About Our Faculty
Yura Adams holds an MFA and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has taught for many years at IS183, and Columbia-Greene Community College as well as a stint in the painting department at the Rhode Island School of Design.
She has been the recipient of two National Endowment Grants, was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Mark participant, and recently received the 2010 Individual Artist Grant from Greene County (NY) Council of the Arts.
She is represented by John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY.
Karen Arp-Sandel is a collage artist, watercolorist and art educator with a BA from U-Mass Boston. At IS183, Karen teaches adult & kids classes through collaborations with the Lichtenstein Center and with Pittsfield Public Schools and is the Dept Head for 3D Arts. Currently, she is Artist Mentor at Kidspace, MASS MoCA, Art & Yoga Program Presenter at Kripalu Center and Visual Arts Faculty for CATA. Collage Eclectica Studio, in Canaan, NY is her artistic retreat. New work can be seen in both Berkshire and Columbia County galleries, benefit exhibits, public installations and in private collections. www.curioustouristproject.com
Mark Baer is a freelance photographer specializing in sports/action photography, photojournalism and commercial photography. Mark's images have been published locally & nationally from the Berkshire Eagle to Sports Illustrated & ESPN. Mark uses Adobe Photoshop for image handling and processing in the field and in the studio and will walk you through real world examples of Photoshops many features.
Mark is also co owner of Housatonic Creative, a graphic design firm based in Housatonic Massachusetts.
Joe Baker is primarily a plein air landscape painter working in oils and pastels with occasional pieces in watercolors, acrylics, charcoal, prints and sculpture. Recent paintings exhibited include subjects from the Berkshires and other sections of New England, the Adirondacks, and travels to the Rockies. He is a signature member of the Connecticut Pastel Society and has exhibited widely in national juried exhibitions; his paintings are held in private and corporate collections. Joe’s other occupations include computer programming and playing in a contradance band. Earlier, he was for many years an instrument-maker. His violins, violas da gamba, and hardanger fiddles are owned and played by musicians on three continents, as well as being included in university and museum collections. He has a BA in biology from Princeton University and worked for five years as a cowboy in Wyoming before moving to the Berkshires in 1974.
Daniel Bellow has studied with Mary Risley at Wesleyan University and Tom White in Northfield, MA. He learned to fire kilns with Jim Dugan at the Vermont Clay Studio, and moved to the Berkshires to establish Daniel Bellow Pottery in Great Barrington in 2002.
Robin Brickman is an award-winning artist for children's picture books and natural science publications. For many years, Ms. Brickman has lead workshops based on her unique 3-Dimensional watercolor technique. Her paintings have been exhibited at The Danforth Museum, Atrium Gallery in Maine, The Bennington Museum, The National Aviary, The Smithsonian Institution, The Eric Carle Museum, The Berkshire Museum, The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, The Norman Rockwell Museum, The Mazza Museum, and the Society of Illustrators.
Michael Vincent Bushy , a native of Cape Cod, relocated to the Berkshires a few years ago with his wife, his dogs and his presses. Michael received his BFA in 2D Studies/Printmaking from UMass Dartmouth in 2002 and has spent the time since assembling his etching studio, which is currently in Pittsfield. Along with etchings, monoprints, monotypes, block prints and silk screens, Michael also draws large-scale figures and binds books. Michael is currently an art teacher at Hillcrest Educational Centers, where he was named a 2010 Educator of the Year.
Leslee Carsewell's interest in photography dates back to her teens (a long time ago) when she first began dark room work in black and white photography. During her 28 year award winning career as a graphic designer, she used photography she created or
art directed to enhance the messages of her Fortune 500 clients, the San Francisco Symphony, the Walker Art Center and various museums and universities to name a few.
Nancy Castaldo is an award-winning author of more than ten books for young people on topics as diverse as oceans, rain forests, rivers, and space. Her photographs have appeared in national magazines. She is the Regional Advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Eastern NY Region, a former Girl Scout Leader, a reviewer for the Historical Novel Society and the Chair of the Sierra Club's Environmental Education Team. Ms. Castaldo has taught a variety of programs for children throughout the country, including the Boston Children's Museum, Atlanta Zoo, Tennessee Aquarium and Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum.
John Clarke is a painter, photographer, printmaker and musician lving in Great Barrington, MA. He received his BFA in classical music composition from Bates College in the mid 1990s, and since then has been watching the nature of things, writing songs, and exploring visually his response to this beautiful, strange and wondrous world. He draws his deepest inspiration from those places inside us that lay beyond label and understanding.
