Meet the Artists
Tamara, a Toms River resident, is a retired art teacher with 40 years of experience in the New Jersey schools. She is a graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and holds a Masters degree from New York University where she studied with art critic Irving Sandler and artist Chuck Close. She has also taken additional classes at Kean University, the University of the Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ms. Woronczuk works primarily in acrylic and mixed media. Her focus is towards developing beautiful textural surfaces and integrating pleasing color schemes. She continues to study and improve her skills by taking workshops. This has led to painting excursions to Giverny, Lake Garda , Tuscany, Provence, the Costa Brava in Spain, and New Zealand. She has also studied with Gerald Brommer, Frank Webb, Carol Barnes, Janet Walsh, Pat Fiorello and Jean Uhl Spicer. Tamara continues her teaching by her involvement with the Community Art Project in Toms River where she participated in the painting of two wall murals. She is an active member of the Ocean County Artists’ Guild, TRAC , Belmar Arts and the Manasquan River Art group.
Her work has been shown locally at the Gourgaud Gallery in Cranbury, N.J., the Ocean County Artists’ Guild, Island Heights, N.J., at Kean University, Robert Wood Johnson Gallery, at the Plainsboro Public Library in Plainsboro, N.J, the Ocean County Courthouse, the West Windsor Artists Group, Senior Art Exhibit at Ocean County College, Brielle Library and the BAC Boatworks in Belmar. Wall. She is a trustee at the Ocean County Artists’ Guild where she is workshop coordinator. She has won awards at the Long Beach Art Show, the Ocean County Senior Art Exhibit, the Brielle Library Show, the Ocean County Artists’ Guild and the Highland Park “Arts in the Park” event, the Toms River Fall Festival and has had her work shown at the NY Salamagundi Club.
Russ Johnson has been a full-time watercolor artist since 2001. He has taught classes in NJ classes for the 15 years. He has conducted workshops both in New Jersey and Maine, which have attracted students from as far away as New Mexico and Colorado. He is best known for watercolors that capture the many moods of rural New Jersey and Coastal Maine. His works, which hang in private collections throughout the country, range from loose, impressionistic sketches to highly realistic drybrush paintings that echo a technique first mastered by Albrecht Durer nearly 500 years ago. He was previously a member of the faculty of the Somerset Art Association in Bedminster. Russ obtained both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wagner College.
Lisa Walsh is a classically trained artist with a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. She has more than 25 years experience as a professional artist and 20 years as a mural artist. She has worked with clients throughout NJ, Philadelphia and New York on Fine Art Murals (her first love) including landscape murals and historic murals, as well as other forms of Decorative Painting. Lisa also works as a scenic artist for McCarter Theater and the Lewis Center for the Arts. She is a watercolor artist and shows her work regularly throughout NJ.