Betsy Payne Cook paints exclusively with pastels and is honored to be elected as a Juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America and to have achieved signature membership status in the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. Betsy is also acknowledged as a Juried Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Association. Betsy’s paintings depict her impressions of the landscape and its abundance of colors. She paints both en plein air and in her studio; and conveys her love of the outdoors in each painting.
Dan Hanagan attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He is a professional artist, art instructor, and curator. He is a former Board member of the Falmouth Art Center.
Andrew Kusmin teaches beginning to advanced watercolor classes. He has received numerous local and national awards. Andrew is a signature member of the National watercolor Society, Audubon Artists, Allied Artists of America, Southwest Watercolor Society and several others. He has a studio/gallery located in Plymouth. Andrew served four years as President of the New England Watercolor Society. He has been teaching for well over twenty years.
Claudia Smith-Jacobs received a B.A. from Boston University and a M.A.Ed from Lesley University. She has studied art in England and inFrance. In addition to winning the Romanos-Rizk fellowship given by theProvincetown Art Center Museum, she has also been awarded two MassArts grants, and was selected as Artist-in Residence by Les Amis de laGrande Vigne in Dinan, France.
Christine Anderson, a weaver and fiber artist, finds the intersection of threads both basic and centering to her life. Her work includes intricate woven tapestries of local landscapes and conceptual work that combines weaving with mixed media, including scanned digital images, handmade paper, fabrics, and beads. Originally from New England, she completed a BS in Art from Cedar Crest College and a MFA in Fibers and Handmade Paper from East Tennessee State University.
Seth Rainville is a professional potter, art educator, and independent curator living in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He has taught ceramics at multiple venues including the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, South County Art Association, Arch Contemporary Ceramics, the Mesa Art Center and Phoenix Center for the Arts. He has also conducted over 30 workshops across the country including recent workshops at Harvard Ceramics, Mudflat Ceramics Studio, and at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Seth’s teaching style requires students to enjoy the process while learning a strong base of fundamentals.
Susan Jensen has a B.S. in Art Education from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, and an M.A. in Printmaking from San Jose State University. She was an art educator in Portland, Maine before joining the Falmouth Art Center in 2013. In her classes Susan incorporates lessons in which students can explore materials as they work on technique, perceptual abilities, and problem solving skills. She enjoys integrating art history, too, and strives to provide a nurturing environment that celebrates the student’s individuality and creativity.
Hollis Engley was raised on Martha’s Vineyard, educated at Cape Cod Community College and Lycoming College in Pennsylvania and worked in journalism as a writer, photographer and editor for more than 25 years. He began making pots in 1990 at the Art League School in Alexandria, VA, and established Hatchville Pottery in Falmouth, MA, in 2000. He joined Kimberly Jane Sheerin at The Barn Pottery in Pocasset in 2014, where they make their individual and collaborative work.Hollis makes functional pots – “good pots for good food”. He is influenced by Japanese, Korean and English country pottery. He fires with both gas-fueled and wood-fueled kilns.
Mellissa Morris is currently the Artist in Residence at 46 Pearl Street in Hyannis. Mellissa has been teaching Abstract Painting classes and workshops for over ten years at local art organizations and colleges in Massachusetts. More about Mellissa and her work can be found at: www.mellissamorris.com
Kim Sheerin graduated in 1996 from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Studio Arts with a focus in ceramics. She has lived and made pottery in Pocasset, Mass., on Cape Cod, for the past 20 years at The Barn Pottery on Barlow’s Landing Road. Kim makes functional pots – plates, mugs, cups, bowls, and teapots – what she calls “art for every day.” Her work is highly decorated with slip trailing, stamping and sgraffito. She is influenced by the natural world of Cape Cod and by Islamic and East Indian art. She has traveled to India to investigate human trafficking there and to see how young women are being rehabilitated from slavery. Her “pots with a purpose” educate the viewer on that issue.
Bill Noble is a Juried and Exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America,the Cape Cod Art Center, South Cape Artists, and is a Lifetime Member of The Falmouth Art Center. He has won numerous awards and honors for his paintings. Bill has had seven one man shows including one in Europe and has two paintings in the permanent collection of Musee Yvonne Jean-Haffen in Dinan, France and a painting in the permanent collection of Cape Cod Five Bank, as well as many private collections. Billwas honored to be named Artist In Residence at La Grande Vigne, in Dinan, France in 2016. He is very proud to hold the title, Le Pensionnaire de l’Atelier des Artiste, Dinan, France.
