Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center



photo 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 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 Tamara Gonda

I call myself a colorist. Color is the life of my paintings. The work flows between watercolor, encaustic/coldwax and acrylics touching on many temperaments.   The one thing they all have in common is the vitality of color. I use to mainly produce Color Field and Abstract Expressionist works. They changed into what I call my Lyrical-Abstracts.  A series of richly colored paintings with a defined subject matter of landscapes, or dreams of landscapes.   The painting surface embrace rhythmic brush strokes, rich color, that build a contemporary landscape.


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 Marie Hoey

Julie Marie has been an artist and writer all her life. She paints in watercolor/watercolor pencil, oils, acrylics and gouache. While her writing is primarily poetry and essays, she is currently working on two novelettes. Julie Marie teaches Watercolors and a unique Journaling & Plein Air class that combines language and visuals in a fresh and stimulating way. Throughout her extensive travels, she has carried notebooks and watercolor supplies to capture the essence of people, culture, nature, experience, and ambiance through the written word, illustration, form, line and color. In doing so she continues to hone her talents while rediscovering the joys of playing with paint and language. At times she refers to these journals and creates a series of poems, larger works of art or short stories.

Julie Marie inspires the creative spirit to rise, see things anew and to express, create from the soul. Her classes will challenge you to be your personal best and lend a balance to the hectic, technological world we live in. Whatever level you are at on your creative journey Julie Marie encourages everyone to explore, develop and embrace their creative gifts.

“We are all artists, teachers, healers, and warriors.”

~ Angeles Ares, Cultural Anthropologist

photo Peter Jones

Peter is a blend of artist, designer, and engineer. He founded an award-winning game development company, taught Animation courses at WPI, and led product design for a number of companies in Silicon Valley. With over 10 years as a professional designer, he is inspired by the overlap between art and STEM. After living in San Francisco for several years, he has moved back to his hometown of Hollis with his wife, son, and two dogs to raise a family and contribute to this wonderful community.

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

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 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 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.

  Sarah Barrow & Anna Birch

See individual bios above

photo Susanna Ries

Susanna Ries has been creating original stained glass for over 25 years. Her passion for glass began when she took classes at Renaissance Glassworks in Nashua, N.H. in 1990.  She is an active member of the Mont Vernon Artisans in her home town Mont Vernon.  She is also a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.  Her work is showcased in the League store in Concord NH.  Susanna teaches workshops at the League store in Meredith NH.  All of her designs are done by hand and she gets most of her ideas from the beautiful nature that surrounds her everywhere.  Susanna likes to put colors together in a harmonious way.  

Susanna’s background in in Fine Art – she received her Bachelor of Art Degree from Colby-Saywer College in New London NH.  
Currently Susanna works as a floral designer. 

  Renee Moloney and KC Morgan