Lea de Wit
It has been Lea's lifelong dream to make a living as an artist. As a teenager, a bone tumor in her spine taught her the lesson that has defined her as an artist - life is too short not to pursue what you love.
She enjoys creating large-scale sculptural installations, custom lighting, & vessels that delight & inspire. She has studied with some of the world's most esteemed glass masters at Scuola del Vetroe Abate Zanetti in Murano, Red Deer College in Canada, Pilchuck Glass School, Corning Museum of Glass, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts.
Her work is part of art collections at Kaiser Permanente, Marriott, California Bank & Trust, Novartis, Sharp Medical Center, Rady Children's Hospital, City of Vista Civic Center, Westwood Medical Plaza, Professional Hospital Supply, Inc., L'Auberge Del Mar, Aveda, and Vistage as well as other public & private collections worldwide.
Susan Danko has been creating and exhibiting her artwork since receiving a BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1998. As a student she received honors including the Joseph McCullough painting award, and the Ellen Battell Stoeckel painting fellowship from Yale University. Susan is a 2013 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award recipient, and was awarded the Fine Arts Work Center / OAC collaborative residency in Provincetown, Massachusetts during the summer of 2013.
Danko has shown her work in solo, group and invitational exhibitions at a variety of venues including the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, the Butler Museum of American Art, The Rockford Art Museum, and SPACES gallery in Cleveland. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in sources including the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Akron Beacon Journal. Her artwork has also been published in the CAN Journal; 2014, Studio Visit Magazine; 2012, and Angle Magazine in 2006.
Susan’s paintings have been included in prominent public and private art collections including the Cleveland Clinic, the Ohio Arts Council, Cleveland State University, and Nordson Corporation. She is represented by Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland.
Artist Statement: The paintings that I create are informed by my thoughts and responses to the new state of our contemporary natural environment. They are constructed from both memory and observation, and arise from real and imagined environmental scenarios. With them, I examine the power and fragility of nature caught in a state of flux between destruction and renewal. In creating these paintings, I hope to raise awareness, and inspire a greater respect for the environment that we all share.
Art Work: Blue Botanical (above) 2nd floor elevator lobby
Shanthi Chandrasekar Shanthi
Shanthi Chandrasekar Shanthi is a Maryland artist who has been drawing and painting since early childhood. Her interest in understanding different media has led her to experiment with sculpture, photography, printmaking and papermaking. She has also been trained in the traditional art form Tanjore Style painting. While many of her works are influenced by her Indian heritage, her true inspiration comes from the mystery and majesty of the world around her; her muse lives where the scientific overlaps with the spiritual.
Shanthi’s works have been displayed in a variety of locations through the Washington D.C. area, and she has won numerous awards. She won the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award 2013 and 2016 for Works on Paper. She was awarded the Individual Artist grants from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD in 2009, 2013 and 2016. She also won the Maryland Traditions Master Apprentice Award to teach Kolam drawing in 2010.
Ever since I can remember, curiosity has been my driving force, leading me to ask questions about everything around me. This has led to my constant explorations and experimentation of ideas and thoughts based on scientific and philosophical enquiry. Combining scientific fact and theories with my wild imagination has been fruitful in creating artwork that questions our known reality and seeking to learn more about the unknown.
Billie Coursey-Lookingbill was born at Suburban Hospital and has lived in Maryland her entire life. A self-trained artist, Billie utilizes resin to embed items such as sea glass into beautiful compositions, capturing themes of the ocean and nature. Her work can be found at various glass arts festivals on the East Coast in the warmer months.
Art Work: Water, Earth and Sun (left to right) - 2nd floor main concourse
Based out of Frederick County, MD, Austin Bristor is a creative who dabbles in various disciplines such as photography, painting, and music production and performance. Relevant to this project, photography has served as a visual journal in Austin’s life to best capture moments from his perspective and to preserve the memory and magic of these experiences. Nature and abstracted perspectives are a couple common themes one may notice when browsing his collection of work.