Vibrant and versatile artist, wife and mother of five, Laura Genagon Kemler, loves all areas under the umbrella of art. While taking art lessons from Artist and Elba native Bernice Yunker, when she was a little girl she discovered clay & watercolors and fell in love with their endless possibilities. At the age of 14 her parents enrolled her in an Oil Painting 1 credit college course at Genesee Community College.
Teaching her love of art almost fell into her lap her senior year of high school, now after 23 years of teaching experience she continues to share her love of art and talents with children and adults alike from England, France, Italy, Singapore, Mexico, South America and here the U.S. She has taught private and group art lessons, summer camp and has had several guest appearances and demonstrations at schools and organizations.
Her mediums of expertise include but are not limited to in areas of illustration: watercolor, gouache, ink, pastel, colored pencil and graphite, marker, oil and collage. Her mural work consisted of a series of paintings at a doctor’s office, Children’s Hospital and Pizza Hut in Pittsburgh and in her high school. She recently finished illustrating her first children’s book. Her graphic design work began in high school as Editor of her school yearbook and continued in college with freelance work for Liz Claiborne and University of Pittsburgh. She also designed several logos, billboards, album covers, annual reports, travel guides and endless promo packages for various companies. Sculpting, throwing and building in natural terracotta clay has also been a favorite to share with students along with polymer clay caning, beading and food miniatures replicas. Textile arts are also dear to Laura. She started sewing as a young teen quilting and progressing to dying fabric and batiking her own designs on natural fiber fabrics.
Laura is overjoyed to have the opportunity to teach at Bergen School of the Arts, and share her love of art with students who share the same curiosity for learning new mediums, furthering their skills and building confidence in their work. From papermaking to traditional oil painting, Laura is always creating something new.