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Mary Cromartie Bass

Mary Bass grew up in Chapel Hill, NC and has lived in Savannah, GA for the past 25 years. She earned her BFA from East Carolina University, took MFA courses at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and earned her Masters in Education, Curriculum and Instruction in Art Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She  works  in fibers, crocheting, felting and embroidery. Her interest in drawing and painting is translated into her embroidery and needle felting designs. 

Tana Fileccia-Flagg
Beginning Jewelry Design and Beading
Tana received a MS in Education with a minor in Art from Brooklyn College, Since relocating to Savannah in 2010, Cultural Affairs has rekindled her creative expression. Tana has progressed from student to volunteer to instructor. Her mixed media work combines metalsmithing, beading and fused glass. Tana draws on her teaching and training background to incorporate classroom techniques that encourage and support learning and the creative process.

Clair Buckner
Spring & Summer Art Camp
"Anything you can imagine can be made in clay...there are no limits." Clair Buckner was a biology major at Armstrong Atlantic State University but taking clay as an elective changed her career direction. She graduated with a B.F.A in Ceramics. Clair is a Visual Arts Specialist with the Department of Cultural Affairs instructing adult classes, Spring and Summer Art Camp, as well as the departments outreach programs. She stresses a positive atmosphere in her classes; encouraging students to be confident and creative.

Dave Peterson
Beginning Wheel
Continuing Wheel
Clay Boat Building
Originally from Boston, Dave graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics and Sculpture. He has been an instructor with Cultural Affairs for approximately six years teaching adult ceramics. His work is represented in galleries in Savannah as well as in the Northeast. What connects Dave to clay? " fits my personality."

Andrea Vicens

Introduction to Jewelry Making
Andrea Vicens was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. At a very young age she was introduced to arts and crafts through scouting which led to an interest in art and fashion design as a young adult. In October 2009, she moved to Miami, FL to pursue her dream of fashion design in Miami International University of Art and Design. After a year of studying fashion design, she focused on accessory design where she modeled and worked with jewelry, shoes and handbags. In January 2013, Andrea move to Savannah, GA to continue her education in design and jewelry making. Andrea graduated from Miami International University in 2012 with an Associates in Accessory Design and in 2016 she completed her Bachelor at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Jewelry.

Crystal Travaille
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Glass Beads and Jewelry
Crystal has always immersed herself in art, taking classes in community centers, and learning something new from anyone willing to teach her. She is practiced in lapidary, metalsmithing, fiber arts and clay, as well as lamp work bead making. This kind of attitude led to teaching summer camps and weekend workshops at Savannah’s Cultural Art Center. She is very excited to share her knowledge with anyone interested in learning.

John Brennan

Improv for Kids
Intro to Improv: Adults

John R. Brennan (Instructor/Improviser/Comedian) is the founding member of Savannah’s Improv Company. A graduate of Chicago’s Improv Olympic and New York City’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Brennan started his Improv career at Charleston, South Carolina’s Theatre 99. A company member of Theatre 99 since 2002, he soon joined the company’s National Touring team The Have Nots! Tour Team in 2003. As an actor and improviser he has participated in many fringe and comedy festivals around the continent such as The Vancouver Fringe Festival, LA Comedy Fest, Annapolis Comedy Festival, The Orlando Fringe Festival and Piccolo Fringe. The Annapolis Comedy Festival was started by John in 2011 to bring Improv to a town that had few outlets for such performances. In 2007, John was the first artist ever to win both Best Local Comic and Best Local Actor awards voted on by readers of the Charleston City Paper. On television, John has uttered a few sentences on the popular dramas One Tree Hill and Drop Dead Diva. John made his first appearance Off Broadway in 2011 where he improvised dialogue as the DJ with members of the audience in an interactive show called ‘The Awesome 80’s Prom.’

John’s 13 years in the improv world, his countless performances, his years of teaching and coaching experience and his captivating energy are what fuel his passion to bring improv to Savannah.

John is the creator and producer of comedy shows: Front Porch Improv, Sorry Not Sorry & The Crash Comedy Show.