Linda Clayton recieved an arts degree from N.Y.U. She is an award-winning spinner and dyer of fleece and knitter of one-of-a-kind top prize hats. Her paintings are sold in galleries in the Berkshires, Wellfleet, MA and St. Augustine, Fla.
Heather Graber Coon ,a preschool teacher for the past five years at Under Mountain Elementary School, has studied clay and woodworking at Bank Street College in New York City. She holds a preschool teaching training certificate and works with the Learning Curve in Great Barrington.
Janet Cooper has worked in clay, bottle caps and tin cans over the years.
Presently second hand fabrics is her medium of choice.
Her work has been shown
in several National Recycling Shows. Recently she was invited
to show four pieces at the 2011 International Craft Biennale in
Cheongju, South Korea.
Laura Curran has been an artist and educator for over 25 years. She has had many opportunities to study and learn many mediums and to share them with her students. Her work has been in galleries around the U.S., including the White House. She has been a member and exhibitor in the American Craft Council. She studied art at Smith College and has a studio art degree from UMASS, Amherst.
Molly De St. Andre
Huckleberry Delsignore watched her mother crochet throughout her childhood, and once old enough, took this craft as her own. These days she spends her time balancing in the place between art and craft while pushing the boundaries of her medium. She was honored with a residency at the Berkshire Museum, created a line of products for Hardware at Mass MoCA and has had her work sought after by collectors both internationally and here in the United States. Tirelessly in search of new projects, she hopes that the work she makes today will inspire her daughters' future.
Peter Dudek was born in Adams, MA and later moved to New York City to study sculpture and begin his art career. He currently teaches beginning and advanced levels of sculpture at the School of Visual Arts and Hunter College in NYC and therefore travels between the city, his home in Windsor, MA, and his studio in Pittsfield, MA. Dudek was the Director of the Storefront Artist Project, and currently curates the Cultural Programming at Bascom Lodge atop Mt. Greylock. He also developed the idea for the Cultural Corridor and curates its annual exhibits. Dudek's goal as a scupltor is to make complex work that requires no artist statement or press release to explain it.
Mary Edgerton Mary Edgerton has practiced yoga for over twenty years and completed her teacher training at Triyoga in London, England. In her classes, she draws from a variety of styles including anusara, vinyasa and yin yoga to offer a safe, comprehensive practice that encourages strengthening, toning, and attention to mindfulness. She loves sharing the many benefits of yoga with her students!
Ben Evans is the Studio Manager at IS183. He received his BFA in ceramics from SUNY New Paltz. His recent work, “Reflections” a large scale, sculptural piece was inspired by architectural forms.
Stephanie Farrington Stephanie Farrington is a Canadian writer living in the Berkshires. She has curated, and performed within Second Life, has been published as an art critic and acted as a curator in both virtual and concrete worlds. Her work on visual art in Second Life is featured in art theorist Richard Minsky’s bound volume on the subject published in San Francisco in 2008. Farrington has designed and coordinated several major cultural events including Victoria BC’s first Culture Crawl, designed to raise awareness and increase participation in the Canadian West Coast contemporary art scene.
June Ferrin received her BA from UCLA and continued to do graduate work there before raising her familiy. Her work has been exhibited at the Nardin Fine Arts Gallery in Cross River, Katonah Gallery and most recently at Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield. Her watercolors are in numerous private collections. She taught for the Los Angeles School System, the North Westchester Watercolor Society and at the Mandel Verde Society
Dennis Fougere holds an AS in Fine Arts and is currently working on a BS in art education. His subject matter tends to deal with the study of distortion in many different forms, and is usually explored through the medium of paint, though not exclusively. He is passionate about learning and passing on knowledge to others.
Jim Frangione is an actor, writer and director and is a founder and co-artistic director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab, a new play development forum in Great Barrington, MA.
Michelle Gillett has two published books of poetry: Rock &Spindle, a letter press chapbook (Mad River Press, 1998), and Blinding the Goldfinches, selected by Hayden Carruth as winner of the Backwaters Poetry Prize and published in 2005. She has won poetry awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and published work in literary magazines and poetry journals. Michelle received an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College. A collection of essays, Celebrating Motherhood, was published by Storey Press in 2002, and her cookbook, a collection of recipes and essays, The Kitchen Gardener’s Cookbook was published by Country Roads Press. A new collection of poems, The Green Cottage, winner of The Ledge 2010 Chapbook Competition, will be published this fall.
