Barbara has been an artist member of WSG Gallery since 2004 and has curated many book shows, most notably, “Beyond Words: A Celebration of Book and Paper Arts” and “Book + Paper Arts”. She has had work in book shows around the country and her work may be found in special collections at the University of Michigan Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, the University of Michigan School of Art and Design Library, and the Library of Michigan in Lansing. She was on the faculty of The Hollanders School of Book and Paper Arts in Ann Arbor, until the school closed in 2012, where she had also been a guiding member of five summer residencies. Most recently, she has become an instructor of book arts at the University of Michigan Penny Stamps School of Art and Design. She was the recipient of the 3rd Annual Kerrytown Community Book Award given at the 2008 Kerrytown BookFest.
Alvey is a painter, printmaker and book artist whose work has been exhibited locally, state-wide and nationally and is in many public and private collections in the United States and Europe. His artist books are in the Special Collections Department of the Hatcher Graduate Library and the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library at the University of Michigan, and also in the Than Mor Museum in Nyiracsad, Hungary. Alvey taught book arts at Hollander’s School of Book and Paper Arts and has given a number of bookbinding workshops. He has won awards for his paintings, prints and artist books, including a First Prize at the Ann Arbor Art Center All-Media Competition, a First Prize at the Ann Arbor Art Center Members Only Exhibition, and First Prize at the 4th Annual Great Lakes Small Works Competition at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan, for his artist book, “Poking the Sea Urchin." Alvey earned a BFA in Design and Illustration from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and an MA in Art History from Arizona State University. He worked as a designer and illustrator in Phoenix, Arizona, and New York City. He was an owner/exhibitor at WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor from 2003-2015.
Patricia has been painting portraits for 20 years in the Chicago area. Since moving to Ann Arbor in 2011, she has become an AAWA board member and manager of the life drawing group at the Jackson Rd. studio space. Patricia has an extensive background in gestural figurative work and uses precise rendering and the linear qualities of charcoal and pastel to imbue her portraits and figures with singular expression. To see more of her artwork or to commission a portrait, you can visit her website at: www.patriciadavenport.com
Nancy, who was born and raised in Saline, began sewing, crocheting and embroidery as a child to guarantee a large wardrobe for her dolls. Nancy developed her art tastes and skills as time passed, creating her own teaching materials and illustrations as an elementary teacher. Currently, Nancy is retired and finding that she can spend more time exploring different mediums. In addition to her artwork, Nancy is a prominent member of St. James United Church of Christ, a garage sale enthusiast, and frequently visits Lake Huron. In addition to crocheting and quilting, Nancy focuses on knitting, soap making, and handcrafted spa products; having taught the latter two art forms at Two Twelve. Nancy has been hooked to soap making ever since a co-worker at Clinton Schools taught her how to make cold process soap and has been adding to her knowledge of the subject ever since. Nancy’s favorite part of creating is collaboration with others. She loves the artists at Two Twelve, finding them inspirational and knowledgeable.
Christy, who earned a BA and MBA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Michigan, has taught numerous classes at Two Twelve focused on practical crafts that can be used in everyday life. As a crafty child of the 1970s, Christy has always had a knack for creating. Christy has taught a variety of classes at Two Twelve including sewing-related classes, Oilcloth Totes, Wool Felt Pillows, Chalk Mats, Make Your Own Hula Hoops, Stained Glass Mosaic Pots, and Make Your Own Lounge Pants. In addition to teaching at the arts center, Christy is also the Craft Community Contributor for Ann Arbor.com, a Girl Scout Leader, and the owner of an online sewing and craft supply store . Recently, Christy has begun teaching an Etsy workshop at Two Twelve, sharing her own success story with students and covering the basics in managing and selling your artwork on the e-commerce website. With classes focused on getting students to create a practical and successful product, Christy notes that she loves figuring out her projects and cherishes the “TaDaa” moment that comes with the completion of each project.
