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.
Summer Balderston attends Bloomingdale High School and aspiring artist in Brandon Florida. After completing high school, she will pursue paramedic school. She has been a great asset to Creative Junk Therapy as an employee and volunteer eager to help people to find something to do and amazing things to create. Summer believes in the creativity and positive outgoing people that make Creative Junk Therapy a place with many possibilities.
Ashley McPhearson Rodriguez
Ashley McPherson Rodriguez lives in Brandon Florida and has managerial experience with all ages and current works at the Lego Store. She attends Hillsborough County Community College seeking a career in Game Design.
We are fortunate to have Ashely as a volunteer. She has been vital in establishing our environment to help the community learn creative ways to reconsider, upcycle and repurposing materials.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Smedley is originally from Baltimore, MD. Mother is Chinese. Married to Brian since 1994. Two children, Morgan and Wyatt. She received my BFA from FL Atlantic University. Graphic artist since 1985. Full time graphic artist for Hillsborough County since 2010. She found Brandon League of Fine Arts by accident she was inspired to create something for the competitions and show with other seasoned artists. She discovered mixed media and was hooked ever since. An active member of Riverview Artists Meetup and exhibits in the Winthrop arts show. She is always look for new ways to create and has done basket weaving, stained glass, mosaics, handmade paper, jewelry making, polymer clay, paper clay, assemblage, resin, sculpture, and painting. Obsessed with texture. She and her husband can be found in the garage sales most weekends looking for cool stuff. She is now teaching and excited for this new challenge.
Yuka Ikebuchi believes that art is a great tool for communicating non-verbally, serving as a storyteller to both its viewers and its creators. Her work highlights people, nature, buildings, animals, and interior scenes as equally important elements for evoking emotions and thoughts. Creating paintings that encourages such experiences is her ultimate goal.
You can reach Yuka at email@example.com
Diane Jorgensen has two sons and six granddaughters and has lived in Seffner with her husband Arthur for 43 years.
She has always been involved in art at church, home, friends, stores, and at work at the University of South Florida. She has tried many different mediums but really enjoys pencil and charcoal drawings. Over the years she has done many murals (on walls, windows, large paper, cardboard, metal), as well as artwork for flyers, posters, banners, newsletters, and even cakes. She also designed logos for T-shirts and badges for USF as well as Boy Scouts and does commissioned paintings on request.
To reach Diane email her at Dcwjorgensen@hotmail.com
Roxanne Tobiason started painting 1979 and from the very first stroke of the brush and was in love with painting, especially watercolors. She said she loves the way the paint flows over the paper and the transparent glow to the colors. Her paintings are executed in a realistic style with favorite subjects being the local historical landmarks, natural scenes, birdlife and the tropical plants of my beloved Florida. She has been exhibiting in the outdoor festivals for over 28 years and has online shops where she sells and continues to do watercolor workshops. She also has a line of Exotic Wood Jewelry which can be found on Etsy www.ExoticWoodJewelryAND.etsy.com