Jason Abide has been learning and making pottery since about 2002. His first experience with pottery was at Delta State University, in Cleveland, Mississippi. He learned an appreciation for well made pottery through a fascination with the process for making it, particularly the potter’s wheel. He finds the transformations that clay undergoes, and the different possibilities for creation and alteration in each phase to be fascinating and inspiring. He endeavors to share his enthusiasm for this medium and this craft through the pottery he makes and the classes he teaches for children and adults. His pottery is called Really Pretty Cardinals and can be found at Youth Programs & Adult Classes


 Amy Keenan Amago has been teaching art to children of all ages across three different states for the past twelve years. She absolutely loves working with young artists and finds the mutual sharing of ideas, techniques, styles and perspectives a thrilling experience. Amy creates her own artwork (when not making art with her two little boys!) and primarily works in painting, drawing and mixed-media collage. She belongs to an art collective called Tertulia 8. Amy currently teaches art to local children in her studio in Chapel Hill. She studied art at University of California, San Diego, and got her Masters in Art Education at SUNY Buffalo.  Her favorite color is green. Youth Programs 


Jennifer AustinJennifer Austin has been working in stained glass since 1995.  She began her journey in glass at the former Stained Glass Art Design in Durham, NC.  She furthered her studies in design work and leaded construction through the Durham Arts Council.  Her work is in private collections on the east and west coasts.  Hundreds of students have attended her classes and workshops since she began her teaching career in 2000.  In addition to teaching at her private studio, “The Kaleidoscope”, in Mebane, NC, she has also taught for The Alamance County Arts Council, Central Carolina Community College and has been an instructor for The ArtsCenter since 2001.  She received an Associates Degree in Fine Arts, through Central Carolina Community College, an Early Childhood Education Specialist Certification through Caldwell Community College, and has pursued studies in interior design, metalsmithing, printmaking, and glass lampworking.  Adult Classes


Anya Avrutskaya, a resident of Durham, has studied pottery since 1998 with a focus on functional forms in stoneware and porcelain. Anya started her studies at The ArtsCenter’s wheelthrowing classes, and pottery quickly became a favorite hobby and a passion. She is a frequent participant in local shows and fairs. Anya had been teaching pottery at Art Center for the past seven years and is excited to share her love for pottery and the inspirational process of clay forms creation. Adult Classes


Richard Badu has been teaching classes and workshops in the various forms of swing dancing—Lindyhop, East and West coast swing, Blues, St. Louis shag and Cajun jitterbug—in the Triangle since 1989. He is a founder of the Triangle Swing Dance Society and teaches Lindy in the dance program at Duke University. He attended the Berklee College of Music. Richard also co-founded the award-winning music group Big Zucchini Washboard Bandits, learning Cajun dancing during the band’s annual tours to the Bayou. Richard studied lindyhop with Frankie Manning (May 26, 1914 – April 27, 2009). He co-founded Swing Steppin’ and Swing Feats, two performance groups for schools and special events. Since 1993, Richard has been teaching workshops and dancing in Europe, Mexico and Canada, as well as around the US. Adult Classes


 Dilip BarmanDilip Barman is a teacher of courses ranging from film studies to computer science, cooking, and photography; and a senior software engineer. Dilip is an award-winning photographer who has been shooting images in black and white, color, and slides since elementary school, and digitally, starting with a first generation digital camera since the mid-1990s. He has a photographic portfolio at, photographs events and families, and has had his photography published in books and magazines, and exhibited in museums and arboretums. He is the owner of Vibrant Memories Photography. You can visit Dilip on the web at his homepage that he has maintained since 1994, Adult Classes


Anoo BrodAnoo Brod is an award-winning actress who has been performing improv professionally since the late nineties, with Transactors Improv Company, the longest running improv company in the Southeast. Additionally, she has performed in 14 U.S. states, 2 countries (U.S. and Scotland), and taught improv workshops and corporate trainings throughout the United States.  She loves helping people learn to play and be fully themselves using Wild Mind Improv, her powerful technique for catalyzing connection, confidence, and heart-opening. She believes anyone can learn to live with more joy and invites all who are curious to take that challenge by signing up for one of her classes or workshops! Adult Classes



Johanna BurwellDurham native Johanna Burwell has travelled the world searching for artistic inspiration. She works closely with Local Theatre and Aerial Groups, and looks forward to sharing her artistic expression with campers in acting and theater skills. Youth Programs





Diana Cathcart is a Durham-based textile artist. With a foundation in costume production from UNC and fashion design from FIT, Diana seeks to reconnect people to the earth via the clothing they wear. To accomplish this, Diana teaches workshops in the areas of natural dyeing, hand-work, fabric and fiber sourcing, sewing, and pattern work, all with an eye toward natural fiber and making better clothing choices. Diana is extremely passionate about soil-to-soil clothing production, reuse, and design, and she loves to share that passion and knowledge with people of all ages! Youth Programs