Vey began teaching at Two Twelve in 2010. He is an experienced ceramics instructor, having taught traditional pottery at Greenfield Village for nine years. Vey began throwing pots in high school, and had his first inspirational encounter with pottery at his cousin Trudy’s studio in Berkeley, California in the late 1960s. With a BFA in Ceramics and Design from Wayne State University, Vey spent thirteen years as a production potter at Greenfield Village and twenty-two years modeling full-size clay concept vehicles at the Ford Design Center. Vey’s classic shapes and early American utilitarian ceramic forms are inspired by ceramicists he refers to as the “old masters,” including Bernard Leach, Michael Cardew, Karen Karnes, and others. He appreciates and follows their natural approach with natural materials that soothes the spirit. Vey loves the community found within Two Twelve and appreciates the process of creating his pieces. His passion to create can be described in one statement, “I’m not happy unless I’m makin’ something.”
Michele, a fiber and graphic artist, was introduced to art as a child when her mom placed her in art classes at Cranbrook to push her out of her shell. Earning her BFA from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Fiber Arts, and taking numerous workshops in Toronto, Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michele has become a very experienced fiber artist. Michele teaches Silk Scarf Dyeing, Nuno Felting, Batik, and Silk Papermaking at Two Twelve. Michele focuses mainly on wearable pieces, ranging from scarves and shawls to jewelry (in which she also utilizes wire and sterling silver). As a graphic artist, Michele specializes in print materials for both individuals and organizations, including the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild and Surface Design Associations. Driven by the color and patterns found in water, Michele’s fiber work is a beautiful example of how an idea can come to life. Michele wants people to know that she “truly loves everything she makes and wants anyone who owns something she’s created to enjoy it.” She also encourages everyone to take an art class, in which they will not only gain understanding of that particular medium, but also have an overall greater appreciation for art.
Cindy focuses on photography, and photo-enhancing techniques including hand painting, transfers, collage and embellishments, and watercolors. Cindy first began doing watercolors in 1995, and when she moved to Michigan in 2003, Cindy quickly signed up for a class taught by Taylor Jacobsen. When she first moved to Michigan and was no longer working in Early Childhood Education, Cindy started taking pictures at her children’s sporting events. Inspired by the pictures, Cindy yearned to do more with them, which led to her transition into photo tinting techniques and painterly tinting techniques using water-soluble oil paints. In addition to tinting photos, Cindy also enjoys using Photoshop to enhance her digital photos and turn them into photo art pieces. At Two Twelve, Cindy has taught classes in Hand Painting Photos, Inkjet Transfers, Photoshop, and has taught children during numerous summer camps. Outside of her career in teaching, her artwork, and instructing at Two Twelve, Cindy spends much of her time with her family and traveling with her husband.
Amara has been with Two Twelve since the summer of 2009. She has taught Super Stories for kids, assisted with Pottery Camp, and has been a big part of the Art on the Go program for kids. In addition to teaching children, she is a seasoned and renowned face painter—for Two Twelve and other organizations—during large events and festivals. Amara graduated from Adrian College for Art Education and played softball for her school. Currently she is working in Southeast Michigan as a secondary art educator.
Jean Canavan is an artist living and painting in Southeast Michigan. Her watercolor still life and landscapes often reflect her interest in the transitions of light and shadow, and strive to express a sense of memory of time and place. A travel journal of small works is her constant companion and is often the starting point for larger works. A BFA graduate in Watercolor from Eastern Michigan University, Jean has exhibited in several solo shows and many group exhibitions. Her work is included in many private and public collections. Jean is a long-time resident of Saline and teaches Watercolor, Travel Journaling, and Happy Art Hour at Two Twelve Art Center. Jean notes that she loves teaching and watching her students progress. Jean’s favorite thing about being a part of Two Twelve is “the fact that right here in Saline is this wonderful, warm place where it is safe and comfortable to put your artwork out, and everyone is so supportive.”
