Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Celebrate the Arts

Art instruction is interwoven throughout the Shorecrest curriculum. To celebrate the lessons and skills taught all year, we open the campus to the community for a week each spring during Celebrate the Arts. Shorecrest hosts visiting artists in The Experiential School through Middle School. Community members with careers in painting, sculpture, opera, culinary arts, dance, writing, floral design, architecture and much more share their talents and create experiential opportunities for our students.

Student artwork is also on display around campus, with a juried art show for grades 5-8 around Middle School and for grades 9-12 in the Student Activity Center and Janet Root Theatre Lobby. 
  • Monday: "A Chorus Line" cast members perform at Lower School Town Meeting. Upper School hears from Clearwater Jazz Education Outreach 
  • Tuesday: Lower School classes visit with a ballerina from Denmark, Karina Elver. 
  • Wednesday: Middle School visiting artists. Middle School rock bands perform for Lower School. Middle School sidewalk chalk art outdoors.
  • Thursday: Middle School rock bands perform for Middle School. "A Chorus Line" opening night, 7pm.
  • Friday: Visiting Artists in Experiential School and Lower School. 11am Lower School performance for parents. "A Chorus Line" at 7pm
  • Saturday: "A Chorus Line" final performance at 7pm.

Visiting Artists - April 2018

A & G Dance Academy

A & G Dance Academy is a dance studio in the heart of St. Petersburg, Florida. They provide instruction in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. They share the joy of dance and movement with our students during Celebrate the Arts every year.

American Stage

Alexandria Crawford '12 came to Shorecrest Preparatory School as a freshman and spent her time as a Charger heavily involved with the theatre program. After leaving Shorecrest she went on to study English and Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre at Rollins College. Alexandria completed an Acting and Production Apprenticeship with American Stage Theatre Company in August 2017, and was invited to stay with the company as a Teaching Artist. She teaches theatre to students in grades K-12 in various after school theatre programs throughout the county, including Shorecrest's Lower School. Alexandria is also a professional actress, currently auditioning and working on various projects.

American Stage believes all young people deserve the opportunity to grow intellectually, emotionally, and creatively with access to a quality arts education.

Alexis Arrazcaeta

Alexis Arrazcaeta is the Arts Coordinator at PARC, a center serving over 800 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Alexis holds a Bachelors in Arts in Psychology and Art Therapy with a concentration in Fine Art from the University of Tampa. She is currently a Graduate student at the University of Florida studying Arts in Medicine. Her undergrad experience includes creating art with the Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit at Tampa General Hospital, along with a silk scarf dying workshop offered to adult patients in the rehabilitation unit of Tampa General. Alexis has facilitated workshops at museums for arts and accessibility raising awareness and empathy for those who don’t always have the ability to advocate for themselves.
On a daily basis Alexis coordinates and facilities all art activities/workshops at PARC providing the clients that they serve with new opportunities as well as capabilities through the art experience and practice. At PARC, she helps others create using a variety of mediums such as, painting, sculpture, clay hand building, wheel throwing, drawing, paper making, candle/wax art, beading, mix media, and digital art. Alexis focuses her practice on making the arts fun and demonstrates the adaptability of the arts to meet the needs of the creator. Her main passion is to spread the love of the arts to everyone and demonstrate the power the arts have to help others connect and express themselves in a way words cannot.

KayLee Bennett


Wayne Berman

Wayne Berman was raised in Northvale, NJ. Being near NYC made it possible to meet, work and study with, some of his personal heroes in music and the arts. Wayne was fearless about introducing himself to great artists. He once saw an orchestra concert of original works in Lincoln Center, he thought it was the best he had ever seen. Wayne snuck backstage and introduced himself to Gheorghe Costinescu (one of the two greatest Romanian composers in the past 100 years) and ended up studying very deeply, weekly lessons for seven years in composition, harmony, theory, and counterpoint.

Wayne went to Bard College, in Annandale, NY. where he received his BA in music composition and performance. He was awarded many times, especially in music. The President of the College created a new award for Wayne in his senior year, it read, “for the student who contributed most to the general welfare of the college”. Wayne never contributed money, his contributions were in the form of bringing many great artists to the college and creating programs for education and interaction. He continued in the same way at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where he received a dual MA degree in music composition and theory.

When he first moved to Pinellas County, he became the president of the Tampa Bay Composers’ Forum (at that time it was the second largest composers’ forum in the world). He has since worked at many private schools, churches, and theaters. He is the proud owner of Wayne Berman Music Studios and The Rise and Shine Performing Arts Camp and Mobile School.

But guess what - at Shorecrest he'll be leading our students through a session on improv comedy!

