HAM Faculty

  Karin Abromatis
     
photo Joseph Agabiti

Joseph Agabiti holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and an M.A. in Elementary Education from the College of New Jersey.   He has also attended pre engineering workshops provided by The College of New Jersey and Rowan College of Engineering.  Mr. Agabiti has over eight years experience at J.P. Case Middle School in Flemington, NJ, where he currently teaches Software Application and Technology.  In addition to using cooperative S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities in his daily lesson planning, he has five years experience advising the J.P. Case LEGO Club, through which he participated in Middle School Technology Design Challenge which is held every year in the spring. You may visit his J.P. Case Teacher page here http://www.frsd.k12.nj.us//Domain/654
 

     
photo Doug Baron

Doug Baron has been publishing his comic book series, Sugar Ray Finhead, since 1992. His work has been included in Valiant comics and many newspapers. He has taught cartooning classes and workshops at the Museum for many years.

     
photo Maureen Chatfield

Maureen Chatfield studied at the Art Students League, NY, as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Fashion Institute of Technology, NY, and Hunter College, NY. She has studied with Jean Buckly, Ron Lent, Robert Saxton, and Stuart Shils. She has worked in watercolor and most frequently in oil, though she is currently painting in acrylic. Her paintings are not planned, they are discovered. She has had numerous shows throughout New Jersey and has had her artwork displayed in an exhibition at the Hunterdon Art Museum in 2010. 

     
photo Sarah DeWire

Sarah DeWire received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts and her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  She has been teaching fine art lessons for a number of years and has experience working with at risk youth.  Her work is included in private collections in New York, New Jersey, Maine and Pennsylvania. 

     
photo Amanda Esposito

Amanda Esposito graduated from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, where she earned her MAT in Art Education and her BFA in Painting/Drawing with a concentration in Art Education. She is a tenured K-12 educator, currently teaching art and enrichment courses at Thomas B. Conley School in Bethlehem, NJ. (Shown with husband and fellow teacher Matthew Esposito)

     
photo Andrea Gianchiglia

Andrea Gianchiglia, local artist of Bedminster, graduated from the Hartford Art School with a BFA in illustration and a minor in art history. Working as a full-time artist on private commissions and freelance illustration, Andrea also teaches at various art centers such as the Hunterdon Art Museum, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and Somerset Art Association and conducts private lessons out of her studio in Bedminster. She teaches all ages and all levels. Some of her adult classes include oil painting, drawing, color theory, mixed media techniques and, of course, her favorite - animal portraiture. Andrea has had both individual and group shows throughout New Jersey and the tri-state area, along with various juried shows where she has won several awards for animal portraiture. Andrea is a member of the Society of Animal Artists and has exhibited in national juried shows, one of which is the Annual National Juried Exhibition of N.J.E.A.A “Art of the Horse,” and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. Andrea is also represented by “Natures Walk” Wildlife gallery in Bernardsville, N.J

 

 

 

     
photo Erica Lescota

Erica Lescota has been an art educator for three years, teaching children ages 3 through high school. She currently teaches at Spruce Run School in Clinton township and is well versed in many media from teaching a variety of art classes such as advanced Honors Art IV, Ceramics & Crafts, and general art courses. Erica studied Secondary Education and Fine Art as an undergraduate at Seton Hall University, graduating Cum Laude. She also completed graduate course work on the track of Museum Professions at the same university.

     
photo Bascha Mon

Bascha Mon has received Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Skidmore College and has studied at New York University, the Art Students League, the School of Visual Arts, and Pratt Institute. She has exhibited internationally and has work in both private and museum collections. She has extensive teaching experience.

     
photo Bill Macholdt

Bill Macholdt was born and raised in Hunterdon County, NJ.  He holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania and a Master’s of Fine Arts from Bennington College in Vermont.  Mr. Macholdt is a fulltime environmental consultant and is also an adjunct professor who has taught introductory and advanced ceramics classes at a number of New Jersey colleges including William Paterson University, Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, and for over 10 years in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Raritan Valley Community College in Somerset County, NJ.  He has shown his work in numerous galleries and museums throughout the tri-State area and beyond.  Mr. Macholdt was the recipient of a New Jersey Council on the Arts Artist Fellowship Grant in 2009.

     
  Curator

     
  Dan Rosa

Daniel Rosa is a local Puerto Rican artist, residing in Annandale, New Jersey.  His wide range of creative interests produce works in various mediums and styles, from fantasy to comic to advertising to realistic life drawing. Daniel’s work has been featured on album covers, t-shirts, promotional logos and marketing materials, in “The Magic Bullet” (graphic newspaper), in professional business newsletters, religious events, children’s fundraising events, “Naked in New Hope” gallery, and other venues. He regularly attends Open Studio sessions at the HAM and other locations to strengthen the creative spirit and further develop the skill of quickly capturing a visually appealing image.

     
photo Jim Pruznick

Jim Pruznick has taught Artistic Expressions for more than twenty years and has also taught numerous other classes at the Hunterdon Art Museum. He established a video production business to make affordable documentaries for artists, children in school, and people with disabilities. These productions are informed by his study of fine arts at Montclair State University, as well as his experiences working with schools and human service organizations for the past twenty-five years. 

     
photo Judith Shevell

Judy Shevell holds an MS in Botany from Oklahoma State University and has been creating art quilts since the late 1990's.  She has received awards and has had her quilt, Tahiti, published in 500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work (500 Series),   Ray Hemachandra and Karey Bresenhan.  Judy's philosophy to quilting and art is "there are no wrong decisions, just design opportunities!"  Her work can be seen by visiting her website: http://jlshevellstudios.com/

Come see Judy's exhibition It's All About the Stories: Story Quilts at the Bernardsville Library on February 3, 2- 4 pm follow this link to the library's page: http://www.bernardsvillelibrary.org/program/its-all-about-the-stories-story-quilts-by-judith-shevell/

     
photo Lena Shiffman

Lena Shiffman attended Spectrum Institute of Commercial Art in NJ, and later studied at The Parsons School of Design and the Art Students League in New York City. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and member of Rutgers University council on children’s Literature (RUCCL). Her first book was Keeping a Christmas Secret written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, which received a Christopher award in 1989. Since then she has created many drawings for Cricket Magazine and illustrated numerous books for Scholastic Inc., including Dancing with Manatees, which has sold more than half a million copies in countries all over the world. For more about Lena, please visit her website http://www.lenashiffman.com/

     
  Linda Schroeder

Linda Schroeder received her degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is an independent artist and teacher. Linda also works commercially as an interior decor consultant and professional muralist.

     
photo Ann Tsubota

Ann Tsubota is the Chairperson of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Raritan Valley Community College, NJ. She is an honored and respected teacher, known for her high standards, and has sent many ceramic artists out into the art world.  She received a BA degree in American Studies from Douglass College and an MFA in Ceramics from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she had the opportunity to study and work with Ka Kwong Hui, an esteemed and innovative ceramic artist. She has taught at Douglass College, Livingston College and Rider University. Professor Tsubota is an active artist and currently exhibits her work at Sara Gallery in New York City and the Coryell Gallery in Lambertville. She also has received a New Jersey Council on the Arts Artist Fellowship. Tsubota is represented by galleries in New York and New Jersey; her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions from the 1970s to the present day. 

     
  Liz Tracey
As a certified elementary educator, Liz has been in the education field for over twenty years. She is currently teaching art classes to 4-6 year olds at the Hunterdon Art Museum.  While she has been exploring yoga over the past 20 years it became an integral part of her daily life in 2014 when she attended the first outdoor yoga class of Gist Finley. Liz later did her training in Sivananda yoga at the Ahimsa School in Clinton. Liz has found that yoga is not just a physical activity but truly a way of living all aspects of life and enjoys sharing all she has learned and is still learning with her student
     
  Lorraine Glessner
     
  HAM Faculty.
     