Val Mann Art is the website for American artist Valerie Mann. She has shown her work professionally in the U.S. and abroad for 23 years. Her work has received numerous awards and is in public and private collections in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Mann is inspired by the outdoors, people, materials and pushing the boundaries of possibility with those materials. Valerie has taught a variety of classes at Two Twelve Arts Center, from printmaking to the weeklong Drawing Boot Camp. Visit Valerie’s website for more information about her art at:
While Kay Cassill received a B.A. from University of Iowa with Honors in English in the `Writer’s Workshop’, her focus quickly changed to the visual arts when she found herself in Greenwich Village among the avant-garde painters of the day. Then, a few years later she moved to Paris taking postgraduate work at the Academe de la Grande Chaumiere. She enhanced that by moving on to Bandol on the Riviera painting all the way. Eventually she traveled to Carrara and Florence in Italy. Finally she made it to Rome for the art—and marriage to artist and writer R.V.Cassill. Back in New York, Cassill continued postgraduate work at the Art Students’ League and the New School with artist Julian Levi. Moving back to Iowa she took up postgraduate work, but with famed printmaker Mauricio Lasansky and painter James Lechay. While there she became a member of the Iowa Printmakers Group. A few years there and she went back east to Providence, RI, and Cape Cod where she concentrated on painting in oil. She continues today creating paintings in oil and watercolor as well as drawings, mixed media and the occasional 3-D assemblages. Cassill currently lives in Michigan but maintains a home and studio in Truro on Cape Cod where she spends some months each year. She has had many one-woman exhibits and participated in numerous group shows. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Waterloo Municipal Art Museum, IA; Springfield Museum Art, MO; Mott Women and Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; and other museums, corporate and private collections around the country. Cassill is also a prize winner in shows throughout Michigan and the Midwest. She is listed in Who’s Who and Who’s Who of American Women. Cassill teaches Watermedia on Yupo and Yupo-Controlled Design at Two Twelve Arts Center.
Katherine started creating from a very young age. Inspired by the artists in her family (her aunt and grandfather), she sketched and painted whenever she could. Her passion for art took a firm hold in high school, where she was president of the Saline High Art Club, and it flourished years later when she pursued her degree in art education at Eastern Michigan University. Her focus at this point was on watercolor, and she enjoyed developing an unconventional style with the medium. After receiving her degree in 2007, she taught in a k-8 charter school in Ann Arbor for a couple of years before deciding to go back to school herself. In 2009 she moved to Grand Rapids to attend Kendall College of Art and Design, where she graduated summa cum laude with her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art – Painting. It was here that her love for abstract painting grew, and where she transitioned from watercolors to oils. Katherine still paints with both media, choosing the medium that will best serve her subject matter. She refers to herself as an Abstract Realist, as most of her paintings are painted very realistically, but are cropped so that they become abstract. Katherine teaches oil and acrylic painting at 212, and shares her love of crafting through occasional workshops. She also enjoys teaching kids camps in the summer when she’s not busy working as one of the chairs of the annual Saline Celtic Festival. Outside of art, Katherine has a passion for poetry, literature, architecture, and history (especially world’s fairs and old or abandoned buildings!). For more info and to see her work, please visit
Jennifer Lupton hid her amazing artistic light for 20+ years in her position as a heart surgery/operating room nurse and then as a full-time, homeschooling Mom. Though she valued the challenges of nursing, and cherishes her roll as a full-time mom, she missed the opportunity to express her creative side. One hand building class at Two Twelve in 2010 was all it took to convince Jennifer that clay was the medium for her. Over three years and multiple handbuilding, wheel and advanced wheel classes later, Jennifer still loves the endless possibilities for creativity she recognized in that first handbuilding class. Jennifer has an eye for design and form, and a natural gift for drawing and painting: Pottery allows her to combine both talents in one amazing package. Jennifer has found the family atmosphere at Two Twelve Arts and the warm, nurturing environment of the Pottery Studio extremely satisfying and gratifying, and hopes to continue these traditions as a pottery studio assistant and teacher.
