Our Faculty



AKE ARNERDAL (Special Interest, Painting) Ake holds an MFA from Umea University, Sweden. He has taught at the Hampstead School Of Art in London. Ake has also arranged and managed private art classes and has taught painting as well as mixed media to students of all ages.

McCRADY AXON (Painting and Drawing) 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.

KAREN BARTONE (Drawing) holds an MFA from Western Connecticut State University and a BFA from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. She teaches studio art courses at Eastern Connecticut State University and numerous schools throughout CT. She is the recipient of many grants and fellowship awards. Her work is exhibited nationally. Most recently, Bartone received a Professional Development Award from the American Association of University Professors to paint in Paris, France.

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.

LUCIENNE COIFMAN (Weaving) holds a BS from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She also teaches at CAW and Wesleyan Potters. Coifman has been published in Handwoven, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot. Coifman exhibits nationally.

TED CULOTTA (Photography, Youth Program) Ted was drawn to photography at a young age, his interest being fueled by receiving a 35mm SLR when 11 years old. He immediately set about photographing anything and everything he could focus in the viewfinder. In his early teens, he learned how to develop and print his own photos, gaining control over his work. In the final year of high school, he enrolled in an advanced photography class acquiring more formal training in composition, lighting, contrast, processing, and materials, making him keenly aware of the skills required to create good photographs. He focuses on landscapes, creating a vision incorporating highly realistic images of natural scenes with minimal processing; his goal is to present natural scenes as he viewed them. Ted produces fine art archival pigment prints of scenes of the Connecticut Shoreline as well as beautiful places around the continent. He lives in Madison, Connecticut.

ANDREW DAVIS (Sculpture) is a graduate of Brown University and has studied with master craftsman, Giovanni Bedini in Carrara, Italy. He was a student at the Rutland Carving Studio in Vermont.He teaches at Brookfield Craft Center and Snow Farm. Andy has received numerous commissions for his work inlcuding those from Sarah Lawrence College and The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. His work is in a collection of the Hillel Jewish Student Center at the University of Cincinnati Drawings by the artist have been displayed in galleries in the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions and shows in Kentucky, Ohio, Connecticut and Italy. The Artists sculpture, (Mountain, River, Sea) is on permanent display in the Museo dei Bozzetti in Pietrasanta, Italy.

ELLEN DURKAN (Blacksmithing) Adjunct professor at Delaware College of Art & Design and owner of blacksmith business: Iron Maiden Forge. Ellen creates forged fashion which combines the blacksmithing and fashion world.

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 and Drawing) 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.

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.

JASMINE GONZALEZ (Youth Program) Jasmine Gonzalez newly holds a BFA from the University of Hartford, both in Ceramics and Sculpture as well as a minor in art history. She currently serves the Guilford Art Center as Resident Potter.

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.

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 (Drawing, Painting, 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.

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.

FABIO PIZZOL (Glass) Fabio Pizzol has more than 25 years experience in architectural art glass design, execution, installations, commitment to high quality, attention to detail and technique innovation. He is an experienced instructor of varied art glass courses and European apprenticeship programs.

ANNUKKA RITALAHTI (Glass) 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.

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 exhibited in bothe Oregon and Connecticut as well as a long time apprentice at GAC.

SUZANNE SIEGEL (Painting) MFA, Vermont College, BFA – painting, John Stobart Fellowship, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT. Teaches workshops at Lyme Academy and privately. Gallery representation includes Isalos Gallery in Stonington, Maine, Caterpillar Hill Gallery in Sedgwick, Maine, Mulford Gallery, Rockland, Maine and Charlestown Gallery in Charlestown, RI. Suzanne exhibits throughout the northeast, and her work is in private collections in the US, Canada, and Europe.
Visit her website: www.suzannesiegel.net.

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.

JENNIFER WHEELER (Painting, Drawing,Youth Program) 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.