Art Faculty

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 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master of Education from Antioch University New England specializing 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 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 earned a B.F.A. from Syracuse University  and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Massachusetts. Born in Lima, Peru, Becky has a studio at her family’s orchard, Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield, MA. 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. See more of her work at

Ashley Yang Liu is a Chinese artist from Shandong Province and earned her M.A. from Capital Normal University in Beijing, China. She has worked in art education for seven years and studied Chinese art for fifteen years. Her favorite style of Chinese painting is Xieyi, or “freehand” style. After graduating with a M.A. in Chinese painting, she worked as an art teacher at a public middle school in Beijing. Now she travels the world full time, teaching online and in person while enriching her work with international experiences. Most summers she visits Western Mass. Check out her YouTube channel to see her video classes.

Deborah Rubin paints in watercolor and occasionally acrylic and gouache and 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.