Learn more about each of our instructors below.
Interested in teaching at Schack Art Center?
Please contact Shannon Tipple-Leen, art class coordinator (painting, drawing, mixed media, diverse disciplines, NON-glass), firstname.lastname@example.org
For glass classes (hot glass, kilnformed, flameworked, fused), please contact Jesse Nelson, assistant glass director, email@example.com.
Upcoming Proposal Deadlines:
Fall Quarter (classes from mid Sept-December) - June 12, 2015
Winter Quarter 2016 (classes from mid Jan-April) - Oct 2, 2015
Spring/Summer Quarter 2016 (classes from May-August) - Feb 5, 2016
Sally Anaya has been weaving baskets for over 23 years and teaching for 18 years. She has taught for conferences and private workshops in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas and Mexico. Her work has been in several juried shows and received the HGA Award.
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.
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.
"Intensely curious, compassionate and warm with a desire to help others," are just a few words that clients and colleagues have used to describe Julie Baker.
A bachelor's degree in graphic design from Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, sparked a journey into the world of creativity for hire. She honed her skills by working in the Creative Services department of Pizza Hut, Inc. and then by working actively as a freelance graphic designer. But that's not all! Julie has 16 years of experience as a certified yoga instructor, is a wife and the mother of 3 active teens.
She brings a calm, centered energy to all she does. Julie possesses a compelling desire to learn and to share information. According to former students, her varied experience is what makes her classes, informative, engaging and fun.
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!
For the past two decades relief printmaking has been my primary medium. In that time I have traveled from Seattle to Italy and Japan learning both eastern and western relief printmaking techniques and traditions which I try to incorporate in both my linoleum and woodblock relief prints.
My work has been exhibited throughout the northwest and is included in both public and private collections.
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.
Kimberlie Brayman followed an artistic and teaching gift from the time she majored in art and took an internship at an elementary school when she was in high school. After earning a degree in the nationally recognized Bachelor of Science program in Art Education at the State University College of New York, Kim has taught at all grade levels in two states. Her teaching experience also extends to being a docent in two schools and a museum.
As an artist and teacher Kim has studied and practiced every medium she could get her hands on. This enables her to synthesize various materials, techniques and aesthetics when she is creating. Presently Kim is painting with acrylic paints and mediums using papers and other found objects in the compositions. She loves to share her excitement about techniques with others and encourage thinking creatively and aesthetically at all age levels.
Kim participates in many art shows and juried events throughout the Edmonds and Seattle area and has a painting that is part of the City of Shoreline's permanent collection. A number of her paintings are part of private collections across the Puget Sound area.
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.
Karen Buhler has been working with glass since 1978. Her specialty has evolved and developed from cold-working to off-hand glassblowing and design; switching to neon tube-bending and commercial design; then on to flame-working boro glass as a studio artist. She has studied and taught at Pratt Fine Arts Center and Pilchuck Glass School. Her artwork has been featured in several solo exhibitions in Seattle's Vetri International Glass Gallery and Tacoma's Traver Gallery, and a group show, Calido, at the Museum of Northwest Art. She was awarded Master Artist at Pratt in 2009.
"My recent work pursues grace and humor through figurative expression." ~ Karen Buhler
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.
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.
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.
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.
Celeste has been a mixed media artist and teacher for more than 20 years. Nestled in a light-filled studio, she experiments with drawing, painting, mixing colors in clay and paint, forming precious metal clay, building collages and journals. Playing with new techniques, color combinations and textures is a passion.
Charlene Collins Freeman
Born in San Francisco, California with an American father and Italian mother, Charlene was raised between Italy and the U.S. She began drawing and painting while still in high school, in Vicenza, Italy. She received her BFA from the University of Utah in 1987.
A prolific artist, Charlene believes drawing and painting are ways of exploring and capturing the world around us. She is drawn towards the beauty and richness of every day moments and common objects all around us. Charlene is passionate about her own work as an artist and she brings that enthusiasm to teaching. In addition to teaching at the Schack Art Center, Charlene teaches drawing and watercolor painting at Artmusica, the Phinney Neighborhood Association, and Bothell's Cascadia Community College.
Charlene was honored by the City of Kenmore in 2010 when the City commissioned her to make a painting in dedication of Kenmore's new City Hall. In 2011 she was awarded signature membership by the Northwest Watercolor Society. Also in 2011 Charlene was awarded an Individual Artist Project Grant by 4Culture for her photography work. Her artwork has received national awards, including several Best in Show honors. Her paintings hang in private collections, corporate collections and public buildings.
As an artist I have been drawing, painting, & sculpting since childhod. I inherited my artistic abilities from my father, Ken Hinch Sr.
I operate a custom art design & fabrication business which I started over fifteen years ago. This includes using a variety of programs: Photoshop, Painter, Corel Draw, etc.(as well as using traditional media) to visualize concepts for projects and ideas. I then might sculpt a maquette (miniature) and fabricate a three dimensional piece.
My mediums include: Clay (wet & oil based), Concrete (great for weather & durability), Foam (lightweight & strong for props etc.), and Fiberglass (large outdoor installations).
I am inspired constantly by people & things around me. I have archives of ideas and drawings which I hope to develop someday.
My range of design & sculpture includes: Classical, Realistic, Fantasy, SciFi, Horror, and everything inbetween.
