Mae ChevretteA painter, photographer, wandering road-tripper and all around lover of life. Mae grew up in Seattle and now resides in Boston, Massachusetts. Her love of travel greatly influences her wanderlust-inspired artwork. As an artist, she is entirely self-taught; her work and techniques evolved naturally over time as she experimented with layering her own travel photography, found objects, paper ephemera & written words. Mae has always loved creating artwork and is passionately curious about the world. You’ll often see photos of her travels shared on her blog showing up in artwork just days or weeks later. Recently, her work has been featured in a full-page artist interview in O, the Oprah Magazine, and has been commissioned by the Boston Harbor Hotel for in-room artwork and by the Nielsen Company for their luxury suite in the iconic Madison Square Garden. You can find more about Mae’s work and travels on her website Mae Chevrette.
Emmie van Biervliet
London based mixed media artist Emmie van Biervliet has a lifelong passion for making, painting & teaching! She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. Her whimsical, multilayered, architectural work is based on journeys, mystical stories & bizarre sites encountered. Emmie also works with the charity “The Art Room” which uses art to boost children’s self-esteem and independence, as artist in residence and senior practitioner. She is represented in London and Internationally by Quatum Gallery and shows regularly with Jerram Gallery, The Wiseman Gallery, AAF Hong Kong, China, AAF New York, USA. Learn more Emmie’s work and travels on her website at EmmieVB.
Susan NichterSusan is a Painter and Professor Suffolk University, The New England School of Art and Design. She was awarded a Fulbright to Italy, was a Mac Dowell Colony Resident, received two Mass Cultural Council LCC Grants and was a former STB Fellow. She exhibits nationally and internationally. Susan also leads a study abroad in Prague for Suffolk, Landscape Painting classes on Martha’s Vineyard in the summer and travels extensively. She received a MFA and BFA from Boston University, with a year in between at Columbia University were she studied Choreography. In her early 20’s Susan was a dancer in NYC where she performed at Carnegie Hall. Susan lives in Dover, MA with her husband Frank Rapp, an Advertising and Fine Art Photographer. Learn more about Susan’s work and travels on her web site at Susan Nichter.
Frank RappFrank is a Boston advertising and editorial photographer who specializes in location, portrait and lifestyle photography. For more than 2 decades Frank has created compelling images for the advertising and design industry. Some of his clients include Apple, Arnold Worldwide, Calvin Klein, Dooney & Bourke, Dunkin’ Donuts, Fidelity Investments, Furla,Tommy Hilfiger, Health Magazine, Hill Holliday, Holland Mark, Leverage Media, Maui Jim, MAMUS, Michael Kors, Millyard Design, Mullen, Ogilvy, Puma, Staples, Stonyfield Farms, Trump Network and Rolling Stone Magazine. Learn more about Frank’s work and travels at Frank Rapp.
Brecia is a passionate champion of creativity who has spent the last 30 years helping people of all ages embrace and express their unique individuality. Certified as a creativity coach, she helps clients access their inner knowing, embrace their passions, and expand into their creative vision of joy and fulfillment. Her zeal for color, texture, and movement has driven her own life as an artist and taken her from New York, to London, to Kyoto exploring various facets of the art world. Applying her studies of Depth Psychology to her work as an arts educator, Brecia teaches and lectures at international conferences, museums, colleges, and for arts organizations. She is the owner of The Spirited Success Center in Vancouver, WA where she offers her national coaching and training services, writes and sells her award winning art. Learn more about Brecia’s artwork and creative journey at Brecia Kralovic-Logan.
Botanical alchemist, string twiner, storyteller, wanderer: India uses ecologically sustainable contact printing methods (from plants & found objects) as a means of mapping country, working with cloth, paper, stone, windfalls, water minerals, bones, the discarded artifacts and hard detritus of human inhabitation, and the local weed burden. She also makes individually sewn and dyed one-of-a-kind garments sold in selected stores around the world and from time to time fabricates costume collections for contemporary dance troupes. Her practice conflates the visual and written poetics of place and memory, the work of each day literally begins with a walk. Learn more about India’s art and wanderings at India Flint & Prophet of Bloom
Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Elizabeth holds a B.F.A in Advertising Design from Syracuse University, which prepared her for a dual identity as both graphic designer and fine artist (no cape required), she can switch gears at the drop of a hat! A signature member of the National Collage Society, her work is also featured in fine art gallery’s throughout the country. Her passion for teaching and sharing has her criss-crossing the country as well as traveling internationally several times a year offering her in demand Paper Painting workshops.The Sedona Arts Center, The Grand Bohemian Gallery, & The Bermuda Society of Arts are a few of the venues where Elizabeth offers her Paper Painting workshops that combine her love of collage along with inspiring her students not only in arts but through her enthusiasm for healthy living & gaining the confidence to believe in yourself! Learn more about Elizabeths artwork at Elizabeth St. Hilaire.
