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Ed has been carving for fun and money for over 25 years. He began this adventure as a child with whittling and stick carving. His class is fun and informal, great for beginners, but all levels of experience are welcome. Students can bring one of their own projects or carve one of Ed’s award winning designs. When not teaching woodcarving, Ed stays busy as a professional magician and rock climbing instructor. He has been teaching at the Center since 1996. Ed’s work can be viewed at www.edthewizard.com.
Carol is a Reiki Practitioner and an amazing Jewelry Artist. She has been creating for over 10 years. Her passion is to design jewelry that can be worn for fun, comfort, and style. Carol infuses positive Reiki energy into every piece of jewelry and she is often told that wearing her unique wire-wrapped crystals and gemstones makes one feel empowered, joyful, and connected. Carol is available for jewelry making instructional classes and jewelry showings.
Gary completed his apprenticeship in upholstery at Dove & Distaff in Rhode Island. He served as the Assistant Vocational Manager at Pioneer Upholstery (teaching upholstery to mentally challenged adults), which was a program at the Center for Human Development (CHD) for close to 30 years. This program had specialized in building institutional furniture for colleges and businesses. Instruction is open studio style, beginner’s are quite welcome, as are students of all ages and ability levels. All necessary tools are provided. Students are encouraged to send Gary pictures of their project prior to class for evaluation. Don’t have a project? He has a number of “class” projects on which you can build skills and the projects are auctioned off at some point during the year. Gary is proficient as well in custom upholstery, window treatments, drapes and specialty sewing and teaches these skills as well.
Liz has been knitting for over 14 years. She has been running a successful knitting program at the South Hadley Public Library for over 6 years. She also works at WEBS in Northampton on Thursday evening supervising a drop-in group. Liz recently completed all required coursework (and is working on her final sweater design project) for her Expert Knitter Certificate from WEBS. She enjoys keeping up with new knitting techniques as well as learning classic styles. She looks forward to teaching new knitters and offering weekend workshops on different aspects of knitting.
Kathy has been teaching caning for over 25 years. Her caning also led her to a hobby in making Nantucket baskets. She has been teaching at the Center for over 20 years. This is also an open studio style of instruction, Kathy teaches beginners to more advanced students. Kathy encourages a new student to stop in with their project a few weeks prior to class so that they may order all necessary supplies. She teaches caning, shaker tape, and woven/rush styles.
Marsha has a BS in education and a major in Home Economics from Northern Illinois University. She found her passion in quilting and has been teaching and displaying her quilts ever since. She has been an instructor at the Center since 1992. She enjoys teaching in an open studio style with students of varying levels of experience. Any of her classes are appropriate for beginners. Marsha also teaches a number of workshops during the year including all day “Quilt Til You Wilt,” journaling and block of the month workshops.
Oil/Acrylic & Mixed Media
Anne has a BFA and is a classically trained studio painter. Equally facile in almost any medium, she prefers to work in oil, watercolors or pen and ink. A realist, she is noted for her landscapes, portraiture and sill life paintings. Anne was chosen by Channel 40 in 1990 as Spirit of the Bay State for her paintings of the vanishing family farms in Massachusetts.