Watercolor is one of Rebecca Arnoldi’s favorite mediums. She has exhibited her art in galleries and museums in Provincetown, Boston, New York City and Israel. She has over 20 years of experience as an educator. While exploring nature and art, she received an MFA in Painting and a MS in Environmental Education, published Life in the Tides and appeared on National Geographic.
Jessica Beck has a BFA in Painting and a MA in Studio Teaching from Boston University. She is a Boston based painter working in oils, watercolor and a variety of drawing materials. Her work explores the balance between realism and abstraction in nature and deals with concepts of memory and aesthetics through the landscape. She has exhibited work locally in Boston, Brookline and Somerville. In addition to adult and children’s classes at the BAC, Jessica teaches full time in Framingham Public Schools and summer art workshops at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
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 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. Lauren’s jewelry is predominately crafted using traditional metalsmithing techniques such as lost wax casting, piercing, forming, fabricating and enameling.
Gianna Colson received her BFA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where clay was her medium of choice. She has always been inspired by deep sea creatures, microorganisms and other mysterious forms of life, which becomes evident through her ambiguously organic objects.
Meagan Hepp holds a BFA in Sculpture from the New England School of Art and Design. She currently teaches 3D Design and Sculptural Thinking at Suffolk University, as well as various ceramics courses at Brookline Arts Center. The house-like structures she creates explore themes of domesticity and anxiety through her particular material process of destruction and repair. Meagan’s process involves the careful selection of broken, weathered and discarded plywood, which she damages, repairs, supplements and reconstitutes into new forms.
Deb Hicks holds a BA in English and Italian Studies from Dickinson College. Her passions for teaching, helping others and doing art led her to study Art Therapy at Milan’s Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. She has developed and run art therapy workshops in Italy and Spain, working primarily with immigrant populations. Deb enjoys making earrings and quilts, doing linoleum block prints and drawing people. Aside from art, her hobbies include practicing and teaching yoga, playing ultimate frisbee, hiking, biking and climbing.
Emily Iannarilli is a graduate of Skidmore College where she earned a BS in Studio Art with a double concentration in Metals and Jewelry and Digital Photography and a minor in Anthropology. She strives to create a open and creative classroom environment based on encouraging students to ask questions and explore the answers they find. While she teaches in a variety of mediums, she works predominantly in two mediums: jewelry and digital photography. Her jewelry reflects her interest in the forms and irregularities of the natural world and photography focuses on human subjects and the narrative power of images and what it means to tell a story.
With an appreciation for modern design and a dedication to craftsmanship, Laura Jaklitsch fabricates each piece by hand in her Somerville, MA studio. Drawing on inspiration from the architecture of both the man made and natural world, she deconstructs the details she observes into sleek, wearable forms using her signature wood and polyurethane inlay technique. Laura experiments with material, color and form to make jewelry that is fresh, contemporary and bold. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Laura holds a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is the 2016 recipient of the Society for Contemporary Craft’s LEAP Award.
Margaret Langdell is a graduate of UMass with a bachelors degree in Comparative Literature. She is also a graduate of the North Bennett Street School’s jewelry making and repair program. Margaret worked for several years as a glassworker for Josh Simpson. She has been teaching Enameling at the BAC for 20 years.
Léonie Little-Lex is a Boston-based artist and arts educator. She received both her BFA (2009) and MAT (2012) from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She exhibits on Cape Cod and in the greater Boston area, and has also exhibited nationally in Oregon, New York and North Carolina. Her work can be described as both fine art and illustrative, she works in a variety of media with an emphasis on oil painting and pen and ink drawings. She finds inspiration in exploring various environments as she seeks to capture both natural and fantastical elements in her pieces.
Karenna Maraj graduated with a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design. She opened the gallery Karenna Maraj Jewelry Collection in 2010 in Belmont, MA where she displays her work and that of other local artists. The gallery also offers repairs, engagement & wedding bands, and custom jewelry. She enjoys traveling and teaching new jewelry skills to students.
Julianne Martin’s paintings connect the beauty and energy of the garden, the ocean and the forest to the experience of being alive. Constructed on wood or canvas with stained emblems, delicate graphite and sparkling veils, these acrylic and oil paintings celebrate the extension of the human spirit into animal and botanical worlds. Julianne received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. She has an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.
Sophie McConkie recently moved to Boston from Salt Lake City where she earned her BFA in Theatre. For the past five years, she has been working in preschools and after school programs emphasizing the arts and free play. Though she does art of her own in mixtures of watercolor and pencil, her passion is creating space for children to openly explore artistic ability and curiosity.
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.
Zoe Schein is a teaching artist, freelance illustrator and cartoonist hailing from central Illinois. She earned her MA in Art + Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2017, and her BA in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies from Grinnell College in 2012. Zoe’s artistic work emphasizes visual storytelling and narrative, with particular emphasis on comics, integrated graphic essays, pen-and-ink illustration and printmaking. Zoe develops and teaches courses and workshops in drawing, making comics, creative writing and memoir writing, and has assisted in workshops centered on filmmaking and digital storytelling. Zoe is currently illustrating a book of graphic stories titled Graphic Medical Ethics, to be be published by Penn State University Press in 2020.
Allison Shilling received her Masters of Arts in Teaching Art Education from Tufts University after graduating magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Environmental Studies, concentrating in Geoscience and minoring in Studio Art. She is a Boston based artist and educator working primarily in printmaking and exploring the interactions of culture and nature in urban environments. Allison has a background in museum and arts administration and education through her work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Concord Museum and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. She fosters a welcoming and safe classroom where students are inspired to self-reflect, explore, ask questions and develop individual voices.