About Our Instrutors

Christina Cirillo Schmidt

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Christina Cirillo Schmidt received her Fine Arts degree from the University of Connecticut with a focus on scenic and costume design for theatre.  With a passion for all things creative she has an enthusiastic and innovative approach to everything she does.  She has the unique ability to discover art from a variety of typical and "not so typical" mediums. Christina has had jobs as a scenic painter, costume designer, craftsperson, theatre teacher, seamstress, and visual merchandiser.  She currently works at Celebrations Gallery and is thrilled to be teaching again at Silver Circle.

Carol Dunn

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Carol Dunn is an award winning printmaker and photographer, specializing in alternative processes for creating artwork. Techniques include solarplate etchings, and printing altered photos on top of collage work or on handmade papers or aluminum. She exhibits frequently in the New England area and on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where she vacations. She is an Elected Artist in the Norwich Arts Council, Mystic Arts Center, Connecticut Women Artists, and Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts; she is an Associate Artist with the Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly. Her studio, Little River Studio & Gallery, features views of the river, lots of natural light and an etching press, where she holds classes in her many techniques. She has also taught classes at QVCC (Quinebaug Valley Community College) where she received an Associate in Fine Arts degree, Manchester Community College, Mystic Arts Center, Lyme Art Association, Silver Circle Studio, Meiklem Kiln Works and the Guilford Art Center. Her work is held in private collections throughout the US, and in far flung areas including Ireland and Australia.


Ronald Zincone

Ronald Zincone is an award-winning photographer with an online BBB Accredited Business, Digital Photography Made Easy! located in Kingstown, RI. He is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography (NYIP), a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and a Certified Photographic Consultant C.P.C. Zincone has pursued outdoor photography for 14 years and is southern New England's #1 traveling photography teacher. Ronald Zincone Photography is an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) as of June 2013 with an A+ rating. To review his BBB business rating go to: http://www.bbb.org/boston/business-reviews/photographers/ronald-zincone-photography-in-kingston-ri-132921 or go to his website at: www.ronaldzinconephotography.com

Lindsay Shaw Lehmann

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Lindsay Shaw Lehmann was born and raised in Putnam, CT. After attending Rochester Institute of Technology and earning her BA in Professional Photographic Illustration (’99), she began teaching at Pomfret School, in Pomfret, CT. At this time she also began her own business photographing weddings, portraits and corporate work. Lindsay’s photographs have been shown in galleries across New England.

Leila Namin

Born in 1986 in Tehran, Iran, Leila Namin received her B.F.A in Painting from the Fine Art University of Tehran in 2009. She moved to U.S after that to experience being an artist in a bigger view and to be able to explore her art with more focus. She received her M.F.A from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Painting in 2012. For her successful work in MassArt, She was one of the 6 graduate students in Boston who got a review in the Boston Globe on August 2012. She currently lives and works in Worcester, MA.


Susan Rosenstone Larrow

Susan taught for 35 years at Killingly High School, and at Woodstock Academy as Department Chair .  Susan currently paints full time and exhibits regularly at local & regional galleries. "I paint the scenery at home and on my travels, often painting outside on location. The places I visit become vivid canvases of color attracting the viewer’s eye. When painting, I have always felt a sense of fulfillment, that my life was enriched and complete”.  Susan now lives in East Killingly, CT where she paints the images around her.

Ella Delyanis

Ella Delyanis is a highly accomplished, award-winning, published artist who has been represented by several Boston-area galleries and is in many noted corporate collections around the country. She has exhibited in countless one-person and select group shows at galleries across the United States, and has an extensive teaching history. Currently, in addition to creating her own personal artwork, Ella teaches others in adult education classes at the Worcester Art Museum and Silver Circle Art Center.


Linda Littleton

Linda Littleton teaches students of all ages. She is a member of the RI Watercolor Society, the NE Watercolor Society, Worcester Arts, and exhibits locally and nationally in private collections internationally.

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Ria Hills

Ria Hills is a self-taught working artist who paints predominantly with pastels. She has 40 years of professional experience in graphic design and as a fine artist. Hills has won awards and exhibited throughout New England and sells her work internationally. The February 2013 issue of The Pastel Journal Magazine featured her food art paintings. Ria was born in The Netherlands, raised in New York, and presently paints in her home studio in Uxbridge, MA.


Elisabeth McGinn

Elisabeth loves people and to convey their stories in paint is the driving force of her work. Her portraits are not typical. She's had two separate collections based entirely on the homeless. ("Look Both Ways" 2010, "Right Next Door", 2013) and a collection of portraits to raise awareness and funds for World Concern's effort overseas "Look Beyond" in 2013. Her street scenes also tend to include people and tell a story.

Beginning in 2012, Elisabeth started teaching 4-5 classes a week of painting and drawing. Watching students make discoveries in each class and progress individually as artists has become a huge part of her personal art journey. 

In 2014 Elisabeth planned and held her first Painter's Retreat in Florence, Italy attended by 26 people. It was fabulous fun and the planning for Florence Painter's Retreat 2015 is already underway. She's also constructing a "Painter's Intensive" to be held in Ashville, NC, Spring 2015.

Lori Smolin

Lori has been painting with watercolors for almost 25 years. During that time she has studied with a number of prominent watercolor artist in New England as well as across the pond in England and Scotland. She returns to the UK often and uses photographs from these trips as well as other traveling across the country and around the world as inspiration for her paintings. She is a member of the Northeast Connecticut Art Guild and the Tolland County Art Association and displays her work locally.