Ailyn Hoey

20ailyn hoeyGrowing up in rural Vermont, Hoey spent many hours exploring its woods, river banks and beaver ponds. Hoey has always liked to create with her hands and started painting and drawing as a child. Gradually, she began to create art more full-time, developing her current focus: landscapes in charcoal.

The terrains that inspire Hoey provide solitude. They are often remote, rugged, and unspoiled. She has spent time creating art on Great Cranberry Island, Maine, in west Texas, southern Florida, and in Vermont.

Barbara Merfeld Campman

1barbara campmanBarbara 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.

Bruce Iverson

18BruceIversonBruce is an artist who has specialized in Asian Brush Painting (sumi-e in Japan) since 1972 and has studied with master brush painters Jean Shen, Ning Yeh, and I-Hsiung Ju. He has exhibited in group and juried shows throughout the United States and has had several one-man shows in New England and in Chicago.

He has traveled in China to study and gain a deeper understanding of the context of brush painting. His work is grounded in a three thousand year old tradition in which the tools, techniques and philosophy of this Asian art form have had lifelong resonance.

Cameron Schmitz

0Cameron SchmitzCameron Schmitz holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing from the University of New Hampshire, in addition to studying Art and Art History at Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy.

Cat Nunn

cat nunnAfter a 25-year career as a graphic designer working in New York City and Washington DC, Cat Nunn decided to take her first painting class in an effort to reconnect with the passion and creativity she had in her youth. That first class was an epiphany for Cat and she has not looked back since. Cat dabbled with drawing in high school, but it wasn't until she felt that luscious paint under her brush all those years later that she found the medium that was perfect for her. Cat has fallen in love all over again with the old masters. Good composition, flawless draftsmanship and a total mastery of her medium is what Cat aspires to. Visit Cat's Website

Deborah Rubin

44deborah rubin headshotDeborah Rubin paints in watercolor and occasionally acrylic and gouache. She has been pushing the boundaries of photo-realism and hyper-realism since the mid 1970’s with an eye on nature and more recently, architecture. Born in Chicago in 1948, Rubin holds a BFA from the University of Illinois. She currently lives in Western Massachusetts.

Donna Hawes

2DonnaDonna C Hawes is the Administrative Director and energetic pulse of the River Gallery School since 2004. 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.

Graham Ottoson

42Graham OttosonGraham was introduced to gourd crafting several years ago, by a fellow midwife. Having dabbled in everything from stained glass to paper maché, photography, gingerbread (serious gingerbread), and more, she is happy to have found one medium that requires so many different skills. She enjoys the simple tasks of cleaning and scraping, staining and waxing, as much as designing and carving. She loves my teeny jigsaw (as big as a bar of soap!), and collection of rasps and drill bits. What a gift, to find amazing raw materials in the garden!

Helen Schmidt

helen schmidtHelen has worked at the River Gallery School for the past twenty years, where she is currently the Director of the Children’s Program. She also teaches sculpture, printmaking and adult studio classes. She studied painting, printmaking and sculpture at Lacoste School for the Arts in Lacoste France, and received her B.A. in printmaking and sociology from Sarah Lawrence College in 1989. She received her MFA in sculpture from Vermont College of Art in 1997. She is interested in the power art has to effect personal and social change, and before moving to Vermont worked as a housing advocate for homeless women in New York City. In Vermont she co-directed Expresso, and expressive arts program for at risk young women, and worked as a legal advocate for victims of domestic violence and taught art classes for incarcerated women. She has exhibited her work throughout New England, and has taught art at Hilltop Montessori, the Putney School and the Community College of Vermont.   www.helenmschimdt.com

Jackie Abrams

38JackieAbramsJackie has been a fiber artist for over 40 years, using and adapting well-practiced basket-making skills. Her materials include silk and cotton fabrics, archival paper, wire, sand, thread, buttons, encaustic wax, and acrylic paints and mediums. She works intuitively, the colors and textures of the materials informing the vessels she creates.

Jen Wiechers

29JenWJen grew up in Brooklyn, NY, where she developed a deep appreciation for the diversity of cultures, people, food, and, of course, art. She is now a Brattleboro-based multimedia artist, creating mosaics, jewelry, acrylic paintings, and encaustics. Her early art training began with a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education at Penn State University, with an emphasis in ceramics, taught by Chris Staley. While at Penn State, she taught wheel-thrown pottery to children and later helped organize and run the first children’s summer art program at the Arts and Crafts Center on campus.

Jess Weitz

41Jess weitz headshotJess Weitz lives in Marlboro, Vermont. She grew up in Washington DC and studied studio art and photography at Bard College. Over the years, Jess has also studied meditation, Reiki, shamanic practice and Quigong. She is most interested in art as a tool for inner transformation. She combines her spiritual explorations with her artistic practice in her own artwork and in her classes. Visit Jess's website.

