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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 an art instructor at Olympic View Middle School in Mukilteo, WA.

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.

Mary Auld

Mary has been a basket weaver for over 30 years using many materials and techniques. She weaves with natural materials such as western red cedar, Alaskan yellow cedar, reed and bullrush as well as copper wire and paper.

She is a member and past President of the Northwest Basket Weavers Guild and has served as Newsletter Editor and on its Board of Directors. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of weaving.

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!

Byron Bratt

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.

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.

Kevin Cain

Kevin Cain is a Seattle based artist who has incorporated Celtic design into his work for several years. Its infinite variety should keep him fascinated for many more.

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. 

Art Cass or Leslie Dickinson

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.

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. 

Lois Gaylord

Lois Gaylord holds a bachelor's degree in textile design, and also completed the University of Washington's Professional Certificate Program in Fiber Arts. She uses many textile and fiber processes in her work including weaving, dyeing and sewing.

Lois enjoys sharing her knowledge and inspiring students to explore the fiber arts. Currently she is teaching weaving at the Swedish Club in Seattle. She has been an adjunct instructor at the Seattle Art Institute, and has taught workshops at many locations including: the Women of Wisdom Conference, at local fabric stores, and at historical re-enactment events.

Her current work has a spiritual focus. She makes textiles for ritual or religious functions as well as abstract fiber and mixed media art based on spiritual themes.

Sara Harlan

Sara Harlan has a degree in Art, Library Science and a masters degree in Education. In 2013 she earned her Zentangle teaching certification while teaching middle school art in Stanwood. She enjoys teaching Zentangle methods and strategies to all ages from 6 - 106, and in a variety of places from private homes to public schools. Sara believes in the healing power of art, and has come to know Zentangle as a means of providing a focused, relaxed and enjoyable experience for everyone who has tried it.

Mirja Heide

Mirja combines her passion for photography and art with 20 years of teaching technology to help artists and creatives manage their ever-growing digital photo collections more effectively by focusing on what matters most. She is the founder of RefreshFotos LLC and a Certified Photo Organizer, specializing in digital photo organizing for Mac. In her leisure time, Mirja enjoys photo walks with her iPhone in hand, creating abstract images with the textures, colors and patterns she finds.

Harold Hollingsworth

The paintings of Harold Hollingsworth are characterized by colorful graphics, rich surfaces and rhythmic playfulness. He credits popular culture as the strongest influence on his work - music, media, art and architecture. In the past, he has used familiar images such as classic croquet balls, vintage modern fonts and numbers, crossed with natural forms found in nature. Recent works are more subtle translations of pop culture, although Harold maintains that art is his way of responding and contributing to the culture of today. Presently hungry for this visual feast; flyers, old weathered ads, walls, buildings with fading paint, and remnants of art movements past are all treats up for grabs.

Lyussy Hyder

Lyussy Hyder is a local artist and former gallery owner in Everett. She took art classes at the Architectural college in her home town of Ekaterinburg, Russia. Later, in USA, she attended art classes at the Everett Community college, and workshops at the Gage academy in Seattle.

Her work is primarily realistic, oil paintings of portraits and nature. Commissioned portraits are the largest part of her portfolio. She finds great pleasure in capturing likeness and essence of personality of her models.

Deborah Kapoor

Working bi-coastally in Seattle and New York, Deborah Kapoor is an artist who creates dimensional, haptic, mixed-media paintings, prints, sculpture and installations about the distilled poetry within cultural markers. She translates perceptual details of physical experience, examining the landscape of the body, sensual themes of the feminine, and embodiment of phenomena.

Kapoor's interest in encaustic is heightened by the flexibility of the medium, pushing or stretching convention to incorporate dimensionality and materials that support the content of each body of work. Frequently she uses soft, natural materials such as fibers, threads, and cloth intentionally to reify the sensuous, and the corporal.

She has exhibited at M. David & Co. in Brooklyn, New York during Bushwick Open Studios, Tacoma Art Museum, Square Foot Art Basel Miami, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (Chicago), Trenton City Museum, the Crane Arts Center (Philadelphia), Kimball Art Center (Salt Lake City), Seattle City Hall, and university and commercial galleries. Her works have been published in magazines Fiber Art Now (2016), Surface Design Journal (Winter 2015/2016 issue) and books Encaustic in the Twenty-First Century (Ashley Rooney 2016), Experience Painting (high school art textbook by John Howell White, 2015), Authentic Visual Voices (Catherine Nash, 2013), The World Encyclopedia of Calligraphy (Holly Cohen Roochvarg & Christopher Calderhead 2012), Paper + Wax, Techniques for Combining Handmade Paper with Encaustic Paint (Michelle Belto 2012), and Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility (Daniella Woolf, 2010).

