Our Faculty

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NOW TEACHING AT GUILFORD ART CENTER

McCRADY AXON (Painting, Drawing, Youth Program) holds an MFA from the City University of New York Hunter College, a BFA from Syracuse University School of Art, and studied at Sir John Cass School of Art, London. She is a painter, and recipient of grants from Connecticut Commission on the Arts, New York University-National Endowment for the Arts, and Smith College. She has participated as a performance artist in Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial 2012 as part of a residency with Michael Clark Co, UK. Her current and past exhibitions include universities, museums and galleries. She owns a collection of Shirret geometric art carpets.

EMMA BALLACHINO (Youth Program) Emma Ballachino is a recent graduate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in Art Education. She has been the Youth Program Volunteer Coordinator at the Guilford Art Center for three summers, worked as a Teacher’s Aide for the School Age Program in Old Lyme, CT, and taught Mixed Media Sculpture for the Saturday Studios Program in Boston, MA. She plans to bring her love for ceramics to her upcoming teaching position in Boston.

LANETTE BARBER (Metalsmithing and Jewelry, Fiber) holds a BFA in Metals from the State University of New York, and a BS in Acting from Quinnipiac University. She has studied with such artists as Bob Ebendorf, Fred Woell and Jamie Bennett. Her teaching experience includes Brookfield Craft Center, Wesleyan Potters, Creative Arts workshop, and the State of Connecticut Visiting Artist Program. She is the recipient of several awards through the Society of Connecticut Crafts in metals and mixed media. She is the former president of the Society for Connecticut Crafts. Her work has been featured in many gallery shows including NYC SOFA show 6-04 and CHICAGO SOFA 11-04.

ELIZABETH CHICHESTER (Youth Program) is the owner of Woodside Pottery in Clinton. She teaches special programs in the Clinton School system and exhibits in the northeast.

ALICE CHITTENDEN (Ceramics, Youth Program) holds a BFA from the University of Hartford and an MALS from Wesleyan University. A potter, 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.

JEFF DOWNING (Ceramics) JEFF DOWNING exhibits his ceramic pieces throughout the United States and has received several awards for his work. He is currently a Professor of Art teaching ceramics at San Francisco State University.

WILLIAM DUFFY (Painting) Studied at the School of the Worcester Art Museum/Clark University and the Boston Architectural Center. His work can be found in private collections throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, and is a member of New England Plein Air Painters, an artist member of the Copley Society, and a member of the Oil Painters of America in whose 2006 national exhibition Bill was given an Award of Excellence. From 1993 to the present, Bill has exhibited at the Mystic International Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. Athenaeum, Hartford, CT, International Show’s “Award of Excellence”. Other exhibitions have included a 1996 group show at Big Horn Gallery in Fairfield, Ct, the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport’s annual Modern Marine Masters show from 1994 to the present, and a one-man show of plein air works at Quidley and Company Gallery, Nantucket, in June 2006. Currently one of Mr. Duffy’s paintings is touring five venues on the east coast with the American Society of Marine Artists 30th Anniversary National Exhibition.

LINDA EDWARDS (Metalsmithing and Jewelry, Weaving) holds an MFA and BFA in metals, and a BS from Kansas State University). She has also taught at Wesleyan Potters, Creative Arts Workshop, Albertus Magnus, Southern Connecticut State University, and Kansas State University. She exhibits her work nationally.

DAVID FERREIRA (Painting, Drawing, Youth Program) holds a BFA from Montserrat College of Art. He has pursued a career in freelance illustration, teaching and fine art. He has 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 artist’s nature and duty to challenge themselves, as well as others, on how they perceive their work.

DAVID FRANK (Ceramics) holds a 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. He exhibits his work nationally.

SHANNON GALE (Photography) Shannon Gale holds a BA in Communications and Psychology from Uconn. Since 2003 she has worked as GCTV’s Operations Manager, providing instructional and technical support to producers of all ages and skill levels. Additionally, Shannon owns Visual Clarity, a private media production company serving clients in a variety of fields including the arts, medicine, government and non-profit. Combine, Shannon has experience producing and teaching audio & video production, graphic & web design, photography and social media management.

VIOLA GALETTA (Beading), a 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.

BONNIE HAN (Youth Program) holds BS and MS degrees in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She teaches at The Art Cellar and Madison Country Day School. She is a demonstrator the Peabody Museum’s Native American Day.

MONICA HEWRYK (Youth Program) Holds a BA in Art with a focus in Ceramics from Central Connecticut State University. Monica exhibits her work in many craft shows throughout the region, including the GAC Craft Expo. She is currently the resident potter at GAC.

