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Paula Allen has dedicated much of her career in the arts to children’s programming and the education in visual arts, performing arts and animation. Over the last few years, Paula has created online programs for kids that are affordable and bring out their potential as artists, creatives and individuals. Pollyzoom’s unique online interactive classes have attracted students on both East and West Coasts. Paula’s innovative teaching style and fun loving approach to learning gives her the ability to reach all levels in art and to give them the skills they need to create their own artistic expression. For more information visit www.pollyzoom.com.

Margaret Dwyer earned her BFA from Sienna Heights University and her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. Margaret works in several 2D and 3D mediums (though watercolor is her favorite). Her work has been included in numerous juried national and international exhibitions and has been published in art books and magazines. Read more about Margaret here. www.margaretdwyer-artist.com

Harrison Halaska received his Masters of Fine Arts from the Laguna College of Art and Design in 2018. His focus has been painting still lifes, landscapes, and portraits from life. He is engaged by the uncovering and discovery of his environment through painting. His paintings have been in various exhibitions, including shows at George Billis Gallery, Huntington Library, Laguna Museum of Art, and the 2018 XL Catlin Art Prize exhibition. He has also taught at the California School of the Arts San Gabriel Valley high school for two years. Harrison is excited to begin making paintings of his girlfriend, dog, and the beautiful New England landscape. harrisonhalaska.com

Layne Kull (Digital Drawing & Painting) is a 15 year-old sophomore at Hanover High School. She has been attending AVA art camps for most of her life and has also worked as a camp assistant. AVA helped inspire and nurture her passion for art. She has been dabbling in digital art for about four years and has taken several Photoshopclasses. Her dedication to practicing on her own time has allowed her to become familiar and comfortable with software like Photoshop and ArtStudioPro. Her techniques and processes for creating completely original pieces of digital art are inspiring. layne.m.kull@gmail.com

Maggie mayfly Kundtz Joseph: Visual artist; AVA studio tenant since 2013; AVA instructor.  Strives to nurture & empower-young and old-in the creative process.  Earned a BFA from the University of Michigan in painting & photography; Master’s in photography from Maine Media College.  Early life, worked in the gallery/ museum arena and NYC photography scene; Currently, immersed in art making and raising a family.  Created the artist persona, mayfly, to better embody the ideas of ephemerality and transformation in her art. Read more about Maggie mayfly Kundtz Joseph’s life and work here.

Tanya Libby is an art teacher to amazing and imaginative students at Samuel Morey and Westshire Elementary schools. At home, she’s a mom to two wonderful boys, an artist, a student (one can never stop learning), a lover of fitness, reading, movies, music, travel and spending time with her family. She studied at Elmira College, in Elmira, New York under Marc Dennis, a Brooklyn, New York-based artist, and received her BA in K-12 Art Education. She has been teaching ever since, and her passion is to cultivate a love and appreciation for art and learning into the hearts and minds of our young students.

Beth McGeeBeth McGee is a teacher, artist, scenic painter, costume designer and mom in Thetford, VT. Born and raised in Hanover, NH, and Pretoria, South Africa, Beth graduated from Dartmouth College, where she concentrated in visual arts and mathematics, and studied costume design with Margaret Spicer. Beth has costumed over 30 shows, including 4 years as costumer for The Christmas Revels in Hanover. Recent theatrical projects include costume design for The Lion King at Crossroads Academy; Antigone and The Insanity of Mary Girard at Thetford Academy; Willy Wonka at the Lyme School; Spinning into Butter for the Parish Players in Thetford; and Man of La Mancha at the Briggs Opera House (whenever we can get back into theaters!) Beth enjoys the challenge of drawing photorealistic portraits and painting large murals, but has found her passion using art – and her sewing machine – to bring stories to life on stage. She loves inspiring students of all ages to experience that artistic magic for themselves.

Tyler MorrisonTyler Morrison is a potter whose work is focused on elements of everyday life. Largely self-taught, his work emphasizes function, sustainability, and self-sufficiency. As an artist he draws inspiration from industry, and the tradition of potters as both designers and laborers. As an educator he emphasizes the role that the pottery studio has historically played in society, how the medium of clay has shaped the way we view and interact with the world, and how students can use that knowledge to grow as artists and as people.

 

Karl Neubauer has been a studio artist and artisan for thirty years. His work can be found in shops and galleries throughout the US and locally at The Artisan’s Hand in Montpelier, The North East Kingdom Artisan’s Guild in St Johnsbury, Catamount Arts Gallery in St Johnsbury, and AVA Gallery.  He has been teaching art to young people in and out of public school for over seven years. www.karl-art.com

Laurel Pollard has a degree in physics and a middle-level math teaching certificate. She has been teaching and coaching young students in technology, computer science and engineering since 2002 with an emphasis on bringing the arts and creativity to the STEM fields. She has been making jewelry and programming a computer since high school.  Now she has combined the two with 3d printing, bringing out the beauty of math and code.

Susan Davis Shimko earned a BA from Smith College in Education and Child Study and an Ed.M. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in Learning and Teaching.  She has taught in the elementary grades in both public and private schools and is a long-time Masterpiece Art Program educator.  Ms. Shimko studied art history at both Smith College and Harvard University and is an avid proponent of art literacy and integration in the classroom.  She is familiar with the New Hampshire K-12 Curriculum Framework for the Arts and the Vermont Department of Education Arts Grade Expectations.

Lea Wells is a professional illustrator who studied advertising at the Art Institute of Ft Lauderdale and the University of Florida.  She has worked with a wide variety of clients on illustrations for books, magazines, advertising, and websites. Her work has been recognized by the AIGA (the professional association for design), the Art Directors Club of Denver, and the Denver Art Museum. She has shown her work nationwide and teaches art at various workshops around the country. www.leawells.com

Allison Zito received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of the Arts. Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous museums including The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield MA, The Delaware Art Museum, The Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Allison has decades of teaching experience, having taught a considerable variety of classes at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA, and at the University of Pennsylvania Morris Arboretum. She has been teaching Studio Art in the Upper Valley with excellent results at AVA Gallery and Art Center, Hanover League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, ArtisTree, and Claremont Maker Space. Allison Zito was awarded The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 for her work as an artist and art educator. In 2019 Allison was awarded an Artist in Residency at The Claremont Maker Space. There she created an art installation addressing the issue of “Global Warming” and she organized a symposium on site, to inspire positive action within the community. Making a statement and expressing herself through art; is the cornerstone of Allison’s career, as an artist and art educator.