Gage Academy of Art Instructors:

Aaron Coberly was born in Seattle in 1971. He has been drawing for as long as he can remember. He started taking art seriously as a teenager after being invited to attend a life drawing class. Living and traveling in Europe further inspired him. He began oil painting in 1999. His work is primarily figurative with a stylistic nod to the Masters and the Impressionists. Aaron runs an open painting and drawing session in Seattle. He resides in the greater Seattle area and is married with a young son.
Aron Hart is an award-winning artist and art instructor, living in the Seattle area.  He specializes in oil paintings and drawings.  Dedicated to learning, Aron has continued to develop his skills over the years, studying locally and abroad, and most recently completing three years in the Drawing and Painting Atelier program at Gage Academy of Art. 
Barbara Fugate received her MFA in painting from Miami University of Ohio. She has exhibited in Kentucky, Washington and New York and is published in “The Best of Drawing and Sketching” by Terry Sullivan, “Landscape Painting” by Mitch Abala, and “Contemporary Drawing” by Margaret Davidson. Barbara teaches at Gage Academy of Art, and conducts art workshops in Washington and abroad. “Drawing and painting is about discovery, revealing a reality that is ever more authentic and genuine to me. What is most inspirational is the transient nature of life; things dynamic, moving, and in transition.” –Barbara Fugate
Barbara Noah is a visual artist who teaches painting, drawing, mixed media, and 2D/3D interdisciplinary arts, including both representational and abstract work. She has taught at the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, UCLA, and Cal State University, Long Beach. Her art practice has included work in several media (digital imaging, painting, print, photography, sculpture, installations, and public art). She has exhibited in venues such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, Artists’ Space and The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the City Museum in Nakhodka, Russia, the Shenzhen Art Institute Gallery in China, and the Biennial Exhibition of La Jeune Gravure Contemporaine-Paris in France. Her work has been published in ARTnews and Art in America. Barbara is the recipient of Artist Trust’s THA Grant and a Pollock/Krasner Grant. She received her B.A in Art from Mills College and an MFA from Pratt Institute in New York.
Brian Snoddy graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle in 1985. He started working at the in-house ad agency of software reseller Egghead Software in 1986, and worked there for 6 1/2 years. He helped to create the newspaper ads, coupon books, direct mail, and eventually became a product illustrator. After Egghead fired the entire art department one day, Brian went to work for Creative Fire Studio. There he worked in comics, where he drew backgrounds and did some occasional inking for such titles as Shaman’s Tears, Bar Sinister, and Classic Star Wars. At this time he also started working on storyboards for Saturday morning cartoons. He worked on several shows including EXO Squad, X Men, Disney’s Gargoyles, Garfield and Friends, and Jim Lee’s Wild Cats. In the early 1990’s, Brian became one of the “First 49” original Magic the Gathering artists, where he produced over 150 paintings. Brian then pursued an active career in SCI FI and fantasy CCG industry. One of the many other card games Brian worked on was the popular CCG, Legend of the Five Rings. In 2001, Brian co founded and co created Privateer Press, the producer of the popular table top fantasy war game Warmachine. Brian later went onto work in the video game industry, historical illustration, and is now currently a full time concept artist/illustrator at Flying Frog Productions; that produces the popular horror adventure game Shadows of Brimstone. Brian is also and avid Japanese arms and armor collector and researcher.
Charles Emerson is a Pacific Northwest painter who creates richly hued abstract paintings that describe ethereal and atmospheric spaces. Embracing color as the foundation of his work, Emerson builds his compositions by applying layers of subtly varied tones that shift with light. His paintings contain terrestrial forms, celestial shapes, and painterly marks, each depicting an emotive microcosm with every varying palette. His paintings are reflections on personal experiences and an engagement with the concept that “nothing ever stays the same.” Emerson uses painting both as a visual diary– recording places, significant moments, and interpersonal interactions- -as well as a part of a spiritual search where one can transcend the here and now.

Charles Emerson, originally from Los Angeles, received his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Southern California. He was the recipient of the Fulbright Grant, and he completed his fellowship in Venice, Italy in 1961. Emerson has shown nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in Venice, Italy and Los Angeles, CA. He was the artist-in-residence at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego) in La Jolla, CA, and at Reed College in Portland, OR. Emerson has resided in the Northwest for more than 30 years, and he teaches color theory and painting at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA.

