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Principal Margarette Johannes, LEED AP
Margarette has executed many murals in private residences, including a recent 18’ x 20’ koi-themed masterpiece in San Diego. Her work can be found in Hawaii, Vail, Aspen, Washington DC, Las Vegas and Southern California, a recent accomplishment was being inducted into the Vail Ski Museum for her public artwork on Checkpoint Charlie.
Margarette started taking portraiture lessons as a 7-year-old, encouraged to pursue art by her 1st grade teacher. She maintained her focus on art through high school, studying under master artists in Europe and gaining inspiration from European castles and fine art. She is also sparked by non-Western art, which was her minor at the University of California, San Diego. She graduated summa cum laude and added to her art resume by serving as an apprentice to renowned Italian-American artist Italo Scanga.
A contemporary artist who’s been working professionally since 1988, Michael focuses full-time on creating specialized work that’s represented by several U.S. fine art galleries and found in private and public collections across the country as well as in Europe, Canada and South America. His neo-romantic style has been called “evocatively beautiful” and “mesmerizing” by art critics and collectors.
Michael began his foray into the national art scene after becoming co-owner and curator of the acclaimed Eklektikos gallery of art in Washington, DC in 1993. As curator for the next 10 years, he organized hundreds of exhibits incorporating thousands of works of art from countless artists from across the nation and globe. In 1999, Michael took the DC art scene by storm by producing an entirely new body of work consisting of haunting and touching contemporary narrative portraits modeled after the empyrean facial expressions found in the subjects of vintage portrait photography.
Since the early ‘70s, Mario has created a body of socially motivated public artwork that has evolved into a master plan concept that continues to march on to the tune of humanity’s dream. His murals are found throughout San Diego, Tijuana and Los Angeles, as well as in Peru, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia and Cuba.
Mario has founded a number of organizations focused on promoting the arts, including the Chicano Park School of Art, Community Arts Center and Chicano Park Open-Air Museum. He co-founded FUERZA and the World Beat Center, and was a founding Board member of the San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture. He was featured in the 2004 PBS series, “Visiones.”
A native of Poland who lives in New Jersey, Emo is a graffiti artist who’s well known for his work on the Tony Hawk video games. He’s established a stellar reputation over the past 12 years, and his work is found in Canada, Paris, Poland and the U.S. Emo has been featured in magazine spreads in Day in the Lyfe and Yellow Rat Bastard. His recent work includes hand-painting a stucco tomb in a church.