Meet the Creative Junk Therapy Team
Karen Koseck is the Executive Director of Creative Junk Therapy. After a 30+ years working in corporate finance she has embraced her passion for art and creativity by creating a non-profit start up creative reuse center in Tampa, FL.
Originally suburbs of Chicago, IL, their family made Brandon, FL home almost 20 years ago. The desire to pursue her passion for art has evolved to teaching and providing resources for others.
Our mission is to provide resources for enrichment through art and creation using salvaged materials. Our goal is to encourage artistic expression for future generations while benefiting our environment by keeping reusable items from our landfills.
Dale Koseck is the heart of the merchandise at Creative Junk Therapy. After moving with the Karen and their family from Illinois, he works as a Systems Engineer.
When not working he can be found bowling, building, fishing, or tinkering. He has embraced Creative Junk Therapy’s plight and coordinates the donation processing with a little repair, maintenance, and heavy lifting when needed.
He has been an essential member of our team and a great asset for our future.
Barbara Ann Tudek
Board Member & Artist
Barbara attended the Ridgewood School of Art in Ridgewood, New Jersey where she studied fine arts. Among her studies were oil painting, life drawing, surface anatomy, sculpture, pottery and silk screen. She studied oil painting under Helen Van Wyk author and famous oil painter; her television program was called welcome to my studio. Barbara is from New Jersey where she continued her education and served as a School Administrator for 25 years for the state. She moved with her husband to Florida in 2010 and is currently retired. She loves the opportunity to dedicate more time to art. Barbara also serves as a member of the Art Center of Manatee and the President of the Brandon League of Fine Art. Over the past several years, Barbara has been painting with air brush paint, acrylics, liquid watercolor, various dyes, yupo and masa paper and acrylic paint pouring. She is currently giving small group art instruction on experimental water media.
She also gives presentations and demonstrations on acrylic pouring and how it can be used to create backgrounds, taking leaf prints and pouring to the next level. Also, demonstrating how the acrylic pour can have its own beauty without further embellishments.
Board Member & Artist
Kim Grant is a mosaic artist focusing primarily on mixed media and stained glass upcycled pieces. Kim loves to scour garage sales for tables and other items to be upcycled by adding a mosaic design. It is peaceful and satisfying for Kim to transform an old item into one that is usable and beautiful again. The vast majority of all of Kim's materials are reuse or upcycled which adds even more meaning to her work, as she embodies the mission of creative reuse. At the end of the day mosaic artwork brings together Kim's love of color and design and in many cases function. And if it can brighten another person's day, too, all the better. Kim moved to Naples, Florida 15 years ago and works full time in a management role, while spending as much free time as possible at her craft.
You can reach Kim at email@example.com