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IDAL 2013 Annual Convention & Exposition Instructors

2014 Instructors available August 2014


Mave AlftMave Alft

Mave Alft "married" the painting business when she met her husband and business partner at Stout State University. Her husband's family founded Alft Decorators in1946. Mostly self-taught, she began stenciling in 1972, co-managed a retail paint store, and managed a home décor/stencil shop for 20 years. Mave taught stencil and faux finish classes and an occasional decorative painting project filled her days until 2001, when Alft Decorators sold the retail operations. The company then downsized from 14 employees to a partnership of two, and they currently offer complete interior painting services specializing in decorative paint and plaster.

Mave strives for innovation in her wall and ceiling finishes and uses her strong eye for detail to customize her projects and create unique room designs.

A member of IDAL (previously SALI) since the 1980s, Mave has studied under Melanie Royals, Kathy Carroll, Gary Lord, Donna Phelps, Pro Faux, Mindy Harrell, and Kathy Wear. She has taught finishing classes of top sellers at the "Faux Retreat," "Camp Faux," and the Minnesota IDAL chapter.

Classes Mave Alft is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:



iLia AnossoviLia Anossov

iLia Anossov (fresco) is one of the very few artists in the world who can be considered masters of the art of fresco painting. His knowledge of the techniques of this most difficult art form is sought out by his contemporaries at great art institutes and museums. iLia is the founder of Fresco School which is the only art school in the U.S. offering ongoing fresco curriculum. He is the author of "Buon Fresco Foundations" DVD tutorials from Introduction to True (Buon) Fresco Painting Series.

iLia Anossov was born in Moscow in 1966, attended official art schools and explored various media including cinematography, architecture and visual arts. However his true education came through classic-style apprenticeships to master artists, between 1983 and 1996, when he served three 4-year long apprenticeships in Russia and United States.

iLia has been widely exhibited in Russia, Europe and the United States including seven Museum Exhibitions and over 50 Solo and Group exhibitions around the World. Commissions include large-scale frescoes and murals in private homes as well as public places.

iLia's creative mind and artistic excellence has been also in high demand for the most prestigious events such as the design and production of the interior decor of the 76th Annual Academy Awards® Governor's Ball. The entire interior of the Ball (over 27,000 sq. feet) was hand painted in Trompe L'oeil Frescoes.

His recent project, Malibu Fresco, has been featured on the cover of Architectural Digest magazine in USA and Germany. Presently he is working a large scale (over 3000 sq. ft) fresco project in Beverly Hills, California.

Since 1996 iLia Anossov lives and works in Los Angeles. He shares his studio with muralist Kent Twitchell.

Classes iLia Anossov is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:


 


Chris Burke
Chris Burke

Chris Burke has been creating beautiful faux finishes as Mr. Faux for over twenty years, from Museums to residential spaces.

Trained by world-renowned masters, Chris Burke's expertise reflects decades of experience in the art of decorative painting. Chris started painting beside his father 30 years ago, restoring homes from the early 1800's; forming a comprehensive knowledge of the Painting Industry. Whether creating or matching unique faux finishes or duplicating intricate marbles and fine woods, Chris' creativity and talent mark him as a true artisan. Working with architects, designers, builders and home owners, Mr. Faux has traveled the world creating beautiful spaces.

Past Mr.Faux projects include: FBI Headquarters, Israeli Embassy, 1999 NATO Summit DC (Presidents reception rooms), Rolls Royce Dealership, National Women's Art Museum (Washington, Dc),Churches, Restaurants, homeowners throughout the states.

Born and raised in the Washington, DC Metro area, Chris now resides with his family in Landsdowne, VA.

Classes Chris Burke is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:


Kathy Carroll
Kathy Carroll

Faux finishing is Kathy Carroll's passion. As owner of The Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes, Kathy enjoys teaching a variety of specialty finishes for walls, floors and furniture. She also finds that her students appreciate her knowledge of the large range of products available to decorative finishers, including "Green Products."

After the opening of her eStore in March, 2005, Kathy experienced a considerable expansion of her faux finishing supply store. Presently there are over 5,000 items from a variety of manufacturers to choose from. You will often hear her say that "One Manufacturer is Not the Answer to All."

