Denise Heischman:: Denise earned her BFA at Miami U. Oxford OH and her MFA in Printmaking and Painting at RIT. She has been Adjunct Professor at RIT, Nazareth, U of R, SUNY Geneseo, Brockport, and Monroe Community College. She enjoys traveling the world for art and cultural experiences that enrich and inform her artwork. Denise is a founder of the Mill Art Center and Gallery and enjoys teaching adults and children. She will continue to teach workshops in Painting and Drawing and Design. Denise Lives in and maintains her studio in Honey Falls.

Lanna Pejovic:: Lanna was born in Belgrade, Serbia and emigrated with her family as a child to Rochester, NY.  She received her MFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in Philadelphia.  Her studies included a year each in Florence and Rome, Italy.  She has taught painting and drawing extensively in the Rochester region and is currently an adjunct professor of drawing and painting in the School of Art, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences of the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Lanna lives in and maintains a studio in Honeoye Falls, NY. 

Kathryn Bevier:: “I love to share what I have learned, its just good energy”.

Kathryn earned her BFA at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.  From 2008 till 2015, Kathryn was the General Manager of Enkaustikos, an artist paint manufacturing company in Rochester, NY. Of her many responsibilities, development of education was an integral part of her position. She continued to focus on education and offer workshops at the Kathryn Bevier ArtWorks studio, now located on the third floor of the Lower Mills. She travels extensively to provide learning opportunities in a variety of arenas locally and internationally. She is very active in the local Rochester arts community through her involvement with many arts organizations, local colleges, and public schools. As of the Fall of 2018 proudly assumes the role as director of the Mill Art Center and Gallery.

Sari Gaby:: Sari has taught fine art for 30 years. She has been commissioned by Xerox, Eastman School of Music, Strong Memorial Hospital, and many other venues where her portraits hang. She has won numerous awards, has been published in Colored Pencil Society of America book, was technical editor for a book on pastel painting, and has taught numerous workshops on Portrait Drawing and Painting. Sari was recently asked to teach U of R medical students classes on observation through drawing, which she is thrilled to be part of. Her love of teaching is evident as she continues to teach in all capacities and mediums, and continues to do both corporate and private commissions. She can be reached at

Joe Tarantelli:: Joseph (Joe) Tarantelli is from Honeoye Falls, NY. Since childhood, art has been a part of his life. In addition to working in galleries and painting, he aspires to teach students how to find their artistic voice. After receiving his BFA in fine arts studio from Rochester Institute of Technology, Tarantelli served as an intern at Rochester Contemporary Art Center for one year. After leaving RoCo to pursue graduate studies at RIT, he became Co-Director of RITʼs Gallery r. He graduated from RIT with his MFA in fine arts studio in May 2013. Tarantelli enjoys painting en plein air. His paintings and prints have been exhibited locally, including at MAGʼs 64th Rochester - Finger Lakes Exhibition, and his art has been nationally recognized. He is very interested in finding, sharing and celebrating the creativity of Rochesterʼs art scene.

Eileen Kinley:: Eileen truly believes that making stuff (art, crafts, music, food) makes us better human beings. We learn to communicate, empathize, problem solve, categorize, innovate, and so much more. When Eileen teaches her students, she asks them to lead the way, supporting them as they develop the skills they need to make the kind of art that speaks to them. Since the key to success in art is a strong foundation in drawing, she always pushes her students to practice their drawing as they learn to develop their own styles. So while drawing with pencils is the backbone of her art program, practice with a variety of media such as paint, clay, fibers, photography and even digital design are introduced to show students all the things that art can be!  Eileen has been teaching art since 2010, has a past life as a graphic designer and freelance artist, and has a Bachelors in Art from Nazareth College and Masters in Art Education from Boston University. In her own work, Eileen specializes in Reverse Glass Painting, Watercolors and Graphic Design. In addition to teaching, she chases two toddlers around her house and runs an art &lifestyle blog, Make It Like Monet

Laura Seymour:: Laura is a local fiber artist and owner of Hitch + Cord. She works out of her studio in Rochester, NY creating modern macrame home decor. When she's not busy making macrame, you can find Laura hunting for finds at antique stores or spending time with her husband and two dogs. Laura is excited to help macrame make a comeback in the Rochester area and looks forward to teaching others about this beautiful art form. Check out her work at or on Instagram at @hitchandcord