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Joe Aloia is an experienced educator who has been teaching and performing for over a decade.  A graduate of South Florida University with a BA in Music, he is currently pursuing an MFA in music.  As a teaching-artist, Joe specializes in guitar, bass, and ukulele.  He performs throughout the Pacific Northwest, from Eugene and the Portland area to Seattle.

Theresa Arrison is a Ceramic Designer/Maker and teaching-artist living in Portland. She received her Master’s in Applied Craft and Design in a joint program through Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art. Theresa specializes a process that begins with slip cast pieces that are then altered by cutting and reassembling, and melded with wheel thrown and/or hand built elements to result in precision, one-of-a-kind pieces. Learn more about Theresa Arrison in this spotlight interview from the HillsboroARTS Magazine.

Bonnie Burbidge began her arts education at Oregon College of Arts and Crafts in 1980; within a year she was exhibiting watercolors in a Portland gallery. Bonnie later moved to California to finish her education and established herself in three galleries north of San Francisco while pursuing her interest in teaching. Bonnie has taught at the Walters for nine years, and has also taught workshops in Colorado, Hawaii, Mexico and Australia. Bonnie's work as an artist overflows into her sense of connection to the things around her—to the landscape, to quiet moments of being, and to common everyday encounters and experiences. Learn more about Bonnie Burbidge in this spotlight interview from the HillsboroARTS Magazine.

Sarah Dooley is a multidisciplinary artist and art instructor based in the Pacific Northwest. She works out of her home studio in Beaverton, Earthworks Studio. Sarah earned a BA in Studio Arts at Lewis and Clark College, and teaches studio arts at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro. Sarah has also done color consulting and art design for Hue Noir, an artisanal cosmetics line for women of color; her unique designs are featured on the latest packaging. Sarah finds joy and inspiration in the natural world, the creative process, and in helping others discover and explore their own unique abilities to create. Learn more about Sarah Dooley in this spotlight interview from the HillsboroARTS Magazine.

Randi Herring-Soot was a paramedic for 25 years. She retired to take care of her two youngest children & later began began volunteering at their school as an art literacy coordinator and taking ceramics classes at PCC. Randi has also studied glass fusing, painting, drawing and several other more obscure art forms. She enjoys learning about culturally significant arts and crafts as well as alternative uses for traditional materials.

Elizabeth Higgins is a watercolor artist who has lived in Hillsboro since 1999. She has over a decade of experience teaching art to elementary school students and enjoys the energy and enthusiasm that arise in a classroom of young learners. Elizabeth has won awards for her paintings, which are colorful, expressive, and playful - qualities she strives to emphasize in her art classes. With a background in art history, Elizabeth is always curious about the settings and events that lead artists to create.

Alice Marie Hill instructs in ceramics, painting, drawing, and mixed-media at the Walters Cultural Arts Center. Some of Alice’s past shows include exhibits at Blackfish Gallery, the Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon University, Guardino Gallery, and Marylhurst University. Alice was the recipient of a recent RACC grant to study Scientific Illustration at University of Boulder, Colorado. She has also been an artist-in-residency at Crater Lake National Park, and an artist-in-resident at Milwaukee Arts Academy, where she instructed Biology students in that art of scientific illustration. Learn more about Alice Hill in this spotlight interview from the HillsboroARTS Magazine.

Shannon Johnson has been teaching art, as well as writing art curriculum, for almost 10 years. She currently teaches art at the Walters and Cityview Charter School. Shannon’s personal work typically involves drawing, printmaking, or fibers. She enjoys teaching because it encourages her to constantly explore new media. Shannon’s mission is to bring meaningful art experiences to the community by incorporating diversity, literacy, and elements of all art disciplines into her classroom curriculum. Learn more about Shannon Johnson in this spotlight interview from the HillsboroARTS Magazine.

Heath Koerschgen is an actor, director and producer based out of Portland, Oregon. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Southern Oregon University in 2012. Upon graduating, he spent the 2012 season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival performing in Romeo and Juliet. From there, he has made Portland his home performing for such companies as Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Portland Shakespeare Project, Theatre Vertigo, Jewish Theatre Collaborative, Corrib Theatre, Post 5 Theatre, Northwest Classical Theatre Company and Lakewood Center for the Arts. Learn more about Heath Koerschgen in this spotlight interview from the HillsboroARTS Magazine.

Rachel LaMarco has a B.F.A. from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and a M.S. in Elementary Education from the University of New Haven in Connecticut. Prior to moving to Hillsboro in 2013, Rachel taught elementary art in Southeastern Connecticut in both public and private schools. She most recently taught elementary art at the Hillsboro Online Academy. Rachel is passionate about incorporating art into every aspect of learning, both in and outside of the classroom.

Edyta Salak has led an established a career as a Surface and Textile designer. She has worked with major clothing lines, interior designers, and architectural companies, and has taught her craft to both university students and professionals. Currently, Edyta paints full time in her Hillsboro studio that overlooks a spectacular view of the marshlands. Her latest work focuses on acrylics. Edyta has installed and displayed art in both public and private places across the United States, from shopping centers in Tahiti and Santa Barbara, to Hospitals in California, and businesses and private residences throughout the country. Learn more about Edyta Salak in this spotlight interview from the HillsboroARTS Magazine.

Sue Anne Seckora moved to Oregon after receiving a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. Afterward, she and her husband began discovering the extraordinary details of the Northwest—fields and forest that continue to inspire. With the graceful flow and mingling of watercolor, Sue Anne expresses the gentle beauty of woods, water, and countryside. Her paintings tell the stories of single moments in place and time. Believing that each person has a story to tell, Sue Anne teaches her students the skills and techniques needed to express the beauty of their own stories.

Victoria Shaw received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Marylhurst University before developing an interest in ceramics. After taking a class from ceramics guru Patrick Horsley, clay became a lifelong love. In 1980 Victoria returned to the academic world, earning both a Bachelor and a Masters degree in Fine Arts at the University of Oregon. Victoria lives and works in Portland, Oregon, and her sculpture is collected throughout the United States, as well as Israel and Japan.

Bryan Welsh has taught professional photography courses across the country and has received numerous merits and awards in competitions on both the local and national level, including: PPA Loan Collections, Fuji Masterpiece Awards and Kodak Gallery Awards. His images have appeared in Studio Photography and Professional Photographer magazine, and have been used in Nikon's National advertising. Bryan has the Photographic Craftsman Degree from Professional Photographers of America, the Fellow of Photography Degree from the Oregon Professional Photographers Association and is a member of the American Society of Photographers.

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