About Our Instructors


Lorelle Bacon

Lorelle Bacon has been nominated three times for Arts Educator of the Year and has decades of experience teaching art.  She works in and teaches oils, acrylics, watercolor, silk painting, scratchboard, pastels, graphite, alcohol inks, pen and ink and metal clays.  She has won numerous awards for her art, including national and international competitions. She teaches workshops and Studio classes at 310 ART.


Bridget Benton

Bridget Benton holds a Masters Degree in Creativity and Change Leadership from The International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY. She is a nationally known instructor in Encaustic and Educational coordinator for The Nature Printing Society. She is lead instructor in Encaustic Studies at 310 ART and also teaches Eco Printing, Nature Printing, Resin Casting with Natural Materials in Asheville exclusively at 310 ART. She is the author of the best selling book, The Creative Conversation: Artmaking as Playful Prayer as well as author of numerous articles about art and creativity.

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Nadine Charlsen

Nadine Charlsen has been a HS and University theatre teacher and professional scenic artist for over 35 years.  She has three advanced degrees and studied experimental watercolor at the Art Students League in NYC for over 10 years. She teaches contemporary watercolor techniques, faux finishing and is a studio class facilitator at 310 ART since 2015.   She shows her work at 310 ART and in various galleries in NYC.


Paul deMarrais

Paul deMarrias is an artist, instructor and paint maker. He manufactures his own line of oil sticks, art crayons and pastels. He has been painting for over 35 years, and is known for techniques he has developed in Oil Stick methods. He lives in Tennessee and teaches exclusively in Asheville at 310 ART, where his line of oil sticks can also be purchased. 

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Erin Keane

Erin Keane earned an MA in art education from Miami University OH, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She is Nationally Board Certified teacher in Visual Arts.  Erin is a professional practicing artist represented by 310 ART, Southern Highland Craft Guild, and other regional galleries. She teaches fine art classes at 310 ART exclusivly in Asheville, and travels to Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, John C Campbell Folk School; The Bascom Center for Visual Arts, Lesley Riley Red Thread Art Retreats, Kathryn Bevier ArtWorks, and EncaustiCamp / OPENstudio. 


Gina Louthian-Stanley

Louthian-Stanley has a B.A. in Studio Art and a MA from Radford University. She teaches at the Studio School in Roanoke, Virginia, and has been a guest artist at 310 ART since 2014. She teaches Encaustic Pendants,  Monoprinting, and Mixed Media Mash-Up. She was included in the new book Cold Wax Mediums and other Fine Art publications. 


Fleta Monaghan

Monaghan founded 310 ART in 2006 (then known as River's Edge Studio) She has a BFA from UNCA Magna Cum Laude and a MAED in adult art education and curriculum development from WCU graduating with a 4.0 GPA. She has taught all levels in oils, acrylics, oil pastels, mixed media, papermaking, 3D mixed media sculpture and encaustic and is the facilitator of advanced level Studio Critique classes and private Professional Development instruction. She is the Director of Art Studies at 310 ART.


Susan Sinyai

Susan Sinyai holds a BA in Sociology from UNC Chapel Hill and a Bachelors degree in Fine art from UNCA. She is an award winning artist having won numerous Best in Shows and First places. She is the recipient of the Emerging Artist Grant in 2000 from the Asheville Art Alliance. Her commission work includes the official portrait of former Chancellor Samuel Shuman of UNCA. Her work is published in America’s Best of Pastel Artists and  in Contemporary Painters 2012. She teaches oils, pastels, oil painting on metal and studio classes at 310 ART.


Cindy Walton

A committed artist from childhood, Walton earned a BA in art from Salem College and a bachelor of fine arts degree from UNCA. Walton is a recipient of a Virginia Center for Creative Arts fellowship (Amherst, Virginia) and also of a North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Project Grant.  She is a nationally known expert and instructor in Oil and Cold Wax, and in Asheville is the lead instructor in these methods.

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Ben Hamburger

Painter, socially engaged artist, and educator, Ben Hamburger is driven by art’s potential to unite and find meaning in complex situations. He has taught in schools, universities, cultural institutions, and nonprofit organizations around the United States, as well as Bolivia, Thailand, and India. Hamburger holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts from Eckerd College and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

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Denise Markbreit

Denise Markbreit holds a BFA from School of Visual Arts and an MST from Rochester Institute of Technology. She was an art instructor for 30 years in the New York City School System. As a passionate educator she has worked with students at all levels and ages and media. In her studio practice she works primarily as a printmaker and mixed media artist using green practices. She maintains the Asheville Print Studio at Riverview Station as well as being a resident artist at 310Art Gallery.