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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
Kate Gavigan is passionate about The Artist's Way having seen the positive changes occurring in her Artist's Way students' lives and having personally experienced the benefits of the materials. Kate credits her mid-life career change (now working at her dream jobs as an Artist's Way Instructor and Speaker, Creativity Coach, Home Organizer and an Actor) to having worked through The Artist's Way materials.
Steve Hagan has been working and teaching glass classes for 17 years in facilities ranging from: university, high school, public access, and blow-your-own workshops. His work and teachings are heavily influenced by technique driven exploration.
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.
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.
Seattle-based professional glass artist Ryan Lebow took his first gather of glass on November 28th 2011. He remembers that day very clearly because from that moment on, his some-would-say obsessive mentality has been unable to focus on anything else.
Ryan's work with many different independent studios, each focused on their unique set of products, has exposed him to a wide range of different techniques. Each of these technique has had a profound effect on his development as a glass artist. The creation of his latest works-a blending of both photography and glassblowing-has opened a whole new set of possibilities for Ryan to manifest his creative vision. The result has been a brand new perspective on how the artist sees himself and the world around him.
Proficient with both furnace glass and on the torch, Ryan has exhibited his works at Museo Fine Art Gallery on Whidbey Island, and has been in several juried exhibitions as well, including The Bascom Center for Crafts. In the near term, Ryan plans to see how far his current wave of artistic inspiration can carry him. Looking into the future, he hopes to continue to create and display his art, expanding into shows on an international stage.
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.
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.
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
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.