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Staci Adman

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.

Mari Atkinson

Mari Atkinson is a National Board-Certified Teacher in EAYA Art and teaches visual art for Snohomish SD at Valley View Middle School. She has a Master of Language Arts degree from Seattle Pacific University and an Art Education BA from Carroll University. Mari is part of the Schack Art Center Education Committee. She is a past Co-President for the Washington Art Education Association (WAEA) and serves with the OSPI Arts Leadership Cadre. Mari has presented nationally on authentic assessment; was awarded the Art Advocate of the Year in 2016, the WAEA Middle Level Art Educator 2017, and the 2018 WAEA State Visual Art Educator of the Year. 

Bonnie AuBuchon

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.

Peter Barth

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 Black

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!

Elizabeth Brinton

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.

Dana Butler

After spending 40 years in a professional/technical career, instructor Dana Butler embarked on a new right-brained career path. She became a full-time art student for several years, attending well over 200 classes, studying more than a dozen disciplines. She now sells her jewelry and artwork in gallery shops and art shows, as well as teaching classes and workshops.

Tina Carpenter

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

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

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.

Rebecca Chernow

Rebecca Chernow holds a degree in glass sculpture from the Alfred University School of Art and Design and a masters of fine arts from the University of Washington. She has taught at Pratt Fine Art Center, Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and been a visiting artist at the Tacoma Museum of Glass, The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, and Northlands Creative Glass Centre in Lybster, Scotland. She currently lives and works in the Pacific Northwest and enjoys gardening and camping in her free time.

Rich Langley & Chris Schuelke

Richard Langley began blowing glass as an apprentice to Michelle Kaptur in Bend, Oregon in 1997. In 2001 Rich moved to Florence, Montana and opened Cloud Cap Glass studios. In Florence he started a production line and taught classes on glass blowing. After a few years blowing glass in Montana Rich decided to further his education and career by moving to Seattle, where in the past 15 years he has worked for various artists and production glass houses. Rich has also built another glass shop in Seattle where he has continued to make his own line of blown glass. Rich also enjoys Rock climbing, mushroom hunting and enjoying the outdoors.

Beatrice Coron

Béatrice Coron is a studio artist who creates papercutting, artist books, digital animations and public art. She has made books out of cut paper scrolls 50 feet long, others to wear as dresses or masks; hundreds of surprising shapes and environments for words and thoughts. Her work can be seen in major collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center. You can see her public art in metal and glass in subways (New York City, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Chicago), airport (Charlotte, NC) and castle among others.

Jackie Cort

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.

Alicia Czerwiec

Alicia Czerwiec is a local Seattle native. She holds a B.F.A. from the University of Washington with a minor in Art History. She also has two Fashion design degrees from FIDM.

Professionally she has worked on film and television sets as well as for LA based fashion designers. Currently she is the owner of a small retailer in addition to managing projects for a large local retailer.

Artistically, Alicia is inspired by architectural details and intricate patterns. Alicia enjoys combining various textures, techniques and patterns in her artwork. She believes creativity is a lifestyle. It can and should be applied in every aspect.

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. 

Robert Ebendorf

Born in 1938 in Topeka, KS, Ebendorf received his BFA in 1960 and his MFA in 1962. Following graduation, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the State School of Applied Arts and Crafts in Norway. He has taught at the University of Georgia (1967-71) and the State University of New York at New Paltz (1971-88), and East Carolina University since 1996. In 1995, he was awarded the American Craft Council Fellowship for his achievement in the crafts and commitment to the craft movement. Bob is co-founder and past president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and is represented in many worldwide collections including the Metropolitan Museum of New York, The Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the British Museum, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, Museum of Art and Design New York, and the Yale University Art Gallery, just to name a few.

John Garrett

John Garrett graduated with a master's degree from UCLA in 1976 and lived in Southern California for twenty years before settling in New Mexico in 1990. His work recycles beads, tire treads, plastic flowers, hardware, and hair curlers into vessel forms. The artist grew up surrounded by Native American baskets and pottery and was always interested in the history of the people reflected in these objects. Garrett wants his pieces to inspire thoughts of abundance, of saving, of interior and exterior worlds, and, most of all, of the rewards of looking at things with a fresh eye.

Maryam Hajjar

My name is Maryam Hajjar. I graduated with a Master's in art and have taught as a specialist for 25 years to all level of children, teens, and adults.

