Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center
Instructors

 

 

photo Rachel Benson

Rachel Benson is a fiber artist working primarily with needle felting, watercolor and other media to create whimsical images of nature, both realistic and abstract.  Art has always been a dominant focus in Rachel’s life and from an early age it became clear that she would make it her career.  Rachel studied Fine Arts and Technical Theater in college and is currently a freelance artist, art teacher and props master.  She shares her love of art through teaching, freelancing in theaters, commissions, along with selling her work at craft fairs and galleries.  She is currently represented by Fruitlands Museum Store; Handworks Gallery, Artists Corner, and Periwinkle Glassworks.  Rachel is a member of the Princeton Arts Society and participates regularly in open and juried exhibitions in the Boston area.  She has been teaching art for the last 5 years in many venues including, Maker Farm in Westford, Colorfull in Acton, Periwinkle Glassworks in Acton , Camp Med-O-Lark in Maine, along with workshops at the Groton Public Library. She is passionate about creating and encouraging students to experiment, play, invent, and focus on the journey of art making rather than the final outcome.

     
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 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 Carol Glenn
     
photo 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.

     
photo 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

     
  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, artists  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 professional 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 instructing curriculum design in a 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. Continuing her work in theater through specialty prop and scenic elements.  Her three grown children are frequently seen about the WS assisting in studios, hauling tables and sometimes doing dump runs.  KC is excited to help bring arts close to home!

     
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 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.
 

     
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.

     
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!

 

 

     
photo NOBLE FARROW

Noble Farrow’s passion for art and nature combine to create her intricate, free-hand, pyrographic works of art.  Born in Minnesota and raised in Massachusetts, Noble was inspired at an early age by her mother and sisters who are also artists.   Noble attended Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH where she graduated with a degree in Art and Education in 2001. While in college she had opportunities to explore most media and forms of art, however pyrography has been self taught.  After graduating, Noble went on to teach High School Visual Art at Westford Academy in Westford, MA from 2001 to 2003.   Her teaching experience was very rewarding for her as she found a great passion for seeing and creating inspiration in others.  She has had many commissioned work opportunities ranging from murals and portraits to collaborating with writers as an illustrator.
 

Noble now resides with her husband and two children in Brookline, NH and creates out of her home studio.   When creating any kind of piece, be it acrylic painting on canvas, watercolor, pastel, illustrations, sketches or pyrography, Noble depends on her artistic eye to create.   Every single piece she has created has been done free-hand.  Never using any projection, stencil or other tool to aid in the sketch.  Pyrography is artwork created on wood with the controlled application of a heated tool or pen.  Unlike any other medium, burning wood is unforgiving and mistakes are not an option.  Creating animals’ likenesses onto wood, and capturing their playful, inviting personalities is one of the most fun ways she has ever created.  Noble loves knowing that she’s simply continuing the piece of wood’s journey.  Like people, every piece is unique, and if she has a part in making a moment of its journey beautiful, she feels blessed.