Jennifer Baer Goss“As an artist and world traveler, I will bring a unique and well-rounded perspective to your creative holiday. I have taught in countries from South Africa to Tibet and in all those places I have immersed myself in the visual language of the people and the land. Thanks to these experiences I have a great wealth of visual imagery and empathy to share. I was trained as an arts educator at one of the best art schools in North America, Maryland Institute College of Art(class of 86). Since that time I have lived in many countries and studied with some amazing artists. It is important to me to stay current while honoring traditional schools of thought and technique in the arts. I trust I’ll bring something of my heart language to each of you and be a creative catalyst for your artistic journey during the time we spend together. “Learn more about Jennifer’s artwork & travels J Goss Art and her online mentoring site: Mentor Arts “I look forward to seeing you on distant shores and taking time to explore and play together in a different light.” Cheers, Jen
Jane La Fazio
Jane LaFazio, a full-tie artist since 1998, truly believes she is living the life she was meant to live! In that time, she has cultivated a wide range of skills as a painter, mixed media, quilt artist, art teacher and blogger. She’s known for her fun-loving, creative teaching style, and providing a relaxed supportive environment in the classroom. She teaches her own art workshops online (and at Sketchbook Skool: Beginning) and at art retreats internationally. Jane’s artwork has been featured in Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Quilting Arts magazines many times, and in Danny Gregory’s An Illustrated Life, and in numerous books. She stars in the instructional DVDs “From Art Journaling to Art” “Layered & Fused Applique Quilts: From Fabric Scraps to Recycled Circles” “Wet Felting Essentials for Fiber Artists” and “The Small Art Quilt” available on Amazon. Jane lives in San Diego, California. Learn more about Jane’s creative adventures on her website JaneLaFazio.com ~ Blog Janesville.
Sandra is an artist based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where she pursues her ongoing interests in weaving, tactile notebook keeping, and teaching. She has has exhibited her work extensively throughout North America in both solo and group exhibitions since the late 1970’s. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto, GGVMA Award exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, and Innovators and Legends, Generations in Textiles and Fibers, organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art. Sandra earned her MFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has received numerous awards including the 2014 Governor General Visual and Media Arts Saidye Bronfman Award, a Canada Council B Grant, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Sandra has taught her Tactile Notebook & the Written Word in Canada, USA, UK, and Australia. Selected venues include Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Shakerag Workshop, Maiwa Textile Symposium, Long Ridge Farm, Bigcat Textiles, Committed to Cloth, and the Contemporary Textiles Studio (Toronto).
Steven Foster is the author or co-author of eighteen books, most recently the third edition of the Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Eastern North America with (with James A. Duke; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, 2014). Noted titles include National Geographic’s Complete Guide to Medicinal Herbs (2010), and A Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine (2006, with Rebecca Johnson), awarded a 2007 New York Public Library “Best of Reference.” He is senior author of two more Peterson Field Guides—A Field Guide to Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs with Christopher Hobbs, (2002); and A Field Guide to Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants of North America (with Roger Caras, 1995). Other books include Herbal Emissaries: Bringing Chinese Herbs to the West (with Yue Chongxi, 1992); Herbal Renaissance (1994); and the 4th edition of—Tyler’s Honest Herbal (1999), among others. President of Steven Foster Group, Inc., Steven makes his home in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. www.stevenfoster.com.
Roxanne Evans Stout
Roxanne Evans Stout travels from her home in the Pacific Northwest, to share with us her talent and love of storytelling through collage. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Oregon Institute of Technology, where she teaches Mixed Media Art, and has been featured in various publications as a feature artist July/August issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors, Seth Apter’s The Pulse of Mixed Media, Tracy Verdugo’s Paint Mojo, and Create Mixed Media’s Incite 2 & 3. Recently, Roxanne has published her first solo work, Storytelling with Collage, which is published by the amazing Northlight Books; upon release, the book topped Amazon’s New Releases chart. Additionally, Roxanne is contracted to work with Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, and will act as one of the magazine’s “Art Lesson” instructors in 2016. She is a renowned teacher, and has led workshops in both the United States and internationally. Roxanne’s website: Roxanneevansstout.com & blog River Garden Studio.
