Catherine Acosta (b. 1995) Ever since she was a child, Catherine was extremely interested in drawing. When she was at school, she was known for her participation in the artistic activities there. When Catherine was twelve years old, she was granted the opportunity to participate in a painting course where she learned basic techniques. Then one month before she graduated high school, Ani Art Academies held a presentation there detailing about the studio to open in Rio San Juan, her hometown. This was exactly the opportunity she was looking for to further develop her artistic skills.

January 16, 2015

We are ecstatic to announce that Ani Art Academies Alumni Brian O’Neill will exhibit a highly anticipated sequel to 2014’s MUSE, his vastly successful collaboration with the Rochester City Ballet.  MUSE 2.0 will once again combine O’Neill’s realism work with organic abstraction to illustrate the ephemeral qualities of dance.  The Nan Miller Gallery in Rochester, NY, will host this interdisciplinary arts collaboration with the opening reception being held April 22, 2015 from 7:30-9:00. To preview the collection please visit:  More information about the Nan Miller Gallery can be found at:

January 14, 2015

The work of Ani Art Academies’ artists Chelsea Herron and Victoria Steel has been selected to be included in the 3rd volume of Infected By Art.  Herron’s “I Shot an Arrow into the Air” and Steel’s “Of Earth, Heaven, and Sea” were chosen to be part of the publication after entering the Infected By Art Book Contest held last year.  The works will be featured in both the book, which will connect the artists to a global audience, and on the Infected By Art website.  We would like to congratulate both artists on this stellar accomplishment!  The selected pieces, along with the work of all the contest winners can be viewed at:

January 9, 2015

Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma will now feature the work of Ani Art Academies’ Artist Kierstin Young.  The gallery, the oldest in Oklahoma “has worked diligently over the decades to continually represent the most talented, driven, and committed artists who produce works that are visually stunning, emotionally fulfilling, and culturally and historically significant,” and we know that the talented Kierstin Young is a perfect fit.  Young’s work can be viewed and purchased through Lovetts’ online gallery at

January 5, 2015

Artists from Ani Art Academies Waichulis and Ani Art Academies Dominicana visited the Frazetta Museum last weekend.  The newly re-opened museum, located in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, houses a collection of Frank Frazetta’s work ranging from the 1930’s through the 1990’s.  Frazetta is considered by many to be the Godfather of fantasy art, and the Ani apprentices enjoyed having the opportunity to explore his endeavors while searching for inspiration outside of the studio.  More information about the museum can be found at

December 30, 2014

We are beyond excited to announce that ground has been broken in Sri Lanka, where the 5th location of Ani Art Academies will be opened in the coming year!  The Sri Lanka studio will be the second Ani Art Academy in Asia, joining the Thailand school that is currently under construction and set to open in the spring of 2015.  We are thrilled to continue our expansion and look forward to the wonderful new opportunities that lie ahead for our schools, teachers, and students!  Stay tuned to for more information on this exciting new adventure!

December 23, 2014

Ani Art Academies would like to wish you a wonderful holiday filled with joy, laughter, and good will.  As the New Year approaches we look back upon a year that was filled with plentiful accomplishments, new challenges, and the reaching of milestones!  We are so excited for the busy year ahead of us and we look forward to all of the wonderful masterpieces and memories that will be created in 2015! 

December 19, 2014

In response to abundant requests, The Waichulis Studio Store is proud to announce the upcoming addition of an Online Gallery, which will feature work from emerging artists of the Ani Art Academies. We are beyond excited to create this opportunity for both art lovers and Ani Apprentices alike, and are thrilled to see the growing anticipation of all those involved.  Stay tuned to for further details, as the Gallery should be up and running in just a few short weeks!

December 16, 2014

Ani Art Academies Waichulis apprentices ventured to New York City earlier this week to attend the opening reception of Brad Kunkle’s solo exhibition, “The Belonging” at Arcadia Contemporary.  The Ani artists thoroughly enjoyed viewing the paintings of Kunkle, which are embellished with genuine gold and silver leaf.  According to the artist’s website, the metals reflect light differently than paint, allowing them to appear contrastive and unique when the point of view or source of light has changed.

For more information on Kunkle’s work, please visit:

December 12, 2014

Ani Art Academies Waichulis had the honor of welcoming artist Judy Takacs to the studio last month.  Takacs visited Pennsylvania to exhibit her work at the Schulman Gallery at Luzerne County Community College, and to host a two-day workshop.  Takacs has been painting people for close to three decades and focuses primarily on exhibiting understanding, irony, and a high degree of painterly realism.  The heart of Judy’s current show, Chicks with Balls, is a stunningly authentic, moving, and beautiful exhibition: the visual story of strength, of the balls, of each of the beautiful women that are represented.

