Angela Pollock is a great lover of poetry and the Pacific Northwest. Both have deepened her relationship with God immeasurably for many years. Angela has a BA in Theology and Literature. She is working on her MA in Theology at the Ecumenical Institute in Baltimore MD. Angela has created and facilitated many retreats over the past 12 years; she currently works at Catholic Relief Services creating retreats and workshops for adults of all ages, helping them live more fully as one global family.
Bonnie Klatt has the ‘heart of a weaver’. Her ongoing pursuit of connecting art and spirituality along with her passion for color and texture and a strong aptitude for mathematics and sacred geometry both inspires and informs her work. Her recent study of and working with crystals have led to the exploration of how the artistic creations of one’s hands can help heal others.
Bonnie has a B.S. from Fredonia State University. In 1998, after a successful career in computer science, business, and academia she shifted her focus into the creative visual arts. She formally studied weaving under Master weavers Ruth Holroyd and Mary Snyder, along with a number of other well-known weavers in the U.S.
Having taught in both private and public sectors for over 30 years, she brings a wealth of experience to the workshops and retreats she leads on fiber arts, spirituality and creativity-related topics. Her warmth, patience, flexibility, and ability to read the students’ needs provide an environment that encourages students to create works that are unique and personally meaningful.
Through her business, Hands of Grace, she weaves on commission for liturgical and private clients. Her work can also be found in select gallery shops.
As an instructor with the guild for over a dozen years, Carla continues to enjoy the experience of combining solid teaching with exploration. Her own work has been included in numerous national exhibitions, published in books and articles, and is included in private and corporate collections. She is a Charter and Signature Member of The Colored Pencil Society of America and holds a degree in art education. For 25 years, Carla has pursued her love of the mandala form.
Carla Erickson Orlando, M.Ed, is a retreat director and workshop leader, spiritual director and personal coach. She enjoys her work with university students, children and families. In her ministry, Carla draws on her training with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius and the PRH International School for Adult Development. Carla lives in Seattle with her husband and twin daughters.
Charlotte Paul has thirty years of experience in stained glass, with the main focus being public building; including libraries, churches, universities, mental health facilities, and hospitals. As a public school art teacher, she understands the multiple levels of learning and challenges students to create beautiful glass panels that give years of enjoyment.
Dan came to the Guild in November 2006, after having worked in social services for over 20 years. Trained in marriage & family therapy, Dan served as a counselor for youth at risk and their families. Always a fan of the arts, and one who values the unique context of community, the Guild has created a wonderful new chapter in his life. Together with his lovely wife, Lois, who coordinates the care of the Guild garden, and his two teenage boys, Dan enjoys the rich heritage and daily surprises that the greater Guild community continues to offer.
Shortly after graduation from college, with a BFA in ceramics, Donna Rozman followed her love of adventure to the small mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado. There she met her husband, married and raised two sons. Donna has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, written several articles for ceramics publications, and taught many workshops. Donna participated in a six-week artist residency at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary and was a presenter at the 2010 International Ceramic Magazine Editors conference in Fuping, China. She earned her MFA from KSU where she and Nicole Copel were classmates.
Influenced by multicultural spirituality, Donna investigates the tantalizing relationship between spirituality and sexuality. She also explores the idea of opposing forces co-existing in our world; pulling and pushing to find a balance. Donna’s most recent work includes laser toner transfers of original drawings influenced by the illustrations of Ernst Heckel.
Eloiese Krabbenhoft has over 30 years experience teaching art at all levels from Kindergarten through college to senior citizens. She earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989 and currently teaches art education at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She has taught summer workshops in clay and drawing at the Guild for about nine years. The bulk of her art work is small bronzes.
When Gail was young, she wanted to be a set designer or musician, but discovered she was too independent to take much direction. She started working with clay at 17, but was also traveling with a folk music group (Methodist), working with amateur theater groups, and teaching guitar and macramé classes. Gail received her first certificate in crafts from Lord Fairfax Community College, Virginia, 1982 and got an associates degree in engineering technology at Lord Fairfax Community College, 1987. She received her first bachelor of art degree from Davis and Elkins College, West Virginia in 1989 and a second bachelors in 2000 from the University of Southern Colorado. She received her masters in ceramic sculpture in 2004 from Adams State College. Gail says these are the constants in her life: Change. Travel. Family. Learning. Teaching. Helping. Nature. Searching for truth.
Garrison has recently won major songwriting competitions in North Carolina, Texas, Florida and Massachusetts and he’s on the move, touring nationally and performing at all the best festivals, coffeehouses and house concerts. He is a true singer/songwriter - a songmaker and a storymaker. Listening to these songs is like running the pad of your thumb around the edge of that smooth, green sea glass. You can sense the raggedness beneath the surface. You can feel the textures of life’s abrasion, the swirling imprints of the forces that polish us down to our essential selves and there is a comfort in that and a complex sort of pleasure.
Gilly Sakakini is a mixed media artist and teacher who regularly leads study days, workshops and retreats. She holds an MA in Christianity and the Arts from King’s College, London, and a Diploma in Christian Studies from Regent College, Vancouver. Gilly works in a variety of contexts with people of all ages and abilities to explore the relationship between Christian faith and the visual arts. She lives in Hampshire, England with her husband and two children.
Although trained and educated in the sciences with a BS and MS in Biology, jewelry designer Glenn Doering always had a creative side. This was recognized by his employer, a scientific equipment direct marketing firm, when the owners asked him to manage their creative staff in the catalog production department after having spent 20 years in various front-line and management positions in the sales, customer service and purchasing departments. And thus began his move to more creative work.
After 25 years in the scientific equipment industry, he moved to the giftware industry and was introduced to the world of fine imported beads and gemstones. In working with these beautiful, individually crafted, tiny works of art, his life-long love of jewelry was nurtured. He began to realize that he no longer wanted to design jewelry just as an occasional hobby.
So in February 2004 the Pärla Arte line of unique affordable hand-crafted jewelry was born. Glenn Doering says, "In creating my designs I combine semi-precious gemstones, natural materials, imported cut crystals, Murano and dichroic glass, cloisonné and freshwater pearls with uncommon 14K gold-filled and sterling silver beads and findings. Each of my creations is a one-of-a-kind design and made by hand, being conceived with a sense of timelessness, which will make it unique and eye-catching for decades instead of just going along with a current fad. In so doing, my jewelry has become popular with women of all ages."
In October 2004, the www.parlaarte.com web site was launched as another display and purchasing option for his art. Pärla Arte jewelry is also regularly shown at galleries, art fairs, trunk shows, jewelry stores and boutiques, in the Chicago area as well as various locations around the country.
With 13 nominations and 4 Detroit Metro Music Awards under her belt, Jan has proven herself to be a Detroit area favorite. She can also claim the honor of being a finalist at the Kerrville song writing competition, in Kerrville TX, an annual event which helped to launch the careers of Lyle Lovett and Nancy Griffith. Jan takes her ordinary, plain Jane demeanor and all the elements we.ve learned to take for granted (6 strings and common time) and lets us know, this is not your ordinary woman with a guitar, even if it is.
Jan Richardson is an artist, writer, and ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. She serves as director of The Wellspring Studio, LLC, and travels as a retreat leader and conference speaker. Widely known for such books as Night Visions and In the Sanctuary of Women, Jan lives in Florida with her husband, the singer/songwriter Garrison Doles.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts from Salve Regina College with a junior year abroad at Parsons School of Design in Paris. He has an MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design and an MFA in Drawing from the University of Cincinnati. He has been teaching art full time since 1995.