Meet the faces, people, and community behind the Danforth.

Debra Petke
Debra Petke
Executive Director, Danforth Art Museum

Debra became the Danforth’s Executive Director in 2015, having previously been President of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. She has served in a variety of museum positions at the Wadsworth Atheneum, New Britain Museum of American Art, and The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT. She was Deputy Director at the Twain Museum for most of her 15 year tenure there and was instrumental in the design and construction of the first museum to be built adjacent to the historic property, later becoming Chief Curator and Executive Director. She has taught art history and museum studies at a number of colleges and universities, and has an MA in Art History, specializing in American art, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Jessica Roscio
Jessica Roscio
Curator, Danforth Art Museum

Jessica joined the Danforth Art Museum in 2011. Selected exhibitions include Barbara Swan: Reflected Self, The Memory Palace: Domesticity, Objects, and the Interior, Beautiful Decay, and Lois Tarlow: Material Vocabulary. Jessica has held positions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has taught courses at Emerson College and Suffolk University, and is a regular contributor to Aspect Initiative, an online gallery focusing on contemporary photography in New England. Jessica has an MA in Art History from the University at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in American Studies, with a focus on the History of Photography, from Boston University.

Laura Gayton
Laura Gayton
Membership Coordinator, Danforth Art Museum

Laura joined the Museum’s staff in 2019. She has worked in marketing and advertising and has been a freelance graphic designer and illustrator for 15 years. She is also a professional skating instructor and a former U.S. National Junior Ice Dance Champion. She has a B.S. in Marketing from Babson College, an AAS in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and Polimoda Firenze, and studies graphic design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Mary Erickson
Mary Erickson
Visitor Services Coordinator, Danforth Art Museum

Mary joined the Museum’s staff in 2019. She has long been involved with the arts as a watercolor artist, art director, art teacher, and as a graphic designer serving nonprofit organizations. She has a B.S. in Visual Arts from College of the Holy Cross

Debra became the Danforth’s Executive Director in 2015, having previously been President of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. She has served in a variety of museum positions at the Wadsworth Atheneum, New Britain Museum of American Art, and The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT. She was Deputy Director at the Twain Museum for most of her 15 year tenure there and was instrumental in the design and construction of the first museum to be built adjacent to the historic property, later becoming Chief Curator and Executive Director. She has taught art history and museum studies at a number of colleges and universities, and has an MA in Art History, specializing in American art, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Jessica joined the Danforth Art Museum in 2011. Selected exhibitions include Barbara Swan: Reflected Self, The Memory Palace: Domesticity, Objects, and the Interior, Beautiful Decay, and Lois Tarlow: Material Vocabulary. Jessica has held positions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has taught courses at Emerson College and Suffolk University, and is a regular contributor to Aspect Initiative, an online gallery focusing on contemporary photography in New England. Jessica has an MA in Art History from the University at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in American Studies, with a focus on the History of Photography, from Boston University.

Laura joined the Museum’s staff in 2019. She has worked in marketing and advertising and has been a freelance graphic designer and illustrator for 15 years. She is also a professional skating instructor and a former U.S. National Junior Ice Dance Champion. She has a B.S. in Marketing from Babson College, an AAS in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and Polimoda Firenze, and studies graphic design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Mary joined the Museum’s staff in 2019. She has long been involved with the arts as a watercolor artist, art director, art teacher, and as a graphic designer serving nonprofit organizations. She has a B.S. in Visual Arts from College of the Holy Cross

Noelle F
Noelle Fournier
Director, Danforth Art School

Noelle received a B.A. in Fine Arts from St. Lawrence University and a M.Ed. from Lesley University. In addition to Danforth, she has been on the faculty at the De Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Fitchburg Art Museum, and the Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord. She was selected as Artist-in-Residence for a yearlong study of sculpture, and has also designed and presented a series of professional development seminars on sculpture and art education. Since 2016, Noelle has overseen the relocation of the school, as well as the integration of Danforth with Framingham State University. Noelle enjoys creating art, but her primary vocation is in providing exceptional art classes for all ages.

 

Chandra Taylor
Chandra Taylor
School Coordinator, Danforth Art School

Chandra received a B.A. in Studio Art from Wheaton College in Norton, MA. She joined the Danforth Art School in 2017, and has supported the programming and operations of the school as well as its’ integration with Framingham State University. Chandra is an artist herself and works mainly on oil painting portraits. Working at the school has allowed her to observe creative expression and growth of the students as well as support arts education for children, teens and adults.

 

Catherine Byrne
Program Coordinator, Danforth Art School

Catherine has a B.F.A in Painting from Boston University and an A.A.S. degree in Fashion Design from Parsons in NYC. Catherine worked for ten years in production and product development for three major fashion companies, before going back to school to learn the skills she would need to create and sell her own clothing lines, which she did for the next many years. Catherine is still an active visual artist and clothing designer, and works with children at Medway Public Schools. She has enjoyed being a part of the Danforth Art community since 2018.

Rachel Passannante
Collections Manager, Danforth Art Museum

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Rachel joined the Danforth Art Museum in 2019.  Previous to Danforth, Rachel worked at the American Independence Museum in Exeter, New Hampshire as the Collections and Visitor Services Manager where she worked on exhibit development, management of collections and archives, and preservation of their two historic buildings.  She has a Masters in Material Culture Studies from the University of Sheffield in England and a B.A. in Archaeology with minors in Museum Studies and Geology from SUNY Potsdam in upstate New York.

Noelle received a B.A. in Fine Arts from St. Lawrence University and a M.Ed. from Lesley University. In addition to Danforth, she has been on the faculty at the De Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Fitchburg Art Museum, and the Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord. She was selected as Artist-in-Residence for a yearlong study of sculpture, and has also designed and presented a series of professional development seminars on sculpture and art education. Since 2016, Noelle has overseen the relocation of the school, as well as the integration of Danforth with Framingham State University. Noelle enjoys creating art, but her primary vocation is in providing exceptional art classes for all ages.

 

Chandra received a B.A. in Studio Art from Wheaton College in Norton, MA. She joined the Danforth Art School in 2017, and has supported the programming and operations of the school as well as its’ integration with Framingham State University. Chandra is an artist herself and works mainly on oil painting portraits. Working at the school has allowed her to observe creative expression and growth of the students as well as support arts education for children, teens and adults.

