Evan Zodl

Origami Artist

Evan Zodl is a local origami instructor and teaches at the Ocean County Library and the Tuckerton Seaport. His online instructional videos on YouTube have taught thousands of people how to fold paper. Evan’s original designs, some of which have been published, have traveled the country in the Origami by Children exhibition.

Yvonne Yaar

Interior Designer & Artist

Yvonne Yaar has a BS from Indiana University in interior design and is a full-time studio artist with a passion for glass. In 2009, the Monmouth Museum named Yvonne a “NJ Emerging Artist,” an honor given to only a few artists each year in the state of New Jersey.

Karen Smith

Artist & Painter

Karen Smith has a BFA from Moore College of Art and is an adjunct professor at Artworks, Trenton; Paul Robeson Art Center, Princeton; PAS, Princeton; Studio Classroom, Pemberton; and LBIF. She is a freelance artist and painter with three decades of experience working for a major NYC design firm and exhibiting her art.

Tom Scangarello

Culinary Master

Tom Scangarello, a resident of LBI for 30 years, is a member of the James Beard Foundation and has given cooking demonstrations at the LBIF for years.

Anna Fox Ryan


Anna Fox Ryan an accomplished oil painter, has been featured in numerous publications including Professional Artist Magazine, Manhattan Arts International, The South Magazine and American Artist Drawing Magazine, where she was named a 2009 “New and Notable Artist.” Anna has been invited to speak on both painting and drawing at art institutes such as Pratt, Parsons, […]

Lydia Owens


Lydia Owens earned her BA in studio art with a concentration in printmaking from Montclair State University. Her relationship with the LBIF began when she became a volunteer while she was still in college. She has participated in several exhibitions including “American Impressions” National Printmaking and Book Arts Exhibition at William Paterson University. This past year […]

Dayna Otto

Photographer & Artist

Dayna Otto received an MA in education from Queens College and a BFA from SUNY at Purchase. She is the owner and photographer of Creatively Yours, which is celebrating 14 years. Dayna has been a faculty member at LBIF for 18 years.

Richard Morgan

Writer & Poet

Richard Morgan has been writing poetry for 50 years. In 2009 he and his wife, artist Pat Morgan, retired to New Jersey’s Long Beach Island, where wind and waves inspire his writing. Richard is a regular contributor to Echoes of LBI magazine and has been published in The Sandpaper and The Ocean County Jewish Federation Journal. […]

Catherine LeCleire


Catherine LeCleire was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. She attended Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and went on to graduate school at University of Southern California. While in California she taught at Otis Art Institute, California State University Dominguez Hills and California College of Arts. Catherine LeCleire is an Adjunct Professor […]

Rita Kostopoulos


Rita Kostopoulos received her MA from Montclair State University and taught in the Paramus Public Schools for 38 years. Rita is certified in Italian, Spanish, and French. She was the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and The New Jersey Language Teachers Award.

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