Michelle is also an op ed columnist for The Berkshire Eagle and a contributing editor of The Women’s Times, a monthly publication for women in western Massachusetts. She teaches writing workshops and, with her partner, runs G & R Editing, Consulting and Book Development. She and her husband have two grown daughters and live in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Maire- Claude Giroux received her BFA from The California College of Arts & Crafts as an independant major: from ceramics & glass to paper, printmaking, and performance. Her further studies have taken her to Haystack, Penlord, and the Appalachion School of Craft. Marie-Claude earned her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998.
Adam Gudeon is an author and illustrator of children's picture books living in Great Barrington MA. His debut picture book, Me and Meow, was published by HarperCollins in 2011. He is presently at work on picture books for
Holiday Books for Young Readers and Boyds Mills and is represented by
Stimola Literary Studio. Adam has a fine arts degree from Pratt School of
Art and Design.
Kira Guidon With a degree in art from Lesley College and over 15 years of experience in art education, Kira has taught all ages ranging from 18months to adult. In her own business, Create Art Studio, she developed classes for the very young, emphasizing the exploration of the creative process through safe materials and hands on fun. She is also a muralist, painting in both residential and commercial sites in the Berkshires.
Angel Fraser Heffernan is an artist, crafter, mama and teacher living in Craryville, New York. She has been working with children as a preschool teacher and art educator for the past fifteen years as well as sharing the joys of crafting, sewing and all manner of fiber arts with adults through classes and workshops. She is also a certified yoga teacher and herbalist.
Tim Heffernan earned a B.A. from Simon's Rock College where he studied photography, music and ecology. Tim is a freelance graphics and web designer. He worked with Doug Trumbull Entertainment Design Workshop and has specialized in Digital arts since 1999. He considers himself a "Power geek".
Nathan Hoogs began working in glass at the age of twenty, shortly after returning home from college. His introduction to the craft serendipitously began with an apprenticeship at a glass shop in the Berkshires. It was a unique opportunity, and he felt that he had found his true path. Nathan quickly learned the craft through production. The studio also offered its employees time to create their own pieces. Nathan enjoyed the challenge of designing and creating his own work. Eventually, he became aware of other studios in the area and took a part time position at Fellerman Raabe Glass in Sheffield, MA. This is where he met his wife and glassblowing partner, Elizabeth Crawford.
Jason Houston has worked for nearly 20 years as an independent photographer traveling to over a dozen countries and across the United States documenting social and environmental issues for editorial and NGO clients. His images have appeared in print, online, and broadcast media around the world and have been exhibited in New England, New York, Florida, and California. He regularly serves as a reviewer, judge, and curator for photo festivals and competitions, and currently also works as picture editor for Orion magazine.
Philip Howie received a BA at Rhodes College of Memphis, TN. He completed post graduate work at the NY Studio School of Drawing Painting and Sculpture, National Academy of Design, the New York Academy of Art, and at the Belles Artes, San Miguel Allende, Gto. Mexico and received an Individual Artist Tier Grant from the NYSCA for 2002. He has recently completed a life-size bronze sculpture for the St Louis Priory School in Missouri. Philip currently has work displayed at the BCB Gallery in Hudson, NY.
Wendy Jensen has been an award winning professional basket maker for the last twelve years. She exhibits her work at juried craft shows and galleries nationally, and has taught basket making at many craft schools, museums and private facilities. One of her basket patterns was recently featured in "By Hand" by Janice Eaton Kilby from Lark Books.
Jennifer Jordan Park received her BFA from University of Tennessee and is currently working on her MA in Studio Art (jewelry/metals) at New Jersey City University. She exhibits her fine jewelry in juried craft shows across the country. Her work has been honored in the Saul Bell Design Awards, Niche Awards, MJSA Vision Awards, and Halstead Bead Jewelry Design Business Development Grant. Her work has been published in Art Jewelry, Lapidary Journal, and Inside Jersey magazines.
