Kim Falco


Kim has been teaching art for over 9 years at Saints Philip and James School in Saint James, and Saint Edward the Confessor School in Syosset. A resident of Huntington, Kim has earned a B.A. in Studio Art (Concentration in Drawing and Painting) from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Art Education from Long Island University. In 2014, she completed a certificate course through MoMA entitled, Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies For Your Classroom. In addition to teaching Pre Kindergarten through 8th grade, she has developed a number of after school clubs and workshops including: Digital Photography, Watercolor Painting, Clay Animation, Filmmaking and Illustration. Kim has also been with The East Williston Creative Arts Program since 2003, where she has taught Jewelry Design, Calligraphy and Fashion Illustration in Saturday morning workshops. Kim finds teaching art to be a great joy! Her teaching philosophy is to nurture the creativity in each child, while developing a sense of appreciation for beauty in the art that surrounds us. Kim is thrilled to be teaching at the Smithtown Township Arts Council!  


Missy Bernstein

Missy Bernstein is a local Smithtown resident and New York State certified Childhood Educator. Missy received her BS in elementary education at SUNY Old Westbury College. She graduated the Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Apparel Design with a specialization in current scene trends. She has 3 years experience working with a team of designers for the young and edgy fashion company Rampage. Missy's 3 years of experience working in the design room includes: fashion trend research, print and trim selection, design illustration, draping, pattern making and garment construction. Currently she teaches part time at Edna Louise Elementary School in Port Jefferson.
Krista Biedenbach, originally from Smithtown, is a practicing artist and educator. Since 2012, Krista has been teaching art for students in grades K-8 at public schools in Brooklyn and Long Island. Currently the Assistant to the Director at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, a museum located in East Hampton, she is excited to share her background in art history and art-making with visitors of all ages.
Krista actively creates her own artwork and has shown her prints, mixed media and digital work throughout Long Island. She received her MA in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and BA degrees in Art History and Studio Art from Stony Brook University.
Prior to receiving her graduate degree, Krista enjoyed teaching a variety of classes at the Mills Pond House. She is always thrilled to be offering classes at STAC, ready to guide students in creating fantastic pieces and inspiring children to become lifelong learners of art.


Krista Biedenbach



Irene Paquette Tetrault


Irene is a former Smithtown resident and a 1987 graduate of Smithtown High School East. She went to The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City where she majored in Fashion Design and Fashion Illlustration. Graduating in 1991 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Irene worked at Pluzynski Associates Advertising Agency in the city as a Layout Artist after graduation, then moved to Los Angeles and worked as a Production Assistant for Lakeshore Learning Materials toy catalog. Family additions brought her home where Irene started a career as a Senior Artist for a wholesale art production company. In 1999 she decided teaching was her calling and graduated in 2001 from the C.W. Post Art Eduction program with a Masters of Arts and Sciences. An artist for business as well as pleasure, Irene has shown and sold work on the East and West coasts alike, as well as donating several of her water colors for auction to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness (including her bio photo). She's been giving private art lessons to children and adults since 1999. Irene is thrilled to be back teaching at the Smithtown Township Arts Council, returning to teach more Fashion and Watercolor after a six year hiatus to concentrate on raising her children.
Chris Ann Ambery is a New York based multi-disciplinary artist and educator. Chris Ann was born and raised in Queens, New York and currently resides with her family in Smithtown. She received a BFA in illustration from Parsons School of Design and an MFA in printmaking from LIU Post. Her work speaks of the constant state of flux encountered in life. She draws her influences from the shapes, textures and movements of the natural world as well as, the fleeting thoughts, ideas, and dreams that pass through our minds every day. Chris Ann has been become involved with less-toxic printmaking methods such as solar plate and saline –sulfate etching. For over seven years Chris Ann has been teaching drawing, painting, watercolor, and printmaking classes. Her students range in age from pre-teen thru adults, and level from the very beginner to graduate students and professional artists. She strives to help each student develop and express their unique creative voice.

Chris Ann Ambery
Jim Minet
Jim Minet lives and maintains a studio on Long Island in New York.  His work has been exhibited at the Firefly Artists Gallery in Northport, NY, The Art Students League of NY and the Vanderbilt Planetarium.  He has been published in Paintworks Magazine and Newsday and is also affiliated with many companies in the art materials industry conducting frequent demonstrations and workshops.

Jim studied at The Art Students League in Manhattan.  In addition painting, and representing companies in the fine art materials industry, Jim teaches a class for painting and drawing at the 92nd St. Y in Manhattan and conducts frequent workshops throughout the Northeastern United States.
Artist Statement:
What we choose to paint, how we paint it, and the medium we use are all personal choices that provide uniqueness and individuality in our work.  Art reflects the world around us.  It can represent a moment in time, a message, or an expression of feeling.  What makes any particular work of art interesting is the degree to which we can see the intention of the artist or understand the depth of his message or better yet, just feel.  Ultimately, however, our art is a reflection of ourselves.
A professional illustrator and fine artist, Amal Karzai has provided numerous illustrations to children's book publishers and editorial publications. Her clients include Tuntun, Barons, My Magic World, The EPublic Co., and she does extensive work for self-publishers. She has taught illustration and basic drawing at the Tamer Institute and given workshops at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She is currently completing her Master of Fine Art in Illustration through the Academy of Art University where she has studied under Stephen Player and Cathy Locke. She has participated in several group exhibits and her work resides in several private and one museum collection. Artwork can be viewed at

Amal Karzai