MONICA AIELLO is a Denver-based artist known for her lush, mixed-media works on panels that blend her deep interest in astronomy with a love for materials and process. To create her work, Monica conducts extensive research and consults with planetary scientists involved with NASA missions. Her work appears in numerous collections nationwide. Monica and her husband, sculptor Tyler Aiello, enjoy fostering the connection between the arts and sciences by developing unique programs for K-12, college students and adult continuing education. More about Monica Aiello.
TYLER AIELLO has long been an active member of the arts community in Denver. His elegant sculptures draw from the micromorphology within the organic world of biology, botany and chemistry using mathematics. Tyler unites sensual, biomorphic forms using industrial materials such as wood and steel, and is regarded for his meticulous craftsmanship, and attention to detail. His sculpture is prized by architects, designers and consultants internationally, and is often commissioned as public art. More about Tyler Aiello.
ABBIE BOOTH, a long-time lover of improvisational theater and comedy, is thrilled to bring her enthusiasm and passion for this unique art form to Creative Journeys. She has been a student and performer of theater and improv for 32 years and has studied with leading improv instructors in Colorado, New York and beyond. Abbie can be seen performing in Denver and Longmont with her teams, Front Deranged and Yardsale.
IVY DELON teaches children’s art classes in her studio in Littleton and at the Mizel Museum. She has extensive experience teaching all levels in the elements of art with remarkable results. Her paintings are in galleries and corporate collections nationwide. She graduated from the Art Institute of Colorado and has a background in graphic design. More about Ivy Delon.
For the past 14 years, Shari Goldstein has been an Early Childhood Educator at the Hebrew Educational Alliance in Denver. She has extensive experience in creating and implementing Jewish educational programs for children of all ages, as well as Jewish teens and young adults. Shari especially loves working with eager preschoolers because they are like sponges when it comes to learning. Through crafts, movement, singing, and play children participate in a range of dynamic activities. Books are always a central focus in Shari’s classroom. Making books come alive is how children embrace reading. This is their first step to becoming lifelong avid readers. And that’s what Stories That Jump Off the Page is all about.
DONA LAURITA graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, studying photography and creative writing. She has been a professional photographer for nearly 25 years, specializing in documentary and fine art photography. She has provided numerous residencies and workshops to schools, institutions and community groups throughout Colorado for all populations and ages. Dona is one of the lead artists-in-residence for Stories Matter, a new educational project of the Mizel Museum that combines writing, photography and mixed media to tell the unheard stories of young people, a project supported by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). More about Dona Laurita.
ADRIAN MOLINA (Molina Speaks) is a multi-talented art educator, poet, storyteller and hip-hop emcee with a background in history, futurism and youth advocacy. He has co-produced and self-released a string of groundbreaking projects from Hip-Hop/Neo-Soul fusion albums to Spoken Word/Jazz collaborations. Adrian has performed at hundreds of events nationwide and regularly visits schools, student organizations, group homes, and youth correctional facilities to build community across racial and ethnic backgrounds. He teaches Chicano Studies, Hip-Hop Studies, and Media Studies at the college level, and is a lead instructor for Flobots.org. More about Adrian Molina.
BARTH QUENZER is on an ambitious quest to evolve our visual language. He does so by drawing ideas from science, mathematics, literature and art history. Combining these influences, Barth finds abstract connections and represents them in the form of paintings, drawings and collage. Some of his art is small enough to fit inside a book. Other works are of massive scale, reaching 20 feet by 20 feet. He currently works and shows at the Guerrilla Garden and is a visual arts teacher at Brown International Academy. He holds numerous awards and recognitions, works as an adjunct instructor at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and is a member of the Colorado Department of Education Content Collaborative. More about Barth Quenzer.
DARIN SULLIVAN is an artist and instructor at the Arvada Center, teaching art in several different media for the past nine years. He has taught a wide range of subjects including drawing and mosaics to all ages and ability levels. He is currently illustrating a children’s book about adventurous hamsters!