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bryan briscoe

Bryan Briscoe

In 1982, his last year of Armed Service, Bryan’s theatre art was purchased as part of the collection of the Chinook Theatre for the Performing Arts. Earlier that year he entered into The All Army National Art contest and received 2nd place, at the national level.

In late 1990′s Bryan moved to the Evergreen State of Washington where he taught a watercolor painting class, encouraged by his Mother. He also continued to create artwork and exhibit his paintings.

“My work is conceived from self-expression, personal points of view, or subjects of interest to connect with the viewer.  I respect the work of late great art masters Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and Paul Klee for their contributions of color, light and imagination.”




Peter Curtis

Peter attended the Germaine School of Photography, NY and has been making and exhibiting photographs and sharing his knowledge of the craft of photography for forty-one years.

In the early 1970s, he instituted and taught a photography program at Hampshire Country School in Rindge, NH, a school for gifted children with emotional and behavioral disabilities. He later created Community Photographic on Church Street in Burlington. Community Photographic was a community darkroom, photography workshop center, and gallery. Workshops for students reached of a wide range of ages and abilities.

Peter has exhibited his work internationally. Local exhibitions include one man shows at the Furchgott-Sourdiffe Gallery, The Amy Tarrant Gallery and the Fleming Museum.

Gary De Carolis

Gary, an author, three time former city counselor, has held political appointments in the state and high level administrative positions in the federal government but always remained a resident of Burlington.


Elise A. Guyette and Gail Rosenberg

Elise A. Guyette, EdD, is a teacher, museum educator, historian, and author. Her research on Vermont’s cultural groups has resulted in many articles, curricula, and two books, “Vermont: A Cultural Patchwork: and “Discovering Black Vermont.” Gail Rosenberg, MS, is a professional fundraiser and non-profit public relations specialist. She has taught at local colleges and published numerous articles on food, circus history, and flexible work schedules. Photo credit: Ric Cengeri, VPR

Patsy Jamieson

Patsy Jamieson is a food writer known for creating healthy recipes that do not compromise flavor. She is Recipe Editor for Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter and Food Stylist for EatingWell.  Patsy is also a flavor and nutrition analysis consultant for YOLO Snacks, a specialty popcorn company. She is the author of Celebrating Herbs and Cooking for Health & Flavor. Patsy developed recipes for two Reader’s Digest books, Magic Foods for Better Blood Sugar and Disease Free. As the former Food Editor and Test Kitchen Director for EatingWell, she edited numerous EatingWell cookbooks, among them The Essential EatingWell Cookbook, which was a finalist for a James Beard Award. Her articles and recipes have appeared in Cooking LightCooking ClubEatingWell, and Vegetarian Times. Patsy has conducted cooking classes and demonstrations across the country and has appeared on numerous television shows, including ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, the Food Network’s Sara’s Secrets, PBS’s The Victory Garden and CNN’s On the Menu. She earned her Grand Diploma and Professional Certificate at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris.

Kris Johannesson

Kris has been teaching for over 25 years with students of all ages. Her favorite classes involve literature studies and creative writing. She is currently finishing her MFA in Creative Writing with a focus on Harlem Renaissance Literature, and short and long fiction. Several of her works have been published in literary journals from New England, to the Carolina’s and Florida.


Amanda McIntire

Amanda McIntire first began practicing yoga almost 20 years ago. It wasn’t until recovering from an injury, however, that she truly experienced the transformative power of yoga. She is  RYT-200 certified with the Yoga Alliance and specializes in teaching beginners. Amanda believes that everyone can benefit from yoga practice – regardless of experience or physical ability. Her supportive, down-to-earth approach allows students to grow comfortable and confident as they work toward creating their own practice.


Jane Neroni

Jane Neroni teaches “Drawing and Painting Botanicals” for the Plant and Soils Department at the University of Vermont. She moved to Vermont seven years ago from Providence, RI where she worked for the Rhode Island School of Design. There she designed courses for their Continuing Education Department and taught classes in Drawing and Botanical Illustration. While she was at RISD Jane was the recipient of RISDs “Excellence in Teaching” award. Since moving here Jane has focused on painting and drawing the Vermont landscape both “en plein air” and in her studio.


Sarah Salatino

Sarah Salatino is the owner and head grower at Full Circle Gardens in Essex, VT. This plant nursery grows on site over 700 varieties of Vermont hardy perennials through sustainable practices. As well, customer education is a high priority at FCG. A member of the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association, she was awarded the VNLA’s Environmental Awareness Award for 2013. Her horticulture experience began at a tender age pulling apart her grandmother’s bleeding heart flowers to see what was inside. The rest is history.

Sarah participates in the Vermont Flower Show, assisting the central display committee. She has given numerous talks and workshops on all things horticultural to the UVM Master Gardeners, the Friends of the Horticulture Farm, the Vermont Flower Show, YMCA afterschool programs at the Essex Town School District, and many private gardening groups.


Carolyn Siccama

Carolyn was drawn to Zentangle for the simplicity of it – pen and paper. She has been teaching Zentangle classes for two years and she loves to introduce people to Zentangle and watch as they are able to relax, focus and create beautiful art in the process. By day, Carolyn is an Instructional Designer for Continuing and Distance Education at UVM.

Carolyn also lives and breathes online education. She has been conducting faculty development and training for online faculty since 1999 and has been teaching online for 16 years. The online course she teaches has recently received the 2014 Blackboard Exemplary Course Award. Carolyn holds an M.Ed and Ed.D. in Education and is an Instructional Designer for Continuing and Distance Education at UVM.

Rebecca Starks

Rebecca Starks

Rebecca Starks holds a Ph.D. in English from Stanford University, where she taught courses on the Renaissance, on poetry and poetics, and on writing and rhetoric; and a B.A. from Yale University. Editor-in-chief of Mud Season Review, a literary journal run by members of the Burlington Writers’ Workshop, she writes poetry and fiction. Her poems have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Mezzo Cammin, Slice MagazineCrab Orchard Review, and The Carolina Quarterly. Her fiction is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review. She is excited to bring the feel of a writing workshop into the classroom–making it a “reading workshop”–and to share her love of literature.


Michael Strauss

Michael Strauss was a professor of chemistry at the University of Vermont (UVM) from 1968 to 2003. His academic life focused on teaching chemistry and on research in physical-organic and medicinal chemistry. Since 2003 he has been teaching drawing for the Honors College, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Continuing Education at UVM. He has also been involved with outreach efforts in grade schools and high schools around Vermont, focused on science education. In all of his classes, both art and science, the iterative process of learning how to see, draw, and revise was paramount. There was considerable overlap between his university teaching and his outreach efforts in community schools. He had, along with colleagues in the College of Education at UVM, a National Science Foundation grant from the Teacher Enhancement Program to help train teachers in both active learning pedagogy, and content in chemistry, physics and geology. And for about a decade, he was also heavily involved with the Writing-to-Learn and Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) movements, traveling around the country giving workshops and meeting with educators in both elementary schools and colleges to talk about science education.


Jeffery Trumbower

Jeffrey A. Trumbower, Ph.D. (University of Chicago), Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Michael’s College since 1989, also former Academic Dean at Saint Michael’s 2005-2014.

Elizabeth Wirls

Elizabeth Wirls

Elizabeth has been a certified instructor of Tai Chi I and II since 2010 and its complementary program on Fall Prevention since 2012. She is also a certified instructor of Tai Chi for Energy and Health, and has been studying for certification in the most advanced form, Tai Chi 73.

Since January of 2014,  she has been a volunteer for the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging and since January has been leading two classes at the Winooski Senior Center.

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