Instructors

Cheryl Votzmeyer

Born and raised in Texas, Cheryl received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a minor in Art History from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Before pursuing a Fine Arts degree Votzmeyer lived in New York City modeling and studying Interior Design at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Cheryl recognized her passion for the arts and began painting in her makeshift studio in her NYC apartment.

After relocating back to Texas in 1996 Votzmeyer opened a decorative painting and mural company, Green Frog & Co., which served Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend area. After establishing Green Frog & Co. Votzmeyer decided to pursue her Fine Arts degree graduating with honors in 2014. Upon graduation Votzmeyer was offered a position as Education Coordinator at K Space Contemporary where she has expanded the education programming to include launching an outreach program for K-12 in the surrounding school districts and for adults in senior adult living facilities. Cheryl has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions and is currently working on several shows to be exhibited within the next year.

Currently the body of work she is creating focuses on the experimentation of encaustic painting with mixed media. Votzmeyer’s love of variety has led her to study many different mediums and she has found that encaustic painting has been her preference as of late. Along with the color range comes the ability to sculpt the wax bringing depth and an array of mark making to her work.
www.cherylvotzmeyer.com

Teresa Saldivar
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Teresa was born and raised in Corpus Christi and is a certified teacher with a special emphasis in reading. She graduated from Texas A&M University where she served as an “Island Ambassador”. Teresa has studied in Vera Cruz, Mexico with the Rotary Club Group Study Exchange, Samba School in Austin, Texas and Bodychoir that all have impacted her artistic vision in movement. These workshops lead her to study art, music and dance therapy classes at the Marnie Paul Arts Center. This great experience lead her to assist children in movement to help create a means of language in autistic children at Hannah’s Hope Learning Center.

Currently, Teresa works in the Communication, Language, and Reading Department at Del Mar College and at West Oso – J.F. Kennedy Elementary as the Ace Theater Arts teacher. Teresa has experience in outreach and has worked with CCISD leading parenting classes for South Texas Family Connection.

With the help of her loving, artistic parents, Teresa created “Team Dance” which has participated in the Dia de los Muertos Festival since 2008 as well as other fun events such as the Virgen de Guadalupe Celebration at the Corpus Christi Cathedral and Schoenstatt Movement Center.  Teresa has also been active with summer camp for the Diocese of Corpus Christi since 2005.

As an independent educator, Teresa has spread the story of “La Llorona” at K Space Contemporary, the Neyland Library, and at Garcia Elementary. At Del Mar College she has been a frequent performer and guest speaker for events such as Cinco de Mayo. Teresa loves sharing her true passion of dance wherever she goes.

Amanda Shepherd
Amanda Shepherd

Amanda is an artist and painter living in Corpus Christi. Originally from the Seattle area, Amanda studied at Seattle Central Community College and the University of Washington, moving to Corpus Christi in 2010. Since that time she has been exploring the vast environment and culture of the great state of Texas.

In her new works Amanda explores the relationship of self-identity and environment within the medium of acrylic and mixed media. Amanda believes we are a reflection of our experience and our history. The places we have known influence us. The art we create is a reflection of who we have become. It is often through experimentation that we find this place of who we are and where we have arrived in the world.

She is honored to have received the 2007 Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Collection Memorial Fellowship Grant from the University of Minnesota. Her work has been exhibited in the New York Original Art Show for children’s book illustration in 2005 and 2007. Her work has been collected by the Mazza Museum, the Burton Barry Library of Phoenix and the University of Arizona MW collection for children’s book art.
www.amandashepherdbooks.com

Ericha Kemm
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Ericha holds her MA of Fine Art with a focus in sculpture. She is actively involved in the Corpus Christi art community and has a passion for sharing her love of art. Ericha has been actively involved with K Space Contemporary for over a decade and believes in the mission of this organization.

Dia de los Muertos has been her passion as an art educator since 1998. She helped found one of the nations largest Day of the Dead celebrations based in Corpus Christi, Texas. Ericha has taught in the classroom setting and her desire is to engage with children and youth so they can experience the arts in new and creative ways.

