Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center
Instructors

 

 

photo Anna Birch

Anna is an artist who has successfully run her own one-woman art company, Queen Oscar Designs, creating hand-painted greeting cards and journals, for 15 years. In addition to paper and book arts, she also enjoys works in other mediums; including various forms of printing, painting, jewelry and fiber arts. She has worked with teenagers and children in many settings over the years, from outdoor adventure programs to pre-schools to homeschooling groups, conducting art and creativity workshops incorporating bookbinding, art-journals/creative writing, jewelry-making, printing and collage art. She is also a writer, working on her first manuscript of poems, and lives in Hollis with her husband, oil painter Christopher Volpe, and their 5 year old son Max.

     
photo Meredith Borgioli
Meredith has been involved in theater from a young age. Her grandmother encouraged her to use her active imagination onstage and hopes she can now inspire other children to do the same. She received a BFA in Acting from Syracuse University and feels lucky to have worked onstage in numerous theaters in the Northeast - from Boston, to NYC to NH. She is also a corporate trainer, teaching executives presentation skills based on acting techniques. Meredith continues to explore her artistic side in the world of garden design and is the owner of a Hollis based company specializing in garden design and maintenance.
     
photo Tom Briere

Tom Briere is a Westford based photographer who has been passionate about photography for over 40 years.  His subject interest includes discovering the artistic forms and simplicity found in natural objects under available light.  He was trained as a classical portrait and wedding photographer but in recent years has been focused on landscapes, architecture, and abstract representations of subjects.  In 2012, he was awarded the Fédération  Internationale de l'Art Photographique Silver metal by the Greater Lynn International and is a Master Member of the New England Camera Club Council.  His website is www.Frame36photogallery.zenfolio.com.

     
  Beth Butler

Beth Butler has a passion for learning, creating, and teaching.  Formally trained as a teacher in science and math, Beth has always enjoyed making things in her spare time.  She has taught all ages including a home-school cooperative preschool, high school and college, and currently teaches at NCC as an adjunct faculty in mathematics.  She likes to make clothes, papercraft, needle felt, fused glass and doodles, and is always trying new workshops including blacksmithing and woodworking. She does a lot of face painting and balloon twisting as her alter-ego Jamboree the Clown.  She loves children, being silly, getting messy and creating things.  Beth enjoys challenging younger students to work with materials beyond paper, paint, and crayons, encouraging them to explore new mediums.

     
photo Kristine Brock

Kristine L. Brock is the owner of Harmony Studio in Brookline, New Hampshire where she offers private art instruction for children and adults. Kristine has studied under several artists in the New England area and is a member of the Hollis Art Society and the Nashua Area Artists' Association. Following her art training at Raritan Valley College in New Jersey, Kristine was selected as a mural artist for the 1994 Musikfest celebration held annually in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She enjoys working in watercolor, oil, colored pencil and acrylic media. Her subject matter focuses on realistic and abstract portrayals of florals, landscapes, and wildlife.www.harmonyartstudio.com

     
  Cindy Dahlstrom

Cindy has been sewing since she she was 7 and sat by her grandmother's side and asked to use her sewing machine. Graduating from U Mass with a degree in Fashion Merchandising she went on to a great career in the fashion industry. Cindy has designed for Talbots, New Balance, Adidas and The Limited. Most of all Cindy loves to sew! She is eager to share her life long love with her students through some of the many projects she has been collecting for years.

     
photo Hal Danser

In the mid-1980’s my wife said “Get a hobby!”  My response was that I write marketing and business plans and that they are extremely creative (I have a marketing consulting business). However, in subsequent years I did take several glass blowing, flame-working, and fused glass courses. I was enticed by fused glass, and purchased a large kiln and all of the glass fusing/slumping equipment, and proceeded to experiment and learn. Over the course of several years, I refined my style and started to focus on creating unique and contemporary women’s jewelry (necklaces, pendants, and earrings). I have been fortunate to share those wonderful creations at a number of select galleries throughout the United States.