Linda Kaye-Moses has been working full-time as a professional jeweler since 1978. In her work, Kaye-Moses uses a multitude of techniques including metal clay, engraving, stamping, embossing to demonstrate the latent connection between her various media including sterling silver, gemstones, 14k gold and organic materials. Her work has been exhibited nationally in galleries and at juried craft shows, including the Smithsonian, ACC Craft Fairs and The Paradise City Arts Festivals. She has received two Massachusetts Arts Lottery Council Grants, three Massachusetts Cultural Council Professional Development Grants and a Niche Award. Her work has also been published in numerous books and major periodicals and she is the author of "Pure Silver Metal Clay Beads" a workshop style book containing original projects for making silver beads from metal clay.
Nathan Keay Originally from Connecticut, Nathan pursued an education in sculpture at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and earned his bachelors degree. In 2010, he was accepted into Boston University Fine Arts program, receiving his MFA in sculpture. He currently works and lives in Pittsfield, MA. His work can be found in private collections around the country and has been shown publicly in Boston, Pittsfield, and Connecticut.
James Kennedy received his BFA from the University of Michigan where he studied sculpture, photography, and metal-smithing. James founded, “Collective Metals,” a modern jewelry business in NYC. His work is sold in galleries across the country. Eight years ago Kennedy moved to the Berkshires and learned how to restore and build airplanes, and old houses. Current projects include large mural paintings and original platinum wedding rings.
Casey Krawczyk holds an M.F.A. in painting from the New York Academy of Art, the only graduate school in the U.S. devoted exclusively to the study of the human figure. She received her B.F.A in painting from the University of Wisconsin. Casey recently moved to the Berkshires from the Colorado Rockies, where she taught drawing and painting for several years at Western State Colorado University. She is excited to share her knowledge of drawing and painting at IS 183. Casey is represented by Keating Fine Art of Aspen, CO.
Ann Kremers is an artist and calligrapher living and working in Bennington and teaching throughout southern Vermont and the Berkshires. Ann draws in a variety of media, paints with watercolors and writes with both a broad-edged and a pointed pen.
Frank La Frazia is founding member, director, and player in the Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe (RBIT); a theatre games and improv troupe, the funniest thing in the Berkshires. RBIT has performed all over Berkshire County and beyond. Frank was also a Co-creator, writer, and host for the Late Night Story Time Series at Berkshire Theatre Festival’s Unicorn Stage. He has also been a participant in Improv Festivals in New York, Providence, and throughout the New England/Upstate New York area. Shortly after graduating from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Acting, Frank took a position with the Dance and Drama programs at Bennington College. In 2001, Frank began working at Barrington Stage Company through their KidsAct! Program, directing a 6 week Musical Theatre Summer Camp for youth ages 8 through 14. In 2002, Frank piloted the Pittsfield based Playwright Mentoring Project Group; which works with at-risk youth to tell their stories through theatre and create an original play based on their lives. This was the first group to begin beyond South Berkshire County after the success of the pilot program started by Barrington Stage Company’s Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. In 2007, The Playwright Mentoring Project won the Coming Up Taller Award, a National Award given by the President’s Council on the Arts and Humanities. Frank and a youth from Pittsfield traveled to the White House to receive the award from the First Lady. Other directing credits include, BSC 10 X10 Festival, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Agamemnon, The Mineola Twins, and The Seagull. Past acting credits include “Hal” in Proof, “Walker/Ned” in Three Days of Rain, and “George” in All My Sons. Frank has had his solo-performance piece Living With It produced at Barrington Stage Company as well as theatres through out New England and New York. This piece is based on the experience of living with a mother suffering from Bi-polar disorder.
Jana Laiz is the award winning author of Weeping Under This Same Moon, The Twelfth Stone, Thomas & Autumn, Elephants of the Tsunami, and the co-author of "A Free Woman On God's Earth." She has taught writing to adults, teens and children locally and internationally. She is the very first Writer-in-Residence at Herman Melville's beloved Arrowhead.
Pieter Lefferts paintings are in collections throughout North America. Whether it’s an oil or pastel, a miniature or a mural, Pieter is at home with his brushes and a spectrum of color. His love for all things in nature shines through in each luminous swipe of pastel and stroke of paint. A lifetime of sojourn to the Adirondacks is at the very heart of his expression and carries over into all of his adventures.
Practical training in drawing and painting with Hilary H. Holmes at the Art Students League of New York is the foundation for Pieter’s art. He is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. His ongoing study of the methods and materials of painting’s varied practitioners provides him with a wealth of knowledge from which to draw. He is an innovator whose expression is both personal and broad-minded. Lefferts is the recipient of numerous awards for his artistry and for his work as an arts educator.