 

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Catherine has a B.F.A in Painting from Boston University and an A.A.S. degree in Fashion Design from Parsons in NYC. Catherine worked for ten years in production and product development for three major fashion companies, before going back to school to learn the skills she would need to create and sell her own clothing lines, which she did for the next many years. Catherine is still an active visual artist and clothing designer, and works with children at Medway Public Schools. She has enjoyed being a part of the Danforth Art community since 2018.

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Rachel joined the Danforth Art Museum in 2019.  Previous to Danforth, Rachel worked at the American Independence Museum in Exeter, New Hampshire as the Collections and Visitor Services Manager where she worked on exhibit development, management of collections and archives, and preservation of their two historic buildings.  She has a Masters in Material Culture Studies from the University of Sheffield in England and a B.A. in Archaeology with minors in Museum Studies and Geology from SUNY Potsdam in upstate New York.

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Sayana Medina-Carrasco
Office Assistant, Danforth Art School
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Laury Constantin
Office Assistant, Danforth Art School
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Kaylee Signore
Office Assistant, Danforth Art School
Tara Donovan
Office Assistant, Danforth Art School
 
 
 
 
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Karen Abraham

Karen began her art studies at a young age at the Barn Studio of Art in Millville, New Jersey, under the tutelage of painter, Patricia Witt. Armed with an education degree from Skidmore College, Karen was a classroom teacher for over thirty years in New Jersey, England, and Massachusetts. She held summer positions as an art instructor for many years in a variety of settings, including a boarding school in Switzerland, at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, and at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln. She is currently the Art and Design Teacher at Summit Montessori School in Framingham. Her passions outside the art room include calligraphy, polymer clay, weaving, and tinkering.

Angela Ackerman
Angela Ackerman

Angela Ackerman received a B.F.A. in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.Ed. in Art from Framingham State University. She worked as a product designer at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri where she designed cards, gift wrap, books, and related products. Later, she started her own successful design firm which included clients such as The Washington Post, Psychology Today, Avon, The Family Therapy Networker and Random House. Angela’s images have appeared on numerous products, including calendars, mugs, ornaments, sweaters, gift bags, tea pots, music boxes, home decor, baby bedding, stamps, photo albums, fabric, and social expression products. In addition to her Danforth classes, Angela currently teaches Design at the McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham, MA.

Lee Ball
Lee Ball

Lee is an oil painter born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1970. She studied Architecture at North Carolina State University School of Design and received a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture. She also earned a BFA from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, concentrating in Painting and Sculpture, followed by a teaching certificate. She taught secondary Visual Art for twelve years, ten of which were at Athens Drive High School. Lee’s work has been juried into regional and national shows including the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh Fine Art Society, Visual Art Exchange, and Cambridge Art Association. Much of her work is inspired by her interest in theatre, museums, and travel. She now lives in Franklin, Massachusetts, but returns to Johnston County often.

Susan Bauer
Susan Bauer

Susan Bauer received her B.S. in Art Education from SUNY College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY and her M.F.A. in Painting from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA. In addition, she studied drawing and painting at Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education, Providence, RI. Susan has taught at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Danforth Art Museum \ School and the Attleboro Arts Museum. Susan’s drawings and paintings have been exhibited throughout New England, including Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA, Galetea Gallery, Boston, MA, Crapo Gallery, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA and the Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA.

 

Karen began her art studies at a young age at the Barn Studio of Art in Millville, New Jersey, under the tutelage of painter, Patricia Witt. Armed with an education degree from Skidmore College, Karen was a classroom teacher for over thirty years in New Jersey, England, and Massachusetts. She held summer positions as an art instructor for many years in a variety of settings, including a boarding school in Switzerland, at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, and at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln. She is currently the Art and Design Teacher at Summit Montessori School in Framingham. Her passions outside the art room include calligraphy, polymer clay, weaving, and tinkering.

 

Angela Ackerman received a B.F.A. in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.Ed. in Art from Framingham State University. She worked as a product designer at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri where she designed cards, gift wrap, books, and related products. Later, she started her own successful design firm which included clients such as The Washington Post, Psychology Today, Avon, The Family Therapy Networker and Random House. Angela’s images have appeared on numerous products, including calendars, mugs, ornaments, sweaters, gift bags, tea pots, music boxes, home decor, baby bedding, stamps, photo albums, fabric, and social expression products. In addition to her Danforth classes, Angela currently teaches Design at the McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham, MA.

Lee is an oil painter born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1970. She studied Architecture at North Carolina State University School of Design and received a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture. She also earned a BFA from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, concentrating in Painting and Sculpture, followed by a teaching certificate. She taught secondary Visual Art for twelve years, ten of which were at Athens Drive High School. Lee’s work has been juried into regional and national shows including the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh Fine Art Society, Visual Art Exchange, and Cambridge Art Association. Much of her work is inspired by her interest in theatre, museums, and travel. She now lives in Franklin, Massachusetts, but returns to Johnston County often.

Susan Bauer received her B.S. in Art Education from SUNY College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY and her M.F.A. in Painting from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA. In addition, she studied drawing and painting at Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education, Providence, RI. Susan has taught at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Danforth Art Museum \ School and the Attleboro Arts Museum. Susan’s drawings and paintings have been exhibited throughout New England, including Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA, Galetea Gallery, Boston, MA, Crapo Gallery, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA and the Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA.

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Wilber Blair

In sharing his varied experiences and passions for the visual arts, Wilber hopes to both encourage and challenge each student on their very individual journeys. After earning a B.F.A. in painting at Boston University in 1974, he continued his studies, earning an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Michigan in 1978. Working in NYC at the Museum of Modern Art retail stores, freelance commercial work, and a career in art and antique restoration are a few of Wilber’s experiences over the years. Painting and teaching are certainly his most rewarding work, though. He has taught at Montserrat College of Art since 2003 and Danforth Art since 2006.

Jamie Bowman

Jamie Bowman is a painter living in Boston, MA.  She received her BFA in Studio Art from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and an MFA in painting from the University of New Hampshire.  Her awards include residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program, and Mount Gretna School of Art (Four Pillars). She has exhibited her paintings in France, New York, and nationally.  Jamie currently teaches drawing and painting at the University of New Hampshire and Northeastern University.