I also love teaching glass fusing. My classes are fun and exciting. The students learn the basics about glass, and make artistic and dramatic fused glass creations, including plates, coasters, bowls, and jewelry. My classes cover fusing and design techniques in making stunning three dimensional works of art using glass frits and stringers, glass paint, full and tack fusing, slumping, draping, cold working, and different types of glass.

     
  Paul Gavin
Paul has been painting in oils for 17 years and has been a member of the New Hampshire Art Association since 2002. He has shown his work throughout the North East and has received numerous awards for his paintings. Paul has always been an avid follower of street art, pop culture,and contemporary stylings and by tying these themes into his work using classical oil painting techniques, Paul has created a unique and self-reflective painting style
     
  Carol Glenn

     
  Tamara Gonda

     
  Kristen Gott


Kristen Gott is a lifelong artist who specializes in drawing, painting, and anything creative. She received her Master of Education from the University of New Hampshire and is a certified art teacher. Kristen has been teaching elementary- students for 5 years, and is presently working with kindergarteners at Hollis Primary School. She is a certified muralist who has painted murals in numerous homes throughout New England.

     
  Ellen Kotelly

Ellen Kotelly holds a Post-Bach Graduate Teaching degree from Mass College of Art. Her teaching experience spans pre-K through highschool. She has taught art in a variety of venues including the public schools, Minnesota Museum of Art, summer camps, privately, and more. Currently, she teaches art in the OLSW Homeschool Co-op in Nashua. Ellen has worked as an artist/painter on numerous set designs in the community and has volunteerd many hours in the Hollis schools where she chaired for many years the "Reflections Arts and Achievement Program". She finds designing inspiring curriculumand encouraging her students to grow as artists truely rewarding! Nature provides much inspiration for her own art in drawing and painting. Ellen is mom to five children and resides in Hollis with her husband and family.

     
photo Michelle Landry

Michelle is a life long artist who has been painting and creating as long as she can remember.   After years of teaching and working in corporate positions, Michelle decided to open Creative Cottage, a small studio in Merrimack NH.   Combining art with her love of nature and miniatures, Michelle specializes in polymer clay sculpture that is used in terrariums, teacup gardens, container gardens and under glass.  She has created several lines of garden accessories that are designed to inspire adults and children to create miniature garden spaces that will spark their imagination and help them connect with nature and each other.   Michelle has a degree in Communications and Art and most recently was selected as New Hampshire’s American Small Business Champion by the SCORE Foundation.  She is an active member of the Craftworker’s Guild in Bedford.

     
  Marta Magnus


Marta studied art at Connecticut College and then earned a Master’s in Education from Lesley University. She has been creating art with young people since college through after-school programs, international teaching, and public school education. She is inspired by nature and enjoys working with many different media from pencil to printmaking ink to watercolor paint. While she enjoys making art on her own, she really prefers to teach and make art with others. She loves the experience of sharing an interesting technique to students and seeing their delight in trying it out, finding it deeply rewarding to help students accomplish more artistically than they think they can

     
  Liz Malone
     
  Linda Malone


Linda Malone is a lifelong artist and has been a teacher for over 34 years. She received her BA in Art Studio from SUNY Postsdam and received her MEd from Lesley University in Integrating the Arts into the Curriculum. She has recently retired from a gratifying career as an art teacher for the Tewksbury Public Schools. She is passionate about painting and sharing her love of the arts and has a desire to to teach people to paint and experience the joy of painting. She has been painting since a young adult and has continued studying art and taking courses and workshops throughout her life. She has studied and taught color theory extensively. She is a landscape artist who also greatly enjoys painting wildlife and people. She has displayed her paintings in numerous exhibits, including the Fitchburg Art Museum's Regional Art Show, The Worcester Art Museum Student Art Show , and the Concord, Leominster, Newburyport and North Shore Art Associations. "I want to capture moments of happiness and joy in nature and share this creative enthusiasm with others."

