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.
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.
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!
Anita's art career began as a graphic designer in the printing industry, then she found her creative passion - art glass.
Her journey with stained glass began as a hobbyist in 1986 and she has been a professional glass artist since 1997.
Her love of nature is reflected in the original designs that she enjoys creating for clients and students.
Enjoy the beauty of art glass for a lifetime!
Danielle Bodine has worked in textiles for over 35 years. Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and art centers throughout the U.S. and is included in many private and corporate collections. Originally from Seattle, Danielle studied clothing design at the University of Washington, Art therapy at Bowling Green University and received a BFA from the University of Michigan in Weaving & Textile Design. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, most recently in "All Things Considered IV, VII and VIII," NBO Juried Shows and catalogs at Fullercraft Museum, 500 Baskets, Lark Books and Pulp Function. Nationally, Danielle has been an invited artist, teacher and lecturer in museums, colleges and arts organizations focusing on contemporary concepts, methods and materials in the realm of fibers. In her studio on Whidbey Island, she offers opportunities for artists and members of the community to explore the many applications of fiber for creative expression.
Byron Bratt, The Master of Mezzotint, works without peer in this technically challenging medium. His works are included in the collections of the New York Public Library, The Library of Congress, and locally in the City of Everett, as well as many private collections. Byron was the Arts Council of Snohomish County's Artist of the Year in 1993.
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.
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.
Manuel Castro's first introduction to glassblowing was in 1997 at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, where a contemporary glass renaissance had been developing since the 70's. From 2000-2002 he worked as part of the Manifesto glass team, one of the premiere glass studios in Seattle. It was at Manifesto that Manuel was able to hone his skills and comprehension of glass necessary to materialize the designs he imagined. "I knew that the daily process of perfecting the craft would create the muscle memory and vision to bring my ideas into form."
In 2001 he was chosen to be part of the Lino Tagliapietra Seattle glass blowing team. The Italian maestro, Lino Tagliapietra is arguably one of the greatest living glassblowers in the world. The opportunity for Manuel to work with Lino has provided him with a vast pool of knowledge surrounding Venetian methods. Castro says, "The Venetian techniques in glass have always been a focus of interest for me. The combination of these age old secrets combined with modern concepts intrigues me and is the basis of much of my work. "
In 2002 Manuel Castro moved to Indonesia for two years, there he collaborated with visual artists and modern theater artists. With help from the Visual Arts Department of the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in Indonesia, Castro helped to open the first hot shop in West Java. "The time spent in Indonesia opened my eyes to new perspectives of what beauty and art could be. The artists there had few resources to work with, yet found ways to create and live for the art form they had chosen."
Manuel continues to work on the Lino Tagliapietra team and the Manifesto glass team. Castro moved to the Tashiro Kaplan artist lofts in 2005 where he presently designs and creates his own glass works. Castro is also a founding member of The Memory War Theater Project where he serves as writer and video designer.
Castro's work has been exhibited at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Corridor Gallery, Senso Unico, Vision Gallery, Fabrik Galleri, and Art By Fire in Seattle, Portland, Chicago and San Francisco.
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
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.
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.
I am a stained glass and fused glass artist, showing locally. I enjoy all aspects of glass work and try to create one of a kind art for people to enjoy
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!
Lois Gaylord holds a bachelor's degree in textile design, and also completed the University of Washington's Professional Certificate Program in Fiber Arts. She uses many textile and fiber processes in her work including weaving, dyeing and sewing.
Lois enjoys sharing her knowledge and inspiring students to explore the fiber arts. Currently she is teaching weaving at the Swedish Club in Seattle. She has been an adjunct instructor at the Seattle Art Institute, and has taught workshops at many locations including: the Women of Wisdom Conference, at local fabric stores, and at historical re-enactment events.
Her current work has a spiritual focus. She makes textiles for ritual or religious functions as well as abstract fiber and mixed media art based on spiritual themes.
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 graduated from Colorado State University, with a BFA, concentrating in Graphic Design. After working as a designer and illustrator in Denver, San Francisco and Seattle areas, she pursued her passion for pastel landscapes, encaustic painting (molten beeswax, pigment), mixed media, art assemblage and printmaking. Her love of Latino folk art and Mexican culture, as well as the beauty of all things worn and aged, permeates her work. Nature, in all her beauty and mystery, shows up as a consistent theme.
Lisa's works are part of private collections in the Northwest, Midwest and East coast of the United States. Her works have been exhibited in both the United States and Canada, and have been published in The Pulse of Mixed Media: 100 Artists Revealed (North Light Books), Cloth•Paper•Scissors, Somerset Studio, Somerset's Life Images, Somerset Workshop and IndieArts DVD magazines. She currently teaches encaustic art and mixed media workshops in the greater Seattle and Puget Sound areas. Please visit her website: www.JonesMooreStudioArt.com
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.