Ericha’s background also includes special events coordinator since 2004 and also owns Recuerdo Sugarskulls which began in 2014 when she discovered the need for large groups to explore and celebrate Dia de los Muertos.

www.recuerdosugarskulls.com

 

Carole Mauch
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Carole Mauch was born in 1955, in Henderson, Nevada and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. I began to visualize Art becoming a part of my life when I went back to college in 1998.   At first all I wanted to do was make art with Clay. I eventually created a style of my own which is very unique. I recognized my need to make art when I found myself working on a big coil pot at Texas A& M Corpus Christi.  Thinking about life issues and working with clay has a healing quality.  I’ve worked with all types of medium such as: Clay, watercolor, oil painting, printmaking and mixed media.  No matter what I’m working with the common thread that connects it all is texture. It may be visual, it may be tactile, or both.  My subject matter is usually tied in with nature in some way or the other. I start with a general idea & then it happens spontaneously whether it’s clay or painting.  I’ve created numerous quality pieces in the process but have remained true to my passion with clay. I use a large coil method and slab construction. I texture a lot of my clay pieces with hand carved rolling pins, and things I find in nature: Leaves, Rocks, Shells, Grass, and the list goes on and on. The final layer of texture is the firing process. It may be Raku, Reduction, Atmospheric Soda Firing or Sawdust Barrel Firing

Mayra Zamora
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Zamora was born in Austin and raised in the small town of Tivoli, Texas. She graduated in the top of her class, receiving numerous scholarships which helped fuel her dream of being an Educator and an Artist. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from TAMUCC. Zamora currently works at the Art Museum of South Texas as an Outreach Coordinator and Arts After-School Teacher at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center. The painter has participated in several exhibitions throughout Texas, as well as in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami. Among various other projects, she contributes to Corpus Christi’s annual Day of the Dead celebration and was 1 of 24 artists selected to participate in Phase I and Phase II of the Loteria Mural in downtown Corpus Christi, and much more. She is a member of K Space Contemporary Art Gallery, Nexus Art Collective, RAWartists International Art Group, & V.I.P International Art Group.

Zamora’s work is all encompassing – of reason, happiness, life, and expression. She incorporates her love the Dia de los Muertos by depicting variations of family, friends, and icons through the use of Calaveras. She enlivens the morbid concept of the Calavera in her work by placing characters in real and familiar situations; drawing inspiration from the human emotion behind Jose Guadalupe Posada’s Calaveras and the symbolism in Frida Kahlo’s paintings. Zamora honors the popular Mexican game of Loteria in her work, which generates happy memories of her familia. She pays homage to what she considers the most important elements of art; Line, Shape, and Color. The borders and background are a blend between language and atmosphere. Gathering inspiration from hieroglyphics, ciphers, and other cultures, the borders are coded with a stylized writing, shyly awaiting discovery. The polychromatic borders and background help describe the atmosphere, unveiling the words and messages encrypted within.

Monica Marie Garcia
Monica Marie Garcia Monica Marie Garcia was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; her concentration was in printmaking and painting. She is the Manager at Tipsy Canvas in Corpus Christi, as well as, an instructor and designer for their painting classes.

Monica’s interest in creating art started at a very young age. She has thus lead a life of creativity and education of the arts. Her interests include painting, printmaking, logo design, singing Mariachi music, Henna tattooing, body painting and anything that requires her to be creative.

She has participated in numerous events and art exhibitions including but not limited to winning first place in the First Annual Masterpiece-in-a-Day held by the Marina Arts District, body painting for Art in the Raw at House of Rock Corpus Christi, face painting for our Dia De Los Muertos Festival and was one of the local artists chosen to be able to contribute to Phase I of the Loteria Mural Downtown Corpus Christi.

Lori Edwards

Lori is a painter, printmaker and textile artist. Uniting these disciplines together Lori discovered her own identity and uses these techniques to create diverse works from small works on canvas to large scale installations.

Born in Phoenix, AZ, Lori was a child of an Airman. During her childhood Lori was relocated many times while her dad was on active duty.  Lori attended Wright State University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking and photography. After graduating Lori managed the family quilt store.

Lori had the urge to return to university where she earned a Bachelor of Art in Studio Arts. While there she assisted in the print shop as a practicum student and did an internship teaching age appropriate printmaking lessons for the classroom and leading her students in the experimental techniques in printmaking as well as fiber arts.

Lori currently resides in Port Aransas, Texas and has fallen in love with the coastal scene. She is active in the art movement happening in Corpus Christi, TX and has established her art studio at K Space Art Studio in the Downtown area.

Her current work has expanded into site specific installations that invite the viewer into the space with bright colors and shifting shadows. Once inside the space delicate paper cuttings along with knitted/crocheted edges bring a softness to the pieces inviting closer observation.