Faculty

Suzanne Baker

Suzanne’s website: suzannebakerphotography.zenfolio.com

Photography is about moments, listening, seeing, touching, holding, moving and being still, pushing hard and gently easing in. I am an artist, explorer, foodie, fashionista, Mama and tree hugging dirt worshiper.

It all started in the junk drawer of my Ma’s primitive cherry hutch where all random treasures could be found. My absolute favorites were the 35mm Kodak Instamatic with flash cubes and the scattered pictures of times past. The possibilities the rectangular camera could provide for me were endless and my passion was ignited.

Photography has been a significant part of my life for the past 16 years. It has led me to many memorable and interesting paths and continues to hold new beginnings, locations and clients. Again endless possibilities and continued passion.

Deena Ball

Deena’s website: https://deenasball.com/

Deena S. Ball is a teaching and exhibiting fine artist in the Philadelphia area. Current exhibitions are primarily watercolor landscapes, many of which use a textured ground on Strathmore Plate Bristol, Ampersand Board or Yupo synthetic paper. She exhibits in numerous galleries throughout the mid-Atlantic region, as well as art festivals, juried and invitational nationwide shows. Most recently her work was included in the National Watercolor Society’s exhibition in California. Deena’s innovative watercolor paintings have been published in Splash 12 and Splash 13. An article about her paintings and techniques appeared in Watercolor Artist Magazine in 2012 and a second article was published in late 2013.

Deena teaches watercolor painting on Wednesday mornings and other special watercolor workshops at the Arts Center. Go to classes tab to sign up for the currently registering Semester.

Justin Benn

Justin Benn is a ceramic artist specializing handbuilding and the firing the CAC soda kiln.

Nadia W. Bond

Nadia’s Webpage: www.thepottersguild.com

Working as an Interior Designer for more than thirty years has given me a love of grace and line I try to incorporate into the pieces I throw. I consider myself not just a potter, but an artist trying to find beauty in clay.  Recently, I have been experimenting with combining my love of hand building and sculpting clay with the pieces I throw on the wheel. This has taken my work into a new and exciting level of design.

I believe we never stop learning. Everyday is a new day to explore the clay, and learn how far we can push and pull our way to a beautiful work of art.

Nadia teaches workshops: gas glazes, bat making and Psyanki Egg decorating at the Arts Center on select weekends. Go to classes tab to sign up for the currently registering Semester.

Effie Brenner

Effie Brenner

Effie’s webpage: http://paleoelegance.com/effie-brenner

Effie Brenner is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and is a member of the Potter’s Guild. She has extensive experience in hand built ceramics with a concentration on the ancient coil technique. Her pieces have won awards in regional art shows, have been exhibited in galleries and can be found in prominent collections in the U.S and abroad.

Effie teaches handbuilt pottery specializing in the use of coil on Friday morning at the Arts Center. Go to classes tab to sign up for the currently registering Semester.

Lisa Burger-Lentz

Lisa Burger-Lentz

Lisa’s Website: www.lisaburgerlentz.com

I am a graduate of the Certificate program at PAFA in painting and printmaking. I participate in several area Plein Air painting events such as Saranac Plein Air Festival and Brandywine Valley Plein Air. I am a printshop assistant at PAFA on Wednesday nights in exchange for access to the printshop. I have taught drawing at various art centers including CAC and have recently begun teaching Printmaking 101 at CAC.

Bob Deane

Robert Deane

Bob Deane is a potter and painter who was raised in the Media, PA area. He earned a B.F.A in Ceramics from Bloomsburg University in 1988. His work has been shown in many local stores and galleries. Recently, Bob has been immersed in working with local creek clay and discovering the connection between the ground he walks on and the artwork he creates. He currently teaches at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, PA, at the Mainline Art Center and the Wayne Arts Center both on Philadelphia’s Main Line. Bob has been a member of the Potters Guild since 1991.

Bob teaches handbuilt pottery and the wheel on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the Arts Center. Go to classes tab to sign up for the currently registering Semester.

https://www.bobdeanepottery.com/ 

Peter Delaplane

Musician/Guitarist Peter Delaplane, has been performing and teaching music in the Philadelphia and surrounding area for 20 years. He earned degrees in English Literature from Kenyon College, and in classical guitar performance from the Boyer College Of Music at Temple University. He is the founder and musical director of The Rock Garden, a summer music program for 10-18 year olds. In addition to maintaining a private teaching studio, he is a resident guitar instructor at Germantown Friends School and The Episcopal Academy. He has taught music at Friends Select School and Abington Friends as well as having served as a faculty member of Settlement Music School and The Nelly Berman School of Music.

