Meet the Instructors

Jennifer Baskin

Jennifer Baskin received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metals from Kent State University. She currently focuses most of her time with her jewelry business and teaches a Metals Expression class at Hudson Montessori School. The arts have always been an important part of her life. Her love for creating and teaching continues to grow through experience. She truly enjoys getting to know each one of her students, and watching their talents and personalities blossom with each new project.

Kim Grey

Kim Grey earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art Education and Individual and Family Studies from Kent State University. She taught elementary and middle school art in the classroom for Akron Public Schools and Euclid Public Schools. She grew up in Solon and now Kim and her husband raise their two daughters in the community. She loves working with the students at the Solon Arts Center to help them grow their artistic skills and have fun being creative.

Jolee Klugherz

Jolee Klugherz earned her BA from Cornell University where she studied Psychology and Drawing/Painting, and then received her Masters in Art Education from Arcadia University. After graduating, she taught Studio Art and Environmental Design courses at Sharon High School in Sharon, Massachusetts. She also taught classes in a variety of subjects including pottery, glass fusing, drawing, painting, and collage in various after school and summer programs in Massachusetts and New Jersey before moving to Solon. Jolee enjoys encouraging her students to appreciate not only their finished pieces of art but also the journey of creating art. She loves to see each child’s personality and unique style show through in his or her work.

Amanda Heininger

I recently graduated in May from Ohio Northern University, where I received my Bachelor's in Art Education Grades k-12. After graduation, I got married and moved to the Stow area and searched for an instructional art job which lead me to working in Solon. I also work as an art teacher for homeschool students a couple times a month. I love when art helps students find their creative side and helps encourage them to try new and amazing ideas. 

Sheri Fried

Earned a bachelor of Art Education at Ohio State and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State.  I have been an art teacher in Cleveland Heights for 26 years. I taught many different mediums such as clay, paint, print-making, sculpture, collage and drawing. Just recently I have been learning how to do glass fusing. My two kids go to Ohio State and are graduates of Solon schools. I’m excited to be working now with my own community, both at the Art Center and at the Senior Center. 

Paige Koenig

Paige Koenig is a Textile Artist and Metalsmith residing in Kent, OH. She received her BFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from Kent State University. Inspired by nature and lived experience, her work utilizes natural, found and alternative materials to create objects of both decoration and function; of wearability and adornment. She specializes in metals, enameling, weaving, and felting, but enjoys utilizing any medium to achieve her artistic vision. Teaching has always been a passion for Paige; she enjoys presenting her students with a new medium and watching them take their own creative journey.