Con Artists: Art By Continuing Education Instructors

"Con” Artists: Original Works by Continuing Education Art Faculty

Sunday, Feb. 23 – March 21
Babylon Great Hall

This highly diverse exhibit features the art of 14 dedicated art instructors whose service to teaching and learning has been the bedrock of cultural community outreach in the non-credit area of Carroll Community College. Each artist brings the creative energy of their life’s work to the classroom. And they each continue to make art in their own business, studio and classroom settings both locally and regionally. Impressive academic credentials and long histories of exhibition experience make these folks exceptional arts professionals. Exhibit includes painting, pastel, collage and photography. 

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2 - 4 p.m.

Gallery hours
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The CON ED Art Faculty
Sarah Abel-DeLuca, Chris Ammann, Al Arnold, Walt Calahan, Joseph Paul Cassar, Leslie Chesley, Ken Ecker, Cathy Gilleland, Kelly Heck, Daniel Humphries-Russ, Shirley Lippy, Jennifer Littleton, Jeff Sharp, and Steve Solomon.


Sarah Abel-DeLuca has an MFA from Brooklyn College and has taught art for 20 years at the high school and college levels. Her work has been exhibited in Maryland and New York and hangs in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. As the owner of “Sarah Abel-DeLuca, Artist” (, she makes her living as a commissioned painter.

Teaching this Winter/Spring:
Drawing & Painting: Beginning
Wednesdays, Jan. 15 - March 19, 6:30 - 9 p.m. (10 sessions)
Wednesdays, April 9 - June 25, 6:30 - 9 p.m. (10 sessions; no class 4/16 & 5/28)
Drawing & Painting: Continuing
Wednesdays, Jan. 15 - March 19, 6:30 - 9 p.m. (10 sessions)
Wednesdays, April 9 - June 25, 6:30 - 9 p.m. (10 sessions; no class 4/16 & 5/28)


Christopher Ammann, as a newspaper photojournalist for the Baltimore Examiner, shot local news and professional sports. Ammann has won numerous regional and state awards, and his work has appeared nationally in The New York Times, The Washington Post and on MSNBC. His website is

Teaching this Winter/Spring:
Crafting the Photograph
Wednesdays, Feb. 19 - April 2, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (7 sessions) 


Al Arnold, skilled teacher and photographer with 27 years’ experience, shoots nature shots throughout the United States and exhibits locally.

Teaching this Winter/Spring:
Lightroom 5: The Digital Darkroom
Thursday, Jan. 30 - Feb. 27, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (5 sessions) 

Walter P. Calahan, nationally-known freelance photographer for various advertising agencies, corporations and national magazines, brings his unique talent and 23 years of experience to his teaching.

Teaching this Winter /Spring:
Applied Photography
Wednesdays, Feb. 5 - March 5, 7 - 9 p.m. (5 sessions)
Studio Lighting
Wednesdays, March 19 - April 9, 7 - 9 p.m. (4 sessions) 


Joseph Paul Cassar, Ph.D., is an artist, art historian, curator and educator whose specialty is the modern and contemporary period of art history. He teaches at University of Maryland University College and Towson University among others and also lectures on the subject of sculpture in various educational institutions in Europe and the U.S.

Teaching this Winter /Spring:
Drawing for the Timid
Tuesdays, Jan. 28 - Feb. 18, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (4 sessions)
Basic Drawing
Tuesdays, March 4 - April 8, 6:30 - 9 p.m. (6 sessions)
Watercolor Painting: Basics and Beyond
Saturday, Feb. 1 - March 15, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (6 sessions; no class 3/8)
Monet, Impressionism, and Giverny
Sunday, Feb. 9 - March 2, 1 - 3 p.m. (4 sessions) 

Leslie Blauhut Chesley, owner of Bluehat Studios Photography, helps business clients easily get from headshot to marketing collateral. She constantly explores how to blend the traditional values of photography with modern technology and digital demands for both business and personal clients. Chesley shares her years of experience running a small business as an instructor and project developer for Carroll Community College.