Rebecca (Becky) Clewell is first and foremost a scientist, with a sense of curiosity that extends well past her day job. As a potter, she’s amazed (still) that it is possible to take a handful of clay and create a beautiful, useful and enduring piece of art. During her time at UNC, Becky found working with clay to be a much needed departure from the routine of graduate school. Yet, over time, it became clear to her that science and art are not quite as different as they may seem—the process of creating is in itself an experiment. Becky has had the pleasure of working at The ArtsCenter for several years and learning under the instruction of very talented potters, and she welcomes the opportunity to share what she’s learned with others who want to experiment with their own artistic tendencies. Adult Classes


Richard Cloudt has worked as an editorial and comic strip cartoonist and done freelance cartoon illustration work for 25 years–everything from book covers to full-length comic books. He is best known, however, as a professional caricaturist. Beginning in 1986 at Carrowinds theme park in Charlotte, he has drawn live at countless venues and events all over the state and caricatured over 20,000 live subjects. In 1992, he began teaching cartooning at Sertoma Arts Center in Raleigh and in 1999 at The ArtsCenter. In the fall of 2002, he was selected to serve as Artist in Residence at Guy B. Phillips Middle School for a special project arranged by the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission. In 2009, he was selected by the Carrboro Merchant’s Association to create the Town’s first “Walk Carrboro” cartoon map to promote local businesses. Youth Programs 


Linda Collura has been teaching art to elementary and middle school children for the past nine years. When not teaching, she continues to be inspired by nature to paint, draw, and create three dimensional clay work. She graduated from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University with a Fine Art degree and a masters degree in art education from East Carolina University. Youth Programs 


Molly Cronenwett is an artist, photographer, teacher and mother who lives in Hillsborough. After growing up in Michigan and New Hampshire, she moved to NC in 1997 to earn an MA in Art History from UNC-Chapel Hill and a second BA in Art Education from NCCU. Since migrating south, Molly has taught art and art history to all ages—from preschoolers to adults—at a charter school, at her own community art school in Hillsborough, and through private lessons and camps at her home. She specializes in ceramics, drawing, and painting. As a studio teacher, Molly believes a focus on art history offers students a deeper understanding of art, as well as a catalog of successful imagery and ideas. She wants her students to realize that they are part of an enormous global community of artists—past and present—from whom they can gain inspiration. Adult Classes


Virginia Queen Danford has a BFA in Acting from West Virginia U. and an MFA in Acting from The School of Arts at Penn State. She exercises a broad range with her craft and has a lifetime of performance experience. She relocated to the Triangle from New York City where she’d been working for eight years as a professional actor, teacher, choreographer and director. She also co-founded NYC’s Broad Horizons Theatre Company and currently serves on the Board of Directors. In addition to teaching drama and movement programs, she is involved in addressing social issues to inspire change through theatre and film. In 2002, she was hired by FEMA to work as a crisis counselor through creative arts to deal with feelings of loss following the tragedy of 9/11. In 2003, she wrote and directed Freedom and the American Revolution, a series of one-act plays that also included songs and dances. She has currently worked with The ArtsCenter, Playmaker’s Repertory Theatre, UNC-CH’s Dept. of Education, Raleigh Little Theatre and The Durham Arts Council, among others. Youth Programs & Adult Classes 

Laura DeBar is a screenwriter, director, producer, and actress. She studied film at UCLA and worked for production companies in film finance. She is a 2016 recipient of the NC Arts Council Fellowship in screenwriting. Adult Classes


Lauren deSerresLauren deSerres loves to work in paint and clay. She enjoys creating playful illustrations that tell stories, featuring animals and natural themes. Lauren holds an MFA in sculpture, so she loves teaching mixed media art, where any material and any composition is possible.Lauren has been teaching students aged K-12 for over 10 years and holds a North Carolina K-12 Art Teacher license. Her teaching style is a project-based learning style. She likes to teach kids foundation techniques, and then allow them to explore and problem solve with their own creative direction. Youth Programs


Adam Dodds is a local photographer who hails from northern Mississippi. He studied at Memphis College of Art and has been producing work both personal and commercial for the better part of a decade. His photographs have been exhibited locally and featured in several publications statewide, and beyond. Film is central to his aesthetic, so he wishes to preserve the principles of the medium yet instill the notion that photography is as much about spontaneity and imagination as it is knowing what you are doing. This carries over into the darkroom where creativity is only just beginning. Youth Programs & Adult Classes


Kimberly English

Kimberly English is a fibers artist working and teaching in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her practice is rooted in the labor of “women’s work,” often in repetitive endurings of construction, such as weaving or sewing, but also in acts of deconstruction, like unraveling, unknitting, and seam ripping. Her process is informed by historical research into the global garment industry. Kimberly is currently an MFA Candidate at UNC Chapel Hill. Her MFA tenure is supported by a Digital Humanities Fellowship. Kimberly received her BFA in Fibers as a Distinguished Scholar from Savannah College of Art and Design, and her work has been exhibited across the southeast, as well as abroad. Youth Programs




