AVA Faculty

Emily Battles is a first grade teacher at the Mount Lebanon Elementary School. She earned her BA from the University of New Hampshire and her MEd from New England College. At AVA, Battles teaches children’s art camps and leads our perennially popular CAOS (Community Arts Open Studio) program.

Derek Bell earned a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design. He works in sculpture, painting, printmaking and drawing. His work won first place in the 22nd Annual Congressional Art Competition and second place in The Artist’s Magazine annual competition. Bell most recently exhibited at AVA in 2014.

Todd Binzen

Adam Blue earned his MFA from the California College of the Arts and his BA from Dartmouth College. Blue is an Art Editor of The Whitefish Review and a member of the Board of Trustees of Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT. He has written, illustrated and published eight books.

Shari Boraz holds a BFA in Textile Design and Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her hand-embroidered art has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Boraz is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen.

Hannah Boutin

Jennifer Brown

Maggie Burnett

Claire Callahan

Robert Kalm is an Emmy award-winning media producer and a professor at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, where he designs graduate interactive media courses like The Interactive Voice. Kalm has a BFA in Film from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and an MFA in Writing is from WCSU. He is sponsored by the artist collective Fractured Atlas.

Robert Carsten graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and was a scholar at Academia di Belle Arti in Carrara, Italy. He is a board and signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a contributing writer to the Pastel Journal and The Artist’s Magazine. Carsten is a Master Circle artist of the International Association of Pastel Societies; his paintings and drawings have been shown in many museums and galleries, are collected worldwide, and have won many awards.

Patty Castellini is a self-taught, multi-media artist and educator based out of Lebanon, NH. Her work is regularly shown at the Woodstock Gallery in Woodstock, VT and at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction, VT.

Genevieve Cole earned a BFA in Glass and Ceramics from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has worked primarily with glass, including as a glass blower in France, at Simon Pearce in Philadelphia, and at Fulcrum Arts in Brattleboro, VT. She teaches and creates custom glass art pieces for private collectors. In 2010 and 2015, Cole curated two major glass exhibitions at AVA.

Elizabeth D’Amico, a graduate of Syracuse and Columbia Universities, has retired from teaching in the Visual Arts department at Plymouth State University. A mixed-media artist, she shows regionally and nationally and is a signature member of the National Collage Society and an active member of the Women’s Caucus for the Arts/NH Chapter. D’Amico exhibited at AVA in 2009.

Jane Davies is a full-time artist working in collage, painting, and encaustics. In addition to her fine art, Davies licenses artwork for calendars, greeting cards, and fabrics. She is the author of four instructional art books.

Laura Di Piazza is a visual and conceptual artist working in a variety of media, including calligraphy, poetry and abstract art. Laura is the Development Director at the Vermont Independent School of the Arts and an independent curator. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and teaches calligraphy workshops for Society of Scribes (NYC), MAKE! Skilled Hands (Berlin, Germany), Dartmouth College and AVA.

Pippa Drew is a painter and textile artist with a BFA from UMass and an MALS in Fine Art from Dartmouth College. She studied batik in Indonesia and has taught shibori and silk painting at the League of NH Craftsmen and Dartmouth College. Her textiles have been exhibited throughout New England.

Luke Eastman is an artist and educator living in White River Junction, VT. His work incorporates traditional illustration techniques with digital storytelling. Eastman is the art teacher at the Frances C. Richmond School in Hanover, NH. His comics blog, Hurricane Warning, can be found at dailyUV.com.

Amber Geneva Erkiletian works in realistic figure sculpture, abstract oil painting and monotype, frequently employing welded and cast metal, paper or wax. Her BFA is from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Robyn Whitney Fairclough received her BA in Painting from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her MFA from Johnson State College. She has also studied at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, The University of Iowa Graduate School of Painting and Drawing, and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.

Edward Fielding is a fine art photographer whose work can be found in magazines and on book covers. He has been working with kids at AVA since 2010 in logical problem solving classes, including robotic and creative programming.

Carrie Fradkin has been involved in art education since 1980. She now teaches mosaics, having studied with Emma Biggs, Sonia King and other international artists of renown. Fradkin’s mosaics and pastel paintings have been exhibited in the US and are in many private collections.

Charley Freiberg has done commercial photo shoots for clients that include IBM, Kodak, and McGraw-Hill, as well as other companies. He has been teaching and shooting for artists and craftspeople for 30 years.

Kelly Gadouas holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and a MEd from Endicott College. She has been an artist and educator for 20 years. Gadouas is a multi-media artist with a passion for teaching and creating.

