Teacher Teacher’s Bio

Molly Blumberg
is an artist and educator living in Somerville, MA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from The Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis where she specialized in sculptural and experimental papermaking, bookbinding, and mixed media installation. She has taught in a wide variety of youth and community arts based programming, where she advocates for creative arts as a tool for individual, interpersonal, and resilient community development. Her work explores the dynamic interactions between artist and material, and focuses conceptually on cycles of growth, change, and decay over time.
Natalie Busby is an artist, stylist, and window display designer living in Somerville, MA. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where she participated in multiple exhibitions around the city and received the Nick Cave Grant for her fashion work. She cherishes the presence of art in the community and loves to inspire this passion to others. She lives and maintains a studio in Somerville, MA. Her personal work includes garments, installations and painting and can be viewed at www.nataliebusby.com
Luke Luke Bruffee has a degree in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a Master of Education from Cambridge College. He has taught art for the past twenty years in the Boston area. He combines abstract and realism in his methods of art teaching and has years of experience of differentiated teaching for the individual within a classroom context. He lives and maintains a studio in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
Alejandra Carles-Tolra is a Spanish photographer from Barcelona, Spain, whose work examines the relationship between individual and group identity, and how the latter shapes the former. She received a BA in Sociology from the University of Barcelona and an MFA in Photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently at the Onward Compe Exhibition in Philadelphia, the Photographic Resource Center in Boston, and Valid Foto BCN Gallery in Barcelona. She has received several awards and mentions such as 21 New & Emerging Photographers by Lens Culture, Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña 2013 and Grand Prix de la Decouverte 2012. She is currently living and working in Boston, MA. Carles-Tolra has taught photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Camera Eye Workshops and will be teaching at the University of New Hampshire in 2014.
Prince Prince J. Charles has been directing and producing independent films and videos for nearly 20 years. He is a media educator, videographer, music video producer, and has produced documentary projects that promote social, cultural, and personal awareness. His work includes Public Access TV stations & non-profit organizations in Massachusetts. Prince’s video production work in the community with his students is recognized for its creative positive approach. After more than a decade of collaborations working with youth & adults, Prince and youth producers created a wide range of productions and many of them have been acclaimed and won prizes and featured at festivals and aired on broadcast TV networks. Prince aspires to teaching adults & youth the technical aspects of video production while cultivating creativity, collaborative learning, and critical thinking to utilize technology as a tool for transformation.
Rosemarie Clinton Rosemarie Clinton has taught art to children at the Greenwood Elementary School and the Menino Arts Center. Rosemarie has received several prizes for her impressionist paintings, including a Gold Medal Grumbacher award.
Tsun Ming Tsun Ming Chmielinski. Born in China and raised in Hong Kong, Tsun Ming (Szeto) Chmielinski began painting at age fourteen as a private student of the late Zen Master, Shaw Lup Sing, an art professor at Hong Kong Chinese University. Tsun Ming immigrated to the United States in 1976. She expanded her artistic media in the 90’s and began to study pastel, botanical watercolor and oil painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Wellesley College as well as through private lessons. Tsun Ming’s artwork has been exhibited throughout New England in galleries and juried shows. She is a recipient of many awards. Her paintings hang in collections of various corporations and private homes. She currently teaches art classes at Foxhill Village in Westwood, workshops at Forbes House Museum in Milton and her private studio in Jamaica Plain.
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Brian Connolly is a published cartoonist and freelance illustrator, and a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His work can be seen in DigBoston and on his own website www.nothingmattress.com
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Leah Leah Craig Leah Craig received her interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University. She previously studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her Bachelor in Fine Arts in painting from The University of Las Vegas. Leah currently teaches the First Year Core Contemporary Arts Seminar to undergraduate freshman at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and art to first graders at The British School of Boston. Leah also works at The Howard Art Project, a studio and exhibition space in Fields Corner, Dorchester that she co-founded and co-directs. She is passionate about helping artists develop skills and articulate their ideas through a variety of artistic means. Her own artistic practice oscillates between performance, photography, video, bookmaking, painting and drawing, and often emphasizes audience interaction. In 2012, she has exhibited in and curated shows in Boston, Provincetown, Iowa City, Waltham, and Dorchester.
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Aparna (Pampi) Das is the digital mixed media performance artist and poet at thirdeyefell.com. While her forte is in pen and ink, she enjoys experimenting with video, poetry, movement and song. In her work she engages issues of identity, gender, sexuality and the body politic. Pampi is passionate about being engaged in arts education as a tool for exploring social justice concerns and building sustainable community through affirmative messaging. She has taught dance, fashion design and other forms of art in the greater Boston area. Pampi is also Artistic Director at alpoarrentao Productions, an art event organization in Greater Boston that commissions original art from local artists, explores relevant socio-political themes and strives to deepen relationships between audience and artist. She earned her BS in Art & Design from MIT.
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Clara Clara Angelina Diaz, is a fine artist, life coach, and business consultant. She combines her innate creative talents with, her professional experience and formal education in the areas of counseling, business management and the arts as a means to personal and professional transformation. She is a certified financial counselor for a non-profit organization and business development consultant for a Boston non-profit personal finance program. Her commissions include public art projects for the City of Boston, Logan Airport and international private clients. Recently Clara exhibited at the Somerville Arts Museum and the launched “Clarafying Life Coaching and Consulting” during the opening of her art exhibit, “Clarity, Vision and Action, in the Massachusetts State House this past Sept. Clara obtained her life coaching certification through the, Fowler Wainright Institute of Coaching and is currently pursuing a specialization in management from Lesley University.
