Meet the Instructors
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 = "Read More" less= "Read Less"]
Today, the home base of M. Camille Day is in the beautiful, little mountain town of Blue Ridge, Ga, where she maintains a studio in the Summit Studios, a part of the Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association. She also travels extensively and paints “en plein air” wherever she goes. Camille is a Signature Member of the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild, a Signature Member of the Women Painters of the Southeast and most recently, the Southeastern Pastel Society. She is a juried member of the Oil Painters of America, the Pastel Society of America, and the American Impressionist Society.
She has won numerous awards and her work has been juried into many national and international shows, many of which are now in private collection. The artwork of M. Camille Day can be viewed by appointment at her studio at 420 N. Main Street, Blue Ridge GA or online at www.studiocamille.com. She may be reached at email@example.com.
Artist’s Statement, by M. Camille Day
Drawing, painting----creating----has always been a part of my life. “Artist” is how I’ve always identified myself and what I’ve strived toward. After years of immersion in becoming more proficient in my craft, I realize there is something more than mere skill: the ability to express the ”voice of my soul”. To me, that quality stands above them all in deserving the title of “artist”. If my work can tell you what spoke to me and compelled me to put voice to it through paint or pastel, then I will count myself successful. But I will count myself blessed if you look at my work and find something that speaks to your own soul. [/read]
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.
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 ="Read More" less ="Read Less"]
Forbes earned her BFA in Art and Art Education at the University of Georgia in Athens. Kathy currently creates, instructs and exhibits her representational artwork at Studio Z in Atlanta’s Westside Arts District., at Chastain Arts Center and Kennesaw State University Osher Life-Long Learning Institute.
For 2018, Forbes will be teaching Art Workshops: Dunwoody, GA and Cocoa Beach, FL in January; North GA in March; Provence, France in June; and Tuscany, Italy in October. [/read]
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="Read More" less= "Read less"]
Heather has had the honor and opportunity to study and learn from many remarkable teachers including, Desiree Rumbaugh, Sarah Faircloth, John Friend, Christina Sell, Gina Minyard, Mitchel Bleier, and Stephanie Keach. She is deeply grateful for their guidance and continues to study the art and science of yoga, as it is a never-ending unfoldment and evolution of consciousness.
Private Sessions: Privates one-on-one sessions are good for beginners who don't feel comfortable stepping right into a class, for building a home practice with guidance, to work on alignment one-on-one, work on a specific pose, or if you would rather practice at your own pace . If you have special physical limitations or needs, this is a good way to ease into a yoga practice. These sessions are 1 hour and 15 minutes, with 50-60 minutes devoted to the practice depending on your desires and needs and 15-25 minutes available for questions, specific instructions, personalization and addressing any questions or concerns you have. [/read]
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.
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 -
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 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 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="Read More" less = "Read Less"]
Megan has been playing the mountain dulcimer since 2007. Her first dulcimer classes were at the John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. In 2013, she retired to Ellijay, Georgia and joined Blue Ridge Dulcimer Club. Megan has been teaching the dulcimer since 2014. She has completed a Dulcimer Teacher program at Western Carolina University in 2017 and is now a certified instructor.
Megan’s dulcimer students often say she is a wonderful, patient teacher. She loves to share her enthusiasm for the dulcimer. She says “It is a beautiful sounding traditional mountain instrument, a joy to play and enjoy with others.” She is very proud of her adult students and their excellent progress. Most of them started as absolute beginners with little or no musical background. Now they can play as a group and enjoy playing for Nursing Homes and an Assisted Living Center. [/read]