Chris Baker 

Chris Baker received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1968 from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and upon graduation, began teaching in Auburn, NY. He later completed a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts at RIT. He worked as an art teacher in the Cato-Meridian School District for 38 years. Chris has exhibited extensively the past 30 years in Central New York including The Gallery of Central New York, Cazenovia, NY, The Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY, West End Gallery, Corning, NY and the Schweinfurth Art Center. In addition, Chris has shown numerous times and won several awards in the prestigious National Exhibition of American Watercolors in Old Forge, NY.

Nancy Bales 

Nancy Bales has worked at worked for Patchwork Plus for 15 years where she taught adults to use their new sewing machines, embroidery units and embroidery software.   Additional classes included machine quilting, free motion thread work, wearable art and pieced garments. She led many children’s summer classes that involved learning how to use the sewing machine by creating projects that ranged from beginner to advanced.  Nancy has taught at the Schweinfurth Art Center’s Quilting by the Lake conference such classes as:  wearable art, surface design using thread work, machine quilting and quilting with decorative threads.

She has had work published in the American Quilter Magazine, Shore Line Quilts and the Central New York Magazine.  Her quilts and garments have been in many area, state and national shows and local fashion shows.  Nancy received Best in Show at QBL, NY State Fair and the local quilt guild shows.  In addition she has had one person shows at Old Forge Art Center, the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center and the Earlville Opera House gallery. Nancy is currently working as a studio artist mainly working on wall quilts, dying cloth, felting and various surface design techniques.  Her other hobbies include reading, knitting, jewelry work with beads, silver and lapidary.

Madeline Bartley 

Madeline Bartley was born in Louisville, Kentucky and attended Murray State University where she received her B.F.A. in printmaking and drawing. She has earned her M.F.A. from Syracuse University’s Collage of Visual Performing Arts in 2016. A recipient of the Creative Opportunity Grant, she is featured in Notations,, and What’s Apparatus? She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows including exhibitions at the Hand Held Gallery (Melbourne, Australia), Walnut Ink Projects (Michigan City, IN), Latin American Contemporary Museum of Art (Long Beach, CA), and Printmaking Center of New Jersey. Currently she lives and works in Syracuse, NY where she dedicates her time at a non-for-profit artist collective called ArtStead Inc. 


Liz Carnes 

Liz Carnes is a native New Englander who has been basket weaving for over 30 years.  She studyied the Shaker and Nantucket traditions as well as contemporary basketry techniques. She owned and operated a dental laboratory for 35 years. Now retired, she shares her love of basketry teaching at the Northeast Basketmakers Guild events, her local Senior Center, and other locations.

Alison Fisher Cullen 

An artist, teacher and designer, Alison Fisher Cullen has worked as a professional artist for more than 28 years, taught fashion design at Syracuse University, replicated vintage designs for Stickley Furniture, and taught sewing classes for newly settled refugee youth at Hopeprint Inc. She has also done set and costume work for Syracuse Stage. As a self-taught artist with a background in commercial art and gallery management, she launched her career in fine art in 1987. Since then, her paintings have been shown in fine art shows and galleries across the southwest and east coast, being collected by corporations and private collectors alike. After living in such diverse locations as Hawaii, Japan, S. Korea, the Philippines, and California, she returned to the area in 1992 and now makes her home with her husband and son in Manlius, N.Y.

Janie Darovskikh 

Janie Darovskikh is a figurative artist who works in a variety of mediums including watercolors, oils, mixed media and traditional sculpting methods such as stone, carving, clay and wax modeling, plaster and bronze casting. She is the recipient of two Fulbright Grants, the Suomalainen Perustus Grant, the Norwegian Marshall Award for sculpture, support from the New York Foundation of the Arts and numerous other awards for artistic achievement. Janie exhibits in the United States and internationally.

Janie is passionate about Nordic mythology, cultural exchange and her belief in art as an international language and vehicle capable of crossing religious, cultural and geographical borders. A native of Upstate New York, her pursuit of art has taken her to Kulusuk, Greenland; the Ural Mountains of Russia; Yangshuo, South China; and to Sweden, Lithuania and Latvia. She has lived and worked as an artist in residence in Oslo Norway; Akureyri, Iceland; Tallinn, Estonia; and Helsinki, Finland. Janie is the founder of ANAA -- the American Nordic Artist’s Association, a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting international understanding through artistic exchanges.

