Learn more about each of our instructors below.
Staci Adman was born in Seattle and received her BFA in Painting from the University of Washington, where she focused on painting in egg tempera. After college she worked at a small jewelry studio in Seattle making jewelry from hand-blown glass tubing. She now works in glass, metals and fiber, and paints in a variety of media. Staci finds constant inspiration in the natural world and is a strong believer in the STEAM movement - an initiative to help inspire future innovation and keep art in our education system by adding Art and Design into the current focus on STEM subjects.
For nearly 20 years Staci has taught art lessons and organized special art projects in local schools. Some of those projects may still be seen where they are permanently installed on the playground at St. Edward State Park and at Kenmore Junior High. Her own work has been included in shows and hung in galleries around the region. She now enjoys a daily commute of a few steps out to her studio from her front door in Kenmore.
Jo has a BFA with an emphasis in glass from the Ohio State University. She has had the privilege of attending Pilchuck Glass School as staff, a student, and a poleturner. Jo has also received scholarships to the Pittsburgh Glass Center, where she studied under Nadege Desgenetez and Granite Calimpong with Jesse Nelson as TA. Jo has experience in production, make-it-nows, and teaching. She now lives and works in Seattle, WA.
John Arbuckle is a retired elementary teacher who taught for 36 years and who has recently begun teaching collage/mixed media to adults in his home, at senior centers, the WAEA conference and at the Schack. He loves to create mail art to send to his artist friends and he is extensively into art journaling. Several of his collages will be published this fall in a book of mixed media artists works.
Patricia Ariel is a Northwest fine artist and illustrator. Based in Everett, WA, she was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she earned a degree in Fashion Design and a BA in Art Education by the Rio de Janeiro State University. While in Brazil she worked as an art teacher in middle schools and ran workshops in several subjects related to the visual and performing arts. Following her immigration to the US, Patricia started a thriving career in the fine arts. Her works have been collected, exhibited, and licensed all over the US and abroad. She has also been teaching drawing classes online, reaching students from different continents.
From her passion for the figurative art combined with patterns and expressionistic abstracts, Patricia follows a classical tradition of drawing and uses a realistic representation of the human figure in an attempt to bring reality closer to the realm of dreams and spirituality, creating a world of visual poetry where light and darkness collide and reveal the symbolic and the mystical. Her goal as an art facilitator is to contribute to transformations in the individual level, sharing her passion for the Arts and inspiring and helping people to live more meaningful and creative lives.
Mari Atkinson is an art instructor at Olympic View Middle School in Mukilteo, WA.
Art has always been an integral part of my life and memory. It was what I truly aspired to and enjoyed from childhood until now. I attended the University of Washington with the intention of being an art educator but became enamored with metal while taking a jewelry making and hollowware class. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metal design in 1974 and have been designing jewelry, sculpture and enamels ever since.
Although jewelry design is my primary medium I continue to practice in other media striving toward competency. Printmaking has been a three year progression toward this goal. It has been an intensive weekly education that always brings surprises with an exciting evolution. Printmaking allows a journey into color and abstract forms that I have always enjoyed.
Working in the schools my sons had attended connected me with many opportunities to teach art in the community. Since 1990 I have taught art to children and adults through the Edmonds School District, Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood Arts and Recreation and many other institutions in the Puget Sound region.
I fell in love with glass, in all its many forms, when I was a teenager. Over the years I built a nice collection of art glass. I also started working with glass as an art media. About seven years ago I discovered glass beads and have never looked back. My beading has evolved from basic stringing to creating complex seed bead jewelry. I have won a couple of awards for my designs, and had my work included in a national magazine. I regularly teach intermediate to advanced classes for the Northwest Bead Society members.
Due to my husband's job transfer, we moved to Snohomish three years ago. I have fallen in love with the area, the people, and the amazing art community. I am excited about getting to share my work with people in this region.
Pete Barth is a Painter and graduate from Florida State University in Studio Art and Biology. He excels in the teaching of art concepts such as color, value, materials, and composition. His paintings and classes delve into the exploration of nature in art, as well as the representation of animals in action- running, jumping, flying, migrating, burrowing, and swimming! Lively, outgoing, and patient, he is enthusiastic about teaching art concepts in an informative, in-depth manner, while bringing fun and creativity to the art process! When you attend his classes, you are sure to have a wonderful, creative time, and leave with a beautiful, fascinating work of art!
