Nancy Bales 

Nancy Bales has worked at worked for Patchwork Plus for 15 years where she taught adults to use their new sewing machines, embroidery units and embroidery software.   Additional classes included machine quilting, free motion thread work, wearable art and pieced garments. She led many children’s summer classes that involved learning how to use the sewing machine by creating projects that ranged from beginner to advanced.  Nancy has taught at the Schweinfurth Art Center’s Quilting by the Lake conference such classes as:  wearable art, surface design using thread work, machine quilting and quilting with decorative threads.

She has had work published in the American Quilter Magazine, Shore Line Quilts and the Central New York Magazine.  Her quilts and garments have been in many area, state and national shows and local fashion shows.  Nancy received Best in Show at QBL, NY State Fair and the local quilt guild shows.  In addition she has had one person shows at Old Forge Art Center, the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center and the Earlville Opera House gallery. Nancy is currently working as a studio artist mainly working on wall quilts, dying cloth, felting and various surface design techniques.  Her other hobbies include reading, knitting, jewelry work with beads, silver and lapidary.

Madeline Bartley 

Madeline Bartley was born in Louisville, Kentucky and attended Murray State University where she received her B.F.A. in printmaking and drawing. She has earned her M.F.A. from Syracuse University’s Collage of Visual Performing Arts in 2016. A recipient of the Creative Opportunity Grant, she is featured in Notations,, and What’s Apparatus?
She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows including exhibitions at the Hand Held Gallery (Melbourne, Australia), Walnut Ink Projects (Michigan City, IN), Latin American Contemporary Museum of Art (Long Beach, CA), and Printmaking Center of New Jersey. Currently she lives and works in Syracuse, NY where she dedicates her time at a non-for-profit artist collective called ArtStead Inc. 

Evan Bujold 

Evan Bujold is a comic book creator and illustrator from the Adirondack Mountains of Northern NY. He earned a Bachelor's of Science in Digital Arts & Sciences from Clarkson University in 2011 and his Masters of Fine Arts in Illustration from Syracuse University's VPA Program in 2014 upon the production of his thesis comic book Late Earth. His past work includes traditionally illustrated comic books and strips, novel covers, album art, apparel, show posters, logo designs, video game art assets and more.

Evan has taught illustration to the general public and youth groups, as well as special needs individuals through the Goff-Nelson Library in Tupper Lake, NY, and has also offered tutorials online on digital illustration and graphic design. His illustration style is expressive and action-based, and he sites super-heroes, landscapes, giant robots and quantum theory concepts as his favorite subjects to draw. When he's not illustrating, he writes, sings and plays guitar for the band Late Earth.


Nancy Callahan 

 Nancy Callahan is known nationally as a leader in the field of artist’s books. She has exhibited her work extensively in regional, nationally and international exhibitions. Based on her research and development of unique book and paper structures she has lectured and taught workshops to artists, teachers, and graphic designers from across the nation at such places as the Center of Book Arts in New York City, Syracuse University, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica, the University of Virginia, the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, N.Y. and the Lee Art Center in Arlington, Virginia. Her unique books are housed in numerous special collection libraries including those at Vassar College, Yale University, RIT, and the Library of Congress.

Liz Carnes 

Liz Carnes is a native New Englander who has been basket weaving for over 30 years. She studied the Shaker and Nantucket traditions as well as contemporary basketry techniques. She owned and operated a dental laboratory for 35 years. Now retired, she shares her love of basketry teaching at the Northeast Basketmakers Guild events, her local Senior Center, and other locations.

Janie Darovskikh 

Janie Darovskikh is a figurative artist who works in a variety of mediums including watercolors, oils, mixed media and traditional sculpting methods such as stone, carving, clay and wax modeling, plaster and bronze casting. She is the recipient of two Fulbright Grants, the Suomalainen Perustus Grant, the Norwegian Marshall Award for sculpture, support from the New York Foundation of the Arts and numerous other awards for artistic achievement. Janie exhibits in the United States and internationally.
Janie is passionate about Nordic mythology, cultural exchange and her belief in art as an international language and vehicle capable of crossing religious, cultural and geographical borders. A native of Upstate New York, her pursuit of art has taken her to Kulusuk, Greenland; the Ural Mountains of Russia; Yangshuo, South China; and to Sweden, Lithuania and Latvia. She has lived and worked as an artist in residence in Oslo Norway; Akureyri, Iceland; Tallinn, Estonia; and Helsinki, Finland. Janie is the founder of ANAA -- the American Nordic Artist’s Association, a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting international understanding through artistic exchanges.
Janie has taught children and adult art with a goal to unlock each student’s creativity and greatness through their own artistic journey. Janie is currently the visiting artist at Cayuga Community College courtesy of the Daniel C. Labeille Grant, and is a faculty member at Cayuga Community College. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from the Fine Arts University of Tallinn, Estonia; a BS with honors in Visuals Arts from the State University of NY; and was a Fulbright-Hays Scholar at the Fine Arts Academy of Helsinki Finland. 