Dominique Medici is a NYC-based artist specializing in both Egg tempera and Oil painting. Primarily a portrait and figure painter, she studied in London and has exhibited internationally, including Art in Action, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Christie’s Young Artist Exhibition. She was a semi-finalist in the 2016 BP Portrait Prize, 2006 Outwin Boochevor Portrait Completion and recently received an honorable mention in the 2014 Portrait Society of America members show and honorable mention for portraiture during Oil Painters of America’s 24th Annual National Juried Show and the Margaret Dole Award at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 118th Annual Exhibition. Dominique has undertaken numerous international portrait commissions and her work in displayed in many private collections throughout Europe and the US. Dominique has a passion for teaching and has taught extensively both privately and publicly.
Edie Everette received a MFA from Vermont College before switching to illustration and cartooning. Her cartoons are published weekly in Seven Days: Vermont’s Independent Voice newspaper and regularly in Art Access. She has also been a contributor to Hyperallergic, Pyragraph, Third Act, 34th Parallel, and Section8 magazines as well as The Seattle Times. In 2014 she was commissioned by King County and 4Culture to create HazMatters, a comic book that explores household hazardous waste and personal responsibility.
Ellen Eagle’s work is represented by Forum Gallery, NY. She has had four solo shows, and continues to exhibit widely in group exhibitions in venues such as the Frye Art Museum; National Academy Museum of Fine Arts, NY; Butler Institute of American Art, OH; Long Beach Museum of Art, CA; Albright Knox Gallery, NY; Araknsas Art Center, AK, and many others. She exhibited twenty pastel paintings in China 2011-12. Ellen teaches the only class devoted to pastel at The Art Students League of NY. Her book, Pastel Painting Atelier, was published by Watson-Guptill, NY, in 2013.
Fong moved from Taiwan to Seattle in 1987, and graduated from the University of Washington Painting Program in 2000. She has been featured in several shows and has received various awards during her art career. In addition to her time spent painting, she has taught after school art programs and helped run community program workshops. Her pieces are mainly portraiture and figurative with an impressionistic emphasis. She finds the artistic rendition of people to be a satisfyingly complex challenge.

Aside from exploring and experiencing her own painting style, she currently teaches lessons and hosts open studios at her workspace in Magnuson Park.

Gabriel “Gabi” Campanario is a Seattle-based visual artist, illustrator and journalist best known for his work as a staff artist at The Seattle Times and as the founder of Urban Sketchers. He is the author of Seattle Sketcher: An Illustrated Journal, and several books on urban sketching, including The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around the World. A native of Barcelona, Campanario earned his degree in Journalism from the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, in 1992, and resides in the United States since 1998. His career as a newspaper artist spans more than two decades working in newsrooms on both sides of the Atlantic, including La Vanguardia (Barcelona), The Reno-Gazette Journal (Nevada), Diario de Noticias (Lisbon), The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.), USA TODAY and The Seattle Times. Campanario’s work has been recognized by The Society of News Design, The Society of Professional Journalists and The Society for Features Journalism, and was the subject of a five-month solo exhibit at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry in 2014. As the founder of Urban Sketchers, Campanario’s advocacy of on-location sketching helped launch a global movement of artists and drawing enthusiasts whose motto is showing the world, one drawing at a time.
Gary Faigin is the co-Founder and Artistic Director of nationally-renowned Gage Academy of Art in Seattle where he also leads the Faigin Still Life Painting atelier, lectures on Perspective and Portraiture and teaches occasional drawing and painting workshops. With an expertise in Western Art history, Faigin has been leading art tours for Gage to the cultural capitols of the world since 1995. Through a Gage/Town Hall partnership, Faigin hosts televised “Art Talks” with leading American artists, as well as art panels on “hot button” art topics. As a fine artist, his paintings have been shown in galleries in New York, Santa Fe and Seattle as well as one-man museum shows at the Frye Art Museum and the Coos Bay Art Museum. He is currently represented by Bonfire Gallery in Seattle where his next exhibit is schedule for October 2017. Faigin received his artistic training at the Art Students League in New York and the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. Faigin is also the author of “The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression,” published in 1990, which has since been translated into 8 languages with over 175,000 copies sold. Three decades later, Faigin continues to research and lecture on the dynamics of facial expressions at UW’s Animation Research Labs (ARL) in the Paul G Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. Faigin writes art reviews for the Seattle Times. In addition, he serves as a founding trustee of the Cascadia Art Museum, located in Edmonds WA, featuring historic Northwest art.
Geoff Flack is a Colorado born artist currently living and working in Seattle. He is the founder and instructor of the Core Drawing Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art where he also teaches many drawing workshops and classes primarily focusing on the human figure. He holds an MFA in Drawing from the New York Academy of Art and a BA in Drawing from Colorado State University. Geoff’s work has shown in exhibitions in New York and Seattle and has pieces in multiple private collections.
Gus Storms is a comic book creator/illustrator, originally graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He created the sci-fi/superhero serial EGOs (published on Image comics) and has since gone on to illustrate for publishers DC Comics, Image Comics, Black Mask, Soul Temple Records and Aftershock. He’s illustrated for companies such as Radisson Hotels and Sony Pictures and has been featured in the genre-art publications Spectrum and Fantasy+. A recent transplant to Seattle, he previously taught graduate-level comics at the New York Academy of Art.
Old master techniques and materials have been the main inspiration and drive in Hamid Zavareei’s pursuit of art education.