Danielle Fenton An actress and singer since childhood, Danielle has worked professionally in New York City and regional theater, film, television. Also a stand-up comedienne and performance artist she worked the NYC comedy club circuit and underground theater scene.  Danielle is an award winning writer and producer, she wrote, produced and performed in the full-length plays “Symptoms” and “Inner Armies, Outer Thighs,” at the Off-Broadway, West Bank Theater.  Danielle studied at the Tisch Drama School at NYU and holds a BFA in acting. As company manager of Lincoln Center Theater, Danielle worked with many fine artists including David Mamet and Bill Macy (Atlantic Theater Company).  She’s trained with Lee Strasberg, Gene Lasko (Actors Studio), Kurt Dempster (Ensemble Studio Theater), Jack Garfein, Roger Hendricks Simon, Tamara Wilcox (National Improvisational Theater), David Man, and Alan Clarey (voice). Danielle offers an eclectic approach customized to each student.  She is a member of AEA, SAG and AAA.  Adult Classes


Katie Frohbose is a visual artist and photographer from Durham, NC. She studied studio art and art history at UNC Chapel Hill and graduated with honors in 2010 with a BFA concentrating in photography. She is currently a freelance artist and teacher by day and a waitress by night and continues to show her work throughout Chapel Hill and Durham. As a photographer, Katie has developed a keen eye for color, minimalist composition, and the vernacular aesthetic that she translates into various mediums, particularly mixed media collage and drawing. Katie values the importance of art exposure at a young age as a way to open a child’s mind to alternative forms of thought and expression that can lead to a more acute, sensitive, and dynamic vision of the world as an adult. Youth Programs & Adult Classes


Heather Gerni 1Heather Gerni has been creating and enthralled with art for as long as she can remember. Today she follows her passion for creativity by teaching workshops and by painting in her studio in Hillsborough. Much of her inspiration and her connection with intuitive painting has come from studying under artists such as Anahata Katkin, Flora Bowley, Juliette Crane, and Jane Filer. Adult Classes




Chase Gregory is a proud five-year resident of Durham (though she hails from L.A.), a funky-pattern shirt enthusiast, a record collector, a comic book artist, former radio DJ, and current PhD candidate in Literature at Duke University. Youth Programs


Ben Hamburger 2Ben Hamburger is a painter, community artist, and educator currently based in Carrboro, North Carolina. Hamburger holds a BA in Visual Arts from Eckerd College and an MFA in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Working within the convergence of visual art and social engagement, Hamburger has facilitated workshops and produced exhibitions in partnership with cultural institutions, schools, NGO’s and non-profit organizations around the world. Hamburger’s work has been exhibited internationally and is part of the City of New Orleans permanent collection. Youth Programs & Adult Classes



Janet Harriman, currently residing in Smyrna, NC, has been making jewelry and winning awards for over 40 years. She has been teaching workshops for 20 years. Educated at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, and Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA, Janet has published numerous articles on metalsmithing, art, jewelry making and metal clay and won many awards for her designs in metal and BronzClay. Janet exhibits her work at galleries and exhibitions throughout North Carolina. She has been working with PMC and BRONZclay for nine years, and developing state-of-the-art techniques for using these materials. Janet was invited to the National PMC Conference in 2008 and 2010 at Purdue Univ. to demonstrate her methods, and an article she wrote about one of her discoveries was published in Glass on Metal magazine. Her jewelry is included in three PMC Annual Exceptional Work in Metal Clay books and Contemporary Metal Clay Rings by Hattie Sanderson. A member of the Carteret County Arts and Crafts Coalition, Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc., Carolina Designer Craftsmen, The Enamelist Society, North Carolina Society of Goldsmiths, and the PMC Guild, Janet is a certified PMC Instructor. Adult Classes



Destiny Hemphill is a writer who is based in Durham, North Carolina and currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at University of South Carolina-Columbia. For the past several years, she has been fortunate to teach an array of youth-centered writing workshops that are grounded in a sense of mutual recognition, curiosity, and community building. She invites students to deepen their creative practice by not only learning new craft techniques but by also considering how language can be leveraged for transformation and justice. Youth Programs



Chrissy Jahnes finds great joy in making fun and unusual Art Jewelry and loves infusing that passion into her students. Her interest in jewelry making began with a metals class in Connecticut in the 80’s. She rekindled that interest with classes at The ArtsCenter with Fran Schultzberg in 2003. She has continued learning from some of the most talented jewelers in the area and nationally known jewelers through many classes at The ArtsCenter and other classes and workshops sponsored by the North Carolina Society of Goldsmiths, Pullen Arts Center in Raleigh and Warg Enamel and Tool Center in Scarborough, Maine. Chrissy is a member of the Chatham Artists Guild and the North Carolina Society of Goldsmiths. She has lived in Chatham County for 21 years. Youth Programs & Adult Classes


Born in Washington DC in 1991, Kelly Johnston moved to San Antonio, Texas to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in 2015. Since 2010, Kelly has exhibited internationally. Kelly’s work explores inherent tensions between emotional and physical discomfort by using natural materials on large scales to create sculpture and installation, in hopes her viewers connect and address issues in their own lives. Kelly’s use of the human form can be seen as a common theme throughout her work, along with incorporating mixed media approaches in her work to create visceral environments. Youth Programs


