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Thomas Ashman

Thomas Ashman is a mixed media artist, bookbinder, composer, and teacher, who lives and works in northern New Mexico. Drawing inspiration from his education in literature and experiences in the construction trades, Thomas developed his unique book binding technique to facilitate the use of unusual materials such as glass, sheet metal, and various types of hardware for the binding and covering of quality handmade art journals. Thomas has appeared on DIY network's "Craft Lab" (season 2) and has had work published in Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studio and Somerset Gallery. His work received the "Curator's Pick" and "Viewer's Choice" awards at the "Queen Mab's Picnic" exhibit at the 18th Street Gallery in Bakersfield, CA., and his all-copper journal was included in the 2008 San Diego Book Arts National Juried Exhibition at the Geisel Library at UCSD. Recently, Thomas was selected as "Art Journal/Bookbinding Artisan 2011" by Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine (Jan/Feb issue). A sampling of Thomas's work is currently on display at the Sea in the Desert Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.



Michelle Banton

Michelle Tade Banton is a new instructor at Art & Soul, but she’s been teaching over 20 years in the US, Canada, and Ireland. She’s generally taught non-traditional quilting designs and techniques, but is expanding the scope of her teaching to include other mixed media. Michelle’s style is relaxed, encouraging and hopefully a bit entertaining.
There is too much in life that we HAVE to do. Michelle hopes her classes are something you WANT to do.


Lisa Bebi

Lisa Bebi, since a small child, has loved two things: looking through snapshots in her family album and painting as expression. For over three decades, the San Diego native has married these two things together, and her work has received international awards and recognition for its content, style, and color. Lisa received her BA in fine arts from SDSU, where she developed as a colorist, straddling representation with abstraction. Daughter of a journalist, Lisa always finds ways to tell the untold story she sees in snapshots. “I love the authenticity of the snapshot. It’s a single moment in time but by painting it I can extend that moment, revel in it and bring to life characters and scenarios that I fancy. Working this way gives me enormous pleasure.” She extracts the “behind, the behind” using innovative techniques and finesse. Over the course of her life she has received awards, accolades, and endorsements. She has been a longtime contributor to many international mixed-media magazines and several books; has taught in artist residencies locally and internationally; is a Golden Paints educator; and is often a local juror.  


Clarissa Callesen

Clarissa Callesen is an international artist and instructor working in sculpture and installation art. Her chosen medium is discarded materials, found objects and textiles specifically. Her work and teaching are inspired by her choice of non-traditional materials. In choosing this medium, it is her objective to explore the margins and to find beauty and value in that which our society has discarded. Clarissa has exhibited her art throughout the US, including the Museum of Northwest Art and solo exhibitions in Seattle, WA, Bellingham, WA, and Boise, ID. She was an artist in residence at Playa Artist Program in Summer Lake, OR, Brush Creek Foundation in Saratoga, WY, and Surel’s Place in Boise, ID, and North Street Collective in Willits, CA. Her work has appeared in the books “Who’s your Dada?” and “Art without Waste” and in many Somerset publications. Clarissa has been sharing her passion for creativity for 15 years teaching both nationally, internationally, and online. Her teaching style is down to earth and fun; embracing spontaneity and cherishing “mistakes” while challenging students to look at creativity in new and innovative ways.



Ingrid Dijkers

Ingrid has developed a unique, sometimes quirky and playful form of journaling that is uniquely her own. Her work has been shown in Galleries throughout the country and is held in private collections throughout the world. Ingrid has had her work shown in numerous books and many other publications. Ingrid’s focus over the last several years has been on teaching workshops from her private studio in Michigan and throughout the country sharing her passion for visual art journaling.


Donna Downey

My work is evolutionary, an ever changing palette of colors in constant motion. As a painter, I find the process of applying paint to canvas a bit sexy. Intimately developing a relationship to the movement across the surface and losing myself in the strokes of color the brush leaves behind.

Because my art takes root in its color, I begin placing the colors like a map intuitively allowing the composition to reveal itself. The paintings develop in response to the energy created and it is as meditative as it is necessary to my personal connection to my art. I love a challenge of switching between media and it is not unusual to find me varying my canvas size from 6” to 6'.
To learn more visit donnadowney.com


Lorraine Glessner

Lorraine is a former Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art (2003-2016), a workshop instructor and an award-winning artist. Lorraine’s love of surface, pattern, mark-making and image has led her to combine disparate materials and processes in her work such as silk, wood, wax, pyrography and rust. She has a diverse art background with skills that include painting, sculpture, photography and digital imaging. Recent professional achievements include curating, With Wax: Materiality & Mixed Media in Encaustic at Chester County Art Association in West Chester, PA, a Grand Prize Award from the show (re)Building, Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY and a recently appointed position as an Artist Instructor at R&F Paints. Lorraine's work is included in many mixed media and encaustic books including, Encaustic Art in the 21st Century by Ashley Rooney and Nuance, a curated book by artist, Michelle Stuart. Lorraine frequently lectures and participates on academic panels at various Conferences including The International Encaustic Conference, SECAC and The College Art Association Annual Conference. Her work is exhibited locally and nationally in galleries, museums, craft centers, universities, Fine Art Shows and more. Lorraine brings to her teaching a strong interdisciplinary approach, mixed with a balance of concept, process, experimentation and discovery.


