Director of Programs and Development / Art Teacher
Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Sabrina Cordovana has been classically trained at Montclair State University and Pratt Art Institute in NY. She received an AA degree in Photography and Painting from County College Morris and went on to the University of New Mexico to receive a BFA in Painting. In 2008 she was honored to be chosen to be in the first Inlight Festival by 1708 Gallery. In 2010 she had a one-woman show at the Science Museum of Virginia, where her work was purchased for their permanent collection. Also, in 2010, she immersed herself in a new media, fused glass, which has unlocked an entirely new art form for her, that combines science, math, chemistry, and art. In 2016 and 2018 her work was featured in the boutique at the Richmond Symphony Designer House.
Sabrina is an active Board Member of the Virginia Glass Guild and National Charity League of Midlothian. She sells her work at Crossroads Arts Center and has her work in private collections around the country. Throughout her career, she has helped execute art projects and taught for special groups such as The Hilliard House, National Charity League, Ronald McDonald House, Spring Harbor, The Mill House, 1708 Gallery, Artworks, SCAN, Connors Hero’s, Latin Ballet of Virginia, Firehouse Theatre, Caritas, VCU Juvenile After School Program, Girl Scouts, Chesterfield County Art Reflections, Bon View School, Bettie Weaver School, Salem Church School, St. Michaels Episcopal School, River Road Presbyterian Church School, St. Mary’s School, St. Edward’s Catholic School and Fox School.
Manager of Art Studios / Art Teacher
Sarah grew up in a family full of artists. She enjoyed exploring many different mediums throughout her life. After studying art in college, she has found her true love in mosaics. She has been teaching the ancient art for over 20 years. She combines a wide variety of bits and pieces to create her pieces – stained glass, handmade tile, buttons, shells, and beads, to name just some. Her creativity is only limited by her vast imagination.
Nicole Agee Brinser is a visual artist and educator living and working near Richmond, VA. Her work ranges from painting in oil, acrylic, and watercolor, to printmaking, collage, jewelry, and clay. At the RVA Creative Wellness Center, she will be teaching classes that combine all of her loves. Most days, she can be found teaching art to students as young as four and as old as 13 at St. Edward-Epiphany School. She has painted at Nimrod Hall off and on in the summers over the last 18 years and taught art in Henrico County Public Schools. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College (now University), in Charlotte, NC and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art Education, from Virginia Commonwealth University. She believes there is an artist and creator in every person, some just need a bit of courage to take that first step.
Cynthia Erdahl is a visual artist living and working in Richmond, Virginia. Her work ranges from small 4 x 6 inch ink drawings to large 48 x 36” or larger oil and acrylic paintings. She shows her work locally, regionally and internationally, and her work is in private and corporate collections. Cynthia has been a volunteer docent at VMFA for 20 years. She holds degrees in social work from East Carolina University and VCU.
Norma Geddes is a glass artist who lives and works in Richmond, Virginia. Her glass art is in three forms: stained glass, fused glass, and lamp work beads. After working in health care for fifty years, Geddes has found her bliss and her passion in art. Geddes’ creates stained-glass panels, boxes, and custom windows. Her fused glass work takes the form of appetizer sets, salad bowls, a broad range of dishes, and “pot melts” made by melting glass through the holes in flower pots. Her lampwork beads are used to adorn letter openers, cheese knives, spoons, and various other utensils. Geddes’ focus is on combining these three elements of glass art into unique art that is not functional in the utilitarian sense, but in that it functions to stir the imagination, enliven the senses, and provoke a sense of wonder and mystery.
Mary received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She studied Art Education (K-12), Fashion Illustration, and Graphic Design. As a painter, Mary enjoys working with a variety of mediums and styles, as well as, experimenting with color and how it influences mood. Her paintings range from landscapes, still life, portraits, to mixed media and abstract. She has had some poetry published and enjoys incorporating writing into my mixed media work.
Mary began illustrating when she was 5-years-old, and at the time she wanted to illustrate for Hallmark cards. She enjoys drawing primarily using pencils. Recently, Mary has been working on illustrating an inspirational calendar using nature as the subject matter. These illustrations are detailed and include texture and depth with just a hint of color. Norman Rockwell is one of her favorite illustrators, and when drawing people, she tends to imitate his style.
Virginia based artist Mary Pedini creates paintings that capture the likeness as well as the spirit of the individual or place. Her paintings are treasured by many and can be found in several private collections throughout the United States.
Mary’s formal training began as a fine art major at Westfield State University and Massachusetts College of Art. Upon receiving her B.F.A., she began working at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she was influenced by the great works of many of Americas first impressionists. After moving to Richmond Virginia, she continued her artistic journey in the field of graphic design working as an illustrator and designer. All which contributed to her artistic vision as a painter.
Mary has had her work exhibited at several art venues including Crossroads Gallery, Brazier Fine Art, Artspace Herndon, Uptown Gallery and Gallery Flux. She is currently a member of the Portrait Society of America, the Virginia Plein Air Painters and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters.
Lynda Ray received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA in 1987. That year she also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in ME where she studied under Agnes Martin and Joseph Campbell. Thoughts she references are “perfection is in the mind” from Agnes and the “work parallels the experience” from her professor Rob Moore. Ray has been recently awarded the Cultureworks Grant as well as artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Colony, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock, NY. She has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Program and The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Inc. Since 1987 her work has been widely exhibited and collected. She lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.
Amber Kay Reinink
Amber Kay Reinink is a professional photographer based in Richmond, VA. She specializes in portraits for high school seniors as well as imagery for small business owners, bloggers, and is passionate about helping other businesses grow their social media accounts through beautiful imagery. Amber has her BFA in Photography from The Art Institute and has been working as a professional photographer for over 10 years. She loves RVA and has been a strong supporter of community, positive body image for women, and is the co-founder of the charity fashion shop WEAR RVA.
Sherry Siewert is an artist from Richmond, Virginia, who has always embraced artistic endeavors. In her earlier years, she created ceramic and did hairstyling. Later she pursued a career in technology, teaching high school and middle school students. During her teaching years, she ventured into quilting and jewelry. Sherry has owned her own company since 2009 and is currently working on the Metal Clay Masters Registry (a credentialing program for metal clay artists) and the Halstead Design Challenge (Society of North American Goldsmiths), both of which she hopes to complete in 2018.
“I really like designing jewelry for the unique creativity and beauty that an object of nature combined with metal and other mediums bring to the enjoyment of my customers, family, and friends. I began in jewelry with a little nudge from my mom. I was doing beading and saw the opportunity to take it further and create a unique style that includes self-taught wire-wrapping and metal clay. I make items from molds and stamping. I have developed more of my skills in metal clay through taking PMC Levels 1, 2, and 3 certification classes and workshops with wonderful artists in metal clay (Lora Hart, Lisel Crowley, Donna Peyouer, Mary Wolfe and Cindy Pope). I envision my most designs to incorporate silversmith techniques and glass-fusing, which I have learned from David Smith and Sabrina Cordovana. I like to design with natural stones and objects set in silver. I spend a lot of time around water and love the beach and history. I offer classes in silversmithing and metal clay in my home studio and maintain a website on Etsy.”