Bracken Feldman studied ceramics at Alfred University during her undergraduate years and holds a master’s degree in teaching from Manhattanville College. She has been teaching in the Hudson Valley for the past 10 years and returns to Alfred during the summer to continue developing her skills. Bracken has been a potter for 21 years and considers herself to be both a wheel thrower and a hand builder.
Betty Ann Medeiros
Betty Ann Medeiros is a landscape and portrait artist known for her sweeping compositions, and depiction of light, utilizing a keen sense of color. She uses brushstrokes to show movement, wind and atmospheric elements. In both Betty Ann’s watercolors and her oil paintings, she paints in a realistic fashion, rendering her figures and landscape elements with equal attention to detail. Betty Ann is an alumna of Western Connecticut State University, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s in fine art and illustration. Initially Betty Ann worked as an illustrator and created artwork for publications including Cricket, Fine Gardening and Scholastic’s Book of Knowledge. For many years now, she has been creating award-winning fine art portraits and landscapes in watercolor and oils, and enjoys plein air painting around New England. She is an experienced painting teacher in many Connecticut art centers and is currently the director of the Candlewood League of Artists.
Karen Jaimes is an experienced ceramics instructor with a demonstrated history of working in the fine arts industry. She holds a BFA in ceramics and photography from Manhattanville College and is a lifelong learner who attends workshops regularly, as well as the annual ceramics conference, NCECA. Her sculptures have been exhibited in the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn and the Katonah Museum of Art, among others. Karen is passionate about sharing new processes and techniques and is currently completing her final year in the MFA Ceramics program at SUNY New Paltz.
As a dedicated wife, and a mother of four children and four pets, Drita wanted to find peace. She joined a yoga class, where she found a new and different kind of love. Practicing yoga helped her grow stronger and more flexible, both mentally and physically. Drita’s passion for yoga inspires her to live in the moment. Her focus in teaching is to guide students through a yoga practice where they will build flexibility and strength, while finding inner peace and joy.
Lynn Cukaj ART-BC
Lynn Cukaj is a board certified art therapist and has a master’s degree in Education. She has worked in the field of art therapy for more than 20 years and has been teaching preschool for seven years. Lynn has experience working with all age groups in both community-based programs as well inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. Her goal is to bring art to every child as a way to express emotions and find their own sense of creativity.
Tom Loggia started making pottery as a young boy growing up on Lake Truesdale in South Salem, New York. Tom was 11 years old when he began fooling around with clay on the wheel and quickly discovered the earthly pleasures of creating pottery. His interest became more serious during his high school years when one of his ceramic pieces was selected to be shown in his school’s “Evening with the Stars” event. This experience encouraged him to continue creating n his free time. As pottery developed into a passion, Tom became more ambitious, building his own kick wheel and a raku kiln. He spent years teaching himself how to master his craft while also learning to synthesize the materials required in the composition of his art. Over the years while being mentored by Jay Lindsay, a well-known local ceramic artist, Tom participated in many ceramic workshops classes with other accomplished ceramic artists. Tom learned many different techniques to developing his own style and is now excited to pass on the knowledge he has learned to other aspiring ceramic artists at all teaching levels.
Michelle Mullaly is a certified K -12 art teacher with both a BS and MS in art education from SUNY New Paltz. The majority of her 26-year career has been spent teaching art to middle and high school students. The focus of her instruction is learning the foundations of drawing, painting and sculpture using a wide variety of media. In addition to teaching in the classroom, she mentors and advises students on portfolio development for college applications. Michelle is also an active participant with the New York State Art Teachers Association and adjudicates for their portfolio review in the spring. She also has vast experience teaching other educators about visual literacy and its integration into the classroom.
Nina Bertolino is a practicing artist whose works range from abstract to impressionistic. She has a bachelor’s from Sarah Lawrence College where she studied painting, drawing and printmaking. She studied for her master’s in art education at the College of New Rochelle. After completing her education, Nina worked at a silkscreen atelier where she printed the artwork of many well known artists, such as James Rosenquist, Roy Lichtenstein, and Frank Stella. Nina paints in oils, acrylics, gouache and watercolor. She also enjoys working in pastels and creating mixed media pieces and collages. Currently she facilitates two art groups for acrylics/pastels and watercolors in North Salem. She loves to use bold colors in her artwork and often sees colors in things that others don’t. She loves to create and to share her love of art with others.
Sarah Miller Totten
A passion for creativity emerged when Sarah was a young girl and has continued to thrive in all aspects of her life and work. After graduating from the State University of New York at New Paltz, she immediately began working as a professional artist. She collaborated with a team to create large-scale paintings for public and private corporate fine art collections nationwide. Her love for art and people became unified when she worked as the director and as an art instructor for the Katonah Art Center for more than 11 years. Sarah flourished in creating a realm of working artists and a conduit for helping others to find their creativity. Through constructing art programs, this led her to teach. Using art as a vehicle, she has found that her love is in offering supportive, creative guidance in helping others of all ages strengthen their unique persona and to connect with the creative community.
