ALICE CARROLL – METALSMITHING
Alice Carroll holds an MFA degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BFA from Portland School of Art. She served as Artist in Residence at the Penland School of Crafts from 1992-1994. During that time she acted as studio coordinator of the metals department. She has exhibited widely, including shows at the National Arts Club in NYC, Hodges Taylor Gallery in Charlotte NC, and is a member of the American Crafts Council and the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She came back to southern Maine in 1994, and has been teaching jewelry and metalsmithing since then and is currently running a studio full time making jewelry and decorative/sculptural work.
AMY DESROBERTS – SEWING
Amy DesRoberts is the owner of L Girlie Designs and Sewing Fun with Amy. She has been creating her whole life and began on a sewing machine when she was 9 years old. The mother of three daughters she loves to share her love for creating with children!
Hope to see you in class this summer!
DUANE EDWARDS – GUITAR, BASS, ENSEMBLES, DRUMS
Bassist Duane Edwards is an accomplished musician currently residing in Portland, Maine. Duane has performed throughout New England and Canada. He studied jazz at the University of Maine at Augusta with Boston bassist Greg Loughman, Thelonious Monk Institute Award recipient Steve Grover, the composer Richard Nelson, and saxophonist Frank Mauceri. Duane has also studied with jazz heavyweights Ben Allison and Drew Gress. He performs in a variety of groups with styles ranging from jazz to rock to cuban; and has shared the stage with illustrious musicians such as Chuchito Valdes, Jon Langford, and Trombone Shorty. His music has been featured on All About Jazz radio and across the United States. Mr. Edwards currently teaches at the Midcoast School of Music in Portland and is the Music Department Coordinator at the River Tree Arts. He also joined the adjunct faculty at the University of Maine at Augusta and Bowdoin in the fall of 2014.
GAYLE FITZPATRICK, BFA, MEd. – VISUAL ART
For over thirty years Gayle has taught in public and private schools, colleges, adult education and community programs that serve people of all age, abilities and demographics; including The Chicago Hearing Society, the Marwen Foundation’s I Had a Dream Program, Wells Public School District , The New School, Simpson College in Iowa and at the Autism Society of America’s Annual Conferences.
Gayle is a practicing artist who creates and exhibits works in painting, printmaking and papermaking. She earned her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art, continued studies in the Massachusetts state college System, Penland School of Crafts, Haystack School of Crafts and with Master Tsuneo Naito in Japan.
BARBARA FRASER – PIANO, VOICE, MUSIC/MOVEMENT, THERAPEUTIC ARTS
Barbara brings together an eclectic background in the arts, education, and therapy as a music instructor. Her specialties include teaching piano and voice students of all ages to read music, training her students with a unique approach combining classical and jazz theory. She brings extensive experience directing early childhood and school-age arts and educational programs. She has 20 years of musical training on piano, voice, bassoon, and clarinet. Barbara has a BS in Child Development and Educational Psychology, and a secondary focus in Fine Arts, from Union College in New York. “My primary role as an educator is to create a warm, exciting atmosphere wherein my students want to explore and learn, creativity and uniqueness are fostered, expressing feelings and collaboration are modeled and supported.”
LAUREN HASTINGS GENOVA – VIOLIN
Lauren Hastings Genova holds a Bachelor’s of Music in violin performance and a Master’s of Ethnomusicology from Boston University. She also attended The Royal College of Music in London, England during the autumn of 2006. Prior to university, she attended Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA and the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School program. As a violinist, Lauren has toured internationally. She has studied privately with Dean Stein of the Portland String Quartet, Yuri Mazurkevich, Rosemary Furniss, William Fedkenheuer, and Ferdinand “Dino” Liva of the DaPonte String Quartet, among others. Lauren currently performs as a member of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Amarantos String Quartet, Alhan Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, and other various Maine-based ensembles.
Along with classical music, Lauren is devoted to and encourages an open-minded approach to music performance and study. Along these lines, she also enjoys collaborating with many of Portland’s rock musicians. As a violin teacher, Lauren utilizes various pedagogical methods that she tailors to the student and his/her learning style and interests.
