About the Artists

“The artist is the social conscience of a society.”   –Deepak Chopra

Anne Rutherford is a gifted, in demand professional storyteller who performs regularly at festivals, libraries and community events locally and throughout the Northwest. She also teaches school residencies in writing and public speaking and performs for senior audiences (including memory care.) Anne performs with her husband Norm Brecke as “Storytellers Northwest.” They teach storytelling for adults at Portland Community College and in workshops for caregivers and members of church, civic and community groups. Find out more at http://www.annerutherford.com.

Barb Welty (MFA in Drawing & Painting from Central Washington University) has been teaching art to kids and adults for many years, in Portland schools, at the Art Institute of Portland, and from her home studio. She taught at Grace for years when her kids were little, and is now back after a number of summers away. Barb is a realist painter of landscapers, Portland homes and beloved pets, all subjects she holds dear.

Barb Griggs has been a practicing artist for a long while. She has a degree in Art History, and is a lifelong Oregonian. She has two children and a dog, and loves to travel. She has expressed herself in various creative endeavors; painting, jewelry design, mixed media collage, sewing, fabric, textile arts, etc. She has taught home economics and shop classes in Japan. She possesses an acerbic wit, love of vintage wares and mid-century architecture. She enjoys home improvement projects and power tools, sewing, and embroidery, which she has enjoyed since her grandmother taught her when she was young.

started his musical career started when he was growing up on a farm in Southern Illinois, picked up a pair of wooden spoons, and started tapping out rhythms on some old popcorn tins. Since then, his journey in music has led him cross country and around the globe, in search of inspiration and culture. After receiving his degree in Advertising and music performance from Southern Illinois University, he transplanted himself in the fertile soil of the Pacific Northwest. It was in Portland, Oregon where he befriended Ghanaian master drummer Israel Annoh, who continued to shape Brent’s style and voice on the instrument. After receiving a call from a friend and musical writing partner on the East Coast, and needing to fulfill his yearning for diversity, culture, and thin crust pizza, he moved to New York City. After a decade of performing, traveling, and soaking in the vibe of the Big Apple, he made the sojourn back to the Rose City, where he maintains a busy recording and performance schedule, and can be found backing up many talented singer-songwriters, jazz and pop artists. He believes his role on the drum set is to provide a great feel, uncover the nuances of each song, and create a unique and supportive drum part. https://www.brentfollis.com/about

Dana Murphy was inspired early on with some amazing summer camp experiences! She was introduced to basketry, weaving, beading, ceramics, print making and more as a child. She continued her love of creating while earning her BA in Art in Textile Design from Whitworth University. Later, she earned her MA in Education from PSU. Now retired from teaching in the public school system, Dana is enjoying creative adventures once again. She hopes to spark the love of “making things” and creative expression with your children at Grace Art Camp this summer. http://www.DanaMurphyDesigns.com

Debra Galaty has enjoyed teaching at Grace Art Camp and Grace Institute for since2004.  She has taught glass art in Portland Public schools for Saturday Academy and worked at Jennifer Wells Design Studio. Debra has a Master’s in Education with an emphasis on English Language Learners. She has a Spanish degree and works at Alder Elementary Dual Immersion School.  Art is a wonderful tool to provide a bridge for children new to English.  She is thankful to be involved in this joyful camp that provides an inclusive, creative environment which celebrates diversity.

Donna Cloud is a Portland based artist, educator and certified Speech Language Pathology Assistant. She has taught a variety of subjects to people of all ages and abilities in a number of different settings. Artistically she specializes in Non-Toxic Printmaking. After earning her BFA in Printmaking from PNCA, Donna began working with youth and realized that many of the processes she studied were far too toxic and costly to teach in many youth programs. This is when she focused on non-toxic methods of printing using recycled materials without a press. Making printmaking accessible to everyone is her passion, creating a unique class that brings color, texture and humor to camp since 2009. During the academic year she works for David Douglas School District as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant and teaches a variety of creative classes through their S.U.N. program. In her free time she enjoys her pets, traveling, gardening and exploring nature. Take a look at class examples at http://donnacloud.weebly.com

Gia Whitlock  lives in Portland with her husband Trevor, and two art campers, ages 8 and 5. Outside of camp, Gia’s work always includes collage and paint, on canvas or panel. If you wish to see Gia Whitlock art beyond toilet paper tubes and tennis balls, come to First Cup Coffeehouse, Art in the Pearl, Local 14 Art Show and Sale, or Wild Arts Festival. Come on, you know you’re curious. Or check me out here: http://www.giatw.com/giatw.com/Gia_Whiltlock_-_Mixed_Media.html

Hannah Downs began her dance training in western Colorado. She attended the Ballet West Conservatory in Salt Lake City, UT before dancing professionally with Aspen Ballet Company. She received her B.A. in Dance from the University of Oregon and has performed with numerous contemporary dance companies throughout the state. Hannah has been a teaching artist with Oregon Ballet Theatre since 2009, teaching creative process and dance technique to children of all ages both in studios and schools. She also has a passion for yoga and a love of music which informs her teaching style greatly.

Jem Pritchard came from a family of creative people, so it was not a surprise when he attended Savannah College of Art and Design to study painting. He graduated in 1991 with honors then moved to Seattle to pursue painting on his own. Over the years he has shown his work in several group and solo shows. He’s taught private art lessons, helped start a non-profit arts organization called SCOPE, and he also followed his love of Jazz by teaching himself to play the trumpet. Jem now primarily makes his living as a woodworker, but still loves to paint and draw in his spare time. His newest project is a house to remodel! He is excited to spend a fourth year with Grace Art Camp, and looks forward to teaching art to kids in the future.

