Denise Willing Booher, National Watercolor Society
(www.nationalwatercolorsociety.org) – Michigan-based watercolor artist, Denise, has been painting in water media since she was a child. She studied art at the University of Michigan School of Art, earning a BFA. Soon after, she founded dwb Design Studio, winning many awards for her clients. Her customers began requesting commissions, and Denise’s exhibition opportunities took off. She is an award-winning artist using dramatic perspective, light, and color, making the commonplace captivating. Her artwork challenges society’s view of what is considered beautiful.
In her current professional role Denise is President of the National Watercolor Society and NWS Gallery in San Pedro, CA that is flourishing in their 101st year in the midst of the pandemic. She leads the all-volunteer Board of Directors on their mission to encourage innovation in water-media through education, exhibitions, and outreach by promoting artistic excellence and inspiring the next generation of artists. Their annual 101st NWS International Open Exhibition will open this October.
Caroline Brady, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org) – Caroline is the Executive Director of the Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (FCMA). In this leadership role, she guides the FCMA team in fundraising, special events, community relations and more, preparing to fund the next chapter in the Aquarium’s legacy. She has demonstrated her commitment to the arts by sponsoring murals by John Van Hamersveld, gracing the walls near the gift shop.
Caroline has worked in San Pedro since 1989 and is well-known throughout the community. Before joining FCMA, she served as Development Director at Harbor Interfaith Services during a period of unprecedented growth, which included the construction of a $7 million resource center for homeless families. Prior to working at Harbor Interfaith Services, Brady was the San Pedro Deputy for then-Councilwoman Janice Hahn, where she helped to improve traffic safety, plant hundreds of trees and win millions of dollars in park improvement grants.
Julianna Ostrovsky, (www.juliannaostrovsky.com) – Julianna (M.F.A. in Painting and Sculpture, Columbia University) is a visual and community artist currently living in Los Angeles whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Julianna works in many media and is committed to making art a process understood and practiced by all creatures with the desire to think creatively and problem solve collectively.
As an arts educator, she has taught a range of visual arts workshops to grades K-12 and adults, including in-depth painting, mixed media, drawing studios, and summer camp workshops for youth at Otis College of Art and Design, LAUSD, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). She was recently presented “How to Incorporate Art and Design to Engage Students in a Digital Environment” at Community Works Institute. A recipient of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Artist in Residence Cultural Grant 2014-15, Ms. Ostrovsky has worked as an Artist-in- Residence at the Skirball Cultural Center and PS Arts in the Santa Monica Malibu School District.
About the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District:
(http://sanpedrowaterfrontartsdistrict.com/) – The mission of the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District is to promote San Pedro’s authentic arts, culture and entertainment identity through advocacy, marketing and education activities.