Kris Rodolico is the owner of Follow Your Art studio, and is an artist, art therapist, and art facilitator with over 20 years of experience bringing creative art experiences to children and adults. She has a BA in Studio Art and Psychology with a focus on sculpture, a Masters degree in Art Therapy, and has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts and Registered Art Therapist since 2001. Kris has worked in schools and treatment centers, with individuals, groups, and families. She uses drawing, painting, pastels, collage, found objects, clay and stone carving.
“My interest in creative expression has been growing and shifting with each opportunity to bring art experiences to others. I see art as an interpretation of the external world and as expression of one’s internal world. I understand the artistic process to be a relationship, between the artist, the environment, and materials. I use art as a tool toward self-expression, self-awareness and examination, and skill-building. I want art to be at the center of what I do. Follow Your Art is my way of bringing my skills, as an artist, art facilitator and art therapist, to my community, in as many ways as possible. I have worked with people of all ages and abilities who are trying to put something creative into their everyday lives. After working as an art therapist with children, adults and families, I have learned there is great joy in witnessing an individual’s discovery of his or her own creative potential to put something meaningful in the world that has never been there before.”
Kris’ personal artwork focuses on three dimensional media and painting. Her current pieces include clay wall hangings and free-form sculptures, finished in acrylic paint and oil pastels and mounted on wood. Some of her work is currently for sale at Hourglass Gift Gallery in Melrose MA.
Jen Blesso has been with Follow Your Art as a student, a mom, and now as an employee for 8 years. She studied Art History at Smith College and Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. She has made art all her life and taken classes at Smith and BU. Her current passion is paper arts and collage. “Making art is when I feel the bravest and the most free to take risks. I hope to pass this on to my children and my students”.
Sara Gravante is an artist, graphic designer and mother of two. After completing a BS in Biology with a minor in Child Development & Family Studies, she went on to receive a BFA in Painting from Mass College of Art and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts in Painting from Washington University. Following working several years in advertising as a graphic designer, she now works as an instructor at Follow Your Art and continues to create her own personal artwork which primarily focuses on two dimensional media celebrating her passion for landscape, maps and the abstract.
Chiara Pieri holds her BFA in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been working at FYA for 5 years offering a wide variety of programming ranging from drawing to mixed media in addition to substitute teaching and working on freelance projects. She loves being able to share her passion with her students, and hopes to inspire and be inspired with every class that she teaches. Printmaking is her medium of choice for her current work, but she has a background in other traditional media, as well as a love of bookmaking. Her work has been published in Worcester Magazine, as well as 3×3: The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration. In addition to her editorial work, she pursues her own personal projects to continue to develop her techniques.
Penelope Young is a Melrose artist and quilter who works intuitively with fabric, dyes, paint, beads, glass, natural and found objects. See more of her information and photos of her intricate, colorful work at her website.
Susan Lembo works in oil paint and is teaching through FYA on Tuesday nights. After majoring in Illustration and Design at Mass College of Art, Sue Dragoo Lembo has continued to follow her creative spirit. For over 15 years she has successfully balanced a career in graphic design along with fine art, and continues her education by attending workshops with master artists including Kim English, Qiang Huang, and Peggy Kroll Roberts. She is a gallery artist at the Copley Society in Boston, The South Shore Art Center in Cohasset and The Little Beach Gallery in Hyannis. She has also participated in several juried shows & festivals throughout New England. After long isolating hours in the studio, Sue decided to start teaching as a way to give back and an opportunity to interact with other artists, a decision which was brought much joy and fulfillment. Most recently Sue coordinated a show of student work at the Beebe Estate in Melrose. The show was a huge success.