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Cathleen E. Bradley

“CB” is a mixed media artist and former school teacher who is interested in how things fit together. Her creative process requires much physicality – so that by the end of a day she might have sanded, sewn, wired, chopped, painted, scraped, torn and drilled. She is stimulated by symbolism and story-telling, and prides herself in repurposing … morphing familiar discarded objects into something new, “upcycled”. CB is represented by the Powers Gallery in Acton, MA, and has exhibited her work in galleries and museums. Her work was recently published in ClothPaperScissors, a mixed media technique magazine, and can also be viewed at studiocb.blogspot.com.

Helen Marie Choiniere

Helen Marie Choiniere has over twenty years experience teaching students of all ages and abilities. A native of Miami Florida, Helen Marie received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Florida International University and then moved to the midwest where she completed her Master’s degree in Fine Arts. Upon graduation, she was employed at Northeastern University where she taught as a Professor of Art and Art History for nine years. During this time, Helen Marie became the mother of four wonderful sons, and fell in love with them and with elementary/early childhood education. She began working with students with special needs in the public schools and then started her own arts-based early childhood center in Framingham, which she directed for nine years. Helen Marie is very grateful for the opportunity of collaborating with the Danforth Museum School in creating a dynamic and enriching arts program! Helen Marie also enjoys playing the guitar, singing, swimming and spending time with her amazing husband and sons.

In sharing his varied experiences and passions for the visual arts, Wilber hopes to both encourage and challenge each student on their very individual journeys. After earning a B.F.A. in painting at Boston University in 1974, he continued his studies, earning an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Michigan in 1978. Working in NYC at the Museum of Modern Art retail stores, freelance commercial work, and a career in art and antique restoration are a few of Wilber’s experiences over the years. Painting and teaching are certainly his most rewarding work, though. He has taught at Montserrat College of Art since 2003 and Danforth Art since 2006.

Jamie Bowman is a painter living in Boston, MA.  She received her BFA in Studio Art from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and an MFA in painting from the University of New Hampshire.  Her awards include residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program, and Mount Gretna School of Art (Four Pillars). She has exhibited her paintings in France, New York, and nationally.  Jamie currently teaches drawing and painting at the University of New Hampshire and Northeastern University.

“CB” is a mixed media artist and former school teacher who is interested in how things fit together. Her creative process requires much physicality – so that by the end of a day she might have sanded, sewn, wired, chopped, painted, scraped, torn and drilled. She is stimulated by symbolism and story-telling, and prides herself in repurposing … morphing familiar discarded objects into something new, “upcycled”. CB is represented by the Powers Gallery in Acton, MA, and has exhibited her work in galleries and museums. Her work was recently published in ClothPaperScissors, a mixed media technique magazine, and can also be viewed at studiocb.blogspot.com.

 

Helen Marie Choiniere has over twenty years experience teaching students of all ages and abilities. A native of Miami Florida, Helen Marie received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Florida International University and then moved to the midwest where she completed her Master’s degree in Fine Arts. Upon graduation, she was employed at Northeastern University where she taught as a Professor of Art and Art History for nine years. During this time, Helen Marie became the mother of four wonderful sons, and fell in love with them and with elementary/early childhood education. She began working with students with special needs in the public schools and then started her own arts-based early childhood center in Framingham, which she directed for nine years. Helen Marie is very grateful for the opportunity of collaborating with the Danforth Museum School in creating a dynamic and enriching arts program! Helen Marie also enjoys playing the guitar, singing, swimming and spending time with her amazing husband and sons.

Rebecca Davidson

Rebecca Davidson is a prolific fine artist from Boston, Massachusetts. Her portfolio includes extensive work in painting, printmaking and drawing as well as installation art and short films. In addition to being a practitioner she is also a teacher. Her educational work includes special projects for the Boston Public Art Commission, Canton Audubon Visual Art Museum, and the I.C.A. Boston. She has been a lecturer at The University of Massachusetts and Mt. Ida College, and has worked in primary school education for the city of Lynn, and for libraries and community centers throughout Boston. Her education includes a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been the recipient of many awards including the prestigious Charles Adams Memorial Prize.

Paula DeSimone
Paula DeSimone

Paula DeSimone, artist, author, and educator is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Ms. DeSimone has over 30 years of experience in arts education and has taught at such prestigious institutions as RISD – Continuing Education, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Fuller Craft Museum, the Attleboro Arts Museum, and the DeCordova Museum. She is a current member of the Cambridge Art Association as well as the Monotype Guild of New England. Ms. DeSimone has authored numerous instructional texts available worldwide. Her work is held in distinguished hospital and corporate collections, including Children’s Hospital – Boston, Newton Wellesley Hospital and U-Mass Memorial, as well as private collections internationally. She is represented by L”Attitude Gallery, Newbury St., Boston, MA. pauladesimonefineart.com.

Leigh Faramarzpour

Leigh holds an M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art and an M.A. from Framingham State College. She has worked as a professional artist, fine artist and teacher for over 35 years. Her professional experience includes work in the commercial art field, directorships, and public and private commissions from portraits to wall murals. Her art work has been exhibited at Danforth Art, DeCordova Museum, Concord Art Association, Jam Gallery on Newbury Street, The Boston Arts Festival, and in numerous exhibitions in Jamaica Plain, Brookline and MetroWest over the past 20 years. She has taught privately, at the Art Institute of Boston, and in the public schools of the MetroWest area in both art and special needs. The creation of original art curriculum and its importance to special needs populations have been of great importance to Leigh over her teaching career.

Nan Hass Feldman
Nan Hass Feldman

Nan received her B.F.A. from SUNY at Buffalo and completed an M.A. in painting at Goddard College and an M.F.A. at Vermont College. She has taught at a variety of art institutions including the Worcester Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum, and Danforth Art (which she helped found) as well as Framingham State College. Since 1999 Nan has also taught painting in France, Italy, Greece, Mexico, and has run the Artist Loft on the Oceania Cruise Line. All these trips have become a source of inspiration for her landscapes paintings as well as her love of painting interior spaces too. Nan works in a wide range of mediums such as painting, mixed-media, and encaustics. Over the past forty years she has had over 40 solo exhibitions and has been included in group shows and received numerous awards on the national, state, and local levels. Nan’s work is represented in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the United States, England, Mexico, Japan, and France. www.nanhassfeldman.com.

