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Behind the Art | Staff and Instructors

Mona Bowers 

Owner, Director and Instructor of ArtLab Creative Studio is an Arkansas and National Board certified art instructor.  Mona has always loved creating and “making” art.  She learned to make things and work with her hands along side her paternal grandmother, Nanny, who taught her to crochet and sew.  As a young person she enjoyed drawing and that developed into a love for drawing and painting under the instruction of her high school art teacher, Julia Gardner.   After receiving a degree in design from UCA and raising her two daughters Ashley Quick Childers and Lauren Quick Strother, Mona began looking for the path she would pursue for her career.  It was at this time visual arts for elementary was being implemented in the public school system and Mona met a woman who would change the course of her life.  Bonnie Black, a professor in the art department at UALR encouraged Mona to pursue her certification to teach public school art.  After receiving her teaching license she taught elementary art for 13 years in the North Little Rock school system and 2 years for Little Rock.  After 15 years she decided it was time for a change, however she did not want to leave the world of art or teaching.  After exploring various avenues Mona decided to create a space for children, as well as adults, where they could unleash their creativity and self-expression, and so the idea for ArtLab Creative Studio was born. 

Jennifer Raysor

Studio Manager and instructor of Littles at ArtLab Creative Studio.  From a small age she has always had a love for the arts and although that didn’t feed into a career path she always put her talents to use in other areas of her life.  Jennifer went to UCA majoring in early childhood education when life took her in a different direction into the “corporate world.”  She is excited to be able to use her talents to encourage and inspire creativity at ArtLab.  She lives in Lonoke with her husband and 2 little girls.

Charlotte Deroche

Sculptors are artists that create new worlds. As an artist Charlotte create sculptures combining natural and found materials, such as clay and driftwood. After graduating from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a bachelor’s degree in art education, Charlotte began teaching art in Arkansas public schools at both the elementary and secondary level. Teaching art allowed her to introduce clay to her students. Her students were amazed and delighted at what they could create using clay. Demonstrating the techniques and possibilities of clay sculpture was one of the most rewarding aspects of her teaching carer. In her free time she continues to work with clay, driftwood and many found natural materials designing new sculptures. 

Lora Matthey-Hicks 

Lora has enjoyed creating beautiful things her whole life, and has been lucky enough to spread that art love as a public school art teacher for 14 years. She spent over a decade in elementary art, and is currently enjoying teaching young artists in grades 9-12 in North Little Rock. Lora earned her art education degree from Harding University and her masters from Henderson State University.  As an educator, she has become very interested in the interconnectedness of visual art with other disciplines, such as literacy, math and the sciences. She loves helping students realize those connections whenever possible. As an artist, Lora hopes to keep creating beautiful things for a long time, and empowering her students, family, and friends to do the same. Lora lives in North Little Rock with her science teacher husband and two delightfully silly kids. They spend most of their free time traveling and reading children’s books. 


Gussi Ashley Causey

Gussi has a BSE in Art Education & a MSE in Counselor education from Arkansas State University. She spent 32 years as a Secondary art teacher in the Jonesboro public school system before retiring in 2013. She currently teaches adults out of her home in Jonesboro, where she does a local gallery showing once a year with her students. She spilts her time between Jonesboro and Little Rock because of her family and grandchildren and looks forward to bringing her classes to ArtLab.