Janie has taught children and adult art with a goal to unlock each student’s creativity and greatness through their own artistic journey. Janie is currently the visiting artist at Cayuga Community College courtesy of the Daniel C. Labeille Grant, and is a faculty member at Cayuga Community College. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from the Fine Arts University of Tallinn, Estonia; a BS with honors in Visuals Arts from the State University of NY; and was a Fulbright-Hays Scholar at the Fine Arts Academy of Helsinki Finland. Learn more about Janie at

Kathy Dolbear 

Kathy Dolbear studied interior design at the University of Texas at Austin and has a dual BA from SUNY Oswego in Psychology and Fine Arts (Ceramics, Art History & Museum Studios).  She has worked as an upholsterer at Stickley, owned her own upholstery business, and taught upholstery classes at Joanne Fabrics.  She is currently a Family and Consumer Science teacher for middle & high school students at the East-Syracuse Minoa School District, teaching everything from sewing, to food and nutrition, to career readiness.  She has extensive experience teaching sewing and quilting, and has taught sewing classes for newly settled refugees at Hopeprint Inc.

Hetty Easter 

Hetty Easter graduated from Syracuse University in 1994 with a B.S. in Fashion Design from the College of Human Development and a B.F.A. from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She launched her professional career with Echo Design Group of New York City, where she worked in both the studio and home furnishing/licensing departments.  She studied figurative fine art at the Art Students League in NYC and Studio Incamminati in Pennsylvania. After returning to her hometown in upstate New York, Hetty founded a sketch club to teach children to use nature to synthesize, edit information and express ideas about their surroundings.  She has also created and consulted on numerous web-based projects encompassing art and marketing.  Hetty maintains a fine art studio where she creates a varied portfolio that includes portraits, studies of her travels and inspiration close to home. She works alla prima and plein air in watercolor, oil and charcoal, using the medium that best suits her objectives. Her work is in private collections worldwide.  Learn more about Hetty by visiting her website:

Randy Elliott 

Randy Elliott has been creating artwork professionally since 1988. Initially, a comic book inker, over the years Randy has branched out into illustration and comic book penciling as well. He has worked for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Archie Comics, Wizards of The Coast, Battlefront Miniatures, AEG and other comic and game publishers. Some of his better-known comic projects have been Bionicle for DC/LEGO and Turok for Valiant, and he was the creator of the MTG cards, “The Cheese Stands Alone” and “Paladin en-Vec.”  Randy is also an art educator and has been teaching college level course work since 2002.

Molly Fontana 

Molly Fontana is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Elementary Education. She is a native of Upstate New York, but moved to Texas where she spent six years teaching art to children grades K-5. Molly’s love of the Finger Lakes region brought her back to Upstate, NY and she now resides in Skaneateles. Molly specializes in teaching the fundamentals of drawing, painting and possesses a talent for creative arts and crafts, using objects from nature as her canvas. Her unbridled enthusiasm and positive attitude resonates through her teaching, making the classroom experience exciting and enjoyable for all.

Chiara Kuhns 

Chiara Kuhns is a working artist, with experience in a range of mediums, including sewing, needle felting, Nuno felting, re-upholstering, embroidery, cross-stitching, and accessories for both the home and fashion.  Chiara makes and sells wearable art and accessories. Chiara has a BA in Art History and a dual Masters degree in Museology and Conservation of Paintings and Frescoes. Chiara is a Painting Conservator at West Lake Conservators in Skaneateles, New York.


Christy Lemp 

Christy loves to paint watercolor landscapes, flowers, animals, birds, and moments in time that are intimately rendered. Many are painted on site, and portray everyday scenes that make you stop and smile; a neighbor’s tulips, pumpkins on the porch, birds in the backyard or a misty morning on the lake. She feels there is an energy in these moments, especially in the early morning or late afternoon light that the transparency and luminosity of watercolors really convey. She loves meeting people who enjoy art and the beautiful scenery our world offers.

The artist lives in Central NY with her family where she especially enjoys exploring the lakeside and country roads for images and ideas to paint. When the snow finally melts, she does local art shows and fairs, and paints outside as much as possible. Occasional musings and artworks are posted on her blog, and her Facebook page Christy Lemp Watercolor Designs. 

Joy LoPiccolo 

Joy is a local artist and teacher. She graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Fine Arts and a dual Masters in Social Work and School Counseling.  For eight years, Joy has taught art, music and an afternoon enrichment program at the Skaneateles Nursery School.  She has additional experience teaching children of a wide range of ages over the past 17 years.  

Linda McCarthy 

Linda Bishop McCarthy is a New York State Certified Art Teacher with 38 years of experience teaching to students of all levels, from Kindergarten through High School. She has her BS in Art Education and a Masters Degree in Education from Nazareth College of Rochester. After teaching at various schools in Auburn for five years, she moved to the Skaneateles District where she continued her career. Recently retired, Linda has been teaching privately and continues to share the creative process with students of all ages.

