Children's Instructors





Gail Ritzer received her B.S. in Art Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.F.A in Ceramics and Painting from East Carolina University.  She has been exhibiting her work nationally since 1980 at such locales in New York, The University of Missouri-St. Louis, Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Nebraska.  Her work has appeared in several publications including: FiberArts Design Book, Art/Quilt Magazine,exhibition catalogs.

Gail has been fortunate to receive a number of grants from the North Carolina Arts Council to pursue a variety of personal and community arts projects.  She has been teaching surface design techniques, mixed media methods, painting, and ceramics to students of all ages for many years at workshops, as Outreach Coordinator for the Greenville Museum of Art and as an instructor at the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge.


Heather mae suter

 Heather is a graduate of East Carolina University with a BFA in Studio Arts with a concentration in Ceramics. She was born in Michigan and moved to Apex N.C. in 2001 where she began to pursue her love for both visual and theater arts. Moving to Greenville for college in 2007, she explored her loved for jewelry design, interior design and pottery. Heather is currently our Educational Coordinator and loves being involved with our children's classes and public events. As an artist her inspiration comes from colors, repetitive imagery, and organic patterns found in nature. The objective of her artwork is to simultaneously create decorative and utilitarian ceramics.


Hosanna Rubio

Born and raised in Southern California, Hosanna Rubio currently resides in Greenville, North Carolina, where she recently graduated from East Carolina University with an MFA in Metal Design. She received her BA in Art Education from California State University Long Beach, where she also studied Metals and Jewelry. Hosanna specializes in creating wearable art pieces and small-scale sculptures that explore themes inspired by her personal experiences with issues such as health, medicine, and nature. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally.



Sarah Lazure is a photo-based artist currently living in Greenville, North Carolina and working towards her MFA in Photography at East Carolina University. As an artist who likes to get her hands dirty, Sarah uses a variety of processes to make her work. She uses everything – to include alternative photographic processes, printmaking, and mixed media. Her self-portraits are intricately layered images that are just as much about the process as the final image itself.


Jacqueline Hobbs

Hello! My name is Jacqueline Hobbs. I was born and raised right here in Greenville, North Carolina, and am currently studying Art at East Carolina University where I plan to graduate with a BFA in Art Education. I began taking art classes at a very young age and have never stopped. While I have dabbled in several different art forms and medias over the years I find the most joy in ceramics. I've been hand building for about 12 years now and have been on the wheel for about nine. While I love anything I can get messy with, nothing has captured my heart like ceramics has and honestly I'm not sure anything will!

Andrew Wells


Megan is a graduate of East Carolina University with a BFA in Textiles.  She currently lives in Greenville, North Carolina. She teaches art classes for adults and children at the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge.  Megan is most inspired by nature and color. She hopes to continue growing as an artist while connecting with the local art community.



Morgan is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina and currently a student at East Carolina earning a BFA in Painting and Drawing. Her affinity for drawing and all-things-art was noticed at an early age. Morgan works mostly in oil paint and enjoys painting portraiture, landscapes, and figurative subjects. She also enjoys other mediums of painting, as well as experimenting in other areas such as printmaking, textiles, and mixed media.


Sydney giglo

Sydney was born and raised in New Bern, North Carolina. She knew she wanted to be an artist since the age of ten thanks to her elementary art teacher. She will receive her B.F.A in Art Education in December 2018. Her concentration is painting, mostly in oils and acrylics. She also is knowledgeable in other mediums such as ceramics, printmaking, metals and photography. Sydney enjoy portraiture, landscape and nature paintings. She will be a fourth generation education graduate of East Carolina University.