Jessica Gemmill received her BFA and MEd from Colorado State University, where she studied Graphic Design, Metalsmithing and Education. She has since taught art to school-age students in Portland, OR, Columbia, SC and currently teaches in Claremont, NH. Gemmill’s artwork consists of silver-smithed jewelry and animal and insect portraiture in watercolor and oil pastel.

Kim J. Gifford holds an MA in Creative Writing and Religion from Vermont College at Norwich University and a BA from Middlebury College. Her work has appeared in regional publications that include Upper Valley Life, Kearsarge Magazine, Valley Business Journal,and Rutland Magazine.

Roger Goldenberg holds BS and BFA degrees from UNH, and a MFA from UNC, Greensboro. His visual jazz art spans painting, drawing, printmaking, kinetic sculpture and performance. He has taught at UNH, Granite State College, Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth Music and Art Center, NHIA at Sanctuary Arts, AVA, and numerous public and private schools. Goldenberg has won multiple awards from the NHSCA and is listed on their Artists-in-Education Roster. He maintains his studio at AVA.

Stephanie Gordon, a practicing artist and art teacher who has worked with people of all ages, received her BFA from the University of Michigan College of Art and Design. She taught art for 18 years at Hanover High School in Hanover, NH. In her personal practice, Gordon is currently focusing on mixed media work, encaustics, painting, drawing and printmaking. She exhibits her work regionally.

Dan Gottsegen has taught at the California College of the Arts and UMass Lowell. He has exhibited nationally, including one-person shows at the Prince Street Gallery in NYC and the Whistler House Museum in Lowell, MA. Gottsegen’s awards and fellowships include a Vermont Arts Council Individual Artist Creation Grant, the University Teaching Excellence Award at UMass Lowell, and a Ucross Foundation Residency. He has an MFA from California College of the Arts.

Althea Goundrey studied Studio Art at Plymouth State University, University of New Hampshire, and the Art Institute of Boston and Art Education at University of Southern Maine. She holds a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and a MEd from Plymouth State University. Goundrey also earned a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University. She has taught children’s classes at AVA since 2010.

Sonja Hakala is the author of What Would William Shakespeare Do? and Publish Your Book, Your Way, plus seven other titles. She has been a freelance writer since 1987, working for newspapers and magazines as well as in the book publishing industry. In addition to writing, Hakala provides professional publishing advice and guidance work through her company, Full Circle Press LLC.

Tom Haushalter earned a BA from Wittenberg University and an MFA in poetry from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. While in New York, he led summer workshops sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. He is the poetry editor of Slice Magazine, and his own poems have appeared in a number of print and online publications.

Michael Heffernan received his MFA in Painting from The New York Academy of Art and teaches Studio Art at Plymouth State University. He has exhibited throughout the northeast. In 2014, Heffernan exhibited at AVA and at Trident Booksellers and Café on Newbury Street in Boston, MA.

Christine Orcutt Henderson, who works primarily in acrylics, attended the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her work has been shown at galleries and colleges throughout New England, and she teaches at various Upper Valley art centers. Henderson exhibited at AVA in 2014.

Joan Hoffmann studied at Colorado State University and Scottsdale Artists School. She celebrates forty years of oil and watercolor painting, teaching, and preserving the landscapes she paints. Hoffmann lectures on the History of Landscape Painting and Public Lands and was an artist-in-residence in Yosemite in 2005.

Henry Homeyer is a UNH Master Gardener, a lifelong organic gardener, and the author of three books on gardening. He writes a weekly gardening column for ten New England newspapers and has written for the New York Times as well as various magazines. He is also a gardening commentator for VPR.

David Hurwitz is a full-time furniture designer and craftsman based in Randolph, VT. His work has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums throughout the US. Hurwitz has a BFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design from the School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology and teaches at Burlington College and the Vermont Woodworking School.

Debra Jayne is a printmaker and painter. She received a BA from the University of Washington in Seattle with a concentration in Ceramics and a MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University in Boston with a focus in Painting and Printmaking.

Nils Johnson is a lawyer living in Lyme, NH. He majored in Russian at Dartmouth and attended BU Law. He is mostly self-taught, but studied portraiture with New York artists Bert Silverman and Daniel Greene. His work has been shown at juried shows in Ohio, including the Butler Museum of American Art. He is represented by the Vermont Artisans Gallery in Brattleboro, The Gilded Edge in Hanover and Long River Galleries in Lyme.

Winkie Kelsey holds an AB from Smith College and studied art at Harvard University and Dartmouth College. Her work has been exhibited extensively, including at AVA, and she is the driving force behind AVA’s Stone Carving Studio and its resident artists, The Uncommon Chiselers.

Patricia Killian earned a MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, a BFA from the Boston Museum School-affiliated program at Tufts University, and an Advanced Diploma from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. She won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for her portrait and landscape painting. She also designed the logo for the Upper Valley Haven.