Micah Goguen

Micah Goguen grew up in Central Georgia and obtained his Bachelors in Art and Art History and his Masters in Art Therapy from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. He focuses primarily on bringing art to the community and using art as a form of communication for those struggling to understand and cope with life situations.
Goguen produces work while teaching art to both adults and children. He also volunteers time at the local community center and works with adults in alcohol and substance recovery as well as uprooted and traumatized children. Using mural work, art for entertainment and art therapy for healing, Micah collaborates with school systems, local shops, and non-profits to help unify and most importantly “spread a message”. The overall vision is to focus and rededicate back to a buy local, shop local mentality that strengthens community through unity and purpose.


Erin Keck

An Assemblage Artist residing in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Erin Keck's artwork results from re purposing found discarded objects. She loves to breathe new life into castaways from yesteryear. Erin's artwork is shown and sold in three prestigious art galleries in Pa. The 2nd Floor in Mechanicsburg, Pa, Village Artisans Gallery in Boiling Springs, Pa, and Perry County Council Of The Arts in Newport, Pa. She has been a Featured Artist in two of the galleries with Private Showings. Recently Erin's work has been published in the book, “1000 Steampunk Creations” by Grymm. Seven of her pieces were chosen for this book. She has taught community craft classes on a monthly basis from 2007 – 2010, and has taught classes at the Charmed I'm Sure Studio owned by friend and colleague and fellow Art & Soul instructor, Jean Van Brederode. Erin has lectured at the Central Pa. Bead and Jewelry Society, and has also taught private classes in her home studio. She has attended Art & Soul retreats for the past three years, and values the inspiration and knowledge that she has received from the Art & Soul instructors.You can see more of Erin's artwork at www.EKCreations.etsy.com. (be sure to view her sold items.)


Gwen Lafleur

Gwen Lafleur is a lifelong artist, crafter, instructor, and world traveler who lives in her hometown of Herndon, Virginia with her adorable (and opinionated) dog Jake. She's been involved in arts and crafts her entire life, trying anything from drawing lessons to paper crafts and finally finding her true home as a mixed media artist. Gwen's work has been displayed in galleries and can be found in private collections around the world. It has also been published in Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studio, Belle Armoire Jewelry, and Creative Scrapbooker magazines. In addition to her studio work, Gwen is an instructor as well as a product designer and has stencils available through StencilGirl Products, a line of embossing powders and embellishments from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies, embossing powders with WOW!, and rubber stamps from PaperArtsy.


Jennifer McCracken

Jennifer McCracken is a Midwest-based enamel artist. She enjoys the vibrant colors and textures that can be produced with enameling. Enamel work has seized her imagination as it provides the opportunity to create sculptural pieces fusing glass, ceramic and wire working techniques to produce painterly wall hangings, jewelry and illustrative panels for use as decorative inlays. Many of her pieces are mixed media and are made using graphite on enamel or watercolor enamels


Trish McKinney

Trish McKinney, is a national and international award winning artist who loves to tell a story through her paintings. She is a Signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, was published as the featured artist/author of an article in Art Journaling Magazine and won numerous awards in national and international exhibitions. Trish describes herself as a Teacher, Painter, Dreamer, Believer, and Artist. One of her favorite quotes is “Instructions for living a [creative] life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” Mary Oliver. Trish loves to inspire students to do these 3 things.


Cindy Moser

Cindy Moser grew up in the mountains of Tennessee. She has a Masters of Art degree which enabled her to teach high school seniors for a career. Since retiring she has had the freedom to work in oils, watercolor and acrylics. When she is not out hiking in the Smoky Mountains, or planting flowers, she is in her studio. She has had the opportunity to teach at art conventions in Ohio, Vegas, and has done travel teaching as well as Zoom classes. Her studio was published in Painting World magazine. She believes that art is hands on, messy, meditative and healing. It is her therapy and it is also her joy to share it with students. It’s one of the few things that age doesn’t matter. She believes you can continue to learn so many art techniques at any age and adapt them to your style.