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Nancy Donovan Nancy Donovan has an MEd from Lesley College “Integrating the Arts into the Curriculum”. She has taught glass fusing to students from ages 8 to adults for ten years, as an art teacher at Derby Academy in Hingham, United South End Settlements and private group classes.
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Kate Urschel Doss. Kate Urschel Doss received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, California and her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has taught students of all ages and is especially passionate about sharing art with others. Her current body of work is a series of representational paintings focusing on interior spaces that imply a human narrative while utilizing interest in ornament, decoration, and pattern. www.kateurschel.com
Rachel Forte is an abstract painter with a BFA in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art. She is currently represented by Agora Gallery in New York, and has taught art in both Maryland and Virginia.
Beth

Beth received her Masters of Education in Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She previously studied at the University of Missouri, where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology with subspecialties in Ceramic Art and English Literature. She has worked in art museum education at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Fuller Craft Museum, and the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, where she worked to engage visitors of all ages with classical to contemporary art. Beth has taught Art in a wide range of media with a heavy emphasis on works inspired by professional artists. She has also taught English Writing and Science to elementary students in Raleigh, North Carolina. Beth’s artistic practice focuses primarily on collage, ceramics, and fiber arts. Beth maintains an avid interest in finding a way for all people to relate to art, regardless of their artistic inclinations. Her favorite word is creativity!
Lisa Goren Lisa Goren (a Hyde Park resident) has been a professional artist for 7 years. In her “past life”, she worked in the music business for nearly 20 years using her marketing skills daily. Marketing and thinking about how people can communicate their message is second nature to her. Lisa has been teaching marketing to artists for 3 years.
Larry Johnson Larry Johnson, Publisher of Tales of Fantasy Comic Book for 20 years, 1979 Graduate Art Institute of Boston, former president Jamaica Plain Artists Association.
Sasja Lucas, MA in Fine Art from George Washington University, BFA, Binghamton University. Studio artist for over 30 years, she has taught art and design at Newbury College, Fuller Museum, Brookline Arts Center and Cornwall Studios and Gallery. She is an exhibit and animation fabricator.
Freddie Melo Freddie Melo. I could still remember sitting on a rug, trying to copy a frame at a time out of a Garfield comic book with my sister. Drawing sparked such an interest in me, growing up I was mostly quiet, day dreaming in a world of lines and color. It was at thirteen when I found letter structure (calligraphy, hand sign making, etc…), skateboarding, rock and the culture within it when I started to truly express my ideas. I am able to embrace mistakes and enjoy the process. I am currently doing murals, volunteering, and exploring figure drawing. My main mediums are ink, aerosol paint and water colors.
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Jim M. Jim Michmerhuizen has made poems over the past fifty-five years, and has helped others do the same with increasing skill and pleasure. He has conducted creative-writing workshops at the MAC since 2009. His first creative writing workshops was in New Haven, CT, early in 1967.He retired recently from a 35-year career in software engineering and consulting in and around Boston. He has written highly ¬praised instruction manuals in computer software, music, and audio synthesis. He has taught adult-ed courses in computer technology at Northwestern University, and at the Boston School of Electronic Music which he founded in 1971. His articles on consumer audio and the history of synthesis have been published in the Boston Phoenix. He has conducted a weblog since 2003, currently at open.salon.com/blog/jamzen. Jim has a BA in Philosophy and in English Literature from Hope College, and several years of graduate study in Philosophy at Yale University.
Cheryl Murphy Cheryl Murphy is a visual artist working in both 2D and 3D mediums. She has been an art teacher in Boston for more than 15 years. Her education includes The Art Institute of Boston and Mass College of Art.
Holly Nichols, an artist and illustrator, was born and raised in Quincy MA. She attended Endicott College in Beverly where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art. She has illustrated two children’s picturebooks and does freelance illustration work. A passion for teaching, Holly has been an art instructor at Thayer Academy Summer Programs in Braintree for several years. Holly is now focused on fashion illustration, working with brides to create custom illustrations of their gowns.
Brent Ridge Brent Ridge. Brent was born and raised in Flint, MI, USA. He attended Michigan State University and was awarded a BFA in Studio Art in 1998. He spent the subsequent decade as an artist in New York City, where he frequently exhibits his work, before travelling to Scotland to attend the Glasgow School of Art, graduating with an Master in Fine Art in 2012. He is excited to share with others his many experiences of art from around the globe. More about the artist: www.brent-ridge.com
Allison Skula Allison Skula received her Bachelors in Fine Art degree from The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University. Allison has been teaching the skills and techniques of various forms of art in a classroom setting for the past 8+ years. Sharing and exploring the arts has always been influential for Allison, leading to a strong and diverse set of skills. Allison’s current exploration of work, Collective, examines the use of animal domestication versus natural instinct in a series of mixed media photography prints. www.allisonskula.com
Steve Wilber is a multimedia fine artist, inspired by music, pop culture, and his own world travels. 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. More about Steve: www.swartstudio.com