Through decades of independent research and scholarship he has built up a body of knowledge and experience accessible through investigation and research into the available resources in the vast field of conservation as well as historical documents and transcripts passed down from ancient periods to middle ages and renaissance and baroque period.

The focus of his research has been centered on materials and techniques of early renaissance through Baroque era through extensive study and reconstruction of details of master pieces based on documented research within the conservation institutions throughout Europe and the United States.

Hamid Zavareei

The scope of his research encompasses various materials including oil, watercolor, encaustic, egg tempera, acrylic and more recently fresco, within different historical contexts following the evolution of techniques throughout the last two thousand years.

Hamid is self taught and has drawn and painted since childhood by studying the old masters, from early Renaissance to Baroque and he has taught the old master’s techniques for more than a decade. He extends the knowledge of the old techniques and materials to contemporary application to create work that brings the old and the new together in a unique format.

Hamid has shown his work through various venues throughout the United States and abroad including residency, awards and reviews.

Jeremias was born in Argentina. He graduated as a special effects technician in Buenos Aires, at the FX School of Special Effects. He later completed the Magrath Sculpture Atelier program at Gage Academy of Arts, Seattle.

While growing up in Pergamino (Buenos Aires province), he studied theatre and created independent movies. After finishing high school Jeremias moved to the city of Buenos Aires to continue his studies and to work on films and advertisement.

He travelled several countries in South and North America, learning about the culture of every place and participating in art projects. Once in United States, he was granted a scholarship at Gage Academy of Arts, where he stayed for some years studying and improving his skills in realistic sculpture.
He is currently based in Seattle, WA.

Jess Klein studied at Reed College and the London Contemporary Dance School before graduating from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Dance Magna Cum Laude. She is on the Fine Arts Faculty at UPrep and has been teaching dance and yoga to elementary, middle and high school students for the past 15 years. In the early 2000’s she achieved local notoriety as Debbie Dazzle in the Seattle guerrilla performance art duo FANKICK! The duo was named one of the “65 Best Ways To Love Our City” by Seattle Metropolitan magazine and was commissioned by Microsoft, the Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, and the Capitol Hill Block Party. As a performer she has worked with many notable Seattle choreographers including the Seattle Opera, Pat Graney Company, Crispin Spaeth Dance Group, LeGendre Performance, Scott Powell Performance, Rainbow Fletcher, Deborah Wolf, and Mark Haim Dance Theater. She toured with Mark Haim’s piece “This Land Is Your Land” which was named “one of the most influential works in the past 15 years” by Dance Magazine in January 2015. Jess has performed at the Southern Theater (MN), PICA’s TBA Festival (OR), the Myrna Loy Center (MT), Dance Theater Workshop (NY), the Joyce Theater (NY), American Dance Festival at Duke University (NC), and in the ArtDanThe Festival (Paris, France). She danced in two Macklemore and Ryan Lewis videos “And We Danced” and “Thrift Shop.” Other film work includes Karn Junkinsmith’s “The Chronicles of Cleo and Jack”, Vockah Redu’s “Fantahsea” and Kris Orlowski’s “Pieces of Me.”
Jim Phalen has a BFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a MA and MFA from the University of New Mexico. He has taught at Bowdoin College in Maine, State University of New York Buffalo, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, and University of Puget Sound. He was a recipient of the Pollock/Krasner Grant, the Artist Trust Grant and was am artist-in-residence in Ireland. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Seattle Times and he has been published in New American Painting. He’s represented by the Dolby Chadwick Gallery in SF and the Cumberland Gallery in Nashville. Jim is married with two adult sons and lives in Kenmore, WA.
Jonathan Happ is representational painter born and raised in northwestern Illinois. He attended Iowa State University to study painting and philosophy, earning a BFA in 2010 and in 2014 earned an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Washington in Seattle. Jonathan has been selected as an artist in residence in the US and internationally in Singapore.
Jonathan has designed and instructed painting and drawing courses around the state of Washington, receiving the Parnassus Teaching with Excellence award as well as a Meritorious Visiting Faculty award from the University of Washington. He exhibits nationally and internationally and currently resides in Seattle, Washington.
Josh Chuzi’s research and teaching goals revolve around discovering relationships between culture and design. As a designer and a fine artist, he is naturally drawn toward the disciplines and philosophies of psychology, sociology, and art history because they allow him to explore how communication’s intent and meaning change with context over time. His teaching strategy, like my research approach, fancies the qualitative because it stretches over many different disciplines, all at once.

Constructing context and relevance for an interdisciplinary audience requires an interdisciplinary approach that requires a certain level of whimsy and creativity to paint a clear and complete picture. The methodologies Chuzi employs are those that seek to build disciplinary bridges, and make connections across understandings.