More information on Judy’s work can be found at:

December 9, 2014

The work of Ani Art Academies Apprentices was on display for all to enjoy at the Annual Arts & Music Holiday Celebration held at the Irem Clubhouse in Dallas, PA earlier this week.  Visitors to the celebration marveled at the superb skills and dedication that were exemplified by the fine array of drawings that the school exhibited.  Ani General Administrator Stephanie Gronchick was on hand at the event to answer questions and to share the mission of the school with the many interested guests.  A lovey time was had by all and the celebration successfully spread holiday joy to everyone in attendance.

December 5, 2014

(b. 1957) Born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Sharon Hourigan received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from King’s College in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.
While raising her two children Sharon applied to and was accepted into The Waichulis Studio apprenticeship program in 2009 and later continued her studies with the Ani Art Academies Waichulis in Bear Creek, Pennsylvania.

Sharon’s drawings have received numerous awards and recognition including Finalist in the Southwest Artist Magazine’s 20 Over 30 International Competion in 2010, Finalist in the Art Renewal Center International Salon Competions for 2010- 2011, 2011-2012 , 2012-2013 and 2013-2014,  Finalist in the American Women Artists Online Exhibit 2013, and Finalist in the Art Kudos Online International Competition 2013.

Sharon has participated in several gallery exhibits which include the Capturing Realism Biannual Exhibits 2009, 2011, 2013, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania.  Mainstreet Galleries “New Season-New Works”, Kingston, Pennsylvania , The Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc “The Big Gamble”, New York, New York, 2013, The Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc “Heros, Villiains, Myths, Legends”, New York, New York, 2014.
Four of Sharon’s drawings were exhibited in the group show, “American Still Lifes” at the R.W. Norton Museum, Shreveport, Louisianna in 2014.
A collection of her work can be found at Mainstreet Galleries, Kingston, Pennsylvania and in private collections.

December 2, 2014

Ani Art Academies' Artists Rodney O’Dell Davis and Sharon Hourigan are set to hit the international exhibition stage at The National Museum of History of Moldova.  Although the upcoming show has yet to be announced to the public, we are thrilled to have the honor to give you a sneak peek at O’Dell’s piece, “Lost in Space.”  O’Dell and Hourigan will be joining a plethora of talented artists from around the globe, and we simply cannot wait to see their work on display.  Stayed tuned for more information regarding this highly anticipated event!

November 25, 2014

The work of Ani Art Academies' Apprentices will be on display for the Arts & Music Holiday Celebration being held at the Irem Clubhouse in Dallas, Pennsylvania on December 3rd.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend the annual celebration that invites visitors to peruse the work of local artists while enjoying the tunes of various area musicians.  The event will be held from 12:00-3:00 pm.  More information can be found at:

November 19, 2014

The work of Ani Art Academies Anguilla instructor Timothy Jahn is being showcased in an article featured on Artist’s Network.  The article, “Do Drawings Have an Expiration Date,” written by Cherie Haas, discusses the timeless properties of art and the infinite inspiration which prevents it from expiration.  With this idea in mind, the team at Artist’s Network has compiled a “best-of-the-best” project titled “Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing Collection.”  The article discusses Jahn’s drawing, A Love Story, which was chosen to be part of the highly anticipated drawing collection.  Jahn says about the drawing, “The Moroccan lamp and cloth sparked the idea for A Love Story.  It’s showing you a collection of prized possessions of a well-traveled man.”  You can read more about Jahn’s inspiration for A Love Story in the full article, found at

“Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing Collection” can be ordered at:

November 17, 2014

A color and light workshop hosted by celebrated painter Douglas Flynt was held at Ani Art Academy Waichulis this month.  Ani apprentices, alumni, and instructors were ecstatic for the wonderful opportunity to be able to probe Flynt’s knowledge of comprehensive color theory and its practical application.  All in attendance were thoroughly engaged by the forum style workshop that allowed thoughtful discussion of topics, such as the practical application of useful color devices like that of the Munsell color ordering system and the long standing Itten Wheel.  All involved are grateful to Mr. Flynt for his thought-compelling visit and to Ani Art Academy Waichulis for holding such a fantastic event. 

November 13, 2014