Kapoor now does demos for R&F Handmade Encaustic & Paintsticks, earned her MFA at the University of Delaware, and BFA at the University of North Texas. You can see more of her work at ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle.

Cecilia Kennedy

Cecilia Kennedy holds a doctorate degree in literature from The Ohio State University.  Before moving from Ohio in 2016, she spent 20 years teaching writing, literary analysis, and Spanish at the college level.   Currently, in addition to working online as a writing tutor for a publishing company, she is the sole proprietor of Paper/Rock Writing Consultation.  In her spare time, she creates weekly posts for her DIY blog, "Fixin' Leaks and Leeks" and fictional ghost/horror stories, which have been published in literary journals and magazines online and in print. She lives in the Snohomish County area with her husband, teenage son, and a cat named SeaTac.  

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.

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. 

Kippi Leonard

With a simplistic subject matter and color pattern, I use light and space to create both airy and complex paintings. I am influenced by the world of interior design. My career in this field gives me unique perspective into the complex relationship between where we live and what we surround ourselves with. My love of color drives my experimentation with many mediums. I have been creating art professionally for since 2013.

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.

Jennifer MacLean

Jennifer's artwork is often influenced by nature, contemporary science, duality, and the geometry within the natural world. Her artistic pursuits include mixed media painting, jewelry design, and teaching art.

Her mixed media paintings incorporate bold color decisions that express a physicality with her energetic mark making. Many of her paintings have five to twelve layers of paint that reward the viewer with subtle nuances and depth.

She has designed and created jewelry for the last 20 years. Jennifer loves how a piece of jewelry can open conversations and be a wearable traveling art relic.

Jennifer brings art and work together by teaching classes to corporations, creating team building exercises that inspire. She also teaches classes nationally at Art & Soul Retreats, University of Washington Osher Institute, Schack Art Center and at her home studio located on Lake Serene.

She earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Oregon College of Art and Craft. Her paintings have been in several local and national art exhibitions, including New York, Chicago, and Seattle. Her jewelry has been featured in the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in Seattle.

Eddie Magliaro

Born and raised in NJ growing up on the cusp of such huge metropolis areas, such as New York City and Philadelphia, have played a huge influence in my life. NYC street art, northeast underground metal and hip hop, skate/surf scene have all played roles in my life one way or another. In contrast most of my recent work pulls from influences of rural WA state. Logging trucks, fishing boats, hunters, mountain and ocean sports...just to name a few.

Glass as a medium is wildly unique. It ranges the scale from complete representational to a perfectly round blob. Just like a city is controlled by traffic and grids, we control glass with tools. Very similar to the uncontrollable growth Seattle is experiencing, the city pushing further into rural areas, I am interested in the moment of glass making where highly representational and abstract areas interact and blend into something new.

Cameron Anne Mason

Cameron Anne Mason is an artist, writer, and educator working in fiber-based media. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be seen in Seattle at Foster/White Gallery. She has taught at Pratt Fine Arts Center and for the Surface Design Association.

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.

Katie Matson

My name is Katie Matson, I learned to work with glass at the University of South Alabama under the teachings of Rene Culler and Matthew Patterson. There, I discovered my love of working with imagery and sculpture to illustrate stories in both kiln and blown glass. Most of my work is inspired by stories I grew up with as a child or folklore from my Polish Heritage.

Patrick Matson

Hello, I am Patrick Matson. I got into glass work through my time at the University of South Alabama. Originally I was a math student, but my curiosity was piqued in glass because of my wife, Katie. I took one class as an elective to help her with a project and have been sculpting and blowing glass ever since. I specialize in cold-working, but my blown vessels are simplistic in design with a minimalist approach to color. I primarily work with transparent colors because I enjoy the light refraction within a piece.

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.

Leslie Nan Moon

Leslie Nan Moon received her BFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia PA. Her prints and books are in private collections both in the US and internationally.

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

Elizabeth Perkins

Elizabeth Perkins was born and raised in a rural American farming community and is the daughter of a dairy farming family on her father's side and a tobacco farming family on her mother's side. While earning her master's degree she took stewardship over the 350 acre farm on which her mother was born. Tending and creating there, made Perkins' the seventh generation in her family to do so.
There is a deep connection between the farmer's and artist's mentality. Both must maintain faith in what they are doing, have persistence and stamina. In response to present moments, they use former experiences and creatively expand. These moments allow them to try new things, to grow, and innovate.

It is in the nurturing of the proper alignment of circumstances; joining past and present, and taking necessary leaps of faith to propel and discover that the artist holds in highest regard in her making and creative process.

