The Bloom Crew

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Owner, creative director, and lead educator at Bloom. Emily has successfully conducted over 300 paint nights in the last 4 years.  

She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Columbia College and is an accomplished painter and collage artist.  Her favorite thing to do besides making art is reading and spending time with her family, friends and her lovable golden retriever Wrigley.

Emily Franz

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Mother, art teacher, and artist.  She loves yoga, collects crystals and enjoys creative time.

Heidi is a public school art teacher in Justice, IL.   She is creative and astute,  intuitive and helpful. Keeps any party in full swing.

Heidi O'Hanley

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Lifelong art enthusiast.  "I think I came out of the womb with a pencil in my hand!"   Self taught and an amazing ability to draw realistic.

Traci Schmidt

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Fitness enthusiast, travel seeker and art maker for the joy and emotional release it brings.  B.S. in Psychology with an Art Minor. 

Jennifer Klouse

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Kat is a preschool director in New Lennox who knew she was creative, but didn't realized she was an 'artist' until she read Julia Cameron's book, The Artist's Way.  She is an advocate of the 'process' part of creating art as opposed to the product.  We can't agree more!

Kat Fairbarn

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Annie is a wife and mother to 2 young girls.  You can find her sneaking time to paint or bake after her girls are in bed. Painting is Annie's self-care technique that helps her keep sane through life’s craziness!

Annie Wilson

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Julianna is a high school student who loves to paint and express herself through art and creative activities.

​ She loves working with  adults  and children and is very encouraging and helpful.

Julianna Wilson

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Hannah's hobbies are ballroom dancing,  singing,   theater and art.

She loves creating art, because it brings joy to her heart. 

She also enjoys helping others and 

 being able to work and give back to her community.

Hannah Galemb

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Ava is a current student at Purdue University looking to major in Animation and minor in Art and Design. She’s been drawing and painting her whole life and is thrilled to be a part of Bloom. 

Ava Gleason

2010 - present
2010 - present