ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS
Peter Alden A Concord native, Peter Alden is a birder, naturalist, author, and lecturer. He has led nature tours to more than 100 countries and is the author of books on North American, Latin American, and African wildlife. Peter organized an event called Biodiversity Day, the first of which took place in Concord. He also organized the first Concord Christmas bird count back in 1960 for the National Audubon Society, and today, it is one of two thousand Christmas bird counts.
Lois Andersen is a painter, illustrator and teacher for more than twenty-five years to children and adults, in private schools and community programs. Born in Brooklyn, NY she studied at Pratt Institute, the Art Students League of NYC, and at the Statenskunstakedemi in Oslo, Norway. Her studio is at The Umbrella where she welcomes inquiries about classes. A long-time resident of Concord, much of her inspiration for paintings is rooted in local history, especially landscapes that include old wooden frame houses distinctive to the area. Lois’ painting approach emphasizes drawing foundations and the use of color/value to establish a composition. Recent work is based on the severe beauty of Norwegian arctic islands. See her work at www.loisandersenfineart.com
Rebecca Arnoldi loves exploring the intersection of body, earth and creativity. This love led Rebecca to receive an MFA in painting an MS in environmental education, publish Life in the Tides, appear on National Geographic, work as a Park Ranger, spend over 20 years facilitating explorations of nature and art for diverse audiences, make ecological body centered art ,become a certified instructor of Kripalu Yoga and Journey Dance, and offer this program at Musketaquid! For more information see Rebecca’s website or e-mail email@example.com.
Bryony Bensly – With a B.F.A. in conceptual and installation art, focusing on Sculpture, from Dartington College of Art, Devon, England, to an M.F.A. in figurative classical painting, from The New York Academy of Figurative Art, British artist, Bryony Bensly, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her students. Well versed in different modalities and techniques and drawing upon the tools she was given to move through creative blocks, she endeavors to support the student to their fullest potential, whilst giving them fundamental tools from which embark. Her strong belief that anyone can create and learn how to draw and paint, just as we learn to read, write and play musical instruments, fuels her passion for teaching. To learn more about her, her influences and art, visit www.bryonybensly.com.
Jim Boyd first joined The Umbrella during the summer of 2005. Following a 35-year professional career in various engineering and business disciplines, Jim chose to follow his dream and earned his Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. He has a Massachusetts Teachers License Grades 1-6.
Rachel Branham is an experienced arts educator, scholar, and activist. She received her bachelors from the Ohio State University, and her masters from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is a new to the Boston area, continuing to work on her graphic novel about art education and public schools.
Joy Dai Buell received both her BFA and MFA in printmaking from Yale University. She also has a BS in education from Tufts University and a diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She is known to offer superb criticism and encouragement. She is honest and constructive in assessing students’ strong and weak points and provides insightful instruction to foster further artistic development. Buell maintains a studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and takes students to France and Costa Rica to work “en plein air” every August. She taught at deCordova’s School for over 15 years.
Natalie Busby is an artist, stylist, and window display designer. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where she participated in multiple exhibitions around the city and received the Nick Cave Grant for her fashion work. She cherishes the presence of art in the community and loves to inspire this passion to others. She lives and works from her studio in Somerville, MA. Her personal work includes garments, installations and multi-media paintings.
Beth Dalal received her Masters of Education in Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She previously studied at the University of Missouri, where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology with subspecialties in Ceramic Art and English Literature. She has worked in art museum education at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Fuller Craft Museum, and the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, where she worked to engage visitors of all ages with classical to contemporary art. Beth has taught Art in a wide range of media with a heavy emphasis on works inspired by professional artists. She has also taught English Writing and Science to elementary students in Raleigh, North Carolina. Beth’s artistic practice focuses primarily on collage, ceramics, andfiber arts. Beth maintains an avid interest in finding a way for all people to relate to art, regardless of their artistic inclinations. Her favorite word is creativity!
Glenn Davis is a graduate of New England School of Art and Design, Suffolk University. He has been making art of one kind or another for over twenty-five years. He focuses on watercolor and pastel for much of his recent work. He is currently represented at 13 Forest Gallery in East Arlington and has been a participant in galleries in Rockport, MA; Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Provincetown, Marblehead, and Cambridge. He is a 1995 recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant.
Kate Doss received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, California in and her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has taught students of all ages and is especially passionate about sharing art with others. Kate currently teaches art full-time and paints in her studio space in Cambridge, Massachusetts; she holds Massachusetts Visual Arts Licensure for both grades PreK-8 and 5-12. Kate finds inspiration for her teaching and own artistic work in other artists both past and present, through art movements, and in the environment around her.
Tina Forbes has worked as a potter, a sculptor and educator for 30 years, creating clay work and teaching ceramics at Wheelock College, Mudflat Studios, Adult Educ. in Lexington and Belmont Ma. For 18 years she ran Tina Forbes Pottery, a very successful business, selling her work at NY International Gift Show, and the Buyers’ Market of America. She has a BFA and has done graduate work at Massachusetts College of Art, and studied with internationally known artists: Robert Turner, Paulus Berenson and Gerry Williams. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums inthe USA and Canada, including many solo and two-person exhibitions.
