Bill Wurtzel creates art that nurtures your body and mind and makes you smile. His artistic food creations are made spontaneously with whatever healthy ingredients are on hand. They're made to be eaten.
Bill began making whacky, healthy food art just to amuse his wife Claire, and later their kids and grandchildren. Photographs of his work are the illustrations in two books - “Funny Food” and “Funny Food Made Easy.” Bill and Claire do school workshops that make it fun for children and families to learn how to improve their eating habits. They also do corporate and educational workshops on creativity and the importance of play for adults. There have been many exhibits of Bill’s food art.
Claire Wurtzel has been an educator for over 40 years, helping teachers work effectively with students who struggle with learning and/or behavior challenges. Claire was on the faculty of the American Museum of Natural History as well as Bank Street Graduate School, where she taught and chaired the Department of Special Education. Claire also worked with administrators, parents, psychologists, librarians, and museum educators both nationally and internationally.
Bill Wurtzel was an award-winning advertising creative director. He switched careers to pursue his passion for music and is a renowned jazz guitarist. He has played worldwide with many jazz legends including the Count Basie Countsmen, Bill Doggett, Jimmy McGriff, and the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band. He plays every Wednesday at the American Folk Art Museum in NYC. Bill is a director of the Jazz Foundation of America.