Carolyn Weins lives in Ypsilanti and received a B.A. in Art from Eastern Michigan University. Though primarily a pastel landscape artist, she also works in acrylic, mixed media, and collage. She gives demonstrations, workshops and each summer participates in regional art fairs. She gave her first pastel workshop at 212 Arts Center in June 2013. She enjoys sharing her love of pastels and passing on what she’s learned along the way. Carolyn is a member of the Great Lakes Pastel Society, The Michigan Guild, Chelsea Painters, Ann Arbor Women Artists, and Ann Arbor Area Pastelists. Her work can be seen on her website: carolynweins.com and facebook at facebook.com/carolyweinsart
At age seven, Sandra completed her first stamped cross-stitch sampler, which led to embroidery, needlepoint, latch hook, crochet and lots of counted cross-stitch. Her love for paper started in grade school as she remembers constructing a small 3D paper house on a 2D construction paper landscape and seeing that house promptly smashed when turned in. Leaving Texas for a job in Washington, DC, Sandra began creating handmade Christmas cards for family members. The challenge of constructing something different every year led her to various card making techniques and moved her in the direction of creating paper art. After taking a community college class on color theory, a mat cutting workshop and an adult recreation class on rubberstamping, Sandra began to see possibilities for turning her paper fascination into something more than greeting cards. She discovered paper projects involving tea bag folding, origami, pop-up cards, paper cutting and iris folding. Sandra says that an iris folding project is like an adventure into the unknown, as the design is hidden from sight until the last piece of paper has been taped down and the project turned over. The anticipation of the reveal fuels her creativity, leading to endless combinations of paper using this simple technique. Retirement and a move to Michigan preceded her introduction to Two Twelve Arts Center. She loves the informal weekly gatherings with other artists at Two Twelve where inspiration and creativity are born, but never forced upon anyone.
Stacey has been creating art for as long as she remembers. In fact, in elementary school she recalls selling drawings of dinosaurs for $.05 each until the teacher put an end to her enterprising ways! For Stacey, art is a way of life. In her home décor and garden design, she strives to create beauty and good design. Stacey studied graphic design at Western Michigan University but was drawn to printmaking and landscape design as elective courses. Currently Stacey is fascinated by fiber art, specifically collage and needle work. She has found that she is drawn to heritage arts like spinning and dying, quilting, and preserving food and recipes. This is why Stacey teaches Pysanky; which means to write – on an egg, that is! Although Stacey is not Ukrainian, Polish, or Russian, she was drawn into the art of wax-resist egg dying by a dear elder friend who would invite her over on Good Friday and Holy Saturday to spend the day with friends and good food while creating numerous Pysanka – very much like a quilting bee. Eventually, her friend passed all of her supplies on to Stacey and asked her to continue the tradition. That’s what she has been doing for about 20 years. Stacey has also been a children’s instructor through her church and her gem and mineral club for many years. Stacey's favorite things about being a part of Two Twelve are the amazingly friendly people and talented artists undertaking the same journey as she. Stacey has missed the camaraderie and critiques from her college years and the years of raising her two daughters, now grown and gone. Stacey is glad to be a part of this vibrant art community called Two Twelve. Visit Stacey’s Blog at manydreamz-stacey.blogspot
Dianna, a color pencil artist, currently lives in southeastern Michigan. She grew up in Kane, Pennsylvania where her love for art began at an early age. Her father provided the spirit to help her believe in herself and her mother provided her with art lessons from a dear friend. She attended Edinboro State University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in art education. After heading a high school art program for many years, she moved to Michigan with her husband to raise their three children. Dianna has exhibited her work in several juried shows throughout the United States and her work has made its way into many establishments and private collections both national and international. As a traditional artist, she photographs her own subject matter in preparation for her journey. According to Dianna, her inspiration comes from the beauty, innocence and simplicity of God's creations. Dianna teaches Painting with Colored Pencils at Two Twelve. See more about Dianna and her work at diannasartcorner.com
Susan McDowell has always loved stained glass and the emotional experience of color and light. After dabbling in other art forms, she was convinced to take a fusing class at the Toledo Museum of Art in 2002 and has been hooked ever since. Since then, Sue has taken glass-specific classes at Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, Urban Glass and the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She also visited the UK last summer and took Master Classes with engraver Alison Kinnaird at the Ruskin Glass Centre, in Stourbridge, England. Sue is a member of America Craft Alliance and the Ann Arbor Arts Alliance. She is a full-time staff member at the University of Michigan where, as an IT Planning Manager she is involved in large or long-term projects with the Undergraduate school, LS&A. Sue is also a hockey coach for the UM Women’s Club Team and plays on a local senior women’s team. Sue’s glass works are initially fused, and then she coldworks the piece. Coldworking is the process of using tools to affect the surface of the glass—sandblasting, engraving, etching, etc. She calls nature her muse, and loves the idea of being able to recreate the experiences she has when immersed in nature with a medium that is so flexible and emotive. Her favorite part of the creative process is the “I did this?” moments, and she’s continuously excited about where her skills are taking her.