Whether teaching students or conducting research, Chuzi’s goal is to be a problem finder – a question generator – not a problem solver. Figuring out the right questions to ask, though, takes practice and guidance. With a degree in studio art processes and another in human anatomy, he is more interested in discovering how the compositional make-up of things allow them to work together than in the final product, itself.

He approaches teaching and research as a sculptor; it isn’t enough to simply start modeling – there needs to be an intimate, 360-degree understanding of how and why the desired “thing” –physical or theoretical – is formed to exist in a specific time and place before it can be designed most effectively. This framework depends upon a thoughtful process of drawings and sketches, an organizing logic of relationships (mind-mapping), thoughtful reflection, and refinement before there can ever be product. Creativity and vision, then, become the connective tissue.

Juliet Waller Pruzan is a playwright, choreographer, and teaching artist. She was a dancer for many years. As a playwright, her plays have been produced in various small theaters around Seattle. She has two one-act plays (one written with long time writing partner, Bret Fetzer), opening at AnnexTheatre in early August. She has been a teaching artist for over 20 years, the last several years include teaching for ACT Theater’s Young Playwright’s Program (YPP), Macha Monkey’s Monkey Works, and Gage Summer Camp. Juliet loves cultivating a highly creative space and helping put a structure to students’ ideas.
Juliette Aristides is a Seattle based painter who seeks to understand and convey the human spirit through art. Actively dedicated to rebuilding a traditional arts education in the United States, Aristides founded the first Atelier in the NW the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle, WA in 2000. The co-founder of the DaVinci Initiative promoting skill based art instruction to public school teachers. She teaches workshops both nationally and internationally. Author of The Classical Drawing Atelier, The Classical Painting Atelier, Lessons in Classical Drawing, and Lessons in Classical Painting with Watson-Guptill, NY. Aristides exhibits in numerous one person and group shows nationally and her work has been featured in Gulf Connoisseur Magazine, Artists and Illustrators UK, Artist’s Magazine, American Arts Quarterly, Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector and American Artist. Aristides has a Solo museum exhibition Observations 2013 in Reading, PA.
Julia Ricketts is a painter with a twenty-year career of exhibitions in the Northwest. She holds a BFA from Alfred University and has received grants from 4Culture and the The King County Arts Commission as well as residencies at Centrum and the Pilchuck Glass School. Her work is held in the collections of Microsoft, Oregon Health Sciences University, the Tacoma Art Museum, and in numerous private collections.
Justin Wood is a painter from Doylestown, Pennsylvania interested in traditional techniques and genres. At a young age, he began drawing frequently and was introduced to painting in high school. Justin attended Syracuse University where he studied illustration under respected illustrators Murray Tinkleman and John Thompson. While at Syracuse he took figure drawing with figurative artist Jerome Witkin. In this class, Justin became more familiar with the history of classical painting and the importance of drawing and painting from life. This experience redirected his focus to the fine arts. Upon graduating, he joined Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier/ Grand Central Academy of Art in New York City where he studied full time for five years and served as Jacob’s studio assistant. After completing his studies, Justin became an instructor of cast drawing and painting at the Grand Central Academy. Justin paints still lifes, portraits, and nudes all from direct observation at his studio in New York.
Kathleen McKeehen is a science illustrator and botanical artist whose training includes the post-grad natural science illustration program at UC Santa Cruz, followed by an internship at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, UK. She has freelanced for a variety of clients and projects, including magazines, guide books, museum displays, text books, and children’s educational products and books. Her work has appeared in botanical art shows in the U.S. and Canada. She currently teaches botanical drawing and painting at Gage Academy of Art, at the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture, and at workshops around the state.
Kathleen Moore is a visual artist who paints with oil colors or soft pastel to capture moments of awe, from vast, stormy skyscapes to the intimate amazement by a single flower. “The natural world,” Moore explains, “has an overwhelming power to make you stop and and reconsider your position and role on the planet. I paint to record a sensation of interconnectedness and fragility of life. This is why the arts are so important, they serve as reminders that we are at once greater, and lesser, than we believe.”

Challenging belief, or what we believe we see, is a recurring theme in the classes and workshops Moore teaches. “I’m like a fitness coach,” Moore chuckles, “I get students moving with exercises to build their skills in drawing and painting, then we do the “yoga” part where students learn to stretch how and what they perceive.”

Originally from Texas, Moore has lived in the Seattle area since 1990. She received her BA in art from West Texas A&M University then continued her study of painting at Bruchion School in Los Angeles, CA and Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA.

Kathleen Moore is a teaching artist at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle where she teaches beginning drawing and landscape painting. Moore delights in encouraging people to draw in outreach projects at Gage, such as Pop-up Drawing Jams and Drink & Draw events.