Rebecca Davidson is a prolific fine artist from Boston, Massachusetts. Her portfolio includes extensive work in painting, printmaking and drawing as well as installation art and short films. In addition to being a practitioner she is also a teacher. Her educational work includes special projects for the Boston Public Art Commission, Canton Audubon Visual Art Museum, and the I.C.A. Boston. She has been a lecturer at The University of Massachusetts and Mt. Ida College, and has worked in primary school education for the city of Lynn, and for libraries and community centers throughout Boston. Her education includes a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been the recipient of many awards including the prestigious Charles Adams Memorial Prize.

Paula DeSimone, artist, author, and educator is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Ms. DeSimone has over 30 years of experience in arts education and has taught at such prestigious institutions as RISD – Continuing Education, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Fuller Craft Museum, the Attleboro Arts Museum, and the DeCordova Museum. She is a current member of the Cambridge Art Association as well as the Monotype Guild of New England. Ms. DeSimone has authored numerous instructional texts available worldwide. Her work is held in distinguished hospital and corporate collections, including Children’s Hospital – Boston, Newton Wellesley Hospital and U-Mass Memorial, as well as private collections internationally. She is represented by L”Attitude Gallery, Newbury St., Boston, MA. pauladesimonefineart.com.

Leigh holds an M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art and an M.A. from Framingham State College. She has worked as a professional artist, fine artist and teacher for over 35 years. Her professional experience includes work in the commercial art field, directorships, and public and private commissions from portraits to wall murals. Her art work has been exhibited at Danforth Art, DeCordova Museum, Concord Art Association, Jam Gallery on Newbury Street, The Boston Arts Festival, and in numerous exhibitions in Jamaica Plain, Brookline and MetroWest over the past 20 years. She has taught privately, at the Art Institute of Boston, and in the public schools of the MetroWest area in both art and special needs. The creation of original art curriculum and its importance to special needs populations have been of great importance to Leigh over her teaching career.

Nan received her B.F.A. from SUNY at Buffalo and completed an M.A. in painting at Goddard College and an M.F.A. at Vermont College. She has taught at a variety of art institutions including the Worcester Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum, and Danforth Art (which she helped found) as well as Framingham State College. Since 1999 Nan has also taught painting in France, Italy, Greece, Mexico, and has run the Artist Loft on the Oceania Cruise Line. All these trips have become a source of inspiration for her landscapes paintings as well as her love of painting interior spaces too. Nan works in a wide range of mediums such as painting, mixed-media, and encaustics. Over the past forty years she has had over 40 solo exhibitions and has been included in group shows and received numerous awards on the national, state, and local levels. Nan’s work is represented in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the United States, England, Mexico, Japan, and France. www.nanhassfeldman.com.

Michele Francoeur
Michele Francoeur

Michele Francoeur’s paintings explore the realms of transformative abstraction. Francoeur earned her BFA from Parson’s School of Design, NY in Communication Design. She has recently completed her MFA in Visual Arts at Florida Atlantic University. Her work has been exhibited in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Bisbee, Arizona and Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Boca Raton, Florida. She is presently working as an art educator. Her role and responsibility as an educator is to create a learning center environment in which each student feel safe, have trust, are excited by making and embrace the freedom one needs to experience in the creative process.

Erica Frisk
Erica Frisk

Erica Frisk is an artist and educator who is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a Dual Degree in Art History and Photography. She also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching for Art Education from Tufts University. She has taught art classes to children in a variety of institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts, The Maud Morgan Arts Center and Sociedad Latina. She currently teaches Visual Arts at Andover High School in Andover, MA.

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Melanie Gillis

Melanie Gillis earned a B.F.A. in graphic design from Boston University, completed a Graduate Post Baccalaureate Program in Initial Licensure at Bridgewater State College, and is licensed to teach grades K – 12. During the school year Melanie teaches art at Sharon Middle School. She continues to add to her education, recently taking graduate level courses in Ceramics and 3D Design & Animation, and her latest explorations are into ceramics and textiles. When she isn’t in the studio creating or teaching, Melanie is often off on a photography assignment: www.melaniegillisphotography.com.

Leslie Graff
Leslie Graff

Leslie Graff holds Bachelors and Master’s degrees from Brigham Young University. She spends her time working in acrylics and mixed media. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows across the country in various museums, universities, and galleries and is held in many personal collections. Her work has been featured in books, magazines, and blogs including a profile on Forbes. Leslie has taught creative arts in California, Utah, Massachusetts, and Virginia and lectures frequently. She is active in humanitarian work and is passionate about building opportunity for others.

Michele Francoeur’s paintings explore the realms of transformative abstraction. Francoeur earned her BFA from Parson’s School of Design, NY in Communication Design. She has recently completed her MFA in Visual Arts at Florida Atlantic University. Her work has been exhibited in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Bisbee, Arizona and Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Boca Raton, Florida. She is presently working as an art educator. Her role and responsibility as an educator is to create a learning center environment in which each student feel safe, have trust, are excited by making and embrace the freedom one needs to experience in the creative process.

Erica Frisk is an artist and educator who is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a Dual Degree in Art History and Photography. She also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching for Art Education from Tufts University. She has taught art classes to children in a variety of institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts, The Maud Morgan Arts Center and Sociedad Latina. She currently teaches Visual Arts at Andover High School in Andover, MA.

Melanie Gillis earned a B.F.A. in graphic design from Boston University, completed a Graduate Post Baccalaureate Program in Initial Licensure at Bridgewater State College, and is licensed to teach grades K – 12. During the school year Melanie teaches art at Sharon Middle School. She continues to add to her education, recently taking graduate level courses in Ceramics and 3D Design & Animation, and her latest explorations are into ceramics and textiles. When she isn’t in the studio creating or teaching, Melanie is often off on a photography assignment: www.melaniegillisphotography.com.

