Our Faculty


McCRADY AXON McCrady Axon is a painter whose exhibitions since 1983 have included installation objects. MFA City University of New York in painting, a student of Valerie Jaudon, Robert Morris and the art theorist Rosalind Krauss. Individual artist grants from New England Foundation for the Arts, Connecticut Commission on the Arts and Guild Hall Museum NY.

LANETTE BARBER Lanette Barber holds a BFA in metals -State University of New York and a BS in Accting from Quinnipiac University. She has studied with such artists as Bob Ebendorf, Fred Woell and Jamie Bennett. Her teaching experience includes: 17 + years at GHC, Brookfield Craft Center, Wesleyan Potters, Creative Arts workshop. State of Ct Visiting Artist Program. Also instructs classes in fiber. Recipient of several awards through the Society of Connecticut Crafts in metals and mixed media. Publications sampling include: Rosie Magazine, Hartford Courant, Woman’s Weekly Magazine, Shoreline Times and Fairfield County weekly. Other media includes East Hartford Public TV and ’Live the Journey’ with David Morris 88.7 radio. Former president of the Society for Connecticut Crafts. Many gallery show including NYC SOFA show 6-04 and CHICAGO SOFA 11-04

AMY J. BARRY facilitates expressive art and writing workshops on the shoreline. A professional writer, she writes arts features and theater reviews for weekly and daily newspapers and magazines in Connecticut. She is a member of the Connecticut Critics Circle. She is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and has won more than a dozen awards for “Excellence in Journalism” from SPJ-Connecticut Chapter, garnering eight First Place awards for her popular column, A Parent’s Eye View. Amy is the author of A Child’s Grief Journey, a picture book to help young children cope with the death of a parent. The book was selected as one of the best five books for 1999 by Education World. She is a Hospice-trained bereavement support group facilitator, and has also facilitated parenting and caregiver support groups. Amy graduated cum laude from University of Hartford in 1978 with a BA in English literature and a minor in mass communications. She received a certificate in the Expressive Arts from Salve Regina University in 2010 enabling her to facilitate expressive arts workshops and programs for children and adults.

KAREN BARTONE Holds an M.F.A. from Western Connecticut State University and a B.F.A. from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Karen has taught at Eastern CT. State University and numerous schools throughout CT. She is the recipient of many grants and fellowship awards. Karen exhibits nationally.

ADAM BERNARD Adam Bernard received an MFA from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in 2011. He is a painter and teaches painting, drawing and design at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut.

KAREN BLACKWOOD Karen Blackwood was born in New Hampshire. She received her BA in the Studio Art program at the University of N.H. with continued studies at the Art Students League in N.Y. and the Institute of Art in CA. After spending the earlier part of her professional life as an Art Director for a major New York City Ad Agency, she moved to California, picked up her brushes and dedicated herself to painting. Trained in the classical tradition, Karen painted portraits and figurative work before focusing on landscapes. As a member of the California Art Club, Karen’s new passion for landscapes bloomed among a group of plein-air painters inspired by the rich tradition in California Impressionism. The clubs renowned members include Granville Redmond and Edgar Payne. They as well as John Singer Sargent, James Abbott McNeil Whistler, Winslow Homer and the Hudson River School Artists are influential to Karen. Karen’s landscape paintings have been included in exhibitions organized by the Huntington Museum in Pasadena, CA, the Pasadena Historical Society and the California Art Club. Now living in Michigan, Karen has had a solo show at the Birmingham Community House , the current show at the BUC and an upcoming show at the Saline Art Center in Saline, Michigan. Karen also teaches landscape painting workshops around the country. To contact Karen visit her web site at www.karenblackwoodfineart.com.

SUSAN CASLEY Guilford native Sue Casley discovered photography at a young age and purchased her first SLR camera with babysitting money. She has continued, throughout her adult life, to express herself artistically in both the film and digital mediums of photography in both the 35mm and medium formats. While practiced in most areas of photography she specializes in portraiture. She has studied photography through The New York Institute of Photography, Creative Arts Workshop and Paier College of Art. She edits and prints her own work and is proficient in Adobe Photoshop and the full Adobe Creative Suite, building upon her photographic background to segue into graphics arts and web design. She has exhibited her work locally.

ELIZABETH CHICHESTER is the owner of Woodside Pottery in Clinton. She teaches special programs in the Clinton School system and exhibits in the Northeast.

