Sage joined the Shelburne Craft School in December 2010 as Executive Director. She has worked as an art educator, gallery owner, adjunct college instructor, painter, and entrepreneur. She received her BFA from Maine College of Art and her MFA from the Institute of Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Visit Sage’s Website, HERE
Education Director and Instructor in Visual Art
Wylie Sofia Garcia received a BA from The University of Chicago and a MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Her work has been exhibited in museums and institutions across the United States. She has been the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship, a St. Botolph Club Foundation Fellowship, and two Vermont Arts Council Creation Grants.
Visit Wylie’s Website, HERE
Clay Studio Manager and Instructor
Rik joined the Shelburne Craft School community in 2004, studying with Loreta Lanquet and Hoyt Berringer. In 2006, he started teaching kids clay classes at Burlington City Arts and became a studio assistant at the Shelburne Craft School. He is now the Craft School’s ceramics studio manager, teaches kids clay on the wheel, adult classes and is the community outreach instructor for our Mobius Mentoring program. He manages the open-studio schedule, studio monitors, kiln fires, and oversees equipment maintenance and supply ordering.
Read about Rik’s Mix Level in Clay Class HERE
Woodshop Manager and Instructor
Chris started out as a Woodworker-in-Residence and is a wood shop instructor and the manager of the Woodshop. Chris is responsible for the day to day operations of the Woodshop, the renter program, Woodworker-in-Residence program and works with the Executive Director in program development. Chris began his furniture making endeavors at the Vermont Woodworking School in 2008, continuing as one of the first students to obtain a Craftsmanship and Design degree through Burlington College.
Read Chris’s Interview: Boards, Planers, Joiners & Clamps
Outreach and Community Programs Coordinator
Instructor in Visual Art
Sarah Ahrens brings to the Shelburne Craft School twenty years of teaching experience and a genuine passion in reaching all types of learners through the power and magic inherent in the Arts. Sarah is predominantly a painter, whose current work involves pulling prints from a layered clay surface built up with homemade pastels and soy-based pigments and embedded with quirky found objects. She has come to believe that her art making and art teaching inform and inspire one another and that fostering a love for the Arts in our young people is crucial for sustaining a vibrant and connected community.
Wood shop Assistant and Instructor
Ryan Cocina received his training at the Vermont Woodworking school under Bob Fletcher. He is also a graduate of the Johnson State College Masters of Education program. Ryan is a skilled craftsman with great attention to detail who uses traditional techniques to create one-of-a-kind furniture to last for generations.
Metal and Glass Manager and Instructor
Sarah Sprague has been working with art of all mediums for as long as she can remember. Sarah holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Vermont. She later went back to school to achieve an MFA in Education from Johnson State College. Sarah is certified in K-12 art education and is and an Instructor with CCV and Burlington College, Sarah currently teaches classes on a variety of mediums including metal arts, stained glass, ceramics, and more.
Studio Assistant and Instructor
Mikayla holds her BA in art and expressive arts from Burlington College. Mikayla joined the team at Shelburne Craft School in 2014. Mikayla teaches many of the after school art classes and summer camps as well as manages the Saturday Drop-In.
Check out Mikayla’s Instagram page HERE
Teaching artist and core instructors:
Misso Filan, Visual Art
Dana Heffern, Visual Art
Brooke Monte, Visual Art
Joel Popadics, Visual Art
John Brickels, Clay
Kalin Thomas, Visual Art
Matthew Ogelby, Wood & Woodworker-in-Residence
Matthew Taylor, Metal
Rob Palmer, Wood & Woodworker-in-Residence
Robert Carsten, Visual Art
Robert Wetzel, Blacksmithing
Throughout the year we have guest artist teach with us. If interested in teaching please contact Education Director Wylie Garcia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors:
President: David Webster
Vice President: Robert Scharf
Treasurer: Faith Peters-James
Secretary: Lisa Winkler
Nancy Winship Milliken
The Shelburne Crafts School does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.