Leslie is a PNW native; she grew up in Maple Valley, lived in Seattle during college, and moved to Lynnwood after graduating from the UW (go Huskies!). She currently lives in Everett with her boyfriend and their two rabbits, Gus Gus and Pippa, and can often be found sprawled out on her living room floor, surrounded by supplies, tools, and half-completed projects. One of these days she vows to have a "real" craft room where she can get creative while sitting at a proper table.
Elsa Bouman, disciplined in Fine & Graphic Arts (BA San Francisco State), comes from the San FrancisoBay Area (Oakland, CA) where she taught visual arts in public and private elementary schools for over 20 years.
She was also a teacher for four years with the First Five program in Walnut Creek, CA, a statefunded program providing free arts, music and dance to any child of preschool age. In addition she worked as a graphic designer with BILL GRAHAM PRESENTS in the Rock and Roll industry in San Francisco for eight years.
Elizabeth is a full time studio artist. She makes silkscreen images, paintings, and ceramics, inspired by nature. She works with all ages and enjoys sharing the joy of art. She is a member of American Print Arts, Print Arts Northwest, and Seattle Print Arts, and regularly shows work, including at her Kirkland garden studio by appointment.
A middle school Art Teacher by day (which is not limited to problem solver, world saver, and negotiator), Jody enjoys spending time with her inspirational children, husband, and energetic family pets. They are the fuel that keeps the motor roaring and the stimulus behind every project. After all, those who can DO - teach!
Born and raised in Snohomish, Jody is a self-taught mixed media artist. She believes in the autonomy of freedom of choice and expression. Often losing herself in her studio, she experiments with combinations of memorabilia and past sentiments to create an individualized, heart-warming effect. Jody scavenges for hidden treasures all about the country in her quest to originate a timeless classic, which becomes her art.
Granite Calimpong grew up the son of a potter in Northern California, so his hands were covered in clay long before he discovered glass. He graduated with a degree in Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts from the University of California, San Diego, where he was first introduced to glass. Calimpong was immediately drawn to the material and process. Growing up in a household full of handmade objects has fostered his lifelong connection to the subtleties of function and form through the scrutiny of everyday use. It continues to influence his practice as a glassmaker. When he's not working in glass, Calimpong fishes, throws pots, fires his wood-fired pizza/bread oven, or muses on his next project. He lives and works in Seattle.
Tiina has 24 years of experience as an clay artist in residence for Edmonds, Brier, Shoreline and Seattle School districts. She loves creating pieces with adults, kids and families that they can enjoy for years. She works with each participant to offer ideas to guarantee success.
Art Cass is retired navy and an Everett resident for last 13 years. He was instructed in lapidary by Master Lapidarist Rocky McCall in 2002. He has been teaching privately for 4 years. Art has created several hundred cabochons for sale and trade as well as cabochon creation for customers. He has been a Lapidary demonstrator at the Everett Rock and Gem Show since 2006 and a participant in Everett Art Walk for 3 years. He was a participant in the City of Everett "Artist Studio" program for one year. Art is a four time volunteer of the Schack's Fresh Paint and is a member of the Schack Art Center.
Bethany Chapman was born in Alaska and Raised in Washington. Bethany graduated from Central Washington University in 2010 in Visual Art Teaching. Since, Bethany has traveled from Seattle to Miami showing and selling her art.12 pieces are currently on Display at the University of Miami. Currently, Bethany teaches High School art in Lake Stevens. Bethany travels around Washington teaching workshops about Art, Imagination, and Empowerment. visit her website for more workshops and classes at www.bethanychapman.com
After working in sculpture for some years, Karin Vance Chickadel discovered the niche of artist's books while earning her MAAT at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She went on to focus her studies in book making at Columbia College Chicago, where she earned her MFA in Book and Paper Art in 2005. She has exhibited her work in galleries across the Midwest and in the Northwest. Some of her work can be found locally at Venue in Ballard, the Seattle Art Museum gift shop, the Bellevue Arts Museum gift shop and at The Gallery at Town Center in Lake Forest Park. Today Karin Vance Chickadel lives and works in the Seattle area with her husband and 2 young children. She is currently working on a series of paper cut artist's books and panels.
Inspired by the various of properties intrinsic in books and by everyday objects, cityscapes and landscapes, Karin Vance Chickadel makes work that is both personal and universal, portable and permanent, 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional. She emphasizes the sculptural aspects of many artist book forms and looks to create an element of surprise in her work. Karin creates the scenes in her artist's books using a variety of techniques including paper cutting, layering and folding. The designs in her books are originally hand cut using an Xacto knife and an eye for detail. Then some of the designs are laser cut, and each layer of paper is hand folded and hand bound into these small works of art.
