Kathleen has worked with children for over 30 years as a care provider, counselor and in association with visual arts and music.
Kathleen has worked with children for over 30 years as a care provider, counselor and in association with visual arts and music. She has an LCMHC from the State of Vermont, an MA in Art Therapy, MA in Fine Arts and a certification to teach art in K-12th grades. Kathleen is also a registered Music Together teacher, a research-based early childhood development program that provides the foundation for music education to infants through kindergarten aged children.
Kathleen established Purple Crayon Productions in 2003 with art and music programs for infants to children in early elementary grades. In 2007 she expanded Purple Crayon's art programs to the rest of the community including seniors, after school children and special needs populations. Together with a growing staff and a new permanent facility completed in 2013 Kathleen guided Purple Crayon into a home for theater, music, movement, ceramics, gallery exhibits, outreach, concerts and more. The organization was renamed Artistree Community Arts Center in 2010, retaining the title of Purple Crayon to identify the preschool and under programming.
Kathleen along with several other therapists has a counseling practice for children and adults on site at Artistree. She remains a part time arts instructor for children and adults and continues to raise her two, now teenaged children.
Specializing in Vibraphone and Percussion, Mark has a BFA in Music Performance and Composition.
Mark van Gulden, the new music director at Artistree, is a free lance musician living in Barnard and working throughout the state and Northeast. Specializing in Vibraphone and Percussion, Mark has a BFA in Music Performance and Composition from Johnson State College.
New to the area, Mark has worked in Vermont as a freelance musician for many years, playing concerts and club dates, as well as his involvement with many recording projects. Mark is looking forward to developing an exciting, vibrant, and accessible Music program for the Woodstock community.
You can reach Mark via email at email@example.com or call 802-457-3500 x119.
Fiona joined Artistree in 2012, establishing a small but flourishing clay program. She is also an active part of the art outreach team and instructs all ages in drawing.
Fiona grew up in in many parts of Great Britain and attended Chiltern NTC, in Berkshire, majoring in early childhood development. After several years of living and working in London, she and her husband moved to Boston and then settled in Vermont in 1988.
Always a maker, she had the opportunity to pursue an apprenticeship with Miranda Thomas, following Miranda from Quechee to a larger studio in Bridgewater, VT.
Fiona joined Artistree in 2012, establishing a small but flourishing clay program. She is an active part of the the art outreach team and instructs all ages in drawing.
She feels that being in an artistically absorbing and wildly creative environment is fabulous!
You can contact Fiona at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-457-3500 x 114.
Over the last 15 years, Sheena has designed, instructed and optimized programming for nonprofits and museums in the San Antonio, TX area.
Sheena Solitaire, Associate Director of Programming, is a recent transplant from Texas and is excited to develop great arts programming for the Upper Valley at Artistree!
Sheena has a BA in Painting and Art History from Austin College in Sherman, TX and received her MA from The University of Texas at Austin in Art Education focused on museums and community based arts programs. Over the last 15 years, she has designed, instructed and optimized programming for nonprofits and museums including The McNay Art Museum and The DoSeum, San Antonio's interactive childrens' museum.
Sheena is a mom to two elementary aged kids and spends her spare time learning from podcasts and audiobooks, getting outside and playing with her family. She is excited to learn more from the community here in Vermont to grow engaging programming!
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Marie holds a BFA in Illustration from the Ringling College of Art in Sarasota, Florida.
Marie was born and raised in the Woodstock/Pomfret community and returned to the Upper Valley after completing her BFA at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. She has a life long love of art and design and their combined ability to reach people on a deep emotional level.
She has worked at Simon Pearce and was part of the founding team of Green Mountain Digital. As Creative Director and Chief Designer at GMD, Marie was the lead designer for 35 Audubon branded authoritative field guide series of mobile apps for smart devices that have been downloaded on multiple mobile platforms. She was also responsible for the design and user interface of Yonder, the app for outdoor enthusiasts.
She and her family live just up the road from Artistree and she is completely delighted to be part of this amazing place.
You can reach Marie via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-457-3500 x 111.
Wendy Seiple, Event & Marketing Coordinator, enjoys getting lost in various design projects here at Artistree.
Wendy took a serendipitous and winding road before finding herself at Artistree, where she is extremely happy to be working with such talented and inspiring people. Largely self-taught with some lucky breaks along the way, over the last ten years Wendy has enjoyed pursuing her graphic design work with a focus on the non-profit art and music sector. She’s been fortunate to work with both music icons and up-and-coming musicians and artists, all of whom have given her challenging but rewarding opportunities to push her skills and deepen her appreciation for the value of art in all its forms. She currently enjoys getting lost in design projects at Artistree, while learning new things on an almost daily basis. Wendy lives in Woodstock with her two wonderful boys and their two ridiculous dogs.
You can reach Wendy via email at email@example.com or call 802-457-3500 x 112.
Karen holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Karen fell in love with art as a child, but it is her experience working at Artistree since 2015 that has made her fall in love with nonprofits. With a background in public education and an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Karen is passionate about bringing arts experiences to kids, families, and adults in our community through grants and fundraising. She is thrilled she gets to spend her time at Artistree keeping the Upper Valley an amazing place to live.
To reach Karen please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-457-3500 ext. 115.