Kalee Doeing 

Kalee Doeing has a Bachelors in Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics from Wells College in Aurora, NY. Ever since she can remember she has had her hands in something creative such as community mural projects, local art contests, plein air painting, volunteering in local parades. She enjoys all opportunities to be creative! Kalee works part-time at Poplar Point Studio, a landscape company in Genoa, NY, and is a studio assistant in the Clay Studio at the Schweinfurth Art Center. Kalee lives in Genoa with her husband and two young children.

Carrie Drake 

Carrie Drake is a painter, fiber artist and outdoor educator. Carrie earned a B.A in Studio Art and Chemistry from Knox College and a M.F.A  from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has taught workshops in the US and Australia in dyeing, fiber education, knitting, spinning, color theory, painting, and pigment making. She especially enjoys teaching youth art and science classes. Her work has been exhibited across the US, in Australia and Singapore. 
Originally from Illinois, Carrie recently moved to Syracuse from Australia where she spent the last five years. Spending time in different natural environments is integral part of Carrie’s work. Using observations of color changes, weather patterns, environmental shifts, Carrie makes two-dimensional work and site-specific installations.  Carrie encourages material exploration and imaginative play in her classes.

Hetty Easter 

Hetty Easter graduated from Syracuse University in 1994 with a B.S. in Fashion Design from the College of Human Development and a B.F.A. from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She launched her professional career with Echo Design Group of New York City, where she worked in both the studio and home furnishing/licensing departments.  She studied figurative fine art at the Art Students League in NYC and Studio Incamminati in Pennsylvania. After returning to her hometown in upstate New York, Hetty founded a sketch club to teach children to use nature to synthesize, edit information and express ideas about their surroundings.  She has also created and consulted on numerous web-based projects encompassing art and marketing.  Hetty maintains a fine art studio where she creates a varied portfolio that includes portraits, studies of her travels and inspiration close to home. She works alla prima and plein air in watercolor, oil and charcoal, using the medium that best suits her objectives. Her work is in private collections worldwide.  


Randy Elliott 

Randy Elliott has been creating artwork professionally since 1988. Initially, a comic book inker, over the years Randy has branched out into illustration and comic book penciling as well. He has worked for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Archie Comics, Wizards of The Coast, Battlefront Miniatures, AEG and other comic and game publishers. Some of his better-known comic projects have been Bionicle for DC/LEGO and Turok for Valiant, and he was the creator of the MTG cards, “The Cheese Stands Alone” and “Paladin en-Vec.”  Randy is also an art educator and has been teaching college level course work since 2002.



Molly Fontana 

Molly Fontana is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Elementary Education. She is a native of Upstate New York, but moved to Texas where she spent six years teaching art to children grades K-5. Molly’s love of the Finger Lakes region brought her back to Upstate, NY and she now resides in Skaneateles. Molly specializes in teaching the fundamentals of drawing, painting and possesses a talent for creative arts and crafts, using objects from nature as her canvas. Her unbridled enthusiasm and positive attitude resonates through her teaching, making the classroom experience exciting and enjoyable for all.

Joy LoPiccolo 

Joy is a local artist and teacher. She graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Fine Arts and a dual Masters in Social Work and School Counseling. For eight years, Joy has taught art, music and an afternoon enrichment program at the Skaneateles Nursery School. She has additional experience teaching children of a wide range of ages over the past 17 years.

Linda McCarthy 

Linda Bishop McCarthy is a New York State Certified Art Teacher with 38 years of experience teaching to students of all levels, from Kindergarten through High School. She has her BS in Art Education and a Masters Degree in Education from Nazareth College of Rochester. After teaching at various schools in Auburn for five years, she moved to the Skaneateles District where she continued her career. Recently retired, Linda has been teaching privately and continues to share the creative process with students of all ages.

Mary Padgett 

Mary Padgett's paintings are distinctive for her use of color. She works in both oil and pastel, is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and has been featured in American Artist and Pastel Journal magazines.
Her paintings are in numerous private and public collections, including Towers Perrin, Takasago International, and the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She has participated in many local and national exhibitions, with exhibition and competition awards from the Pastel Society of America, the Fenimore Art Museum, and the Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition.Mary was educated at Boston University and Syracuse University. She has taught painting and color courses for Syracuse University and Cazenovia College and currently conducts workshop programs in the US and abroad.