Naomi Lindenfeld has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in ceramics from Boston
University's Program in Artisanry.
After several clay apprenticeships, Naomi co-founded in 1983 the
Brattleboro Clayworks, a potter's collective in Brattleboro, Vt. Since
then, she has been a professional potter offering a line of colored clay
items. In 2004 she set up her own studio in her home in West Brattleboro
which is where she now works out of.
Since 1998 Naomi has been the ceramics teacher at Putney School (a
boarding high school), teaching a variety of hand-building and
wheel-throwing methods. Naomi has also taught a number of colored clay
workshops at craft centers around the northeast where she has had the
opportunity to share her enthusiasm for the unusual and exciting
technique involving working with colored clays.
Shira Lynn is a former personal trainer, capoeirista, and professional acrobat. With age and injury, she turned to improvisational dance. She is now a licensed massage therapist and a performance artist among other things.
Lucy MacGillis (b.Pittsfield, MA 1977) has been painting and drawing in Italy for eleven years. She grew up in the Berkshires and studied figure drawing at IS183 while she attended Pittsfield High School. MacGillis then studied painting at the University of Pennsylvania with John Moore and with Nicolas Carone at the former International School of Art in Italy. Here she also studied with Ruggero Savinio, Jake Berthot, John Lees, Ying Li and Dan Gustin. Upon graduating from Upenn, she received a post-graduate grant to paint in Italy. There she began to create a series of landscape, interior and still-life paintings which she exhibits at the Hoadley Gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts and at the Galleria Ca'd'Oro in Rome. She teaches locals to paint their own landscape in Montecastello and teaches annual seminars in traditional Italian painting with earth colors at the Sommerakademie di Hohenaschau in Germany and the Kunstfabrik in Vienna. The umbrian hills hide the studios of many other artists such as Carone and William Bailey who have mentored and inspired her. She lives with her son Vittorio in an old farmhouse she recently restored in Umbria. Lucy MacGillis is represented in international private and corporate collections.
Stephanie Maddalena has been lampworking since 1994 when a class from Kate Fowle-Meleney changed her life. She has a BA in Fine Arts and has accumulated lampworking knowledge through workshops. She has been developing her own sculpted flower techniques, and her flowers were published in the Spring, 2002 La Vie Claire Magazine.
Nancy Magnusson has been pursuing her passion for ceramics for over 10 years, first as a student and then in a second career as a teacher and studio potter. She has as much fun as any of her students building various vessels, sculptures and critters.
Marlene Marshall is a painter/collage artist, arts educator, designer, and author of Making Bits and pieces Moasaics 1998, Shell Chic 2002, and due in 2009 Woodland Chic (for Storey Publishers). For over a decade, Marlene has been conducting studio art classes in Mosaic and Shell design applications, as well as the Visual Arts. Marlene consults with communities on outdoor mosaic projects for public walkways, walls, and parks and has appeared on both the Home and Garden and DIY networks.
Melissa Mendes received her MFA in cartooning from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2010, and now lives and works in Hancock, MA with her boyfriend and their cat Bruce. She has self-published many handmade comic books, and recently won an award from the Xeric Foundation to print her graphic novel Freddy Stories. Her work has also appeared on Slate.com, and in the Devil's Lake Online Literary Journal.
Taylor Mickle is a photographer based in Copake, New York. She has a B.A. in Studio Art and a M.S. in Arts Technology Management. She has shown her work in Hudson, NY’s Columbia County Council on the Arts Gallery and ArtsWalk.
Melanie Mowinski received her MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of Philadelphia, a MA in Religion and Visual Arts from Yale University and a BS in Art Education from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She is presently Assistant Professor of Visual Art, at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She was formerly employed as the Programs Coordinator at the Berkshire Museum and the Arts Department Head at Buxton School, in Williamstown.
Chris Newbound Williamstown, Mass. resident and former managing editor of Berkshire Living, contributing writer to Berkshire Magazine. Adjunct professor of creative non-fiction writing and playwrighting at MCLA.and local playwright with recent productions at Berkshire Theatre Festival (Birthday Boy) and Barrington Stage Company, 10X10.
