Waterworks Visual Arts Center

Providing diverse opportunities in the arts for all people through exhibitions, education, & outreach programs.

Summer ARTventures

Educating and Inspiring Creativity and 
Imagination in every child!

Look what students created in this year's
Summer ARTventures!

WEEK 1 - JUNE 14-18


Messy Art I for 4-5 year olds 

Super Hero Pop Art

Instructor: Debbie Hoffman (Miss Debbie)


Ages 6-8

Cirque du Clay Breakfast Club  

Instructor: Troy Lundgren


Ages 9-12

Animal Portraits

Instructor: Dani Iris


Ages 12-18

Darkroom Photography

Instructor: Parker Reinecker

WEEK 2 - JUNE 21-25


Messy Art II for 4-5 year olds

Mini Masters

Instructor: Debbie Hoffman (Miss Debbie)


Ages 6-8

Science & Art Collide 

Instructor: Dani Iris


Ages 9-12

Hand and Wheel Pottery I 

Instructor: Brenda Gariepy

Ages 12-18

Plein Air Painting

Instructor:  Phyllis Steimel



Messy Art III for 4-5 year olds 

Wild About Dinosaurs 

Instructor: Debbie Hoffman (Miss Debbie)


Ages 6-8

Make it Pop!

Instructor: Denise Paugh


Ages 9-12


Instructor: Troy Lungren


Ages 12-18

Hand & Wheel Pottery A

Instructor: Brent Smith

WEEK 4 - JULY 12-16


Messy Art IV for 4-5 year olds

Ahoy Mermaids and Pirates

Instructor: Debbie Hoffman (Miss Debbie)


Ages 6-8

Gnomes, Fairies, and Trolls

Instructor: Shirl Hull


Ages 9-12 

Hand & Wheel Pottery II 

Instructor: Brent Smith

WEEK 5 - JULY 19-23


Ages 6-8

Explorations in Printmaking 

Instructor: Jackie Black


Ages 9-12

Circuit Bugs

Instructor:  Denise Paugh


Ages 12-18

Culinary Hand & Wheel 

Instructor:  Brenda Gariepy

Meet Our Instructors

JACKIE BLACK earned a BA in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting and Printmaking from Hampton University, Virginia. She taught public elementary art for 16 years.  

Jackie has been teaching Claymation and other art classes during Summer ARTventures at Waterworks since 2010. 

She was a 2017 recipient of the Waterworks’ Lucille P. and Edwin O. Norvell Family Art of Teaching Award for her contributions, and outstanding work in art education. Jackie currently serves as the Center’s Education Coordinator.


BRENDA GARIEPY studied at Alfred University, New York, and has teaching experience in NY, PA, and NC.  She currently teaches art in the Rowan-Salisbury Elementary Schools.

For the last twelve years, Brenda has specialized in teaching hand-built and wheel-thrown pottery classes at Waterworks.

She was a 2017 recipient of the Waterworks’ Lucille P. and Edwin O. Norvell Family Art of Teaching Award for her significant and generous contributions, and outstanding work in art education through Waterworks and its educational studio programs.


DEBBIE HOFFMAN is retired from the Rowan/Salisbury school system after nearly twenty years working as an Exceptional Children teacher.  She taught dance for over forty-five years. Debbie graduated from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College with an associate of arts degree.

Debbie was the recipient of Waterworks’ 2009 Lucile P. and Edwin O. Norvell Family Art of Teaching Award for her significant and selfless contributions and outstanding work in art education through Waterworks’ children’s educational programming. She returns to WVAC for her 14th year.


SHIRL HULL is an artist and designer. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA., with a B.A. degree in Studio Art. Shirl advanced her studies by completing Jewelry Design, Lost Wax Casting and Jewelry Fabrication from El Camino College and California State University both in CA.

Shirl loves to travel and has taken two cultural trips to the African Continent. Shirl resides in Spencer, N.C.


DANIELLE “Dani” IRIS is returning for her second year of teaching Summer ARTventures classes. Kids and adults both love Dani’s fresh approach and new ideas that she brings to Waterworks.

Dani received her BFA in painting and fiber from Appalachian State University.  She is the 2018 recipient of the  Windgate Fellowship, a grant awarded to recent graduate artists to help kick start their career. 


TROY LUNDGREN is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a B.F.A in Fine Arts and a concentration in Art Education. He recently completed his 4th year teaching at Southeast Middle School. 

Troy knew for a long time that his career would be in some sort of art field. It was just before enrolling at UNCG that he realized what he really had a passion for helping others discover themselves through art. His favorite medium, clay!


DENISE PAUGH earned a BA in Dance Education/Theater from UNC-Charlotte. She has taught in the Rowan-Salisbury School (RSS) system since 2006. Denise created, developed and implemented the county’s first honors curriculum for Dance, and she now serves as a K-5 art specialist at Knollwood and Overton Elementary schools.

Denise has taught jewelry-making at Waterworks to both youth and adults, for the past several years. She is owner and designer of her own jewelry design business, Denise Paugh Designs.


PARKER REINECKER is a photographer and educator based in Central North Carolina and Atlanta Georgia. Parker’s work has been exhibited in various national and international galleries and museums including, the Photo IS:RAEL photography festival (Tel-Aviv IL), PH21 Gallery (Budapest HU), the Colorado Photographic Art Center (Denver CO), the Academy Art Museum (Easton MD) and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights (Atlanta GA). His work has also been featured in various national and international publications/platforms including C41 and Eyeshot Magazines, Dodho Magazine and The Photo Review. 

Parker is an MFA recipient from Savannah College of Art and Design and is a full-time Visual Arts Instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.


Brent Smith  is a 1993 ECU graduate who works as a full-time potter.  He works in his studio and showroom behind his farmhouse in Rowan County, where he continually experiments with forms, clays, glazes, and textures.  He sometimes digs his own natural clay.  Brent is known for his lidded jars, and large wheel-thrown pots.

Brent has been teaching youth and adult hand and wheel classes at Waterworks for over 15 years.  He received the Waterworks’ Lucille P. and Edwin O. Norvell Family Art of Teaching Award in 2014 in recognition and appreciation for his contributions to the visual arts in Rowan County.



PHYLLIS STEIMEL is a native of Rochester, NY.  She  graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Art Education. She is a retired swimming coach  and founder of the Rowan Aquatic Club YMCA Team in 1983.

Following her coaching career, she dedicated herself to art. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, International Plein Air Painters, American Impressionist Society and the Waterworks Visual Art Center. She is a founding member of Plein Air Carolina.