Instructors & Teaching Artists

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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Baldinger

Debra L. Baldinger

Debra L. Baldinger My interest in art and visual beauty created by others began as a child.  I visited museums in New York City and around the USA.  As time progressed, I learned how to create my own images in several mediums; in particular, watercolors, oils, pastels and pencils. Each medium has its own advantages that allow an artist to create their own world in two dimensions.
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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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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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