Kevin Frances is an artist who lives and works in Boston, MA. He received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013, and his BA from the University of
California, Davis in 2010. In 2012 he was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been show at the International Print Center New York, David Krut
Projects in New York, the Kala Gallery in Berkeley, CA, and the Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Art at Anna Maria College, Paxton MA.
Terry Goss is a graduate from Bentley University and the Worcester Center for Crafts. He has shown his work throughout Massachusetts in venues such as the Krikorian Gallery in Worcester and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Goss is a member of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society. He is devoted to education and helping others understand the medium of clay. Goss is a patient and dedicated instructor and enjoys helping others develop and hone their ceramic skills.
Suzanne Hill has been working in clay for over 40 years. She is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design in Ceramic Art and Illustration, and of Alfred State College of Ceramics with an MFA in Ceramic Art. She has taught at adult, collegiate and elementary levels and has exhibited her work in galleries in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Sedona and Newport. She has lived in Mexico, Peru and Bangladesh, where she learned traditional pottery techniques from local craftspeople.
Evan Jacob has been teaching in the arts for the past 19 years. He has taught in camps, public and private schools, and community arts programs in MA, NJ, NY, and IL. He earned his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Ceramics and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Jewelry/Metals from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Evan has shown his art, particularly Ceramics and Paintings, in Massachusetts galleries and shops.
CC King is a certified InterPlay Leader and trainer and Boston-area coordinator. She has been practicing the joyous unfolding of Interplay for over twelve years. She is an expressive therapist, visual artist, and teacher. As the co-founder of Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program, she facilitates workshops in organic sculpture and organizes public performance. Her background includes nonprofit management, art and family therapy, and trauma-informed InterPlay. She facilitates programs with individuals and organizations including religious and faith communities, community crisis response programs, schools, elderly and bereavement programs, and corporations. She mentors leaders and conducts training and support for care-giving practitioners.
Rev. Dr. Dirkje Legerstee has been an InterPlay Leader for over a decade, using InterPlay as a spiritual practice “that has changed my story and my life”. She is a seasoned UCC minister, an Associate at The Shalem Institutefor Spiritual Formation, and Adjunct at Andover Newton Theological School. Committed to the uplifting of the human spirit through creativity, and spirituality, Dirkje has offered InterPlay through a variety of venues for personal renewal, professional enrichment, grief work, education, and more.
Caitlyn Marsh received her BFA in ceramics from Massart in 2006. She briefly worked in tile production before beginning here at EUCA in 2007. As studio coordinator she fires all student artwork, makes all our high fire & mid-fire glazes, orders all supplies including 6 different clay bodies, and keeps the studio well organized. She works closely with SSP resident potters, 5 clay teachers, and all 50+ adult students. Her work is both sculptural and functional, and she teaches beginners the basics of both in clay.
Kathleen Mayer studied realistic painting at Tyler School of Art, (MFA) and Mass. College of Art (BFA). Awarded an assistantship while at Tyler, she spent a year in Rome painting, teaching drawing, and studying Italian artwork. She eventually pursued her love of glass by taking classes at Diablo Glass and Metal, and with glass artist Emmanuel Genovese. The summer of 2005 she extensively toured churches and buildings with stained glass throughout England, Ireland, and Scotland. European stained glass windows have served as a source of inspiration for her work. Her work also draws on her training as a painter. Either a direct or indirect reference to nature is often a part of her work. In addition to teaching, her glass work can be found in homes throughout the area and at local exhibitions and fairs.
Maureen Mills is the Chair of Ceramics at New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester NH; NH Arts Council Fellow 2012, MFA from Univ. Of Nebraska Lincoln.
Morningstar Medaye is dedicated to supporting healthy ways of living that nurture our bodies, creative spirits and the planet. She has worked as a teacher at Sudbury Valley School, studies herbalism, and has her own massage therapy practice. She has taught many youth classes, from wild edible walks to constructing giant paper mache puppets.
Kat O’Connor earned a BA in Drawing with highest honors from Montana State Universityand a MFA in Painting from the University of Texas. She has exhibited her work nationwide including 3 solo shows at regional museums. Kat has won numerous awards, and her work in included in many private and corporate collections, and she is a Copley Society Artist. She has lead landscape painting workshops in Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Italy, and Greece. Visit her website at www.katopaints.com
Adero Willard currently lives in Western Massachusetts where she is a studio potter. Adero received a BA in Fine Art at Alfred University in 1995and Masters of Fine Arts at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006. She completed a yearlong residency in 2008 at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine, where she was the Salad Days Artist. As a full time artist, Adero has shown in a number of galleries and craft shows nationally. Her interest in surface decoration is lifelong, and is fueled by a passion for textile design, painting, and collage.
Carol Zell is a resident artist at The Umbrella and has worked in clay for many years. Lately she’s included photographs and drawing from nature in her work. She’s made puppets in clay and fabric and large puppets that have taken part in Earth day celebrations.