Robert Kalm

Michael D. Kraatz holds a BS in Art from the University of Wisconsin and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has been a roster artist with the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts for many years, completing numerous Arts in Education residencies in public schools. He works both in 2-D and 3-D and is particularly well known for his blown glass. Michael’s work has been shown both nationally and regionally, including at AVA.

Eliza McLellan earned a BA in Architectural Studies from Connecticut College, where she was also a teaching assistant. She has taught a variety of classes at AVA, including the ongoing Greg Hemberger Sustainable Architecture Workshop. McLellan has also worked at the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter.

Brian Miller is an artist, writer and curator. His work is in many public and private collections, including the Heard Museum, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery. He received his BFA from Purchase College, SUNY and his MFA from Yale University.

Scott Miller is a documentary photographer and co-founder of World Story Exchange, a mobile classroom that invites students of all ages to create and share documentary artwork in a variety of media. Miller has worked for Vermont Folklife Center, supporting K-12 teachers by producing youth media projects. He holds a BA in Philosophy and an MA in International Affairs.

John Mitchell

Joseph Montroy holds a MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has shown work throughout the eastern and central US. Montroy is an adjunct professor at the Chester College of New England; he also offers workshops at art centers across the northeast.

Karl Neubauer

Murray Ngoima is an art educator and mixed-media artist who, for many years, has taught in local schools and at AVA, where her children’s classes and camps are legendary. She has painted murals, designed theater sets, and taught children’s workshops in Boston, Woodstock, and Nairobi, Kenya.

Suzanne Nielsen moved from Los Angeles to Chester, VT to spend more time on her fine art. She focuses primarily on equine and figure painting. She is a member of The American Academy of Equine Art and has a background in both fine art and traditional animation.

Anna Nuttall holds an MEd in Integrated Arts. She has served as the Director of Visual Arts at the Portsmouth Music and Art Center in Portsmouth, NH, chaired the Department of Visual Arts for Portsmouth Public Schools and been on the board of Art-Speak, the city’s Cultural Commission. Nuttall has taught art to students of all ages for over fifteen years and currently teaches at Portsmouth Middle School. She was also honored with the 2015 NH Governor’s Arts Award for Arts Education Leadership.

Robert O’Brien has worked in watercolor for 40 years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on the landscape and architecture of New England. He studied with James Whatford, Tony Couch, and the late Marshall Joyce.

Abram Olson is a photographer, musician, and writer. He shoots portraits and events for clients including The Center for Cartoon Studies, Dartmouth College, and The Junction Teen Center in White River Junction. Olson writes short stories and comics with his partner and plays improv music whenever he has the opportunity.

Chip Orcutt has been a farrier and blacksmith for 46 years. He is from West Newbury, Mass, and has a degree in animal science from the University of New Hampshire. During his long career, he has been a farrier for numerous horse shows in New England, working on some of the highest-ranked horses from around the country.

Aline Ordman is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America and a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society. She is represented by Camden Falls Gallery in Camden, Maine; Blue Heron Gallery in Wellfleet, MA; Gallery Artrio in Hyannis, MA; Little Gallery in Mackinac, MI and West Branch Gallery in Stowe, VT.

John O’Shaughnessy is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in Painting. He has worked in freelance fabric design and illustration and shows his paintings in galleries throughout New England, including a 2012 exhibition at AVA. O’Shaughnessy’s work is shown at Art 3 Gallery and Chi’lin Gallery in NH.

Bryan Pfeiffer is a writer, photographer and field biologist, yet a teacher at heart. His essays have been published in The New York Times, Aeon Magazine, Orion, Northern Woodlands and many other places. His photography has appeared in books, magazines, calendars, web sites and even around the world on CNN. Bryan’s workshops blend imagery, exuberance and humor for effective learning. Bryan teaches professional writing to graduate students at the University of Vermont.

Torin Porter has exhibited sculptures in New England galleries, in New York City, at AVA and in public spaces. His interactive installations have been featured at many Phish festivals. Growing up, he spent his summers with the Bread and Puppet Theater, and later performed with the MOMIX dance company and the rock band Jane’s Addiction. Porter was selected to attend several Vermont Week artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, and has taught sculpture classes at The Carving Studio. Porter received his BA in Studio Art from Dartmouth College.

Julie Püttgen holds a BA from Yale University and a MFA from Georgia State University. She works across media (painting, photography, digital animation, installation, book arts) and also curates exhibitions. Püttgen exhibited at AVA in 2012.

Travis Ramsey earned his BM in music education from the University of Southern Maine and his MM in music education from Boston University. His compositions have been commissioned by choruses and orchestras throughout New England. In addition to composing, Ramsey teaches music at the Marion Cross School in Norwich.

