ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS
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 Emerson 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. See her work at www.loisandersenfineart.com
Jim Boyd first joined Emerson 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.
Cherrie Corey As a field naturalist, educator, and photographer, Cherrie helps to inspired others to seek their sense of place in the Concord landscape. She is a long-time resident of Concord with a special affection for the area’s bogs and wetlands. Cherrie served as the New England Wildflower Society’s first education director, Executive Director of the Harvard Museums of Cultural and Natural History, Board member of the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society and now delights in sharing her knowledge and following her muse as a consultant.
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.
Kendall Dudley has been teaching Vivid Journaling for 25 years, a process that integrates words and images that heightens creative awareness of everyday and its connection to past and future. Also a career and life design consultant, Kendall has taught at Tufts and Lesley Universities and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education as well as presented at national career, life design and art therapy conferences for years. He currently runs life design journaling programs to Morocco and is program chair for the Life Planning Network. Current work appears in Live Smart After 50, Second Journey, and 65 Things to Do When You Retire: Travel. A painter and designer of public art events focused on social justice issues, he’s received many grants including from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more: www.kendalldudley.com
Linda Dunn is intoxicated by color and in love with old textiles. A graduate of Kirkland College, she has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and has studied at the Decordova School and the Boston Art Institute. Her classes center on process, where the joy of materials and experimentation lead students to discovery.Linda’s work begins with old domestic fabrics, including lace, hankies, sheets and table-runners. Beginning these abandoned materials, she explores identity as it changes over time. She is a founding member of Lowell Fiber Studio. She has exhibited nationally. You can see her work at the Loading Dock Gallery in Lowell, the Store Next Door in Winchester, and during Open Studios at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell.
Fadayz started his dance career over a decade ago by watching street battles and creating his own style, which he went on to compete with in battles at a professional level. He then created his own dance group, Losst Unnnown, now known as the Self Expression Project, which has participated in many competitions, performed professionally, and held workshops and events here and abroad. Many members of The Self Expression Project are actively teaching and passing along their skills and knowledge of this art. Fadayz has been a DJ for five years.
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.
Susan Galeros teaches art at Lexington Montessori School and maintains a studio at Emerson Umbrella. She has offered workshops on Art & Diversity in the classroom, Puppets,and Papermaking to both children & adults. Susan is interested in creating mixed-media pieces using nature and both inner and outer landscapes as inspiration.
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.
Deb Humiston Read more about Deb at www.ultimatetreasurehunts.com
Dianne Ivey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Mass Communication with a concentration in Print Journalism. She also holds a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Suffolk University. As a member of Boston Handmade, Diane spends time promoting her work at various art venues and teaches fiber arts classes at the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, JP Knit & Stitch in Jamaica Plain, and elsewhere. A knitter for the last ten years, dyer, spinner and crocheter for six years, Diane looks forward to expanding her business.
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.
Nalini Luthra loves cooking therapy. She enjoys experimenting with flavors and creating fusion dishes using local produce. Her philosophy is browse your local market and create your menu according to what’s available.
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.
Laurie Mills has worked in a variety of modalities including writing poetry and personal narrative, creating with fabric, textile, and hand-built ceramics. Her educational background includes the Boston Architectural College and a graduate degree from Lesley University, where she taught and counseled adult and graduate students in an innovative residential, interdisciplinary “learning communities” program. Her own interdisciplinary graduate worked focused on the merging of transformative learning, narrative theory, and women’s identity development. Her paper bowls are influenced by the work of British potters Lucy Rie and Mary Rogers.
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.
Karen Orsillo has been working with clay for over 30 years and is still inspired by the feel of clay in her hands. She has taught many classes and workshops and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She uses colored porcelain to create contemporary pots and jewelry. Karen’s recent exhibitions have taken her to Japan, Iowa, Maine, and New Hampshire. She has also been included in numerous ceramics publications over the years.
Kathy Parkinson is an artist, surface designer, and arts educator. A native of California, she received a B.S. in Design and a B.A. in Art from the University of California, Davis, and completed her M.A. in Design at the University of California, Los Angeles, with a focus on textile design. Kathy lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, and works out of her nearby studio. In her work, Parkinson explores the small details of compelling imagery found in art and craft traditions as well as the natural world. She creates her richly layered contemporary designs on textiles, paper, walls, furniture, and floors using a range of printmaking and faux finishing techniques to explore the interplay of color, pattern, and texture.
Ilse Plume (graphic design/illustration) is a widely published children’s book author and illustrator who has illustrated stories from Italy, Latvia, Russia and Sweden. She earned a BFA and an MFA from Drake University (’68 and ’71) and studied printmaking at the Santa Reparata Studio in Florence, Italy. She is a recipient of the 1985 Ezra Jack Keats Award and her book The Bremen-Town Musicians (Doubleday, 1980) received the prestigious Caldecott Honor Award. Her other books include The Farmer in the Dell (Godine, 2004), The Twelve Days of Christmas (Godine, 2003) and Salt, written by Jane Langton (Hyperion, 1992). Her most recent book coming in the fall of 2012 is The Year Comes Round by Sid Farrar (Albert Whitman & Co., 2012). Her work has been shown in recent exhibitions at the Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln, MA; the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She has taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Radcliffe Seminars, the DeCordova Museum School, and the Split Rock Arts Program at the University of Minnesota.
Jill M. Pottle is an artist from Worcester County, Massachusetts, who exhibits her paintings and pastels locally and nationally. She is both an accomplished artist and art teacher. Her works have been shown at the Fowler Art Gallery and East End Gallery in Provincetown, MA, The Center for the Arts in Natick, Powers Gallery in Acton and L’attitude Gallery, Boston. In 2011 season she was the Artist in Residency at the Fruitlands Museum from April-November. Jill’s work has also been collected by the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged in Roslindale, MA, Sterling Drug Inc., and Fidelity in Boston. She has been awarded two grants from the Somerville Artists lottery and has been published in the “Artists Magazine”. In 1977 she graduated from Syracuse University with her BFA and in 1989 she graduated with her MFA from the Museum School in Boston, affiliated with Tufts University. You can view more of her work on her web site: www.Pottleart.com and http://jillpottle.blogspot.com
Margaret Remensnyder earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from Boston University School for the Arts. She has many years of experience teaching art to children in a variety of settings including: pre-kindergarten, after school programs, art centers and museums. She is a painter who works in watercolor and gouache. Her work can be viewed at www.margaretdremensnyder.com.