Dina Noto graduated from the Experimental Animation MFA program at the California Institute of the Arts in 2008, completing a broad academic career that began with traditional 2D fine arts and moved into animation and experimental film. Her thesis film Temporary Services has been recognized in a variety of national and international festivals including the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Black Maria Film Festival, and the Barcelona Art Contemporary Festival. Dina recently returned from a semester abroad as Visiting Animation Professor at Universidad ORT in Montevideo, Uruguay, where she taught undergraduate Experimental Animation and Story Development classes, as well as presenting an industry professional development workshop series.
Linda Novick's passion for painting and experimentation with color is evident as her students enjoy the permission she gives them to create and discover their inner artist. Linda has taught watercolor painting for over 40 years, is the author of The Painting Path: Embodying Spiritual Discovery through Yoga, Brush and Color, published by Skylight Paths Publishing, is the former President of the Hudson River Watercolor Society and runs travel programs for painters in Italy, Peru and Mexico.
Tom O'Brien an Eagle Scout, holds a BFA, cum laude, from Westfield State University where he was awarded the Presidential Purchase Award. His passion for illustration and comic book art began as a young child. Tom first joined IS183 as a teacher’s assistant and has worked for several years with the summer camp program in that capacity and will be performing a student teaching pre-practicum this summer. Tom plans to pursue his MFA at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.
Fay O'Meara has a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. She has studied at the Fine Arts Work Center, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She maintains a studio in Norfolk, CT where she works with textiles both on and off loom and makes sculpture with found wood. She is the mother of two sons.
Arthur Oliver has been designing costumes professionally since 1991. Opera, Theatre, Film, Television and Academia have employed his talent at such notable institutions as The Atlanta Opera, The Connecticut Opera, Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Charles Playhouse, The Colonial Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Mixed Company, The Stratford Shakespearean Festival (Ontario), The Yard, NYU/Tisch, LSU, Swine Palace, Trinity College, Gordon College, Simon’s Rock College of Bard and The Boston Conservatory
Alison Palmer was born and raised in New York. She attended Kansas City Art Institute as well as the California College of Arts and Crafts where she received her BFA in ceramics.
Alison then returned to New York where she implemented a “treatment through crafts” program at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital in Katonah. While teaching at Four Winds, Alison began her own studio at a converted old schoolhouse in Croton Falls, New York. She met and married musician Steve Katz. Together they created a company called Ashes to Ashes which produced funerary urns for animals. By 1986, Alison was exhibiting her work at a few of the finer craft galleries in New York City and elsewhere. Today, Alison Palmer can boast representation by over a thousand galleries, museum shops and catalogs in America and abroad.
John Recco lives and works in Hoosick, NY and holds degrees from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Columbia University. He has taught at a variety of institutions including Bennington College and Williams. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a Fulbright, fellowships at Yaddo, The Millay Colony, The European Cultural Centre of Delphi, Greece and a NYSCA Individual Artist Grant.
Karla Roberts received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with concentrations in Graphic Arts and Sculpture. She has taught at Parsons and the New York College of Technology both in New York, as well as teaching workshops for kids and adults out of her Brooklyn studio. She moved to upstate New York with her family in the summer of 2010 and shares a studio and printshop with her husband in Hudson, NY.
Nova Rockwell , long-time Berkshires resident, is an artist and art educator with over 25 years experience. She has taught preschool through middle school aged children in various venues throughout the county, including: private and public schools, art schools, museums and her own studio.
Anne Roecklein is a contemporary collage artist living and working in North Adams, MA, whose work explores systems, strategies, and spaces of desire. She holds a BA from Carleton College, MPS from Pratt Institute, and MFA from Indiana University. Her work has been exhibited at the Begehungen Art Festival in Chemnitz, Germany; Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY; the Lexington Art League, Lexington, Kentucky; christopher west presents, Indianapolis, IN; PrintRoom, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Gallery NoMINIMO, Guayaquil, Ecuador; and other national and international venues. Her work can be seen here:
Debra Rogers-Gillig is a local expert quilter with 25 years experience, past president of the friendship Knot Quilter's Guild, and teacher of an incredibly popular quilting course at Williams College.
Samuel Rowlett received his BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland Oregon and his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills Michigan. He is currently living and working in Western Massachusetts.
Glenn Shalan began his career in stained glass in 1982. He studied art and design at Parsons School of Design in New York City and has worked at several well known stained glass studios in the United States. New commissions include three windows for the City
Council Chambers, Hoboken, N.J. and four windows for a Frank Lloyd Wright designed home in Clinton, Wisconsin. Completed restorations include the rose window, First United Methodist Church, Williamstown, MA. and ten windows for the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington, D.C.
