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Anne Valby

Owner / Instructor

Anne Valby

Anne Valby is married to John Valby, and has raised 6 children. Now that she has time for herself, she's decided to open her own business. Having helped open and instruct at "Cheers To Monet" of the south towns, Anne is now bringing these paint parties to the north towns. Located in Clarence NY.

Anne has been doing art, well, for as long as she can remember. All forms of art are imbedded her soul. Anne opened and directed a shop/gallery "Buffalo Soldier" in the Clarence area for several years. Focusing on local artists. Anne has designed and decorated restaurants from WNY, to Crested Butte Colorado. She has also designed and built reclaimed barn wood furniture that has been sold from WNY, and sold through out the Adirondack regions.

She is very happy to be able to share her gift of laughter, love of art, and inspiration to all who grace her studio. 

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Heather Anthon

Manager, Instructor

Heather Anthon

Heather is a local artist with an eclectic skill set. She holds a B.A. in Art with a minor in Psychology from Buffalo State College and uses this foundation to help others express themselves through various artistic media. She finds her proficiency in painting as well as sculpture. Bright colors and abstract design are a hallmark of her work.

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Raisa Aspaas

Instructor

Raisa Aspaas

Raisa is a recently married artist from East Aurora, New York. She holds a degree in visual arts and new media from SUNY Fredonia. Art is a way of life for Raisa, but recently she is most involved in drawing and painting, pottery, and fiber art.

Raisa works full time as an art teacher at Autism services inc, where she encourages creativity and artistic ability amongst adults across the autism spectrum. Raisa feels very lucky to have such a rewarding job that she loves so much and also looks forward to sharing her natural ability to teach, create art, and have fun at Van Gogh on the Rocks.

When Raisa is not working or creating art, she enjoys music, traveling, and spending time with her wonderful husband, friends, and cats.

"Art is not a thing, it is a way"- Elbert Hubbard

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Jeff Perdziak

Instructor

Jeff Perdziak

Jeff Perdziak lives in Clarence NY with his wife and 4 kids. Jeff prides himself being an “artist”. Not any specific artist, but and artist that shares who he is through his artwork.

Many years ago Jeff had a small art show at the Clarence Center Coffee and Cafe. There is where he met Anne Valby, who he attributes his discovery as an artist in Clarence. She introduced him to the Buyers family which he created a 20 foot by 20 foot mural in their home. Since then Jeff's done everything from pencil portraits to a painting of a life size train on the side of a bowling alley. Yup... Jeff painted the West Shore Railroad mural at the Clarence Bowling Academy. As well as the Animal painting across the street at the Farmer's Market.

Currently Jeff works with AWARE ( Association of Wild Animal Rehabilitation and Education ). He does pencil drawings of the animals they care for and they're printed on t-shirts and 8x10 prints that are sold to help raise money for the group.

Jeff's also done t-shirt design for Rock stars like the Rolling Stones to BB King to Jason Aldean.

Jeff's also working on his own comic book too! The Menagerie – Unexplained Legends.

Jeff's main focus with his art is to share it with others... and perhaps bring a smile to everyone's face!

Being able to work with Anne at Van Gogh on the Rocks is an outstanding experience! Seeing people create things they thought they couldn't... just priceless!

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