After earning her BFA in sculpture from the Atlanta College of Art and studying glass at the California College of Arts and Crafts, she became an apprentice at the Jamestown Glasshouse. Following this glass apprenticeship, she began assisting other glass artists. She received her MFA in Craft + Material Studies, Glass from Virginia Commonwealth University, and has attended workshops at Penland School of Crafts. Her artistic research has been generously supported through residencies at North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland, UK, the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, The Creative Glass Center of America, and Pilchuck Glass School.

Recent notable exhibitions include: Making Our Mark, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA. a(f)i(ormations, Project Diana, The Alice Gallery, Seattle, WA. Beyond Tradition: Contemporary Glass in a Museum Environment, Scotland, UK. Purge an exhibition at Seattle's SOIL gallery held during the 41st international Glass Art Society conference. Home and Away at Quatre Bras Gallery in Scotland. BIGG: Breakthroughs Ideas In Global Glass an international exhibition at Ohio State University Urban Art Space in conjunction with Hawk Galleries. Art of Fine Craft an exhibition for the biennial craft conference presented by Lux Center for the Arts and the Department of Art at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Searchlight Artist's: American Craft Council Show held in Baltimore, and exhibitions at Friesen in Seattle, WA and Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, VA.

Elizabeth has served as an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and Tidewater Community College. After finishing an artist in residence in Scotland in 2010, she relocated to Seattle, where she makes works, teaches and serves as a freelance glassblower and artists' assistant. She previously worked as a production assistant to Martin Blank, was the Hot Shop Manager for Martin Blank Studio's, has worked for Corning Museum of Glass's Blow Glass at Sea Program, and Chihuly Inc.

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.

Nat Seymour

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.

Deb Shannon

My passion for design began in grade school. I first learned to sew and then began altering patterns and creating my own designs. Since then, I have explored many different mediums including sewing, leather work, metal smithing, beading, knitting and crochet. Creating functional items motivates me.

In 2010 Kittywake Designs was launched with focus on repurposed accessories. The line currently includes cashmere mitts, glovelettes, and scarves as well as leather items. I became a professional artist when I decided to make this business a full-time commitment.
Through art shows, fairs and markets I bring locally sourced, eco-friendly accessories to customers. Their enthusiasm motivates me to create and inspires new products.

My Bachelor's degree in clothing and textiles and the knowledge I have gained from years in the garment business is a perfect match for teaching sewing and group classes in leather design. Sharing my skills has been a great asset.
I live in the Greenwood area of Seattle, WA.

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.

Lisa Spreacker

Lisa Spreacker was born and raised in New Mexico with a fascination for the journey of the human soul and the places that path can lead. The direct outcome of this has been the construction of small altar like pieces that draw upon everyday items as talismans of personal power.

Lisa has a BFA in Fibers from the University of Washington and been teaching classes to children and adults in the Northwest since 1985. In 1997 she was named Artist of the Year for the Arts Council of Snohomish County for her contributions to the community in the name of the arts.

Polly Sutton

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".

Marci Toombs

Marci Mae has been teaching workshops since 2014, after personally experiencing the healing and calm that comes along with crafting. She has instructed over 2,000 students on various mediums and finds so much joy in watching others create! She is patient, nurturing and always fun!

"Finding you has brought back my creative juices and I've rediscovered my love for art and crafting. It's the best form of therapy. Weaving is my favorite way to unwind now. Thank you Miss Marci Mae!!!"

"Thank you for such an amazing experience, it was super informative and fun. Your enthusiasm and passion is contagious and now I feel more confident than ever to create a business myself."

"It was such a pleasure taking your class yesterday. You create a learning environment that is so warm and accepting and you are gifted at explaining things in a clear comprehensive way. Your joy and enthusiasm are contagious. I feel so fortunate to be one of your students. Warmest wishes and thanks.

Rebecca Wachtman

I would happily describe myself as a late bloomer. I didn't finish college until my late 20's, I didn't get married or have my child until my late 30's, and I didn't get introduced to the other passion (silk painting) of my life until my late 40's. All of the pieces of my life merged together on that fateful day when I went on an art retreat and discovered the joy of painting on silk. From the moment my brush-filled-with-dye touched the silk, I was hooked! Now in my 50's, I am gleefully standing up to say "I am a fiber artist!"

From the first time I touched a brush filled with dye to the surface of silk, my heart sang and my soul knew this is what I am meant to do! Silk's supple nature constantly inspires me and pushes me to find ways new ways to utilize it. My ongoing love of upcycling has led me to merge the age-old art form of painting on silk, with the modern concept of reclaiming discarded silks. Continuing to experiment with new techniques and recycling has also to begin to work with resin and fibers as a sculptural media. My inspirations come the flora and fauna that surrounds me. My paintings attempt to document little moments in time, hoping that the resulting works will bring to light some of the natural world's amazing beauty as I perceive it.

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.