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It's not Black Friday–it's Black Monday!

Updated: Dec 6, 2020

These classes and workshops make excellent holiday gifts for friends and family!

One evening while listening to the Gewandhaus Orchestra online, we realized that we could help make your days a little brighter by presenting art, music, and culinary discussions similar to what we do on our travel journeys. And because we are all sequestered, many musicians and teachers are now out of work due to canceled concerts and events.

So to give you and your friends and family something to do in the coming year, and to help artists during this unprecedented time, Artful Journeys has assembled some of our faculty to enliven your senses and help you through the barriers of isolation. Thanks to technology such as Zoom, we can bring these presentations into your home.

2021 Classes


Here, at Artful Journeys, we are surrounded by amazing talent. We want to bring them to you for consideration in acquainting yourselves with their works, and perhaps even purchasing some of the work as gifts this holiday season and beyond.

Raisy Derzie

Born and raised in Lebanon and after teaching French and art for a few years, I came to New York in the late '60s with my husband. I studied at the New York School of Interior Design in Manhattan. When we relocated to Long Island, I started painting again and met some wonderful and talented artists who became my longtime friends! I was also introduced to printmaking and worked at the Ruth Leef Studio in Douglaston. There I produced many prints. Two of them, "The Kurdish Family" and "The Protest," were reproduced in the NY Times with a great article by Phillis Braff.

As a longtime member of the Graphic Eye Gallery in Port Washington, I had numerous solo shows, including the display of nine panels that constituted the decor for an off-Broadway play, "Rewriting Her Life" by Barbara Masry. Three years ago, I discovered a program on the IPad called "Brushes," and I started experimenting and producing numerous large pieces printed on archival paper. This method that David Hockney employed and thereby legitimized is a new art form! One of my large works is "Teatime with cousin Berty," and it was a feature in the NY Times.

View more of Raisy's works at Raisy Derzie Artworks | Facebook


Lynn Goldstein

Oasis, 20”x16,” Oil on Panel, ©Lynn Goldstein, $895

Northern Virginia artist Lynn Goldstein has been making art professionally for over twenty-five years. She has exhibited widely won awards in national juried exhibitions and galleries, including the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Many enjoy her work in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Lynn has taught art in the mid-Atlantic region for over twenty years. Additionally, she has taught workshop classes at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, as well as workshops in France and Italy.

To see more of Lynn's work and accomplishments, visit her website at


Sevan Melikyan

After Braque’s Terrace of Hotel Mistral

Growing up in Turkey, land of mosaics and textiles, Sevan established a life-long affinity for pattern and design. The years he spent as a student in Paris and New York, visiting countless galleries and museums, introduced him to the great works that would serve him as his only training in art.

This avocation took on a new dimension in 2001 when he developed a pictural language that allowed him to reduce museum masterpieces to straight-angled minimalist paintings and communicate with his viewers his understanding and appreciation of these works.

More information can be seen at Sevan's gallery website is



"I 'look' with the intent of perceiving the artistic elements of what I am viewing rather than the intellectual dissection of information."

Jeff Shapiro

Jeff Shapiro was born in the Bronx, NY, in 1949. He presently works and lives in upstate NY with his wife, Hinako. He studied ceramic arts while living in Japan for nine years from 1973-1981. His work has been exhibited internationally in Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Switzerland, Canada, England, and Japan. His work can be found in numerous museum collections, including The Carlo Zauli Museum, Faenza, Italy, The Massachusetts Museum of Fine Art, Boston MA, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, The Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY, The Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA. He has given workshops and seminars worldwide and has built two wood fire kilns in Italy.

To learn more about Jeff's work visit


Ellen Joyce Trayer


Ellen Joyce Trayer is an artist from the Hudson Valley. She works in oil, pastel, and experimental watercolor. Ellen's web site is


Eli Cedrone

Eli Cedrone is an award-winning artist from Boston. A graduate of the School of Art & Design, (Suffolk University) she also studied in Florence, Italy; The Museum of Fine Arts School and The Academy of Realist Art, Boston. Cedrone has won numerous awards including Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and International Artists. She is the recipient of several residencies and fellowships and has participated in juried invitationals in the US and abroad. Her work has been featured in Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur and International Artist's Magazine.

Learn more about Eli and her art at


Written by

Joan Hill, Artful Journeys Director and

Carla Bohnett, Artful Journeys Co-Director

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