In addition to playing classical and finger style guitar, Peter enjoys playing in his folk rock band The Wild Blue Yonder, and recording and producing in his home studio.

Laura Demme

Laura Demme

Laura’s Website: www.thepottersguild.com

As an artist working in various media, Laura Demme’s art education began early as the daughter of an artist. Drawing, painting and sewing from the age of six, Laura continued her study through high school, then a year living at Peters Valley Craft School. Originally drawn to weaving, spinning and dyeing, Laura realized the versatility of Off the Loom techniques such as crocheting, knitting and embroidery. Moving to NYC, Laura worked as a Crafts Designer and Assistant Editor at Good Housekeeping Magazine and contributed designs to Voque Knitting, Needlework, and other publications. As a Free Lance Designer for 14 Years in NYC, Laura worked with design houses contributing unique knit designs and inspiration to Geoffrey Beene, Ralph Lauren and many others. Laura then started painting. Laura’s work in oil on canvas and gessoed paper showed at a few invitationals in NYC and Art Shows in Atlanta and Rice University in Texas. Laura then retired from the textile industry, and married, gave birth to a daughter and took up Ceramics. Concentrating on Raku Firing and other Low Fire techniques Laura uses her mixed media sensibility to create Mixed Media figures, Vignettes, Sculpture and many other decorative pieces. Her continued exploration of technique and media include concrete, metal work (jewelry and steel welding), encaustic and acrylic abstract painting and gardening. Whenever she needs to know about something Laura takes a workshop with whoever is the definitive person. Laura Demme is a juried member of the Pa Guild of Craftsmen and a Potters Guild Member. She teaches Raku Firing, Hand Building and Encaustic Painting at Community Arts Center, Wayne Art Center and Cheltenham Center for the Arts. You can look forward to integrating all that I have learned and experienced into my artwork, to fully express what it is to be an artist, and to inspire others to explore and expand their horizons.

Laura teaches handbuilt pottery specializing in the use of raku and alternative firing on Wednesdays at the Arts Center. Go to classes tab to sign up for the currently registering Semester.

Sara Dolan

Sara Dolan is a long time CAC Summer Spree teaching artist who is also a teacher at Christ Church preschool in Media during the school year.  She began practicing the art of Ebru, a traditional Turkish art form that creates magnificent marbled papers and fabrics, about a year ago and now is happy to share her skills with people interested in this beautiful and exciting art form.

Margaret Ewing

Margaret was born and educated in California where she studied Fine Art at Long Beach State. She received a scholarship to Moore College of Art and Design, where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design. She has been teaching at CAC for the past 16 years first in young children classes and Outreach at Chester Upland. She now teaches Lego Adventure classes, and Movie Making at CAC, as well as Drawing and Painting Classes at Plush Mill Senior Living in Wallingford.

Juanita Gaspari

Juanita Gaspari is a sculptor living in Ridley, Pennsylvania.  Juanita creates sculptures using clay, wood and stone. Juanita is influenced by creatures of nature; their colors, structures, movement, design, and personalities have sparked her curiosity since childhood inspiring the art she creates. Juanita earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture along with a K-12 teaching certification in Art Education from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1997; continuing her education through the Professional Institute for Educators also at UArts. Juanita has been teaching Pre-K through Eighth Grade students Visual Arts since 1999 in both public and private schools and the Community Arts Center. She feels art education is a vital part of child development, a vocation she adores. Juanita exhibits frequently in group exhibitions.

Juanita has taught Ceramics to Pre-schoolers on Thursday in Lucky Charms and a weekend children’s class, Cooking and Clay Comb, at the Arts Center. She is offering a new Clay Club for order children in Spring 2021 and is our 2021 Summer Spree Coordinator.  Go to classes tab to sign up for the currently registering Semester.

Brad Hagmayer

Brad Hagmayer is a Ceramic Artist from Royersford, Pennsylvania. Beyond Royersford,

Brad has been doing art since a young child and has won numerous awards in several mediums. A graduate of Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg Pennsylvania, with a BA in Art Studio, in 1988.

Brad has focused his talents in the last ten years on his ceramic arts. He is a member of the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, Pennsylvania where he is known for his Octopus, Mushrooms, Rabbits and French Bulldogs as well as a few other creatures. He works with both Low Fire and High Fire clays and glazes and dabbles in Raku as well.