Elin Noble 

Elin Noble has spent more than 30 years investigating traditional and contemporary dye techniques, in particular Japanese itajime shibori (clamp-dye resist). She is the author of “Dyes & Paints: A Hands-On Guild to Coloring Fabric,” winner of the “Best How-to” book award. Elin has a BFA in fiber from the University of Washington, and was the former Lab Manager at PRO Chemical & Dye. She has appeared on PBS and lectured and conducted workshops across North America and internationally most recently in Tilbury, Netherlands. She has been nominated for “Teacher of the Year” award by Professional Quilter Magazine. She won the Quilt Japan Prize at Quilt National ’13 and received a 2011 Artists Fellowship Finalist award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her work has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions.

Donalee Peden Wesley 

Donalee Peden Wesley received her BFA and MFA from Syracuse University on a full Jacob Javitts Fellowship.  She has taught for over 15 years at numerous universities and colleges, among them SUNY Oswego, University of Wisconson Madison, Cazenovia College and Hamilton College.  She teaches currently at Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College.  Her work is included in many public colections including:  The Everson Museum; Munson William Proctor; SUNY at Brockport Liveral Arts Building and the Drawing Institute, to name a few, as well as extensive private collections.

Bill Richards 

 Bill Richards is a potter at MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora, where he is the luxury home furnishing company's only hand builder. 

John Smolenski 

John Smolenski graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with an MFA from the School for American Craftsmen. His work has been in numerous exhibitions including; Xerox Craft Invitational, Six Functional Potters, NYS Craftsmen Craft Fair, as well as Southern Tier Crafts National, to name a few. He was associate professor of ceramics at both Keuka College and Oswego State University. John taught high school art at Skaneateles Central Schools for 29 years, where he developed the ceramics program. Many students were able to go on and receive prestigious awards, such as Gold and Silver Keys, at the Scholastic Art awards, under John's direction. In 2014, he was honored by the National Scholastic Art Association as Teacher of the Year.

Amanda McCavour 

 McCavour holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and in May 2014 she completed her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA.  McCavour shows her work in galleries nationally and internationally with solo exhibitions in 2016 in Cornerbrook (NL), Roanoke (VA),  Olympia (WA), Washington (PA), Smithville (TN)  and Ruston (LA). She has recently completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre’s Textile Studio in Toronto, at Maison des Metiers D’art de Quebec in Quebec City and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. She has received numerous awards and scholarships from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of America, Craft Ontario, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association and The Embroiderers Guild of America.

Carol Soderlund 

 An artist and educator for 25 years, Carol’s curiosity about the range of color derived from yellow, red, and blue dyes led to her creation of her Color Mixing system for dyers. Carol encourages the freedom of mixing color by eye with results-based samples to guide the student. A former high school teacher, Carol was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2013 and again in 2015 by the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals. Carol is co-author of Playful Fabric Printing with Melanie Testa. She has shown her quilts in juried venues across the country, winning awards including Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.

Leiko Uchiyama 

An educational background in both Animal Science and Textile Design sparked in her a curiosity about wool and its properties.  Wool is a unique fibre: waterproof, soundproof, insulating and given the correct conditions, will felt. The source of Leiko's felt making passion though, is the knowledge that the humble sheep, our first domestic animal, has provided us with food, clothing and shelter for millennia yet still plays a huge role in everyday modern life. Leiko has been invited to attend international fibre conferences and teach felt making in Japan, America, Argentina, Australia and Europe.


Melanie Testa 

Melanie Testa learned to love fabric and sewing at a young age while sitting at her grandma’s trusty Singer, and has been reimagining her everyday experiences through artful construction ever since. Whether printing cloth, making quilts or journaling, Melanie’s work enchants with its primitivism and captivates in its exactitude. Birds come to life amid polka dots, roses and poppies, expressing a passion for color, pattern and design that shines with a depth and sensitivity to her subject matter.


Sharif Bey 

 Sharif Bey is an Associate professor of art at Syracuse University. Bey earned a B.F.A. from Slippery Rock University, an M.F.A from the University of North Carolina and a Ph.D. in art education from the Pennsylvania State University. Over that past 12 years Bey has served as a resident artist at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, The McColl Center for Visual Art, Hunter College in New York City, The Vermont Studio Center, and the John Michael Kohler Art Center. Bey’s work ranges from functional pottery to ceramic sculptures, which are influenced by ritual and identity. 

Warner Varno 

Warner Varno is a Master Teaching Artist based in Denver, Colorado. Since 2001, she has taught drawing, painting and mixed media classes to all ages of students from ECE-adults. She developed her own program, Time for Art, in 2006 and since then has been offering both fine art after school enrichment programs and summer art camps at the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Art Museum. She has maintained her own studio in South Central Denver since 2002 and teaches Portfolio Preparation for students applying to art school. A native of Central New York, she will be in the area this summer.  The Schweinfurth is excited to have her teach three weeks of the Schweinfurth's Summer Art Camp 2016.