Kelsey has been an artist her whole life. She recalls her first experience with beadwork, when she was playing with a lovely necklace of her mother’s that belonged to her great-grandmother. Sometimes while playing with it, it would break, and in order to avoid punishment Kelsey would have to figure out how to repair it. Kelsey has a degree in archaeology and was formerly a conservation tech at the Science Museum of Minnesota. She also worked for a long time as a museum exhibit fabrication artists, and had a half dozen other jobs in the museum world. She has always been fascinated by treasures of the past, and is inspired today by the practical beauty of her 160-year-old house that she shares with her husband, John. Kelsey is also inspired by John’s Lego creations that are present in every room of their home. His playful creations always bring a smile to her face and to any visitors. Kelsey has taught a wide variety of art and jewelry-making classes at Two Twelve for both children and adults, including week-long workshop offerings for kids and teens. For her own work, Kelsey also focuses on a wide variety including Art from Upcycled and Recycled materials, Beaded Sculpture, Beaded Jewelry, Wire Sculpture, Wire Jewelry, Photography, and Fabric Dyeing. Kelsey sells her work at galleries, shows, and now online at etsy.com/shop/thebeadediris She loves the collection of good friends she has gained through her involvement with Two Twelve.
Deb has always enjoyed the process of designing and creating. As a child, she loved sewing and embroidery, learning the skills from her grandmothers. Deb used to make clothing for her little sister and herself, and made her first quilt for her son in 1980. She loved the idea of cutting fabric into smaller pieces, playing with color combinations and textures; and this greatly influenced her interest in mosaics, which she mainly focuses on today. Deb often collaborates with her husband, Jeff, to combine his metalwork with glass mosaic. In addition to mosaic, Deb enjoys exploring the art of embroidery, and she is an accountant making the theme of fitting pieces together consistent throughout her life. Deb finds her inspiration from the completion of one piece of artwork, which drives her to continue. Although she usually has a general plan for her work, Deb appreciates the unpredictability of the process, which often leads to an unexpected path. Deb says that the supportive environment of the Two Twelve community has helped her grow in her artwork with encouragement and support. A glimpse of her artwork and everyday life can be seen on her blog at debkolar.com
Ann Staub was born into a family of artists, believing that art must just be part of her DNA. In high school, after her dad insisted she takes art class, Ann won the Scholastic Art Award for a sculpture she did of a penny loafer. Ann’s passion for sculpture took off from there! Novi High School has a piece of her sculpture on permanent display. Ann received her BFA in Transportation Design from the College of Creative Studies and also studied Art Education at Eastern Michigan University. Ann has worked at three automotive companies; Chrysler, GM, and Ford, as an Automotive Designer and in Color and Materials. After leaving Ford to be home with her kids, Ann started playing with polymer clay. Polymer was a more time and cost friendly medium for Ann at the time, and it wasn’t long before she was selling her products at art fairs. Margie Bovee, the Director of Two Twelve, came across Ann at one of these art fairs and suggested she begin teaching at the arts center. Ann offers polymer clay classes at Two Twelve for both adults and children. Occasionally, Ann teaches classes on how to make recycled boxes, as she loves to be able to upcycle materials and give them alternate, new uses. Regarding inspiration, Ann states, "As a teacher, my inspiration is the students. We can all learn to draw...but not all have the passion. I enjoy and love to show people that they can create. The passion is there. We just need to bring it out and show it.”
Catherine became addicted to clay in 1994 at the Jane Addams Center in Chicago when she was trying to find stress release from Graduate school. For five years she built functional and creative wares that mostly ended up as door stops in her family's and friends' homes. When she learned to 'throw' clay using a wheel, she learned the joy of speed, paradoxically, it also brought concentration and focus to her work. Ever on the quest to improve her own skills, she continues to study with and be inspired by area experts including Jeri Hollister, Sara Gelsinlater, Brigitte Lang, Kay Yourist, Frank James Fisher, and Monica Wilson. She attends workshops given by nationally renowned potters including John Britt and Tom Coleman. In the spirit of knowledge sharing, Catherine began teaching kid's classes at Two Twelve in the Fall of 2010, and recently added adult classes. She brings her ideas to life in clay every chance she gets, using both thrown and hand-built techniques. For her, Two Twelve is reminiscent of the first artistic joy she found in clay back in Chicago; a community-based center without the pressure of a grade, the freedom to create, and the kinship of working with members of the community.
