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Melanie Ann Apel is the Owner and Director of The Paintbrush. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts from Bradley University, and earned a subsequent bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Care from National-Louis University. A native of Lincoln Park, she worked as a pediatric respiratory therapist at Children’s Memorial Hospital for six years. Melanie has also been a freelance writer of predominantly children’s books (plus the popular pictorial histories Lincoln Park: Chicago and Lincoln Park Revisited)  and Cystic Fibrosis: The Ultimate Teen Guide, since the mid-1990s. Her newest book What Are You Hiding, Tory? is available as an ebook. Melanie is a single mom to two talented, creative boys. When her boys were in elementary school Melanie was very active in her sons’ school’s PTA as a VP and chair of several committees, she was the band association’s recording secretary, and an all-around volunteer, and busy mom. When not volunteering or working, Melanie may be found figure skating or in dance class. Melanie brings her love of watching children explore their world, along with her organizational skills and her amazing ability to multitask, to The Paintbrush.

Alanna Huck-Scarry is our lead teacher. She joined The Paintbrush in 2019 and brings a life-long love of ART plus an art degree from DePaul University to The Paintbrush.

Emma Hartmann  joined the Paintbrush in 2021, bringing with her years of experience in art with a focus on painting, drawing, and 3D art. She graduated in 2019 from Truman State University.

Audrey Dwyer has been teaching at The Paintbrush since Summer 2021. She is a DePaul University student earning her BFA in Studio Art, with a minor in Television Production. She is a member of th DePaul Artists Collective. Audrey brings her painting, drawing and cartooning skills and well as her wonderful rapport with kids to The Paintbrush.

Haylee Keller began working at The Paintbrush over the winter of 2021-22. She holds a Bachelor pf Arts degree in Arts, Media and Design from DePaul University, where she remains on the Dean’s List as she pursues a Master’s Degree. Originally lookimg for an internship, Haylee possessed the skills to join The Paintbrush team as a teacher.

Lorraine Hanson joined The Paintbrush Team in Spring 2022. From Costa Rica, Lorraine is a former 2nd grade teacher and a native Spanish speaker. She brings these skills to The Paintbrush classroom, enabling us to offer Spanish immersion ART classes beginning in Spring 2022.

Hayden Apel has been part of The Paintbrush since he was four years old. Having grown up in his mom’s studio he has been a member of the pARTy Team for several years, assists with camps and off-site events, and was a co-creator of Kids’ Night Out.

Alec Apel has never known life without The Paintbrush. As our most junior staff member, Alec is most helpful at Drop-In ART, birthday pARTies, camps and off-site events. He was a co-creator or Kids’ Night Out and assists with occasional project creation.