Brad has also practically used his admiration with animals by spending his adult life working in the Veterinary Field and is currently a Practice Manager for a veterinary office in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.

Barbara Hanselman

Barbara Hanselman

Barbara’s Website: https://www.bhclaysmith.com/

I started my adventure in clay 20 years ago and am recognized by my hand built whimsical pots and terra sigillata enhanced ceramic clay beads. My clay work has been acknowledged with awards at Strictly Functional Pottery Nationals and the Pennsylvania Guild Exhibitions in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and at several area art center shows. Lark Books chose two of my bowls to appear in their 2003 publication, “500 Bowls” and selected my transfer printed bowl, What’ in a Word to appear in their 2006 publication, Image Transfer on Clay. My classes/workshops on Clay Hand Building Techniques, Clay Rattles and Making Beads in Clay are offered at local art centers and my clay work is available for purchase online as well as through select galleries.

Barbara teaches a class on Mondays and special workshops on select Saturdays here at the CAC. Go to the classes tab for more information and to register.

Gail Herring

Gail Herring

Gail Ann Herring is a graduate of Kutztown University (BS in Art Education), and also Maryland Institute College of Art (MFA). A personal interest in botanical subjects lead her to study at the New York Botanical Garden, where Gail worked at mastering scientific illustration techniques, and completed the certificate program in Botanical Illustration. As a teaching artist, Gail has worked with students of all ages in youth classes and adult workshop settings, as an artist-in-residence (age 3 – high school), and as an adjunct instructor in Early Childhood Arts Education (college). Gail has engaged in numerous collaborations with artists, teachers, and community-based programs to develop and mentor arts-integrated learning experiences focused on literacy and the arts.

Gail teacher drawing fundamentals to children and botanical drawing to adults each semester. Go to the classes tab select the semester you want to register for and Gail’s name for more information and to register.

Bridget Hughes

Bridget Hughes

Bridget’s Webpage: www.thepottersguild.com

When I started working with clay in 1996, it was the once a week creative outlet I had while working multiple jobs. It continued this way for many years although the jobs were eventually replaced with multiple children. As my children grew older and I could devote more time to clay, my hobby became my passion. I was an Associate at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford for many years before becoming a member of the Potters Guild. I teach hand-building at the Community Arts Center and sell my work both locally and nationally.

Bridget teaches handbuilding ceramic classes on Monday night and Tuesday mornings each semester and Clay Fun on Friday workshops.  Go to classes tab select a semester and Bridget’s name for more information and to register.

Emily Hughes

Emily Hughes

Emie Hughes is a mixed-media artist, photographer, choreographer, and educator. Trained as a modern dancer, Emie graduated with a B.A. in Dance/Theatre Arts from Dickinson College, where she won the Emil R. and Tamar Weiss Prize in Creative Arts. After graduating, she lived and worked in NYC for 6 years in the arts, arts administration, and fundraising. She has exhibited her mixed-media pieces in Brooklyn, New York, and she has presented her choreographic works at venues including the Delaware Art Museum, Brandywine River Museum, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, and the Bowery Poetry Club, among others. She has taught workshops in art and dance at the Delaware Art Museum, Brandywine River Museum, and the Girls Can Do Anything! 2019 Conference. In 2020, Emie created her business Blue Jar, which specializes in creating original artworks and leading workshops in the cyanotype process, photography, and movement. Learn more at bluejarllc.com.

Matiko M

Matiko Mamaladze

Matiko Mamaladze was born in 1964 in Tbilisi, Georgia. She grew up in an artistic family, surrounded by her mother’s and grandfather’s paintings. They were a source of inspiration to Matiko and encouraged her to study art. The creative atmosphere she was immersed in influenced her to such an extent, that from early times drawing and painting became necessities she couldn’t imagine herself without. Matiko studied in the Nikoladze Art School and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tbilisi. Matiko’s work is figurative and centers on subjects, which she finds unique and interesting. Matiko Mamaladze is an award-winning artist and her paintings can be found in many private collections across Europe and The United States. http://www.matiko.us/

Matiko teach’s a drawing class on Monday’s and a oil painting class on Friday’s here at the CAC.  Go to the classes tab, select a semester and Matiko’s name for more information and to register.

Tracey Marino O’Hara

Tracey Marino O'Hara

Tracey O’Hara recently moved to Media, Pennsylvania from Wilton Connecticut where she taught at Wilton High School for 20 years.Tracey taught various art classes, including Ceramics, Sculpture, and Painting. Tracey earned a BFA in Sculpture along with a K-12 teaching certification from The Philadelphia College of Art in 1982.She also holds a Masters of Art Education from Bridgeport University. Tracey is currently working on developing her body of work in clay, sculpture, and painting. 

