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.
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.
Sarah Miller Totten
After graduating from the State University of New Paltz, NY, Sarah immediately worked as a professional artist and collaborated with teams to create large-scale paintings for public, private and corporate fine art collections nationwide.
Her life-long 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 creative and collaborative realm of teaching and working artists and became a conduit for helping others to find their own creative outlet through art education.
Through the years, she constructed ideas for art educational programs, taught art for ages 4 through adult using a variety of media. Using art a vehicle through her journey, she found that her love is in offering supportive, creative guidance in helping others of all ages strengthen their unique persona and to connect within the creative community.
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.
Lynn Cukaj ATR-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. Lynn’s website is creativeexpressionsconsulting.com.
Mireille was born on the coast of Normandie, Province of France which was so loved by the Impressionists, Monet in particular. As long as she can recollect, she always had a color pencil and then a brush in her hands. Being an artist was not acceptable in her family so beside her formal schooling she took night classes at the Beaux Arts in Rouen, then Paris. As a former wife of a French expatriate, she traveled and lived in Africa where she was exposed not only to different cultures and art but to a nature, colors, smells, and climate so much more brutal than that in Normandie. The raw saturated luxuriant colors had and still have a great influence on her palette. When she moved to the United States of America she took classes at the Pastel Society of America in New York with Richard Pionk and classes in oil at the Art Student League in NY with Richard Pionk, Greg Kreutz, David Leffel and later with Frank Arcuri at his studio in Pennsylvania. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America Artist member of Salmagundi Club, NY. She received numerous awards for her pastels and oils, among others at the Pastel Society of America, The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, Salmagundi, and the American artists professional league.
Born in Warsaw, Poland, Kinga completed her 5 year education at the National High School of Fine Arts through the department of Design. She then began 7 years of study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She study Graphic Design for a year then Oil Painting for 5 years. She received her diploma with honors from the Department of Painting. In addition to her diploma, she submitted an annex in Batik. She continued her education at two year Post-Graduate Pedagogical Studies where she learned about child development where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in teaching. Shortly after Academy, she started to work as a faculty member of Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology as the Associate Professor in the New Media Art Department. She wrote and performed lectures with following discussions about perspective and composition in the history of art. She provided theory and hands on exercises for understanding color and composition in visual and nonverbal communication. From 2005 -2008, she worked as a color and scenography coordinator for TV commercial productions corporate and nationwide where she delivered ideas from story board to on-set work with movie directors. She was also a faculty member of the International School of Costume & Fashion Design . From 2005 – 2007 in Warsaw, Poland, Kinga taught specific technic of fashion drawings. In 2006, she started taking commissions for portraits and continues to do so today. She has been painting professionally for the past 20 years and has shown her art work in many individual and joined exhibitions in Poland, Italy and the United States. She currently lives in Somers, NY where she works from her studio in town. Oil painting and graphic are the disciplines in which she expresses herself the most. You can see passion for realism and sharp technic in her portraits, animal paintings as well as interiors or landscapes.
Natasha Warren is neuroscientist by training with a PhD in Developmental Neurobiology from The University of Edinburgh, UK. She have been knitting from the age of 5 and comes from a long line of Welsh, Irish and Estonian knitters. She is very interested in the therapeutic benefits of knitting which are becoming increasingly recognized in the scientific community. This creative skill stimulates both sides of the brain and helps with focus and concentration. The repetitive motion of knitting helps with relaxation and mindfulness. Natasha loves to teach this mindful craft to both children and adults. If you are interested in the kind of things she makes, she has an instagram account where her projects are posted. Visit her at @warrennatasha7
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.
Devoted wife and mother of two daughters, Heather is an experienced floral designer and gardener. She comes from a large family of gardeners, artists, musicians and educators. As a student at The New York Botanical Gardens, she studied Horticultural Therapy, Floral Design and Gardening. She has degrees in English Literature and Speech Communications from the State University of New York at Potsdam and completed studies in Dublin, Ireland in Irish Public Administration and Irish Literature, History and Economics. After a successful career in book publishing as a literary publicist at Random House, Inc., Heather continued her education in the floral business as an apprentice at a well-known floral shoppe, Tryforos & Pernice in Bronxville, NY. where she diligently honed and mastered her floral design and customer service skills. Heather has since gone on to run her own successful business in the local Somers/Katonah area (Heather Maguire Floral and Botanical Designs) where she built a large clientele of loyal customers over a 10 year span. She has volunteered many hours to her daughters’ school gardens, greenhouse and healthy cooking clubs and is still very active in her local community with charitable work and community service. She continues to create beautiful designs for various businesses’ outdoor areas around Somers and surrounding hamlets. Heather can now primarily be found teaching floral and botanical classes and workshops to adults and children at The Railyard Arts Studio in Croton Falls, NY.
Jeanne is a veteran product designer and developer. An honors graduate of Syracuse University with a specialized 5 year degree in Industrial Design, she spent her career in executive posts creating products collaboratively with world class artisans, designers and retailers. She now continues to pursue her passions as both a studio potter and in her current position as Artisan Shop and Gallery Manager for Railyard Arts Studio. In her spare time, she gives back to the community through mentoring efforts with Nest, an international not-for-profit organization that assists artisans with developing sustainable products.
Nina Bertolino is a practicing artist whose works range from abstract to impressionistic. She has a bachelor’s degree 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.
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.
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.
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.