Teaching this Winter /Spring:
Beyond the Snapshot: For Point and Shoot Cameras
Saturdays, Feb. 22 and March 1, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (2 sessions) 


Ken Ecker, a professional artist living and teaching art in New York City, draws on his passion for teaching art to bring out the creativity and talent of his students, both adult and youth. He exhibits at Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City.

Teaching this Winter /Spring:
Figure Drawing From the Model
Saturdays, March 15 and 22, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. (2 sessions)
Portrait Drawing: Eyes and Mouths
Saturdays, Feb. 1 and 8, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. (2 sessions) 


Cathy Gilleland has been working with Adobe Photoshop for more than 10 years. A member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, she teaches and leads workshops on digital imaging, as well as selling her own work and using it to promote wildlife habitat restoration through non-profit organizations.

Teaching this Winter /Spring:
Travel and Vacation Photography
Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 - 9 p.m


Kelly Heck, web designer, photographer, and online marketing specialist has over seven years’ experience in web design and development. She has a BFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Heck is a 2011 graduate of the Leadership Carroll program. She maintains a side business in photography and is an adjunct at the college. View her work at Heck has taught Beyond the Snapshot: for Point and Shoot Cameras and Intro to Wedding Photography.


Daniel Humphries-Russ, a professional photographer with over 30 years’ experience, has worked for the Pittsburgh Press and was the master printmaker for Allied Photo Industries, producing marketing materials for Fortune 500 companies. Since 2008 he has concentrated on producing large format, limited edition, original fine art prints. His website is http//

Teaching this Winter /Spring:
Nikon DSLR: Advanced Features and Functions
Wednesday, March 19, 6 - 9 p.m.
Crafting the Photograph
Tuesdays, Jan. 28 - March 11, 7 - 9 p.m. (7 sessions)
Tuesdays, May 6 - June 17, 7 - 9 p.m. (7 sessions)
Night Photography
Thursdays, Feb. 20 and 27, 7 - 9 p.m. (2 sessions) 

Shirley Lippy, one of our most popular non-credit instructors, draws out the innate artistic ability that everyone has and helps students unleash the right brain in order to be creative. Lippy received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Teaching this Winter /Spring:
Drawing & Painting: Beginning
Thursdays, Jan. 23 - March 27, 1:30 - 4 p.m. (10 sessions)
Thursdays, April 10 - June 19, 1:30 - 4 p.m. (10 sessions; no class 4/17)
Drawing & Painting: Continuing
Fridays, Jan. 24 - March 28, 12:30 - 3 p.m. (10 sessions)
Fridays, April 11 - June 20, 12:30 - 3 p.m. (10 sessions; no class 4/18)
Studio Art
Fridays, Jan. 24 - March 28, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. (10 sessions)
Fridays, April 11 - June 20, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. (10 sessions; no class 4/18)


Jennifer Littleton received her BFA in Art Education and Sculpture Studies from Maryland Institute College of Art and has been teaching for over 20 years. In addition to teaching for various community colleges and Morgan State University, she is the curator and director of Littleton School of Art in Towson ( She has won numerous awards and in 2013 she was featured in the San Diego Watercolor Society 33rd Annual International and the Mid-Atlantic and Baltimore Watercolor Society watercolor exhibitions. She is known for her delicate execution of all subject matter and specializes in teaching realistic watercolor classes.


Jeff Sharp is a National Board Certified Art Teacher who has been teaching in Carroll County Publics Schools for over 19 years. A published photographer and cartoonist, he also teaches in the High School Seminar program at the National Gallery of Art. At Carroll, Sharp teaches Portfolio Prep: Drawing & Painting, as well as art for SummerKids@Carroll program.

Teaching this Spring /Summer:
Portfolio Prep: Drawing & Painting
Coming July 14 - 24

Steve Solomon, professional photographer and owner of S.V. Solomon Photography, brings over 15 years of photography experience to his teaching to help students understand and create strong photographs, using the latest techniques.

Teaching this Winter /Spring:
Operating Your Digital Camera
Thursday, Jan. 16, 6 - 9 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 6, 6 - 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6 - 9 p.m.
Thursday, March 13, 6 - 9 p.m.
Thursday, May 1, 6 - 9 p.m.
Canon DSLR: Advanced Features and Functions
Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  

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