Leslie Graff holds Bachelors and Master’s degrees from Brigham Young University. She spends her time working in acrylics and mixed media. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows across the country in various museums, universities, and galleries and is held in many personal collections. Her work has been featured in books, magazines, and blogs including a profile on Forbes. Leslie has taught creative arts in California, Utah, Massachusetts, and Virginia and lectures frequently. She is active in humanitarian work and is passionate about building opportunity for others.

Tamblyn Gawley Griffiths

Tamblyn Gawley Griffiths is an artist and educator who earned an M.F.A. in Painting & Drawing from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA and a B.F.A. in Painting from Daemen College in Buffalo, NY.  Tamblyn received a Fulbright Fellowship to study printmaking for a year at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.  She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Fine Art at Fisher College and Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, MA.  Tamblyn works in a variety of painting, drawing, and printmaking media to depict the interweaving structures of tree branches and roots and the play of light on and through those structures.  www.tamblyngawley.com

Sue Hammerland
Sue Hammerland

Sue Hammerland is a visual artist who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She credits her parents with exposing her to art, architecture and natural sciences through weekend trips to museums and galleries and family travels to other states and countries. That exposure to art beginning in the 1960s and throughout the ’70s and ’80s led to a predilection for drawing, painting, and “making things” in general. Sue received her BFA from the College of William and Mary in Art History/Studio Arts. During college, she was awarded an internship in Exhibition Design at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. Later, Sue did her graduate study in painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has taught art and design for various age levels in public and private schools, as well as in teen and adult programs in arts organizations in California, Minnesota, Maine and Massachusetts. She was proud to be an early member of W.A.R.M. (Womens Art Resources of Minnesota) and a founding member of the Firehouse Arts Organization in Yarmouth, Maine. In addition to teaching at the Danforth Art School, Sue serves as a Museum Educator at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She lives in Natick, Mass. and maintains a studio at The Holliston Mill in Holliston, Mass. Her work can be seen on the Holliston Mill website hollistonmill.com, and at her Instagram page: instagram.com/suehammerland4414

Paul Hackett
Paul Hackett

Paul Allen Hackett is an artist-teacher living in Massachusetts. He was born in Charlottesville, VA, and raised in Portland, ME. Paul holds a BFA in Glass and MAT in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has taught drawing, painting, ceramics, glassblowing, and mixed media at a variety of institutions in the Boston and San Diego areas including the Boston Arts Academy, Losina Art Center, USES Children’s Art Centre, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Paul previously served as the Summer Arts Coordinator for Danforth Art and currently teaches with the Winchester Public.

Alicia Herman

Alicia Herman is an artist and museum educator. She earned a certificate in museum education from Tufts University in 2011. Earlier, she received a MSW from Hunter College, CUNY. She works at the Boston Museum of Science and the Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord, MA, as well as Danforth Art. In the past she has enjoyed working at other museums including Historic New England in Boston, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Tamblyn Gawley Griffiths is an artist and educator who earned an M.F.A. in Painting & Drawing from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA and a B.F.A. in Painting from Daemen College in Buffalo, NY.  Tamblyn received a Fulbright Fellowship to study printmaking for a year at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.  She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Fine Art at Fisher College and Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, MA.  Tamblyn works in a variety of painting, drawing, and printmaking media to depict the interweaving structures of tree branches and roots and the play of light on and through those structures.  www.tamblyngawley.com

Sue Hammerland is a visual artist who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She credits her parents with exposing her to art, architecture and natural sciences through weekend trips to museums and galleries and family travels to other states and countries. That exposure to art beginning in the 1960s and throughout the ’70s and ’80s led to a predilection for drawing, painting, and “making things” in general. Sue received her BFA from the College of William and Mary in Art History/Studio Arts. During college, she was awarded an internship in Exhibition Design at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. Later, Sue did her graduate study in painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has taught art and design for various age levels in public and private schools, as well as in teen and adult programs in arts organizations in California, Minnesota, Maine and Massachusetts. She was proud to be an early member of W.A.R.M. (Womens Art Resources of Minnesota) and a founding member of the Firehouse Arts Organization in Yarmouth, Maine. In addition to teaching at the Danforth Art School, Sue serves as a Museum Educator at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She lives in Natick, Mass. and maintains a studio at The Holliston Mill in Holliston, Mass. Her work can be seen on the Holliston Mill website hollistonmill.com, and at her Instagram page: instagram.com/suehammerland4414

 

Paul Allen Hackett is an artist-teacher living in Massachusetts. He was born in Charlottesville, VA, and raised in Portland, ME. Paul holds a BFA in Glass and MAT in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has taught drawing, painting, ceramics, glassblowing, and mixed media at a variety of institutions in the Boston and San Diego areas including the Boston Arts Academy, Losina Art Center, USES Children’s Art Centre, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Paul previously served as the Summer Arts Coordinator for Danforth Art and currently teaches with the Winchester Public.

 

Alicia Herman is an artist and museum educator. She earned a certificate in museum education from Tufts University in 2011. Earlier, she received a MSW from Hunter College, CUNY. She works at the Boston Museum of Science and the Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord, MA, as well as Danforth Art. In the past she has enjoyed working at other museums including Historic New England in Boston, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Sally Hinkley
Sally Hinkley

Sally Hinkley received her B.A. in Art from Plymouth State University. She is a writer/illustrator who illustrated a historical fiction picture book for a small Massachusetts press in 2012. She is a member of the Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA where she serves on the board of directors and she is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her work has won numerous awards and has been exhibited in many shows including the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, the Cape Cod Art Association, the Franklin Art Association and the Zullo Gallery in Medfield, MA. www.sallyhinkley.com

Brittainy Jackson

A graduate from University of North Carolina- Greensboro, Brittainy has been teaching art to various grade levels since 2013. Her favorite thing about working with kids is helping them find the artist within each of them, even if that art isn’t necessarily visual. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys working with textiles and dancing.

Meaghan Kacavich
Meaghan Kacavich

Meaghan Kacavich grew up in Natick, MA and graduated from UMass Dartmouth with a Master’s degree in Art Education. She currently works as a Pre-K teacher, which she finds very rewarding. When she is not playing and learning with children, Meaghan enjoys watching movies, going on mini adventures, and playing hockey. She has a great appreciation for art and culture, and hopes to inspire others to develop the same appreciation through creative and engaging art experiences.

