Fall 2020 Art Faculty

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.

LJ Boswell approaches teaching art as a way to help everyone discover their inner artist. (We all have one!) As an artist and educator, LJ delights in helping students develop their skills along with their own style, confidence and joy of creating. Having been an elementary classroom teacher, a middle school homeschool art teacher, a mentor to college student leaders and an arts and crafts teacher in nursing homes, LJ has literally taught art to ages five to 101! They are also a figurative artist who loves creating in many mediums but especially in clay, wire and Prismacolor pencils. See some of LJ’s most recent work on Instagram @lj.boswell.art.

Michayla Robertson-Pine is committed to building curriculum that empowers students to explore and expand their creativity, and indulge in their own unique ways of processing the world around them. As a Theater and Education student at Wesleyan University, Michayla works to build an embodied framework for learning that centers around self expression and community engagement. She believes that learning should be passionate! Whether it be theater, dance, writing, building LEGO forts, climbing trees, or investigating the stink bug that lives in the bathroom, whatever excites YOU is the best place to start.

Sofia Canale-Parola is a mixed media artist with a focus in correspondence art. They are a student of Art History and Museum Studies at Smith College, and spent the fall working in the curatorial department at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Their art focuses on topics of gender, ephemerality, and the absurd. When they are not partaking in remote art education, they can be found in their lovely home, spoiling their cat, JStor.

Ell Davis is an artist and writer from Columbus, Ohio. She is the co-founder of small press Daisy Mayhem Books, which produces small editions of hand-crafted poetry books. She earned her MFA in Writing from University of Massachusetts. Her poetry can be found in FENCE.