Katie Combs

Katie is a published songwriter. She has created multiple scripts and full musicals for live theater geared towards children and young adults, written and consulted on numerous curricula, and provided scripting and marketing materials for a wide variety of commercial projects. She currently teaches vocal technique and serves as the director for Bay Area Performing Arts & Casting, a non-profit dedicated to equipping the next generation with the skills to work professionally in the arts. Her musical, CARROTS, was recently selected for the 2018 Broadway Bound Festival and will premier in New York this August. Katie is passionate about creating projects that challenge, educate, and inspire. Her specialty is writing age appropriate material on emotionally or scientifically complicated topics. 

Elliott Darrow

Elliott Darrow '16 is an alumnus of Shorecrest Preparatory School. He is currently pursuing a degree in zoology, and spends his free time as Program Coordinator of a local Charger-owned non-profit organization, the Foundation For Sustainable Families, where he paints murals, repurposes recycled materials into animal enclosures, and educates young children and volunteer groups on ways to give back to the community.

As a previous summer camp counselor for the arts, he has many ideas for helping younger Chargers get their hands messy during Celebrate the Arts Week.

Tom Davis

Tom Davis' work marries the best qualities of both pottery and wood. At the Morean Center for Clay, he creates traditional Raku, Porcelain, and other forms of clay body, spending much time on the wheel with some hand building and applied appliqué. Tom often turns wooden bases and lids for the larger bowls and pots he makes, using various tropical, local woods. Some of those wood turnings are decorated with inlaid turquoise, coral, lapis lazuli, malachite or other crushed stones. 

When describing the start of his craft, Tom says, "
I was introduced to ceramics in 1972 while assigned to South Korea with the U.S. Air Force, where I was fortunate to meet Professor Angelo Garzio, the Head of the Kansas State University Ceramics Department on a sabbatical to study Asian pottery techniques. For many months I spent all of my free time studying with him. Angelo was one of the pioneers of American Raku, and piqued my interest in Japanese Pottery and the many modified forms." Learn more here.

Jonathan Davis

Middle School Head Jonathan Davis is sharing a secret with the seventh graders during Celebrate the Arts - he loves throwing pottery! 

Barbara Nice DeMaire

Barbara will be working with clay with our Middle School students.

Dawn DePalma

Dawn is a Stampin' Up! demonstrator who will be making paper crafts and rubber stamped cards with Lower School students. Dawn is also the parent of a Shorecrest alumn and volunteers regularly with our Helping Hands team.

Zoe Henry '21

Zoe is a Shorecrest students who will be teaching drawing realistic anatomy with Lower School students.

Jon Hoefer

Jon Hoefer has been a creative professional in the graphic design and illustration industry for over twenty years. During this time, his work has been published in many periodicals and trade magazines. In 2011, Mr. Hoefer illustrated a book written by former NYC Mayor Ed Koch entitled "Eddie Shapes Up." This children's book focuses on eating habits, bullying and how to believe in yourself.

Jon is a graduate from the VPA / Illustration program at Syracuse University and is a Charger parent who currently resides on Snell Isle with his family. View his work at

Katherine Humphreys

Katherine Humphreys' experience includes working as an animator, visual journalist, art director, game producer, technical writer and professor for clients such as Quark, 3M, Nabisco, Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Acme Filmworks, Ringling School of Art and Design, Eckerd College and the Art Institutes. Katherine is a member of the St. Petersburg College Digital Arts Advisory Board. She has received honors, including the ADDY Award for Illustration, and provided post-production on the Academy Award-nominated short, "More."

Katherine has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an Master of Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology. For fun she likes to draw, paint, do calligraphy, mosaics, and take lots of pictures of her kids.

Katherine Humphreys, a Charger parent, lives with her husband, Joe, and eight year old twins in Tierra Verde.

Aimee Jackson

Aimee is teaching Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) to Middle School students.

Marcia Johnson & Lori Bell

Crafts with Alpha students.

Matt Kuzma


Marc & Ann Marie Levasseur

Marc Levasseur was raised for the most part of his life in Atlanta, GA, where his art focus began. He is a self taught artist, and has learned from experimenting with paint and found material. In Marc’s words "I have been very fortunate to learn from other artists and teachers I have crossed paths with. My paintings are about the experience of light and shadow, color and texture—the play between the seen and unseen. I am inspired by bright colors, textures and life experiences. Using different mediums in my painting, I create textures and shapes for abstracts and figurative paintings. I want my painting to be playful. Life is not perfect, and I project subtle imperfections in my paintings."

