Meet the Instructors

M. Camille Day

M. Camille (Candy) Day

Camille Day, known as Candy to friends and family, is an artist from North Georgia, committed to capturing the people and places of Georgia and beyond. Her desire to expand her painting ability and her emergence as a full time artist has led Camille to Europe as well as many places in the U. S. where she enjoys painting en plein air (in the open air) as well as in her studio in Blue Ridge, Georgia. She is continuously inspired by the varied landscapes of the natural world, its people, animals and common places where beauty is sometimes overlooked.

She is largely self-taught and has been painting and drawing since childhood.  Camille has also had the benefit of studying under such great artists as Ann Templeton, Quang Ho, Roger Dale Brown, Jim RIchards and many others.  As she tells of these experiences, “Each session with such wonderful instructors enables me to reach further into the well of my own abilities and translate not only what I see as beautiful to the viewer, but to make them feel why I chose that subject to paint.” Read More

Jeff

Jeff DeLude

Born Troy N.Y. 1955, Associate Arts degree Cleveland State Community College 1976, Bachelors of Fine Arts Middle Tennessee State University 1979, Masters of Fine Arts University of Houston 1981.

Jeff has been making art for over 40 years and has produced 2,500 plus collages to date.

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Kathy Rennell Forbes

International Artist & Instructor

Kathy Rennell Forbes is an accomplished International artist and instructor. She recently taught plein air workshops in Cuba, Italy, Spain and the USA. Her 2017 Plein Air Workshops in Kiawah Island, SC and Tuscany, Italy have sold out. Her artwork is in private and corporate collections around the world, including the French Olympic Committee in Paris.

The artist is a Signature Member and past President of the Georgia Watercolor Society and has won numerous awards, including 1st Place at the 2016 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Paint Quick Competition in Atlanta.  Forbes was one of thirty invited artists to the prestigious Olmsted Plein Air Invitational in Atlanta in April 2017. She also won 1st Place at the Plein Air Paint Out in Eatonton, GA May 2017. Read More

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Heather Huck, E-RYT,  and Owner, Wild Branches Yoga & Wellness

“Learning to trust what resides deep in my heart is one of the most valuable gifts yoga continues to give me.” It is this truth that Heather strives to share with students. Just by stepping onto the mat, there is a threshold we can go through, if we choose, one where we are consciously there supporting ourselves through a physical practice, and so begins the trust in our outermost layer, our body. She aspires to guide students inward, toward their courage, and wisdom, in a supportive, caring, fun, and adventurous way.

Heather began teaching yoga 14 years ago in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains after receiving her first certification in 2003 from the Asheville Yoga Center.  She is a member of the Yoga Alliance at the Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 200hr level. She is in the process of completing her 500hr level of certification in Atlanta. Regionally, she offers weekly yoga classes, workshops, private sessions, and group retreat classes. Read More

Michelle McCullough

Michelle McCullough

Michelle is a member of the NTA (National Teachers Association). She currently teaches Line Dance at 3 different venues in Pickens and Gilmer counties. Her dance team, The Georgia Mountain Boot Scooters, recently performed at The Sorghum Festival in Blairsville.

Noor Moody

Noor Moody–

Yoga Teacher, Certified Phoenix Rising Therapist, Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Noor has been a student/ teacher of Yoga since 1978. She graduated from Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in 1995 and is currently a retired Physical Therapy Assistant in Georgia.

Noor has conducted and presented Yoga, meditation and breath work to a number of public and private organizations interested in physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Noor instructs to all populations including Creative Movement Classes for children and Prenatal Classes.  She was a faculty member of The Center for the Reversal of Heart Disease Program in Orlando, Florida.

Along with excellent instruction, Noor creates a safe environment for personal development, health, and spiritual well-being, through the practice of Yoga.

Suzi Rogers

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Always interested in art, she began again in earnest after retiring. She’s a former student of Kathy Moss and a current student of Becky Wallace through the Gilmer Arts programs. She has been water color painting for about 7 years and has been teaching beginner water color painting in Florida during the winter months for the past two years. She lives with her husband in the cabin in the woods in Ellijay.

James Weaver

James Weaver –

James Weaver is a Songwriter/Producer/Performer with more than 40 years of musical experience. He has won numerous awards and honors from several International Songwriting Competitions. He was the lead guitarist with the 60’s Garage Band – “Red Beard & the Pirates” and co-wrote the single Go On Leave that is considered to be a “Garage Band” collectors item today. Recent honors: Two – “Honorable Mentions” in the Unisong International Songwriting Competition. This contest had entries from more than 90 different countries. Three – “Top Five Category Finalist” Awards in the VH1 Song of the Year International Songwriting Competition. Recent Releases: High Rider, I Want To Be Me and Leaving Behind. All 3 songs received “Honorable Mention” in the 15th Annual Billboard World Song Competition. James also served for three years on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Songwriters Association. He was Showcase Chairman for the annual showcase featuring artists such as The Georgia Satellites and REM.

Megan Williams

Megan Williams –

Megan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Music Therapy from the University of Iowa as well as a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Florida.  In 2012, she retired from her 30-year career, working at a residential center for developmentally disabled adults in Gainesville, Florida.

Megan is an accomplished musician who began her musical training in High School. She studied voice and has performed in many Chorus groups and Church choirs over the years. She also played the guitar with folk and bluegrass groups before learning to play the mountain dulcimer. Read More