  Joan Gavornik
     
  Margaret Fanning
     
photo Nancy J. Ori

Nancy J. Ori obtained a BA degree in Fine Arts from Elmira College, Elmira, NY where she became increasingly interested in film and photography.   She received an MS degree in Visual Communications from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.  Ori, owner of New Jersey Media Center, LLC in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, is respected internationally as an industrial photographer and video producer for almost 40 years.  She also enjoys teaching photography and painting workshops each year throughout the United States and Europe.  Nancy was affiliated for many years with the Ansel Adams Workshop in California and in New Jersey is currently on the faculty of numerous museums and art centers as well as teaches privately. Ms. Ori’s work has been widely exhibited in museums & galleries throughout the globe.  For more information about Ms. Ori and her work please visit www.nancyoriphotography.com 

 


     
  Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson was born in Harlem, New York, raised in Brooklyn, NY, and is currently a resident of Millburn Township, NJ. He has worked as a professional art director and designer/illustrator for various corporations and non-profits, and as a commissioned fine arts painter who specializes in portraiture. An alumnus of Pratt Institute and The Art Students League of NY, Peterson has studied with such leading realist painters as Nelson Shanks, Max Ginsberg, and Costa Vavagiakis. His works, both portrait and non-commissioned, are in corporate and private collections and museums across the country.

 

He uses traditional methods and techniques while incorporating new ideas and personal observations. His preferred medium is oil, although he frequently uses many mediums. Peterson describes his paintings as “realistic with an impressionistic feel” and his artistic style is inspired by the Impressionists and the Old Masters. His approach echoes a favorite quote from Alberto Giacometti; “The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.”

     
  Patrick Smith
     
  Rion Hoffmann

     
  Takaezu Studio
     
photo Tricia Hurley

Tricia Hurley is an artist and educator. She received a BFA in visual arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and an MAT in elementary education from The College of New Jersey. In addition to K-8 teaching, she is a commissioned portrait and mural artist for both private and public clients, including Rockingham State Historic Site, Kingston, NJ, where her portrait of George Washington is in the permanent collection.

 

     
photo Vasiliki Katsarou

Vasiliki Katsarou is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet whose first collection, Memento Tsunami, was published in 2011. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Daily, wicked alice, Press 1, and US 1 Worksheets, and in two upcoming anthologies: Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (Poets Wear Prada, 2013), and Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place (Sundress Publications). She directs the Panoply Books Reading Series in Lambertville, NJ.

     
photo Wendy Hallstrom

An engineer by training, Wendy has had a life-long love of art and crafting. She has been creating Pysanky for over 25 years and loves to share the process with others. Wendy first learned Pysanky from a Ukrainian friend from church. She continued practicing and researching the craft as a means of exploring her Polish heritage. 

 

 

     
  Devon Thein
     
  Pierre Fouché
     
  Caitlin Vitalo
     
  Emma Rimi
     
  Chelsey Lindaberry
     
  Amelia Toelke
     
  Zena Tredinnick-Kirby
     
  Chelsea Valderas
     
photo Linda Brooks Hirschman

Visiting Artist, winter 2020. Website:  http://www.lindahirschmanartist.com/

     
photo Katherine McClelland

Visiting artist, winter 2020. Website:  https://www.marsupicool.com/

     
photo Eva Camacho-Sanchez

Exhibiting artist, winter 2020. Website:  https://evacamacho.com/

     
  Mike Stark

Mike Stark is an American artist who received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 with a focus in print media. He is exploring the long, strange trip known as life through various media. Mike owns and operates Pink Line Press in Kenilworth, NJ and is also the studio manager at Frontline Arts in Branchburg, NJ, handling both studios day to day operations, technical assistance, and contract printing.

