Lori Mitchell graduated with honors and a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She wrote and illustrated the award-winning children’s book Different Just Like Me, for which she appeared on Oprah. She has illustrated numerous other books, including Bal Yoga for Kids, which won the San Diego Book Award. Lori’s work has been exhibited at the Cannon Art Gallery in Carlsbad, the California Center for the Arts Museum in Escondido, Art Walk San Diego, The Boehm Gallery in San Marcos, and at the La Jolla Athenaeum. She is known for her creative, ever-changing lessons and positive, engaging approach. She has taken students on sketching tours in France and the Netherlands and she also teaches at UCSD Extension.
Thia Nevius grew up in Studio City, California. She received a BA from California State University, San Jose and an MFA from Colorado State University. She then went on to paint sets for the Santa Fe Opera and teach studio art at Santa Fe Community College, New Mexico. Since moving to San Diego she has taught art for many years including at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, UCSD Extension, The Art Department, ARTS-A Reason to Survive and the Athenaeum. Thia has traveled extensively in Asia, Europe and South America. Her work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions where she has won Awards of Excellence and Best of Show. Among the publications that have featured her work are: Art and the Creative Process, UCSD press, and Davis Publications, books for art education in The Davis Visuals, volume on Light, Worcester, Massachusetts. She is an active member of the San Diego art community and her work can been seen regularly at Art on 30th and on her website www.thiaartist.com
Dr. Cliff Oliver is an award-winning photographer, past photography instructor for the San Diego Natural History Museum, cutting-edge integrative health care professional and international workshop leader. His images have been on the cover of Wild Bird magazine, on display at Scripps Oceanography Institute, and in multiple first-place finishes in the International Exhibition of Photography Del Mar. One of his iPhone images received an honorable mention in the recent Athenaeum 23rd annual juried exhibition. He has displayed images at Art Speaks: Expressions of Hope and Healing. He has produced a series of books, called Zen I, II and III that are original images that promote inner peace. The latest one contains images all from the iPhone. He teaches individuals and groups the skills of capturing iPhone/mobile photographs and how to create personalized works of art. www.DrCliffOliver.com
Victoria Polyak is a professional artist and art educator who was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine, and now considers beautiful La Jolla her home. Victoria has a bachelor’s degree in architecture, master’s degree in visual art, and a State of California art teaching credential. Victoria’s art has won numerous awards and is in many private and public collections. The artist has taught college extension classes and school enrichment programs. Victoria currently teaches art at an independent school in San Diego. www.victoriapolyak.com
Oscar Romo is a former UN diplomat, a professor at the University of California, San Diego and the director of the non-profit Alter Terra. He is well known for his wetlands conservation work and for his natural systems designs. Romo has received numerous international awards for efforts made at training disadvantage communities in the use of discarded materials to build functional and robust environmental and climate adaptation infrastructure and for his activism on natural resources conservation and environmental justice. During his youth, Romo worked for architects, designers and scientists illustrating catalogs, manuals and scientific reports. His public artwork reflects his same interests. Romo’s pieces made out of re-purposed materials have been commissioned by government agencies and private organizations in the United States, Mexico and Guatemala. www.alterterra.org