Alicia Buccino from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. degree in Studio Art with a concentration in printmaking and photography. She also studied art history, drawing, painting, sculpture and bronze casting. A certified preschool teacher, she has over 20 years experience teaching art and photography to children ages pre-K to 12 in both public and private schools on the Cape, as well as summer art workshops at Falmouth Academy and The Cape Conservatory.
Patrice Mogan got her Bachelors in Fine Arts at Green Mountain College were she did a summer abroad. She lived in Aberystwyth Wales, were she did her collage internship at the Ceredigion Museum. Her internship included restoration of cultural artifacts, cataloging, and assisting with setting up exhibits at multiple museums in Wales and England. A few years after college, Patrice briefly lived in Eureka, CA. While there she worked for HCAR as the Lead Art teacher in their fine arts program for people with developmental disabilities. Patrice found herself back on Cape Cod and taking ceramic classes at the Harry Holl Studio at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. After a year of classes and helping in the studio, her teacher recommended her for an apprenticeship at Scargo Pottery–the Studio and Gallery that was established in 1952 by renowned potter Harry Holl. After eight years of apprenticeship, she is now the studio manager. As manager her role includes mixing glazes, ordering supplies, unloading kilns, reclaiming and recycling clay, and above all else helping and educating the many customers that visit daily. Patrice enjoys making and selling functional pottery, wall tiles, and whimsical sculptures. Born and raised on Cape Cod, she is inspired by her environment and the beauty that surrounds her.
Beth Dill: I started weaving after retiring from a business career in late 2018. Since then, I have taken all my classes at the Art Center. I have enjoyed learning how to read patterns, mix colors and learn different weaving structures. In the past year I have purchased 4 looms: a 4 harness 36 inch Harrisville floor loom, an 8 harness 42 inch Schacht floor loom, an 8 harness 24 inch Schacht table loom, and a 16 harness Leclerc 24 inch table loom. I have enjoyed refurbishing all the used looms I have purchased and working on the looms at the studio.
Liz Henry is a retired educator. Her interests include gardening, quilting and weaving. She is happy to combine her love for weaving and teaching at the Falmouth Art Center where she first learned to weave. She trained in the freestyle way of weaving with Mihoko Wakabayashi at SAORI Worcester who was the first person to introduce SAORI weaving in the United States in 2000.
Linda Walker is a long-standing member of the Falmouth Art Center. Through the years, she has studied at the center with various teachers and visiting workshop artists in her favorite medium of oil painting. She has won numerous awards for her representational oil paintings and abstract pieces in oil and cold wax.
A graduate of Simmons University, her education combined liberal arts and communication at Simmons with fine arts and graphics courses at the School of the Museum of Fine Art. As owner of Linda Walker Design, she produced and coordinated advertising material for clients on Cape Cod and New England. In recent years, retirement has given her time to travel and return to painting. Sketchbook and camera in hand, she finds inspiring resources everywhere that quite often become an oil painting.
Gary Yablick earned a BS in Electrical Engineering at Swarthmore College and a PhD in Developmental Psychology at Clark University. He worked as a childcare teacher and center director for 20 years and took pottery classes with Tom Clarkson at Piedmont Virginia Community College for 20 years. He is an avid amateur potter, mainly making functional pottery, and occasionally sells some of his pieces.
Kelsey Chenoweth began her ceramics journey at Bates College when she took a couple of clay classes to sprinkle in some fun between her rigorous science courses. After graduating with a B.S. degree, she moved to Woods Hole to start a research job at the Woodwell Climate Research Center. To her excitement, she worked alongside Anya Zolkos who pointed her to the Falmouth Art Center where she has now been taking clay classes for over three years. Kelsey is now in a research position at the Marine Biological Laboratory and is very excited to move into teaching clay classes and see where it can take her.
Melissa Hofer is a Falmouth resident who has been working with clay at the Falmouth Art Center for the last 6 years. She primarily makes functional work in a variety of clay types and firing techniques, especially enjoying the wood firing process. She also works full time at Cape Cod Healthcare in the IT Department.