Jennifer Krueger is a health educator, yoga teacher, and owner of Forty Winks Wellness Company, She has taught thousands of people how to down-regulate their nervous system to better cope with stress. Jennifer is a certified teacher who spent seven years in public schools and eight years teaching adults as part of a University of Texas public health outreach team. She has an M.A. in Education and an M.Ed. in Health. She is also a certified Relax and Renew® (restorative yoga) teacher. Jen teaches mindfulness and yoga at 1870 Farm and is excited to bring restorative yoga to the ArtsCenter. She aims to have students feel relaxed and nurtured – almost as if they are receiving a massage or other therapeutic self-care. More importantly, Jen wants to empower students to cope with stress through gentle, supported practice in resting the nervous system – a skill that they can return to whenever it is needed in their busy lives. Adult Classes


Brian Kuebler received his Bachelor of Art degree in Studio Art, with an emphasis in painting from the College of Charleston. In 2005 he earned his MFA in Painting from New York Academy of Art. He was awarded a scholarship award from the faculty and received The Vasari Classic Oil Colors Award. He has shown in several galleries in and around New York City, receiving painting and sculpture commissions for private collectors. During his travels abroad, Brian has studied art in Venice, Rome, Paris and Amsterdam, among other European cities. His studio practice is informed by historic methods, and he explores this technical narrative in a largely representational oeuvre. He enjoys sharing his own research and studio methods with students while allowing them to discover their unique creative visions. Brian lives nearby in Hillsborough with his wife and two sons. Adult Classes


Chellie LaPointeChellie LaPointe has over 10 years of experience teaching about the visual arts to students of all ages. She is also a passionate fiber artist and fiber arts instructor. She practices all types of fiber arts including knitting, crochet, finger and arm knitting, weaving, spinning, and fiber preparation. She sells her work in local shops and online. Youth Programs



Stacye LeanzaStacye Leanza is a professional muralist & illustrator, with a BFA from Parsons School of Design in NYC. Her cartoons for kids have been published locally and her editorial illustrations nationally. Her murals are scattered around the Triangle; she has the distinction of having painted the largest mural in Chatham County. She has taught drawing and art to grown-ups and kids, privately and in classes and workshops in both instructional and therapeutic settings. Her focus in the drawing class is on learning how to see, by accessing the creative, perceptive Right Brain. The immediate result is the ability to draw more realistically. Visit her Facebook page at “Leanza-art, etc.,” or her website: Adult Classes


Laura Levine is an actor, director, and teaching artist based in Raleigh, NC. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor of science in teaching theatre arts, and currently works at Apex High School. She has written several short plays, one of which was produced at App State as part of the New Play Festival. Recent performance credits include Aunt Spiker in James and the Giant Peach (Raleigh Little Theatre), Soubrette in Emilie (Exit Through Eden), Joanie in The Marriage of Bette and Boo (NRACT), and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Seed Art Share). Youth Programs 


Kaidy LewisKaidy Lewis is a painter from the United Kingdom.  See:  Her art practice is firmly established in the English county of Kent. The artist is keen to share her passion of colour, pattern and creativity in Chapel Hill. Her art career spans 16 years, painting to commission, selling bespoke gifts on ‘Notonthehighstreet’ and regularly exhibiting her work.  For eight of these, she has shared her knowledge through  exploratory art courses for adults and children. She is a member of the Orange County Art Guild. Youth Programs & Adult Classes





Grace MacNair is a poet and teacher living in Pittsboro. She received her BA from UNC Chapel Hill and an MFA from Hunter College, where she also taught creative writing. She substitute teaches poetry at UNC Chapel Hill, holds poetry workshops for a mentorship program at Southern High School, and will begin teaching poetry at Central Carolina Community College in 2018. She loves teaching poetry to all ages and encourages her students to think about poetry as a site of play and discovery. Her poetry has appeared in The Threepenny Review. Youth Programs & Adult Classes


Aidan Malsbary 3Aidan Malsbary attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where he studied Painting and Drawing and went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and a Master’s in Art Education from the Pennsylvania State University in 2010. He has taught youth and young adult classes for art centers and nonprofits since 2006. He was Director of the Homeschooling program at Explore Beyond School in Raleigh where he oversaw Robotics, Architecture and 3D& 2D art classes for K-12 learners. He taught Special Education from 2008-2014 for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Durham Public Schools where he has come to the understanding that art is a catalyst for emotional growth for any age and ability. He enjoys expressing himself through activism, hosts weekly gatherings for artists and weirdos of all kinds and volunteers on a local farm teaching people with disabilities to grow their own food. Youth Programs 

Wayne Marcelli was born in the Hudson Valley in 1987. He graduated from UNC with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2017 and has since been actively pursuing artist residencies. Marcelli’s practice explores the visceral connections between paint and flesh and the strained relationship between human consumption and artistic production. He currently lives and works outside of Chapel Hill.  Adult Classes


Barbara McFadyen has been a professional jeweler and enamelist for over 35 years. She has exhibited through the national crafts arena over the last 15 years producing one-of-a-kind and limited-edition jewelry. Participation in numerous juried and invitational exhibits include shows sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution,  American Craft Enterprises, The Enamelist Society, Piedmont Craftsmen Guild, Carolina Designer Craftsmen and NC Museum of History. Originally, Barbara studied cloisonne in NYC, and then pursued graduate level studies in limoges, basse-taille and champlevé enamel.  She recently retired from the The ArtsCenter’s Board of Directors. Adult Classes


