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Chelsea Anspach



Chelsea graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.A in Studio Art and a minor in Art History. She worked as a Studio Assistant in Gettysburg before starting work at Annmarie Sculpture Garden. She now works closely with the public in Annmarie Garden’s artLab creating whimsical pieces of art using recycled goods.

Mary Blumberg
An accomplished watercolorist, Mary Blumberg is a past president of Calvert Artist Guild. Her paintings have appeared in regional, state and local shows, including Artsfest.  Currently a selection of Mary's work is available in the gift shop.
Ray Bogle


Ray has been working with clay and making pots as a hobby for almost 30 years. Throughout that time, he made all kinds of things: some pieces just for the fun of it, while others were sold at craft shows, and more recently, through the CalvArt Gallery. Along the way, he taught some classes and explored several different methods of glazing and firing....the culmination of which has brought him to the present time where he finds his efforts focused on further refining of his skills through advanced exploration of the many different methods of throwing, glazing and firing pottery and a return to teaching at Annmarie Garden. Recently Ray has been exploring Japanese Ceramics to gain an indepth understanding of the history and techniques that are foundational to Raku.

Carmelo Ciancio

It wasn’t until years after studying fine art at American University that Carmelo began to paint wildlife art.

An avid interest in bird watching has fueled his growing interest in wildlife art. Though he sometimes uses photographs to plan a composition, Carmelo isn’t interested in reproducing his subjects with unwavering scientific accuracy.  Among the numerous awards for wildlife conservation Carmelo has received, perhaps the most notable is the 1991 Maryland Governor’s Award for “significant contributions to conservation programs in Maryland and the mid-Atlantic Region.”

Carmelo’s biggest artistic goal is to take scratchboards to the limit.

Erica Daley



Erica's textile and fiber art is a reflection of nature and the world around her.  She focuses on color and texture as a means of conveying her thoughts and ideas in order to interpret what she sees. Erica prefers organic and free flowing forms that show movement and intensity that are both chaotic and composed, which is a direct reflection of our natural environment and our reaction to it. She prefers abstract forms as they leave their meaning open to the viewer. Her work evolves and changes as her own feelings and perceptions change, and as our environment changes, so it is ultimately timeless and without boundaries.

Erica uses mostly textiles to create her pieces and often includes found objects from nature. Her favorite materials include; organic cotton and linen fabrics and thread, up-cycled fabrics, hand spun yarns, shells, wood, and stone.

Parran Collery


From her little studio in Southern Maryland, Parran works with terra cotta clay to create relief sculpted ceramic tiles and mosaics.  She is curiously interested in the ordinary things we see every day - birds, leaves, flowers, bugs – and these images make their way into her designs.  Parran finds inspiration in art history, especially Japanese woodblock prints, in poetry and excellent words, in friends who are amazing artists.  My work takes the form of small intimate tiles, mosaics, residential commissions, and public mural installations.  In all of this work, she strives to create compelling designs that invite people to love tiles. 

Abigail Francisco & Heather Oakley
Well known in the Northern end of Calvert County, both Abigail and Heather are instructors at the Abigail Francisco School of Classical Ballet and are the instructors for the Studio School's dance classes.
Sarah Houde
Sarah Houde has participated in Artsfest for several years. She is an experience clay artist and teaches ceramic classes at the Studio School for children & adults.

Leza Hepler

Leza began her career as an artist working for one of the best companies in the country, McMow Art Glass. Leza worked for McMow for 22 years as a manager, window builder, and teacher.  Leza teaches the art of stained glass to beginner, intermediate and advanced students. Leza also sells retail supplies and builds one of a kind custom windows by request.

Amy Koskey

Amy is both a visual and performing artist. She creates everything from jewelry, assemblage to murals and costuming. I She primarily works in 3D and mixed media. Amy holds a BFA in Illustration from Parson's School of Design and has been a working artist for over 20 years. She loves working with kids and passing on the joys of getting hands dirty and making objects come alive through art.

Joanne Paskoff


Joanne has developed and designed children’s art curriculum and has been teaching classes since 1996.  She believes that arts education is foundational to learning all subject matter.  She routinely combines creative play with learning because she enjoys watching the thought process develop in a child’s mind.  She believes it is a critical part of their development that children are allowed to make creative messes and explore nature.  Joanne has worked with Annmarie Garden teaching classes and/or as a member of programs staff since 2008. She can often be found at Annmarie in the artlab creating something with trash and enjoy teaching about creative reuse.

Joanne studied Sculpture at Penn State University and Baum School of Art. She has homeschooled her two children for the past 17 years and is a part-time employee of the Calvert County Board of Education Student Services in Parental Instruction. In addition to Annmarie Garden, she has created curriculum for Discovery Education and volunteered at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center for Science and the Smith Farm Center for Healing.  A ten-year cancer survivor of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, creating art is a huge part of her healing and she enjoys dabbling in multiple mediums, sculpture being one of her favorites.



Jill Smithson



Jill Smithson received her BA from Virginia Tech, is the blessed mom of three grown children, a Nationally Board Certified massage therapist, Reiki Master, Certified Zentangle Teacher, weaver and creative artist of life. Her passion is sharing art and needlework as meditative art forms. Jill lives with her phenomenal benefactor/endowment fund, better known as her husband, in La Plata.

Robyn Strayer


Robyn has been teaching various art mediums for over 30 years including dance, polymer clay, felting and flameworking glass. She's worked at Annmarie Garden for the several years where she's been a member of the programs and exhibit staff, assisting with management and implementation.
She received a BA from St. Mary’s College, MD. and has continued to take intensive classes in glass at Pittsburgh Glass Center, Penland School of Crafts in NC, Weisser Glass and Vitrum Glass in the DC area and has studied with glass artist and author Cornina Tettinger.
Her fiber arts interests were developed through involvement with local fiber guilds and specialized workshops. Although she's developed skills in dying, spinning, weaving and felting, she settled into Nuno felting, a process of blending silk and wool using soap, water and manipulation to create beautiful surface textures which are incorporated into mainly scarves.
Robyn has displayed and sold her fiber arts and glass work for many years. At Annmarie Garden she enjoys teaching these techniques.

"Working with fiber is so relaxing and glass is excitingly mesmerizing."


Nancy Ellen Thompson

Teaching art is a way of life for Nancy.  She's always a teacher, and always a student, even when she's not in a classroom setting. Nancy believes that anyone who wants to learn to paint, can do it. She teaches all levels...beginner classes to master class. She loves introducing sketching and painting to new artists because it is a pleasure to see how surprised they are by their own talent. Teaching accomplished artists is particularly exciting because it allows her to help others find ways to keep their work fresh and evolving. 




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