Art Faculty

Deborah Bazer
B.F.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.Ed Antioch University New England. Deborah Bazer has enjoyed teaching art classes for children and adults for over 25 years, in her home studio, as well as at The Guild Studio School and Amherst Community Arts Center. She holds a B.F.A. in ceramics and a M.Ed in early childhood and elementary education. When she is not making art or telling stories with kids, she can be found in the woods or by the ocean, collecting materials to bring back to the studio. In her studio, she builds sculpture, carves raised relief tiles out of clay, as well as draws and paints.

Lahri Bond
Lahri Bond has taught art classes to children and adults for over 25 years. He was a founding member of Amherst Community Art Center and the Guild Studio School. Through Lahri Bond Graphics he has created album covers, posters, book covers and illustrations for an international clientele. He currently teaches adult art classes at Holyoke Community College, and is the art director for Voice Male Magazine: Changing Men in Changing Times.

Becky Clark
B.F.A., Syracuse University, NY; M.A.T., University of Massachusetts. Born in Lima, Peru, Becky has a studio at her family’s orchard, Clarkdale, in Deerfield, Massachusetts. She has shown her work throughout the Northeast, and has taught all ages. When Becky is not working in her studio or teaching, she loves to walk and to be outside, and helps on the farm during the harvest season. Her mission as an instructor is to have every artist meet their personal goals.

Tina Clark
B.F.A. and M.Ed., University of Massachusetts. Tina Clark has been creating art with children ages three through eighteen in Western Mass for twenty years. Her work experience includes art education development for Headstart, art-based after school and summer camp, various community based art beautification projects, and more. Currently she teaches art for the Greenfield Public Schools.

Trish Crapo
Trish Crapo earned a BA in Social Sciences and Writing from Hampshire College and an MFA in Writing from UMASS Amherst. She learned hand bookbinding from book artist Peter Madden, a master. She’s led independent bookbinding workshops, taught locally through GCC, and at Taktse International School in Sikkim, India. Her visual arts work also includes photography and collage, and has been exhibited in New England; NYC; Moscow and Tula, Russia; and Havana, Cuba. Her book Dune Shack is an account, in photos and writing, of a 2-week residency in the wild dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Find out more: www.trishcrapo.com

May Emery
B.F.A. Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts. After raising her children, May went back to college to study art. In 1996 she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Prior to her return to school, May worked in a variety of school-age settings and knew she would return to teaching art. From 2002-2005, May founded and led the public Art Studio program at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Mass., for museum visitors of all ages. She has continued her studio practice and has been teaching art in the Pioneer Valley with students of all ages and abilities.

Deborah Rubin
B.F.A., University of Illinois. Deborah Rubin paints in watercolor and occasionally acrylic and gouache. She has been pushing the boundaries of photo-realism and hyper-realism since the mid-1970s with an eye on nature and, more recently, architecture. Born in Chicago in 1948, Rubin holds a BFA from the University of Illinois. She currently lives in Western Massachusetts.

Astrid Sheckels
Astrid Sheckels is a Greenfield painter and book illustrator who works primarily in watercolor. She has been creating portraits, landscapes, and illustrating children’s picture books professionally since 2006. With subject matter that ranges from pastoral landscapes to garden-tending rabbits, her style is a mix of classic realism and whimsy. Astrid is a member of the Wester Massachusetts Illustrators Guild and her work is represented at The Greenfield Gallery and Salmon Falls Gallery. Astrid taught art classes for children and adults at Artspace from 2006-2016 and she will be offering periodic courses when her schedule permits.
Visit Astrid’s world: www.astridsheckels.com

Rhonda Wainshilbaum

B.F.A. and graduate studies, University of Massachusetts. Rhonda Wainshilbaum has thirty years of experience teaching art in local schools and camps. She also makes decorative and functional pottery, and enjoys passing on her love of art to kids.