Natalya travels from her home in New York, to share with us her exceptional passion and talent for stitched art. She focuses on delicate stitching drawn from natural inspirations, in an art that is rooted in Natalya’s Russian heritage, a love of fabric, and her twin architectural muses: St. Petersburg and New York City. Her art has been accepted into the Quilt National 2017, featured in Breakout: Quilt Visions 2016 at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, CA; Quilt National 2013 at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, OH and 63rd Annual Art of the Northeast at the Silvermine Art Center in New Canaan, CT. She has been published in Fiber Art Now, Quilting Arts Magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, Art Quilting Studio and has made appearances on Quilting Arts TV. She earned her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and had a previous career in the fashion and film industries. Discover more about Natalya’s art and adventures at Art by Natalya
Allison began working as a studio artist in her early twenties, and has since worked as an animator, illustrator, textile artist, licensed interior decorator, and art teacher on the staff of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. Allison paints from her own photographs of Florida, as well as other remote places from her kayaking and hiking travels. As a lifelong environmentalist, her creations manifest her love of nature. Allison’s works are represented in over 700 public and private collections in the United States and abroad. She has taught painting for 30 years, during which time she has had more than 30 solo exhibits, including in museums, universities and private galleries. She is best known for her vivid depictions of wild Florida, which she began painting as a small child. Learn more about Allison and her art on her website Allison Watson
Karen travels from her home in Rockland, Maine, to share with us her talent and passion for still life photography. For more than 20 years, she has been involved in the community arts scene along Maine’s midcoast, where she is the media coordinator and education director at Rockland’s The Art Loft, an innovative community art space. Karen has been published in a variety of online and print publications, including Bella Grace and the Bangor Daily News, and her work is currently on display both online and in several Maine art galleries. Karen recently published her first book, Photo Therapy: Exploring Emotion with Photography, while her engaging blog, Renuko Style, was featured in Stampington Publications magazine, Artful Blogging. Learn more about Karen on her website Renukostyle
Shannon travels to Maine from Oregon, to share her unique weaving talents using cold connections, stitching, and hand gathered flotsam and jetsam, complete with their own waterborne mythologies from the local coastal shores. She’ll lead you on a sandy barefoot adventure of collecting then creating one-of-a-kind sculptural Boats and Objects, combining papers, items of nature, coastal debris with wax details, and so much more. Shannon has been a public and privately collected studio artist and educator for more than 30 years. Her work has been recognized, exhibited, and awarded due to her unusual choice of materials, and her surface layering techniques of the mixed media coastal sculptures she designs. Shannon and her work have also been featured in books and publications worldwide including Fiber Art Now Magazine, Surface Design Journal, Hand/Eye Magazine, ZoneOne Magazine, and e/A Encaustic Arts Magazine. She has graciously instructed many students at fine Art and Craft schools including Arrowmont, Mendocino Art Center, Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, and The Ranch Center among others. Learn more about Shannon and her art here Shannon Weber
Linda travels to us from Powell Butte, Oregon, to share her passion and talent for watercolor sketching. For her, art and the creation of art has been a life-long passion – a passion that she enjoys sharing with others. To this end, Linda graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education; she taught in the public system for more than 20 years, and now continues to offer lessons in her Oregon studio. Additionally, she has taught at several art and community centers, and offers watercolor workshops around the world. From a personal standpoint, she is thankful to live on a small ranch, surrounded by animals and scenery, which allows her to practice her passion every day. In addition to watercolors, Linda enjoys silk painting – a medium similar to watercolor, in its fluid movement and vibrant colors – as well as felting. Linda’s work has been displayed in several galleries, including Inspirations (Madras), Ambiance (Redmond), Falcon Crest (Redmond), Bunkhouse Studio (Prineville), Wild River (Bend), Red Chair Gallery, (Bend), and The Dalles Art Center, Artisans (Cedar City, Utah), and Hood Ave Art Gallery in (Sisters, Oregon). Learn more about Linda and her art Linda Swindle
Lori Dell, an established Canadian Artist, takes her brushes and palette to the outdoor vistas of Chianti in the Italian countryside. There she will share her passion for architecture and landscape offering unique personalized instruction for sketching and painting plein air. Lori is best known for her multi-dimensional paintings; signature works that are poignant and haunting representations enveloping with both their expansiveness and intimacy. Having exhibited throughout Canada and the U.S. her work is found in both private and public collections. Lori has also garnered recognition for her work in illustration and stage design for film, dance and theatre. She has been interviewed on Bravo TV’s “In the Mind of…Lori Dell” and winner of “Star Portraits” with Jeanne Beker, as well as featured in Spade magazine’s article “Vernissage – Lori Dell”. Lori is both an accomplished artist and teacher and has led workshops throughout the world. Learn more about Lori and her art Lori Dell
Eva Camacho-Sanchez is a feltmaker born and raised in Andalucía, Spain, now living in western Massachusetts, USA. She learned to create from her mother, who grew up in a poor, rural village, and had no choice but to make her own clothes, sheets and other textiles in the 1940s. Her mom’s passion for creating and the importance of self-sufficiency was instilled in Eva at an early age, though her artistic passion only came alive when in 2010 she discovered the amazing qualities of wool and the wonderful art of felting. Since then she has studied and worked with felt and textile masters such as Renate Maile-Maskovitz, Andrea Graham, Jorie Johnson, Judit Pocs, Martien van Zulien, Leiko Uchiyama, Tatiana Sheverda, Vilte Yazlauskaite, Irit Dulman, Sharit Meer, Anita Larkin, Anna Gunnarsdottir, Elin Noble, Inge Bauer and Lisa Klakulak. Currently, her latest Boro collection can be found at the Textile Museum in Washington D.C., and other collections are being sold in 15 different galleries and stores across the United States. In December of 2015 she received the Award of Distinction in Fiber Wearables from the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts. Learn more about Eva and her art at Lana Handmade
Ania travels from her home in Massachusetts, to share with us about the incredible art of joomchi, a Korean paper-felting technique. Originally from Poland, Ania received her BFA with honors in Graphic Design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design; she has also studied printmaking, book art and fibers at the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, Australia and Korea, and is included in numerous public and private collections. Learn more about Ania and her art at Ania Art Studio
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