Kimberly Trowbridge is a two-time Neddy Award Finalist (2014, 2016), and an Artist Trust GAP Grant recipient (2014). She received an MFA from University of Washington, 2006. She is a plein-air painter, figure painter, installation artist, and performer. She leads plein-air painting tours in Portugal, and Twisp, WA. Trowbridge is passionate about perceiving color relationships in nature and approaches the painting process as a means for self-discovery.
Klara Glosova is a Czech-born visual artist currently based in Seattle. She is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in drawing and painting. Her work intertwines her personal history of growing up in Eastern Europe with her experience as an artist and mother and (above all) a curiosity and playfulness that extends to both concept and materials. Klara is also a founder of NEPO House and is always interested to see what happens when you place the inside out, invite the outside in and generally do things backwards. She was awarded Seattle Magazine’s 2013 Spotlight Award, Seattle Art Museum’s 2014 Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award, the New Foundation Fellowship, and was nominated for 2015 Stranger Genius Award.
Larine Chung was born in Shanghai, China and raised in Hong Kong. She was trained as a classical pianist since her childhood, but decided to pursue art in college. After she completed her BFA in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, she continued to refine her craft studying under renounced painter and writer, Juliette Aristides, with a four-year Classical art training. With her traditional art training background, she is interested in creating works that is relevant to now and would evoke an intellectual and emotional response in people. Chung’s work has received recognition nationally and internationally. She was the recipient of the Waterway fellowship organized by Studio Escalier, France, Robert DeZordo scholarship and Gregory Robinson Scholarship. Her works shown locally with Fountainhead Gallery and Seattle Art Museum gallery, her works also being written in the Stranger (02-2007), American Art Collector (10- 2009) and Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio practice by Aristides. Chung was the visiting artist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2015. She has been interviewed by King FM, Seattle Chinese Time and King 5 evening magazine . She is also featured in the Spanish artists directory Leonardo 2016 and 2017 by Galeria Artelibre.
Lauren Holloway is a multi-media artist. Too curious to focus on just one medium, her artistic practice includes metals in the form of jewelry, textiles by way of screen printing, dying, designing and sewing of garments and accessories, photography, film, painting, and most recently ceramics. She is particularly fond of body adornment as self-expression, public art that reaches the widest audience possible, the intimacy of giving art as gifts, and employing the transformative power of art as a vehicle for social justice. In addition to being a practicing artist, she is also a Special Education Paraprofessional within Seattle Public Schools and enjoys serving learners of all abilities. Some of the exhibits she has recently participated in Seattle include Santuario at 2312 Gallery, Red Lineage at Vermillion, and Open Studios at Inscape Arts. She earned her Interdisciplinary BFA at the University of Washington. Her work can be viewed here.
Linda James was born in a small town in Illinois to a family of artisans working in wood and precious metals. Art has been an interest ever since her first exposure to her uncle’s art studio when she was still in elementary school. The materials, the tools and the colors were exciting. That interest ultimately resulted in a BFA in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1971. Her path in life has always included a range of interests. For over 40 years, Linda has been a freelance graphic designer. In addition, she began weaving after college and operated a fiber arts studio in the ’70s, raised a family in the ’80s, became an herbalist in the ’90s, and had an herbal health care practice in the early 2000s. Indigenous art forms have always intrigued her – including Indonesian ikat and shibori, aboriginal dot paintings, Native American carving and basketry, and African and Central American textiles. There is a spiritual content in all of these art forms that unifies them. It is that focused intent that influences her present work in watercolor. In 2010, she began creating one-of-a-kind handpainted artist books. Creating visual narratives is of particular interest as well as exploring the emotional and spiritual vibration of color. Though she has been an artist all of her life, she only recently returned to painting in 2005 after moving to Seattle from Massachusetts. Her watercolor paintings continue to be exhibited regionally and are in private collections around the country. She divides her time between painting, web design, and teaching watercolor classes.
Mardie Rees is a fine artist and figurative sculptor who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Born into a creative family, her childhood was spent building houses, sewing garments, drawing pictures, and visiting museums. When she was a teenager her family moved to Ecuador to facilitate community development; these years spent in a developing country broadened her worldview and became a definitive catalyst for her artistic growth. Upon her return to the U.S., she pursued a fine arts education, earning her BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2003. In the years that have followed, Mardie has created life-size bronze sculptures for museums, hospitals, schools, and collectors. Mardie has won accolades for her emotive sculpture, one of which currently resides inside the walls of the Pentagon. Her work has been recognized and awarded by Portrait Society of America, Art Renewal Center, Allied Artists of America and the National Sculpture Society. Her delight in all people and their stories is the lens through which she captures relationships and the human condition in her artwork. Mardie lives in Gig Harbor, Washington, with her husband and three children.
Mark Kang-O’Higgins founded the KOH Atelier at Gage in 2004, and continues to mentor student-artists of all ages and all skill-levels, from complete beginners to advanced professionals. His program emphasizes a hands-on approach to art, and works across different media. Learn more about Mark here.
Michael Magrath has spent most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. He discovered figurative sculpture while in his early thirties, and has since dedicated his life to the betterment of his craft and the furtherance of sculptural art. Primarily self taught, he has nonetheless studied and taught in a number of rich sculptural environments, including the University of Washington, the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and Gage Art Academy. Reflecting a decade spent in the building trades as a carpenter, painter, foundryman, and shop technician, he brings a craftsman’s approach to his work. Regardless, his interest in the figure naturally steers toward the narrative and symbolic. Of no particular denomination of religious faith, Magrath attempts to excavate, understand, and depict the universal truths that lie at the core of religious and human experience. His primary focus lies in the embodiment and reinterpretation of mythology in contemporary contexts, and is most interested in its potential to reinvigorate the human spirit, particularly in the face of the cynicism of the modern world.
Michelle has been a passionate photographer since she was young, and learned her way around a camera in 1991 at the Maine Photographic Workshops, where she first discovered the Holga. Since then, Michelle has shown work in solo exhibitions in the Pacific Northwest, New York, Los Angeles and Israel, and in group shows around the US, Italy, Germany & Thailand. She has photographed for weekly newspapers, album covers, performers, artists, and many others. Michelle loves teaching, and has given lectures on plastic and toy cameras to groups all over the US, including the Society for Photographic Education, SF Camerawork, Powell’s Books, and the Creative Center for Photography. She has taught at many photo schools & centers, including Photographic Center Northwest, Newspace (PDX), Maine Media Workshops, the Julia Dean Workshops (LA) and International Center of Photography in New York, among others. Her book,”Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity” was published in late 2006 by Focal Press and the second edition in October 2010. Michelle is a member of Freestyle Photographic Supply’s Advisory Board of Photographic Professionals. See her blog for the latest!

