Bio:  Debbie Ferrell

Current Positions:

Owner, Vines of New York Art Gallery (the fourth gallery of natural art in the world)

Executive Director, Enrich Geneva (nonprofit to promote arts & culture in the New York Finger Lakes)

Editor in Chief, LOCAL Magazine (seasonal publication connecting nature with the arts)

Mother of Two

Artist in all Media

Published Writer (poetry, short stories, fiction novels & historic nonfiction)

Homeschooling Consultant

Current Board Positions:  Geneva 2030 Literacy Action Team, Sweet Farm Climate Sanctuary, The Dove Block Advisory Board, Enrich Geneva Nonprofit Working Board of Directors, Geneva B.I.D. Arts Committee

Education:

Bachelors of Arts, University of North Florida, Elementary Education with ESE and TESOL  endorsements, Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Quadruple Majoring in Literature/Writing, Architecture & Design, Elementary Education and Wildlife Preservation

Experience:

-Taught elementary education for special needs children (those with emotional, physical, developmental and behavioral needs, as well as gifted) in arts-based schools in poor & disadvantaged areas for 7 years, creating the curriculum in every subject area, Lead Teacher in performing arts school, doubled Florida test scores in writing & mathematics

-Created Vines of New York Art Gallery in October of 2021, supporting local artists and displaying their work, as well as creating and displaying my own artwork melding nature and art into one

-Started LOCAL, the new magazine to benefit small businesses and connect the arts and nature with our community

-Worked in Mossman Art Gallery in Florida for 2 years, as gallery designer, Art Walk and special event planner, gallery docent, one of the top-earning artists and Board of Directors working member.

-For over 30 years, I have been basket weaving, painting, sculpting and working with textiles.  My work has been placed all over the world, including Israel, Canada, Italy and Alaska.  I have participated in almost 100 art and nature exhibits in Florida and New York, and my work has been mentioned in newspapers and on news programs. 

I have done solo shows at six galleries, exclusive home interior stores and wineries.

Examples of Work: