Laurie Smith, RN, MDiv, is a healer, artist, and lifelong learner. Through compassionate listening and creative exploration, she helps others experience their connection with the Divine. As a spiritual director and SoulCollage® facilitator, she has a keen interest in the relationship between art and the sacred, as well as a passion for sharing spirit through her own art. Her workshops have been described as “transformative.” Laurie’s own spiritual path is grounded in Buddhist practice, and her journey has been richly informed by interfaith exploration and experience. She completed her Master of Divinity at Marylhurst University in Oregon and certification as an Interfaith Spiritual Director from the Chaplaincy Institute in Berkeley, California. Laurie lives in Portland, Oregon, and there is affiliated with the Interfaith Spiritual Center.
Linda has taught a creative writing class here for five consecutive summers and will teach one again this summer, 2014 . She is an award-winning published poet, having published poetry in the Florida Review, The UCF Emphasis, Kalliope: An International Journal of Woman’s Art & Literature, and The Florida Council of Teachers of English News Journal. In addition, Linda has received work-study writing fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, where she studied under William Matthews, Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon, and for two consecutive summers participated in the Frost Festival and Conference on Poetry on the Robert Frost farm—The Frost Place—in Franconia, New Hampshire, where she was in workshops under the direction of poets such as Baron Wormser, Hayden Carruth, and Lynn Emmanuel. She continues work on a memoir of her Irish Catholic school childhood in a small working class town on Long Island. As well, she has two chapbook collection of current poetry and continues her work on a full manuscript. Linda teaches writing at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, as well as poetry workshops in her Orlando, Florida community. Along with her skill in written expression, Linda brings a compassionate and appreciative soul to respecting and celebrating each of our unique journeys. She is also a Spiritual Director and a Benedictine Oblate for St. Brigid of Kildare, a Methodist Benedictine Monastery in Collegeville, Minnesota.
Liz graduated from the Shalem Institute’s program in Spiritual Direction in 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland - a two-year study in contemplative spirituality with an interfaith faculty and community. Liz is a member of Spiritual Directors International. Family life and studies have given me a strong background in biblical studies and prayer and interfaith communities. As co-founder of the Grunewald Guild she has had the privilege of growing with this community of creativity and faith for 32 years, enriched by the environment of seekers in creativity and spirituality and surrounded by the presence of Love in all creation.
Mark earned a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in Philosophy and Theology, specializing in Western Metaphysics & Christian Theology. He has served in ministry as a Recreation Coordinator and Youth Pastor, as well as volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and the Taizé Community in France. Married with two children, Mark enjoys the outdoors and travel.
Mary Ann and her husband Ed live in Deer Park, WA just outside of Spokane. They have a small farm with includes raising sheep. Mary Ann's fiber work involves every step of the process, from raising and shearing sheep, to dyeing, spinning and weaving wool. Her love for life, God's creative magic, and "hands-on" approach to the creative process is evident in her amazing spirit.
Mary McLeod studied Italic and Roman letter forms with Lloyd Reynolds, Foundational with Sheila Waters, Gothic Black Letter with Ward Dunham, and Ruling Pen with Julian Waters. She currently teaches art at South Whidbey Intermediate School as well as creating commissioned art in her studio. Mary holds a Master of Education Degree from Lesley University with a specialization in Creative Arts in Learning.
Brother Mickey O’Neill McGrath, Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, is an artist, writer, and speaker who loves to explore the relationship between art and faith. His work and ministry have been featured in ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER, USA TODAY, and many Catholic newspaper articles around the country. Several of his covers for AMERICA magazine have been given awards by the Catholic Press Association. He creates art for many of today’s leading Catholic publishers, including the UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS. Bro. Mickey has published several popular and award-winning books.
Nicole Copel received her MFA in Ceramics from Kansas State University and maintains a clay studio in La Veta, Colorado a small, arts oriented village nestled at the base of the Spanish Peaks. She exhibits her work in galleries and juried art exhibitions across the country. Nicole teaches and hosts clay workshops, is an adjunct ceramics professor at nearby Colorado State University-Pueblo and owns an art gallery featuring local, regional and national studio artists. In 2013, she was part of a team that taught pottery classes to Haitian women building practical skills to foster art-based employment.
Many of Nicole’s porcelain pieces are first thrown on the potter’s wheel and then altered to create her own unique gestural style. She uses water-etching techniques to create textured surfaces, highlighted by subtle glazing. Nicole enjoys experimenting with alternate surface treatment to create new and varied appearances.
Blues vocalist, author, humorist, Prune activist, philanthropist, survivor and socially conscious.
Born in Pittsburgh and raised in Kentucky, Ron first came to the Guild as an intern in 2013. He returned in 2016 to join the Guild staff. Ron was trained in painting but now considers sculptural ceramics to be his primary medium. He loves teaching children, exploring the outdoors, and has been known to throw a mean dance party.
Rondall Reynoso studied art and art history at the Pratt Institute
in Brooklyn, NY where he received his M.F.A. and a Masters in art history.
Currently he is in the PhD program in Art & Religion, with a focus on
art history, at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. His
work has been exhibited nationally in both group and solo exhibitions.
The venues have been as varied as commercial galleries, art centers,
churches, museums, colleges and universities. Also, he has been
profiled and his work reviewed across the nation in regional media,
including journals, newspapers, television and radio. Reynoso's formal
abstraction deals heavily with metaphors, both sociological and
theological, which are based in his faith including the exploration
the boundaries between 2-D and 3-D as a metaphor for the relationship
of the corporeal and the spiritual. Reynoso was one of seven North
American artists selected to take part in the Nagel Institute for the
Study of World Christianity's inaugural seminar to Asia. From
2007-2012, Reynoso lived in Louisiana were for four years he was the
head of the art department at Louisiana College followed by a year
teaching at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Ruth has been an artist and educator for many years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University and continued her education through Notre Dame, and traveled extensively thru Study/Travel Programs. Places traveled include: most European countries, England, Ireland, Greece, Turkey, the Middle east and Israel, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia and the American Southwest. Her travels focus on the Histories and Art of these civilizations, and her own art reflects connections with them. In 2009 she was the Guild’s “Artist of the Year." She has also been awarded the title of “Guild Master”, our highest honor. Ruth has exhibited in Museums, Solo, Regional, and National Exhibitions. Her art may be found in Private, Public, Museum, International, and Corporate collections. She is a Lecturer, Instructor, Panelist, and Juror. Ruth and her work have been featured on Public Television. Her studio is located in Mishawaka, Indiana.
Sally Freed is an independent retreat facilitator and workshop leader, specializing in working with small groups. Through her work, she strives to cultivate an environment that promotes healthy communication, creativity, compassion and greater self-awareness. Sally has led several retreats at the Grunewald Guild, and is delighted to support this wonderful art and faith non-profit organization. She completed her Masters in Pastoral Studies at Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry. Sally lives in Wenatchee, Washington. Learn more about Sally at www.sallyfreed.com and connect with her via Linkedin.
ARTS PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Sarah Jane, MFA, is a studio artist whose creative work encompasses drawing, sculpture, ceramics, mosaic, and installation projects in various media. Her professional experience beyond the studio includes university-level teaching and art gallery work. Sarah Jane has lived and worked at the Guild since 2012.
Scott Burnett was born and raised in New York's Ulster County, between the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River. He was influenced by the Woodstock arts community, and immersed himself in metal and clay classes at Kingston High School. He earned a bachelor of music composition degree from Nyack College, then headed west to Seattle. Painting gradually returned as a form of personal soul-care in 2004. His art has since developed into a significant facet of his livelihood.