Joy Meyer’s artistic practice includes abstract painting and video. Meyer’s work creates connections between the history of painting and theories of knowledge to explore the metaphysics of love. Joy Meyer holds an MFA in Studio Arts from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia, with Distinction with a BA in Studio Art and a BA Art History. At Virginia, she attended an advanced watercolor workshop and spent a semester with the medium which began her life long practice with water mediums. Meyer is an internationally exhibited artist having shown at the Kamloops Art Gallery, in British Columbia and at Universitet i Oslo, Norway. With work travelling to additional international venues including Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania and Ideas Block LT, Lithuania. Regionally, her work has been at The Ackland Art Museum, CAM, The Carrack, and LUMP projects in North Carolina. In Virginia, at The Garage, The Bridge PAI, WTVF/Radio IQ Gallery, New City Arts, Art Works Gallery, The IX Building, and Ruffin Gallery at University of Virginia. Her work has also appeared at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, Kentucky, Red Ink Studios in San Francisco, and at LACDA in Los Angeles. Meyer’s work has appeared in several publications including, The Third Coast, The Virginia Literary Review, 3.7, Summmer, and in the Mildred Pierce zine. Recently her work was published by Routledge Press as a book cover. Meyer is also a founding member of the all-female, artist collective, Subverbal Collective. Meyer resides in the Research Triangle area with her energetic Belgium Sheppard. Adult Classes


Elizabeth Mason MooreElizabeth Mason Moore is passionate about education and the arts! She studies Theatre Education at Appalachian State University, and is looking forward to  teaching students about how to expand their creativity through the arts. She has experience in performing in children’s theatre and working with children grades pre-K through 5th in an educational setting. She has acted, sang, and danced in many productions and can’t wait to pass on her knowledge to students at The ArtsCenter. Youth Programs




Lindsay Metivier 3Lindsay Metivier is an artist and independent curator currently pursuing an MFA in studio art at UNC. She holds an undergraduate degree in Photography and Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is the proprietor of Aviary Gallery, an exhibition space with a digital photography lab. Her work has been shown most recently at Midway Artist Studios, Dorchester Art Project, Door 3 Gallery, Stonecrop Gallery and the Nave Gallery. Her work has been featured on Humble Arts Foundation and A New Nothing. Youth Programs & Adult Classes



Vickie Mitchell studied art at the American University of Paris, Paris, France. She received her BFA degree cum laude in studio art from Concordia University in Montreal. Mitchell has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. As a Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist’s Grant recipient, she continues to create and exhibit art in her Chapel Hill studio. Among the artists that have influenced her work are Joan Mitchell, Per Kirkeby and Cy Twombly. Youth Programs


Vanessa Murray is an abstract painter based in Carrboro, NC. She is currently a 2017 MFA Candidate in Studio Art at UNC Chapel Hill. Murray was living and working in South Florida for several years after finishing her BFA with a graduating fellowship from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. Murray has shown her work at venues such as the Contemporary Art Workshop in Chicago, IL, the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL as well as the Carrack Modern in Durham, NC. Murray’s work promotes slowing down the process of looking through the subtle visual differences in her paintings. Gradually built up layers of paint and quiet variations in color and texture become suggestive of geologic formations and cavernous forms through accumulative compositional decisions. Youth Programs & Adult Classes


Marcos Augusto Napa Ormeño, born in Lima, Peru, has dedicated his career to Afro-Peruvian music and dance. As a child, he started as a dancer in the Ballet Peru Negrito, and in 1983, he made his debut as a professional percussionist in Ballet Perú Negro. Marcos performed with Perú Negro at notable international festivals in Peru, Mexico, Martinique, Panama and Chile. After his time with Ballet Perú Negro, Marcos accompanied the Peruvian singer, Eva Ayllon. They performed in numerous concerts in the U.S., Canada and Japan. Between 1993 and 1997 he has carried out various and important workshops in towns of the States of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey; some of those was in the “Out of Doors” program organized by Lincoln Center, Festival Latino at Queens Theater. Marcos also has been teaching Afro-Peruvian and Latin music and dances for more than 7 years at various schools in the Bronx and was Artistic Director at Pachamama Peruvian Arts in Queens, NY. He currently teaches dance classes at Spanish For Fun! Youth Programs 


Kate NewmanKate Newman has been working in arts education for 8 years at the Nasher Museum of Art in Durham, NC, She loves engaging kids in art making and discussions of art work. Kate also currently teaches 2nd grade and engages her students in frequent arts integration projects. She also teaches her students mindfulness and has completed two Mindful Schools courses, is certified to teach Koru Mindfulness and has participated in several mindfulness workshops and silent retreats. Kate loves helping her students reap the benefits of mindfulness and her students have reported gaining skills to help them calm down, focus and feel good about themselves. Kate also enjoys exploring the connection between art-making and mindfulness in her own life and with students. Youth Programs