In addition to painting based on his own inspirations, Marc works with children and allows them to express creativity and frustration through art. He has been teaching all levels of children how to paint based on who they are and what they enjoy for over 10 years. Through his painting classes, he also helps adults connect with their inner child and express themselves. Contact Marc for private lessons:

This year, Ann Marie will be leading students through an exquisite corpse art lesson.

Shannon Lipan

Shannon Lipan has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Florida. She taught at Shorecrest Preparatory School for 6 years and is a Charger parent. Shannon has been the Owner and teacher at The Wonder Studio for 4 years. Inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, Shannon believes that children learn best through meaningful, hands-on experiences. 

Through Wonder Studio, Shannon provides an environment that allows very young children to have opportunities for repeated problem-solving experimentation. Something similar will happen for our students during Celebrate the Arts, through a variety of open-ended, creative, artistic, expressive experiences which may include: Drawing, Paint, Collage, Paper Sculpture, Carpentry, Printmaking and the use of Light and Sound.

Michael Lyman


Maria Mora

At Big Sea, Maria Mora develops engaging ways to tell brand stories online. She strategizes and implements inbound marketing tactics for clients throughout the united states.
Maria has been working on the web since 2002. She has an English degree from the University of Florida and a professional background in digital marketing and editorial strategy. She's contributed over 1000 articles to publications like Yahoo, SheKnows, Azula, and Orbitz. As a fourth generation native of St. Petersburg, she's thrilled to work with local institutions like Stetson University College of Law, the Downtown Partnership, and the Economic Development Corporation. She is also a Charger parent. 

As a young adult author, Maria is represented by Erica Bauman of Aevitas Creative Management. 

Nomad Art Bus

In 2013, artist Carrie Boucher transformed a retired bus into a mobile studio to bring hands-on, open ended art exploration to the world and NOMADstudio - Neighborhood Oriented Mobile Art + Design Studio - was born. With the mission of "art for ALL', and the help of an ever-growing street team of arts advocates, NOMAD has facilitated 28,000+ interactions connecting people -many of whom have little to no access to art programming - to their creativity.

Dee Perconti

Dee Perconti's passion is combining arts and therapy to help others. Dee helps wounded children in the following ways: 
  • TO STOP CHILD TRAFFICKING by being an advocate for Rapha House. Rapha House is a nonprofit which provides safehouses for girls who have been rescued from trafficking, exploitation and slavery. At Rapha House girls are loved, counseled, educated and prepared for productive lives.
  • HER SECOND PASSION IS TO CREATE as much vibrant, explosive, and emotional collage as she can. Her technique of tearing up her old paintings and rebirthing them, represents second chances, do-overs, optimism and hope. Her work recently has been shown at the collaborative BellaUnica art show and the Vinoy Place Spring Fling and Art Show. She will be presenting her collage work at Opera Central for 2 months: May and June. The opening reception for her show named "Duetto" is May 13th, open to the public. For more information go to dee's website
During Celebrate the Arts, Dee will be encouraging middle school students to express themselves through collage.

Karan Porter

Through our weekly Celebrate the Arts program and private lessons, Karan Porter has had a hand in helping many Shorecrest students express themselves through visual arts. Her technique classes focus on drawing, but her work with Lower and Middle Schools duirng our teach-in will involve group-effort mural paintings.

Learn more about her classes at or view some of her painted elephants.

Rose Marie Prins

Rose Marie Prins’ mixed-media paintings and sculptures have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums, cultural centers and galleries throughout the country. 

“Prins’ mixed media works probe the notion of trauma and healing, destruction and rebirth. She slashes or burns her canvases, then repairs the wounds with wire stitches that branch off like waterways or coalesce surprisingly into crosses. She colors the canvases beneath the suture-like stitches with the bruised tinges of healing flesh, the blackened effect of a burn, the signals of pain that precede recovery, metaphors she naturally associates with life. Prins’ work voicelessly discloses a self portrait.”
– Richmond Times-Dispatch

Sue Rowe

Former Lower School art teacher and Shorecrest alumna Sue Rowe '76 teaches children, teens, and adults at my studio in Five Deuces Galleria - 2101 3rd Avenue South, #8. She is also a volunteer art teacher on Fridays at Shorecrest with JK students.

At Sue Rowe Studio, her mission is to create a safe, communal space for all kinds of artists to come together and express their creative sides. If you have something specific you would like to learn, or if you are just looking for a studio space where you can work alongside others, she would love to work with you! 

"I have found in my own art practice that working alongside other artists is invaluable as a way to grow and expand my ideas and technical skills, and it's more fun that way! Whether you're a brand new student hoping to learn a thing or two about art, or if you are looking for a place to make art with others, or if you’re simply interested in picking up a new hobby, is here to welcome you into the fold.