The ancient art of glassblowing captured my passion to design and create from an early age. It compelled me to study art and design and to pursue personal growth through artistic growth. Most recently I have focused on the ancient technique known as Murrine. Murrine is an Italian term for colored patterns or images made in a glass cane that are revealed when cut in cross-sections. I find this technique best suited for achieving the complexity in pattern and surface texture, as well as the interplay of color and form that I strive for; balancing these with contemporary impressions of traditional forms is the essence of my art. By choosing to utilize classic techniques with an attention to detail and quality, I strive to bring new and fresh ideas to a craft that is more than four thousand years old.
Jess Coleman has taught studio classes, everything from basic drawing to more advanced design for many years. When he's not showing a beginning artist how to properly hold a brush or suggesting a drawing student use bolder strokes with charcoal, Coleman practices his own craft, something he's been doing for most of his life.
"As far back as I can remember, I was drawing and trying to copy stuff," he said.
Though his artistic interests would initially lead him to graphic design - something he did for the Houston Chronicle for 10 years - he eventually came back around to drawing and painting, with a particular interest in the human form.
Pat Colyar has taught ceramics since 1988 and enjoys helping people learn about the joys of clay work while discovering their own abilities. She specializes in making functional ceramic ware and two-dimensional wall pieces, and sells her work through various local galleries.
Artist Jackie Cort , also known as the "Wax Slayer." Cort has been a painter and maker of all things creative as long as she can remember. A self taught artist, who has painted most anything that can be painted on, including people!
She is currently a full time artist and teacher at her Studio in Snohomish, and the NW area.
Jackie works primarily in Encaustic. This is the art of painting with molten beeswax and a blowtorch. It gives her great satisfaction to play with the flow of such a natural medium combined with bold and vivid pigments. Cort's subject matter is spontaneous and in the moment. She loves teaching encaustic workshops and meeting new creatives.
Judi Cowper is a retired teacher. She taught in the Snohomish School District for 30 years. She has a Master's Degree from the University of Washington in education. She has been associated with the Schack Art Center for many years where she currently volunteers on the Education Committee as well as enlightens students as a docent through the annual Art Education in Action exhibit.
Barbara De Pirro
Barbara De Pirro is a painter, sculptor, installation artist and educator, sponsored by Golden Artist Colors, Inc. She works both two and three dimensionally, translating and cross pollinating her concepts from one media to the other. Her expansive knowledge of acrylic, combined equally with her broad understanding of a full range of media opens the door to endless possibilities. All of this, she generously shares with other artists in her workshops and lectures.
De Pirro's artwork has been commissioned and exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has completed numerous public art installations both interior and exterior. Honored as Resident Artist at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma three years running plus traveled throughout parts of Europe, Asia, South and North America via art and education residencies. Additionally, De Pirro's artwork and techniques have been published in multiple articles, publications and books.
John de Wit
Seattle glass artist John de Wit has fused his love of ceramics with glass for the past 30 years. Texture and color became his focus, while his experience and skill guide his form. In his May 2012 exhibition, 'Introspectus', he incorporated glass, while moving beyond it with found materials and wooden constructions. De Wit took us outside of our glass comfort zone and reminded us, it is the master not the medium that creates art.
"This latest group of work is based on the varied interests and processes I have been working on for the last few years. I seek relationships between objects, the tactile and the unrequited symbol. While Nature inspires me, I chose not to mimic, choosing instead to construct, jumble and tumult."
De Wit studied glass and ceramics at California State University in Chico in the late 1970s, and also attended Pilchuck Glass School. After working as a glassblowing assistant for Dale Chihuly, de Wit went on to teach at Pilchuck Glass School, Pratt Fine Art Center, and several workshops and lectures in France.
Nikki Gardner (Wheeler)
Nikki Gardner is a working professional artist. She studied art at both State University of New York at Stony Brook and Western Washington University, acquiring a degree in Fine Art from WWU in 1995. She went on to complete a graphic design program from the Art Institute of Seattle in 1998.
Nikki has taught in various art camps, after school art programs, and is a volunteer art teacher in her own children's classrooms.
When not spending time with her family or painting in her studio, Nikki enjoys getting others excited about art~ especially kids!