     
  Renee Moloney


Renee is a certified yoga instructor and seasoned preschool teacher at the Chapel School in Nashua. She is a former public school elementary guidance counselor and has over 30 years of experience working with young children. Renee’s interest in yoga started about 17 years ago after the birth of her first son, and she began taking yoga after reading about its benefits for the body, mind and spirit. After many years of classes and two more children she decided to take a leap and apply for a teacher training program. She received her 200 hour teacher training at Kripalu and went on to teach classes and eventually co-own Hollis Yoga. She decided to integrate yoga with her love of teaching children and developed a curriculum that she has been teaching at Chapel School in Nashua for many years. Here at Wild Salamander she will share with students how to use yoga to relax, energize, and tap into their creativity.

     
  KC Morgan

KC’s love of the arts and joy for teaching have brought her through the trenches of the professional theater, craziness of the Kindergarten classroom, the wilds of Beaver Brook and the unpredictable world of parenthood.   The opening of Wild Salamander seems to be the perfect culmination of careers well spent.  Education includes BFA in Theater Management and Design from Ohio University. She has run theater production staffs, union crews, and managed tours in Chicago, Cleveland, The Berkshires, The Cape, and NH. Earning a Masters in Education from Lesley University focusing on the Arts in Special Education, KC spent her time learning and teaching in Kindergarten classroom and and college classroom.  Most recently, working at Beaver Brook as an instructor her love of science and nature are evident in her work with children and adults.   KC is excited to help bring arts close to home!

     
photo Debra Bretton Robinson

Debra Bretton Robinson is an artist and a teacher residing in Tyngsborough, MA. She is also a participant in the vibrant Lowell, MA art scene. She grew up in Plaistow, NH and teaches art at two schools in Lowell, MA:  The Franco American School and the Lowell Collegiate Charter School.  Debra has been inspired by the New England landscapes surrounding her throughout her life. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston where she met her husband. Her acrylic paintings on canvas concentrate on places she encounters every day in her life or places she frequents, mainly because of her husband who loves to fish. Her style borders between representational and abstract enlisting New England architecture as a base while using bold, contrasting colors for a contemporary edge. The colors and lines of her paintings are inspired by Matisse during the Fauvist movement and The Seven, a group of painters working in Canada at the turn of the 20th Century. The talents of several other artists she continues to draw upon are: William Henry Johnson, Tommy Thompson, Lawren Harris, Emily Carr, Alice Neel and Edward Hopper.

Jazz and Blues music continue to be a force in her work. 
 Debra works out of her studio at 122 Western Avenue, Lowell MA #213. She can be contacted through her email address. Debra has recently shown her work at the Gleason Public Library in Carlisle, MA, The Dover Pubic Library, and the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center In West Roxbury and several online galleries including the Saatchi Gallery in London, FineArtAmerica.com and the Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ .
 

 

 

 

     
photo Lynne Noseworthy

Lynne has been drawing and painting since childhood. As a high school graduate she was awarded a full scholarship towards a Fine Arts program and spent the next several years pursuing a fine arts degree. She has worked in a professional training and development role for most of her adult life, however her love for creating beautiful images has not waned. She discovered Zentangle in 2012 while attending watercolor classes with a local artist who was also a Zentangle enthusiast. Around that same time she began a regular yoga and meditation practice and found this new art form to be a perfect complement to her new lifestyle of health and wellness. Lynne is a Certified Zentangle Instructor who thoroughly enjoys seeing her students surprise and delight as they transform a blank page or “tile” into a beautiful work of art!

     
photo Lisa Regopoulos

Lisa Regopoulos is a Massachusetts artist who captures the beauty of the natural world with her award winning landscape, floral and garden scenes. Lisa’s paintings are inspired by snowshoeing, hiking or while gardening. Her pastel paintings have garnered many awards at national and international exhibitions for pastels only and multi-media shows.

Last year, Lisa was one of a group of eight pastel artists known as Eighty Dusty Fingers that were juried as Artists in Residence at the Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, MA, from applicants all over the United States. Her painting, Winter Blues, was selected for the Museum’s permanent collection. She continues to teach at the Museum and is currently represented by the Fruitlands Museum store.
She is a Juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America, Signature Member of both the Pastel Society of New Hampshire and Pastel Painters of Maine and juried member of Academic Artists Association.

