Children's Instructors



Gail Ritzer received her B.S. in Art Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.F.A in Ceramics and Painting from East Carolina University.  She has been exhibiting her work nationally since 1980 at such locales in New York, The University of Missouri-St. Louis, Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Nebraska.  Her work has appeared in several publications including: FiberArts Design Book, Art/Quilt Magazine,exhibition catalogs.

Gail has been fortunate to receive a number of grants from the North Carolina Arts Council to pursue a variety of personal and community arts projects.  She has been teaching surface design techniques, mixed media methods, painting, and ceramics to students of all ages for many years at workshops, as Outreach Coordinator for the Greenville Museum of Art and as an instructor at the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge.



Allison is currently an ECU student pursuing a double Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics and Textiles. She specializes in wheel throwing and the manipulation of fabric through dyeing and embroidery. Despite discovering her love for the arts at a young age, she has been most influenced to pursue the arts from her teachers and grandmother, Amelia. She hopes to continue developing her voice as an artist and be an encouraging light for others. She hopes to not only influence others to make art, but to live it.


Ella Snow

Ella is an artist who creates various types of sculpture using the carving, modeling, casting, and fabrication processes. She experiments with many different forms of art, including -but not limited to- ceramics, printmaking, and mixed media. Her inspiration is wide ranging—her travels, geometric structure, and love of nature. By applying abstraction, her works don’t always reference recognizable form, although some are reminiscent of the organic forms found in nature. She recently received her BFA in Sculpture from East Carolina and is moving to Florida to attend the Disney College Program in the fall.


Emily Benson

Emily Benson is an Art Education major with a concentration in painting and drawing at East Carolina University. She mainly works in acrylic and watercolor, but enjoys many other mediums of art as well. Emily has always loved art and enjoys teaching any age. Along with working at Emerge, she is employed at the Athletic Academic Tutoring Center, mentoring and tutoring student athletes at ECU, and volunteers at the Korean School, teaching and assisting the art classes. She is excited for the opportunities to come and to work with the kids at Emerge.


Hosanna Rubio

Born and raised in Southern California, Hosanna Rubio currently resides in Greenville, North Carolina, where she recently graduated from East Carolina University with an MFA in Metal Design. She received her BA in Art Education from California State University Long Beach, where she also studied Metals and Jewelry. Hosanna specializes in creating wearable art pieces and small-scale sculptures that explore themes inspired by her personal experiences with issues such as health, medicine, and nature. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally.


Emily Smith

Emily J. Smith is a sculptural artist based in North Carolina. Smith
was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. As a child, she
spent time hunting with her father and enjoying domestic chores with
her grandmother. These past moments have driven Smith to further
explore the South’s influence on her own identity and upbringing.

In 2013, Emily J. Smith received her Bachelor of the Fine Arts degree
from Appalachian State University with a concentration in ceramics.
In 2017, she received her Master of Fine Arts degree from UNC-Chapel
Hill. Emily J. Smith has exhibited at the Turchin Center for the
Visual Arts, Catherine J. Smith Gallery, and Looking Glass Gallery in
Boone, North Carolina, as well as at the North Carolina Museum of Art
in Raleigh, North Carolina. Emily J. Smith is a co-founder and
current member of Subverbal Collective, based in Chapel Hill, North

Phillip Benz


Phillip is a cinematographer based out of Greenville, North Carolina specializing in all aspects of video production from directing, producing, editing, camera operating, and audio production. He is highly sought after for his skills in the cinematic arts and has completed work for several high profile clients including several smaller clients as well. Phillip not only tackles clientelle and promotional videos but he also has a special skillset for teaching. Weddings are a huge part of Phillip’s work. While keeping cinema fresh in your mind, Phillip also writes, directs, and films short narratives and documentaries. If you would like to learn more about Phillip and his work, visit his website for his business, Benz Productions.


hunter davis

Hello! My name is Hunter Davis. I'm a junior at ECU, studying painting, printmaking, and psychology. My favorite medium to paint with is acrylic paint, and I enjoy doing woodcut prints. I mostly create portraits with my artwork, but occasionally choose animals or nature as my subject matter. With my degrees, I hope to eventually become an art therapist in order to teach people to use art as a means of expression and communication.

