Faculty




 
Barbara Merfeld Campman

Barbara Merfeld Campman has trained and exhibited widely as an artist, both in the US and abroad.  She co-founded River Gallery School of Art, and now teaches Art and Meditation as well as heads the Children's Studio art program.  She has been teaching art for 40 years.

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Donna C Hawes

Donna C Hawes is the Administrative Director and energetic pulse of the River Gallery School.  She received her BFA from Auburn University and has been working in the field of graphic design, illustration and book making for over 25 years. She has taught numerous workshops on book binding/book arts through the River Gallery School.

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Helen Schmidt

Helen Schmidt has been at The River Gallery School for the last twelve years, and is currently teaching printmaking, sculpture, teen portfolio, children and adult studio classes. She has taught art and shown her work locally for the last 16 years.

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Jillian Farwell

Jillian Farwell studied ceramics at RISD and taught at the Studio of the Student Union at UC Berkeley, CA.  She now lives in Brattleboro and has been involved with RGS for years as a teacher and artist.

 
Julia Zanes

Julia Zanes is an artist living in Saxton's River with her husband Donald Saaf and sons Isak and Olaf. For the past twenty years she has been showing her work in New England at The Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA, The Spheris Gallery in Hanover, The George Marshall Store Gallery in York ME, and The Catherine Dianich Gallery in Brattleboro, among others. She attended The Art Institute of Chicago.  

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Lydia Thomson

Lydia Thomson, Creative Director, has been teaching in the adult program at RGS since 1994.  She received her BA in Studio Art, and also holds an MS in Education. She works mainly in oils and mixed media, landscapes and abstraction, and has exhibited throughout New England and New York.

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Collin Leech

Collin studied fine arts at the Art Students League of New York from the age of 11.  Her education continued at LaGuardia High School for the Arts, followed by The Maryland Institute, College of Art. A creator and facilitator of many arts-based programs for children and youth, Collin has found a lot of ways of using art as a healing tool.

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Ezra Stafford

A Northwest native, Ezra now calls Brattleboro home. He is an avid enthusiast of creating connections between discarded construction materials, then dismantling them and exploring their internal workings. At this time Ezra is pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts degree and raising two beautiful children.

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Jason Alden

Jason is the Life Drawing Director and a teacher in the adult program, he has a BFA in Painting from Boston University School for the Arts. He has drawn from the figure for over 16 years and organizes a quarterly Life Drawing Marathon at the River Gallery School.

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Julia Jensen

Julia Jensen, perhaps best known for her landscape paintings, has been living and working in Vermont since 1996. Recently she has begun working and teaching encaustic. In both her landscape paintings and encaustic work, she is concerned with the dialogue of internal and external, conscious and unconscious. In both mediums it is the development of layers that give the surfaces depth and illumination.

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Kim Hartman Colligan

Kim Hartman Colligan received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of South Dakota. She brings a dynamic and exciting curriculum in printmaking to River Gallery School. She has shown her work widely throughout both New England and the upper Midwest, and is included in many permanent collections.

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Lynn Hoeft

Lynn Hoeft works in both watercolor and colored pencil, concentrating on still life images drawn directly from nature. She studied at Bennington College and Pratt Institute and has works in private collections all over New England. Lynn is a signature member of The Vermont Watercolor Society.

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