￼Artist Karen Donlon Letonoff of Georgetown, DE has been making art ever since she was a young child. Drawing, painting, sculpture, and driftwood assemblage are some of the creative venues which Karen explores.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. After completing a postgraduate year of study in sculpture, she joined the staff of the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture where she taught in the Metal Chasing and Patina Departments. As the Assistant to the Director of Production, Karen coordinated all aspects of the bronze casting process exclusively for artist, J. Seward Johnson, Jr.
Karen relocated to Rehoboth Beach in 1995, where she was co-owner of an art gallery in which she designed and created custom forged steel furniture and home accessories, and cast bronze sculpture. She was a Gallery Associate for the Rehoboth Art League; has taught art classes for adults and children; has created community murals; and creates murals and decorative painting in homes and businesses throughout the MidAtlantic region. Her artwork has been on display in numerous shows and galleries and is part of private collections.
In 2003, as an art teacher, Karen began to share her love of learning and her creative talents at several Sussex County locations including: Rehoboth Cooperative Preschool, Kids Cottage, Three Seasons Campground, MonArt in Ocean Pines, Md., The Rehoboth Art League, and as the art teacher and summer camp director at The Jefferson School in Georgetown, where she has been on staff from 2008 to 2015.
Karen earned a Masters of Education degree from Wilmington University in the Spring of 2015. She is a highly qualified, dual certified teacher in; Elementary (K-6), Art (K-12), Exceptional Children/Special Education (K-12), and Family and Consumer Science (6-12). She started her public school teaching career at Seaford Middle School as the Family and Consumer Science teacher, establishing the curriculum for the return of this important subject at the middle school level. Karen's true passion for teaching art brought her to Providence Creek Academy Charter School in Clayton, where she taught students in kindergarten through grade 8. She worked as a part-time art instructor at Painting With A Twist in Lewes, where she ran the summer children's camps, as well as teaching adult classes. Currently, she is employed by the Indian River School District. Karen had been the art teacher at Millsboro Middle School from 2017-2021 and took the art teacher position at Southern Delaware School of the Arts (k-8) starting in the Fall of 2021. Karen continues to teach summer camps for middle school students, at the Rehoboth Art League, during the summer season. She is always creating works of art which are for sale and commissioned pieces for commercial businesses and private collectors.
Karen has a passion for sharing her creative energy with her students and truly believes that everyone has artistic talent and can express themselves in a visual way, when they are taught how to do so.