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.
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.
After spending over twenty-five years in advertising, Jill Jeffers Goodell returned to her first love: fine art. She brings to the classroom a creative background in art and design, helping students see the world in a whole new light. Jill is an instructor at Portland Community College and her own private studio, Glastonbury Studios, in Portland. Her work has appeared in a variety of local shows and galleries, including Lawrence Gallery. She is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, Portland Fine Arts Guild and a former board member of the Oregon Society of Artists.
Jillian Blackwell is ceramic artist based in Loch Lomond, California who originally hails from Fort Worth, Texas. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Cobb Mountain Art and Ecology Project. Jillian studied ceramics at the University of Pennsylvania. She was a participant in Work Exchange Program at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia from 2012 to 2013. In the winter of 2013-2014, she was an Artist in Residence at the Grunewald Guild. Jillian has had the opportunity to participate in many wonderful ceramic communities spanning both coasts in the capacities of artist, instructor, and technician.
John Klatt has been an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for 32 years and been involved in Biblical Storytelling for 20 years. Church camp, congregational worship, classroom and mentoring new storytellers in the congregation are some of the settings where he has been active. He is a member of the Network of Biblical Storytellers, Int’l. He is married to Guild faculty member Bonnie Klatt.
I obtained my fine arts degree at the University of North Dakota about 100 years ago. I concentrated in ceramics, drawing and printmaking. Mostly etching. I started woodcarving about 25 years ago when we built the first hand carved carousel (made in the USA) in the last 60 years. I have added stone carving to the list of my passions. I still live in Missoula with my first wife and our fourth dog.
Josef is a member of the Jesuit Community at Seattle University where he teaches courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, calligraphy, and ceramic sculpture. He has a special interest in Creation Centered Spirituality, which he fosters through a passion for gardening, solitude, and silence.
Karen Spears Zacharias is the best-selling author of Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide? and Mother of Rain. Karen also writes and speaks about subjects that begin with capital letters: War, Mental Illness, Mamas, PTSD, Jesus and Chickens. Employing self-effacing humor---she is wincingly funny and achingly honest---Karen writes about the 'pondering things' of life. This military daughter---she was nine years old when her Army dad was killed in Vietnam---documents her decades-long journey of healing in the memoir After the Flag has been Folded. She is a friend to veterans and military families across the nation and serves on the advisory board of national military organizations. In her books and in person, Karen seeks to challenge, comfort, inspire and have a good time.
Kari Dunham is currently a graduate student in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Painting at Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, California. Before moving to Laguna Beach, Kari lived in Portland, Oregon where she was employed by the Bullseye Glass Company, maintained her own studio practice, and was involved in the Arts at Imago Dei Community Church. Kari received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2006 from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri.