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Meet Our Artists/Instructors
~*~ Full Instructor Bios on Classes/Workshop pages ~*~

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Sara Gifford

Sara Gifford is an art education student at Bridgewater State University and a gifted painter. She has been watercolor painting for several years.

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Amy Araujo

Amy Araujo is a phenominal large-scale drawer investigating issues of identity. Araujo received her BFA in 2012 and MFA in Drawing in 2016 from UMass Dartmouth.

Alaine Amaral
has a degree in sculpture from UMass Amherst, and owns Marion Forge with her husband Eduardo. She is also the owner of Lucky Duck Farm in Marion, 
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Laura Casey Dube

Laura is a freelance artist working from her home studio in Fairhaven.  She is a graduate of BSC and is also a massage therapist at the award winning Euphoria Day Spa.

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Barbara Healy 

Barbara is a prolific and tremendously talented local artist whose paintings glow with light and happiness.  A graduate of UMass and a wonderful instructor.

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Melissa Kelleher

Melissa has been an avid botanical collector and preserver for decades, and has turned her passion into art She is a resin artist and a proud mother of 2 beautiful, talented daughters.

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Emerson is a graduate of Boston University's College of Fine Arts.  She is a graphic designer and Print maker.  She currently works as a freelance graphic designer.

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John Jameson

John Jameson is a portrait and seascape artist working in New Bedford. He received his BFA from UMAss Dartmouth, and his MFA from New York Academy of Art.  He currently has a studio at Kilburn Mill.

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Elaine Vercellone

Elaine “Daisy D.Dots” Vercellone has been an award winning clown across the USA, in Disneyworld and as far as Thailand!  She's also an EMT and a wife and mother extraordinaire !

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Karen Charbonneau Zukas

Karen Charbonneau Zukas is a graduate of Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with a master’s degree in education.  She is a professional artist and the founder and exec. director of NBACE !!

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Brian Moses

He is an IT guy, but loves to use the other side of his brain to tackle the arts and other creative endeavors.   He has a way with wood, and he's not afraid to show you how to get in there and get started !  You'll love him !

Paul K. Zukas

Paul is a native Bostonian with a strong passion for mechanics.  He's currently working at Logan Airport on their diverse fleet.  You can often find him aiming straight at paintball

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Phil Zukas

Phil Zukas, our jazz pianist, studied music education at Berklee College of Music in

Boston, and has a degree from FSU and an MPA from Suffolk.  He currently resides locally, and works in Boston.

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Carissa Wills DeMello

Carissa Wills-DeMello is a practicing western herbalist, and founder of Town Farm Tonics. She has a passion for empowering people to care for themselves through herbalism.

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Stacie Charbonneau Hess

Stacie is a local English Instructor, writer, singer, and a blessing to all who meet her.  She has 3 exceptional children and has a contagious and effervescent joy for life. 

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Barbara Corey

Has been sewing sine 1963 !  She has a degree in fashion design and a BFA from UMass D. She has done alterations at Nordstroms among other prestigious locations and has a lifelong eclectic sewing career.

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Alyson Therrien

A native of Fairhaven, Alyson has  practiced architecture, design and construction management for over 25 years, and now enjoys creating in various mediums

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Patricia Kellogg

Has an impressive art career and is diverse in her skills and interests.  She has worn many hats in the art world and is a wealth of information.  She continues to produce beautiful work in many mediums.

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Thomas Short

Tom is an accomplished musician, loves the outdoors, and has taken advantage of the Covid situation by going outside and honing his photography skills.  

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Michael Hecht

Has earned an MFA and has been a print maker, painter and more for over 30 years.  He has taught screen printing at The School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston since 2002.

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Eileen Riley

 A graduate of UMass Dartmouth, and a lifelong artist, Eileen has been successfully making fine art in painting, collage, ceramics and countless other medium for the masses to enjoy.

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Jim Watkins

Is the owner of Nurcha Foods in Fall River.  Jim has been growing mushrooms and other healthy foods for public consumption full time after a 20 year career in the field.

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