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Gail Brill, Artistic Staff and on the Board of Directors

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Since I was a small child, I have always found sanctuary and joy in making art. In High School, I spent endless hours in the Art Department and went to College as a Ceramics Major. In College I switched majors to Art History, where a deep appreciation of all art was nourished. As an exception to the Art History Major standard, I was also an artist and spent time on the studios working in all aspects of design and art creation.

After College I worked in film production and casting and continued to work as a freelance artist. At that time, I fell in love with calligraphy (I always had great handwriting!) and made a commitment to learn as much as I could. I became a member of the Society of Scribes in New York City and took classes from some of the world’s greatest professional calligraphers. I wanted to master my craft.

After years of study and with two small children at home, I decided to strike out and start my own business. That effort lead to an appearance on Martha Stewart Living’s TV Show and frequent appearances of my work in Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings magazines, Gourmet Magazine, Victoria Magazine, Bride’s Magazine and more. My clients include the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, where I’ve been doing certificates for the last 30 years, Tiffany, Ralph Lauren, Van Cleef & Arpels and many more. As a wedding invitation designer, I have designed wedding invitations for Ben Stiller and Matt Lauer.

Teaching is one of my passions and I have taught adults how to improve their handwriting and children and teens how to write in “fancy handwriting”, a way to get them to learn cursive writing, which is no longer taught in schools. I am also an avid crafter and maker, creating hand painted silk panels, maps, jewelry, knitting, watercolors and illustrations. Working with Women Veterens at retreats for Creative Healing Connections has been a highlight of my years as an artist and I thoroughly enjoy helping people express themselves through simple crafts. You can see some of my work at my website, www.gailbrilldesign.com and on my Facebook page.

 

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