Valetta Anderson


Valetta Anderson is an award-winning playwright and a teaching artist with the Alliance, Fox and Horizon Theatres. She spent her time at Serenbe working on her play Hallelujah Street Blues, which was produced by Horizon Theatre.

Full productions include HALLELUJAH STREET BLUES by Atlanta's Horizon Theatre, LEAVING LIMBO by Atlanta’s Essential Theatre, SHE’LL FIND HER WAY HOME and TODAY by Jomandi Productions. SHE’LL FIND… was produced by Fisk University Players in Nashville and Pittsburgh’s Kuntu Repertory Theatre. MORAL OF THE STORY, a children’s play, and SHE’LL FIND… are both available at HaveScripts.com.

Other productions include DR. LOVE & THE FABULOUS DIAMOND JUBILEES by Clark-Atlanta University Players, and SISTERS & OTHER CHRISTMAS TURKEYS, a ten minute play by 7Stages Theatre.

She is a Resident Teaching Artist with Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, Former Adjunct Drama Professor at Spelman College, Consultant with Atlanta's Fox Theatre Outreach Program, Arts in Education Consultant Member of the Georgia Council for the Arts’ Arts in Education Consultant Bank, Playwright Instructor Member of the GCA's Teaching Artist Bank.

Scott Browning


For the past two years, Scott Browning has been working on a project called Public Domain–– a series of short films made entirely from archival source footage that exists in the public domain (everything from turn of the century Edison-era films to amateur and ephemeral films of the 1950s). During his two weeks at Serenbe, he furthered this project and also met fellow artist-in-residence, Michael David, and StudioSwan artist Tom Swanston. The three began a business partnership and founded the Fine Arts Workshops at Serenbe.

Scott Browning on his Residency:

The base elements of an artist residency program are simple: time and space. The creative potential that lies within this simple formula is quite profound. The realities of my day-to-day life (not unlike that of most artists who work “real jobs” to pay the rent) tend to preclude extended periods of quiet contemplation, thus when I sit down to work, time dictates that I need to know what I am doing. By removing many of these constraints, a residency provides a safe environment that encourages experimentation and discovery (think of it as the research and development department of the arts). It is an environment that provides every opportunity for success, but just as importantly, allows for the opportunity to fail (failure being the most common ingredient of success).


Michael David


Michael David is the Serenbe Institute’s first Distinguished Visiting Artist. An American-born painter raised in Brooklyn, he attended SUNY Fredonia for one year and in 1976 received a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design. David is classified as an abstract painter, best known for his use of the encaustic technique. He is also known for his works in mixed-media figure painting, photography and environmental sculpture. His work is included in the permanent public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Jewish Museum in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Edward Albee Foundations, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Frank Hunter

Master black & white photographer and printer Frank Hunter, whose work has been featured in Atlanta’s prestigious High Museum of Art, is widely renowned for his Platinum Palladium prints. At Serenbe, he recorded the community’s natural beauty and presented an exhibition of his work at StudioSwan Gallery.


Frank Hunter was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up in the desert Southwest. He has an MA in communications from the University of Colorado and an MFA in photography from Ohio University, where he was the John Cady Graduate Fellow in Fine Art. Hunter has taught at the university level for more than twenty years. His interest in photographic process includes the technical process of exposure and development as well as the psychological and spiritual aspects of creating photographic work. Hunter is best known for his landscape photographs done in the nineteenth-century process known as platinum/palladium. His recent work includes a commission done for the Federal Reserve Bank documenting Midtown Atlanta at the turn of the millennium, which was shown at the High Museum in Atlanta in 2003. His work is represented in a number of public and private collections, including the Speed Museum, the Denver Museum of Art, the High Museum, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. 


Ian Ross


Ian Ross paints energy. In front of an audience on stage, in his lush backyard studio, or in the warehouse at Facebook HQ, his work is alive. Ross works “without the burden of intention” and reacts to each moment with bold graffiti inspired forms and colors. Ross has developed his unique style for 20 years and takes great pride in his spontaneous method. His street art style has become widely accepted and revered in a fine art realm. He has become known as the “Tech/Start-up Artist” painting live murals in high tech offices for Companies like Facebook, Google, Vendini, Alphaboost, AdRoll and Zimride. 

