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Educators by Day, Artists by Night, August & September 2022

Art Educators are often viewed as teachers first, but forgotten as artists.  While they might not regularly exhibit their creations, nor even sell what they create; they are always thinking like artists.  That includes exploring, expressing, envisioning, engaging, developing, observing and reflecting – traits also used in the classroom as a teacher.  These artists teach students from PK through 12th grade in Colonial Beach, Oak Grove and Montross.   These artists/educators have a vast knowledge of many art techniques and media.  Check out some of their favorites in this exhibit. 

Meet the Artists

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Cynthia Flickinger
Montross Middle School

Around the community I am known as Cindy, around school I am known as Ms. Flick.   I am originally from Marion, Va.  In 1984, I graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design.  This led to my career working for an architect doing Interior Design/Architectural Drafting in Marion.  After marrying a Virginia State Park manager in ’86, I spent the next 12 years moving around the state with him and two children and working for various architects. 

 

Once landing in the Northern Neck in 1999 at Westmoreland State Park, I began subbing for the local school system.  When the art teacher position opened up at the middle school, I took the plunge and changed careers. I started teaching at MMS in 2001 at which time I began working through various universities to get my teaching certification. 

 

I am most interested in working on a small technical scale due to my drafting background.  I enjoy drawing, watercolor, and collage or as you can see at times, mixing them all together. 

I am not necessarily a practicing artist, but I do love being creative and making art.  As a child, I made the comment to my mom that when I grew up I was going to marry a park ranger and become an artist.  Dreams do come true, well maybe marrying the park ranger part anyway.  The verdict is still out on the artist part.  I will let you decide on that.

 

The Artistic Trading Card Series

During COVID, I got involved in an artistic trading card group on Facebook through the Virginia Arts Education Association.  I fell in love with the size and the changing themes each month.  Each month challenged my creativity as I tackled the new theme.  I tried new ways to use my strengths and even tried new techniques at times, all the while staying within the trading card size.  It was perfect for my technical arts background.

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Joan Flemer Campbell
Art Teacher at Washington District Elementary

I grew up both here and in Richmond Virginia.  I started my college education early when I was accepted into a college program that allowed me to take college art classes while finishing high school. 

 

I completed 1 ½ years of college classes before I graduated high school. In my last year in High School, I applied for a Virginia Museum Scholarship for college, which I received.  With that honor came a one-man show at the Virginia Museum when I was 17 years old; it included my jewelry, textiles, and some drawings. 

I used my scholarship to attend Radford College to pursue a degree in Jewelry Making.

I finished another year there and decided to take a break and travel the country.  I ended up in a little town just west of Denver, Colorado.  I went to the Community College of Denver and got an Associate’s Degree in Architectural Drafting.  It was not for me.  I then went in a completely different direction.  I did an apprenticeship with a wonderful chef in Denver, Colorado for 6 months.  After that, I worked as a chef at a local restaurant in Kittredge, Colorado for the next three years. 

I moved back home to Virginia in 1985 to live close to family.  I worked part-time catering so I could be a stay-at-home mom.   Because of my love of art, I decided to go back to college and work on a degree in Art Education at VCU.  When I finished my undergraduate degree, I started on my graduate degree in Art Education and certification in Special Education. I finished my graduate degree in 1993 and was hired as a full-time Special Education teacher here in Westmoreland County.  I worked for four years as a self-contained Mental Disabilities teacher at Montross Elementary (now Montross Middle). 

 

In 1997 Westmoreland Co. started an Elementary Art program and hired me to get it going. This was one of the happiest days of my life.  I feel privileged every single day to be able to teach children the love of art. I taught art at Washington District Elementary and Cople Elementary for a few years until they hired an additional art teacher, at which time I was able to teach art full time at WDES. I have been teaching in Westmoreland Co. for the last 28 years. I have also had the privilege of teaching Art every summer at the Northern Neck Regional Governor’s School for the last 27 years. Although I teach students all forms of art, I consider myself a 3-D artist.  I love working with metal and glass.  

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Becky Sisson Bowen
Cople Elementary

Becky Sisson Bowen is a native of Westmoreland County and resides just outside of Montross. She is married to Eddie Bowen of Montross and they have three children; Zach, Nick and Brooke. Becky graduated in 1988 from Randolph-Macon College with a degree in Fine Arts.

 

For the past 23 years, she has been teaching art at Cople Elementary. In addition to teaching, Becky has been creating custom artwork for nearly 16 years and selling it through her Etsy shop, Posh Dots. She prefers painting with acrylics on wood, but occasionally tries new ideas and techniques on canvas. 

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Holly Scates Ransone
Art Instructor
Westmoreland High School

Holly Scates Ransone was born right here in Westmoreland County and still resides on the family farm.  She graduated from  Washington & Lee High School in 1981 and went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Mary Washington College in 1985. 

 

She began her teaching career at Woodland Academy in Neenah, Virginia as a 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Grade science and language arts teacher until 1988.  At that point, she returned to Washington & Lee High School, this time as the Art I- V instructor. It obviously agreed with her, as thirty-four years later, she’s still there!

 

Throughout the years, Holly has served as the Lead Fine Arts/Electives teacher since 1989, served on the Crisis Management Team and the School Improvement Team, sponsored the Art Club and was chosen as W&L’s Teacher of the Year in 2014.

 

She has also taught art numerous times in the Northern Neck Regional Governor's School Summer Program, as well as Summer Camp at St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock, Virginia.   She is excited to begin another new school year in the brand new Westmoreland High School.

Holly’s work has always been rooted in the natural surroundings provided by growing up in the Northern Neck, along with an even stronger connection to local family values, traditions and history. She works in many varieties of media, but especially enjoys mixed-media painting. Her greatest challenge is the constant struggle to find the time balance between being both an artist and a teacher.