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.
Richard co-founded the Guild with his wife Liz in 1980, after having chaired the Art Department at Valparaiso University and designed hundreds of worship spaces around the world. Now happily retired to his studio, Richard continues to paint with abandon and consult, lecture and teach to the delight of audiences worldwide.
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 recently received her Masters in Pastoral Studies from the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry. As part of her theological training, Sally worked with the Grünewald Guild Staff as their Marketing and Public Relations Intern in 2012-2013. In March of 2013, Sally led a spiritual retreat for the Grünewald Guild entitled, "Saints Among Us: Celebrating the Celtic Christian Tradition". Sally has been a long-time retreat guest and "student" of the Guild, and is very excited to explore the art and spirituality of "Beads of Faith" in the summer of 2014.
Moira Macdonald has a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Washington, where she met her beloved friend Sally Freed. Since 2001 she has been the movie critic at The Seattle Times, and also writes regularly on books, ballet, and style. She is the proud founder of The Common Readers, a small Seattle book group that’s been happily reading together since 1989.
Sally Freed graduated in 2013 with her Masters in Pastoral Studies from the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. As part of her Master's program, Sally served as a marketing intern at the Grunewald Guild from 2012-2013. She is the newly-elected Board Chair for the Grunewald Guild. Her professional passion is in leading small group retreats and workshops. Sally had the great good fortune of meeting Moira Macdonald in 1980, living just down the hall from one another while attending the University of Washington. This is the first retreat collaboration between Moira and Sally in the 35 year friendship. Sally is also a charter member of what is affectionately known as the "Read and Feed" Book Club in Wenatchee, Washington, who have been gathering since 2001.
ARTS PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Sarah Jane Gray, 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.
FACILITIES & MAINTENANCE COORDINATOR
Originally from northern Indiana, Scott has been working with many mediums throughout his life. He has been focused on ceramics for the last six years, but also is a talented creator of breads, beer and coffee. Scott has also developed into an excellent teacher for all ages, mixing his enthusiasm for his craft with tender patience for his students.
The common thread of my career in the arts has always been as a designer, maker, and instructor of woven fabrics. I am a charter member/owner of By Hand Gallery in Bloomington that opened in 1979. In addition to By Hand Gallery, I currently sell my work at Weaving Southwest, Taos, NM, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC, Marigold Arts, Santa Fe, NM, as well as by commission. I have become a nationally-recognized weaving instructor and have taught at countless weaving workshops and textile conferences since the early 80’s. I taught at Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC, and at Ghost Ranch, Abuquiu, NM in 2009. In 2005, and 2008/2009 I was an Adjunct Weaving Instructor at Earlham College in Richmond, IN. My work has been published in Handwoven, Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot, and Weaving for Worship. I have led Art History and Textile group trips to: London, Florence, Amsterdam, Bruges, Guatemala, and New Mexico.