Julia Ferrari

Julie Ferriri headshotJulia Ferrari has been making handmade books for over 30 years in the Monadnock region as a co-founder, with her late partner Dan Carr, of Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press, utilizing the arts of letterpress printing from metal types and hand bookbinding. As an artist/ printmaker/ poet she works composing books of poetry with original art in small editions on beautiful paper. Throughout this time Julia and Dan regularly found the time to share their skills and vision with students, showing them how to set, proof and print from type. The process of acquiring skill in using their hands taught them the power of art to transform. 

Julia Jenson

0julia jensenJulia 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.

Kim Hartman Colligan

6kim2Kim 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.

Kim served as studio assistant and printmaker to the renowned colorfield painter Jules Olitski for several years.

Lauren Watrous

24LaurenWatrousLauren Watrous received her MFA from MassArt in 2012. Lauren works in many mediums within drawing and painting and loves exploring these mediums with children. She grew up in New England close to the rural landscape from which her paintings are inspired. Visit Lauren's Website

Leigh Niland

Leigh Niland HeadshotLeigh Niland received an MA in Printmaking at the University of the Arts, London: Camberwell College of Art in 2008. In 2005 she completed the Drawing Year postgraduate program on full scholarship awarded by The Royal Drawing School, London.

A Painter/ Printmaker, her art deals with themes of human emotional state as conveyed through landscape and the built environment.

Lisa Mackie

47Lisa MackieWorks in mixed media prints, paintings, original books, video and installation. Her visiting professorships include NYU, Cooper Union, RIT, FIT. She currently teaches in New York at York College and Queens College. She is a master printer and proprietor of Lisa H. Mackie Studios, NYC.

Lydia Thomson

lydia thomsonLydia 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.

Lynn Zimmerman

25LynnZimmfacultypictureLynn Zimmerman is a graphic designer, illustrator, and photo stylist by trade as well as a compulsive maker of things. From an early age, Lynn has investigated many different art and craft forms. Working with paper, paint, clay, fabric and fibers, cardboard, wood, metal, recycled materials, and objects gathered from nature — no art material is safe from her use and experimentation.

Maggie Cahoon

23maggie cahoonMaggie Cahoon's artistic career began 45 years ago as a handweaver. She has since evolved her artistic skills creating fiber collage wall pieces, painting, 3-dimensional figure sculpting, and currently encaustic painting. Love of color, natural forms, and harmonious design has informed her life-long journey of creating abstract and narrative imagery. Attention to detail, an adept use of color, and a sophisticated sense of design, has guided her throughout her career. Her work is in private collections across the country, in Europe and South Africa.

Marta Bernbaum

35martaFor the last few years Marta has been an artist in transition. Once having the time and space to study lines with intention and the meditational aspect of both glass and enamel painting. She has transitioned to motherhood and finding that in the brief precious time that she has to create, her process is more varied and unpredictable.

Mary Giammarino

14mary giammarinoMary’s devotion to light and color is evident in all of her paintings. While her work is influenced by the impressionist palette of the Cape School of Art, her work is less idealized and more contemporary by design. Mary’s plein-air paintings reflect her passion and devotion to capturing the exquisite drama of nature’s fleeting moods.

Paul Bowen

Paul Bowen headshotBorn in Wales, Paul first came to the U.S. as a graduate student at the Maryland Institute in Baltimore in 1972. A Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center from 1977 to 79, he has been the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the Welsh Arts Council. His work is included in the permanent collections of museums both here and abroad, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York; and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. 

Robert Carsten

17Robert CarstenAn enthusiastic promoter of the pastel medium, Robert K. Carsten is a master pastelist in the Pastel Society of America and a master circle pastelist (2013) in the International Assoc. of Pastel Societies (IAPS). He is an elected member of the Board of Governors of the Pastel Society of America and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Southwest Florida Pastel Society. He is a contributing writer for Pastel Journal and the Artist's Magazine.

Ross Smart

0ross smartRoss Smart is a local artist and illustrator, who has been drawing and teaching drawing for 20 years. 

Vale Burns

ValeburnsVale’s formal art education began at The Putney School, where she first studied fiber art, sculpture, and printmaking. After graduating in 1999, she went on to attend Antioch College and completed her BA in Visual Art and Women’s Studies at Vermont College (Brattleboro, VT). In 2014 Vale received a Masters in Library & Information Science (MLIS) from the University of South Carolina (Columbia), a befitting degree for an artist who’s work demonstrates the sensibilities of a cataloger.

Vale lives in Brattleboro, VT where she continues to draw inspiration from the natural world, Victorian Era science, folk art, and women’s craft

Walter Hagedorn

Walter HagedornSince 2015, Brattleboro resident, entrepreneur and self proclaimed Ovine Artist, Walter Hagedorn has been playing with his tiny flock of plush “Love Sheep” to the delight of thousands of global “Sheep Peepers”. Visit Walter's Website