Andrew Wells


Originally from Wisconsin, Joanne Lang moved to North Carolina to attend Duke University and has lived in Greenville for over 20 Years. She studied and worked in the sciences and medicine until becoming a stay-at-home mom and started taking art classes in the community. She has always had a love of arts and crafts and in the course of time, it developed into a passion. For seven years, she shared that passion of art with elementary students. She experimented in ceramics, weaving, stained glass and mixed media but what really kindled her creative fire has been metalsmithing. For the last four years, she has attended numerous workshops in the USA and Italy.


Joshua Hann

Visual Art: Graphic Art, Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, Graphite Illustration, and Calligraphy.

I was employed as a graphic artist for a year at one of the larger screen print and embroidery companies in the Inland Northwest before I decided to make a career change and switch over to teaching secondary visual art.



Sarah Lazure is a photo-based artist currently living in Greenville, North Carolina and working towards her MFA in Photography at East Carolina University. As an artist who likes to get her hands dirty, Sarah uses a variety of processes to make her work. She uses everything – to include alternative photographic processes, printmaking, and mixed media. Her self-portraits are intricately layered images that are just as much about the process as the final image itself.


Sabrina Quirk

Hello! My name is Sabrina and I received my BFA in Painting and Drawing and my BA in Art Histories from East Carolina University in 2017. I am originally from Rhode Island, but have been living in North Carolina since 2009. I believe that art is an important cultural practice that creates or perpetuates certain values, habits, and beliefs. My work primarily utilizes oil paint and collaging techniques, although I am also comfortable working with a broad range of materials such as: acrylic paint, watercolor, pen and ink, charcoal, and pastels. I enjoy learning and trying new techniques that will help better communicate my ideas. Conceptually I work with ideas of nature and women and how those ideologies intersect. I’m continuing to do research in the area of ecofeminism and make art based on those findings.


Brooke Van Onselder

Brooke Van Onselder was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland, but spent most of her life in central North Carolina. She is currently studying ceramics at East Carolina University’s School of Art and Design and pursuing a minor in business administration in ECU’s College of Business, where she discovered her passion for the ceramic arts. Influenced by the music of her childhood, Brooke always knew she would be an artist. She comes from a family of artists including musicians and painters, whose work have instilled in her a divine appreciation for all fine arts and inspired her to share that passion with others.


Jacqueline Hobbs

Hello! My name is Jacqueline Hobbs. I was born and raised right here in Greenville, North Carolina, and am currently studying Art at East Carolina University where I plan to graduate with a BFA in Art Education. I began taking art classes at a very young age and have never stopped. While I have dabbled in several different art forms and medias over the years I find the most joy in ceramics. I've been hand building for about 12 years now and have been on the wheel for about nine. While I love anything I can get messy with, nothing has captured my heart like ceramics has and honestly I'm not sure anything will!

Ronnie Harrison


Ronnie Harrison worked in the garment industry for 20 years as a designer and pattern maker. When economic changes sent his job south of the border and overseas, he returned to school and obtained his BA in Painting from ECU in 2002. He started his education career and is currently employed as an art educator at DH Conley High School in Greenville. He lives in Greenville, N.C. with his wife. He is an active painter and potter. He continues to develop his potter skills at Emerge Art Center and at Dan Finch’s Pottery Studio producing functional and nonfunctional pottery.

Andrew Wells


Megan is a graduate of East Carolina University with a BFA in Textiles.  She currently lives in Greenville, North Carolina. She teaches art classes for adults and children at the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge.  Megan is most inspired by nature and color. She hopes to continue growing as an artist while connecting with the local art community.