Heather Neilson

Heather Neilson has been teaching art classes for more than 9 years, including Art Journaling, Abstract Painting and Mixed Media Collage. Her approach is encouraging, warm and motivating. Heather’s abstract paintings and mixed media collages are included in private collections around the United States and her work is routinely included in juried solo and group shows. Heather studied at the Art Students League of New York and with several master artists. She was a digital marketer for corporations before becoming a full time artist. She received her B.A. in Communications from Rutgers University. She is a certified GOLDEN Arts Educator and Silver Brush Educator. Heather teaches art classes online, in her studio and throughout the region.


Susan Schenk

Collage is a wonderful way to wake up the sleeping artist within. Collages are unique individual expressions, just like the artists are. I am exploring a range of subjects without a political agenda, welcoming the technical challenge of making realistic renderings from recycled materials. I enjoy making something attractive from discards, appropriating images and putting them together in intriguing ways.  Like any artist, I am especially thrilled when my work calls to a viewer to come closer and spend some time engaged in the piece.  While my pictorial collages are best viewed from a distance, a close up inspection can reveal a very different piece of art.


"My goal as an artist is to let my work bring joy to the viewer."


Jacqueline Sullivan

 Jacqueline Sullivan expresses her creativity through mixed-media, acrylic, and calligraphic paintings and books. Her works are unique expressions of adventure and discovery, each piece experimenting with texture, layers, color, unusual materials, calligraphic marks, and words. In addition to technical precision, personal artistic development is intrinsic to her practice. She earns her living as an artist educator as well as maintaining an active studio practice to develop personal work.
In her 30 years of teaching, Jacqueline has developed and presented many classes. She is a certified GOLDEN Artist Educator, making her a specialist on acrylic products and techniques. She is a member of the education teams for Marabu Creative, Ampersand and Silver Brush. Her workshops are multi-disciplined and given online as well as at top art retreats and for art, book arts, fiber and calligraphy guilds and conferences in the US , Canada and Europe.
Jacqueline’s work has appeared in many publications, including Astarte’s Mega-Zine, Cloth Paper Scissors, Pages, and Somerset Studio, as well as many calligraphic journals. Her work has been published in Acrylic Works 4: Captivating Color the Best of Acrylics. And Acrylic Works 6: Creative Energy, the Best of Acrylics both published by Northlight books. Her bestselling DVD, Acrylics: Textures, Layers, and Metallics, is published by Creative Catalyst Productions.
Jacqueline has a degree in graphic design, working for many years as a publication, marketing, and advertising designer. She is the recipient of top national awards for the fashion publications that she designed. She uses her knowledge of graphic design to help her students improve their paintings. She paints and lives in Cincinnati, OH.  


Kate Thompson

Kate's experience as a fiber artist was working with fabric and fiber to create abstract 3-dimensional forms. In 2009 she started painting and hasn't stopped since. Her current work is the combination of the two disciplines. Using watercolors, acrylics, inks and pastels she paints on substrates such as layered vintage linens, fabrics, laces, plaster, paper and wood. The portrait or figure is the focal point and she works at creating images that parallel her spiritual and personal life.
She teaches art online and on location. She is as passionate about teaching as she is creating. The creative process is where all the energy is and she loves and gets energized by sharing her artistic journey.
To learn more about Kate visit her at:


Lisa Thorpe

Lisa Thorpe is a mixed media fiber artist and educator based in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Her visual work is idea and story driven and often connected to words and writing. Her art is both personal and universal. Driven to pique and poke and ponder, her work invites discussion and discovery with layer upon layer of imagery and interpretation available to the viewer. As an educator she often participates in forums to explore and explain her work both in its technical process of and within the context of feminist, spiritual and environmental themes.
Over the years Lisa Thorpe has explored many mediums, currently her focus is on fabric art. Dyeing, printing and marking her own fabric as well as printing her photos on fabric, to create art quilts. She is drawn to the use of fabric and stitch as a reference to the tradition of fabric piecing and stitch as a feminine art that clothes and covers and comforts. She learned to sew from her mother and grandmother and feels deeply connected to this art form. Each piece is a combination of tradition and innovation connecting the past and future with every stitch and tug of the needle.
Lisa Thorpe has a BA in Design from University of California, Davis and a teaching Credential from San Francisco State University. She has published writings and art in About Place Journal and Cold Mountain Review and numerous technique and inspiration articles Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors magazines. She was a featured artist on The Quilt Show in 2022 and teaches and presents at local, national and international art quilt venues. In the coming months Thorpe will be a presenter at Craft Napa, International Quilt Festival Houston and Gulf States Quilt Festival and SAQA (Studio Art Quilts Association) International Forum in Toronto and she is excited to be back at Art & Soul with Glenny Moir!
Learn more lisathorpe.com



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