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Starting her formal training in the 1960’s at the Art Students League, NYC, Laurel Oswald Clark has continuously sought education through formal venues such as Philadelphia College of Art (UARTS), William Paterson University, Visual Arts Center of NJ as well as internships, workshops and individual instruction.
Laurel has an extensive show history with most recent credentials being group show at Coral Springs Museum of Art, two person show at Gallery on Division, NJ, solo exhibition at Linda Grandis Blatt Gallery, NJ and ArtExpo NYC. She is currently represented by Left Bank Gallery, Wellfleet, Ma., and M.T. Burton Gallery, Surf City, NJ.
Along with being productive painter Laurel is a long time instructor at Artworks Studio and Clark Studio, where she teaches kids and adult classes both located in Randolph NJ.
Sara Fruner was born in Riva del Garda, Trentino, North-Eastern Italy. After graduating in English literature and language at Ca’ Foscari University (Venice), and specializing in literary translation from the English at Istituto Superiore Interpreti e Traduttori, Fondazione Scuole Civiche Milano, and at Ca’ Foscari, she has been working as a translator in the publishing industry, mainly for Giunti Editore. Being interested in post-colonial literature, her translations include Dionne Brand, Monique Truong, Sello Duiker, Raj Rao and Don McKay. After serving at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles in 2007, she has worked for six years as Senior Publication Coordinator in an international research center based in Trento.
In 2016, she moved to New York City, where she currently teaches Italian at the Fashion Institute of Technology, contributes to bilingual newsmagazine La Voce di New York and collaborates as interpreter/performer at the Center for Italian Modern Art, as well as a translator for Magazzino Italian Art. Her articles have appeared in Brick Literary Journal, Magazzino 23, CinematoGraphie. Sara’s Italian poetry has been published on Graphie and on Italian Poetry, the most recognized portal of Italian poetry to date, where she is included among the featured poets who belong to the second half of the 2oth Century. Bitter Bites from Sugar Hills, her first collection of poems in English, is forthcoming for Bordighera Press NY.
Ben Wahlund is a Grammy nominated, award-winning music educator, composer, and performer who lives in the Chicago area. Wahlund serves as the director of percussion at the College of DuPage and is a full-time instructor at the Northern Illinois University School of Music. He performs in ¡The Screaming Norwegians! Percussion Duo, the Naper Chamber Players, area orchestras, is a member of the Yamaha Performing Artist roster, the Zildjian Artist Program, and endorses Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets. Mr. Wahlund’s musical compositions have won numerous awards and are performed around the world.