Paula Shalan received her BA in studio art and child development from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been teaching art for over twenty years, including ceramics and multi media at IS183 Art School of the Berkshires for the past 12. She held the position of Head of the Young Artist Department where she helped develop both the 5 to 7 year olds and the teen summer programs. She has taught at various private and public schools in the Berkshires and at the Berkshire Museum. Her smoke fired ceramics have been shown locally and nationally. Currently her ceramics can be seen at The Snyderman-Works Gallery in Philadelphia as well as at Paradise City Arts Festivals and Craft Boston retail shows.
Barbara Slate is described as titanically talented by Stan Lee, founder of Marvel Comics, teaches and lectures on the art of the graphic novel at schools, libraries and book festivals across the country. Her classes use her critically acclaimed text, You Can Do A Graphic Novel (Penguin). Barbara has written more than 300 comic books and graphic novels for DC, Marvel, Archie, and Disney. She is profiled in the seminal work A Century of Women Cartoonists. Her most recent graphic novel is Getting Married and Other Mistakes (Other Press).
Cassandra Sohn was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sohn received a BA in Photography and English from the New School in Manhattan. Cassandra loves to travel, and finds tremendous inspiration in exploring diverse cultures around the world. She was the main contributing photographer in the recently released book, Window On The Park - New York's Most Prestigious Properties On Central Park, published by Images Publishing. Sohn exhibits with various galleries, and in 2009, had shows with Tappan Z Gallery, in Tarrytown, NY, the Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield, MA, Canyon Ranch and Karendipity Gallery in Lenox, MA, and Dream Studios and Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan. Sohn has worked for a variety of clientele, including Berkshire Living Magazine, Travelraters, Images Publishing, The Berkshire Record, and the nonprofit City Harvest; as well as writing for News Photographer Magazine.
Wednesday Nelena Sorokin is a painter and teacher with more than 30 years experience. With a BA from Smith College and an MFA from James Madison University, she is one of the artists who initiated and completed the 3,380 square foot mural "The History of Women in Northampton form 1680-1980". She has exhibited widely and has works in numerous private collections throughout the United States. She believes that the role of the teacher is to foster, stimulate, and facilitate investigation and discovery by sharing not only knowledge, but also the excitement of learning.
Monika Sosnowski 'Monika Sosnowski is a fine art and lifestyle photographer. Born in Detroit, MI she grew up partly in Poland as well as in United States. The duality of this experience has strongly influenced her artistic sensibility
whereby she creates visual stories that focus on the ephemeral nature of being, memory and everyday wonder. She received an MFA from Hunter College in New York where she lives and works when she's not
doing the same in the lovely Berkshires.'
Kevin Sprague is the owner of Studio Two, a design and branding firm in Lenox, MA. He is also an active commercial photographer in the region. He has published the graphic novel "Muse" and "Imagining Shakespeare" based on his 15 years photographing, illustrating, and marketing Shakespeare & Company.
Mel Stabin is an internationally known teacher, author, and award-winning watercolorist. A graduate of Pratt Institute, he studied the art of watercolor
with Edgar Whitney. For over 25 years Mel has conducted workshops throughout the country and abroad. He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, and received Master Status from the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. Mel was named one of the "Top Ten Watercolor Masters of Today" by the art website www.artmatch4U.com. In addition to Mel's two books “Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused” and “The Figure In Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused” and two videos of painting on location, he has written numerous feature articles for national art magazines. In his workshops Mel encourages students to experience the magical, spontaneous, and transparent qualities of watercolor with emphasis on simplifying one's approach to subject matter and painting with energy and focus. Mel’s workshops are casual and friendly with an easy, open dialogue.
Laura Evonne Steinman is a community artist who has worked with people of all ages facilitating artmaking in schools, community centers, neighborhood backyards, in religious institutions, senior centers, orphanages, and hospitals. She believes that lives are nurtured and transformed by creating art together. Laura received her BFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and her Master of Art in Art Education (MAAE) with a Concentration in Community Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Currently she is living in Somerville, MA sewing a bunch of "Colorful Matters" using recycled remnants and is a full time art teacher at The Gifford School in Weston, MA.
