Bracken Feldman as studied ceramics at Alfred University during her undergrad years and returns to Alfred during the summer to continue developing her skills. Bracken as taught in the Hudson Valley region for the past 10 years. Bracken also as a Masters in Teaching from Manhattanville College. Bracken has been a potter for 21 years and considers herself to be both a wheel thrower and a hand building.
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 BA and MFA. in fine art and illustration. Initially Betty Ann worked as an illustrator and created artwork for publication clients such as Cricket Magazine, Fine Gardening and Scholastic’s Book of Knowledge. But 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.
Lynn Cukaj ART-BC
Lynn Cukaj is a board certified Art Therapist and has a Master’s in Education. She has worked in the field of art therapy for over 20 years and has been teaching preschool for 7 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. Loggia was 11 years old when his best friend’s older brother, Josh Simpson, brought home a potter’s wheel. Tom naturally wanted to be involved with what his older friends were interested in, so he started fooling around with clay on the wheel and very quickly discovered the earthly pleasures of creating pottery. His interest in pottery became more serious during his high school years when one of his ceramic pieces was selected to be shown in his High School’s 1stannual “Evening with the Stars” event. This experience encouraged him to continue creating pottery in his free time and as it developed into a passion he became more ambitious, by building his own kick wheel and a raku kiln in order to pursue that passion. Tom 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. Lastly, she has vast experience teaching other educators about visual literacy and its integration into the classroom.
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, she is currently teaching in the Mahopac Central School District. Kaitlin loves painting plein air oil landscapes and working in ceramics.
Nina Bertolino is a practicing artist whose works range from abstract to impressionistic. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College where she studied painting,drawing,and printmaking. She studied for her masters in art education at the College of New Rochelle.
After college Nina worked in the art field 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, Ny.
She loves to use bold colors in her artwork and often sees colors in things that others don’t see. She loves to create and to share her love of art with others.
Sarah Miller Totten
A passion for creativity emerged when she 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 Paltz, NY, she immediately worked 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 unified in becoming the director and an art instructor for the Katonah Art Center for 11+ years. She flourished in creating a realm of working artists and becoming a conduit for helping others to find their creativity. Through constructing ideas for 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 & to connect with the creative community.
Anthony Kirk is an artist, printmaker and Master Printer who has taught at printmaking workshops, art schools and universities throughout the US. He has collaborated with many leading and emerging artists.
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 both due to the immense diversity of this malleable material as well as to the many techniques through which it can be shaped & altered. She has both a BFA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an MFA from Georgia Southern University at Statesboro. Her thesis was in outdoor cast metal sculpture with preliminary work in welding and in cast bronze figurative works. She has taught for several types of organizations including businesses, colleges, universities, and museums in addition to her own private teaching. Her public works began with the Birmingham Museum of Arts mural outreach program involving 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, being a grant recipient many times and having served twice as the grant coordinator for county and state grant programs. Elizabeth lives locally where she enjoys time with her family and sharing the beauty of art with others.
Melissa Paladino is a practicing artist and certified art teacher. She has a BFA in Fine Arts with a Minor in Art History from Syracuse University as well as a MAT in Art Education from Manhattanville College. Melissa has over twenty years of experience teaching art education in public schools with the littlest of artists in Kindergarten all the way up to more advanced High School students. While teaching in the public school, Melissa was awarded a National Art Education Association Summer Fellowship and worked collaboratively with art teachers from around the country to publish articles on a variety of art education topics. She also worked directly with Creative Connections and their Rainforest Program, allowing her students to become educated about Guatemala, created an artwork swap with Guatemalan students and organized a video chat between the students in their respective countries about their artwork. Melissa was awarded an Ambassadorship through The Art of Education and has taught art history & hands-on workshops to adults through the “Meet the Masters” program she created for the Parent/Teacher Association in Ridgefield, CT. She is an active member of The Center for Contemporary Printmaking as well as The Ridgefield Guild of Artists and has studied at Art New England, The Katonah Museum, The Aldrich Museum and with Master Printmaker Ron Pokrasso at Timberwick Studio, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Through his artwork and professional design career, Tim expresses his lifelong fascination with light, color, shapes and organic forms. An accomplished artist who graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Tim has worked as an Illustrator and Art Director in the NY and Westchester County area for over 30 years. He volunteers for a number of local, charitable organizations and loves to share the joy of art, while guiding others in that pursuit. Tim revels in a natural style of painting, sketching loosely and with great freedom. Happy accidents in art are a way of life for him.