Renzo Ortega began his artistic career in the art and underground music scene of his native Lima, Perú. Later he emigrated to the United States, he lived and worked in New York for over sixteen years. In the Fall of 2016 Renzo relocated to Carrboro, NC. He received a BFA in painting from La Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes del Perú (1999), studied at the Art Students League of New York (2000-04), he is a visionary founder member and was the artistic director of Local Project, a not for profit art organization in Queens, New York and has his MFA in painting from Hunter College (2014). His artwork has been exhibited in solo and group shows in US, Perú, Austria and Chile. He participated in the S-Files Biennial (El Museo del Barrio, NY 2007) and Queens International Biennial (Queens Museum of Art 2006). In 2013, as a Kossak Travel Grant recipient, Ortega traveled to Berlin to study German Expressionism. His recent curatorial work and projects are “25 Bienal de Pintura Centroamerica y el Caribe” in Honduras, “Stamp manifest” at Gowanus Print Lab, “Deep Breath” exhibition at Local Project, “InQbate” Sound Artist Residency at the Queens Museum of Art and the series of artist talks “The Impossible Project” at Reverse Art Space. Youth Programs & Adult Classes


Nina Otterness graduated in 2012 from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Studio Art and a concentration in ceramics. She currently lives in Chapel Hill, where she is a middle school counselor at the YMCA. During the summer, she works at a wilderness camp in Western North Carolina, where she enjoys teaching middle and high schoolers to appreciate and feel comfortable in nature. She spends most of her remaining time at UNC’s ceramics studio, where she is a research collaborator with Professor Nam. She is currently working on combining her love of the natural world with her ceramic design and decoration. Adult Classes


Maria Piskor is a classically trained director/ designer/ techie and enjoys being involved with Lincoln Center Education and NCMA Big Picture for innovative professional development workshops. She developed a street theatre in Manhattan that held a subscription audience. In a bold move she married and settled in Princeton where she co-taught Elementary students Science/Creative Writing, and High School students- Theatre. A theatre ensemble of middle schoolers emerged who endeavored productions of poetry reading, monologues and workshopped writing creatively. Fast forward to NC…as a teaching artist for CAPS working with middle schoolers she uses innovative methods of collaborating art/ theatre/improv with common core curriculum standards to ignite passionate learners. She has worked with Carrboro Park and Rec and The ArtsCenter continuing to tap her broad theatre experience to bring out of the box thinking to young creators, and as an executive director for StoriesWork she has won a national grant promoting her innovative work in multiple domains to keep youth and seniors alike exchanging authentically using story. Maria has been distinguished with a National Kramer Merit Scholarship for her concepts on how dialogues with static images might begin- she remains an esteemed docent for the UNC Ackland Art Museum. Youth Programs 


Luna Lee Ray received her BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon in 1988, in printmaking. She has lived and shown her work in Oregon, Hawaii, Arizona and New Mexico before relocating here in 1998. She now focuses on mixed media drawings and paintings, and shows her work locally at Frank in Chapel Hill. Adult Classes


Beatrice Ruggeri  relocated two years ago from Rome, Italy and has been in the area only a short time. She has worked with children and teenagers for nine years, teaching art and creative workshops in public and private schools and independently. Her last job in Miami, where she lived for two years before moving to the Triangle, was teaching art in a private academy to children 6 to 18 years old. Her experience in both Italy and Miami has strengthened her ability to communicate with children, compare the different cultures, and create teaching methods that work well with different audiences and cultural backgrounds. Beatrice truly believes that art and creativity are the basis on which to build a balanced and healthy personality in every individual. She also believes that children can improve their learning when they are able to directly experience the topic at hand. Because of this, her programs and workshops are created through a mixture of art, fun, structure, and instruction. In her program at The ArtsCenter, Beatrice will share with her students aspects of her native Italian culture, including art, history, and tradition. Youth Programs 


Sarah Shapero has been exploring fiber arts for over ten years. They are an accomplished knitter with additional focus on botanical embroidery, hand spinning, sewing, and felt making. Sarah is a proponent of learning and appreciating old timey craft skills, and exploring the relationship between art and the natural world. They spend their days making fantastical felt creations as the production manager of MissFitt & Co, a millenery studio in Durham, NC.  They reside in the woods of Efland, NC with a small herd of playful fiber goats. Sarah is excited about sharing skills and creating art with youth, and has been teaching at The ArtsCenter since 2011. Youth Programs 


Catherine Shocket 1Catherine Shocket earned her B.A. in Dramatic Arts from UNC Chapel Hill. While there, she trained in acting, improvisation, Miller Voice Method, and modern dance. She furthered her improvisation and dance training at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. She has acted in Shakespeare, musicals, comedies, dramas, and children’s theatre shows. With LAB! Theatre, she produced years of theatre seasons, complete with play festivals, world premieres, workshops, special events, and experimental work. She has directed, produced, stage-managed, choreographed, designed, acted, and danced in a lifetime of productions. Catherine co-created Catalyst Theatre Project, through which she teaches kids’ drama camps! Right now, she is producing and acting in the first English translation of Pushkin’s The Rusalka. Youth Programs


Jerry Sipp has enjoyed a varied 25 plus year career in theatre.  He served as Producing Artistic Director for Temple Theatre in Sanford, The Playhouse Theatre in Rocky Mount, and Granville Little Theatre in Oxford.  He co-founded TRIO Productions, an educational theatre with an 18 year touring history of mounting original works for audiences of all ages.  Jerry has extensive experience teaching young people through Rocky Mount’s Playhouse Summer Playshop and Sanford’s Kidstuf programs, as well as teaching workshops for Blowing Rock Stage Company, Nashville Children’s Theatre, the NC Visiting Artist Program, and the Nebraska Theatre Caravan.  Jerry has directed nearly 100 productions and has seen 9 of his original plays produced.  Jerry, a member of Actor’s Equity Association, has performed in over 100 plays. Youth Programs