Robert Taylor (Artist, Scenic & Architectural Designer, Production Designer, VFX Art Director, CGI Art Director) began his career studying classical styles of painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to Yale University to study Scenic Design. Taylor has created designs for over one hundred productions in repertory and regional theaters throughout the country. His work as a designer has been seen in both off Broadway and Broadway productions (where he has had three shows running on Broadway at once.) He won the Drama Desk Award, two Obie Awards and other theater awards. He designed six restaurants in New Jersey and New York city. He has worked extensively in film and television, and has designed over seven hundred commercials, many of which have won Clios. He has taught on the faculty of Princeton University, Hunter College, the Rhode Island School of Design, and has been a Lecturer on CGI film at Yale University.
Marianne Van Lent With a BFA from Tyler School of Art and an MFA from Cornell University, Marianne van Lent paints in her studio in NYC and on the hudson River in upstate NY. Her professional career opened with a solo show in Stuttgart, Germany in 1987 and her presence on the contemporary art stage has not flagged for over thirty years. Solo shows include Katherine Markel Gallery, Ulla Surland Gallery, and Wesley Lake Gallery. Public art grants for installations and murals include Creative Time, H.A.N.D.S., NYSCA, and Art for Transit.
Ms. van Lent has been teaching on and off for many years.
Her appointments include AP Art History and Freshman Drawing and Painting at Poly Prep Country Day School, Color and Light at Pratt Institute, and cooking workshops at Whole Foods.
A painter of the natural world, Marianne van Lent works in a fresco secco technique. The imagery of the earth, it's cycles and psychology are the subjects of inquiry in her paintings as they explore the dream of place, sanctuary and seperation.
Maggie Vescio has been teaching children of all ages for over 20 years in Massachusetts and New York State. Specializing in the non-traditional classroom, she seeks to create motivating environments that energize students as they learn applied science and math through the eyes and hands of the artist. She has designed environmental curriculum for a variety of customers including the National Parks Service, Girl Scouts of CNY, Becoming an Outdoors Woman, Nature's Classroom and others. She has a BFA in sculpture and painting from SUNY College at Oswego and currently lives and works in Colebrook, CT.
Kathy Vincent graduated from Philadelphia College of Art, now University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 1970 with a Bachelor of FIne Arts in Textile Design with my primary interest being weaving. After marrying, her family moved to Florida where she taught elementary art for a number of years. In 1993 Kathy moved back to Berkshire County and became an interpreter/weaver at Hancock Shaker Village. Over the years she has focused more and more on weaving rag rugs and Shaker Plied Yarn rugs.
Kim Waterman holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, an Master of Science in Education from Hunter College, and Art Education certification from Bank Street College. She has been teaching students pre-K through high school in a variety of settings for over 25 years, including the past 14 years at IS183 art school. Kim writes and receives grants to integrate art and dance into academic curriculum in public and private schools throughout Berkshire County. She teaches private classes is oil painting and art history. In addition to IS183 art school, Kim is the Co-Director of World Music and Dance at Berkshire Pulse Center for the Creative Arts, on faculty at Renaissance Arts Center, and is the director of an arts-based preschool, The Great Barrington Cooperative Preschool, in Great Barrington.
Thor Wickstrom studied painting at the Art Student’s League in New York and anatomy at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He has been painting in oil for over 35 years.
Arthur Yanoff studied at the Museum School in Boston and privately with painter Jason Berger. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Rose Art Museum; the Currier Gallery; the Detroit Institute of Arts; Yeshiva University Museum; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe. He also participated in a traveling exhibition, Rural Artists with Urban Sensibilities, and his work was commissioned by the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company for projection during international performances. In summer 2009 his work was featured in a solo show at the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA.
Joanne Yurman , PhD, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst with a private practice in Lenox, MA. She received her PhD from the Derner Institute at Adelphi University, and her Postdoctoral Certificate from the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She treats adults and couples and has many years of experience working with people on their creative expression.
Jeff Zamek received B.F.A./M.F.A. degrees in ceramics from, Alfred University, College of Ceramics, NY. He taught ceramics at Simon's Rock College, Great Barrington, MA. and Keane College, Elizabeth, NJ. In 1980 he started his own ceramics consulting firm and has contributed articles to Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, Clay Times, Studio Potter, and Craft Horizons. His books, “What Every Pottery Should Know” $31.40 and “Safety in the Ceramics Studio” $ 25.40 are available from, Jeff Zamek/Ceramics Consulting Services, 6 Glendale Woods Dr., Southampton, MA 01073