As the in-house resident artist at Facebook HQ during 2011 in Palo Alto, Ross learned how powerful his work was on a large scale. He painted four murals in the offices and cafe of Facebook, including one during a 24 “Hackathon” that was filmed and used on MTV’s “Diary of Facebook”. He also painted a 110 ft mural in San Francisco that was featured on the cover of the Wall St. Journal for a story called “Graffiti’s New Enemy, Legal Art”. Other notable live murals include his 70 ft piece titled “Royal Feathers” in the Cosmopolitan Hotel Las Vegas that was featured in Vegas Rated magazine, his 10 mural “environment” inside Start-Up House in SF, and a 60 ft. tall behemoth on their exterior facing the Bay Bridge. 

Born and raised as a third generation artist in Marin County (just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco) Ross has relocated to his hometown after completing a BFA in Ceramics from Long Beach State in 2003. His extensive travels following the worlds best graffiti inspired him to start painting in the Bay Area after the move, leaving clay and kilns aside. A surfer of 20 years, Ross is a hardcore local in the cold treacherous waters of Northern California, and embodies the lifestyle of this rugged counter culture. His passionate, even addictive connection to nature rivals only his love for graffiti art and of course his beautiful Brazilian wife Daniele, who manages his business full time. 

In the short week Ian visited Serenbe he enhanced the community wiht this amazing mural in the heart of Serenbe...at The Daisy courtyard.


S. Gayle Stevens


S. Gayle Stevens visited Serenbe in Summer 2012. She has worked in antiquarian photographic processes for over fifteen years. Her chosen medium is wet plate collodion for its fluidity and individuality: she especially delights in the flaws. Using modified Holgas and cameraless photography, she produces small wet plate tintypes. She exhibits extensively across the United States. 

Stevens received a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of chicago in 1999. She was named one of the Critical Mass Top Fifty Photographers for 2010, received second place in the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards in 2011. A member of the When Pigs Fly photo collective, she divides her time shooting in Pass Christian, Mississippi and Downers Grove, Illinois where she currently resides. 

Visit Gayle's website here.

Summer at Serenbe, found objects take on a life of their own in this unique piece created by Gayle during her visit at Serenbe from objects found on her daily walks around the community.


Paul Villinski


Paul comments on his visit to Serenbe:


“I focused on collecting my ideas for future works, rather than trying to realize any major work itself. Part of this involved reviewing my existing journals and sketchbooks to sift through ideas from the preceeding decade. I described and documented possible sculptural works in notes and drawings, and made comprehensive lists of artworks that I expect to realize during the next five years or so. Ultimately, I Ieft Serenbe with a clear sense of the work that will occupy me in the studio and form the basis for my future exhibitions."

“The stay was indeed special! Several things combined to make it so; chief among them was the extremelywarm reception I received from the Serenbe community. The community welcomed me and expressed genuine interest in my work and experience as an artist, and was eager to share the pleasures of Serenbe with me. At the same time, everyone seemed to understand my need for a modicum of privacy and solitude, and I sensed that people “tread gently.” Overall, the warmth and supportiveness of the community was a kind of balm that I happily floated in during the month of my stay.
“The beautiful landscape and environs of Serenbe also played a central role in my enjoyment of the residency. Most days included a walk or run on the paths into the woods. Coming from the mixeduse, light industrial neighborhood of Long Island City (read: “no trees”), a month in the bucolic setting of Serenbe was extremely refreshing. I was so happy in that environment that it never even occurred to me to go into Atlanta.”

Visit Paul's website here .

Time Well Spent at Serenbe -- "The Dreamdesk"

While at Serenbe, Paul began concept work for what would eventually become a proposal for the East Rock School, City of New Haven, Percent for Art Program.  

The Drawings:



The Scaled Model: