At Corks and Canvas Events, we are proud to offer you beautiful art and quality art instruction from a lineup of notable artists and instructors.
Angela Bandurka Hoskins was born in British Columbia, Canada, and comes from a multi-generational family of passionate artists. She started drawing as a child and completed her first commissioned portrait at 15. Her 12 years of corporate experience as a Graphic Artist and Art Director for companies like Costco and RealNetworks have been invaluable to her sense of design and color. Her work has been exhibited in shows throughout Western Washington and British Columbia and she recently won Best in Show at the International Society of Acrylic Painter. She is a Signature Member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP), as well as a member of Artist Connect, Eastside Association of Fine Artists, Mukilteo Arts Guild. Angela is currently represented by Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA. Angela makes her home in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about Angela at anglebandurka.com
Tal Renfro holds the distinction of being our fist “guy” instructor. A local Washingtonian, Tal has been drawing, coloring and writing his entire life. He has worked in Hollywood, on both films and TV (The Bachelorette!) drawing storyboards and painting wall murals. A few years ago, he made his way back to the homeland to pursue working on his art full time. He recently published his first series of graphic novels “The Swashbuckling Adventures of Captain Kitty” and is working on commissions and other art projects. You can learn more about Captain Kitty and Tal at www.captainkittyworld.com.
Brigitte Ashley Bolerjack was born and raised in Bellevue, Washington. Even as a child, she was creative and had a knack for expressing herself through the arts. That artistic nature flourished at Chapman University in Orange County, California, where she received a BA in both theater performance and political science. At Chapman she performed in a variety of shows, short films and recently had small a role in a feature filmed in Seattle. Today, Brigitte enjoys finding new ways to express herself artistically in multiple mediums. She loves being able to connect with and help other people express their creative passions. Brigitte lives on Mercer Island where she teaches preschool full time and continues exploring her creative side working in a variety of mediums. She lives in a state of continual chaos but finds that the best things in life happen somewhere in that happy mess.
Clare Clark’s creativity was nourished early on by the writers, musicians and artists in her family. After earning her degree in Art at the University of California, Fullerton, Clare settled in Newport, Washington doing freelance design while she and her husband built their dream home on the Pend Oreille River. Surrounded by such natural beauty, she soon focused solely on painting and teaching art. One of her greatest joys is the work she does in the Newport School District. The influence of her two children led Clare to believe that everyone should have the opportunity to express their creativity.
Milari Hare considers herself an “accidental fashionista” with a passion for art and living large. She was an art history major that detoured into the world of fashion when Nordstrom made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. Years later she is still the creative force behind the successful women’s clothing label, Live a Little which sells in some of the largest retailers nationwide. Her creativity turned a corner a few years ago when she discovered a talent for painting and teaching art. She is responsible for painting some of our most popular art to date and has helped hundreds of our painters get in touch with their inner artist. Most importantly, she wants to share her passion for all things creative and inspire others to live a little larger. Check out her blog at livealittlenow.com
Barb Chaney’s passion for the arts began in grade school with private painting lessons and competitions and continued into high school and college where she gravitated towards the artistic classes as well as drama and set design. Her love for laughter, creativity and cherished time with friends led her to paint as a guest with Corks and Canvas in 2010 and she’s loved it ever since. She happily joined our team in 2013. By day Barb is all business as a real estate consultant for wireless carriers. By night she dons her red apron and guides painters through the process of creating beautiful works of art.
is a native Seattleite and has been on an artistic journey most of her life. Her passion for all things creative started early; and then, as she says “life happened.” And what a life it’s been! She landed in the hospitality industry fine tuning her sales and marketing skills and working at an executive level opening hotel properties, trouble shooting and providing project management while racking up several marketing and achievement awards. Fast forward to the present and Mae is currently working in the wine industry (yet another passion) as a wine educator and enthusiast. Recently, Mae committed to exploring and mastering her creative self in pursuit of the “WOW” factor.She claims to have gotten out of her own way and is pursuing her art with a vengeance. She’s active in the Northwest Watercolor Society as Program Chair and has studies with many nationally known artists. Blending art and wine along with her wicked funny sense of humor has Mae in her “happy place”. She loves the joy her art brings to others. Now, as an instructor for Corks and Canvas Events she has completed her vision for sharing her passion for art, wine and laughter. She has certainly found her “WOW” factor.
Peggy Stanley was born and raised in Poulsbo on the family farm and still living there today, Peggy’s artistic sensibilities were influenced by generations of artisans. Her maternal grandfather like generations before him were glassblowers in Sweden until he purchased the farm in 1902. As a precocious child, Peggy was already developing her creative talents and let only select people color in her coloring books, which she still has to this day! She went on to study art and fashion in college then used her talents as a buyer at Nordstrom until she opened the Country Road Gift Shop a joint venture with her mother and sister. If you’re from the Poulsbo area, you may have stopped in and marveled at the artistic displays of vintage objects in the old one-room schoolhouse. From there she spent several years teaching art to children at a private school in Poulsbo which as she points out, was great training for her current role at Corks and Canvas Events. After years of raising a family, she credits Corks and Canvas for her artistic reawakening. Now there’s an easel set up on her porch and many evenings you’ll find her with paintbrush and wine in hand (when she’s not in her garden) dabbling in both acrylics and oils. We can’t wait to see her art website that she’s launching soon and maybe she’ll even let us see her coloring books. Pictured with her is husband David Stanley and her stalwart event helper. Dave is always on hand to greet painters with a smile and encourage their artistic exploration.
Randy Budano is an Army Brat who has lived in Guam, Louisiana, Hawaii, Maryland, California and now calls Spokane home. His artistic sensibilities have been influenced by his travels and he’s been drawing, painting and sculpting since he can remember. He’s also passionate about music and has been a garage band performer for years. Randy studied art at Monterey Peninsula College and wanting to give back to his community, he became a volunteer art teacher for four years at West Valley City School. He currently works as an Engineering Technician designing municipal road projects. Instructing at Corks and Canvas Events has revitalized Randy’s art career and he enjoys helping others tap into their inner artist while managing their emotions with humor and fun.
Stephanie Barnett is an artist extraordinaire. As a child she was forever busy with some art project. Drawing, painting and making is how she spends her time. Her hand painted pillows have been seen on television shows such as ‘Friends” and “Pretty Little Liars”. They are in art collections in Moscow, London, Hong Kong, Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. Her mural work can be seen in Seattle as well. She teaches art classes to children and adults. She loves to see people discover their creative selves. Stephanie enjoys traveling. Her solo voyage around the world brought her insights and fresh visual and cultural inspirations. She is still making things such as paper flowers, invitations, jewelry and stationary products along with her paintings and murals. Her work can be seen at thequeenbee.com