St. Petersburg Ballet Conservatory

Allexandra Gallardo resides in St. Petersburg where she is a faculty member of The St. Petersburg Ballet Conservatory and began dancing at the age of 7. Allexe was taught by Erich Yetter at The Peoria Ballet in Illinois. Over the course of 14 years, she attended the Academy’s summer intensives with various world renowned instructors such as Guillermo Laiva, Victoria Vargas, Ariel Cisnero, Daniel Ulbricht and Crystal Brothers for more than eight years. She performed at the Glen Oak Amphitheater and Riverside Church, where she was part of their summer intensive shows dancing in works from La Bayadere, Paquita, and other originally choreographed pieces. She attended RiverNorth’s Contemporary Workshop as well as the Orlando Ballet summer intensive. During her dancing career, Allexe was a part of Peoria Ballet’s Pre-Professional Ensemble Company.
As a native of Venezuela, Servy Gallardo began dancing at the age of 15 and is now the Artistic Director of The St. Petersburg Ballet Conservatory. He received training under the tutelage of his step-mother (Glenda Lucena, now a guest teacher for the Royal Ballet School and Chautauqua, New York Summer Program), and father (Serviliano Gallardo) at Ballet Opera de Maracay, the conservatory of music of the state of Aragua, Venezuela. He also received Cuban training from Jose Parez, Karemia Moreno, Elena M. Vera, and Julio Lamas. After only four years of training, Servy received his first contract with the National Ballet of Caracas. Within two years, was invited to join the National Ballet Of Venezuela as a principal dancer. At the age of 21 he was offered a contract to dance in the USA. Here he danced most of career as a professional dancer. Now he is a teacher, choreographer, and guest faculty member with numerous schools and companies.

The St. Petersburg Ballet Conservatory is located in Gulfport, FL. Learn more at

St. Pete Music Factory

The St. Pete Music Factory is coming back to Shorecrest! They have introduced stringed musical instruments to Chargers for years now - guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, violins, fiddles and banjos. While at Shorecrest, they hope to inspire kids to talk about music and look at music in a new way. 

Learn more about their music lessons for children at: or

Debe Shenkman

When Debe Shenkman, a Charger Alumni parent, is not busy planning all of the events on campus, she enjoys winding down by painting. From florals, to portraits, to landscapes, Debe's art can be seen around the Shorecrest campus and around St. Petersburg. During Celebrate the Arts she is creating acrylic pour paintings with Middle School students.

Rebecca Skelton

Rebecca Skelton earned her B.F.A. and M.F.A. in painting from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. She moved to Atlanta in 1979, where she worked in the advertising industry. After moving to St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1985, she reestablished her career as an artist and teacher.

Ms. Skelton's work has been collected, exhibited, and published since 1974. She has taught art classes for University of Tampa, St. Petersburg College, USF St. Petersburg, HCC Ybor, and Eckerd College as well as for the Morean Arts Center, Creative Clay, Youth Arts Corps, and the Dali Museum. Her work can be seen in the Morean Arts Center, Florida CraftArt Gallery, Davidson’s Fine Art, Articles, and Vincent William Gallery.

At Shorecrest, Ms. Skelton will be providing drawing lessons for Celebrate the Arts.

Corrie Stover

Charger parent and alumna Corrie Stover '90 will be drawing with our students.

Natalie Velez

Having a cultural and fine-arts background, as well as being a seasoned traveler, gives Natalie Velez an eclectic perspective in her handmade designs. Natalie studies watercolor, oil painting and jewelry making. After a stint in the fashion industry, she gained a deep appreciation of the accessories that complete an ensemble. This inspires her Bella Unica (Uniquely Beautiful) designs. Sometimes European, sometimes tropical, but always unique. Each piece is truly a one-of-a-kind conception that only you will wear and own.

We are excited to see what Shorecrest Lower School students think of her polymer clay jewelry. View
 her creations at

Lauren White '21

Lauren is a Shorecrest student and accomplished artist who will be drawing emotion masks with Lower School students during Celebrate the Arts.

Gray Wise

Mixed-media artist Gray Wise is returning to Shorecrest for the umpteenth time. In addition to dedicating his time to Celebrate the Arts, Gray teaches our Middle School students each year how to create statues and figures from upcycled, household items such as plastic grocery bags, cardboard, coat hangers, and more. The creations take on new life when painted, and are lightweight so students can easily manipulate them. They become mythological beasts that light up or move with electrical switches!

Gray also sells his sculptures in custom colors and sizes. Most are animals, fairies and carousel horses. Some are weather resistant for outdoor use.

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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.