I taught at the university level for 12 years and was a founder of a fine art institute, serving as director/instructor for 20 years. I wrote and published 3 books about illustration. One of them is about kid's paintings and illustrations.

Each art endeavor that I propose and work with children, teens and adults on developing techniques skills artistic interpretation and unique quality artwork and we have a lot
of fun just creating and designing!

I love what I do and cannot imagine my life without departing artistic freedom, inspiration and artistic direction to anyone interested in being creative in any way they choose!

Pat Hickman

Pat Hickman is a prominent conceptual fiber artist who creates forms we have never seen before. Her work is even more challenging as her signature material is unfamiliar gut or hog casing. Pat thoughtfully offers titles, clues to her silent communication; titles suggest metaphors; metaphors reveal stories. Pat Hickman is an artist and storyteller.

Karen Klee-Atlin

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.

Gerhardt Knodel

Gerhardt Knodel has contributed to the evolution and identity of contemporary work in the fiber medium for more than four decades. Early experiences in theater design inspired approaches for exploring new applications of textiles to interior architecture. His innovations were presented world-wide in exhibitions and were commissioned for contemporary architecture throughout the USA. For 25 years he led the graduate program in Fiber at Cranbrook Academy of Art, and subsequently was appointed Director, being awarded Director Emeritus in 2006. He now maintains a full-time studio practice in Pontiac, MI.

Angie Kritenbrink

Angie Kritenbrink's grandma taught her to crochet as a child. When adulthood became a series of relationships with screens, she reached back to those lessons as a way to disconnect from electronics and do something tactile. She really enjoys making colorful shawls and other personal accessories.

Richard Langley

Richard Langley began blowing glass as an apprentice to Michelle Kaptur in Bend, Oregon in 1997. In 2001 Rich moved to Florence, Montana and opened Cloud Cap Glass studios. In Florence he started a production line and taught classes on glass blowing. After a few years blowing glass in Montana Rich decided to further his education and career by moving to Seattle, where in the past 15 years he has worked for various artists and production glass houses. Rich has also built another glass shop in Seattle where he has continued to make his own line of blown glass. Rich also enjoys Rock climbing, mushroom hunting and enjoying the outdoors.

Janet Lehwalder

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. 

Angie Louthan

Angie Louthan is a Life Coach who uses art as a tool for introspection, mindfulness, and learning through play. Angie is the founder of The Kind Fest and provides a platform for bringing people together to be inspired, educated, and empowered to create a kinder world. She is a mom to 2 artistic daughters, 9 and 11 years old.

Julia Lowther

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.

Kathy Lynott

I first discovered the invaluable experience of hosting Monster-Making workshops in St. Louis, MO. I was happily surprised to see students discovering their inner artist. They beamed with pride at successfully acquiring a new skill while creating something uniquely their own.
Students who had otherwise been known as "trouble-makers" forgot about their reputations and became my most invested art assistants.

This workshop is unique because the skills they learn in sewing, design and story-telling are skills that will support them as life-long learners. This workshop has changed the way that I think about art because within one project-based session, I have seen individuals grow to become confident artists, empowered learners who are motivated to keep creating!

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.

Lin McJunkin

San Francisco native Lin McJunkin began her craft work in ceramics and gradually evolved to warm glass and kiln work. She attended Pilchuck Glass School and has done private and public work around the country.

As a science educator and artist advocate, Lin focuses the heat of her environmental convictions, as well as the heat of her glass kilns and metal torches, on work that advocates for the health of our planet and its inhabitants.

Amanda McLaurin

Amanda McLaurin is an artist, designer, teacher and master of granny arts. After a successful career as an event planner in Raleigh and Seattle, Amanda relocated to Semarang, Indonesia in 2015. While living there she founded the brand Raya Exchange, a line of home goods made from handwoven, hand-dyed traditional Indonesian textiles.

Since returning to Washington in 2017, she's built a freelance business focusing on fiber arts and teaching. In her workshops she teaches the art of embroidery, mending, macrame and sewing to children and adults.

Drawing on her career in events, she also takes on freelance projects designing art installations and bespoke event decor.

Amanda lives on Camano Island with her husband and their dog, Blanche.