Li-Ting Hung has been a full time art educator for over 10 years in WA. A patient and talented teacher, her foremost priority is to help her students to tap into their creativity and inspiration. Ms. Hung is an award winner in sculpture at the Edmonds Arts Festival and has shown her work in galleries in Seattle, Everett, Chicago and Cincinnati. Ms. Hung has a Master's degree in Architecture from University of Cincinnati, OH.
CUD - Robbie Miller, John Drury
Chance, situation and unbridled humor inform non-traditional works in glass. Collaboration, concept and reflection of place enlighten the glass making processes, in the creation of works and installations displaying concerns for recycling, process and immediate circumstance.
John Drury and Robbie Miller each have more than 30 years of experience with glass and in 2008, celebrated their twenty year collaborative effort by teaching a course for the Pilchuck Glass School; their fifth. During the fall of 2009, Drury and Miller installed the exhibition American Glass: How Soon Is Now at the William Traver Gallery, including the works completed that previous year at Pilchuck. In 2013, Robbie and John celebrated 25 years of collaboration with a month-long residency at Canberra Glassworks in Australia and dual workshops for the University of Washington and the Pratt Fine Art Center in Seattle, the point of genesis for the collaborative duo. Three weeks spent in Norway, during a 2014 residency marked the beginning of a new chapter for the art duo.
To date, Mr. Drury and Mr. Miller have co-taught students from throughout the United States, Argentina, Australia, England, Japan, India, Israel, Mexico, South Korea and Guatemala.
"CUD does what it does not because it knows how, but because it wants to. They are the literal anatomy of bovine revisionism, the after taste at the end of history thrown up for our aesthetic rumination".
Carlo McCormick, critic
Kristol Jones is a multi-media artist and designer actively showing and selling work around Western Washington (primarily in Seattle). Skilled in numerous materials including glass, resin, ceramics, acrylic and oil paints, pastels, wire and 'found' materials. Responsible for design and production of fine art works as well as marketing, web design and content and establishing a social media presence.
In August 2013, the artist published her first Children's picture book entitled Mitty and his Sister, now available on Amazon.com.
Fan page can be viewed at: http://www.facebook.com/KristolJonesArt
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.
Glass has held my fascination for as long as I can remember. It's ability to capture light and shadow. It's permanence of shape, unless altered by force or fire, have drawn me in since childhood.
I have been working in different mediums all my life: paint, metalwork, casting, mold making, encaustics, and jewelry in all forms. I keep coming back to glass.
I began working with stained glass in 1980. In 1990 I started work in a professional art glass studio. It was here that my focus moved to kiln formed glass and lampworking. I also discovered a passion for teaching.
I have been teaching kiln formed glass since 1993, and lampworked glass since 1996. In 2007 and 2008 I worked on crew with Hot Glass Horizons in Portland Oregon. In 2011 I taught at Glass Craft Expo in Las Vegas, and am looking forward to going back next year.
I love walking into local galleries and seeing my former students work on display. They've moved in different and amazing directions and it gives me joy to know that I had a part in getting them started.
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.
Tina Larkin has done art for as long as she can remember! She won art scholarships to Pratt Institute in New York, where she graduated with a BFA with Honors in Painting. She also holds and MFA in Visual Art from Florida State University, and wrote the Figure Drawing chapter for the Florida State University - School Of Fine Art Foundations Book. Her oils, drawings and watercolors are in private collections throughout North America and Germany. She has taught art and music for over 20 years. See her art and hear her music at www.tinalarkin.net
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 have always created art, although until recently I paid the bills as a high school English teacher. In high school and then in college, I majored in art, enjoying life drawing and graphic design the most. Since then, my travels to Europe have influenced my art by expanding my understanding of timeless design and color. I give my daughter, Wendy, all the credit for talking me into the world of fused glass. I love experimenting with bright color combinations, creating whimsical art, and making pieces that emphasize the beauty of colorful translucent glass. My new passion is glass tiles--I even made my own back splash for my kitchen (and it's beautiful!).
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.
C.A.N. Clay Animation Network
In 2005 C.A.N. was started by Lukas Allenbaugh, a public school teacher in Seattle WA, to offer curriculum integration opportunities at Bryant Elementary. Animation cancancancan seamlessly integrate basic concepts in math, physics, language arts, theater, visual art, and science. C.A.N. has travelled to 90+ locations (including Texas and Oregon) to provide 8,000+ students with the opportunity to create 2,500+ animated movies. Students of C.A.N. classes are supported in creating original animated movies and learn how to interact with art and technology as creators rather than consumers. Presently CAN offers classes only in Stop-Motion animation.
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.
I am a painter/printmaker/teacher and have worked as a professional artist for many years. I enjoy teaching adults and children - sharing what I know and learning from my students. I have presented printmaking and other activities for kids at numerous arts festivals and "family fun days" - Bellevue Arts Museum, Wing Luke Asian Museum, Shoreline Arts Festival, the Native Plant Demonstration Garden and the Frances Anderson Center in Edmonds, Methow Arts Festival in Twisp, Nisqually Watershed Festival near Olympia, and the Evergreen Arboretum in Everett. I have also conducted several week-long camps at Artist & Craftsman Supply in Seattle. I enjoy discovering my own creativity and encourage it in others.
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.
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
Nikki Wheeler 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!
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.