MARLINE A. MARTIN,
(Marline, left, pictured with Francesca Neiman, right)
Marline A. Martin is the Executive Director of the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem, NY. Launched in 2008 by a generous grant from America’s living legend, artist LeRoy Neiman, Marline is responsible for creating a thriving hub of arts activities for students of all ages and bringing quality arts experiences to the center of Harlem.
Donovan Nelson received a B.F.A in Illustration from the University of Art in Philadelphia, PA, and studied portraiture and figure painting at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art, where he had the opportunity to learn from established artists such as Martha Erlebacher, Vincent Desiderio, Jack Beal, Alfred Lesley, and Juan Cardenas. Later, he became employed at Forum Gallery where he was able to work closely amongst the paintings of master artists, before becoming an employee of Midworks Inc, a mural company based in New York, from whom he received commissions to paint murals in Europe. Donovan’s fine art and portraits have been widely exhibited and collected. He has taught for the New York Public School system and currently teaches at New York City College of Technology and The LeRoy Neiman Art Center.
Fluent in Spanish and English, Wilda Gonzalez studied at the Art Students League of New York, F.I.T. and Parsons School of Design. In addition, she received special training and certification in first-aid, supervision and leadership from the American Red Cross, The New York State Governor’s Office, Children’s Aid Society and Outward Bound. Wilda’s work has included the creation of art, teaching creative disciplines to young people, and various roles of leadership in the arts and recreation. She has served as an Art Consultant for the Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY State Parks & Recreation Fair, Syracuse, N.Y., A.B.C/Walt Disney and other organizations, and has received the following awards for her art and service: Comite Noviember Lo Mejor de Nuestra Communidad , Emerging Artist Award, and New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Dedicated Service Award. Wilda is the Founder and Director of Caribe Anani Studio, which provides Folkloric Cultural Diversity workshops to children with special needs, and currently serves as Visual Arts Coordinator and Summer Camp Director at Riverbank State Park.
Navida Stein has led the Family Art workshops at The LeRoy Neiman Art Center since 2010, providing music, movement and art-making projects for toddlers and their caregivers. Navida has executed Creative Drama workshops for many organizations throughout New York City including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Tutor Time Early Childhood Learning Center, Young Audiences New York and Arts Horizons. She has also led Professional Development workshops for organizations such as the Actor’s Equity Association, The After School Corporation and the Computers and Arts Project (CAP) at PS 19M. Navida received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Western Illinois, and Post Graduate Diploma from Webber Douglass Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.
Tomo Mori / 毛利友 was born in the country side of Osaka, Japan. She studied fundamental painting and drawing at Tokyo Metropolitan High School for Art, and graduated from Atlanta College of Art with a BFA. She spent 11 years in the CNN newsroom as an editorial design staffer after graduating from college in 1995. From the experience of being exposed to news reports of ongoing conflicts on a daily basis, she began to seek harmonious beauty of co-existence in her own artwork. Tomo also experienced life in the Caribbean, Latin America, and West Africa, she currently resides in New York City focusing on her collage work and mixed media installations at chashama 461. Tomo's work has been exhibited in New York City, Miami, Atlanta, Michigan, Liestal (Switzerland) and Tokyo. In 2014, she was selected as a finalist for MTA Art & Design. She was also selected as the New York metro area regional finalist for Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series contest with Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and exhibited her winning piece "Memory Ring" at SCOPE Miami Beach 2014.