It all started at the age of eleven when Donna took her first sewing class at the local Singer store in Wyandotte, MI. According to Donna, that experience resulted in a dreadful, army-green dress, but it sparked her fascination with the process of transforming bits and pieces of cloth/yarn/beads into something useful and lovely. Donna believes there is a magical element in the transformation combined with a feeling of peace when she is working on a project. Donna has explored many mediums throughout her life – sewing, knitting, quilting, and jewelry making, but her new love is the process of creating garments or items for the home with yarn on a loom. The eclectic nature of Donna's collection seems to be a reflection of her life. She has lived in many places (Wyandotte, Switzerland, Australia, California, and Africa), held a variety of jobs (executive assistant in advertising and law, an immigration legal assistant, a preschool teacher, and a Peace Corps volunteer), and met many people from all walks of life along the way. All of these experiences have shaped Donna into the person she is today and are reflected in her artistic efforts.
Danni has always been an artist, and recalls always drawing in class, filling her notebooks with images while teachers were lecturing (it even got her into trouble once). As a young adult she was the crafts instructor at her aunt’s camp. Danni received her BA from Eastern Michigan University with a concentration in Graphic Design. She worked for several companies in the Ann Arbor area, but eventually found that she was so involved in the daily creation of printed material and the computer that she got away from her art. That’s how Danni found the Zentangle process, and now she focuses on freelancing, teaching Zentangle, and illustration. She illustrated a children’s book “Into Fairyland, A Treasure Chest of Stories,” which was published in 2012. In addition to offering numerous levels of Zentangle classes at Two Twelve, Danni is an avid gardener. One of Danni’s Zentangle pieces was featured in a newly published book, “The Beauty of Zentangle,” featuring artwork from 135 Zentangle teachers (CZT’s). Danni is inspired by artists of the impressionist era, including Van Gogh, Monet, Cassat, Matisse, and Degas. Danni’s favorite part of the artistic process is getting a glimpse into another artist’s mind, process, and inspiration. She finds Two Twelve to draw supportive, friendly, creative souls that love to share, and feels it is a wonderful resource for inspiration and art.
Sherry can be described as a gregarious, responsible, energetic person who has an obsession with clay. Her inner strength is fueled when working with clay, where she can escape from the world around her. Using the twists and turns in life to define her work; changing in mood and form. To achieve this vision, she combines wheel thrown and hand-built pieces, manipulating and combining them together to create artwork. Her pieces become animated, taking on a lifelike quality, appearing to move, dance and play. Sherry enrolled in her first ceramics class approximately 20+ years ago and has taken classes and workshops ever since. Her interest in clay has expanded over the years to include both thrown and hand-built pieces. She started teaching ceramics at Two Twelve Arts Center in the fall of 2014 and offers instruction in both wheel and hand-built processes. From 2008 through 2010, she was a full member of the Plymouth Guild, and currently a member of the Saline Potters Guild. Her experience includes stacking and unstacking kilns, preparing glazes and other studio duties. She also chaired a weekend workshop with Ron Korczynski, who traveled from out of state. Not only does she have experience with clay but also working with numbers. Having helped with finances, managing events and organizational leadership at various organizations. Sherry enjoys working with others and loves team environments.
Cornelia has a diverse artistic background which includes working with clay, textiles, wood and metal. She received her Bachelors and Masters degree in German and Music from the University of Leipzig, Germany. During her college education she also took classes in pottery, fiber art and painting. Also participated in various exhibitions. But her passion was always working with metal and she participated in vocational training in metalsmithing while working as a teacher. She specializes in wire wrapping jewelry that features natural and found materials. Cornelia enjoys instructing her students on how to create unique jewelry that includes fossils, stones, wood, sea glass or pearls. Her art is inspired by her immediate environment. Nature with all its aspects can be found in her unique sterling silver jewelry designs.