Michelle lives in Seattle, and also frequents Vashon Island, Bellingham, Portland (OR), San Francisco and New York. She loves to road trip and fly away with her Holgas whenever possible.

Mari Shibuya is a local Seattle artist specializing in figurative work and geometric design. Shibuya has her bachelors in Philosophy and Psychology with an emphasis on eastern philosophy and consciousness studies from The Evergreen State College and is a graduate of the Kang O’Higgins Atelier at Gage Academy of Art. The work that she makes explores the natural patterns that permeate the physical and psychological world. Shibuya has exhibited in galleries and public spaces up and down the west coast. Most notably, AXIS Gallery, Artifact Gallery and Praxis Gallery. Shibuya is a mural artist, youth arts educator and facilitator who emphasizes the use of visual arts as a means to empower youth to find their voice and vision for the future. She is very excited to be sharing the joy of oil painting and color with the youth of the Teen Arts Portfolio intensive this summer.
Mitchell Albala is a Seattle-based painter whose semi-abstract and atmospheric landscapes have been exhibited nationally and in Seattle at Lisa Harris Gallery. His book, Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice, is a national bestseller with nearly 37,000 copies in print. Mitchell is also a popular workshop instructor at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Pacific Northwest Art School, Winslow Art Center, Daniel Smith Artist’s Materials, and Arte Umbria in Italy. He has lectured on Impressionism and landscape painting at the Seattle Art Museum and written for International Artist and Artists & Illustrators magazines. His popular painting blog, which serves as a companion to his book, was awarded #12 on’s Top 75 Painting Blogs.
For over a decade Nate Herth has facilitated playful, investigative, youth arts education in the Pacific Northwest working with Arts Corps and the Creative Schools Initiative, the City of Seattle, the Seattle Art Museum, Mo’Pop, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, Highline and Tacoma Public Schools, among others. Born in San Francisco and now living in the Northwest, Nate takes inspiration from his surroundings: the volatile interaction of the built environment and the naturally occurring world is a collision of contrasting visual information that he reflects upon in paintings, presentations, and collaborations with other artists. Visual art work and more information
Nicholas Enevoldsen is an emerging artist living and working in the Seattle metropolitan area. At the Laguna College of Art & Design, in Laguna Beach, California, he received a BFA in Studio Art along with various awards and scholarships, including the coveted “Passport to China” scholarship in 2006. After graduating, he devoted four years of intensive study at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. As a student, he was appointed ‘Principal Instructor’ for the Intensive Drawing Program and awarded the “Fourth Year Prize” providing an additional year of specialization.

Nicholas has since completed his MFA at the Lesley University College of Art & Design, in Cambridge, Massachusetts and relocated to Seattle where he actively draws and paints and serves as ‘Adjunct Professor’ at Shoreline Community College and ‘Instructor’ at the Kirkland Arts Center.

