Instructor Bios

Bountiful/Davis Art Center is pleased to offer classes from some of the best artists in the area.

Sherry Meidell is the Illustrator Coordinator for the Utah/So.Idaho Region of The Society of Children’s Book Writer’s & Illustrators, a signature member of the Utah Watercolor Society and a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. She attended Utah Technical College in commercial art and after graduation worked in advertising but soon attended children’s book conferences and began working as an illustrator. Visit her website here.

Diane Turner was born in Salt Lake City. Her formal art training began at the University of Utah where she studied with Alvin Gittins and LeConte Stewart. Other important teachers have been Ken Baxter, Earl Jones and Paul Forster. Diane’s exhibition credits include four “One -Woman Shows” and numerous awards. Diane has also had the opportunity to paint and study in Russia.

Simon Winegar‘s work has been featured in many magazines, books and art venues. His work shows in some of the most respected galleries in the United States and has been seen in almost a dozen one-man-shows to date. Winegar’s art has also adorned the walls of the Springville Art Museum, The Museum of Church History and Art and the International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art. Visit Simon’s website here.

Denise Jones received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University at Long Beach in 2003. She also studied at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. After studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti, in Florence, Italy she returned earned her Masters Degree in Fine Art from the New York Academy of FineArt, in New York City. Denis’s murals can be seen in cities across the United States. She is a member of the National Watercolor Society and the Westlake Village Art Guild.

Sarah Ford Strong is nearing the completion of her time at Utah State University where she is pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts, emphasis in Art Education. She loves exploring the possibilities of all mediums of art. She has found another level of fulfillment teaching and sharing her love of art with others. She participated in the Switzerland Design Thinking study abroad after her freshmen year and will be participating again this summer for a deeper study in creativity and design thinking for innovation. She represented USU as an ArtsBridge scholar in 2010 where she led a 4th grade class in a mural project based on Utah’s Bear River Bird Refuge. She has been involved with the Tanner Dance Program where she taught summer art camp classes as well as participated in their weeklong professional-development workshop for integrating art in education. She resides in Centerville, Utah and is delighted to be involved in supporting and advocating the arts in her community as co-chair on the BDAC Education Committee.

Anthony Barbano is a Utah native, with formal art education from the University of Utah, where he emphasized in Ceramics. He is a certified Master Welder  experienced in small metal working including copper electroforming and fumed glass blowing with 22k gold and pure silver. His artwork conjures something undeniably genuine in terms of the human experience. Barbano’s continually challenges his multimedia practice by implementing innovative approaches to traditional techniques to achieve original ideology in his artwork.

Marco Smouse is a resident of Bountiful, Utah. For many years he studied art under the direction of the accomplished painter, Lester B. Lee. As an Illustration and Design Major,  Smouse has designing sets for Rogers Memorial Theatre. He has been commissioned and published by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and continues to do design work for local businesses. He describes his teaching experience best by exclaiming, “Art had always been something that has brought joy into my life, I wish to share that joy with others  by teaching.” Smouse is fluent in Spanish having served a mission in Argentina. He also is a Certified Nurse’s Assistant and is registered with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as a caregiver.

Sarah May is a photographer and artist based in Salt Lake City. She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Photography and Digital Imaging from the University of Utah> She specializes in fine art, portrait, still life, food and advertising photography. She is also experienced in film and alternative photography process such as Black and White and colour film, Polaroid’s, cyanotypes, van dykes, palladium, ortho-litho and gum prints. She is very enthusiastic to share her love for alternative photography and cyanotypes with her students this summer.