Janet Ashton has been teaching at the Center for 17 years. She is a long-time performer of Celtic and traditional music at the Blanchard's Colonial Tavern Museum in Avon.
Molly Atryzek attended Massachusetts College of Art as an undergraduate and graduate student where she received her BFA in Illustration and Fibers and a Master's of Arts in Teaching. In her own art, she experiments with a variety of media including fabric dying, hand embroidery, appliqué, paint and collage. Her work reflects on themes such as nostalgia, family, relationships and food.
Tracey Babin earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Wheaton College in Studio Art and Art History, and a Master’s Degree from Lesley University in Art Education. She grew up on Cape Cod with her family where her mother taught her how to paint. Babin enjoys painting, cooking and anything to do with being outdoors!
Lauren Blais earned her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in small metals. She is a Boston based designer and maker recently named "Best of Boston" by the Improper Bostonian. Her hand-crafted collections inspired by Victorian Era ornamentation include dark, deft and delicate constructions of sterling silver etched with antique wallpaper patterns and accented with the highest quality natural gemstones, raw minerals, fur, exotic leathers and 18kt gold. Blais' jewelry is predominately crafted using traditional metalsmithing techniques such as lost wax casting, piercing, forming, fabricating and enameling.
Frank Criscione holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in Industrial Design at MassArt, teaching Form and Drawing. Criscione launched his brand, American Handcraft, in 2011 through a successful Kickstarter project to fund a series of coffee and espresso cups. He continues to create unique and functional custom crafted objects and furnishings for the home through his studio at Humphreys Street Studios in Dorchester.
Rachel Eng received her BFA in Ceramics from the Pennsylvania State University and her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. While at Penn State, she taught adults and children wheelthrowing and finished a sabbatical fill in at Colorado State University. She is currently participating in an artist residency at Mudflat Studios.
Nicole Gsell is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Fine Arts Illustration. She is currently working on her Master's of Arts in Teaching from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Gsell worked as Creative Director for the independent children’s book company Pinwheel Books in Brookline, MA for three years. Some books she has published include: The Tremendous Pagoda Tree of Martha's Vineyard, published by Lychee Books in 2013 and We Are Twins, The Story of Sam and Ben, published by Pinwheel Books in 2011. Her next book, Spit and Sticks, A Chimney Full of Swifts, is anticipated to be published in June 2015 by Charlesbridge Publishing.
Peg Kane holds a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a Master's of Arts in Painting from Pius XII Institute in Florence, Italy. She has exhibited her work at various galleries in the Boston area.
Margaret Langdell is a graduate of the North Bennet Street School Jewelry Making and Repair Program and a former glassworker for Josh Simpson. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe and the book Enameling with Professionals by Lilyan Bachrach.
Leonie Little-Lex has a BFA in Illustration and a Master's of Arts in Teaching from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is a painter, printmaker and freelance illustrator, her recent work includes cartoon drawings for Hello Essay:
https://www.helloessay.com/about/editing-and-proofreading-services. Little-Lex works and teaches in a variety of media; she is also the Studio and Administrative Coordinator for the Brookline Arts Center.
Marc Mancuso has been making ceramics since 1988 and for the last 14 years has taught ceramics at beginner though advanced levels. He has taught at M.I.T., Brookline Adult Education and has given workshops at the Fuller Craft Museum. He has worked in Boston as a production potter, sold works at juried local fairs and exhibits regionally. His approach to making objects can be simultaneously whimsical and methodical, but is usually more one than the other.
Karenna Maraj graduated with a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design. She creates and sells her own jewelry: “Washers and Sticks.” She opened the gallery Karenna Maraj Jewelry Collection in 2010 in Belmont, MA 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.
Mitch Shiles is ceramic and multimedia artist currently working in the greater Boston area. He earned his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics, and has exhibited nationally. His work involves a multitude of materials merged through computer aided methods and older craft techniques.
Merrill Smith is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and has been teaching young children in the Moms, Dads and Tots program at the Center for over 30 years.
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 and is profiled in The Crafters Book of Angels and The Ultimate T-Shirt Book by Deborah Morgenthal. By day, Summers works at the Society of Arts and Crafts as the Retail Manager.
Ashley Vick started Filomena Demarco Jewelry after graduating with a BFA in metals from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. When she began making jewelry, Vick found her interest was in creating wearable sculpture and that her inspiration was drawn mainly from colors and forms found in nature. As she continues to develop and deepen her technical aptitude and style, utilizing the techniques of electro-forming, lost wax casting and various methods of fabrication, her initial inspiration remains, and she continues to draw from and incorporate elements found in nature in new and exciting ways. Vick's jewelry has been included for publication in Lark Books', "500 Series", Darling Publications and can be purchased in galleries nationwide.
Steven Wilber is an independent multimedia fine artist. His artwork has been in galleries and solo shows along the East Coast since 2007. Based in the heart of Boston, Wilber often works from his studio in Southern New Hampshire. Formerly a public school art teacher, he continues to teach inner city teens in Culture for Change. Using art as an interdisciplinary tool to combine math, history and geography, the main goal of any lesson Wilber teaches his students is to utilize their imagination and give them methods to think abstractly.