Dori McClennan

Dori McClennen

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and was a middle school teacher in Philadelphia before my children were born. Now as a second career, I’m teaching Beginning Jewelry at the CAC and occasional workshops at Blue Santa Beads. I enjoy taking Interweave classes from teachers around the country in my spare time and I’ve also dabbled in oil painting, watercolors, and pottery.

John Meehan

John Meehan

John T. Meehan III was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, in 1982 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. In 1993, he received a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. John’s paintings can be seen at Jon Law’s Gallery and Frame Shop in Surf City on Long Beach Island, NJ, at the William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor, NJ, and the Main Street Gallery in Manasquan, NJ.

Alice Meyer-Wallace

Alice Meyer Wallace, born in Philadelphia in 1941, lives and teaches painting in Naousa, Paros, Greece.

She graduated from RISD in 1963, European Honors program final year in Italy (1963), has lived in Majorca, Spain where she has a house and Paros, Greece where she has a converted goat shed.

She hibernates each winter in Pennsylvania, where she paints and teaches and keeps warm. She taught at the Aegean Center of Fine Arts for 10 years in Paros. Has illustrated children’s books. Teaches now at the Main Line Art Center, the Chester Springs School, and The Plastic Club in Pa.

Watercolors can be seen at Yria in Lefkis, Paros, Greece.

Jane Miluski

Jane Miluski

Jane has co-taught plein air workshops in Tuscany, Scotland and Sicily, and has taken groups to Jamaica to paint on location. She also conducts workshops for groups in the tri-state area. Her work was featured in American Artist magazine in 2004. A signature member of both the Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Societies, she was the first woman elected president of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society. She has also served on the boards of the Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Annual, the Delaware Valley Art League, the Artists Guild of Delaware County, and the Community Arts Center. http://www.janebmiluski.com/

Olga Nielsen

Olga Nielsen is a portrait and figurative artist, sculptor and educator, a Portrait Society of America Signature Status member, and a National Sculpture Society Elected member.  She was born in Russia and received an art education in Moscow, in the classical realistic tradition. Before immigrating to the United States, Olga spent the summer of 1981 in Italy, studying art and decided to focus on sculpture. She went back to school, to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to study sculpture.

Olga Nielsen have exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in Delaware Valley, and in the national and international exhibitions and received many awards for her works, including Exceptional Merit Award at the Portrait Society of America

2015 International competition, and Fine Arts Connoisseur Magazine Award at the National Sculpture Society 82nd Juried Exhibition. Several of her drawings are published in “Strokes of Genius, Best of Drawing” books, many of her sculptures are in private collections, and several are commissioned public works.

http://olganielsenart.com/

Sally Paynter

Sally Paynter

Sally’s Website: https://www.sallypaynterart.com/

B.F.A in Printmaking; University of South Carolina Apprentice to Philip Mullen; painter and Department Chair Art Director, Cox Landey and Partners, N.Y.C Commissioned portraits, group and solo exhibitions in Seattle, WA and Wallingford, PA Featured Live Painter at multiple Friday Night Live music events & Painting Instructor Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA

Michelle Rothwell

Michelle Rothwell is currently an associate professor and the program director of the new Game Art BFA program. During her career in academia, she has designed multiple degree programs – and dozens of courses – for other colleges and universities in 3D Computer Graphics, Multimedia and Game Design.

Michelle earned her master’s degree in Industrial Design from the University of the Arts in 1997. She has a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from the University of Rhode Island.

Mrs. Rothwell has more than 30 years’ experience in technology-based art and design. She has served in a wide range of professional roles, including director of Information Architecture, Interaction/Interface and Web Designer, and Virtual Reality researcher. In addition, she has worked on software and product development teams for DuPont. Her client list includes Proctor & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, Merrill Lynch, AstraZeneca, SAP, Qwest Communications and Unisys.

Mrs. Rothwell is a practicing fine artist. Her work is inspired by the interplay between the functional elegance of nature and the manifestation of human culture. Her original, hyper-realistic virtual-sculptures are developed using the same digital-3D tools that produce video games and animated films. Michelle’s work has been shown nationally in both solo and group shows.