Karen Klee-Atlin was born in Toronto, Where she studied at the Ontario College of Art. She did graduate work in painting and printmaking and received her MFA from the University of Calgary.
Karen has enjoyed working in relief printmaking for many years. Originally a painter, she finds the puzzling over what needs to be cut to create the image, the action of cutting and working with the press to be an inviting entry into the process of making art. In addition to teaching Karen pursues her own work in her studio, Blue House & Yellow Dog Studio, in Ballard.
Juliette Ricci Lagman
Juliette Ricci Lagman wants to live in a world where everyone can experience expression in creativity. In 2001, Juliette Graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Bachelor of Fine Art. As an artist her work has been shown at the Tacoma Art Museum at the 10th Northwest Biennial in 2012. In 2013 she was nominated for The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Art Award. When she’s not painting or teaching you can find her doing yoga, and spending time with her family. Her Art Journaling Classes and Mixed Media Classes are now being offered in Everett, Washington. Explore how to let go of your inner critic and express your inner creative at one of her transformational Art Journaling Classes.
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.
Berette Macaulay is a writer and photo-based artist who creates conceptual portraiture, abstract imagery, and mixed media installations using digital, alternative, and analog work processes. She has also collaborated on projects with performers, choreographers, filmmakers, and educators. She has created, published, and exhibited works in Central America, Europe, Hong Kong, Jamaica, UK, and cities within the US. Her writings and analyses of other artists’ work have been featured in publications such as The Other Hundred, Small Talk Magazine, NPG London, OF Note Magazine, and the World Policy Journal. Her art is privately collected and her portrait and documentary works are also in the permanent collections of International Center of Photography (ICP), New York, and the National Gallery of Jamaica.
Berette has worked as a curator, most notably at Taller Boricua Gallery mounting a proposed photo-based multimedia group show on immigration and its consequence of multicultural identities. The illusive self exhibition featured 46 works and 2 multi-piece installations by 18 emerging and established artists in New York City.
She has also worked as an educator, speaker, advocate, and board member for social art therapy projects within the Caribbean and New York. She has forged ongoing relationships with organizations such as Art for Progress in art education, and CITYArts where she worked as a liaison for its Pieces for Peace project exchange with Sierra Leonean and Jamaican students. She was invited twice as a guest speaker to the prestigious Trinity School, NYC to speak about multiculturalism and identity; and serves as Artist Board Member for Studio 174 in Jamaica, and consulting partner with Save Our Jamaica Foundation.
Berette Macaulay was born in Sierra Leone of West African/Dominican/German-Czech descent. She was raised in Jamaica and the UK, and is now based in the United States.
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.
Cameron Anne Mason
Cameron Anne Mason is an artist, writer, and educator working in fiber-based media. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be seen in Seattle at Foster/White Gallery. She has taught at Pratt Fine Arts Center and for the Surface Design Association.
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.
Jerry has been flame working glass for 9 years making goblets, jewelry and other shiny shapes.
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.
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.
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".
Siwen Tao is a paper artist with rich experiences in visual design and teaching. She finds inspirations from a variety of art forms and mediums, like oil painting, traditional Chinese painting, calligraphy, and printmaking. She believes paper art is an art of reductions. She is very skillful at creating rich and compelling visual effects by using bold compositions, refined lines and very few colors. She founded her own art studio with her husband in 2014, Qin & Qin Paper Art.
Carol Doherty and Teri Alverdes
I would happily describe myself as a late bloomer. I didn't finish college until my late 20's, I didn't get married or have my child until my late 30's, and I didn't get introduced to the other passion (silk painting) of my life until my late 40's. All of the pieces of my life merged together on that fateful day when I went on an art retreat and discovered the joy of painting on silk. From the moment my brush-filled-with-dye touched the silk, I was hooked! Now in my 50's, I am gleefully standing up to say "I am a fiber artist!"
From the first time I touched a brush filled with dye to the surface of silk, my heart sang and my soul knew this is what I am meant to do! Silk's supple nature constantly inspires me and pushes me to find ways new ways to utilize it. My ongoing love of upcycling has led me to merge the age-old art form of painting on silk, with the modern concept of reclaiming discarded silks. Continuing to experiment with new techniques and recycling has also to begin to work with resin and fibers as a sculptural media. My inspirations come the flora and fauna that surrounds me. My paintings attempt to document little moments in time, hoping that the resulting works will bring to light some of the natural world's amazing beauty as I perceive it.
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.