Lisa’s art education was predominantly at the Worcester Art Museum and the Sharon Arts Center. She has also participated in many pastel intensive workshops with nationally recognized pastel teachers such as Robert Carsten and Liz Haywood-Sullivan. She teaches pastel painting at the Fitchburg State University ALFA program, Sanctuary Arts, Eliot, Maine and at her School Street Studio in Gardner, MA. Lisa currently teaches workshops throughout New England and is actively pursuing venues outside of the N.E. area.

     
photo Gifford Scanlon

Gifford is currently a professional graphic artist with 17 years experience at Gex inc. in Atkinson NH. Prior to working at Gex he was a set designer for the Nashua Theater Guild and a cartoon art instructor at Larain's Art Store in Plaistow NH. He earned his Associates degree in Commercial Art at Norther Essex Community College and is currently working toward his Bachelor's degree in Education. Teaching the fun and imaginative style of comic art is something Gif makes entertaining and informative for all who are interested.

     
  Anna Birch and K.C. Morgan
     
photo Tami Sciola-Borelli

   Tami has been drawing, painting, and creating works of art since childhood.  She graduated from Framingham State College with a degree in Fashion and a minor in Art.  She furthered her studies attending classes at Massachusetts College of Art and The Museum of Fine Arts School.  Her specialty and passion is creating detailed pencil portraits of people and wildlife.  Her ability to capture a subject’s expression and personality has won her various ribbons at juried exhibits.
     Along with her love for creating art, Tami has also pursued a lifelong passion for ballet, studying and performing with the Boston Ballet for several years, as well as performing in local and Greater Boston-area productions.  Tami has been teaching classical ballet for over twenty years throughout southern New Hampshire and her native Massachusetts.  She is excited to share her knowledge and joy of the visual and performing arts with others!

     
  Denyse Walker

Denyse has been creating art for as long as she can remember.  She really came into her artist self in high school where she had a very special Art teacher who inspired and supported her.  Denyse discovered a deep healing through art, and found that she wanted to be a person who provided that container for someone else to grow and heal and bring beauty to the world.  She received her BFA in Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  Denyse enjoys working with many mediums, her favorite being acrylic paint.  She loves sharing the versatility of this medium with her students including painting, printmaking, and crafts. She greatly enjoys bookmaking as well, designing and crafting books from their paste paper beginnings to their gorgeous hand-stitched endings.  Denyse believes that art is all about the process, not the product.  She loves helping her students play and create with materials, whether its creating a sculpture out of nylon hose or creating a 3-D book out of paper, she always has something fun planned!

 

 

     
  Lynn Vaillancourt

Lynn Vaillancourt has worked as a public school classroom and art teacher for over 30 years. She has a BS and MEd in Elementary Education, a MEd in Arts Education and a Fine Arts Director Certificate from Fitchburg State University. She recently completed a painting certificate a the New Hampshire Institute of Art.  Lynn enjoys working with and exposing her students to a wide variety of 2-D and 3-D media including drawing, painting, weaving, paper crafts, ceramics, papier-mâché and printing. In addition to the visual arts, Lynn loves to sing, dance and act, and enjoys performing with many local community theatres.

     
  Christopher Volpe


Christopher Volpe paints in oils and teaches year-round, both en plein air and in the studio. He approaches painting with a sense of the poetic, having previously earned a graduate degree in writing poetry from the University of New Hampshire. He turned to painting in 2007 for its immediate potential to express deeply embedded individual and universal experiences of reality. www.christophervolpe.com.

Christopher Volpe paints in oils and teaches year-round, both en plein air and in the studio. He approaches painting with a sense of the poetic, having previously earned a graduate degree in writing poetry from the University of New Hampshire. He turned to painting in 2007 for its immediate potential to express deeply embedded individual and universal experiences of reality.

     
  Adrienne Goteau

     
  Christie Valihura