Mindy Hardwick is a published author and educator who often writes about artistic characters. Her children's books include: a digital picture book, FINDERS KEEPERS, a middle grade novel, STAINED GLASS SUMMER and a young adult contemporary romance novel, WEAVING MAGIC. She can also be found writing sweet, contemporary romance as well as articles for children. Mindy facilitated a poetry workshop with teens at Denney Youth Juvenile Justice Center for seven years. She teaches classes about writing for children to educators through Seattle Pacific University SPIRAL program. Mindy is included on the Washington State Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster. Please visit Mindy at: www.mindyhardwick.com
Lisa JonesMoore is a graduate of Colorado State University, with a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design. Encaustics (beeswax, damar resin, pigment), collage and art assemblage have been a passionate pursuit for her over the past eight years. She includes many items in her work-such as bones, fabric, digital photos, discarded papers, bottle caps, rusty nails, sand and old hardware parts. Her love of Latino culture shines through many of her works.
Lisa also loves creating contemporary shrines and iconic female imagery as a way to connect with her past and other like-minded souls. Lisa's works are part of private collections in the Northwest, Midwest and East coast of the United States. Her encaustic and mixed media work has been published in Cloth•Paper•Scissors magazine, Somerset Studio, Somerset Workshop, Somerset Life Images, IndieArts DVD magazine and The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed.
Lisa is represented by Hanson Scott Gallery in Seattle, Washington. She is currently teaching students about the joys of encaustic wax and mixed media at Schack Art Center and the greater Seattle area.
Deborah earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Delaware, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas. She also studied with printmaker Paula Roland, at Ghost Ranch in Abiqui, New Mexico. Her work is featured in the forthcoming e-book, Contemporary Paper and Encaustic by Catherine Nash, and the Gallery of Artists section of the new book, Wax and Paper Workshop: Techniques for Combining Encaustic Paint and Handmade Paper by Michelle Belto. Working with encaustic since 2002, Deborah Kapoor exhibits her work throughout the United States. She is represented by Conrad Wilde Gallery in Tucson, Arizona and ArtXchange Gallery in the Pioneer Square Arts District of Seattle, Washington.
Jessica Landau was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi and raised mostly in rural South Carolina. Her artistic ventures have included completing her BFA in 2D Fine Arts at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, exhibiting in galleries nationwide, and demonstrating glassblowing techniques for public and private special events. She has lived in Hawaii since 2003, during which time she has traveled to study, work, and TA at Pilchuck Glass School and Penland School of Crafts. She assisted with the glassblowing program at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii from 2008-2012 and currently works as a Teaching Artist with Hilltop Artists in Residence program in Tacoma, where juvenile delinquents are mandated by the court to use glassblowing as a community service project. She divides her time between studios in Honolulu and Seattle. She assists several glassblowing teams in the Seattle area on a freelance basis, simultaneous to teaching and creating an ever-expanding body of whimsical glass artwork. Landau's work is found in the Rohm and Haas permanent corporate collection and in private collections worldwide.
Janet Lehwalder paints on silk using fiber reactive dyes. Her work includes framed silk paintings done in a watercolor style, and quilted silk comforters. "I love watching the colors as they flow and blend so naturally. And since silk reflects light, it gives the paintings a special luminosity."
She also teaches a variety of silk classes for adults and kids all around the Pacific Northwest, including classes in shops, junior colleges, private groups, and through the Bellingham Allied Arts Education Project. Home is five acres east of Bellingham, WA.
Professional jewelry artist, Julia Lowther, was raised in Monteverde, Costa Rica, and has been teaching jewelry making nationally and internationally for 15 years. An active member of the vibrant Pacific Northwest metals community, she has studied and worked with many internationally recognized jewelry artists, including Mary Hu, Komelia Okim, Doug Harling, and Megan Corwin. Lowther's jewelry is comfortable, chic and stunning. Her work has been published most recently in the books 500 Gemstone Jewels; Chain Mail Jewelry; Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet; and Art Jewelry Today 3. She lives and works in Seattle, WA.
I first discovered the invaluable experience of hosting Monster-Making workshops in St. Louis, MO. I was happily surprised to see students discovering their inner artist. They beamed with pride at successfully acquiring a new skill while creating something uniquely their own.
Students who had otherwise been known as "trouble-makers" forgot about their reputations and became my most invested art assistants.
This workshop is unique because the skills they learn in sewing, design and story-telling are skills that will support them as life-long learners. This workshop has changed the way that I think about art because within one project-based session, I have seen individuals grow to become confident artists, empowered learners who are motivated to keep creating!
Jennifer J MacLean's work is often influenced by contemporary science, particularly the discoveries of modern physics, duality, and the geometry within the natural world.