Laura Kane

Laura Kane is an assistant professor at Framingham State University in the Fashion Design and Retailing department. She specializes in apparel design, computer and traditional fashion illustration, costume design, and pattern-making. Laura earned her doctorate degree at Oregon State University and her bachelor degree from Framingham State University.

Sally Hinkley received her B.A. in Art from Plymouth State University. She is a writer/illustrator who illustrated a historical fiction picture book for a small Massachusetts press in 2012. She is a member of the Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA where she serves on the board of directors and she is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her work has won numerous awards and has been exhibited in many shows including the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, the Cape Cod Art Association, the Franklin Art Association and the Zullo Gallery in Medfield, MA. www.sallyhinkley.com

 

A graduate from University of North Carolina- Greensboro, Brittainy has been teaching art to various grade levels since 2013. Her favorite thing about working with kids is helping them find the artist within each of them, even if that art isn’t necessarily visual. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys working with textiles and dancing.

 

Meaghan Kacavich grew up in Natick, MA and graduated from UMass Dartmouth with a Master’s degree in Art Education. She currently works as a Pre-K teacher, which she finds very rewarding. When she is not playing and learning with children, Meaghan enjoys watching movies, going on mini adventures, and playing hockey. She has a great appreciation for art and culture, and hopes to inspire others to develop the same appreciation through creative and engaging art experiences.

Laura Kane is an assistant professor at Framingham State University in the Fashion Design and Retailing department. She specializes in apparel design, computer and traditional fashion illustration, costume design, and pattern-making. Laura earned her doctorate degree at Oregon State University and her bachelor degree from Framingham State University.

Ron Krouk

Ron holds an M.F.A. in Printmaking and Painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and a B.A. from Brandeis University where he studied printmaking with Michael Mazur. He has taught at Mass Art and the Museum School and has twice in his life left and then returned to studio art. His prints are mostly still lives and interior spaces and his paintings often include interiors and buildingscapes. As a teacher he is especially interested in art and visual perception and in helping people use what they already know to explore what inspires them at the same time as they learn the basics. www.ronkrouk.com.

Mina Lee

Mina Lee holds a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA; she completed the Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Licensure program at Framingham State University, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Art Education at Boston University. Mina has taught art in both traditional and digital mediums at the high school and middle school level. Her approach to teaching is to put a contemporary twist on traditional art-making techniques so that content is fresh and accessible for students. In her personal work Mina enjoys writing and illustrating children’s stories as well as creating images in mixed-media that highlight the diverse beauty of the female form

Tricia Lochiatto
Tricia Lochiatto

Tricia Lochiatto received a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Johnson State College, in Johnson VT and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Framingham State University. Tricia has worked in art museum schools and ceramic studios in Stowe, Vermont in the past and currently teaches art part time to students with disabilities within her current position as a high school special education teacher. Tricia specializes in working with mixed mediums and specifically loves working with printmaking, ceramics, and 3D art. In her spare time Tricia paints, creates 3D works, and refurbishes furniture.

Richard Martin
Richard Martin

Rick Martin holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Lesley University and has been teaching art, music and technology in grades K-12 for seven years. He currently teaches at Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree, MA where he redesigned the school’ s website and contributes to theater productions in addition to teaching. Rick’ s teaching approach combines training in classical art with modern digital culture to create a fun and interactive classroom experience for students.

Ron holds an M.F.A. in Printmaking and Painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and a B.A. from Brandeis University where he studied printmaking with Michael Mazur. He has taught at Mass Art and the Museum School and has twice in his life left and then returned to studio art. His prints are mostly still lives and interior spaces and his paintings often include interiors and buildingscapes. As a teacher he is especially interested in art and visual perception and in helping people use what they already know to explore what inspires them at the same time as they learn the basics. www.ronkrouk.com.

 

Mina Lee holds a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA; she completed the Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Licensure program at Framingham State University, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Art Education at Boston University. Mina has taught art in both traditional and digital mediums at the high school and middle school level. Her approach to teaching is to put a contemporary twist on traditional art-making techniques so that content is fresh and accessible for students. In her personal work Mina enjoys writing and illustrating children’s stories as well as creating images in mixed-media that highlight the diverse beauty of the female form

 

Tricia Lochiatto received a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Johnson State College, in Johnson VT and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Framingham State University. Tricia has worked in art museum schools and ceramic studios in Stowe, Vermont in the past and currently teaches art part time to students with disabilities within her current position as a high school special education teacher. Tricia specializes in working with mixed mediums and specifically loves working with printmaking, ceramics, and 3D art. In her spare time Tricia paints, creates 3D works, and refurbishes furniture.

 

Rick Martin holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Lesley University and has been teaching art, music and technology in grades K-12 for seven years. He currently teaches at Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree, MA where he redesigned the school’ s website and contributes to theater productions in addition to teaching. Rick’ s teaching approach combines training in classical art with modern digital culture to create a fun and interactive classroom experience for students.

Donna Melanson

Donna Melanson received her B.A. in Art and Psychology from Regis College, with a certification in Art Therapy from Lesley University.  Believing that the process of making art is as important as the result, she teaches new skills, encourages creative ideas and helps students bring their innate artist out. The joy of creating results in beautiful artwork.

 

Donna taught art for 15 years at deCordova Museum and has continued for the last 12 years at her own studio in Maynard.  In addition to teaching at Silk & Clay Studio (which she shares with a dear friend/potter), she creates scarves, purses and fine art quilts from hand painted silk. 6 Bridges Gallery, Maynard and deCordova/Store, Lincoln carry her work.

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Conor Nolan
Conor Nolan

Conor Nolan is an illustrator based out of Brooklyn, NY. From editorial illustrations for Vice Magazine, comic covers for Dark Horse Comics and Boom! Studio, and promotional material for MTV he has covered a varied range of clients and projects. Nolan’s work can be seen on posters, apparel, comics, magazines, newspapers, beer labels, and record covers. In addition to freelance work, Conor teaches drawing classes to children and adults.

