College.

Roger Mathews has been an active metalsmith since 1975 with his most recent career in the Butler Community College 3-D Department. He is active in juried art shows from coast to coast.

Heather McDonough is a nutritional therapy consultant, chef, caterer, teacher, wife and mother who loves nothing more than creating healthy, delicious food to nourish her loved ones and the people in her community.  The kitchen is her favorite place to be, and inspiring others is her passion.

Babs Mellor is a professional sculptor who has studied with prominent American and Italian sculptors. Her sculptures can be seen at Century II, Newman University, Friends University and more. She has taught at Mark Arts since 1974.

Jack Norris has a master’s degree in microbiology from Wichita State University and worked for many years in engineering at Boeing. In addition to his art practices, he enjoys the outdoors through camping and canoeing.

Harry Pape has traveled the world picking up recipes and taking classes, from his college roommate’s mother in Puerto Rico, to being stationed in Germany as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, to his local work for the Catholic Charities Cruise Night in Wichita. He was a guest many times on the Barbara Baan “Baan Appetit” show as well as showcasing his talents and recipes on some 60 productions for the show “Cooking with Chef H.” Harry believes you do not have to go to French cooking school to provide an enjoyable meal for friends and family that can be both healthy and uncomplicated.

Charlotte Patterson is a native Kansan who credits her junior high art teacher, Jack Boge, for encouraging her artistic talents. Charlotte considers herself a multifaceted artist and enjoys working with youth and adult students alike.

Andy Patton is a classical sculptor who has studied under several masters such as Bruno Lucchesi, Babs Mellor and Vincent Aniano. Andy attended WSU’s School of Fine Arts and is president of the Wichita Sculptors Guild.

Kathleen Shanahan graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA and the University of Arizona with an MFA in drawing, painting and printmaking. She has shown her work nationally and internationally and has taught at Wichita State University, the University of Kansas and several other colleges.

Jamie Stratton has been in the wine business for 20 years, including 16 years as wine director at Jacob Liquor Exchange.  In 2005, he became Wichita’s first certified specialist of wine through the Society of Wine Educators and passed the certified wine educator exam in 2006. He also was accepted to and studied with the Master of Wine program in London, England.

Whitney Stratton earned her degree in Hospitality from Kansas State University in 2008 and since has taken several sommelier courses, including an advanced pairing course from the International Wine Guild. Whitney’s passion is to educate others about wine and to have fun with it.

Tim Stone graduated from Wichita State University in 2012 with a BFA in Painting. He also teaches life drawing at Wichita State University. His work can be seen locally at Emprise Bank and online at and

Joe Stumpe is a writer, former food editor of The Wichita Eagle and instructor in Butler Community College’s culinary arts program. He specializes in foreign cuisines and cooking from the southern United States, and his favorite recipes are those that taste great without leaving the cook too tired or stressed out to enjoy them.

Ryan Swayne, a Wichita native, graduated with a BFA in Studio Ceramics from Fort Hays State University in 2016.  Ryan currently teaches high school art in Augusta. Ryan is an accomplished ceramicist, sculptor and jeweler. Ryan’s website is

Jennifer Walterscheid holds a Bachelor of Arts with Studio Art emphasis and a Certificate of Ornamental Painting and Design from Wichita State University. She also teaches art at Holy Cross Lutheran School. Her colorful enamels are influenced by the symbolism and history of Christian art. She also incorporates mandalas, elephants, sunflowers and insects into her intricate cloisonné work.

Melinda Weis is an award–winning artist represented by Gallery XII. Previously, she was a graphic artist, but she now devotes all her time to the joy and agony of painting.

Tasha Wentling is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Art and Design at Wichita State University. She has worked for the Ulrich Museum editing photos of the collection and has been a freelance graphic designer for more than four years. Tasha loves to help students develop new skills.