Juan Andreu, Master Carver
Juan Andreu holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Valencia, School of Fine Arts, in Spain, where he specialized in classic sculpture in wood, bronze and stone mediums. He has also studied architectural design, painting and restoration and is presently a doctoral candidate in the area of Fine Arts.
Juan is a Professor of Art at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut and at the Talcott Mountain Science Center in Avon, Connecticut. He has also taught art at Silvermine Art Association and the Farmington Valley Arts Center.
Juan has worked as an industrial, interior and architectural designer for the last 25 years, alternating with public commissions and teaching. He has assisted world-renowned artists such as Anthony Quinn, Elbert Weinberg, Wolfgang Behl, Luis Montoya and Manolo Valdes.
His work and accomplishments have been publicized on television and featured in local and national newspapers as notable as the New York Times, the Hartford Courant, the Times Picayune, the New Haven Register and the Waterbury Republican. His artwork is housed in public, private and Museum collections around the world. He regularly shows his paintings and sculptures.
The artist studio of Juan Andreu is located in the New England Carousel Museum. It is opened to the public by appointment.
Judith Baker, Master Painter
Judith Baker has been involved with carousel art and history for the past twenty-five years. Initially, Judy worked as a Museum educator promoting the art and history of the carousel to children and adults. Prior to assuming the positions of Master Painter for the New England Carousel Museum, she apprenticed with a leading carousel restoration house, where she learned the painting techniques that bring these wonderful animals to life.
Lisa Gibson-Ronalter, Master Painter
Lisa has been with the New England Carousel Museum's Restoration Department since 2004. She began as an apprentice painter under the watchful eye of Master Painter Judy Baker. She has since taken on the role of Restoration Department Manager. In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing the restoration process, start to finish, while painting many of the pieces. Lisa is also responsible for the care and maintenance of the Museum's collection as well as taking an active part in the production and judging of the Carousel Art Contest for Children sponsored by the Museum.