Kathy has been a visionary in the business of decorative painting, beginning her career in teaching as one of the "Big 8 Schools" for Faux Effects. In 2001 decisions were made that changed the course of the Chicago Institute of Decorative Finishing to its present charter: The Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes. While changing the name of the Institute was easy, acquiring new products and alternatives to the ones used in the past was challenging. Looking back over the last nine years has proven that things really do work out for the best and that this change now allows The Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes to offer its customers and students "The Best of The Best."

Because her store is independent of any one manufacturer, Kathy is able to offer products found here and in Europe alike. In the past year, she has developed several products of her own under the "Bella" label, including Bella Fresco™ and Bella Sabbia. Along with the actual paints, plasters and decorative finishing products, Kathy also offers a variety of faux and decorative painting tools for the artisan.

With over 20 years in the decorative arts and interior design business, in addition to her talent in creating unique faux finishes, Kathy's background is worth sharing with other faux artisans, muralists and decorative painters. Kathy counts among her students a number of individuals who have started schools of their own.

In spite of her expertise, Kathy realizes that to bring the best to her students, she must continue be a student herself. Her skills are constantly evolving as she learns new faux finishes, takes classes from other artisans and then passes along her newly acquired techniques to her own clients and students. Kathy's vivacious enthusiasm as an instructor is second only to her artistry and knowledge of the decorative painting industry.

The relationship between Kathy and her faux finishing students does not end upon completion of a course. Taking a class from Kathy is like becoming a member of the family. Kathy prides herself on helping others begin their own faux finishing careers. and her philosophy has always been "Your Success ... is Our Success."

Classes Kathy Carroll is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:


Micki ColesMicki Coles

Micki Coles has been painting and creating all her life. She studied at the Akron Art Institute and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University. She has taught all levels of art education in the public school system and has applied wall finishes for commercial and residential customers. Her life path took her into the corporate world and a few years ago she found herself back with her passion for the art world. She currently is the co-owner with her husband Mike at Great Walls Supply in Charlotte, NC. Great Walls sells the PROCEED System and TexSton Plaster products, tools and accessories and provides training and certification. She has studied with The Master Ofer Regev from TexSton and is a certified TexSton instructor. Since its opening Micki has taught over 100 decorative artists. She prides herself on taking excellent care of customers by providing assistance with job quotes, on the job training, open studios and ongoing education.

Micki has an open door policy and invites her customers to come into the studio to create custom samples. She has supported her two local IDAL Chapters by donating her time and providing her studio as a place for the Decorative Artists of the Carolinas to create their Holy Angels Mural Philanthropic Project in 2009 and has donated materials for the Raleigh Chapter, The Carolina Creative Artisans for their Women's Shelter Philanthropic Project in 2010.

Micki spends much of her time creating hundreds of new samples and exploring the possibilities and the limits of the products she sells. She likes to hear feedback from her customers and uses that information to create a better education experience for her students.

Classes Micki Coles is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:


Morey Dunbar

Morey DunbarMorey Curtis Dunbar has had a lifelong love affair with creative wall finishes. While studying Environmental Design at Syracuse University's School Of Human Development, a single course in historic restoration and renovation ended up determining Morey's future career. Students were asked to create a cohesive plan of historical inspired glass, wall, floor, and fabric treatments. Experiments with different materials to create a variety of effects ignited a passion for decorative treatments for all surfaces.
 
Starting with furniture in a small gallery in Chicago a new business, PAINTED, was launched. Morey's ability to execute decorative finishes on architectural reproductions prompted customers to ask if she could create unique treatments for a condo on Chicago's Gold Coast. During a 22 year career in the decorative painting industry, Morey Curtis Dunbar has had the good fortune to work with throughout the country both commercially and residentially. She has studied with decorative painting industry leaders. Recently, having become a certified instructor for Faux Effects Inc., Morey, along with co-teaching partner Jennifer Ferguson, recently developed and taught one of FE's newest and most exciting classes, Sexy Vegas. Morey has also taught privately for many years.
 
As the co-founder of FLATFILE Foundation, Morey established this organization to continue art education in underprivileged youth and struggling young artists, and has spent countless hours working with the children to expand their artistic horizons She is a long time member of IDAL, a founding member and past president of The Atrium Online chapter and a local member of the Heartland Chapter.

Classes Morey Dunbar is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:



Jennifer Ferguson

Jennifer FergusonJennifer is a self-taught artist and entrepreneur, she has been designing, teaching and educating in the decorative arts industry for the past 23 years.
 
