Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center
Instructors

 

 

  Sarah Barrow

Sarah has a BFA from Alfred University. She’s worked with at risk populations and Hospital arts programs and has experience working with kids of all ages. She has run community arts programs and enjoys seeing the joy people find when making art! She loves learning and listening to people’s stories, meeting them where they’re at and helping to nurture their own creative process. She enjoys using mixed media and transforming  the ordinary into something meaningful and beautiful. 

     
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 has been teaching at Wild Salamander since its inception in 2012, working with both youth and adults in classes and workshops. In her own artwork, Anna enjoys working in a variety of mediums, including printing, painting, photography, book arts, mixed media & fiber arts. She has worked with teenagers, children & adults 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 lives in Hollis with her husband, oil painter Christopher Volpe, and their son Max.

     
photo Jessica Bladd Palmer

Jessica Bladd Palmer received a degree in Art Education from Plymouth University NH. She has taught elementary art in both Groton & Lexington MA.
Jessica also spent many Summers teaching arts & crafts in various day camp camps.As a child art was always her favorite subject.
Jessica loves sharing her passion for creativity. She enjoys teaching children and admires their freedom to express themselves. Jessica has always enjoyed experimenting with all mediums.She loves ceramic, painting,printmaking,mixed media & sculpture. Exposing her students to many different mediums is important to her. She believes that art is more than being able to draw well. The most important thing to her is that her students feel successful and enjoy themselves! Jessica prides herself on creating a caring and supportive classroom environment.

     
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 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.

     
photo 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 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 Nina Dilger

  Nina has always found a way to feed her need to be creative.  She currently lives in the mountains of New Ipswich on a hobby farm with her husband George, two daughters and her studio assistant Yukon, a yellow Labrador.
  Inspired by nature and following her love of artistic expression from a young age Nina has over time experimented with different mediums.  Acrylic paint being her favorite for its ability to be versatile in its application.  Additional and past artistic endeavors include photography, quilt making and organic gardening.   Each endeavor has provided Nina the freedom and liberty to find who she is as an artist.  Architecture, organic design in nature and her love of blending colors has lead her to create one of a kind Mandela inspired designs; an art form that reflects her belief that art is a meditation - often providing relaxation for the deepest part of self.
  Nina is excited to share her passion for painting Mandala designs with you.
 

     
  Tamara Gonda

     
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.  

     
photo Carol Glenn

Carol has worked with children in a variety of capacities: as a first grade and preschool teacher, a camp counselor, teaching for an after school program and a Camp Fire-cub scout leader.She graduated from the University of Maine with a BS in Elementary Education.She also took many art history-appreciation classes. She was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel for three months in Europe and meet her Naval Officer husband in many ports. She visited many museums and was able to see and appreciate the many art treasures of Europe.
Carol also took graduate classes at Ohio State University that emphasized the importance of teachers facilitating childrens learning thru hands on activities. She likes to create projects with art, science and cooking with a focus on critical thinking and creativity.

     
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.

     
photo Ellen Kotelly

Ellen holds a Post-Bacc Graduate Teaching Certificate from Mass College of Art. Her teaching experience spans pre-k through adult. She has taught art in various venues including both public and private schools, the Minnesota Museum of Art, summer camps, and more. She currently teaches in the OLSW Homeschool CO-OP which serves Nashua and surrounding communities. She has volunteered as an artist/painter on numerous set designs in her community and church and formerly chaired the Reflections Arts and Achievement Program in the Hollis Elementary Schools. Ellen loves to design inspiring curriculum and encourage her students to grow as artists!  She finds inspiration for her own art through nature and the world around her. Ellen and her husband have five children and reside in Hollis.

     
photo Julie LeMire
     
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.

     
  Anjali Longan

An experienced educator, Anjali is a teacher at Hollis Montessori school.  She loves to be creative and share that love with students.  Her passion for encouraging students to discover new experiences allows imagination to grow. Anjali holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of New Hampshire and is working towards the completion of a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education from Rivier University. She is a member of New England Environmental Educators Association, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and she was the 2012 New Hampshire Project Learning Tree Educator of the Year. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, reading, gardening and spending time in nature with friends and family.

     
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

     
photo 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."

     
photo Phil Malone
     
photo 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.

     
  K.C. Morgan

The road to Wild Salamander has been long and winding.  A BA in theater management led to wonderful years traveling between theaters in Chicago, Cleveland and New England.  Along that road she met Charlie and eventually decided to make Hollis their home.  Completiing an MEd in Creative Arts in Special Education from Lesley University she went on to teach Kindergarten at Sunrise Children's Center in Amherst and Creative Arts in Education courses for Lesley.  Her love for the arts and desire to make it part of everyone's life has led to the creation of Wild Salamander.   Their three children, Nora, Cat and Miles are off and about into the world but, love to stop in and say hello when they are 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 Chandra Reber

I am a maker.
I love to see others realize they are, too.
I do this through Heart – creativity, intention, compassion.
I hold degrees in visual arts and expressive arts therapy.
As a counselor, I learned the core components of Heart are the core components of resilience (creativity, intention, compassion).
     Resilience = less suffering = Heartful living.
My aim is to spread creative, Heartful living to everyone!
I love bonfires, shirts with thumbholes, and chocolate. I make warrior fairy dresses for my little spitfire daughter. I camped across America twice and hope to do so again. And I ‘make’ everyday – let’s ‘make’ our world together!

     
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!

     
photo 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 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.
 

     
  KC Morgan and Renee Moloney

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