NANCY KARPEL (Metalsmithing and Jewelry) holds a BS from Albertus Magnus University and Certification from the PMC Guild. She has been a professional jewelry artist for 32 years. Karpel has exhibited widely, published and 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.

MARCY LA BELLA (Beading, Youth Program) 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 metalsmithing. She studied art at Southern Connecticut State University.

DOLPH LE MOULT (Painting) 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.

KRISTIN LIGUORI (Youth Program) 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.

DEBORAH STAUB LUFT (Ceramics) is a long-time teacher and studio potter specializing in wheel-thrown domestic pottery. She holds 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. She also teaches at Wesleyan Potters and Gateway Community College. She has exhibited her work in the American Craft Council shows in Newport and Baltimore, Guilford Art Center’s Craft Expo, Wesleyan Potters Holiday Shows, the Philadelphia Craft Show, the New Britain Museum of Art Craft Show, and participated in a show at The Field Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard. Her dinnerware has been sold through Lord and Taylor and Henri Bendel. She also teaches developmental reading and writing.

STEPHANIE MADDALENA Glass) holds a BA from St Thomas Aquinas College. She 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 (Youth Program) holds a BFA from the 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. Connie is a member of the Westport Art Center and the Artists Collective. Her work was exhibited in the “Pop Up” show at the Westport Art Center.

DODIE MARCHESE (Painting, Drawing, Youth Program) BFA from Pratt Institute. She studied at the Brooklyn Museum School and the Institute de San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Work in collections of Slater Museum, Yale Nursing School and privately owned in USA and Germany. Arts facilitator for Hospice and SARAH, Inc.

CLAUDIA MATHISON (Fiber, Youth Program) holds a BS from Kutztown University in Art Education. She 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. She sews one-of-a-kind quilts using vintage fabric and embellishments.

CORINNE McMANEMIN (Painting, Drawing) Holds an M.F.A. from Southern Methodist University,Tx. She has studied at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design in NYC. Corinne has taught at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, the Guilford Art Center, Southern Methodist University and Brookhaven College in Texas. She has worked as a fashion art director in NYC. Her work has been included in many exhibits throughout the United States.

MATT PARKINSON (Blacksmithing) is a self-taught blacksmith and sword maker. He 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.

ROBERT PARROTT (Ceramics) holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire. He has been a full time potter since 1971, working in domestic stoneware and numerous forms of architectural ceramics, and noted for expertise in wheel-thrown functional pottery and innovative ceramic sculptural vessels. He has served as Assistant Director at the Haystack-Hinckley School of Crafts, and has taught at Creative Arts Workshop (where he also served as director of the pottery department), Wesleyan Potters, Brookfield Craft Center, Horizons, Yale, the New Haven Historical Society, and Pratt Institute in NYC. He has served as a juror for numerous national awards and exhibitions and exhibits and sellshis work internationally.

JUDY PASCALE (Fiber) 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.

SCOTT PATERSON (Painting) Scott Paterson has more than 40 years experience as a painter, has shown extensively in Connecticut and California, and has work in many private collections. He has taught art in a variety of venues and has a wide range of knowledge about painting styles and technique.

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

CONNIE PFEIFFER (Metals, Youth Program) Holds an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a BA from Connecticut State University. Has taught at Creative Arts Workshop, Wesleyan Potters, Rochester Magnet School of the Arts and Rochester Institute of Technology. Founding member of the City Gallery, a contemporary gallery in New Haven. She is a metals sculptor and installation artist. Maintains a studio and artist space in Chester, CT. Exhibits widely.

ANNUKKA RITALAHTI (Glass,Youth Program) Annukka Ritalahti moved to Granby, CT from Tampere, Finland, and has worked with art glass in various forms since 1980. Her largest public works are in Finland, and her art has found its way to private homes all over the world. She creatively combines different techniques into her work resulting in a unique and distinctive style. She also works with recycled glass, producing fun jewelry. During the past five years she has focused on flame working, especially Venetian style mouth-blown hollow soft glass beads.

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

CLAUDIA SCHIAVONE (Ceramics) holds a BA in Ceramics from Southern Connecticut State University. She has taught courses in Adult Education, Branford After School Program and at GAC. Claudia has been a long-time studio assistant at GAC and has exhibited in both Oregon and Connecticut.

RENEE SOARES (Youth Program) 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.

CHERYL TUTTLE (Youth Program, Metals) holds an M.S. in Education from St. Joseph University and a B.S. in Applied Art from Charter Oak State College. Cheryl is a certified art education teacher for preK-12 and is a full time high school art teacher. In addition to teaching, Cheryl makes jewelry, pottery and paints.

MACE VITALE (Blacksmithing) 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.