Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center
Instructors

 

 

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 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 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 Marie Fidrych

Marie studied interior design at Wentworth Institute of Technology graduating in 2006 and earned a Masters of Art in Teaching from Tufts University in 2013. Currently she teaches middle school art in Lowell, MA and still freelances as an interior designer and illustrator. Her passion in the arts include ceramics, art and technology and graphic design. She is always seeking out new ways to create and ways to share her passions with others.

     
  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 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. 

     
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!

     
  Sarah Barrow & Anna Birch

See individual bios above