Instructors & Teaching Artists

Anita Weems Rev

Anita Weems

Anita Weems I am an artist that began as self-taught, and later took classes from Betty Magee as well as private consultations from Dr. Anthony Galle, in Ocean Springs. I finished my formal education at William Carey University with a masters degree in art education. I have taught fine arts in the Jackson County School District for the last twenty years, and adjunct for MGCCC. My career in education spans from grades K-3, high school, to MGCCC.
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Arlene Gomes

Arlene Gomes

Born in Washington, D.C. Prior to college, studied privately with musicians in the National Symphony of Washington D.C. Attended Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Virginia earning a Bachelor Degree in Secondary Education with a Double Major in Instrumental Music/Clarinet Performance and Vocal Music.
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Billy Marter

Billy Marter

Billy Marter began as a street musician in Washington, DC in the late 80's. After returning to Mississippi in the 90's, he began playing solo in coffee houses and in bars with rock bands. He studied classical guitar at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community college with Natasha Klasinc-Loncar and received a scholarship for further studies with Giovanni Dechiaro at USM.
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Lugo

Carmen Lugo

Carmen Lugo Carmen Lugo is a long time Mary C instructor and local artist. Carmen’s summer camps an Art Exploration classes have been crowd favorites. Carmen recently started an introduction for drawing for teens at The Mary C.
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Chef Cheri Hiers New

Chef Cheri Hiers

Chef Cheri Hiers Chef Cheri started cooking standing on a chair in her mother's kitchen. She has since spent 17 years in the food service industry and earned degrees in both Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts. This will be her third year running Jr. Chef Summer Camps.
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Thompson

Cliff Thompson

Cliff Thompson is a musical theatre professional and instructor from Biloxi, MS. He holds a BFA in Theatre Performance in Acting from the University of Southern Mississippi and two years of graduate study in Theatre Production with an emphasis in Directing. He has worked as an actor, director, choreographer and teacher at theatres spanning the country.
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Jessica Swart2

Jessica Swart

As an educator, I care about the creative passion that students may not get the chance to express enough throughout their busy day. I am very excited to become more involved with the Arts culture in Ocean Springs.
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Kelsey

Kelsey Wishik

Kelsey Wishik is a multimedia artist who spent most of her childhood growing up in Ocean Springs, MS. Her work explores a number of mediums and dimensions from drawing and sculpture, to writing and music. She considers her role as an artist to communicate a sense of awe and reverence for life through any accessible creative means.
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Matt Schnake Instructor

Matt Schnake

Matt Schnake Matt Schnake has been performing music on the Gulf Coast for over twenty years, and has been teaching for ten. The focus of his guitar lessons is on teaching the student exactly what they wish to learn, while implementing the fundementals of the ins and outs of theory, sight reading, harmony and chord structure for rock, jazz, blues, pop, country, or folk.
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Greathouse

Monique Moniot Greathouse

Monique is a diverse artist and business owner. Painting, for her, began at the ripe age of two and continues to be a life’s journey. Monique is primarily a self-taught artist; freeing her from the traditional boxes and limitations associated with specific studies.
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Coppola

Pam Coppola

Pam Coppola, is a self taught Stained Glass Artist and Instructor. at the Mary C OKeefe Cultural Center. She also is the owner of Fancy Glass by Pam. Looking back after a 38 year career in Shipbuilding, following her passion as a stained glass artist was not part of the equation – She had to choose her career
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Robin Pate Inst

Robin Pate

Robin grew up loving everything from her Mama’s kitchen. She spent countless hours admiring her ability to create delicious dishes and amazing meals for her family. Robin carries on her mother’s legacy as the Culinary Arts Instructor at St. Martin High School in Ocean Springs,
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Sewing

Sewing Teachers

Sewing Teachers Becky Rutz has been working with community theatres for over 25 years. Gloria is a long time resident of the Gulf Coast. She has done costuming for theatre groups.
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Shirley Cahela

Shirley Cahela

Shirley A. Cahela is a local artist who specializes in designing and creating fine Jewelry using a variety of beads, crystals, natural stones, and pearls. She has been living in Ocean Springs with her family since 2002.
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Summer Bat Instructor

Summer Bat

Summer Bat has lived on the coast for 3 years. She is currently involved in the community in various forms. She works at the Greenhouse on Porter as their social media wizard, hosts free meditation once a week at Downtown Yoga, and also hosts Poetry Night once a month at the Greenhouse.
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