Kim Falco


Kim has been teaching art for over 9 years at Saints Philip and James School in Saint James, and Saint Edward the Confessor School in Syosset. A resident of Huntington, Kim has earned a B.A. in Studio Art (Concentration in Drawing and Painting) from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Art Education from Long Island University. In 2014, she completed a certificate course through MoMA entitled, Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies For Your Classroom. In addition to teaching Pre Kindergarten through 8th grade, she has developed a number of after school clubs and workshops including: Digital Photography, Watercolor Painting, Clay Animation, Filmmaking and Illustration. Kim has also been with The East Williston Creative Arts Program since 2003, where she has taught Jewelry Design, Calligraphy and Fashion Illustration in Saturday morning workshops. Kim finds teaching art to be a great joy! Her teaching philosophy is to nurture the creativity in each child, while developing a sense of appreciation for beauty in the art that surrounds us. Kim is thrilled to be teaching at the Smithtown Township Arts Council!  
  Sequoyah Wharton has earned a B.A. in Art History and a M.S. in Art Education from LIU CW Post. He is also a New York State certified educator grades K-12. Born into a family of artists, Sequoyah's natural instinct for creating was apparent from a very early age. He is no stranger to different projects, specializing in figurative art and works that emphasize a more nautical theme. His versatility has also allowed him to incorporate collage and graffiti to some of his more recent pieces. Not bound by one single technique, Sequoyah is known for his desire to work with many medias such as ink, charcoal, pastel, oil and acrylic paints in many of his designs. His unique artistic rhythm is attributed to his preference of working on multiple projects simultaneously. This approach allows his ideas and styles to stay fresh and his risk taking to be even greater. Curators have described his artwork as realistic fantasy and others have mentioned his style evokes various art predecessors ranging from the baroque artist, expressionist, and even the photorealist--the irony of that description can only be understood after viewing Sequoyah's collection. Although his style is very individualistic from those who inspire him, Sequoyah's motivation comes from artist such as Diego Velazquez, Jackson Pollack, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, and Jean-Michel Basquiat--not simply from the artwork they created, but the lives they lived. As an educator, Sequoyah aspires to continually motivate students to pursue their creative abilities as well as motivate those with dormant artistic abilities hidden within them.

Sequoyah Wharton


Missy Bernstein

Missy Bernstein is a local Smithtown resident and New York State certified Childhood Educator. Missy received her BS in elementary education at SUNY Old Westbury College. She graduated the Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Apparel Design with a specialization in current scene trends. She has 3 years experience working with a team of designers for the young and edgy fashion company Rampage. Missy's 3 years of experience working in the design room includes: fashion trend research, print and trim selection, design illustration, draping, pattern making and garment construction.
Krista Biedenbach, originally from Smithtown, is a practicing artist and educator. Since 2012, Krista has been teaching art for students in grades K-8 at public schools in Brooklyn and Long Island.  Krista actively creates her own artwork and has shown her prints, mixed media and digital work throughout Long Island. She received her MA in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and BA degrees in Art History and Studio Art from Stony Brook University.
Prior to receiving her graduate degree, Krista enjoyed teaching a variety of classes at the Mills Pond House. She is always thrilled to be offering classes at STAC, ready to guide students in creating fantastic pieces and inspiring children to become lifelong learners of art.


Krista Biedenbach



Irene Paquette Tetrault


Irene is a former Smithtown resident and a 1987 graduate of Smithtown High School East. She went to The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City where she majored in Fashion Design and Fashion Illlustration. Graduating in 1991 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Irene worked at Pluzynski Associates Advertising Agency in the city as a Layout Artist after graduation, then moved to Los Angeles and worked as a Production Assistant for Lakeshore Learning Materials toy catalog. Family additions brought her home where Irene started a career as a Senior Artist for a wholesale art production company. In 1999 she decided teaching was her calling and graduated in 2001 from the C.W. Post Art Eduction program with a Masters of Arts and Sciences. An artist for business as well as pleasure, Irene has shown and sold work on the East and West coasts alike, as well as donating several of her water colors for auction to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness (including her bio photo). She's been giving private art lessons to children and adults since 1999. Irene is thrilled to be back teaching at the Smithtown Township Arts Council, returning to teach more Fashion and Watercolor after a six year hiatus to concentrate on raising her children.
Chris Ann Ambery is a New York based multi-disciplinary artist and educator. Chris Ann was born and raised in Queens, New York and currently resides with her family in Smithtown. She received a BFA in illustration from Parsons School of Design and an MFA in printmaking from LIU Post. Her work speaks of the constant state of flux encountered in life. She draws her influences from the shapes, textures and movements of the natural world as well as, the fleeting thoughts, ideas, and dreams that pass through our minds every day. Chris Ann has been become involved with less-toxic printmaking methods such as solar plate and saline –sulfate etching. For over seven years Chris Ann has been teaching drawing, painting, watercolor, and printmaking classes. Her students range in age from pre-teen thru adults, and level from the very beginner to graduate students and professional artists. She strives to help each student develop and express their unique creative voice.

Chris Ann Ambery
Jim Minet
Jim Minet lives and maintains a studio on Long Island in New York.  His work has been exhibited at the Firefly Artists Gallery in Northport, NY, The Art Students League of NY and the Vanderbilt Planetarium.  He has been published in Paintworks Magazine and Newsday and is also affiliated with many companies in the art materials industry conducting frequent demonstrations and workshops.

Jim studied at The Art Students League in Manhattan.  In addition painting, and representing companies in the fine art materials industry, Jim teaches a class for painting and drawing at the 92nd St. Y in Manhattan and conducts frequent workshops throughout the Northeastern United States.
Artist Statement:
What we choose to paint, how we paint it, and the medium we use are all personal choices that provide uniqueness and individuality in our work.  Art reflects the world around us.  It can represent a moment in time, a message, or an expression of feeling.  What makes any particular work of art interesting is the degree to which we can see the intention of the artist or understand the depth of his message or better yet, just feel.  Ultimately, however, our art is a reflection of ourselves.
Nicholas Frizalone is an American born and raised artist who lives and works on Long Island, NY. He studied under master illustrator/draftsman Jeffrey K. Fisher from 2008-2014 at the Drawing Studio LI. He received his BFA from Stony Brook University and his MFA from Long Island University in Brookville, NY. Nicholas is currently working on the Board of Directors and teaching figure drawing at the Jeffrey K. Fisher Drawing Studio. He currently exhibits his work in the tristate area of New York.


Nicholas Frizalone


  Amal is freelance illustrator and instructor originally from Baltimore, MD.  She is published in traditional and educational children’s books, magazines with works in international collections and museums.  A recent MFA illustration graduate from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco she currently lives in the pleasantly, peculiar village of Port Jefferson on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and a thousand giant mushrooms.