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 and her husband John spent the final two weeks at the Guild last summer, and quickly became soul siblings to us. From New York State, Bonnie brings her fiber skill and reverence for God in her first class offering for the Guild. "Our hands are instruments of grace. Not just tools in the hands of God, but God's very hands."
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.
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.
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.
Jean has been enameling for eons and has studied at the University of Puget Sound and Wayne State University. She has worked with Mel Someroski, Bill Harper, and others. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad. She has been an active member of Washington State Enamelists and NW Designer Craftsmen, and has been a favorite instructor at the Guild for many years.
Jeanne Whitney is an artist and musician who can't help but build layers of color and thought into her realistic paintings and songs. She loves reflection and learning from God and finding the best media to give it expression, a song, a picture parable, a painting that is a sermon to herself or a monument of remembrance to His wonderful ways. She lives on a small farm and has raised 6 children has been married to her poet and builder husband for 36 years. She loves her ever surprising adult children and grandchildren, her chickens, singing, her mandolin and her garden.