ANN GUINEY – VOICE & THEATER
Ann Guiney is active as a performer and teacher. She holds a Masters Degree in Music in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. She has appeared as a soloist with the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Company in San Francisco, the New England Philharmonic, the Marblehead Symphony Orchestra, and the Longwood Opera Company and recently Our Theatre Company. Ann has served as Director of Performing Arts at River Tree Arts in Kennebunk. Ann often adjudicates national and local vocal competitions and auditions. She maintains a busy voice studio both privately and at River Tree Arts. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Her students have appeared at Our Theater Company, Ogunquit Playhouse, Boston Children’s Theater,Rochester Opera House, Maine All-State Chorus Festival, Portland Players, Portland Lyric Theater, North Shore Music Theater, Boston Children’s Chorus, and the Boys Singers of Maine to name a few! Ann works with students of all abilities for beginners to professionals.
CATHY SCHROEDER HAMMOND – CERAMICS
Cathy Schroeder Hammond has been making pottery in Maine since 1987, and teaching in various programs in the Portland and Kennebunk areas since 1991. She spent many years as Ceramic Technician and Instructor at Maine College of Art, and is glad to help welcome ceramics back to River Tree Arts. Since 2001 Cathy has been living and working in Lyman out of her own Pasture’s Edge Studio.
EMMETT HARRITY – PIANO
Emmett Harrity is an active pianist in the Southern Maine region who performs and enjoys a wide variety of music, specializing in jazz and other improvised music. A 2012 graduate cum laude of the University of Southern Maine School of Music, he now resides in Portland and spends his time performing, accompanying and teaching private lessons. He is the pianist for The Fogcutters big band and the piano trio Standard Issue, both based in Portland. Emmett has experience teaching a range different styles and skill levels, and hopes to instill in his students the same excitement he feels for music and the piano.
WILLIAM HESSIAN – VISUAL ARTS & ROBOTICS
William Hessian holds a BA in Studio Arts from Winona State University in Winona, MN and is known to many as The Canvas Killer and as Mr. Art Hunt, and his students know him as Mr. Billy. One of William’s creations is Canvas Kill Live.This is an art form in which the artist creates and “kills” an art piece during a performance. Some of the implements he has been known to use are blenders, swords, and knives. William also does Miniature Art Hunts on a national level, inviting communities to find his hidden artwork and win prizes. William often tells his students, “there are no wrong answers in art,” and therefore the results are limitless.
MEGAN HOLTHAM – CERAMICS
Megan grew up on Martha’s Vineyard MA, and has always shared a love for the arts and small coastal towns. She landed in Kennebunkport in 2004 when she attended The Landing School for Boat Building & Design. Megan’s passion and experience as a boat builder fueled her curiosity to explore other mediums such as metal, clay, graphic design and most recently, custom picture framing. Megan’s experience with many mediums of art, and particular love for clay, has her primarily working in River Tree Arts ceramic studio; however, you will often find her helping at the front desk and hosting our very popular “Craft Night” program.
STEVE HREHOVCIK – DRAWING/CARTOON/SUPERHEROES
Steve remembers the first picture he drew – a jalopy at age seven. As he filled the blank sheet with the bent fenders, torn convertible top and steam erupting from the radiator cap he began an artist’s journey that continues to this day. Steve works in pen and ink, acrylics, charcoal, pencil and colored markers, plus graphic design in CorelDraw. His subjects include cartoons, caricatures, homes and buildings, portraits, equestrian art, pets, scenic views and maps. He studied art and design at Rutgers University, the University of Miami, Catholic University, Maine College of Art and Heartwood College of Art. On trips, rather than using a camera, he prefers to capture the memories on a sketch pad.
CAREN-MARIE MICHEL – VISUAL ARTS
Caren-Marie Sargent Michel was born in Portland, Maine and is a lifelong Maine resident. Michel is a devoted plein air painter working in acrylic and pastel on locations all over Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. She has been painting plein air for over ten years. Michel is President of the Pastel Painters of Maine, past Treasurer of the Union of Maine Visual Artists and President of Westbrook Arts & Culture. Michel earned her B.F.A. in painting from Portland School of Art in 1978 (now Maine College of Art.) Her work has been selected for juried shows all over the country. Michel is represented by North Light Gallery in Millinocket, Maine. She is a member of the Saccarappa Art Collective in Westbrook, Maine.
Brigid Rankowski is an artist with a disability advocacy background. She obtained her Master’s degree in developmental disabilities in 2015 and has connected art with the disability culture. She has gone on to be a Teaching Artist Leader as part of the Maine Arts Commission and uses multiple mediums to work with the strengths of each student.