Robert has an MBA in finance from Rutgers and an MA in French literature from Yale.
Robert has more than 20 years of finance experience in a variety of settings, from global operations for a Fortune 500 enterprise to day-to-day financial management of a small business. He is thrilled to be part of the Artistree community and to help support its mission of making the arts part of the fabric of the community. He believes that spreadsheets can also be beautiful.
Originally from New Jersey, Robert lives in Randolph with his wife Stacey, two cats, and a barn full of old books.
Abbie is an actor who grew up in Woodstock and has worked with various theatre companies around the Upper Valley and performed at various theatres in London.
She has a BA in Theatre Performance and French from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR and received her MFA in Acting from East 15 Acting School in London, England. She spent nearly 10 years working at Tranquillity Camp in upstate New York as their Head of Theatre and working as a camp counsellor. She has loved theatre from a young age and is excited to join the team at Artistree!
You can reach Abbie at email@example.com
Azusa is passionate about delivering the absolute best customer experience and loves problem solving and organizing.
Azusa Mihara comes to Artistree after an exemplary twenty-year employment at the five-star resort Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont. She is passionate about delivering the absolute best customer experience and loves problem solving and organizing.
Azusa is excited to continue expanding her skills working at Artistree Community Art Center in the Gallery and supporting the goals of artists and her co-workers is paramount to her. In addition, Azusa also enjoys teaching Japanese cooking and language classes at Artistree. Creating and exploring the warm and sweet conversations with loved ones through cooking.
Deborah Goodwin has a BFA in ceramics and sculpture from Denison University, where she also studied art history and worked in the college gallery. After college she began working in the fashion industry, first in display and retail management, then as a buyer, and finally as a successful designer and manufacturer. Upon moving to Vermont in 2007, she resumed working as an artist, making soft sculpture pillows and hand-built ceramics.
In 2019, after 5 years of producing her ceramics during Artistree's open studios and teaching a workshop or two, Deborah joined the Artistree staff as Exhibits Coordinator. She enthusiastically develops and installs exhibits that share the fantastic talents of our area's artists with the community.
Steven is from Vermont.
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Lisa Kaija is an educator at heart who enjoys designing art projects for all ages, integrating the arts with other disciplines and getting creative whenever possible.
After hanging out with my family, teaching and being creative, my favorite pastimes are hiking and biking. In July 2018, I summited Mt. Whitney (14,494') and hiked the John Muir Trail (~250 miles) in the Sierra Nevada. I particularly enjoy winter hiking, climbing up peaks in the White Mountains in deep snow and sliding down. This summer I bought a gravel bike so that I could participate in some of the many gravel events around Vermont, one of which is organized by my daughter, Gretchen, and her husband, Ian, in Peacham, Vermont.
My husband, Kevin, and I are pretty absorbed by projects on the family homestead--gardening, picking berries, freezing and preserving, cooking and baking, sewing, renovating and maintaining an old farmhouse and cleaning out the barns (again?!). Whenever possible, I like to travel to see our kids around the country, look at art in Europe or relax on an island somewhere.
You can reach Lisa via email at email@example.com
Finnie Trimpi, Outreach Coordinator at Artistree, enjoys working with all mediums and encouraging artists of all abilities and ages to be creative.
Finnie Trimpi, Outreach Coordinator at Artistree, enjoys working with all mediums and encouraging artists of all abilities and ages to be creative. Finnie holds a BS in Art Education from the University of Vermont. She has spent most of her professional life in public and private classrooms teaching art in elementary schools and non-profit art centers on Nantucket and in Vermont.
As Outreach Coordinator, Finnie enjoys helping the dynamic and full programming spread to populations that cannot come to our campus. Find her watching her kids sporting events, theatrical endeavors, taxiing between activities and out and about in the Upper Valley – she’s happy to chat art, teaching, fun and adventure!
You can reach Finnie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-457-3500 x 113.
Angie is happy to be working with an organization that brings the arts into the community and encourages and promotes the creativity in all of us.
Originally from California. Mom to 2 daughters, proud grandmother to 3 granddaughters and 2 grandsons. Love hanging out with my fuzzbutts. 2 small dogs and my cat.
You can contact Angie by email at email@example.com.
Matthew Robert is pleased to have accepted a position as the new Theatrical Artistic Director here at Artistree.
Matthew is also the co-founder and Creative Director for Firefly Landing Designs; a New England based theatrical design, fabrication, and events company. Matthew has worked with a variety of educational programs and professional production companies as an Artistic Director, musician, Technical Director and Designer including projects with Arlekin Players, Broken Leg Productions, Inter-lakes Regional Summer Theater, Speakeasy Stage Company and BarnArts. Matthew holds a MA in Theater from Emerson College and works to bring socially aware, professional level arts to communities and public programs across New England. Matthew is also the Artistic Director/Technical Director for Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, VT. He enjoys singing, making puppets and spending time with his family.
You can contact Matthew by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Olivia Johannensen holds a Bachelors in Education Studies from Saint Michael's College in Colchester, VT. She has seen the amazing work that Artistree creates in her role as head counselor and is particularly excited to join an enthusiastic group and use her unique skills in a new setting. Olivia is thrilled to be a part of Artistree's vibrant community and aims to contribute to the development of more enjoyable experiences and memories for children, families, and adults.