Susan Parker
Susan Parker

Susan, with a B.S. in Fine Art from Skidmore College and an M.Ed. from Lesley University, is the former director of the Department of Fine Arts, Medfield Public Schools. She has thirty years experience in curriculum design and teaching art at all levels, with a particular interest in drawing and its role in the development of observation and awareness. She has taught in the graduate program for Art Education at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and in the Emmanuel College program for pre-service art teachers. From 1996-2008, she was associated with the education department at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, working with visitors in looking at art, and teaching studio classes in connection with special exhibits. She is currently participating in the development of the Critical Thinking and Art forum, a consortium of museums, universities, and school programs in Massachusetts. Susan has been working with Danforth Art in her current role since September 2010.

Darrel Perkins

Darrel Perkins is an artist, educator, and printmaker based out of Providence, Rhode Island. He has a bachelors in Art Education from Rhode Island College and an MFA in Illustration from Edinburgh University in Scotland. His work has been published and exhibited throughout Europe and the United States. He teaches drawing and design classes at Johnson & Wales University, as well as regularly leading painting and printmaking workshops through various organizations.

Donna Melanson received her B.A. in Art and Psychology from Regis College, with a certification in Art Therapy from Lesley University.  Believing that the process of making art is as important as the result, she teaches new skills, encourages creative ideas and helps students bring their innate artist out. The joy of creating results in beautiful artwork.

 

Donna taught art for 15 years at deCordova Museum and has continued for the last 12 years at her own studio in Maynard.  In addition to teaching at Silk & Clay Studio (which she shares with a dear friend/potter), she creates scarves, purses and fine art quilts from hand painted silk. 6 Bridges Gallery, Maynard and deCordova/Store, Lincoln carry her work.

silkandclay.com

donnamelansonsilks.com

Conor Nolan is an illustrator based out of Brooklyn, NY. From editorial illustrations for Vice Magazine, comic covers for Dark Horse Comics and Boom! Studio, and promotional material for MTV he has covered a varied range of clients and projects. Nolan’s work can be seen on posters, apparel, comics, magazines, newspapers, beer labels, and record covers. In addition to freelance work, Conor teaches drawing classes to children and adults.

 

Susan, with a B.S. in Fine Art from Skidmore College and an M.Ed. from Lesley University, is the former director of the Department of Fine Arts, Medfield Public Schools. She has thirty years experience in curriculum design and teaching art at all levels, with a particular interest in drawing and its role in the development of observation and awareness. She has taught in the graduate program for Art Education at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and in the Emmanuel College program for pre-service art teachers. From 1996-2008, she was associated with the education department at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, working with visitors in looking at art, and teaching studio classes in connection with special exhibits. She is currently participating in the development of the Critical Thinking and Art forum, a consortium of museums, universities, and school programs in Massachusetts. Susan has been working with Danforth Art in her current role since September 2010.

Darrel Perkins is an artist, educator, and printmaker based out of Providence, Rhode Island. He has a bachelors in Art Education from Rhode Island College and an MFA in Illustration from Edinburgh University in Scotland. His work has been published and exhibited throughout Europe and the United States. He teaches drawing and design classes at Johnson & Wales University, as well as regularly leading painting and printmaking workshops through various organizations.

Linda Pierce
Linda Pierce

Linda holds a B.F.A in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied under Chris Van Allsburg (“Polar Express “), and David MaCaulay (“How Things Work”). She has been a professional Illustrator for 30+ years, working for nearly every major publisher in the US and abroad. Also a portrait painter for over 35 years, she is particularly drawn to the architecture of the human head and features of the face, and the excitement of trying to capture a person ‘ s essence. She has studied portraiture with Daniel E. Greene, one of the country ‘ s foremost portrait artists. Linda also teaches art in her home studio ” Rock Hill Farm Studio “. To view samples of her work, please visit www.rockhillfarmstudio.com. To view Illustration samples please visit www.lspiercepictures.com. or www.coroflot.com/lindapierce.

Jill Pottle
Jill M. Pottle

Jill M. Pottle is an artist from Worcester County and she exhibits her paintings and pastels locally and nationally. In 1977 she graduated from Syracuse University with her B.F.A. and in 1989 she graduated with her M.F.A. from the Museum School in Boston. Jill won two grants from the Somerville Artists lottery and has published in the Artist’s Magazine. Her works have been included in shows at the Fowler Art Gallery, Provincetown Artists’ Association, the East End Gallery in Provincetown, and she has had a one woman show of still life paintings at the Attleboro Art Museum. Her work can also be seen at the Powers Gallery in Acton, L’attitude Gallery, Boston and at the Walside at Fruitlands Museum, where she was artist in residence through November 2011. Jill taught for many years at the DeCordova Museum, and has also taught at RISD and at Mass College of Art and Design. Collections include: Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged in Roslindale, MA, Sterling Drug Inc., and Fidelity in Boston. You can view more of her work on her web site, www.pottleart.com and on her blog, jillpottle.blogspot.com.

Ron Rosenstock
Ron Rosenstock

Ron Rosenstock retired from Clark University in Worcester, MA in 2000 after teaching photography there for thirty years. He recently published his sixth book of his photographs, and his work has been featured in over 100 exhibitions, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Michael Scafidi

Michael graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art Painting/2D Studies from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is an elementary art teacher at Douglas Elementary and Primary Schools. Michael believes teaching art is a privilege and a passion and he embraces the opportunity to educate, inspire, and encourage students within the domain of Fine Art. He feels that teaching art allows for the amazing blend of the past and the future, of historical artifacts and new technology, as well as the intangible (imagination) and tangible (art).

Linda holds a B.F.A in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied under Chris Van Allsburg (“Polar Express “), and David MaCaulay (“How Things Work”). She has been a professional Illustrator for 30+ years, working for nearly every major publisher in the US and abroad. Also a portrait painter for over 35 years, she is particularly drawn to the architecture of the human head and features of the face, and the excitement of trying to capture a person ‘ s essence. She has studied portraiture with Daniel E. Greene, one of the country ‘ s foremost portrait artists. Linda also teaches art in her home studio ” Rock Hill Farm Studio “. To view samples of her work, please visit www.rockhillfarmstudio.com. To view Illustration samples please visit www.lspiercepictures.com. or www.coroflot.com/lindapierce.

