Meet our Faculty

Small class sizes mean one-on-one opportunities with your instructor

Our Faculty (Past & Present)

Robert (Bob) Willman

CREDENTIALS: Bob received a fine Arts Degree from Herkimer County Community College, Herkimer, NY, and Munson Williams Procter Institute School of Art, Utica, NY.  He opened his first gallery in Little Falls, NY in 1989 and offers further information on his website:
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Doug Whitfield

CREDENTIALS: Doug studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Mohawk Valley Community College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Syracuse University. He received his AAS in Design and BFA in Painting from RIT. Doug also earned his Master Teacher Certification, Integrative Learning System from Syracuse University.
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Kathryn Bartscht

CREDENTIALS: Ms. Bartscht is certified in the “Alla Prima” Technique.


SPECIALTY: Landscape, Still-Life, Animal Portraiture
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Lynn Rogers

CREDENTIALS:  Lynn has taught at the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts since 2014.  She as studied with accomplished artists Margaret Crawford, Jan Uhl, James Toogood, and Georgina Talarico.   

MEDIA:  Watercolors
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Adrienne Watson

CREDENTIALS:  Adrienne is currently teaching Art at Little Falls Middle School.  She has been a public school teacher for almost twenty years, instructing grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade.  Adrienne completed her student teaching in Brisbane, Australia and is certified to teach Art and Elementary Education.   In 2016 Adrienne became a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). 

MEDIA: Pencil, Ink, and Zentangle Blocks
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Frank Wilcox

CREDENTIALS/EXPERIENCE: Frank has been teaching art since 1960 to students of all levels. He received his BS and MS in Art from SUNY New Paltz.

MEDIA: Acrylic on linen canvas.
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Robert (Bob) Buck

CREDENTIALS: Bob has spent a lifetime developing his interest in photography and frequently participates in local, regional, and national, juried shows.

MEDIA: Photography and Graphic Arts
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Rosann Scalise

CREDENTIALS: Rosann Scalise, M.Ed., is a certified Tai Chi Instructor through the Tai Chi for Health Institute, a world-wide Tai Chi organization developed by family physician and renowned Tai Chi expert, Dr. Paul Lim. In addition, Rosann has been a meditation practitioner for over 25 years and has been teaching mediation for 14 years.
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Donnalyn Shuster

CREDENTIALS: Donnalyn, as a participant in the Bridge Program with St. Lawrence University, is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam with a BA in Art/Art Education and in addition holds her MS in Education from SUNY Potsdam. She is a certified NYS Teacher with 35 years’ experience as an Art Educator. Donnalyn is also a member of the New York State Art Teacher’s Association and the National Art Education Association.
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Linda Aloisio Fake

CREDENTIALS: Linda is a graduate of Radford University with a BS in Interior Design. She is certified with the American Society of Interior Designers and has over 25 years of commercial and residential experience. Additionally, Linda is a Certified Leader in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) and is also an “Aging-In-Place” Specialist. Linda serves as the President of the Home Builders & Remodelers of the Mohawk Valley…
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Garlyn MaGinnis

CREDENTIALS: Garlyn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design from the College of Saint Rose and has over 25 years of experience in drawing and painting.

MEDIA: Mixed Media, Pet Portraiture, and Painted Furniture
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John Famulare

CREDENTIALS:  John holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Union College in Schenectady, NY. MEDIA:  Charcoal
CLASS(ES) OFFERED AT THE MVCA: Realism with Charcoal.  Students will work with a variety of charcoals.  Some drawing experience would be helpful but is not required. Short demos emphasizing a particular principle are followed by a great deal of individualized attention. Students need to supply their own materials.
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Laura Smith

CREDENTIALS:  Laura is a graduate of the Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music and holds a Master’s Degree in Opera/Music Theater.   Her background in string music education includes 15 years of coaching and teaching with InterSchool Orchestras of New York (NYC) and faculty membership at the Kinhaven Music School and Summertrios.  Currently, Laura serves on the faculty of the Allen-Stevenson School in NYC, where she has taught for the past 17 years.  She also performs regularly with Symphoria (formerly the Syracuse Symphony) and Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown.
FOCUS: Strings: Violin, Viola, and Cello
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Joanne DeStefano

CREDENTIALS:  Joanne has studied at MVCC, advertising and design; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts (Pratt MWP) Institute, specialty arts classes from 1970-present; private instruction from well-known watercolorists in the area and around the state
SPECIALTY: Watercolor.
CLASS(ES) OFFERED AT THE MVCA: “The Freedom of Watercolors” – both in-person class instruction, as well as the on-line video by the same name. Please see “Classes” tab on the MVCA website.
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Little Falls NY 13365
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Thursday – Saturday: 12 pm – 4 pm
Sunday – Wednesday: Closed
Holidays: Closed

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