709 Main Street • Windermere, FL 34786 


Linda Ziglar  

Linda Ziglar
Linda received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Mercer University.  She studied Watercolor under Ernie Stofko in Macon, Georgia. Linda has taught art in both public and private schools and was the Visual Arts Director at The First Academy in Orlando.  Linda is the founder of The Art Room and teaches Oils and Watercolors as well as children's classes.

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Allison Dyer  

Allison Dyer
Allison is a graduate of the University of Florida and teaches Collage as well as many other classes. Allison is a founding member of the Winter Garden Art Association and exhibits her art work at the Winter Garden Gallery. 

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Maggie Ziglar  

Maggie Ziglar
Maggie loves to teach children and teaches the Get Your Art On  classes as well as conducting many of the Birthday and special event parties at The Art Room.


PJ Svejda  

PJ Svejda
PJ is a professional painter specializing in portraiture and figures.  She graduated with Bachelors degree in illustration and earned her Masters in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design.  PJ teaches drawing and painting to all levels in various medium although she primarily paints in oils for her own work.

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Maria Barry  

Maria Barry
Born in England, Maria started her career in the Travel Industry, which eventually brought her to America. She combines her passion for travel and art by seasonally teaching classes on cruises ships to exotic places on sea days. Maria teaches watercolor classes and exhibits her artwork in many of Central Florida attractions.

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  Rowland Cooney
Rowland is a freelance sculpture and teaches sculpture in various mediums.  He has won several awards from magazines, websites and conventions for his figurative sculptures.  In addition to teaching, Rowland sculpts custom figures for his clients.  He had designed classes in Figure Sculpture, Advanced Stop Motion, Duct Tape Art and Classical Japanese Art.  Rowland teaches children sculpture classes and special workshops for adults.

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Paula Haughey
Paula is a professional artist who sees the world through color. Paula specializes in still life and landscape paintings using oil and acrylic.

Born in Ireland, Paula is self-taught. She left a career in London as a television producer when she relocated to Orlando in 2011. Paula taught Art at Holy Family to students PK4 through 8th grade where she was Teacher of the Year in 2017. Paula has a passion for teaching and sharing her love of art. She has passed on her knowledge and experience to a multitude of children of all ages and continues to use her gift to spark creativity in children. Paula loves children and helping them express themselves through art.

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Vera Lee Hobbs
Vera received a Fine Arts Degree in Fashion Design from Savannah College of Art and Design.  After succeeding as a clothing designer with Jantzen Swimwear and Columbia Sportswear, she relocated to central Florida with her husband and two daughters.  She found a home at The Art Room as Admin.  Vera teaches our Homeschool Drawing Classes and helps with our Get Your Art On! Kids classes.  With The Art Room’s sponsorship, she has brought new experiences to the kids on her mission trips to Nicaragua and Burundi, Africa from teaching drawing and painting classes.

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Julie Green
Originally from Wales, United Kingdom, Julie completed a B.A. in humanities and received a post-graduate certificate in education from the University of Glamorgan in Pontypridd, Wales. Julie taught in elementary schools in Wales and London and also taught English as a second language. 

In the summer of 2007, Julie retired to Florida, where she soon discovered The Art Room in Windermere. Julie began painting a beautiful collection of oil paintings. In 2014, Julie was introduced to mosaics at the Art Room, igniting yet another artistic passion and has since created countless mosaic 2D and 3D pieces. Julie loves sharing and teaching our adult mosaic classes.

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"Love, love, LOVE the Art Room! Enjoying the oil painting class and now the new Drawing class with PJ Svejda. She has been such a great addition to the Art Room and along with the fabulous Linda, Connie and Alison they make a great teaching team!  I love PJ's energy and her teaching style so relaxed and fun plus she is a super nice person."

Wanda Zook

"Loved this place.  I will definitely be returning to The Art Room again!"

Michael Sookedeo

“What can I say…The Art Room saved what was left of my sanity!” 

Terri Coombs
“I adore working with the ladies at The Art Room.  Linda, PJ, Connie and Allison are just amazing teachers!  I have taken their oil, drawing, portfolio, acrylic and painting like the masters classes and have  learned so much in each and every one!  They have done the amazing and pulled an artist out of me….cannot say enough about how wonderful, talented, encouraging and patient they are.” 

Nancy McEvoy

“I found The Art Room about 4 ½ years ago and want to thank Linda and her whole staff for the wonderful hours spent there…. everyone cheers each other on and they make wonderful friends.  The pleasure of the creative process is so rewarding….Art has become a big part of my life!  More than ever!”
Suzanne Bender
“I knew the minute I stepped in The Art Room that I was meant to be there!”
Linda Holmes
 “I can have a really bad day and when I paint, my art gives me a different perspective.  I have been inspired by The Art Room.  It has been the backbone of growing artistically this year and a place where I come….it’s my therapy room.” 

Paula Haughey

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