Her artistic pursuits include painting, jewelry design, and teaching.
Jennifer has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Oregon College of Art and Craft.
Morgan Madison is a Pacific Northwest based artist. Growing up in Denver, CO as the middle of the three brothers he had to fight early on to find his niche. He was no good at video games and was regularly beaten up on the sports field by his older brother, thus he found art. Drawing was his first love and it led him to Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR where he received a BA in Studio Art. A fateful job in the fiery depths of a glass factory after graduation led to his pursuit of glass as a medium. Today he uses a variety of processes and materials to create work that is informed by his love of drawing and inspired by place- the colors, textures, design and landscape which help define the places we inhabit and tell us something of ourselves.
Anna Mastronardi Novak
Anna's work in oil, wax color pencil, and mixed media has exhibited nationally in galleries and museums for over 25 years. Her work is featured in corporate collections, and she is an integral part of the arts community. She is regularly featured in auctions for PONCHO and Museum of Northwest Art.
The innovative technique she employs for her wax color pencil work is unrivaled for its tactile and liquid surface, and has received recognition for its extraordinary quality. Her oil on canvas work is a bold and unconventional style that utilizes both oils and oil sticks to increase the textural qualities of surface and magnify chromatic strength.
She attributes her intensely intricate approach to the influence of her early years in native Italy, and now resides on Whidbey Island where she has had her woodland studio for the past 14 years.
Ed McDonald has been enthusiastically exploring the world of glass since 1972. During that time he has experimented with leaded glass, fused glass and blown glass. Mc Donald's explorations have led him to work and teach at many established studios throughout the Northwest and California.
Ed has worked as a glassblower and colorist for Dale Chihuly in Seattle, Washington. This experience has led to other jobs with artists such as Dante Marioni, Benjamin Moore, Martin Blank and Charlie Parriot. When not working for others, he makes his own blown work inspired by his love of the ocean and coastal living. His work can be seen internationally and throughout the United States.
Marilyn's first love is basketry, and basketry related jewelry. Since 1979, she has taught for guilds, conferences and conventions around the country and has written numerous articles and been featured in many publications. Having graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in Fiber Art in 1997, she continues to live and work in Seattle, WA, and works primarily with wire.
Harrison Neel began blowing glass at age 15 in in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After graduating high school Harrison completed a three year factory glass education in the rural village Orrefors, Sweden. From 2005-2007 Harrison worked on Martha's Vineyard island blowing glass with other artists and designing his own glassware. In 2007 Harrison moved to Seattle, WA. Since settling in the Pacific Northwest, he has worked for several glass studios and artist in the region and continues to develop his own glass art.
Jesse started blowing glass at the age of 17 in Seattle production studios such as Glassybaby, and Chihuly inc. His love for craft pushed him through his career as a student at California College of Art, Penland School of Crafts, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and as a scholarship recipient at Pilchuck Glass School. Throughout the years Jesse's had the pleasure to study under Michael Schunke, Boyd Sugiki, and Janusz Pozniak. His love for glass and the relationships made by traditions and crafting pushes Jesse to explore the boundaries of the vessel and sculptural form.
Suz O'Dell has been a crafts person for over 25 years. Inspired by her German and Mexican heritage, she found herself drawn into the arts at an early age. Suz spent five years living in Heidelberg, Germany, studying photography, and traveling to other countries with her camera. In the early 80s she began working as a professional photographer in California's film and commercial industries and spent over 12 years as a freelance photographer, production manager and producer. Prior to photography, Suz owned and operated Captain Cook Glassworks, an art glass studio in Kona, Hawaii.
In the early 90s, Suz continued her pursuit of the arts by studying Lapidary (the art of gem cutting) at Galileo Gem Guild, as well as Metalsmithing at the Sharon Arts Studio in San Francisco, California.
In the late 90's a new medium called Precious Metal Clay became available to artists and it was love at first sight. Suz completed an intensive course designed for teachers and was urged by her metals teacher to share her knowledge and start teaching. A few years later, Bronze was introduced to the art world and it was affordable. Suz started working in Bronze from day one since she could now experiment without the consideration of how much she might be wasting.
Suz has taught classes for over 12 years. A list of the venues includes: Mendocino Art Center, Sharon Arts Center, Sonoma Art Center, Danaca Design, South Seattle City College, and North Seattle City College
Lisa Palmatier has been a visual arts educator for over 20 years. She was the art teacher on staff at two K-8 grade elementary schools and has taught numerous children's art workshops throughout the Seattle area. She works in a variety of media with a focus on fiber arts, enjoying the meditative, tactile and repetitive qualities inherent in working with fiber. Abstract forms, organic shapes, textures and color relationships inspire her designs.
