Chris Baker received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1968 from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and upon graduation, began teaching in Auburn, NY. He later completed a Masters Degree in Fine Arts at RIT. He worked as an art teacher in the Cato-Meridian School District for 38 years. Chris has exhibited extensively the past 30 years in Central New York including The Gallery of Central New York, Cazenovia, NY, The Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY, West End Gallery, Corning, NY and the Schweinfurth Art Center. In addition, Chris has shown numerous times and won several awards in the prestigious National Exhibition of American Watercolors in Old Forge, NY.
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 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, printresting.org, 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.
Sharif Bey is an Associate professor of art at Syracuse University. Bey earned a B.F.A. from Slippery Rock University, an M.F.A from the University of North Carolina and a Ph.D. in art education from the Pennsylvania State University. Over that past 12 years Bey has served as a resident artist at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, The McColl Center for Visual Art, Hunter College in New York City, The Vermont Studio Center, and the John Michael Kohler Art Center. Bey’s work ranges from functional pottery to ceramic sculptures, which are influenced by ritual and identity.
Liz Carnes is a native New Englander who has been basket weaving for over 30 years. She studyied 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.
An artist, teacher and designer, Alison Fisher Cullen has worked as a professional artist for more than 28 years, taught fashion design at Syracuse University, replicated vintage designs for Stickley Furniture, and taught sewing classes for newly settled refugee youth at Hopeprint Inc. She has also done set and costume work for Syracuse Stage. As a self-taught artist with a background in commercial art and gallery management, she launched her career in fine art in 1987. Since then, her paintings have been shown in fine art shows and galleries across the southwest and east coast, being collected by corporations and private collectors alike. After living in such diverse locations as Hawaii, Japan, S. Korea, the Philippines, and California, she returned to the area in 1992 and now makes her home with her husband and son in Manlius, N.Y.
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. Learn more about Janie at http://www.artfigures.com/
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 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. Learn more about Hetty by visiting her website: http://hreaster.com
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 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.
Chiara Kuhns is a working artist, with experience in a range of mediums, including sewing, needle felting, Nuno felting, re-upholstering, embroidery, cross-stitching, and accessories for both the home and fashion. Chiara makes and sells wearable art and accessories. Chiara has a BA in Art History and a dual Masters degree in Museology and Conservation of Paintings and Frescoes. Chiara is a Painting Conservator at West Lake Conservators in Skaneateles, New York.
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 neighbor’s 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. Occasional musings and artworks are posted on her blog, christyswatercolor.blogspot.com and her Facebook page Christy Lemp Watercolor Designs.
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 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.
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.
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. He 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.
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.
McCavour holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and in May 2014 she completed her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. McCavour shows her work in galleries nationally and internationally with solo exhibitions in 2016 in Cornerbrook (NL), Roanoke (VA), Olympia (WA), Washington (PA), Smithville (TN) and Ruston (LA). She has recently completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre’s Textile Studio in Toronto, at Maison des Metiers D’art de Quebec in Quebec City and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. She has received numerous awards and scholarships from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of America, Craft Ontario, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association and The Embroiderers Guild of America.
An artist and educator for 25 years, Carol’s curiosity about the range of color derived from yellow, red, and blue dyes led to her creation of her Color Mixing system for dyers. Carol encourages the freedom of mixing color by eye with results-based samples to guide the student. A former high school teacher, Carol was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2013 and again in 2015 by the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals. Carol is co-author of Playful Fabric Printing with Melanie Testa. She has shown her quilts in juried venues across the country, winning awards including Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.
Jiyoung Chung is a Joomchi artist, painter and freelance writer who shows her works nationally and internationally. She has developed an innovative method for utilizing a traditional Korean method of papermaking called Joomchi into contemporary art form.
Jiyoung (B.F.A., Painting from RISD, and M.F.A., Print/Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art) has had numerous solo shows (mes) in Korea, U.S.A., Australia, France, Finland, Romania, and UK. In 2010, she curated the Int’l Korean/ American Joomchi show for European Patchwork Meeting in France, later toured in Korea(2010/2011) and in America(2012, 2015). She authored a How-to-Do book titled “Joomchi & Beyond”. In 2012, she was awarded an ‘Award of Excellence’ by American Craft Council/Baltimore show and Adrianna Farrelli Prize, Excellence in Fiber Art', Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. In 2013, she got Silver Prize at The 8th Cheonggju International Craft Competition, Korea. Her works are in the permanent collections of Fidelity Corporate Art Collection, Boston and Museum of Art & Design, NY.
Melanie Testa learned to love fabric and sewing at a young age while sitting at her grandma’s trusty Singer, and has been reimagining her everyday experiences through artful construction ever since. Whether printing cloth, making quilts or journaling, Melanie’s work enchants with its primitivism and captivates in its exactitude. Birds come to life amid polka dots, roses and poppies, expressing a passion for color, pattern and design that shines with a depth and sensitivity to her subject matter.
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.
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. The Schweinfurth is excited to have her teach at the Schweinfurth.