Patrick LoCicero is featured in numerous galleries across the country as well as in important private and public collections internationally including The Dayton Art Museum, The San Francisco Legion of Honor, Swedish Medical Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Trinity University, Oregon Health Sciences University, The University of Washington Medical Center, The San Francisco International Airport, The California LEF Foundation, and Croner International, Paris France as well as the Dicke Family Collection in Ohio and the Sarah Berger Family Collection in Delmar, CA. In addition, he has done numerous commissions for multinational companies. His work has been reviewed in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times, The Washington Post, Art News, Art Week, Nashville Arts Magazine and Arts ltd. He has been awarded a Maryland State Arts Award and a San Francisco Artist Relocation grant. He received BFA from The Ohio State University and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He is currently adjunct faculty at Cornish College of the Arts and an instructor at Gage Academy of Art.
Ryan Weatherly is a Seattle based artist and art educator. He received his BFA from Iowa State University in 2009 and his MFA from the University of Washington in 2013. Since graduating he has continued his studio practice and has had multiple national exhibitions in Seattle, Chicago, New York and Portland. He has given visiting artist lectures at the University of Washington and Steven F. Austin University. He has taught art classes at Gage Academy of Art, University of Washington, and DigiPen Technical Institute. His work is an exploration of personality psychology and neurological studies of empathy recognition and its relationship to fractured and emotive imagery.
Sarah Bixler received a Drawing and Painting BFA from the University of Washington in 2011. She teaches drawing and painting classes at Winslow Art Center on Bainbridge Island and at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. She enjoys early mornings and simplifying everyday objects into geometric shapes.
Silvio started teaching Capoeira in Brazil and moved to Seattle in 2004. Since then he has taught Capoeira at after school programs in Seattle Public School District, Evergreen State College, Western Washington University, and University of Washington. He taught the summer camp capoeira program at Gage Academy of Art in 2014 and 2015. Silvio runs a Capoeira Nonprofit School in the International District called The International Capoeira Angola Foundation, located in the International District where he offers classes for adults, youth, kids, and toddlers.
Sean’s work is centered around ideas of wilderness, the body, myth and history. This development stems from an earlier interest for more fantastical art, graphic novels, and a reverence for nature and art history. Today, he pulls from a wider range of influences in art and culture, from cave paintings, westerns and memoirs.
Steven Reddy draws detailed illustrations of urban scenes, cluttered interiors and complex still-lifes on location in ink and watercolor. A teacher with Seattle Public Schools since 1998, Reddy spent 2010 traveling throughout Southeast Asia, teaching English and recording his experiences in his sketchbook journals. His drawings from China and Mexico appear in Danny Gregory’s An Illustrated Journey. Steven currently teaches Drawing and Illustration at Gage Academy in Seattle, teaches two popular on-line classes with, is an active member of Urban Sketchers, and is kept busy with private commissions. Reddy has published two large format illustrated memoirs which showcase drawings spanning 35 years from his obsessive sketchbook diaries. Now Where Was I? An Illustrated Memoir, and the sequel, This Is Then, That Was Now, a 282-page, full-color, 8.5″ x 11″ illustrated memoir.
Suze has been drawing all her life. After an initial undergraduate degree, she pursued fifth-year studies in printmaking and ceramics at the University of Washington. Her professional career has included the graphic design of printed materials and interface designs for commercial and prototype software applications. In the last few years she has devoted herself to the watercolor medium. From traditional landscape sketches –she calls them her love letters to the planet—to large scale industrial subjects and the numbering systems on utility poles, she loves to bring attention to what people don’t usually notice. She finds intense visual experience to capture everywhere she looks.
Tenaya has worked professionally as an industry artist, teacher, gallery artist, and business owner. Tenaya began working in the video games industry at Crystal Dynamics (Eidos) while in high school. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, he continued working in this field at Treyarch (Activision). After feeling compelled to produce physical artwork, and to reach an equivalent level of mastery as the the historical painters that inspired him, Tenaya left the video games industry to apprentice full-time with artists Jeff Watts and Juliette Aristides for a duration of 5 years. Tenaya began his teaching career working with incarcerated youth while apprenticing with artist Juliette Aristides. While this job was originally intended to finance his own studies, Tenaya found through working with these youth, that he had a passion for teaching. After completing his studies, Tenaya began teaching adults at a variety of venues. When a dedicated student base formed, he founded his own academy called Georgetown Atelier. Tenaya owned and ran Georgetown Atelier for 7 years as an independent organization, until merging with Gage Academy of Art in August 2016. Over the past 8 years, Tenaya has exhibited his work at a variety of galleries and venues, most recently at Krab Jab Gallery in Seattle, WA, and Abend Gallery in Denver, CO. Tenaya was selected as a ‘main show’ artist of IX ARTs in 2017, in Redding, PA, and will be exhibiting there in October 2017. He will be showing at the Salmagundi Club in New York in June 2017, and at the MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain, as part of the 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition. In 2016, Tenaya won Best in Show for the 12th International ARC Salon Competition.
A gifted artist and a talented teacher, Terry Furchgott has made art her career and her passion for over forty years. She is currently represented by the Lisa Harris Gallery of Seattle, WA. Working primarily in acrylic and soft pastel, her paintings focus on the figure and are notable for their depth of color, strong, innovative compositions and exploration of the archetypal nature of human relationships. Furchgott received an honors degree in art history from Radcliffe College and studied classical drawing and painting at the Camden Arts Center, London. She brings a broad understanding of art history, seasoned practical experience, a continuing creative excitement and a questioning mind both to her creative process and to her work as a teacher. Furchgott has been the recipient of Individual Artist Awards and Fellowships from the Washington State Arts Commission, the King County Arts Commission and Artist Trust.
Along with her studio work she has also pursued a successful career in public art, completing large-scale commissions for the Seattle Center House, the Kent Regional Justice Center, the United States Post Office, the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland, the Fairbanks School District, Olympia High School and the Washington State Arts Commission among others. A community activist, Furchgott has used her talents as an artist to design and coordinate several key community projects including the Art to the People Project, a multidisciplinary arts celebration of Seattle’s African Americans, the Southeast Asian Poster Project and the Garfield High School Mentoring Program.
She is represented in key Northwest collections and her work can be viewed at the Microsoft Corporation, the WA Sate Arts Commission, the Seattle Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center, the UW Medical Center, Continental Bank, McDonald’s Corporation, Providence Hospital, Group Health, Federal Home Loan Bank, and the United States Postal Service.
For as long as Tom has been painting, he’s been teaching. The two practices are now inextricably interwoven. Painting influences teaching, of course, but just as often Tom finds what he’s teaching effects how he paints. The need to articulate the subtleties of seeing form rather than content, for example, has helped him gain detachment from his immediate agenda while painting. Over the years, Tom has acquired a reputation as someone to work with when you want to loosen up your brushwork or simplify your approach. This is a lot to live up to. Trying to stay one step ahead of his students on the “free and easy” scale may have accelerated his own evolution. Who can say which came first?
Professional Artist skilled in Fine Art Oil Painting in the French Impressionist Tradition, with several years of well-attended yearly solo exhibits and with a successful record of artwork sales.

