Meet the Board
Carlene Holtz - President
Carlene is a Chagrin Falls native and South Russell resident, a mother, artist, business owner, and current President of the Geauga Arts Council. Her works typically evoke a sense of reverence for the natural world through painting, sculpture and mixed media. Having previously owned and operated a landscape and garden design company, she now combines both art forms in her work. Visionary and founder of MC Art Studio, Carlene has been bringing the arts to her community since 1999 when she opened A Garden's Way Gallery in Burton. She has exhibited work in juried shows throughout Ohio, including the West Woods, the Russell Art Show, Fairmount Fine Arts Center, the Burton Art Show, and the Chagrin Valley Art Show. It is her dream to cultivate a space that welcomes artists to create, collaborate and share their artwork with the public.
Teresa Runion - Vice President
Teresa Runion is a founding member of our board. She is the Special Events Coordinator for Geauga Park District and has worked for the organization for 31 years. Planning arts & culture related exhibits, workshops and events and connecting her love of nature and the arts brings her much joy. Teresa is an advocate for the local arts scene and enjoys working with all of the creative people that she meets in her journey through life. She restores and repurposes furniture and other home décor items and teaches creative workshops periodically. Teresa resides with her husband, two children and two Terriers in Troy Township.
Brittany Selfe Paynter - Secretary
Brittany Paynter is an Ohio-based visual artist who paints with oils, watercolor and acrylic. She illustrated the book series 'Inspired Birth- Affirmations for the Childbearing Year' in 2017. Brittany endeavors to bring the art-making experience to her community through hosting workshops and classes at MC Art Studio. She is the Gallery Manager of MC Art Studio in Chagrin Falls. Brittany has spent time traveling to countries like South Africa, Chile, Peru and South Korea and can’t wait to explore more of the world. Over the past few years she has honed her technique by primarily producing large scale works depicting natural rock formations and florals.
David Cvelbar - Committee Member
Dave runs his handmade furniture business in northeast Ohio. Each item he creates is truly one of a kind with most of his work being custom orders. Dave specializes in hard wood products, the wood for each project is hand selected for its uniqueness and beauty; wood such as Walnut, Maple, Hickory, Cherry, Oak, Cedar along with reclaimed lumber and drift wood. He custom mills and kiln dries the wood on site to provide the most unique pieces of lumber possible.
Cyndi Konopka - Committee Member
A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cyndi has been working as a professional Artist/Photographer in the Northeast Ohio area, for the past 38 years. Her art career has encompassed many mediums, including photography, video, graphic design, jewelry, sculpture, up cycling, recycling, sewing, ceramics, painted rain barrels and most recently, epoxy resin and hypertufa, and she also dabbles in theater on occasion.
Cyndi has taught at many locations around the North Coast, sharing her vision and talent with curious students of all ages. You can find her work in several local galleries as well as local art and craft shows around Northeast Ohio. We are happy to have her work adorning our patio at MC Art Studio!
She has worked with the Collinwood Rain barrel Project for several years and created many barrels for art shows and clients. Her inspiration comes from nature, which surrounds her amazing piece property out in Chardon Township which she calls Cynlandia. Always busy and never bored, she has a boundless supply of energy, always creating something in her magically delicious workshop.
Marie Cartor - Committee Member
Marie Cartor is a long time member of the community and supporter of the Arts. She owned a gallery in Chardon, OH named Art and Function, and now displays her creations for sale at MC Art Studio in South Russell.
Sheila Dorris - Chief Officer of Grant Writing and Muscle
Sheila R. Dorris, a.k.a. Lady Rembrandt and Company, resident of Bainbridge TWP, is a visual artist, creative writer, and photographer, with a special love for the infinite details of pencil drawing, and oil painting on canvas; out of the myriad of painting mediums, also used within a variety of sculptures. She refers to them as 3-D paintings, among her favorite, constructed out of wood with her growing affection for creative carpentry. Sheila also enjoys graphic design, and creative writing with a few books in the works. Dubbed as, “an artist who thinks with both sides of her brain.” Gene Poor, Ph.D., Sheila’s passion within business is devoting time to non-profit organizations, creative marketing, fundraising and producing special events. She is an animal enthusiast including admiration for the wildlife in the Peaceable Kingdom, and has been sharing life with Old English Sheepdogs. Standing here with Winslow, named for Winslow Homer, the American Painter; they are in front of her beloved, late, Escher, named for MC Escher, the Dutch Artist and Engineer; yet in Sheila’s case, Escher’s MC stood for Master of Cuddling!