Jill M. Pottle is an artist from Worcester County and she exhibits her paintings and pastels locally and nationally. In 1977 she graduated from Syracuse University with her B.F.A. and in 1989 she graduated with her M.F.A. from the Museum School in Boston. Jill won two grants from the Somerville Artists lottery and has published in the Artist’s Magazine. Her works have been included in shows at the Fowler Art Gallery, Provincetown Artists’ Association, the East End Gallery in Provincetown, and she has had a one woman show of still life paintings at the Attleboro Art Museum. Her work can also be seen at the Powers Gallery in Acton, L’attitude Gallery, Boston and at the Walside at Fruitlands Museum, where she was artist in residence through November 2011. Jill taught for many years at the DeCordova Museum, and has also taught at RISD and at Mass College of Art and Design. Collections include: Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged in Roslindale, MA, Sterling Drug Inc., and Fidelity in Boston. You can view more of her work on her web site, www.pottleart.com and on her blog, jillpottle.blogspot.com.

 

Ron Rosenstock retired from Clark University in Worcester, MA in 2000 after teaching photography there for thirty years. He recently published his sixth book of his photographs, and his work has been featured in over 100 exhibitions, both in the U.S. and abroad.

 

Michael graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art Painting/2D Studies from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is an elementary art teacher at Douglas Elementary and Primary Schools. Michael believes teaching art is a privilege and a passion and he embraces the opportunity to educate, inspire, and encourage students within the domain of Fine Art. He feels that teaching art allows for the amazing blend of the past and the future, of historical artifacts and new technology, as well as the intangible (imagination) and tangible (art).

Ruth Scotch
Ruth Scotch

Ruth Scotch received her M.F.A. and B.F.A. at Boston University in painting, and a B.A. in Art History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After painting full time for many years, Ruth recently earned her teaching license at Framingham State University. Ruth has taught at Boston University, Kendall Center for the Arts, Montserrat College of Art, and currently serves on the faculty at Danforth Art as well as Framingham State University. Ruth has exhibited her paintings throughout New England, and the current focus of her artwork is figures in interiors. Her website is www.ruthscotch.com.

Tyler Vance
Tyler Vance

Tyler Vance received his BFA from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 2006, and his MFA from Utah State University in Logan, Utah in 2009. He continued to teach at USU as an adjunct faculty member until 2012 at which time Tyler and his family resettled in Worcester, Massachusetts. He currently teaches drawing, painting, and art history at Assumption College, Framingham State University and other institutions in central Massachusetts. He works out of his home studio where he lives with his wife, two kids and one chug.

Sandy Wilensky

Sandy has had a career in education teaching all ages from 3 to 93. She holds a BA from The University of Massachusetts and a MA from Wheelock College. After a career teaching and being a school leader at the elementary school level, she has immersed herself in her own painting and teaching watercolor and drawing to adults. She is a certified art instructor and believes strongly in the ability of all people to learn in a supportive setting and that enhanced learning occurs when interest is high and the student knows what he wants to learn. She has been teaching classes in drawing and watercolor in senior centers and adult education programs in several area communities and in her studio at Art Space in Maynard where she holds private and group classes. Teaching in her classes responds to the needs of the group and to the needs and interests of individuals in the group. Sandy says her watercolor painting is an expression of her appreciation of nature She is drawn to seascapes and has a particular fondness for islands.   The edge of the sea has always been the place she best connects with herself and finds a sense of fulfillment. Her goal as an artist is to provide the viewer with the same sense of inner peace that she experiences while walking the beach or sitting on the sand and looking out to sea. Sandy participates in several annual summer Art Festivals and local arts organization group shows and has had several solo shows. At this time, her paintings can be seen at her studio at ArtSpace in Maynard and at Puffins Gallery in Mystic, CT.

Martha Worthington
Martha Worthington

Martha received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and completed the Post Baccalaureate Licensure Program at Framingham State University. She is licensed as an art educator to teach grades K-12. She worked as an illustrator for many years for publications around New England, but her current focus is drawing and painting. She wants her students to tap into their own abilities to think, see, and explore as artists do. She has taught at Danforth Art since 2010.

Ruth Scotch received her M.F.A. and B.F.A. at Boston University in painting, and a B.A. in Art History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After painting full time for many years, Ruth recently earned her teaching license at Framingham State University. Ruth has taught at Boston University, Kendall Center for the Arts, Montserrat College of Art, and currently serves on the faculty at Danforth Art as well as Framingham State University. Ruth has exhibited her paintings throughout New England, and the current focus of her artwork is figures in interiors. Her website is www.ruthscotch.com.

 

Tyler Vance received his BFA from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 2006, and his MFA from Utah State University in Logan, Utah in 2009. He continued to teach at USU as an adjunct faculty member until 2012 at which time Tyler and his family resettled in Worcester, Massachusetts. He currently teaches drawing, painting, and art history at Assumption College, Framingham State University and other institutions in central Massachusetts. He works out of his home studio where he lives with his wife, two kids and one chug.

 

Sandy has had a career in education teaching all ages from 3 to 93. She holds a BA from The University of Massachusetts and a MA from Wheelock College. After a career teaching and being a school leader at the elementary school level, she has immersed herself in her own painting and teaching watercolor and drawing to adults. She is a certified art instructor and believes strongly in the ability of all people to learn in a supportive setting and that enhanced learning occurs when interest is high and the student knows what he wants to learn. She has been teaching classes in drawing and watercolor in senior centers and adult education programs in several area communities and in her studio at Art Space in Maynard where she holds private and group classes. Teaching in her classes responds to the needs of the group and to the needs and interests of individuals in the group. Sandy says her watercolor painting is an expression of her appreciation of nature She is drawn to seascapes and has a particular fondness for islands.   The edge of the sea has always been the place she best connects with herself and finds a sense of fulfillment. Her goal as an artist is to provide the viewer with the same sense of inner peace that she experiences while walking the beach or sitting on the sand and looking out to sea. Sandy participates in several annual summer Art Festivals and local arts organization group shows and has had several solo shows. At this time, her paintings can be seen at her studio at ArtSpace in Maynard and at Puffins Gallery in Mystic, CT.

 

Martha received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and completed the Post Baccalaureate Licensure Program at Framingham State University. She is licensed as an art educator to teach grades K-12. She worked as an illustrator for many years for publications around New England, but her current focus is drawing and painting. She wants her students to tap into their own abilities to think, see, and explore as artists do. She has taught at Danforth Art since 2010.