Brian T. Johnson joined the Guild community as director in January 2021. Brian, a Lutheran pastor, liturgical scholar, and university administrator, brings experience serving in congregations, seminaries, and higher education institutions with focused interest and expertise in the fine arts. [Read more...]
Linda Lyons is an artist and educator. Linda joined the Guild staff as Office Manager in January 2020. She received her MFA in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design and she currently embraces interdisciplinary practices in her making. In all roles of life, Linda is committed to inclusiveness, diversity, and kindness. [Read more...]
Despite hearing about the Guild when she moved to the Pacific NW in 1986, Gloria finally showed up the year after Richard and Liz retired. She met Liz while doing the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Living in 2003, and Liz encouraged her to come to the Guild and bring her family. (As a result, many people at the Guild know her as the mother of Webster or Maris.) Gloria has tried on lots of different roles at the Guild: participant, mother of participant(s), summer volunteer, board member, mother of staff. In 2020 she even served as cook for a small retreat group, where she met the author of a book she had just read! In classes, she’s an ever willing beginner at the Guild, though hasn’t yet tried painting, photography or songwriting. She writes too many words, dreams of writing more, and loves silence when her brain isn’t buzzing.
While on the board, Gloria’s focus was the campus and facilities – eventually turning that energy toward the Reach for the River capital campaign. She’s always curious about stories of the Guild, and how people come to find and fall in love with this place.
In a former life, Gloria worked as a nurse in research oncology and hospice. She was also a church mouse seeking out all things liturgical, in mainly Lutheran circles. These days she is more likely found with bare feet touching the earth, and practicing gratitude in the natural world. She used to collect college degrees, but now likes to challenge herself with readings on climate, culture, myth, and spirituality. She currently lives in Snohomish with her husband Greg, does her best to know her farmers, and keeps ducks.
Grünewald Guild Founders
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. Richard left this life peacefully on February 16, 2016 with his family at his side. His vision for the church, the Guild, and his prolific artwork continue to inspire people all over the world. More can be learned about Rich and his work here.
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 was a member of Spiritual Directors International. Family life and studies gave her a strong background in biblical studies and prayer and interfaith communities. As co-founder of the Grunewald Guild she had the privilege of growing with this community of creativity and faith for 36 years, enriched by the environment of seekers in creativity and spirituality and surrounded by the presence of Love in all creation.
Board of Directors
President – Laurie Rudel
Vice-President – Erik Hanberg
Secretary – Liv Larson Andrews
Treasurer – Cheryl Branz
Early in the life of the Guild, founders Richard and Liz Caemmerer became aware of the international significance of the art of Sadao Watanabe. Rich and Liz had received calendars and prints with his woodblock art from friends living in Tokyo.
We saw the work of an artist who, largely on his own,
was connecting the Gospel to his culture. ~Rich
The creative-edge spirit of Watanabe’s work resonated with the Guild’s mission. To honor this connection, Watanabe was named an Honorary Guild Artist. Rich and Liz presented a small stained glass piece to him in Japan. It was a life-changing experience for them to see his humble studio and meet his wife who packed and mailed his work all over the world.
The title of “Guild Master” continues to honor the artists who, through their life, faith and work, exemplify what the Grünewald Guild seeks to embody in the world.
Watanabe was famous for his biblical prints rendered in the mingei (folk art) tradition of Japan. He lived a life of humble excellence, bringing together fine craftsmanship and a unique expression of story that serves as an inspiration to what we hope the Guild to be. [Read more...]
Rich and Liz founded the Guild, and infused it with their vision, warmth, mirth and love for history and culture that continues to pervade the Guild as we move into the future. [Read more...]
As co-founder of the Grunewald Guild, Liz 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. [Read more...]
The Grünewald Guild is indebted to the generous faculty members who come and give their time, passion and expertise year after year.
Courtney Rutzer is a mixed media artist, primarily working in acrylic paint and embroidery floss on raw canvas. She is interested in creating work that encourages the formation of holistic community— encouraging imaginative, restorative and relational engagement. [Read more...]
Kira Tippenhauer has a multidisciplinary practice of fine art and a design line under Kiramade based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, she was raised by architect/engineer father and kindergarten owner/director mother. She graduated from Miami International University of Art & Design (2011) with an MFA in Visual Arts. [Read more...]
Lanecia Rouse Tinsley is a multidisciplinary artist who specializes in abstraction. Her portfolio also includes a range of work in photography, painting, teaching, writing, and speaking. She is the owner and creator of LAR Art Studio and works primarily out of Hardy + Nance Street Studios in Houston, TX. [Read more...]
Calligraphy has been Laura Norton’s passion and joy for 30 years, having studied with many of the finest lettering artists in the world, participated in several international calligraphy conferences, and taught calligraphy in a variety of settings--working on silk, paper, walls & windows. [Read more...]
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 trained as a leader and teacher of InterPlay and as a Soul Collage facilitator. [Read more...]
Linda Lyons is an artist, educator, roller derby skater, and runner. She is originally from Maryland and she teaches at Indiana University South Bend. Linda is a lover of both the mountains and ocean. She is passionate about making, moving, and community. Some of her favorite things include old film cameras, tacos, photo booths, nature, carnivals, cabinets of curiosities, and Natural History Museums. Linda is a magnet for lost dogs and is excellent at making large alternative-process photographs and running very far. [Read more...]
As co-founder of the Grunewald Guild, Liz has had the privilege of growing with this community of creativity and faith for 37 years, enriched by the environment of seekers in creativity and spirituality and surrounded by the presence of Love in all creation. [Read more...]
Rafael has over 15 years of professional photography and cinematography experience in the field and studio. He is currently the technical arts coordinator for Living Word Lutheran Church in Katy, Texas, where he produces weekly videos and manages all media-related tasks for the church. [Read more...]