     
  Samantha Mathews
     
  Maria Kastrinakis

Fashion instructor summer 2020

     
  Maria Pisano

Maria G. Pisano is a book artist, printmaker, curator and educator. Memory Press works are represented in The Library of Congress, 9-11 Memorial Museum, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Lafayette College, University of Delaware, Wesleyan University and many more. She has exhibited widely in solo group shows here and abroad, and currently she has a solo show titled Reflections: Artist Books and Works on Paper. Over the years she has curated a number exhibits, including the Hunterdon Museum and the most recent “Book as Witness: The Artist’s Response” at the Center for Book Arts in NYC. Ms. Pisano contributes to book arts publications and has presented at the Library of Congress, College Book Arts Association and the Art Libraries Society of North America. Her article “Mark To Impress” was published in California Society of Printmakers 2018 Journal and 2019 in The Blue Notebook in the UK. She continuously gives workshops nationally and internationally and recently she was invited to present at Bridwell Library, Dallas TX, Hand Bookbinders of California, Frontline Arts and Center for Book Arts in NYC. Learn more about Maria at www.mariagpisano.com.

     
  Colleen Buzby
Colleen has been practicing Hatha yoga for several years and enjoys sharing her practice with yogis of all levels. Yoga helps her to embrace new challenges, to slow down and find her breath, and to look for joy in all areas of life. In addition to yoga, she teaches high school science and spends her free time outside exploring and traveling.
     
  Gina Cerbone

Gina began her yogic journey when she was in high school, and came back to it again with a serious practice in 2010. She developed a strong connection to her Vinyasa practice which led her to complete a teacher training program with Delia Quigley and Denise Kay in July 2013. She completed her 300 hour teacher training in July 2020 with Nancy Candea from Yoga Impact Institute.  For Gina, the Vinyasa quality of "moving mediation," coupled with her daily seated meditation, allows her to center herself when her world feels out of balance and lacking in stillness. Gina feels that Yoga has opened her eyes to see the person within, who she really is. Her practice helped her to find herself at a time when she felt lost. Gina believes that human nature is an important aspect of teaching yoga and a path to gain insight into others as well as one’s self by giving and receiving (sharing) the gift of yoga. Gina has studied with Doug Swensen, Kino MacGregor (Ashtanga Yoga), and Judith Lasater (Restorative Training). She is certified to teach Aerial, Yin, Chair and Restorative Yoga. She continues to grow and learn from teachers, workshops, and, as a life-long learner, her own self-study, Svadyaya.

     
  Amber-Love Delaney
Amber discovered the importance of Yoga around 1999 as a means to figuring out the mind-body connection for mental and physical health. At the time, finding yoga classes was limited so it was often replaced with Pilates while keeping spiritual work separate. In 2017, Amber completed her 200-hour training with Complete Health Yoga. She has since gone on to study Yin Yoga, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Yoga for Depression & Anxiety, and Aerial Yoga through Honor Yoga. Her classes introduce students to a variety of props including chairs so that people may learn ways to make their practices as accessible as possible. She also has meditations on the Insight Timer app.
     
  Ron Tanelli
After years of athletics and going the traditional gym route with weight lifting and cardio until exhaustion, Ron started exploring other ways to remain healthy.  His wife convinced him to attend a weekend class at OM Yoga Clinton back in 2014. The Yoga community and atmosphere at the HAM was so welcoming. He immediately felt like this was a perfect fit from day one. He quickly realized that yoga was a more therapeutic way to stretch, strengthen and tone the body. In the years that followed, he deepened his practice by studying traditional Hatha yoga under the guidance of Gist Finley at the Ahimsa School of Yoga. This has truly transformed his life in so many ways, both physically and mentally.  Ron loves to share his knowledge of yoga with students by creating a safe, friendly, and encouraging environment. His goal is to break down poses so students gain a deeper understanding and benefit of each pose. Students are encouraged to make deep personal connections as they become the observers both in class and in daily living.
     