Jessy Dunn has been attracted to the camera ever since she was a little girl. A photography class in high school led her to Hallmark Institute of Photography in Massachusetts, where she studied darkroom techniques, commercial photography, portraiture, and Photoshop. For several years, Jessy worked in printing labs honing her eye for color and print quality. She also taught and modeled for the Fashion Institute of Technology’s continuing education program. In 2008, Jessy attended The School of Visual Arts where she earned her bachelor’s degree with high honors. After graduation she accepted a position at a high-volume portrait studio in Los Gatos, California, where Jessy strengthened her skills and eye for detail. Eventually feeling nostalgic, she returned to New York and started her photography business, Shot by Jessy.
Kerry Irwin has taught for more than a decade in museums, community centers and public and private schools. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in English, with a minor in Art History from Loyola University in Baltimore and Master of Arts in Art Education from Manhattanville College. In addition, she spent a year abroad studying art and literature at Katholeike Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium. Kerry is New York State Certified to teach English and Art.
Maria Kaprielian has been painting all of her life, with a passion for the natural world and all it encompasses. Her education includes a BA and DVM degree from Cornell University and a BFA from SUNY Purchase. She enjoys using watercolors in her art because of their luminous and spontaneous nature. Maria wants her students to gain confidence, feel more comfortable, and have fun with this exciting medium. She is willing to help painters of all levels find their unique voice in their work.
Anthony Kirk is an artist, printmaker and master printer who has taught at printmaking workshops, art schools and universities throughout the United States. He has collaborated with many leading and emerging artists.
Kaitlin O’Brien is a practicing artist and certified K-12 art teacher with a BS from SUNY Oneonta and a Masters in Art Education from Manhattanville College. Kaitlin has seven years of experience teaching at the elementary level and currently teaches in the Mahopac Central School District. She loves painting plein air oil landscapes and working in ceramics.
Cheryl Aiello has more 20 years experience managing a private health and wellness practice, as well as providing public classes and services in a variety of settings. She holds professional certifications in yoga instruction, yoga therapy, reiki, Thai yoga bodywork, holistic health and wellness coaching, emotional freedom technique, energy healing, QiGong, Taijifit, and Bach flower essences.
Jill Leary is a practicing artist and a New York State certified arts education teacher. She has both a BFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics and a BA in Art Education from Syracuse University. She has also earned her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. Jill worked for the Brewster Central School District for 11 years as an Art Teacher for ages 8 to 13 where in addition to her regular classes, she inspired children in the Enrichment Creative Arts Program which hosted exhibitions for their talented students throughout Brewster and at the Katonah Museum of Art. Jill loves to knit and crochet, paint with waterbased oil and watercolor, and is a accomplished ceramicist. Currently, she is showing her work in our local community.
Elizabeth Barksdale is a practicing artist with an emphasis in sculpture and photography. She loves hand building with clay due to the immense diversity of this malleable material, as well as to the many techniques through which it can be shaped and altered. She has both a BFA from the University of Alabama and an MFA from Georgia Southern University. For her thesis project, she created an outdoor cast metal sculpture with preliminary work in welding and in cast bronze figurative works. In addition to private instruction, Elizabeth has taught in a variety of settings–from businesses to universities to museums. Her public works began in Alabama with the Birmingham Museum of Arts mural outreach program, where she involved local children in the beautification of their own communities. In the New York area, Elizabeth has worked with local groups, municipalities, and organizations, such a Historic Hudson Valley, to create temporary outdoor sculptures open to the public. She has been on both sides of grant writing, as a grant recipient and as a grant coordinator for county and state programs. Elizabeth lives locally where she enjoys time with her family and sharing the beauty of art with others.
Sue Clayton began her love of art at an early age, and pursued painting and pottery through grade school, high school and college. She used her eye for design to earn a degree in engineering, and spent years in that field while continuing her artistic endeavors in her spare time. After more than 20 years as an engineer, Sue decided to shift her career focus to her first love—art. For more than 15 years now, Sue has been teaching children’s art classes at studios throughout Westchester, and has worked as an artist-in-residence at The Clear View School in Briarcliff Manor.
Art has been a part of Emily Fountain’s life as long as she can remember. This South Salem native learned to sew at an early age from her mother and grandmother. By the time she was a teenager, her interest led her to drawing and photography. As a senior in high school she interned with local sculptor Ivan Biro, who taught her to carve wood and stone. This experience led her to pursue an education in art at Purchase College where Emily was immersed in furniture making, glass working, printmaking and other art forms. In 2009, she graduated with a BFA in sculpture and photography. For more than 10 years, Emily has been sharing her love of art through teaching. She is always looking for opportunities to share her knowledge with others as well learning some new tricks herself. She also enjoys inspiring and being inspired by her own children through their exploration in art.