ANGELA HAMEL RUSSELL – DANCE
Angela has been dancing since the age of 18 months. She began her training at The Dance Space in Lower Village before studying at Sharon Arnold Lux’s School of Dance in Arundel. There, she learned valuable skills, not only with dance technique, but also teaching dance to children, teens, and adults. While teaching at Sharon’s, Angela also worked at the Kennebunk Elementary School, teaching an after school dance class through the Stretch Beyond program. During this time, Angela also danced and competed with The K.H.S. Dance Team. After taking home the solo trophy for Irish Dancing at States, she progressed to Nationals and took home the top Irish title. With a passion for competition and dance, Angela has attended numerous workshops, conventions, and classes. Through these opportunities, she has been able to work with some of the industry’s top dancers and choreographers. More recently, Angela ran and instructed gymNation’s dance program in Kennebunk. Angela created a multi-disciplinary dance program for all ages at River Tree Arts in 2012 that continues to grow each year.
HEATHER LEWIS – VISUAL ART
ACCOMPLISHED VISUAL ARTIST, TEACHER, COACH Heather Lewis possesses a life-long immersion in the arts beginning in Delaware with artist parents, fine art training at The Philadelphia College of Art, and over three decades of actively creating art for exhibition and sale. PASSIONATE about helping others reconnect with their own creativity, she is a seasoned studio arts instructor and creativity coach who inspires learning through her engaging and encouraging teaching style. She has taught and conducted workshops throughout the northeast for all different age levels from pre-school to college. She is an adjunct studio arts professor at York County Community College. “As with her paintings, Heather’s classroom instruction serves as a magical conduit through which others discover their own dreams, visions, images, and feelings. She creates a learning environment where her students feel safe to explore and, simultaneously, challenged and stretched to their highest potential. Heather truly embraces and models the belief that her classroom provides the venue to set the creator in each of us free. “ Susan M. Vitale. REFRESHING and ORIGINAL, Lewis masterfully captures and interprets the beauty of the natural world around her, infusing it with a certain emotional vitality. She has exhibited extensively in her native Delaware, central New York, and throughout New England, with work included in prominent private and corporate collections. Heather Lewis is a long time resident of the Maine seacoast which is a constant source of inspiration for her art.
ABBETH RUSSEL – VISUAL ART
Abbeth Russell teaches art and juggling. She received her BFA in Painting from Maine College of Art where she graduated with honors. She has shown and sold her work in Boston, New York, San Francisco, and all over Maine. In her spare time, Abbeth enjoys juggling flaming torches, working on her novel Destroyer Sky, and hanging out with her amazing cat, Jackson. Portland, Maine is the wonderful city she currently calls home & is involved with various art organizations and street art performances.
LAURA SAVARD – VISUAL ART, CERAMICS
Laura Savard lives in the Kennebunks with her two daughters. Living and loving her oceanside community, Laura brings a diverse & multi-talented teaching style to her afterschool classes.
Being a mom, artist, and teacher at River Tree Arts, she has found art to always be her muse. Savard, having learned the trade of Picture Framing and Gallery Coordinator at in high school through a work trade program, she has since worked at & owned galleries from Worcester MA, Miami FL, Santa Fe NM, Portland ME & Kennebunk.
With art being her lifeblood, she has found her passion in carved gessoed iconic-style paintings, Raku sculptures, large murals and printmaking. Laura has taught at RTA since 2010.
ANNE GABLE ALLAIRE
Anne Gable Allaire lives and works in Kennebunk, ME. In 2006, she was named a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America. Her work is shown in National Exhibitions and she is the recipient of numerous awards. Anne’s work has been exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, the National Arts Club in New York, NY, and has appeared in the “Pastel Journal”. In 2014, she was invited by the Maine Arts Commission to have a solo exhibition in the Maine State Capitol Building in Augusta, Maine. Allaire is a Signature member and Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America and a Signature member of the Pastel Painters of Maine. She is also a juried member of the Art Guild of the Kennebunks. Her work is represented by local galleries and Anne’s paintings may also be seen in her studio by appointment.
RUSSEL WHITTEN – VISUAL ART
In 2004, at age 22, Whitten was juried into the 70-member Ogunquit Art Association, Maine’s oldest art group founded in 1928 to bring together professional artists to exhibit their finest work and provide an educational forum to enhance the cultural life on the Seacoast. He received two scholarships to study fine art at Heartwood College of Art in Kennebunk, where Hardy, West and Lethem were his teachers. Whitten went on to complete a year’s course of study at the prestigious Art Students League of New York, after which he came back to Maine and pursued the OAA. Russel is well versed in several mediums & styles. He has shown his work throughout New England, including the Barn Gallery.
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