2022 Hot Shops Instructors

Check out the AMAZING instructors we have lined up for the Hot Shops 2022 RETREAT!  There is so much talent, creativity and energy in this group of amazing women!   Make sure to read their bios to get a little opportunity to “meet” them before your classes.

Angela Szelag
My journey to jewelry design, was not a direct path. I worked in graphic design, marketing and in television advertising sales for many years. To be honest, jewelry making was never on my radar of dreams, however it was always a curiosity of mine. Little did I know that one TV sales call at a local jewelry store could change the course of my life. That’s when I saw a sign in his window for silversmith classes. I knew I had to sign up. In September of 2014, I took my first silversmith workshop. I fell in love with the entire process of creating jewelry. I enjoyed the way the saw felt in my hand while cutting silver, covering my hand with sparkling silver dust. Watched with intrigue as the silver would heat up and the solder would run, joining two pieces into one. I became fascinated. I was hooked. I couldn’t believe it! I finally found my passion! I wanted to be a jewelry designer.

Angela can be found creating in Studio 220 – Tranquil Sky Jewelry at the Hot Shops Art Center in Omaha.

Ina Ohnmeiss
The Creation of an Artist.

I started out doing art that made me happy, be it crocheting, quilting, paper crafts and now mandala painting and fluid pour art. My journey has been one of decades of change and with lots of determination and focus the past 4 years.

When I started this journey to being an Artist, I was working full time, doing art shows and as I’m fond of calling it playing with paint and dots. I woke up one morning and decided this is the path I want to follow, my dream. So goal setting became a priority in that I would have a path to follow to accomplish my dream of becoming an artist. With the encouragement of my husband and best friend Myers, my journey begins…..

Not once had I ever considered that I could make a living being an artist. I will say you have to be business savvy and have an entrepreneurial spirit. Art can be a hard product to sell, you need to create a want/need and make the person visualize a calming peaceful feeling. I strive to make affordable art so everyone can enjoy making a purchase of a piece that makes them light up with joy and it gives them peace knowing they have purchased an “original” piece of art.

I enjoy teaching and have expanded that service this year. Meeting new people of all ages gives me joy, to help them create their art, by giving them the knowledge and desire to explore the process. But the crux of art is making the art and that is my passion. Creating with each dot or flow of the paint a new piece is created and I never know what the out come will be.

Mandala what is that, it is a circular design symbolizing the notion that life is never ending. Mandalas have symbolized my journey through life and it tells my story of where I have traveled through the colors I have chosen for the mandala or fluid pour.

This is who I am.

Kelli Sweet
Exploring is the general theme for all of artist Kelli Sweet’s creativity as she explores color, texture, patterns or history with vintage inspired treasures.   As Degrees by Kelli, her favorite mediums are jewelry, collage & painting as well as all things quilt & fabric related.

Kelli loves to connect and inspire creativity.  She founded Hibernate & Create as the 31 Days of Creativity Challenge which has blossomed into a beautiful Facebook community from across the US and Canada and expanded into retreats to bring people together for dedicated creative time with friendship & food!

Lori Elliott-Bartle
While most at home under wide open skies with unobstructed vistas,  Lori Elliott-Bartle allows her curiosity to lead her to other terrains and cultures with an interest she honed as a professional journalist. She focuses broadly on aspects of landscape, and especially the prairie. She takes a daily look at the patch of big bluestem growing in her small, urban front yard. This graceful, resilient plant reminds her of the subtle changes in color, texture and line that prairie landscapes provide.

Lori’s work is often abstract, and the materials she uses are diverse. She mixes softened beeswax with oils and pigments and applies many layers. Mixing these materials allows her to create paintings that hold depth, complexity and texture, some of the same qualities about the prairie she appreciates. Her painting process is physically active. She uses rollers, wide blades and brushes to apply paint, then blots, scrapes and carves with knives and points to reveal underlying colors. These lines and colors convey motion and emotion.

Lori Skupa
Lori Parrott Skupa has been melting and manipulating Italian glass into beads since 2002; and art form known as lampworking.   She has had the pleasure of taking instruction from renowned glass artist from around the world.  Lori takes her finished beads and incorporates them, with other mediums, into gorgeous wearable art under the business name -Parrott Flameworks!

Every piece created is unique, you’ll find no two alike.  Her artwork has been feature in several juried shows and galleries.

Lynn Kvigne
I have always been a maker, whether it be with words, music, or tangible materials. Creating jewelry & sculpture with metal & stone allows me to leave a legacy & outlive me. Much of my work contains elements of medieval chainmaille weaves, and I love sharing the history and process behind making it. Plus, working with tools, chemicals, and FIRE is a lot of fun.

Skyler Thomas Koehn
Skyler has been working with polymer clay for 15+ years. Although she dabbles in many mediums including glass blowing and painting, polymer class has always been her one true love. In 2015 she started teaching classes so that she could share the love with others!

Stephanie Wolcott
I have always loved to CREATE and spend time making a beautiful and happy home for my family.  After college, I have spent 20 plus years as a stay at home mom to two boys. During this time, I stayed active by sharing my time, passions and talents through volunteering in the public school, master gardening program, 4-H, church and other organizations.  I have also blogged throughout the years.

My love of painting, restoring, crafting, cooking, baking, gardening, soaping, junk hunting, DIYing….is always growing….

I currently have a shop and studio  SimplyHomeSweetHome where I teach a variety of workshops and am allowed to share all my passions and sell my creations.

Val Kemp
Val Kemp is the crochet artist behind Yarnimals by Val.  Val’s specialty is making crocheted creations of famous people, including musicians, sports stars and politicians.  She also loves creating cute animals.  An avid knitter for years, Val began crocheting during the pandemic as a way to keep her hands busy while helping her kids with remote school.  When not creating with yarn, Val works as a middle school choir teacher and enjoys playing guitar, singing, spending time with family, and watching a good rom-com.  Val lives in Omaha, NE with her husband, two kids and two dogs.