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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!

Edgar Beltran

As a first generation Mexican-American child, Edgar always found peace in being a doodler. Native to Everett, Washington, it wasn't his until junior year at Central Washington University while studying accounting that he decided to invest into making art his full time career, first dabbling in watercolor, then transitioning into traditional sign painting and lettering, then finally picking up digital art. Edgar is a proud advocate of more art in public spaces, he is fond of faux murals, tactful and responsive work to the environment, flourished lettering, and colorful messages.

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!

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 400 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.

Maria Casey

Founder and principal instructor at The Fat Brush Art Workshop. I hold a bachelor's degree in Interior Design from Universidad Femenina de Mexico and a Diplome' de Maitre de Formation de Pebeo in Art from Provence, France.

I ran my own Interior Design business, worked teaching art for a television show and as a Project Art Coordinator in two magazines.

Currently I serve as Art Instructor at schools in the Seattle Archdiocese, teaching a wide variety of creative expressions. I collaborate with the Lynnwood Library, the Everett Community College and WAGRO foundation where I work with underprivileged Latino and Hispanic children, helping them to understand their culture and identity through the arts.

I also have two certifications in Children with Special Needs: Phsysical Disabilities and The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) by NAMI Eastside (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

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.

Mariah Cavanagh

I'm Mariah Cavanagh and I am a 26 year old lampworker, who started a career in glass as a production pipe maker. This way of art is a growing industry in today's world and I would like to share my knowledge with those interested in getting into functional glass.

Shelly Chess

Shelly has been teaching visual arts since 2002 at various schools and art institutions. She offers watercolor,acrylic, and charcoal and pencil sketching classes along with collage classes that incorporate many different art mediums.

Her childhood experiences have highlighted how important it is to expose children and young adults to the visual arts. Students become engaged and explore many art skills, allowing their confidence to grow as they explore their creativity. This gives the students pride in their work and puts smiles on their faces, which Shelly says is the most satisfying part of her job!

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.

Shannon Danks

Shannon Leah Danks. Owner and operator of Shanrock Studios. Specializing in being creative, learning new skill and enjoying the process of creating art. Shannon enjoys working in multiple mediums to express herself.Mosaic combine much of the skills and techniques she has learned and loves. She is passionate about art and sharing her experiences with others.

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. 

Mark Ditzler

Mark Ditzler is a Seattle glass artist specializing in decorative kiln fired and fused glass. With degrees in Industrial Design and Ceramic Art, he has been working in glass for over 20 years. Mark is an instructor at several schools, including the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Penland School of Craft, Pittsburgh Glass Center, The Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey, Pratt Fine Art Center, the Tacoma Museum of Glass, and the Frye Art Museum. His studio produces commissions for businesses, hospitals, department stores and private individuals nationwide, and his art glass is featured in galleries across the country. Recent commissions include: The Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Planned Parenthood, Goodwill Industries, Audubon Society, Colorado Council on the Arts, Providence Hospital, Evergreen Healthcare, Marshall Field's, Nordstrom, Bon Marche, and international clients.

Peggy Foy

Seattle jeweler Peggy Foy received a formal training in metalsmithing from the University of Georgia, graduating with a BFA in Jewelry/Metalwork. Drawn by the vibrant arts community (and the natural beauty and ethical sensibilities of the region), Peggy relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2005. She served on the board of the Seattle Metals Guild from 2011-2018, and was its President from 2016-17. Peggy teaches at art centers throughout the Puget Sound region, and in 2020 she opened an art jewelry gallery within her Pioneer Square studio. Visit www.arcanametalwork.com for more information.

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.

Copper Lanza

My MFA is from The Academy of Art University in painting and drawing 2015. I have a BFA in Performance Production from Cornish College of the Arts 2007. I was working as Scenic Artist in Seattle and Issaquah before I decided to pursue Fine Art full time.

My students are required to start with the foundations of fine art. I want them to have a strong understanding of how to create art. I believe an informed artist can mark make with confidence if they understand the principles of fine art. They can learn this skill and improve. The world needs artists!!

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.

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!