Jonathan Rose

Lia Rothstein has BA and MFA degrees from Boston University. She has been a professional photographer for over 40 years, has taught digital photography and imaging in colleges and art centers throughout New England, and has also worked as a photographic specialist for Dartmouth College. From 2009 through August 2012 Rothstein directed the PHOTOSTOP Gallery in White River Junction, VT.  Rothstein’s work will be featured in an upcoming book, “Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts, and Conversations” by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin.

Joseph Saginor has exhibited his paintings at AVA and other regional galleries for over twenty years. Saginor is also a clinical psychologist in private practice and has taught at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. His primary interest is in the connection between perception and the expressive possibilities of painting.

Richard Saunders, an area resident since the mid-sixties, retired to stone carving under the tutelage of Winkie Kelsey twelve years ago. Finding art hidden in stone has been a magically gratifying experience: the technicalities of carving are not formidable; the challenge lies in determining exactly what you think is there.

Gaal Shepherd paints in pastels and in oils, sculpts in wood and makes collages with paper and photos. She has participated in over 100 shows in the many years she has exhibited. Shepherd has been making her own greeting cards for a number of years and has found it a playful way to free herself up in the other forms of work she does.

Meredith Smith holds a BFA in Apparel Design and an MAT with a studio focus in Costume Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen and coordinates AVA’s Fiber Open Studio program.

Maggie Stoudnour has worked in the field of environmental and nature education for fifteen years. She currently coordinates educational programs for the Upper Valley Land Trust, as well as serving as the coordinator of a local after school program for grades K-4. Her passion is nature education for children, and she loves coming up with fun, creative activities in the great outdoors.

Rob Strong holds an MA in Photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin. He shoots portraits, performances, and documentary photographs for clients that include Dartmouth College, Northern Stage, The Valley News, and The New York Times.

Josephine Tate graduated from McGill University and received her studio art training at St. Martins College of Art and Design in London. She taught in Westport, CT and obtained her Masters from the University of Bridgeport. She is a member of the Vermont Watercolor Society. Tate exhibited at AVA in June 2015.

Wendy Tucker has a degree in Art Education from the University of Vermont and teaches fulltime at the Ledyard Charter School in Lebanon, NH. She loves fun experimental art, outdoor art incorporating nature, and integrating history, math, and creative writing into art. Tucker has taught numerous camps and classes at AVA in painting and nature art.

Erica Venuti earned her BFA in Fine Arts from Long Island University and her MA in Health Arts and Sciences from Goddard College, focusing on the transformative qualities of art. She designs expressive art programs for people of all ages through SafeArt and Goddard College.

Evie Watts spent the first part of her working life as a carpenter and contractor, building houses and then in her own home renovation and maintenance business. After taking a 25-year break between her freshman and sophomore year, she went back to college, received a BFA with a concentration in Ceramic Sculpture and a minor in journalism. In the background (usually in the garage) there was always a studio. In 2012, she became an artist at Liberty Arts, a sculpture studio and foundry in Durham, NC where she discovered metal; welding, casting and forging. The years of construction combined with a love of and education in art came together and is evident in much of her work – mostly metal, clay and wood.

Robin Weisburger is an artist who works in both pastel and acrylic and is a founding member of the Orford Art Group. She provides professional framing services at her studio in Orford, NH. Weisburger has exhibited throughout the eastern US and Canada and teaches children’s art workshops in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland.

Patty Williams has a BA in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University and an MBA from Webster University. She runs Aker Fiber Farm LLC in Enfield, NH, which makes yarns from wool, angora bunnies, and flax linen. Williams teaches wheel spinning, drop spindle, carding, knitting, crochet, and dyeing, and her work has won awards at fiber shows.

Stephanie Wolff is an artist, hand bookbinder, printer and book conservator. She was the Fall 2015 Helen M. Salzberg Artist-in-Residence at the Haffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University. Her artist books are held in library and private collections and are included in 500 Handmade Books, Volumes 1 & 2.

Tatiana Yanovskaya-Sink is a member of the Putney Painters group and regularly teaches oil painting in Boston, MA. Her own oil paintings have been featured in American Artist, Art Connoisseur and International Artist magazines.

Michael Yatsevitch earned his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He has been an active member of the AVA community for many years and is instrumental in AVA’s Life Drawing Open Studio.

Josh Yunger is a painter, printmaker and musician. He began taking classes at AVA at age 14. In 1999, he received a BFA in Printmaking and Sound Design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Yunger is the author of the children’s book Hippo and Monkey.

Allison Zito‘s work has been exhibited in numerous museums, including the Berkshire Museum in MA, the Delaware Museum of Art, the State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Zito taught art history for eight years at Harcum College and studio art for ten years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.