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.
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.
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 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.
Lorraine Glessner's love of surface, pattern, markmaking, image and landscape has led her to combine disparate materials and processes such as silk, wood, wax, pyrography, rust, paper and more in her work. Lorraine is a former Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, artist mentor, workshop instructor and an award-winning artist. She holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, a BS from Philadelphia University, and an AAS in Computer Graphics from Moore College of Art & Design. She has a diverse art background with skills that include painting, sculpture, graphic design, interior design, textile design, photography, digital imaging and much more. Among her most recent professional achievements is a Second Place award in Sculpture from Art of the State at the State Museum in Harrisburg, PA, a recently completed artist residency at Jentel Foundation and an acquisition by Kelsey-Seybold Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Lorraine's work is included in the recently released Encaustic Art in the 21st Century by Ashley Rooney and Nuance, a curated book by artist, Michelle Stuart. Lorraine frequently lectures and participates on academic panels at various Conferences including The International Encaustic Conference, SECAC and The College Art Association Annual Conference. Her work is exhibited locally and nationally in galleries, museums, craft centers, schools, libraries, universities, and more. Like her work, Lorraine brings to her teaching a strong interdisciplinary approach, mixed with a balance of concept, process, history, experimentation, problem solving and discovery.
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.
Didi Leavitt is a textile and surface design artist who studied at FIT and created printed fabric for the apparel market before earning an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She loves working with children to explore all the unexpected beauty of making things.
Christy loves to paint watercolor landscapes, flowers, animals, birds, and moments in time that are intimately rendered. Many are painted on site, and portray everyday scenes that make you stop and smile; a neighbors tulips, pumpkins on the porch, birds in the backyard or a misty morning on the lake. She feels there is an energy in these moments, especially in the early morning or late afternoon light that the transparency and luminosity of watercolors really convey. She loves meeting people who enjoy art and the beautiful scenery our world offers. The artist lives in Central NY with her family where she especially enjoys exploring the lakeside and country roads for images and ideas to paint. When the snow finally melts, she does local art shows and fairs, and paints outside as much as possible.
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 an American artist who produces complex mark-making narratives in multiple media: embroidery, printmaking, painting, and installation works. Her work is featured in private and public collections. She has been published in Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art and Second Skin: Choosing and Caring for Textiles and Clothing, and in the 2016 updated edition of The Encyclopedia of Embroidery Techniques as well as various print and online publications. She has taught meditative hand stitching workshops around the world, from the USA and Canada to Switzerland. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants: a Creative Workforce Fellowship in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, a Windgate Craft Artist Fellowship, and the Ohio Arts Council Award of Individual Excellence. She lives and creates in her native Cleveland, Ohio less than ten miles away from the Slovak civic club where her parents went dancing every Saturday night when she was growing up. www.christinemauersberger.com
Janet Catherine Berlo is Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, in western New York, where she has also taught creative writing. Janet’s art historical expertise encompasses Native American and American art history, as well as women’s textile arts. In addition to numerous art historical books and articles, she is the author of the well-received memoir Quilting Lessons, about which one reviewer said, “Berlo relates the conflict and pressures of integrating past and present, career and personal life. Her needle-sharp prose seamlessly integrates quilting history, techniques, bits of poetry, and recipes. Her humor is equally sharp."-Piecework Magazine. Janet studied memoir in workshops with Philip Lopate and Patricia Foster at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and has read from her published and unpublished works at venues from Alaska to Florida, as well as in Canada. She is also an amateur quilter and mixed-media fiber artist.
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.”
Lydia has enjoyed sewing since age five, when she traced a rabbit character from a favorite children’s book to create a pattern, then worked with her mother to cut, stitch, stuff, and embroider a soft toy “Miffy”, that she still has today.
A passion for theater arts, literature and vintage fashion style is a theme in Lydia’s work. She is inspired by many sources including children’s books, her mother’s pattern stash from the 1960’s-70’s, and by fabrics everywhere. Lydia likes to work with reclaimed and sustainably-sourced textiles, vintage found items and repurposed materials.
In 2013, she established “Lydia’s Daily Thread” as her home-studio sewing business, and has created costumes and custom orders of many kinds, in addition to teaching individual sewing lessons and hosting crafting workshops. Lydia enjoys helping people of all ages to discover the pleasure of making items both beautiful and functional: gifts, garments & heirloom creations that hold special meaning. Lydia lives in Syracuse with her husband and their three children.
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.
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.
I am an artist from Hancock, Massachusetts.
Eric Shute was born and raised in upstate New York and at an early age began his artistic training at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York. Eric holds a degree in Education from S.U.N.Y @ New Paltz, a degree in Advertising and Illustration from Mohawk Community College and a BFA from Syracuse University. In addition to his academic training, Mr. Shute studied painting technique with nationally recognized artists: Hong Nian Zhang, (oil painting), advanced watercolor with Richard Segalman, and advanced abstract painting with Jenny Nelson at the Woodstock School of Art. Mr. Shute has also taken water color workshops with Robert Wade, Christopher Schink, and Don Andrews.
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.
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.
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.
Ana Lisa’s signature shibori textiles are included in the collections of the Cooper Hewitt, The Museum of Art and Design, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the De Young Museum, the Oakland Museum, and the Racine Museum. She has completed public art commissions for the Emeryville, CA city hall and the American Embassy in Brunei.
Recent exhibitions include a one person show at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 2017. Recent group shows include The Box Project: The Cotsen Collection, Fowler Art Museum and Textile Museum, 2017, Focus on Fiber 2016, Quilt Visions 2016, Quilt National, 2015 & 17; Materials Hard and Soft, Denton, Texas, 2014; ISS international, Hangzhou, China, 2014, and ISS Oaxaca, 2016.
Teaching engagements include SF State University, California College of the Arts, as well as international conferences and craft schools.
She has received two National Endowment for the Arts Grants and is a fellow of The American Craft Council.