Lauren Blais Lauren Blais earned her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in small metals. Named “Best of Boston” by the Improper Bostonian—an honor by a great publication--Lauren currently works from her studio at Joy Street Studios in Somerville, MA
Nicole Gsell is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Fine Arts Illustration. Nicole is a Creative/Marketing Director for independent children’s book company Pinwheel Books in Brookline, MA. She is currently working on her Masters of Arts in Teaching from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Leonie Little-Lex has a BFA in illustration (‘09) and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (’12). She also teaches in Cambridge and is a returning instructor in the Massart Summer Youth Programs. She works in and teaches a variety of media; she specializes in both illustration and painting.
Marc Mancuso is a ceramics artist who makes bright, fun and detailed work. He teaches workshops, classes and camps for children and adults.
Kayla Mathieu has a BFA in ceramics and woodworking from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.
Karenna Maraj graduated with a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from RISD. She creates & sells her own jewelry: “Washers and Sticks”. Recently she opened a gallery in Belmont, Karenna Maraj Jewelry Collection, where she displays her work and that of other local artists.
Tom Norton earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Shortly thereafter he established Apparel Decor in New York City, making costume jewelry out of machine parts. In the nineties, he invented Walnut Drawing Ink® and the Walnut Drawing Stick, selling those products to over 200 art stores across the Country. His work has appeared on the cover of Harpers Bazaar and can be seen in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Danforth Museum in Framingham, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Stedeliik Museum in Amsterdam, and the Museum of Modern Art, NYC.
George Summers received his BFA from UMass Dartmouth and has been working in batik for over 20 years. His work has been exhibited from Massachusetts to Key West, Florida. George's batik work is profiled in The Crafters Book of Angels and The Ultimate T-Shirt Book by Deborah Morgenthal, and was recently featured at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston.
Ashley Vick earned her BFA in metals from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Utilizing the techniques of electro-forming, lost wax casting and various methods of fabrication, Ashley creates sculptural jewelry that is inspired by forms and colors found in nature and minimal, bold, clean lines. In addition to creating her one-of-a-kind pieces, Ashley created Filomena DeMarco Jewelry, a production line of jewelry named after her great-grandmother, Filomena DeMarco. Ashley currently has a studio in Somerville, MA and lives in Providence, RI.
Steven Wilber is an independent multimedia fine artist, inspired by music, pop culture and his own world travels. Steven is an artist with a great interest in people and is always eager to share and hear new stories. His paintings are a reflection of such tales. Steven’s artwork has been in galleries and solo shows all along the East Coast since 2007. Based in the heart of Boston, Steven often works from his studio in Southern New Hampshire. Formerly a public school art teacher, Steven continues to teach inner city teens for Culture for Change, using art as a tool to educate on social justice. Steven teaches children's, teen and adult visual art and ceramic classes for the Brookline Arts Center. Steven believes in inspiring our future generations by enhancing creativity in an environment of positivity. Using art as an interdisciplinary tool to combine math, history and geography, the main goal of any lesson Steven teaches his students is to utilize their imagination and give them methods to think abstractly.
Jane Zell received her BA from Framingham State University with a concentration in education and ceramics. She is also an art instructor at West Boylston Middle High School.