Her education includes a B.A. in Art from the University of Washington and arts education classes through Seattle Pacific University. From 2003-2009 she served on the Boards of the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation and Association in various roles including Juried Art Director, Kids Creative Corner Director and Scholarship Committee Chair.
Studio potter Julie Perrine has enjoyed creating functional and sculptural work since the early 1980's. Her one-of-a-kind pieces are hand formed and can be described as painterly and playful. Julie splits her time between working on her own pieces and sharing her love of clay as an artist in residence in area schools. She is a member of the Sculptor's Workshop, a group of ceramic artists working at the studio at the Francis Anderson Center here in town.
Seth Riley is the recent recipient of an MFA in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. His work has appeared in the Wetlands Review, and he is currently working on his first novel. Seth lives in Everett with his wife and children.
Von has been teaching flamework techniques to individuals and small groups since 2002. Many of her students have gone on to create careers as a result of her mentoring. Von has a strong business background, has owned several companies, and was a founder and Executive Director of two nonprofit organizations. Her glass and sterling jewelry has been sold in galleries in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Utah, and Washington. Von has participated in over 60 juried art shows and was awarded "Best in Jewelry" at the St. George Art Festival in Utah. In 2010 her work was accepted by the Museum of Glass and is on display in the Museum Store in Tacoma. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas hosted a solo show of her work. Von has been featured in Beadwork magazine and is on display at the Kobe Glass Museum in Japan.
Nat's relationship with the camera started in college and has grown into a passion for capturing each subject's unique perspectives.
An MIT-trained space propulsion engineer with 20 years experience, Nat has the ability to view subjects from both artistic and technical perspectives - from light warmth, balance and image design to sharpness, depth-of-field, aperture and motion blur.
Nat has taken portraits as well as photographs for industrial clients, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, museums and rock bands.
Nat lives on the Eastside where he is still getting used to Seattle winters.
My name is Amanda Stovall and I'm a local artist living and working in the North Puget Sound area. I have always loved to paint, draw and explore all types of creative expression. I am inspired, by nature, people and animals. I love to use bright colors and high contrast. I am a fan of mixed media and spend a lot of time preparing my canvas before I start painting; it helps me ease into the creative process. There can be a mix of old books pages, music notes, fabric, tissue paper and more, why not?! The more the merrier! My paintings are mostly acrylic, with mixed media, pen tape . . .and it goes on. I like to keep painting light and fun, no pressure just expression and freedom to explore. I have been instructing for nearly two years at SipDipndoodle in Mill Creek and it is a great pleasure to work with the community and see people express themselves.
Polly Adams Sutton is a full time studio artist and teacher of basketmaking. Living in Seattle, Polly gathers her own materials - cedar bark from logged forests and sweetgrass from the tidal flats of Washington. The flexibility in these materials gives her the opportunity to work on asymmetrical shapes. She exhibits her work in galleries, nationwide and her sculptural basket was chosen for the cover illustration of "500 Baskets".
Jim Vollmer was born in New Orleans & received his bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University, with a concentration in Interior Design and Stained Glass, in 1979. For more than 25 years, Jim Vollmer has been creating glass works from his studio in Seattle.
The intricate patterns in his pieces are drawn from textiles and tilework of diverse cultures. Incorporated into the panels, in vivid color, are Persian patterns from the Middle East, mosaic motifs from the Mediterranean, Bold graphics from the Kente tradition in Ghana and fanciful
Josey Wise is the former owner and operator WiseDesignz framing & gallery. She is currently the Gallery Preparator for the Schack Art Center, laying out and hanging the art shows in the Main Gallery and at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Her vast art experience has ranged from artist to juror to member of the City of Everett's Cultural Arts Commission.
As an artist, as a gardener, my work of some 30 years has been about exploring a fiber arts garden, honoring traditions, and developing a contemporary connection to these interwoven passions.
A celebrated nursery and field study basketry school has emerged from the fibers.
Large living installations, garden sculptures and custom designs tell the story of those pathways, while my gallery pieces are primarily about exploring the layers and moods of materials introspectively. I like to peel and unwrap and extract their character.
As I pull the essence into play and push the boundaries beyond traditional forms-the results become movement-gestures of reflection , a silent commentary, a dance of the hands and heart.