Jessica Mase

Hello, my name is Jessica. I am 31 years old, I have four children and two cats. I love to read, and write, but my passion is creating. I thought I wanted to draw for the longest time, then thought I'd be a painter, but one day I stumbled upon Polymer clay and I have never looked back. Polymer clay gave me the creative outlet I needed. I love to sculpt, but I also love to make jewelry. I love to make scary things, but at also love the beautiful techniques that polymer clay allows. I just love having options, I am an artist that craves options and diversity, and polymer clay has given me that. I can grab beige clay and build a creature from the ground up, or I can blend my own colors and design and implement my very own wearable art. The sky is the limit! And that is where I hope PC takes me.

Maren Oates

Maren Oates is a self-taught mixed media artist who uses gel printing as the foundation for her work. Whether creating monoprints, collages, or other mixed media works her pieces always start with unique gel printed papers. You can follow her creative journey on Instagram @maren.oates.

Jacob Petersen

Jacob Petersen is a 23 year old lamp work artist from Everett, Washington. He has been blowing glass since 2015 and started working glass full time in 2021.

Marion Richards

My name is Marion Richards, I am originally from Southern Oregon, currently residing in Lynnwood. My day time work involves animal nursing, working in a small animal ER. I have had a passion for natural dyeing and the natural world throughout most of my life. I completed my undergrad at the UW through the Program on the Environment. Through school I learned about using mushrooms for remediation in environmental conservation and have been hooked on mushrooms ever since. I currently teach dye classes and demonstrations through our local mushroom club in Seattle. I also grow a plant dye garden which allows me to cultivate a variety of dye plants to continue my passion for natural dyeing. I teach our annual mushroom dye class to 20 students in October, I also taught a class through the mountaineers with the same topic last month. I offer our dye demonstration through our annual fall and spring mushroom shows as well, dyeing all day both days of the weekend these shows fall on.

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.

Cathy Tanasse

Cathy Tanasse (MA Art, BA Ed. and Nationally Board Certified) is retired after 34 years teaching in the Snohomish School District. She taught K - 12th grade Art in various forms, from Art 1 (beginning art), Crafts, Ceramics, Drawing, to Advanced Placement Art as well as to university and adult art students. Art advocacy, volunteering and creating public art are integral to her art education focus. She has taught, (and loves) various media, including graphite, charcoal, pastel, ink, clay, mosaic, watercolor, and crafts, but color pencil is one of her favorites.

She studied, taught, and exhibited art nationally and internationally, presented at art conferences across the country and received numerous local and national grants and awards. among these include from the National Endowment for the Humanities, School of the Arts Institute of Chicago, Washington Art Education Association (WAEA) for Secondary Art Educator of the Year, and WAEA Tribute Award for lifetime service.

She currently enjoys doing portraits of refugee children for the Memory Project and volunteering at the Schack Art Center.

Lauryn Taylor

Lauryn Taylor began her career as a professional artist while enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, Ohio. She majored in graphic design and photography, although secretly she imagined it would be quite fun to abandon the pursuit of a safe career and instead hang out with the painting majors who had purple hair and multiple pierced body parts.

A compromise was eventually reached when she was awarded a position interning as a toy and greeting card designer for an edgy division of American Greetings called Those Characters from Cleveland. Immersed in a unique and inspiring corporate culture that promoted individuality among their artists, Lauryn and the "characters" created commercial art by day and pursued their fine art by night.

The internship evolved into a full time position and launched a successful design and marketing career that spanned two decades. During this period, Lauryn moved to California and continued painting in her non-corporate time, eventually quitting her day job and transitioning into a full time acrylic abstract painter.

Her unique painting style and passion for sharing information with fellow artists prompted a gallery owner to encourage her to consider teaching abstract painting workshops. She considered, for about 10 seconds, and took the plunge. That same year, she launched Lauryn Taylor Fine Art, a progressive Carmel-by the Sea gallery designed to provide a fresh exhibition environment for West Coast emerging and established artists. The gallery and painting workshops complemented each other beautifully, and over the next several years Lauryn divided her time between launching new gallery exhibitions and teaching a wide variety of acrylic and encaustic workshops.

After many years of living and teaching in California, Lauryn relocated to Washington state, with her husband and son. Currently, she divides her time between family, painting, and teaching workshops.

Katie Zeitler

Katie Zeitler has been creating art since she was a young child. She studied Fine Art painting and Graphic Design at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington DC. Her favorite mediums to work in are Copic marker illustration and watercolor, but as an avid outdoors person, she also enjoys adventure photography.

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.