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

Tina Clark with a B.F.A. and Masters of Education from the 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 learned hand bookbinding from master book artist Peter Madden. She’s led independent bookbinding workshops, taught locally through Greenfield Community College, and at Taktse International School in Sikkim, India. She holds a BA in Social Sciences and Writing from Hampshire College and an MFA in Writing from UMASS Amherst. 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:

May Emery after raising her children, May went back to college to study art and in 1996 and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts 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. Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

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.

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.
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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. She holds a B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts, in addition to her graduate studies.