Mrs. Rothwell is also the founder of Holistic Creativity, LLC, a system for inspired productivity using a holistic process for self-evaluation and development. It combines the latest knowledge and best practices from traditional studio techniques, contemporary design theories, cutting-edge neuroscience research and timeless spiritual principles. The result is a comprehensive approach for stimulating creativity and productivity that serves both individuals and teams.

Karen Sacks

Karen Sacks is a teaching artist living in Wynnewood, PA. She graduated with a BFA from Clark University and studied both Ceramics and Illustration at the Philadelphia College of Art. She is presently identified with the “Slab to Fab” pottery classes she developed and teaches. New to her repertoire are classes and workshops using paperclay, a nontraditional clay that defies the usual “rules” that apply to traditional clay. No matter what materials are being used, Karen’s creative approach to teaching generates a satisfying experience when working with clay and is geared to everyone who has ever been frustrated trying to make a finished pot, platter or serving piece.

In addition to her teaching duties, Karen is a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen as well as the Haverford Guild of Craftsman. She is also a founding member of the “Knitsters”, a group of knitting artists. When she is not playing with clay you can find her quilting, reading or enjoying her children.

Carol Seymour

Carol Seymour

Carol’s webpage: http://www.thepottersguild.com/carol-seymour/

Carol Seymour has been with the CAC for nearly 40 years and the ceramics coordinator since 2000. She is also a member’s of the Potter’s Guild. “I love making functional everyday pottery. The feel of forming a bowl or a pitcher, and the thrill of hearing that someone has been using my pots for years never gets old. And being able to transmit my skills and my passion to students is very rewarding. Who could ask for anything more?”

Ann Suchecki

Ann Suchecki

Ann’s Webpage: http://www.thepottersguild.com/ann-suchecki/

Ann Suchecki has a Masters of Arts in Ceramics from the University of Louisville and maintains a studio in Media, Pennsylvania. Her love of the material and interest in sharing that love with others has made me a passionate teacher. She teaches ceramics classes at the Community Arts Center of Wallingford and kindergarten at The School in Rose Valley and member of the Potters Guild. You can contact her at sucheckipottery@rcn.com

Brett Thomas

Brett’s Website: http://www.mobileraku.com/

Brett Thomas is an artist, educator, and founder of MobileRaku. Brett recieved his BFA: Ceramics from The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and an MFA: Ceramics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He currently lives in Haverford Pennsylvania.  Brett’s process as a ceramic artist is a balancing act “of devoting myself to personal expression, while teaching and helping others to realize their vision and potential as artists.” “I want to share the joy of art and I envision Mobile Raku as the best way for reaching out to an ever-expanding circle of creative people,” Thomas said recently. “I hope to venture beyond the controlled space of the classroom setting in a way that will enable me to balance my journey of artistic discovery with helping other people explore the creative paths of their lives in unique and inspiring ways, which raku ceramics so perfectly embodies.”

Ariel Weiss

Ariel Weiss has danced her whole life and earned her Masters degree  in Movement and Dance from Wesleyan University. She delights in moving to music as often as possible. A modern dancer and choreographer, Ariel toured her solo repertoire to the Philly Fringe Festival as well as to Toronto, Atlanta, Albuquerque and New York. She discovered West Coast Swing 9 years ago and can’t get enough! She loves sharing her passion for movement and is a certified Alexander Technique teacher, helping people of ll ages move freely and come into mind-body balance. www.atphila.com.

Ariel Weiss

Alexander Technique Philadelphia

610.506.2987

ariel@atphila.com

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Kate White

Kate White

Kate’s webpage: http://www.thepottersguild.com/artists#/kate-white

Kate White teaches mixed media and ceramics every weekday at the CAC and has been a member of the Potter’s Guild since 2006. “I’ve always loved to paint and draw ever since I can remember. When I was a young girl I was given pottery lessons with Ricky Wolfe in her Swarthmore studio but it wasn’t until I was attending West Chester University, studying Philosophy that I decided to take a pottery class as an elective and I fell in love with it. I took every ceramics class that was offered there and then I started taking classes at CAC.”

David Woods

David Woods is a mosaic artist and has his Master’s in art education at Arcadia University. He’s designed and installed mosaics with the Mural Arts Program all over the city of Philadelphia and surrounding areas, most prominently working on the Philadelphia Eagles yearly mural project. With the Community Arts Center he has worked on outreach projects with Chester Charter School for the Arts and the South Media Community Initiative, and installed mosaics throughout our children’s garden and studios with kids in the Children’s committee and summer spree programs. He also teaches adult and teen mosaic classes at the CAC.