Michele Morton

Michele Morton has been doing coiled basket weaving since January of 2006. She loves to share the art with those interested in keeping this technique alive well into future generations. She admits her students creativity and wonder keep her excited to begin making the her next piece. Art is always a collaboration of creative minds. Mostly she believes in having fun while learning.

Suz O'Dell

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

Dean Pulver

Dean Pulver is a full-time furniture maker and sculptor living in Taos, New Mexico. He makes a living through sales of one of a kind works, private commissions, and limited production pieces. Also teaching at schools such as The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Penland School of Crafts, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. His works are shown in galleries and museum exhibitions and collections nationally including the Fuller Craft Museum, Bellevue Art Museum and The Center for Art in Wood. He received a Bachelor's degree in Sculpture from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1987.

Bill Ray

Bill is an award-winning photographer and instructor whose photos have won in juried NW art shows like Kenmore and Schack, and in the international NOIR Best of B&W. His images capture beauty in the natural world for its own sake, to keep us in touch with the planet in our increasingly urbanized world. As an instructor he enjoys demystifying technical material for non-technical people, without dumbing things down.

Bill is a lifelong photographer, starting with the Ansel Adams Zone System as a teenager. An early Photoshop user from scanned film, he switched to full digital in 2006, delighted to find his arts avocation had converged with his computer engineering profession. He is an active member of ArtistsConnect Edmonds, Puget Sound Camera Club and Seattle Photographic Society.

Seth Riley

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.

Robert Roeder

Introduced to basketry in 1989, and co-founder of Fishsticks Basketry in Marysville, Wa, Bill has worked with willow and bamboo instructors from around the world. German skeined willow became my passion and I regularly journey to Germany to work with two past instructors and directors of the National School in Lichtenfels. I teach nationally, exhibit in galleries and have a piece in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian.

Samantha Slater

Originally from South Africa, Samantha's life in Seattle has drawn her toward the concepts and process of jewelry making. It is through creating; annealing metal, heating, cooling, softening, hardening, fusing and texturing, that she tries with a quiet complex process to make sense of life's hard and soft parts. Samantha taught classes at Fusion Beads for over 10 years, she has also guest lectured at Pratt Fine Arts and is currently teaching at NW Rockhounds and privately at her studio in Seattle . It is her desire to not only create beautiful art and jewelry but share her knowledge so others can do the same.

Cat Snapp

I live and work in Everett, Washington, where I create in my studio with an antique letterpress, an etching press and a versatile work table my husband, Mike, built for me as a Christmas present when I was just starting out.

Though I didn't always know that I'd become a professional artist, I've created art since I was a kid. I remember drawing pictures of Frankenstein's monster with my parents on our couch when I was 6, making "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure" style books when I was 12 and falling in love with the impression of ink on paper in my first undergrad etching class at the University of Central Florida. It wasn't until the end of my first year of grad school at the University of North Texas that I was sure in my path as an artist.

Susan Taylor Glasgow

Born in Superior, Wisconsin, Susan Taylor Glasgow grew up just across the tip of Lake Superior, in Duluth, Minnesota. She migrated south with the geese to the University of Iowa, graduating with a BFA in Design in 1983. After working in graphic design for a short period, Susan returned to the sewing skills passed on to her by her mother. Opening a dressmaking shop, Susan owned and operated "On Pins & Needles" from 1984 to1997 in both Iowa City, Iowa, and Columbia, Missouri. In 1997 Susan sold her dressmaking shop to pursue her original interest in art, focusing on glass. Utilizing her skills as a seamstress, Susan developed a unique approach to glass, stitching glass components together. Redefining "woman's work" in non-traditional mediums, Susan creates complex forms and imagery while exploring the dichotomy of women and societal expectations. Susan Taylor Glasgow has work in the permanent collections of several national and international museums, including the Chrysler Museum, Carnegie, Imagine, USA, and the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, GE. She is represented by Heller Gallery, NYC, and Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, MI.

Ken Yamada

Kensuke Yamada was born in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan. He received his MFA from the University of Montana in 2009 and has a BA from The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington. Kensuke has participated in artist residency programs at The Archie Bray Foundation, The clay studio Philadelphia, Tyler School of Art, and Cheekwood. His sculptures have been exhibited throughout the USA. Kensuke was previously a visiting artist at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Centre College, Danville, KY. He is currently teaching at University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Judy Zugish

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.