Kim Stimpson is the owner of “Potential” — a company that provides programs to people of all ages and all walks of life using art as a tool to enrich lives and help people shine. She believes in the principle of individual worth, the value of creative self-expression, and has worked diligently to break down barriers of separation. Her emphasis is on the creation of innovative, collaborative programs that integrate people and ideas through creativity. Kim graduated with the prestigious recognition of Honor Teacher in K-12 Art Education with a concentration in painting from Appalachian State University. She has over twenty five years of experience teaching and program facilitation. She has collaborated with non-profit, neighborhood, women’s and arts organizations, community centers, residential facilities school systems, libraries, homeless shelters, professional associations, universities and businesses. She conceived and participated in numerous grant projects funded by the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte, NC. Her acrylic paintings and mixed media works can be found in private and public collections across the United States. Her works are about life — and the exploration of its parts that are intangible. Beside her dog, teaching is her favorite thing! She loves helping people grow, think, create and have fun with art! Youth Programs


Delaney Susie uses visual art to create community, tell stories, promote social justice and encourage individual expression.  She has been teaching art to children of all ages for 20 years. She received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from the Art Institute of Chicago where she taught public school art and lead elementary, middle and high school students in documentary photography, clay, drawing, painting and collaborative mosaic projects. She currently resides in Durham where she enjoys playing with her 3 year old son, creating oil paintings in her studio and doing yoga. You can also find her at the ArtsCenter getting messy with little artists in her parent-child arts class called Artsploration: Creative Play for Babies and Toddlers.  When she was ten years old she attended the ArtsCenter camp!  Youth Programs


River Takada-Capel was born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Carrboro, NC.  River went to Haywood Community College for Professional Crafts in Textile Fibers located in Western North Carolina.  Here she learned the many processes of textile design like weaving, screen printing, and hand dyeing with natural dyes, and she continued to excel in her life-long passion for sewing.  River is the designer and creator behind RIVTAK ( a clothing, jewelry, and home goods line made completely of up-cycled materials, vintage and factory remnants.  River practices an Eco.Eco business model: ecological and economical.  River enjoys sharing techniques on how to upcycle found materials to kids and adults alike.  River currently sells at 5 stores and prints fabric at Spoonflower in Durham, NC. Youth Programs & Adult Classes


Rio Aubry Taylor is a multidisciplinary cartoonist specializing in abstracted narrative. Xe possesses an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies and has been called “the trippiest of the CCS cartoonists” by comics critic Rob Clough. Xir work has been published by the Swedish Comics Association and The National Cartoonists Society, among others. Xir latest project, JETTY, is an ongoing work of brutal psychedelia set one billion minutes in the future: Youth Programs & Adult Classes


Allison TierneyAllison Tierney is an artist living and working in Chapel Hill, NC.  She received her BFA from Winthrop University and her MFA from UNC Chapel Hill where she won the Top Prize for Outstanding MFA Work. Tierney’s paintings employ found materials and non-traditional applications of paint to question structure, material integrity, consumerism, and the throw away culture. Youth Programs & Adult Classes




Marlene True is a Metalsmith, and with the eye of a magpie, an obsessive collector of colorful tin cans and other ephemera. Marlene earned her MFA at East Carolina University and her BFA at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  She maintains her studio and is the Executive Director for Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC. She has taught workshops and lectured at colleges, universities and art schools including Pocosin Arts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Her work is in many publications and various collections throughout the US, most recently the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and The Racine Museum of Art in Racine Wisconsin. Marlene is a member of The Society of North American Goldsmiths. Adult Classes


A 2017 Duke University Trillium Sustainability Fellow and 2016 TEDx Speaker, Catherine Cross Tsintzos has spent a lifetime in the arts as a practicing artist and educator. She was awarded four Artist Residencies (2014-2017) to work on her five year project on art and agriculture, with exhibits and lectures at Salem College and Cameron Art Museum in North Carolina during the past year. She has worked continuously throughout her career with schools both in the public and private sector, museums and non-profit educational institutions in the Southeast. She is an accomplished presenter at educational conferences at the state, national and international levels on current art education topics for all ages and abilities. During Fall 2017 she will present two STEAM presentations connected to her Art and Agriculture Project at both the North Carolina Art Educators Association and the Florida Art Educators Association conferences. During the period 1978-1983, she was a Community Organizer with the North Carolina Agricultural Marketing Project working with two others to develop sustainable marketing practices for small family farms and it was this group that was instrumental in helping to develop the Carrboro Farmers Market. Catherine is an Interdisciplinary Artist working in a variety of mediums and at times incorporates performance pieces into her presentation. Catherine spent some of her happiest times early in her art education career teaching and working with the Artcenter’s early youth programming. She is delighted and honored to have the opportunity to return and looks forward to reconnecting and meeting new families that are served by the Artcenter’s mission. Youth Programs


Saydenu TukanSaydenu Tukan is a native of Durham, NC and studied the Performing Arts from Elementary through High School. Initially, her focus was singing and acting until she began studying dance in High School. Upon graduating, she relocated to Charlotte where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Dance, with a concentration in performance and choreography from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While at UNCC she intensively studied Ballet (Vaganova technique), and modern dance techniques such as Graham, Horton, Limon and Dunham. She also studied Latin dance, traditional West African dance and Improvisational movement upon many other techniques. Upon graduation, she worked as Dance Director at a dance school and gymnastics gym in Charlotte, where she taught students from ages 3 to 17. She currently performs and teach AfroFusion choreography around the United States. Saydenu is an instructor at Walltown Children’s Theatre, and also teaches adult workshops around the triangle area. Youth Programs


Jose Velasquez has been dancing since a very young age, but didn’t actually take a dance class until his freshman year in high school. He learned exceptionally fast in his classes which motivated him to further improve his foundation and technique. He started seeking out different workshops and competitions, where he had the privilege to learn from many well know dancers, choreographers, and instructors. He now uses  the techniques he learned and picked up along the way to instruct and help others who would like to develop their technique in all aspects of HIP-HOP! Youth Programs


Erika Vinson began learning and performing hip-hop with Pamoja Dance Company at The University of Georgia. She continued her training with Culture Shock Chicago NFP, through which she met and began touring with a recording artist. She has performed in several music videos, international festivals, and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC). She has been a dance and dance fitness instructor since 2012 (for kids since 2014). Erika has been an EC Behavioral TA in Chapel Hill since 2013, has a Masters in Art Therapy, loves everything 90s, and enjoys playing on the swings on a sunny day. Youth Programs


 Susan Walser decided to try her hand at designing her own jewelry in 1999 under the guidance of Fran Schultzberg and has continued honing her skills through workshops and classes at The ArtsCenter, Pullen Arts Center, NCSG, and FSG. Susan works in silver, copper and PMC. She is a Friend of the North Carolina Society of Goldsmiths and the Florida Society of Goldsmiths. Susan received her PMC Certification in 2007. Youth Programs & Adult Classes


James Ward was drawn to clay in order to make pots for his many Bonsai trees. Since taking his first wheelthrowing classes some five years ago, he has been intensely studying pottery techniques and is currently an instructor at The ArtsCenter. Along with taking care of his many trees, James enjoys reclaiming clay scraps and trying to fashion them into functional forms. He throws daily on an old kick wheel that he has in his shed next to his home on the north side of Chapel Hill where he hopes to one day create the perfectly imperfect tea bowl. Youth Programs & Adult Classes


Emily Eve Weinstein obtained a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University after spending several art-foundation years in Paris and England. She eventuallysettled in the Triangle in 1982. In Durham, she began two businesses, Pet & People Portraiture and Murals-by-Many. Discovered by a publisher, her moon-painting series with accompanying diary was turned into Moon Book. Next came Cat Book, then Dog Book. Her Saving Magic Places, heavily illustrated with portraits and landscapes of the Piedmont area, lays out a dramatic environmental tale of which she was a part. Currently Weinstein is working on a 25-Year Handmade Book Project, has joined Womancraft, and takes part in the Orange County Open Studio Tour. Her paintings often have a plein-air component featuring the cats she is fostering at the time. Weinstein has worked in visiting artist programs in New York, Nevada, Oregon, and North Carolina. She has shown widely and her work is in many collections. Adult Classes


Susie WildeSusie Wilde Susie Wilde has reviewed children’s books for thirty years. Currently, she writes a monthly column for Raleigh’s News and Observer and the Charlotte Observer and a bi-monthly column for the Chapel Hill Herald. She posts all her reviews on ignitingwriting/facebook. Her published works include a picture book, Extraordinary Chester, and a book for teachers, Write-A-Thon! How to Conduct a Writing Marathon and most recently she’s co-written a book about writing children’s books, Passage & Its Making. Wilde is a teaching artist who has spent the last fifteen years encouraging children and adults to think and write like writers. To learn more about Wilde, visit her website: Adult Classes


Anne Willson started in the arts as a potter in the late 1980’s but shifted into arts administration in 1989 and worked in the nonprofit arts sector in North Carolina and Tennessee for twenty-seven years.  During that time, though, Willson kept a “side” art practice and was introduced to sculptural weaving in 2009. In 2016, Willson shifted her work within the nonprofit sector, returned to North Carolina, and returned to the studio. Today, Willson works out of Litmus Gallery and Studios in downtown Raleigh. She exhibits her art and leads random weave workshops across the state.  Website: Adult Classes


Anita Woodley is an award-winning actress, journalist, producer and health advocate. She is a teaching artist in drama, improvisation and literary arts with the Durham Arts Council and vocalist for N4HC Frree Jazz band. She volunteers with her non-profit providing access to healthy foods in Food Deserts. Anita created the critically-acclaimed solo theatrical performances – Bucking The Medical and Mental Bull, Mama Juggs and The Men in Me, providing transformational, non-traditional dramas about health disparities. Ms. Woodley’s journalism career includes work for CNN News and NPR affiliate station WUNC-FM’s “The Story with Dick Gordon.” Learn more about Anita’s innovative creative work at Youth Programs