As the owner and creative mind behind Artistic Painting Studio since 1989, Jennifer has shared her knowledge, passion and experience of paint/plaster/design through television appearances, books, videos, websites and workshops throughout the states as well as at her studio in Fresno, CA.
 
Books/TV/Publications
The co-author of Painted Chairs, Painted Whimsies, TrashFormations and Painted Fabric Fun Jennifer has had the opportunity to share many of her creative ideas. She has also appeared on numerous television shows, including Carol Duvall Show and Kitty Bartholomew's Your Home. She has been a contributor to many different trade magazines writing creative painting articles throughout the years.
 
Artistic Painting Studio/The Stencilled Garden
Jennifer developed a line of stencils back in 1994 and has been designing since that time – creating wonderful stencils to enhance your homes and business's. In 2007 Jennifer released the Black & White Collection of stencils, these stencils were created to be used with plasters.

Classes Jennifer Ferguson is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:


Pierre Finkelstein

Pierre FinkelsteinMr. Finkelstein, who is the owner and principal painter at Grand Illusion Decorative Painting, Inc. is recognized world wide as a superior craftsman and master in the art of faux painting. He specializes in high-end residential and museum work.
He creates photo realistic faux finishes, faux marble and faux wood, intricate glazing, 18th and 19th century patinas, gilding, handmade plaster finishes, hand painted ornamentation, custom-cut stenciling and architectural trompe l'oeil for internationally acclaimed interior designers and architects. His field of expertise is a recreation of 18th and 19th century period rooms. He also works as a consultant on extensive projects, recommending and writing recipes for different finishes.
Mr. Finkelstein started his career twenty three years ago as a sign painter. In1986 he graduated from the Van Der Kelen Painting Institute in Brussels and was given a gold medal for his superior skills. In 1990 he was awarded the distinguished title of "Best Craftsman of France" for decorative painting by the French government, and since has won numerous awards from the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America.
He runs and teaches a short term successful program on high-end decorative painting twice a year in NYC at the Pierre Finkelstein Institute of Decorative Painting, and is often a guest teacher and speaker at other schools throughout the United States.
He has authored two well-known books on decorative painting, Recipes for Surfaces, (Simon & Shuster) and The Art of Faux (Watson-Guptill). The latest book The Art of Faux is an excellent source on decorative finishes for designers and architects.

Classes Pierre Finkelstein is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:


Pat Ganino

Pat GaninoPatrick Ganino is the owner of Creative Evolution, a full-service decorative painting company that has operated in Connecticut and surrounding states since 1999. His clients have included successful business owners, celebrities, and high-profile interior designers. His work has been featured in many newspapers, National Magazines and TV shows such as Kitchen Nightmare, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Bar Rescue and Tabitha's Salon Takeover.
 
In addition to offering a wide range of faux painting and custom murals, Ganino has written a book entitled The Business of Faux , produced instructional DVDs for artists, teaches classes at his studio, and participates in The Faux Forum , a website he developed. He has worked with renowned artists from around the world and recently completed a spectacular series of murals on the exterior of a 12-story building in Brooklyn, NY . Ganino strives to continue to offer his clients an exceptional level of commitment on all projects. His drive to continually master new techniques will ensure lasting satisfaction from clients who expect only the best.

Classes Pat Ganino is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:


Robin JohnstonRobin Johnston

Robin established Faux Couture in 1997 and has never looked back. Her extensive travels to Europe and Northern Africa continue to be a rich source of inspiration for her designs. Faux Couture work can be seen in many exclusive interiors in the Detroit area,many of which have been featured in award-winning design publications....Detroit

Home, Ambassador, styleline, and HOUR magazine. The company portfolio showcases extensive library treatments matching Habersham furniture elements. Currently, Robin is sought out for her fresh approach to "Modern Vintage" featuring grasscloth textures and soft, faded finishes combined with typography. The Faux Couture team is a regularly featured attraction at the Novi Home and Garden Expo every year. What began as a small participant booth in 2006 has grown into a coveted showcase and her demos have been seen by thousands of guests. Robin has personally trained her team of 8 artists and continues to seek opportunities for their professional development and specialization. Each summer brings a new crop of work study college students from surrounding areas to serve as eager apprentices. The Faux Couture philosophy is "let the beauty of what you love, be what you do"....but the creed we live by is....

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You MUST do the thing which you think you cannot do." by Eleanor Roosevelt. These are two of my favorite word sayings that we use a lot on walls over our work. They say a lot about our dedication and our continued pursuit of excellence.

