Meet Our Staff
Amy Davis Navardauskas
Amy is an established artist in Northwest Indiana and previously served on the leadership team of Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, where she served as the marketing director for 10 years. She brings nearly 15 years of marketing and fundraising experience to the role.
Board President Julia Holmaas states,“During this time of growth and transformation, there is no better person to lead the Art Barn than Amy. She is a proven leader with the skills and vision to continue Art Barn’s 40-year history of providing art education and promoting the arts in the Region.”
Board President, Program Director, Instructor,
Before becoming an instructor Julia benefited from being at many Art Barn workshops and classes over the years. Painting in both watercolor and oil, Holmaas has won numerous awards for her work.
Julia’s goal as a teacher to help others learn the basics of painting – using line, color and shape to capture a three dimensional reality in a two dimensional space.
She is a member of the Area Artists Association, the Chesterton Art Center, and the Southern Shore Art Association of Michigan City. She is active in the Duneland Plein Air Painters and teaches seminars for the Michigan City Art League.
Office Manager, Children’s Program Director, Instructor, Board Member
Sharon began at the Art Barn in 1998 as an art model and assistant to founder Jan Sullivan.
In 2014 she began teaching the older children’s art classes and annual summer camps. Her varied career has led to certification in several fields, and she brings this knowledge to her teaching.
In autumn of 2016 Sharon became a resident at the Art Barn and joined the Board of Directors. Along with instructing, she is currently office manager and festival coordinator for the Art Blitz.
“Jan has been a role model for me through the years. I’ve always found great self expression and recognition through my art, but resisted thinking of myself as an artist through most of my youth. Jan changed that for me. The Art Barn has changed that for me. I embrace art now, and living here inspires me daily.”
Suzie’s studies include the American Academy of Fine Art in Chicago, Valparaiso University, and several workshops with renowned artists including Richard Schmid, Albert Handell, William Hook, and Arnie Westerman. She has taught children and adult classes, including life drawing, for over a decade.
“I believe my purpose as an artist is to behold the beautiful side of our world, and pass it on thru my artwork. I work and teach several media including oils, acrylics, pastels, pencil, and watercolor.”
Maintenance, Groundskeeping, Animal Caretaker
For nearly two decades, Francis has been tireless in his devotion to the Art Barn grounds and its many animal residents. He can be seen all times of day in any weather tending to the property both indoors and out.