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

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.

Valdir Dossantos

Valdir is a young  entrepreneur with a big sewing machine and he's not afraid to use it !  He's also a designer of logos and emblems.
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.


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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Elizabeth James Perry

Elizabeth James Perry is a resident of Dartmouth and an enrolled member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head.  She is a marine biologist which she incorporates in her love of making fine art


Beth Brisson Kirk is a multimedia artist who has been creating since early childhood.

She has abilities in many disciplines of fine art, and several degrees in it !!

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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 !

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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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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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.

Marcia Goodwin

I am my art” is the simplest answer Marcia uses to describe herself and her art. She constantly strives to connect her diverse interests in order to create a personal, visual language or lexicon.

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. 


Lee Murray


Lee is a happily retired local Mom and Grand mom who enjoys sewing beautiful, practical items and selling her creations at local farmers markets, and sharing her creations with others.

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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


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.


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.


Brett Costa

Is a self taught Painter, Sculptor and Maker.  He has a very busy studio at Kilburn Mill.  He's a Fairhaven native and is a Chef extraordinaire at The Sail Loft in Dartmouth.

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