Robin is known for her ability to connect and communicate with designer's and students of every experience level. Having had a variety of classes at the studio, It has always been her desire to teach at IDAL and with the change of date, it is the first time it works in the schedule.

Classes Robin Johnston is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:

Ali KayAli Kay

Ali Kay is the owner of Positive Space, a decorative painting company she founded in 2003 at the age of 19. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UWM in 2006. Her areas of study at the university included painting, drawing and art history. Ali's extensive fine art background has proven to be extremely beneficial to her decorative painting ventures. Ali is known for creating large scale murals that incorporate beautiful color, realistic lighting effects, and a strong sense of interior design. She was recognized by the American Society of Interior Design in 2011 and 2012, receiving the best wall treatment award for three of her murals. Ali's work has been highly sought after by top designers and private patrons throughout the country. Her work is also closely followed on social networking websites like Facebook and Pinterest. Her ability to create a diverse body of work and adapt to her clients' specific tastes has allowed her to grow her business and follow her passion for creativity.

Classes Ali Kay is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:

Bonnie LecatBonnie Lecat

Bonnie Lecat began her career in art as an art director and commercial illustrator working at various advertising and marketing agencies in Chicago where she designed and illustrated everything from the toys that come in cereal boxes to album covers and point of sale store displays. In the late 80's and early 90's she took an interest in faux finishing and stenciling and painted every room in her house. When friends, family and work associates started requesting murals, decorative painting and portraits, she saw an opportunity and decided to leave the commercial art world and fulfill her passion for creating fine art and decorative painting and opened "Bonnie Lecat Designs".

Bonnie strives to incorporate different textures and finishes into many of her murals and paintings and finds that this adds a lot to their tactile and visual interest as well as their value. She is always anxious to try out new products when they hit the market to see how she can utilize them in her murals. Stencils often play a part in her work as well. She has exhibited with the International Salon of Decorative Painters and is a member of the Chicago Artist's Coalition and exhibits periodically at art fairs in the Chicago area where she also sells her fine artwork.

She currently resides in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and two teenage daughters. You can view more of Bonnie's work on her website at www.bonnielecatdesigns.com

Classes Bonnie Lecat is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:

Annie Lemarie

Annie LemarieAnnie Lemarié is the owner of Main Street Arts LLC, a decorative arts studio located in central Maryland. The studio offers graining, marbling, gilding, murals and decorative finishing primarily "to the trade". The studio often works in the exacting historic restoration field with a specialty of historic paint restoration and restoration of gilded surfaces and frames. Annie trained in fine arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, and has studied with several artists and studios in the U.S. Projects have been published in Elle Décor, numerous editions of Frederick Magazine, Washington Home and Garden magazine and the book The House that Faux Built.
 
Clients include design firms, architectural firms, the National Park Service, and numerous private clients in the mid-Atlantic region.
 
Annie is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Society of Gilders, is a former member of the Board of Directors for IDAL, and former president of Habitat for Humanity of Washington County (MD).
 
She teaches individuals and small groups in her studio, and has taught for SALI/IDAL and the Decorative Painting Apprenticeship Program.

Classes Annie Lemarie is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:


Gary LordGary Lord

Gary Lord is recognized as an international artist, teacher, author and television personality. Gary owns and operates Gary Lord Wall Options and Associates, Inc., www.walloptions.com, which executes all of his commercial and residential decorative finishing contracts. Wall Options won first place in eight national competitions by The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America and Painting and Decorating Contractor for best faux finisher in the nation for 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010. Gary was also named the premier top spot of Who's Who in the Painting Industry by the American Painting Contractor for 2007. Gary also operates Prismatic Painting Studio, which allows him to teach his skills to others, nationally and internationally. Prismatic sells paint products, tools of the trade and educational materials, www.prismaticpainting.com

Gary has appeared 100's of times as a demonstrator for decorative painting on HGTV's Decorating with Style, The Carol Duvall Show, the P.B.S. show Paint! Paint! Paint!, and The Discovery Channel's Christopher Lowell Show. He can also be seen on Home Matters, and the regional cable programs Around the House, and Home Works. Gary is a respected author with three best selling books Great Paint Finishes for a Gorgeous Home, Marvelous Murals you can Paint, It's Faux Easy, Mural Painting,Secrets for Success, and his latest book called Simply Creative Faux Finishes Gary also writes numerous articles on decorative painting forDecorative Artist Workbook, The Artist Magazine, The Faux Finisher, Artistic Stenciler, The Decorative Painter, Profiles in Faux, P.W.C., Paint Pro, American Painting Contractor and Architectural Living, among others.

