Learn more about each of our instructors below.
From multi-level cutout paintings and three-dimensional murals to concrete/glass mosaic public sculpture, Jules uses every opportunity to combine 2D and 3D for a larger-than-life effect. She serves as Executive/Gallery Director for the studio gallery she co-founded in 2006, Lowell Art Works in Everett, WA. Jules was honored to be chosen 2010 Snohomish County Artist of the Year.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Janet Foley is a visual artist working with fused glass. She has taught fused glass techniques for over ten years. Janet has had the pleasure of working in the public schools with K-12 classes, Youth at Risk programs and in adult education programs. In 2007 Janet was selected by the Washington State Arts Commission to join the Roster of Teaching Artists.
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.
Cody A. French is a self-taught visual artist from Seattle, Washington. Born in Seattle Washington in 1992 and later moved to Montana. Mainly a draftsman, Cody dives into the world of other mediums with curiosity and courage; his curiosity has set him off in multiple directions exploring and playing with combinations of drawing, painting, fashion, and video art.
The themes Cody A. French's work present are cohesive. His work contains personal symbolism, mythology, and fabulism elements that swirl and combine into each other, emphasizing ambiguous narratives. His work is innocently chaotic and carnivalesque. Cody's subject matter is influenced by toys, contemporary arts and fashion, and the symbolic world he lives in.
Julia is a Seattle based artist who uses wood to create jewelry and small sculpture. Traveling and living out of a bag for many years led her to develop a toolkit and range of techniques that can turn any small space into a productive studio. Her work has appeared in galleries and museums across the country and in Europe, and she has taught widely at venues including Pratt in Seattle, the 92nd St Y in New York, and the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina. Her classes at the Schack will focus on simple approaches to building versatile woodcarving skills.
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.
Kilns became a part of my life when I took my first precious metal clay (PMC) class in 2005. I loved it! I then became a certified PMC instructor. The fun got even better when I took a kiln enameling class. I was fascinated with the color possibilities. A torch fire class using a tripod and hand-held torch was next, as I learned more enameling techniques.
It was an "Oh, wow." moment when in 2011, I took a torch-fired enamel class from Barbara Lewis, a nationally-known PWF enamel artist. My enameling life then really changed...no more cleaning metal...no more using counter enamel...more control over the results. I set up a torch on our boat in Alaska, making beads as often as weather and our itinerary allowed.
I am privileged to be one of the first PWF certified teacher in the "Painting With Fire" immersion method of torch-fire enamel. I absolutely love introducing new students to this technique-and watching the smiles. I do still teach traditional enameling, Kumihimo, PMC, and wire wrapping. I enjoy felting, chainmaille and metal-working, but enameling is where my heart is.
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.
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.
Liz Lund is primarily a watercolor artist but loves creating artwork of all kinds in all mediums. Her powerfully simple compositions and bold color choices bring a unique style to the traditional medium of watercolor painting. She has been increasingly involved with the Snohomish County arts scene with her own studio gallery on Colby, as a partner at the Corner Gallery and Studio and now as an artist represented in regional galleries.
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.
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.
Jeannie McLam brings a ray of southern sunshine to Washington! She relocated to Mukilteo from Merritt Island, FL in 2011. Jeannie holds a Bachelors of Art in Art Education from the University of Florida. She has taught private art lessons to all ages. Jeannie has been an Elementary and Jr. High School Art teacher in the past and is presently working on her building her own portfolio. She enjoys painting with watercolors and acrylics. Her subjects include flowers, nature, people and places!
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.
Ann Morgan has been teaching Art in the Everett Community for 20+ years. An experienced ‘Teen Wrangler', and Nationally Certified Art Teacher, she teaches Art full-time at Cascade High School. In addition, she provides professional development workshops for non-art teachers in the summers and through the Schack.
I live and create in the beautiful Skagit Valley, about 50 miles north of Everett, WA. In the 1980s, I rekindled my childhood love of basket weaving and began making and studying basketry in earnest. I find my inspiration in the colors and textures of the beautiful, natural environment around me and often use native materials in my weavings. Years ago I developed a love affair with gourds and incorporate them into a wide variety of mixed media sculptures. A desire to add vibrant color to my weavings led me to play with glass and beads. I began making jewelry, working with silver and copper, as well as recycled metal and incorporate all kinds of wonderful beads and findings, turning my creations into small pieces of wearable artwork and extravagant personal adornments.
One of my greatest pleasures is to share the things I love to do through my teaching. I offer workshops in jewelry making, beading, gourds and mixed media. I believe that we are all creative and that we need beauty and music in our lives.....now, more than ever.
Snohomish artist, Marissa Motto, has been making her unique ceramic ware for over 24 yrs. She has shown her work in top craft shows and galleries throughout the US and Canada. Marissa has a BFA from Calif. College of Arts. And she has taught ceramic classes in public and private schools in Snohomish County.
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
To me the essence of sumi-e is summed up in the phrase, "The brush dances and the ink sings". Sumi-e or Asian brush painting, is the traditional painting form of China and Japan done with ink and brush on rice paper. The aim is to capture the essence of the subjects be they animals, plants, or landscapes. I first fell in love with sumi-e about 12 years ago and have been painting ever since and exhibiting in local and national shows.
I love working with children and this has inspired two books: Dragon Fire, Ocean Mist, an adventure story about kids and dragons set on the wilderness coast of the Olympic Peninsula and Super Simple Sumi-e, a delightful sumi-e instruction book for children and beginning adults. Illustrating both books with sumi paintings was one of the highlights of my painting adventures. Both books have won national awards and you can learn more about them on my website.
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!
My name is Danny White and I have been entertaining with art for as long as I can remember. Painting and drawing had always been my primary focus until about a handful of years ago when I discovered glass. I was able to quickly develop a relationship with the material by approaching it much as I would a painting. I aim my emphasis on nostalgia and a strategic color pallet to push the ideals of humor and narrative. This ultimately provides ideal conditions for the viewer's experience. Currently I am living and working in Seattle. I focus my energy on creating work that bridges the gap between mediums using a cohesive aesthetic. My goal is to make art that creates opportunities to travel to new places and meet new people. Through this I create what I experience and enjoy telling the story.
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.