I have often said that my greatest strength as an artist is my very low standards! I love learning new things, and the best way I have found is to get comfortable with being bad at them. My lack of focus means that whenever I have the opportunity to try something new, I jump at the chance, and I am always excited to pass on whatever I have learned! I have been making art in all kinds of media for most of my life. After growing up in Washington, DC, I moved here and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2013 with degrees in Studio Art and Classical Civilizations. I have worked in clay, paint, charcoal, ink, glass, fiber, wood, watercolor, and anything else I can think of! I work as a baker and, occasionally, as a yoga teacher and live in South Burlington with my spouse, our cats, and arguably too many plants.
Curtis Fontaine grew up in Exeter NH and began learning ceramics from Ron Burke, Chris Archer and Sarah Burns. He continued his passion for clay at Skidmore College, managing their ceramics studio for two years and studying under Regis Brodie and Leslie Ferst. After school he moved on to an apprenticeship under Toshiko Takaezu. Living and working with her he learned the philosophies and practices of a natural artist. By the time he was finished with the apprenticeship he set out to strengthen his ties with nature. First he worked at Saratoga Apple for Christine and Nate Darrow and Joseph Garricks. Then on Masala Farm as an animal caretaker for Survir Saran and Charlie Burd, where he took care of alpacas, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, geese and more. In 2019 his work was selected by Todd Merrill to be carried in his gallery in NYC, South Hampton and around the country. Curtis tries to continue Toshiko’s practices by balancing his time between ceramics, nature and cooking.
Daisy Hutter is beyond excited to be back at SCS for another year of teaching! In May of 2022, she graduated with a degree in Art Education from the University of Vermont. This fall, she moved from Burlington to Shelburne and quickly became involved in the community. Be sure to visit Daisy's booth at the Shelburne Farmers Market on Saturdays where she sells her handmade jewelry.
Daisy is a mixed media artist who specializes in collage and sculpture. She is most inspired by found materials, including environmental themes in much of her work. She is also a participating artist in Cow Parade 2023 benefiting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. As a teaching artist, Daisy loves sharing her passion for art with the students she teaches.
Fred is a resident painter as well as craftsperson in multiple fields. He finds beauty in many mediums and is particularly excited to work in wood. Part of Fred's inspiration for teaching woodworking at SCS came from teaching wood working at Camp Treetops in Lake Placid. As someone who spent most of his adult life in the classroom teaching high schoolers history, Fred found returning to teaching in the shop a very rewarding experience. Fred, a lifelong learner, has taken many classes at Shelburne Craft School, most involving oil painting, and thoroughly appreciates the opportunity they provided to learn and to create.
I'm a native Vermonter, now living in Chittenden County. I graduated from Montserrat College of Art with a Bachelor's Degree in Painting/Fine Arts, in 2003. In my formal artistic education, I focused primarily on classical painting, life drawing and art history. However, after a decade-long hiatus from painting, I've gravitated more toward landscape painting; finding interest in the methods of the American Tonalist painters, such as George Inness, and James McNeil Whistler.
Jen berger works as an interdisciplinary, community and socially engaged artist and educator. Using street, stage and guerilla theater, visual arts, painting, printmaking, puppetry, video for education and dialogue she seeks to raise awareness and intervene in social issues that affect us all.
Jen is also works as a teaching artist, working with students in, and out, of the public schools, who are in early childhood through adult aged students.
Jodie is a felt artist focusing on colorful, wearable art and the 3d form. She began her felting journey in 2014 when she saw a needle felting demonstration. Intrigued and wanting to learn more, she took a wet felting continuing education class at Rhode Island School of Design and was hooked. Jodie primarily wet and nuno felts with resists to create hats, purses, and vessels. Her creations are often eclectic in nature. She loves to play with texture and color.
Joel Popadics is one of the nation’s top watercolorists. He is an advocate of watercolor and has dedicated his career to the advancement and appreciation of the medium. He is Vice-President of the prestigious American Watercolor Society (AWS) in New York City and a Past-President of the New Jersey Water Color Society.
Joel has been teaching aspiring artists, young and old, to reach their artistic potential through his watercolor classes and workshops across the country. His peaceful landscapes beautify homes, corporations and public spaces throughout the United States.
He has been featured many times in AMERICAN ARTIST, THE ARTIST'S MAGAZINE, WATERCOLOR ARTIST, and WATERCOLOR MAGIC MAGAZINES. He received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He is represented in some of the finest galleries in the Northeast. He resides in Wayne, NJ with his wife Patricia and their two sons.
Judith has been painting in watercolors for over a decade now. Throughout those years she has attended classes and workshops with many wonderful painters possessing a wide range of styles. She is equally drawn to urban and landscape scenes and never ventures far without her sketchbook. She is a Signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society.
Misoo was born in the Bronx, NY, but moved back to her parent’s homeland of South Korea when she was a one-year old. A short 17 years later, she returned to the US with ambitions to use painting as her mode of emotional communication and story-telling.
Misoo has exhibited in a number of galleries and museums across America and around the world. Misoo was selected as one of the Emerging Artist of New England in 2019 and Vermont Artist to Watch in 2020.