Classes Gary Lord is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:

Ed Mattingly

Ed MattinglyIn the paint manufacturing industry Ed is known for his innovative product designs and installation processes. Ed is currently providing field support, training and design for the Faux Impressions line at The Sherwin-Williams Company. Ed is an active member of ASID and The Color Marketing Group. He was awarded the ASID National Merit Award, the highest honor bestowed by ASID on an Industry Partner as well as the Spirit Award for his non profit work for Designs for Dignity. You can view Ed's most recent designs in your local Sherwin-Williams store at the Faux Impressions display.
 
Classes Ed Mattingly is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:


Henri Menendez

Henri MenendezBorn and raised in the NY/NJ area, in a family of artists, it was only natural that Henri Menendez follows the family tradition. Though Menendez studied at several colleges, he considers himself to be a 'self-taught artist'.
 
For the past 21 years, Henri Menendez has owned and operated DeHuelbes Designs, Inc. Mainly serving the metro-Atlanta area with decorative finishes, mural painting, and his specialty, cabinet finishes. The company name, "DeHuelbes" is an old family name from my mother's side and refers to the area of Spain that the family originates. The name was chosen to pay homage to my mother to whom I owe my life and love for the arts.
 
Menendez has taught at seven SALI/IDAL conventions since 2000, and is available to IDAL chapters as a guest teacher.
 
Henri now divides his time between his art and his construction company, Bella Vista Construction LLC established in 2006. Building and renovating homes has created a new challenge as well as an opportunity to be involved in all phases of design with clients, assisting with everything from granite selections to fixtures and wall finishes.

Classes Henri Menendez is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:

Donna PhelpsDonna Phelps

Donna Phelps is an accomplished faux and decorative artist and has operated a successful faux finishing business for the past fifteen years. She has trained extensively at schools from California to Florida with masters of the industry.

As owner and principle instructor of Sarasota School of Faux & Architectural Finishing Donna continues to study new products and techniques as they are developed. Ongoing studies at The Faux Effects Studio with the Faux Effects product lines, as well as at other fine painting institutions, help keep her teaching style fresh and her techniques cutting edge. Her more than 20 years of training and experience translates into her ability to offer her students a wealth of real world knowledge, technical support, and the unique opportunity to learn to execute complex finishes with simple and profitable techniques.

Sarasota School of Faux & Architectural Finishing is a Professional Faux Effects Licensed Training and Distribution Center. The school offers a full complement of the Faux Effects Signature Series of workshops including all Designer Wall classes. Other classes focused on introducing the latest innovations in the Faux Effects product line such as RsCrete and LusterSuede are exciting new additions to the curriculum. Donna's personal Design Collection Series of classes utilizes a very special line of raised plaster stencils along with fabulous combinations of Faux Effects textures and metallics. The exciting line of stencils, marketed as The Victoria Larsen Professional Collection of Raised Plaster Stencils, is exclusively distributed by Donna and her school.

With her enthusiasm and creativity well in place, Donna will always offer her clients and her students cutting edge finishes and techniques with a smile.

Classes Donna Phelps is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:


Krista VindKrista Vind

As a professionally trained finisher, Krista has been designing ambiance for surfaces since 1995. Her God given talent, experience, experimentation and travel have melded with her passion for art, resulting in the ability to create truly inspired and exclusive custom finishes. Her skill and distinctive style of decorative painting has made her a much sought after artist, as well as teacher.

As an IDAL instructor and licensed Faux Effects instructor at Decorative Finishes Studio for many years, Krista has trained hundreds of students and specializes in creative, artistic and contemporary finishes.

In 2010, Krista and fellow artist, instructor, and friend, Cindy Everett Manly, joined forces to create THE Studio Destin in Destin, Florida where they offer training in iCoat decorative concrete, cabinet and furniture finishing, wall finishes, their newest success "Liquid Art” canvas class, and coming in October….Metropolis IVAS instruction. THE Studio also hosts specialty classes for guest instructors such as Mindy Harrell, Cait Whitson, and Susan Bickford. THE Studio Destin is a distributor of Pro Faux, iCoat, and Metropolis IVAS products.