Experienced and passionate Fine Art Workshop instructor with a demonstrated history of selling out workshops in the museum and art institutions industry.

Experienced instructor to 30 regular weekly and monthly private students, including participants in the Emerging Artist Program at the Collymore Atelier (a portfolio development, business development and professional launch program, with support throughout by the instructor and by a small community of like-minded Art Business Startup artists).

Art Startup business with demonstrated progressive growth and plans for a product launch in 2019.

Former physician, who integrates her background in Science into the teaching of art by sharing the Science in Art and by breaking down complex art concepts into easily assimilated and user-friendly units, in a highly supportive environment that favors joyful experimentation and rapid progress.

Connection to France: Formative years (late childhood and adolescence) spent in southern France. Yearly travel to southern France with a social life in that locale, as friendships from childhood have been maintained. A deep passion for and love of the southern French landscape, which I am inexorably drawn to depict on canvas in the French Impressionist tradition.


“In many ways Collymore carries on the legacy of French Impressionists, such as Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, who shared her love of southern France …” (read More: Gangelhoff, B. Senior Editor at Southwest Art magazine. “Wide Open Spaces: Meet a dozen painters exploring the artistic opportunities in the landscape”, Southwest Art Magazine, February 2015

Looking at Collymore’s paintings, it’s easy to imagine that they’re engaged in a sort of dialogue with the works of Impressionist master Paul Cézanne …” (read more: Dubinsky, L. ” Show Preview, Seattle, WA, Valerie Collymore”, Southwest Art Magazine April 2016

Of the many contemporary plein air artists that I know, Valerie Collymore is the most devoted proponent of true French Impressionism. Her work idealizes the theme of everyday, ordinary scenes while benefiting from such techniques and approaches as broken color, loose, choppy brushstroke and most importantly, a true and convincing effect of fluid, natural sunlight. She would be right at home next to works by Monet, Sisley and Pissarro.” Jean Stern, Executive Director, The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine

Willow Heath is a visual artist, watercolor illustrator, art educator, and storyteller. Willow spent her early childhood off-the-grid in the remote Alaskan wilderness, an experience that is reflected in Willow’s art and unique teaching methods. Willow has been exhibiting her paintings in galleries for 20 years and instructing art courses to adults and youth since 2000. Willow’s visual art is composed of watercolor vignette inspirations, each displaying Willow’s eye for detail, realism, and experimentation of the medium. “As a visual artist I create paintings from my personal inspirations, as a teacher I guide my students through the building blocks to create and draw upon their own inspirations. I feel it is integral to enjoy the process of art as much as the outcome. With this in mind I design curriculum that reflect both the inspirational and academic qualities within the creative process.”