Instructors & Teaching Artists

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 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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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

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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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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D.W. Hartford

D.W. Hartford currently resides in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and is a lifelong educator with classical training in the Liberal Arts and a broad range of classroom experiences, traditional and online and much else in-between.
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Denise Baumann

Come learn makeup tips and tricks from accomplished and accredited makeup artist Denise Baumann. Denise is one of the Gulf Coast most sought after Makeup artist for casino shows,film,television,weddings and Mardi Gras Royalty! Come learn from over a decade of experience from Denise on how to be your most fabulous you!
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Elizabeth Gray

Elizabeth Gray Elizabeth Gray grew up in Vancouver, on the beautiful West Coast of Canada. In 2012 she relocated to Houston Texas for two years and then moved to Gautier, Mississippi in July of 2014. She loves the gulf coast and all the photographic opportunities it offers.
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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 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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Kristina Mullenix

Kristina Mullenix is a Freelance Editor with Juniper Creek Editing & Literary Services. She grew up in the red clay soil of Alabama, writing stories and poems beneath the shade of giant oak trees. A 2004 graduate of Mount Mary University (Milwaukee, WI), she holds a B.A. in History, with Honors.
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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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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 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 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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