Silk painting has become a wonderful way to express my love of color and design, and a fun and easy medium to teach others. I work often with churches because I love the large spaces to be filled there and to forward my subversive mission to integrate sacred creation back into our human-made sacred spaces. I also enjoy working with congregations to help them create their own silk pieces. I teach people how to design a project together from a text or a theme, and facilitate their execution of the project. Usually I start by teaching basic silk painting classes, and my goal is to give them enough information, experience and confidence to continue using silk as a medium to augment their worship space without me. I work in oils, acrylics, watercolor, stained glass, and silk dye on silk. More important to me than the medium is the message. Lifting up the everyday miracle of the natural world and understanding its wisdom for our lives is what I strive for.
A teacher and ceramist with a fondness for majolica, a very colorful process dating back to the island of Majorca. Kristin brings a warmth and enthusiasm to her work that is contagious to all who encounter her.
Larkin Van Horn is a mixed-media textile artist working in the areas of art quilts, beadwork, wearable art, and liturgical art. Each piece represents the combination of her imagination, inspiration from the world around her, and her strong sense of drama. Her work has been displayed and won honors both regionally and nationally. In 2007, Larkin made her sixth appearance in the Bernina Fashion Show (and its predecessor, the Fairfield Fashion Show), where she received the 2002 Judge's Merit Award. Locally, Larkin is a past President of the Pacific Northwest Needle Arts Guild, a founding member of the Wearable Art Study Group, and founder of a group for beadwork enthusiasts on Whidbey Island, The Bead Nuts. She is active in a small art quilt group which exhibits locally and participates in fundraising for humanitarian causes.
Calligraphy has been Laura Norton’s passion and joy for almost 30 years, even as she started her career in public accounting and as an instructor with Seattle Central College. Over the years she has studied with many of the finest lettering artists in the world; participated in several international calligraphy conferences; taught calligraphy in a variety of settings; and more recently, has been creating original weekly Lectionary Art for faith communities. She has used bamboo pens, goose quills, pointed and broad-edged brushes and metal-nib pens to do calligraphic lettering on walls, silk, clothing, calfskin vellum, and paper. In addition to teaching, she delights in giving presentations on the arts and their connection to faith and justice. A member of the calligraphy guilds, RainWriters and Write On Calligraphers (past board member), Laura is also on the arts faculty at Holden Village. She believes that anyone can use hand lettering to express—beautifully and powerfully--the important things they are moved to convey.
Laurie Kathleen Clark, designer, artist and sacred space consultant for “HEARTITUDE: ART+SOUL”, provides services to churches, organizations and individuals. She creates custom designed banners, vestments and paraments, stained glass, and a variety of sacred objects including icons. Laurie makes it a priority to help congregations discover hidden talents and skills within their midst. She facilitates workshops utilizing the gifts of each individual and together, she and the congregants create unique liturgical art. Laurie has degrees in fashion illustration from the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver, Colorado and Biblical Studies/Biblical Languages from Trinity Lutheran College in Washington. She recently received degrees in Comparative Religions and Art History at the University of Washington. Her lifelong study of Sacred Space and the relationship between art and faith continues today.
Laurie Rudel is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and served as the pastor of Queen Anne Christian Church in Seattle for nearly 26 years before retiring at the end of February 2017. She is a life-long dabbler in the arts with training as a leader and teacher of InterPlay and as a Soul Collage facilitator. She and her wife, Barb, discovered Modern Western Square Dancing three years ago and have been dancing and laughing with the Puddletown Squares ever since. They live in Lake Forest Park, Washington under a canopy of tall fir trees.
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.