ALICE CHITTENDEN holds a BFA degree from the University of Hartford and a MALS from Wesleyan University. She has studied at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, The Penland School of Crafts and Alfred University. She maintains her own studio And for the past five years has participated in the Shoreline Arts Trail. Her work is in the collection of the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China and private collections in the UK, Australia and the US. She exhibits throughout Connecticut

LUCIENNE COIFMAN BS from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She teaches at CAW and Wesleyan Potters. Coifman has been published in Handwoven, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot. Coifman exhibits nationally. Her website: http://lucienne-repweave.com.

KRISTIN DICARLO holds a Master’s in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University and a BA from Easter Connecticut State University. Kristin is a middle school art teacher at the Walsh Intermediate School in Branford, CT.

LINDA EDWARDS MFA and BFA in metals, and a BS from Kansas State University. She has taught at Wesleyan Potters, Creative Arts Workshop, Albertus Magnus, Southern Connecticut State University, and Kansas State University. She exhibits nationally.

DAVID FERREIRA holds a BFA from Montserrat College of Art. He has pursued a career in freelance illustration, teaching and fine art. He’s had work published by The New Hampshire Telegraph, Sam Adams Brewing Co., EMCParadigm Publishing and Olivia Kent. He recently received a first place New Hampshire Press Association award for his “Catch a Wish” illustration. David believes it is an artists’ nature and duty to challenge themselves, as well as others, on how they perceive their work.

DAVID FRANK BA from Goddard College and studied at Wesleyan University. He teaches at Creative Arts Workshop and Wesleyan Potters as well as in outreach programs in the Guilford and Madison school systems. Frank exhibits nationally.

VIOLA GALETTA Native of Budapest Hungary, teaches jewelry making and beading. She is a textile designer by trade, custom designer of sportswear and neckwear; freelance artist; sells unique jewelry.

JUSTIN GERACE Justin graduated with honors from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2008 receiving his BFA; Justin also received his art education teaching license in 2010. Justin has been making ceramics for 8 years; he works predominantly with the potters wheel making vessels of various forms and scales. Justin managed Wesleyan Potters in 2008 and 2009, and has exhibited and sold his work nationwide. Justin works with two LLCs, Behind the Wheel Pottery llc which he is co-owner and One of Twenty an artist collective, his work can be found online at www.oneoftwenty.com.

SUSAN HACKETT is on the faculty of the Farmington Valley Art Center in Avon, CT and has been a master teaching artist with the arts apprenticeship program sponsored by the Greater Hartford Arts Council.

ELIZABETH IVES Elizabeth Ives received her BFA in textile arts from the School at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998. Since then she has also added a MA in history from Villanova University. She taught The History of Clothing and Textiles at Philadelphia University for 7 years before moving to CT. Presently she is working on embroideries, textile painting, and hand spun yarns.

NANCY KARPEL holds a BS from Albertus Magnus, and PMC Certification from the PMC Guild. Karpel has exhibited widely, published and been a professional jewelry artist for more than 32 years. She has taught classes and workshops at CAW, Guilford Art Center,, Hopkins, SCSU and Albertus Magnus at her studio, N. Karpel Studio, LLC, where she also produces a line of contemporary jewelry.

JAIME KRIKSCIUN has been working in the medium of stained glass for over a decade; incorporating tradition with her own experimental style. Having a background and schooling in the arts has contributed to Jaime’s exploratory style, integrating the acts of drawing, painting and sculpture into her stained glass work in an ever evolving, never predictable, body of work which continues to progress over time.

MARCY LA BELLA is an artist who works in the mediums of sculptural ceramics and metal smithing. She is a youth art instructor for the Middletown School System S.W.A.G. program, the Middlesex County YMCA and is a faculty youth instructor at Wesleyan Potters where she is also a key member in ceramics and metal smithing. She studied art at SCSU.

ANDREA LANDSBACH holds a Master of Education in Art, University of PA. B.F.A. Seton Hill University. Andrea has extensive experience teaching art in public and private schools.

DOLPH LE MOULT received his early art training at The University of Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts, The School of Visual Arts and the Art Student’s league in New York. An illustrator for more than 25 years, Dolph has been commissioned by major editorial and advertising clients throughout the United States and abroad, including AT&T, Anheuser Busch, MasterCard International, and McDonald’s. He has developed a reputation as a decorative illustrator, cartoonist, and caricaturist.