Pat Pauly 

 A sought-after lecturer and teacher in contemporary fiber arts, Pat Pauly shares her wealth of knowledge from decades of working in design. Pat Pauly’s visual language is confident, graphic, and large. Her fiber art, which is recognized internationally, features her hand printed and painted fabric, and strikes her bold take on the use of surface design. Her award-winning art quilts have been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions. Her workshops focus on design and technique, as well as when to apply the rules, and when to toss them out. Pat Pauly’s studio is in Rochester, New York.


Donalee Peden Wesley 

Donalee Peden Wesley received her BFA and MFA from Syracuse University on a full Jacob Javitts Fellowship.  She has taught for over 15 years at numerous universities and colleges, among them SUNY Oswego, University of Wisconson Madison, Cazenovia College and Hamilton College.  She teaches currently at Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College.  Her work is included in many public colections including:  The Everson Museum; Munson William Proctor; SUNY at Brockport Liveral Arts Building and the Drawing Institute, to name a few, as well as extensive private collections.


Karen Smith 

Karen Jean Smith is a sculptor in clay of nature inspired pieces, real and imagined, including both plants and animals. She has worked with a number of processes including raku and wood fire, but most of her work is in stoneware or American porcelain with hand-applied glazes.
Her education in clay comes principally from SUNY at Oswego, Syracuse University and most recently, Clayscapes Pottery Inc, where she began to concentrate on ceramics seven years ago. Karen retired from teaching art in 2010, having shared her love of clay with elementary school children in Baldwinsville, NY for 33 years. Her work has been exhibited at The View in Old Forge, the Schweinfurth Art Center, Clayscapes Gallery, the Finger Lakes Institute and Empire State College among others, and includes solo, juried and group shows.


John Smolenski 

John Smolenski graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with an MFA from the School for American Craftsmen. His work has been in numerous exhibitions including; Xerox Craft Invitational, Six Functional Potters, NYS Craftsmen Craft Fair, as well as Southern Tier Crafts National, to name a few. 

John was associate professor of ceramics at both Keuka College and Oswego State University. John taught high school art at Skaneateles Central Schools for 29 years, where he developed the ceramics program. Many students were able to go on and receive prestigious awards, such as Gold and Silver Keys, at the Scholastic Art awards, under John's direction. In 2014, he was honored by the National Scholastic Art Association as Teacher of the Year.

Christine Mauersberger 

Christine Mauersberger is known for her hand stitched work that evokes singular moments in time. She uses the form of the humble stitch as a tool for inward as well as outward expression of her inner life and as a message to the external world. She has received two Ohio Arts Council awards, several art fellowships and has taught both nationally and internationally while creating large installations and commissions in the USA and abroad.

Eva Camacho-S├ínchez 

Eva Camacho-Sánchez is a fiber artist born and raised in Andalucía, Spain, now living in western Massachusetts. Her work uses 100% natural and biodegradable materials, including natural dyes, and locally-sourced and sustainable raw materials, all with an emphasis on low- impact creative processes like reduced water consumption (when working with felt). Through her work she hopes to raise awareness of the problems of climate change, as well as the solutions we can embrace to mitigate the threats and adapt to new environmental realities.

She usually starts by hand-dyeing the wool (with natural dyes she has created herself from plant matter), which is then felted together with fine silk. To create patterns on the silk, she uses techniques such as free motion embroidery, hand-stitching, beading and printing. Her work is the result of the fusion of the ancient art form of feltmaking with modern techniques to create new and elegant styles. Although she is devoted to felt, she has also been intrigued by other mediums, fibers and fabrics.

Gasali Adeyemo 

Gasali Adeyemo is the third born of five from a small rural village, Ofatedo, located in Osun State Nigeria. His mother is a trader and his father, a farmer. He discovered the Nike Center for Arts and Culture in Osogbo, Nigeria in 1990. There he mastered the arts of batik painting on fabric, indigo dyeing, quilt making, embroidery, appliqué, and batik painting on rice paper. Hundreds of people come to the Nike Center from all over the world to study and enrich their knowledge and understanding of the arts and culture of the Yoruba people. Gasali spent much of his time conducting workshops and training these people in the crafts of his culture. Through an exchange program he was able to travel to America to teach workshops and exhibit his work. His artwork was exhibited in Bayreuth, Germany, The University of Iowa, the Octagon Gallery in Ames, Iowa, and more. His recent workshops include the World Batik Conference, Cross Culture Collaborative Inc., Snow Farm, and Fiber Arts Center. In the future, Gasali plans to continue to travel worldwide, sharing the arts and culture of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. Gasali currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Warner Varno 

Since 2001, Warner Varno has taught drawing, painting and mixed media classes to all ages of students from ECE-adults. She developed her own program, Time for Art, in 2006 and since then has been offering both fine art after school enrichment programs and summer art camps at the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Art Museum. She has maintained her own studio in South Central Denver since 2002 and teaches Portfolio Preparation for students applying to art school. A native of Central New York, Warner has now relocated back to the area.