Krista continues to grow personally as an artist by maintaining on site field work through "Ufauxrea” and THE Studio Destin which keeps her on the pulse of current style trends and industry changes which she believes is an important asset for an effective instructor. She values the relationships she forms with her students and is always willing to share and provide timely assistance when needed.

She has been a long time IDAL instructor, often collaborating with other talented artists such as Jennifer Ferguson, Cindy E. Manly, Susan Bickford and this year, Kathy Wear.

She is a certified instructor for Metropolis IVAS which will make its USA debut at this year’s convention.

Classes Krista Vind is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:


Kathy WearKathy Wear

Kathy Wear is the owner/artist of Artistic Finishes in Hendersonville, Tennessee. She has studied extensively over the years to perfect her craft, and is known amongst her peers for her innovative and original designs. Artistic Finishes specializes in custom wall finishes and hand trowelled plasters as well as murals. We take enormous pride in our work and strive to create finishes that are unique to your home and lifestyle.

Kathy has trained at Decorative Finishes Studio in Louisville, KY, under Master Artisans Martin Alan Hirsh and Krista Vind. Her work in the Nashville area Parade of Homes has won her five awards from the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee including Best Faux Finish and People's Choice Award for Faux Finishing. Her work has also been published in many local magazines including Sumner Lifestyles, Nashville Lifestyles at Home and House and Home of Nashville. Her work can currently be seen on Southern Homes and Lifestyles TV. She was recently named one of the top three concrete artist's in Nashville by Nashville House and Home.

Kathy was an instructor at Faux Assured Studio in the beautiful mountainous of Utah alongside studio owner, Mindy Harrell from 2009-2011. She has also taught at many other venues such as Faux Retreat, Camp Faux and IDAL Portland.

Kathy spent the past year researching the products from Metropolis IVAS. She traveled to Italy to learn the product line and do training with the wide variety of paints and plasters. She is now a certified instructor for the Metropolis Line.

Classes Kathy Wear is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:


Lori WilsonLori Wilson

Lori is the Application Specialist at Golden Artist Colors, Inc, an employee-owned manufacturer of acrylic materials for professional artists. She tests and helps develop products for both decorative and fine art markets, serves artists with technical assistance and conducts workshops for practitioners in both fields. An important aspect of her job is to continuously learn about new products, techniques and uses of materials. Lori participates in an annual color projection project to stay in touch with changing color trends, she has worked abroad as a consultant to decorative painters in Shanghai, China and on a high profile job in London, England. In 2005 and 2007 she studied trompe l'oeil and mural painting in Italy with Pascal Amblard, Sean Crosby, Pierre Finkelstein and Nicola Vigini and has studied further with several decorative painting "masters". In 2008, she presented a lecture entitled: "Modern Materials and Technique: Decorative Craftsmanship in the 21stCentury" at the Architectural Paint Research Conference held at Columbia University in New York. Lori earned her BA degree in fine art and art history from Hartwick College and her MA in art history focusing on glass from the Victoria University of Manchester in Manchester, England and has spent over three years training in Europe.

Classes Lori Wilson is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:


Sheri Zeman

Sheri ZemanSheri is the owner of Faux Design Studio and Creative Director of Faux Design Studio School of Decorative Arts. She is the midwest distributor of largest faux finishing line of products and oversees dynamic contract painting business. In addition, she creates and integrates new finishes in collaboration with prestigious designers and architects
 
She has been featured on several HGTV programs and has appeared in Luxe, Chicago Home & Garden, ASID Illinois Newsletter, Faux Effects World Magazine, The Faux Finisher, The Artistic Stenciler, The Daily Herald, and Press Publications Newspapers. Sheri presented Innovations in Faux designers' educational program at Chicago's Merchandise Mart, Arlington Design Center, and The Meeting of The Masters. She has worked in high-end Chicago-area homes and commercial spaces and is currently working with International designers for the Ritz Carlton Residences' "Magnificent Showcase" event.
 
She is teaching decorative painting classes in various states in conjunction with the Painting Trades Union, as well as other Faux Effects schools.
 
Sheri belongs to ASID Industry Partner, International Decorative Artisans League (IDAL), Painting & Decorating Contractors Association (PDCA), Painting & Decorating Retailers Association (PDRA) and National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

Classes Sheri Zeman is teaching at the 2013 IDAL Convention:



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