  Heather Mulvey

Heather Mulvey, C-IAYT, has been practicing yoga since 1998 and has studied various styles of yoga. Her approach to teaching is to offer a class that is accessible to everyone in an open-hearted and serene environment while offering guidance to tune inward and nurture our present state. She delights in witnessing the sense of well-being, grounding, confidence, and compassion found in the yoga practice extend into our daily lives. Heather is a graduate of Rutgers University, Devalila Yoga Teacher Training, and Inner Peace Yoga Therapy Program.

Heather’s yoga therapy training areas of focus include grief, chronic pain, depression, heart health, back care, cancer care, and functional yoga therapy. Heather has trained with Nischala Joy Devi, Lillah Schwartz, Neil Pearson, Amy Weintraub, Stephanie Pappas, Laura Kupperman, Maria Mendola, Durga, Dr. Marc Halpern, and Richard Miller.

Heather is registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and teaches group and private classes throughout the central New Jersey region. She is American Red Cross Adult CPR & AED Certified

     
  Tom Tague
Tom is a long-time practitioner and teacher of Qigong and Yang Family Style Tai Chi. He has studied locally with Master Irv Winn, Master Christopher Leyesa, Qigong for Healing, and Avalon Healing Arts.  Tom has also studied with internationally acclaimed teachers; Dr Yang Yang, Master Kenneth S. Cohen, Dr. Roger Jahnke, Integral Institute of Tai Chi & Qigong and the Tai Chi for Health Institute. He is a regular presenter at the Symposium for Integrative Health, Tai Chi & Qigong.
His Tai Chi for Health Institute certifications include:
Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor
Tai Chi for Diabetes & Fall Prevention Instructor
     
photo Rujuta Rao

Rujuta Rao is a conceptual interdisciplinary artist. She earned a BFA in sculpture from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and an MFA in interdisciplinary art from Parsons School of Design, New York. Rao works with sculpture, text, photographs, sound, video, installation and performance. She uses fiction to think through fragmentation, cinematographic techniques, photographs and technological glitches by extending their qualities to the human body, especially to the female body. In 2019, she founded RAO, a platform for the garments she makes as an extension of her art practice.

Visit her website at  www.rujutarao.com

Featured image: 

Title: The Consequences of Repetition 
Medium: Inkjet print, paper and gouache 
Dimensions: Variable 
Year: 2018
Photo by Polly Thomas
The Rejoinders residency and Exhibition at g39 gallery, Cardiff
     
photo Mikaela Meier

Mikaela Meier received her B.S in art education with a concentration in jewelry and metalwork from Montclair State University of New Jersey.  She also avidly works in other mediums including acrylic and watercolor painting as well as ink and ceramic.  Her art education philosophy is centered around the importance of providing a safe and creative environment for students.  Her goal is to allow all students to embrace and explore their unique abilities in order to reach their fullest potential.  She aims to reach all students by incorporating all learning styles.  She has experience working at Robert Morris School in Elizabeth, where she teaches art to primary school students. 

     
photo Leah Cahill

Leah Cahill is an innovative, globally minded clothing designer, educator and artist. She pushes boundaries and sees success daily with her students. Her years of varied experiences have created a versatile designer, business owner, director and educator. Her passion and inspiration is contagious.
 

     
photo Kaya Fridman

Kaya Fridman is a weaving and healing arts teacher from Brooklyn, NY. From an early age, Kaya began weaving, and volunteering her time teaching adults with developmental disabilities. She feels especially passionate about making weaving accessible to all parts of her community and understands that creative work plays an important role in one's healing and self-expression. Kaya has been an instructor at Weaving Hand for the past 5 years. In addition, Kaya is currently an art consultant for AHRC NYC and has often volunteered at the LAND Gallery. Kaya's artistic practices and interests include collage-making, spoken word, and story writing, she sees creative expression as an integral part of life. Kaya is currently pursuing her degree in Art therapy at Hunter College. 

     
  Callie Lasch
     
  Pam Reyes
     
  Chio Flores
     
  Laura Moriarty

Exhibiting Artist Special Program Teacher