All of our instructors have Pennsylvania child certification clearances.
Kerry Pease Coble - Owner & Director
Kerry Pease-Coble always said that she went into the family business. The daughter of two painters who served as college art instructors and administrators, Kerry chose art over international law and started her education at Maryland Institute, School of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design followed by a prestigious artist residency at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.
After living in San Francisco for 6 years, she returned east, where she gave birth to her son Jasper, the impetus for starting Art Matters Studio. Jasper came home from school one day and reported that his teacher said: "Your tree has too many branches." Kerry realized that Jasper was not being given the sort of art education she had: drawing on the studio floor while her parents painted, always encouraged to make whatever kind of art she wanted.
Art Matters Studio was created to fill a gap in arts education programs which have witnessed severe funding cutbacks in recent years. The studio provides an oasis for children and their parents who value arts education for their children. Since its founding, programming has blossomed with a wide selection of daytime, after school, night time and weekend programs offered for children and adults.
Kerry offers private lessons in acrylic painting, drawing, and mixed media.
Laura Korzon - Instructor
Laura Korzon fell in love with painting at a very young age. After earning a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010, she worked as a surface designer - creating illustrations and repeat patterns for apparel, footwear, and stationery. She now works as a freelance designer, specializing in custom stationery and surface design. Laura is also very involved with the arts scene in downtown Lancaster, where she lives with her husband and cat, Gouda. In her free time, Laura enjoys drawing from nature, painting portraits, hiking, and working on the family farm. She is native to the Lancaster area and finds inspiration in the colorful landscape and farm culture that surrounds her everyday life. Laura is available for private lessons in drawing, painting, mixed media, and portfolio prep. Laura offers private lessons in acrylic painting, drawing, and mixed media.
Suzanne Charles - Instructor
Suzanne Charles has been drawing as long as she can remember. After graduating from Elizabethtown College with a degree in Elementary Education, she taught 5th grade in Souderton, Pennsylvania. She then married and moved to Lancaster County. During her years raising four children, Suzanne managed to squeeze in watercolor lessons, studying under many local artists, and, after 28 years, water colors remains her favorite medium.
Suzanne is a member of the Lancaster County Art Association and continues to show and sell much of her work. When not painting, Suzanne loves to garden, read, and spend time with her precious grandchildren. Suzanne sees art as a "voice" that we are given to express ourselves when words are not enough. It's a gift that, when used, brings joy to ourselves and to others. Suzanne offers private watercolor lessons.
Mary Beth Martin - Instructor
A native of Lancaster, Mary Beth Martin brings a wealth of teaching experience to our studio. After 13 years of teaching both elementary and secondary levels of art in Virginia, she is delighted to back teaching in her hometown. Mary Beth graduated from Indiana University of PA, where she earned her BS in art education and a concentration in ceramics. Mary Beth is an avid runner and loves to work with all art mediums, though she tends to be most passionate about mixed media. She enjoys the reaction from students when they see what kind of a relationship different media have with one another. She believes the best part about teaching is helping students of all levels realize that they have the potential to create art. They just have to believe they can do it and understand they are capable of great things. As George Bernard said, "without art, the crudeness of reality would be unbearable."
Mary Woolson - Office Manager
Several years ago, Mary made a dramatic career shift. Following a 24-year career as a fundraising professional, she founded SynchronEssence, a health and wellness resource that helps women reclaim their energy. She shares daily health tips on Facebook and Twitter. Mary applies her background in administration, human resources management, and communications and marketing to keep Art Matters Studio running smoothly. Mary earned degrees in human services and human resources administration from the University of Scranton.