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. www.africancrafts.com/artisan.php?id=gasali
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 worksalla primaandplein airin watercolor, oil and charcoal, using the medium that best suits her objectives. Her work is in private collections worldwide.
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.
Architect Bill Elkins retired in 2015 after more than 30 years to devote more time to watercolors and travel/urban sketching and two years ago formed a Syracuse chapter of the international Urban Sketchers organization. This group currently has more than 250 members, and gathers monthly to sketch in the Syracuse area. He is a member of the Onondaga Art Guild and has served as president and treasurer. He is a signature member and served on the Board of the Central New York Watercolor Society and served three years as president.
Elkins' work has been seen in shows of the Central New York Watercolor Society and the Onondaga Art Guild, and in the Schweinfurth Art Center's Made in NY show. He has had one-person shows at Edgewood Gallery in DeWitt and at several Onondaga County libraries. In 2016, he had a piece accepted into the Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors in Old Forge, NY. He has had paintingsdisplayed in the juried watercolor shows of the Wyoming Watercolor Society, the Missouri Watercolor Society, and the 75th and 81st Annual National Exhibition at Cooperstown Art Association.
Victoria is a self-taught Toronto born artist who works in the medium of oils and acrylic. She has been painting with oils since she was a child moving into acrylics as an adult. Loving the ease and fluidity of acrylics now primarily working in this medium. Drawing on life experience in 2017 Victoria focused her art on the raw emotion of people. Capturing the use of facial expression and body language in a whimsical manner. Her work urges the viewer to find empathy or relate to a person in a specific piece. Some pieces are based on actual people while other works are based an emotional feeling. Victoria recently had the experience of teaching art to various ages and is looking forward to teaching the childrens art camp. She is also currently exhibiting in both the United States and Canada.
Kasha Fletcher was born and raised in Auburn NY, attended Weedsport School District. She attended The College for Creative Studies receiving a BFA majoring in Fiber Design and later her MAT at Oswego State University in Art Education. She has worked for the Auburn School District for over 10 years and is beginning her 4th year teaching Art at Auburn junior High School to both 7th and 8th grade students.
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.
Elisa S. Keeler, MA Transpersonal Psychology & BM Vocal Performance & Music Education, is a teacher of the Hidden Treasure Program at the Light Hill retreat center. She has been teaching world music and movement workshops since 2003. Elisa is the founder of Freeing Your Voice for adults and the Music For Unity and Social Change Program for public schools. Elisa sings with and leads the Honey Child Soul Quintet. Her albums Soul of the Earth & Red Sky are available on Amazon under Elisa S. Keeler.
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.
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. www.christinemauersberger.com
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.
Christopher Molloy loves making photographs and exploring. He pursues creative opportunities whenever possible, but chooses not to participate in photography competitions, and never takes himself too seriously. In his spare time, Chris photographs homeless cats and dogs looking for their forever homes and donates his photography services every year to multiple organizations. His motto is “Always read the manual.”
Dani is the owner and lead photographer of Dani Moran Photography, a wedding and lifestyle photography business. Dani captures everything from newborns to couples, families, seniors, and commercial business material in the CNY region. Dani Moran Photography has been featured and published by The Bump, Trends Wedding and Lifestyle Magazine, The Coordinated Bride Blog, & Red Oak Weddings. Storytelling is her passion and Dani takes prides in creating an experience that will tell a story that can be felt forever.
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.
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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.
Jessica Rice has been an Art Educator for the past eighteen years in the Auburn Enlarged City School District. She earned her Bachelors and Masters Degree in Art Education from Syracuse University and has attended courses pertaining to East Asian Studies across the United States over the past eight years.
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.
When I was ten, I found a book that changed my life: How to make marionettes. Instead of being sad about my parents divorcing, I learned to sew, painted faces, made controllers with strings and brought my creations to life. It opened up a world of endless creativity. Over the years I have made hundreds of marionettes, I have built many stages and performed at many venues. It’s important that I share this ancient art with children of today. A few reasons; It’s a step out of technology. A puppet can entertain without technology. One can touch and feel a puppet and yet if performed well, we suspend our belief that a puppet is real, inspiring the imagination. To create a moving character with your hands is a great joy. I hope I can inspire others.
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.