DEBORAH STAUB LUFT is a long-time teacher and studio potter specializing in wheel-thrown domestic pottery. She has earned an M. S. in Reading /Language Arts from Central Connecticut State University, an M.Ed. from Goucher College, and an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College, and in addition to GAC, teaches at Wesleyan Potters and Gateway Community College.

STEPHANIE MADDALENA Has conducted workshops at Brookfield Craft Center, Silvermine School of Art and Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY. She has been published in La Vie Claire magazine and sells her work at the Park Avenue Armory in NY and through her website.

CONSTANCE MANNA BFA School of Visual Arts, NYC. Constance has interned at the New Museum, NYC, and the Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC. She has taught art to grades K-12 in Stratford, CT as well as the Woodhouse Academy in Milford, CT.

CLAUDIA MATHISON BS from Kutztown University in Art Education. Claudia conducts workshops on Early American and Multicultural arts and crafts with Young Audiences of CT and with the Southern Connecticut Library Council traveling to schools, museums and libraries throughout CT. She teaches outreach programs at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Claudia sews one of a kind quilts using vintage fabric and embellishments.

HILARY OPPERMAN In 2002, Hilary was awarded the Connecticut Women’s Painting Award.” She has studied at both Maine College of Art and Eastern Connecticut State University. She received a BA degree from Eastern, with a double concentration in Visual Art and Art History. Frida Kahlo, Joseph Cornell, William Blake and Klimt are just a handful of artists that Hilary adores.

MATT PARKINSON Self-taught blacksmith and sword maker; graduated from the manufacturing technologies program at Vinal R.V.T.S. where he learned forming, machining, fabricating metal, heat treating and metallurgy; His studio, Falling Hammer Productions, produces custom knives and swords, high-end railings, furniture, and hardware.

JUDY PASCALE Her teaching experiences include the XRX Stitches Conventions held through out the country. She has also taught at The National Needle Art Association (TNNA), Vogue Knitting and The Knitting Guild of America as well as numerous workshops at an array of different yarn shops and guilds all over the country.

SAMANTHA PERRELLI Samantha Perrelli is a current resident of Branford, Connecticut; she is a recent graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts where she received her Masters in Visual Arts. Samantha works primarily in photography but also works with multimedia and video.

AMY PETERS Is an author and illustrator who lives in Madison. She teaches at GAC and the Eli Whitney Museum. She studied art history at Bryn Mawr College.

DARRELL PETIT BA from Brown and an MA from University of Iowa.Visiting artist at Yale, Eastern CT, NYU, Brown and Wesleyan. Recipient of numerous awards, including the Albers Foundation, CT Commission on the Arts, he exhibits throughout the US, Canada, Europe, UK, and Japan.

STEPHEN RODRIGUEZ studied ceramics at Alfred University under Val Cushing, Robert Turner and Wayne Higby. His work in stoneware and porcelain is inspired by and reflects classic forms in the history of ceramics. He is a founding member of Gallery 12, a cooperative crafts gallery in Guilford. Rodriguez has taught at Wesleyan Potters and the 92nd Street Y in NY. He is the Head of the Pottery Department at CAW and exhibits widely.

WILSON ROSADO II Wilson is an after school Animation Teacher at Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield Connecticut.

SAM SALVATI Sam Salvati is a classically trained Blacksmith, who’s passions cover almost all traditions of working steel including tool making and Bladesmithing. Sam has a background in architectural iron work building gates, fences, railings, and one of a kind artistic pieces for both indoor and outdoor, private and public clients. He owns his own shop in upstate NY.

RENEE SOARES holds a BA from Brown University in English and Theatre Arts. She is a visual artist who works with polymer clay, glass beads, textiles, and mixed media to create unique, one of a kind, beaded clay masks. Her work has been exhibited at fine art galleries throughout New England and can be found in many public venues and private collections. She has taught creative workshops for the City of Hartford’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Wadsworth Atheneum, the CT Historical Society, the New Britain Museum of American Art, Milford Public Schools and is presently a visiting teaching artist at Oddfellows Theater in Middletown.

MACE VITALE is a Bladesmith/Blacksmith as well as a coppersmith. Mace has a background in architectural pre-cast concrete. He is a Journeyman smith with the American Bladesmith Society.

JENNIFER WHEELER holds an MFA from Western Connecticut State University, and a BFA from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts with a minor in Art History. She teaches Fine Art Studio courses at University of Connecticut, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and Three Rivers Community College, and she exhibits her award winning paintings nationally.