Jenny Wells has been working with glass for 20 years. She holds a degree in special education from Radford University and found her love of glass art when she moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1997.  She studied stained glass, mosaics and glass fusing from local glass studios, and after 5 years in public education, Jenny followed her passion for glass and was hired to create the glass studio at Grace Art Camp in 2001. She has taught glass art as well as other art forms at Grace Art Camp, Oregon Episcopal School, The French American School, Saturday Academy, her own studio, as well as in many schools throughout Oregon. She has also sold and displayed her glass work in Portland and Virginia. Jenny currently teaches glass art at schools and in her home studio when she’s not busy being a mom. See her website for classes and other information:  http://www.sweetlomyart@hotmail.com

Jonathan Steele grew up in the greater Seattle Area. He took his first ceramics class in 2008 as an elective at Whitworth University where he earned a BA in Physics. After graduating, He knew he wanted to dive into ceramics and took the roundabout path of going back to community college to earn my acceptance into a Post-Bacc program in Art at University of Puget Sound. He earned his MFA in Craft from Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2016 and is currently Resident Artist at Pleasant Hill Pottery in Pleasant Hill, OR. He has accepted an offer for spring 2018 to be Sabbatical Replacement Professor at University of Puget Sound and looks forward to the opportunities that will unfold for him from there. http://www.jonathansteeleceramics.com/

Jude Cornwell (aka Judee Moonbeam), earned her degree in apparel design from Bassist College, the precursor to the PDX Art Institute. She works out of her NE Portland studio, designing colorful wearable art consisting of piecework and cultural silkscreen motifs which she sells through juried art shows, festivals and galleries. Her line of “NW Native Tree Leaf” purses, historical identification endorsed by the OSU Horticulture Department, is sold in the Vista House Gift shop at Crown Point. The Pittock Mansion offers her line of bags silkscreened with the mansion’s best known architectural motifs. Other commissions include chasubles for clergy and custom ordered graduation stoles for several colleges. She sells her work through juried art shows, festivals and galleries. Jude teaches during the arts weeks at the French American International School  and has led the Fibre Arts Studio at Grace Art Camp since 2000.
Her website is http://www.judeemoonbeam.com

Julie Akers – This is Julie’s second  year of teaching at Grace Art Camp and she couldn’t be more pleased! She has been teaching acting, directing and theater history at the university level for the past twenty years. She received an MFA from University of British Columbia and has worked as a Professor at New Mexico State University, Willamette University, Portland Community College, and Lone Star College. She is currently teaching theater at Portland State University. In addition, Julie has been recognized for her work with young adults throughout her career. She has been nominated for an Emmy for the collaborative work she did with Teens and Company, in Portland, Oregon. She has run summer long theater camps for high school kids in Las Cruces, New Mexico. And, she recently worked with kids at risk in Austin, Texas, through the Creative Action Project. Her commitment to educational theater, at all levels, is absolute.

Kailee McMurran spent her formative years in Alaska, the last frontier, as a pint-sized pixie whose happy place was being in a handstand. After training & competing as a gymnast for 11 years, Kailee switched to ballet full-time until the Northwest beckoned. She holds a degree in Graphic Design from Western Oregon University where she also danced nationally & internationally as a Principle with Rainbow Dance Theatre under the co-direction of former Pilobolus dancer Darryl Thomas & former Merce Cunningham dancer Valerie Bergman. These days she is not only dancing with SubRosa but also molding young spirits doing acrobatic school shows with Do Jump! Kailee  founded and is festival director for the Annual Portland Dance Film Fest. She’s also the leading lady of her design firm Design by Goats (www.designbygoats.com). Often upside down is where she is happiest.

Kelly Campbell declared at a young age “I want to be a puppet!” When she realized there were actually people who operated the puppets, she agreed “I guess I could be a puppeteer instead.”  Kelly has a BA in Theatre and Gender Studies at Sonoma State University. She studied puppetry with San Francisco’s Lunatique Fantastique, and joined Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre in 2009. Kelly launched KCPuppetree, in 2013, with a dream to produce and create original puppet plays out of re-used objects. KCPuppetree shows have toured throughout Washington and Oregon, visiting libraries, schools, Festivals and street fairs. Kelly Campbell currently teaches in-school residencies, workshops and summer camps with Tears of Joy Theatre. During the summer, KC regularly teaches theatre and is a resident Story-teller at Grace Arts Camp. In 2014, KC joined fellow Grace Arts Camp artists to design and lead a week-long art camp experience for children in Peru. Kelly is also a trained Teaching Artist, advocate and mentor. She began working with children while in high school, volunteering at a shelter for survivors of domestic violence in Southern California. This passion then led to a 4 year internship (and eventual job) with United Against Sexual Assault of Sonoma County, leading workshops to students in grades Kindergarten through College in Child Abuse Prevention and Teen Sexual Assault and Safe Relationships. Kelly has additional training in Theatre of the Oppressed and Forum Theatre, leading workshops for children and adults with Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.
Recent collaborators include Robert Randall (Trashanalia, TrashMan and the Noise Band) and Summer Olsson (TrashMan and the Noise Band).

Kristin Koop has been involved with Grace Art Camp since 1998, first as a camper, then as a CIT, a counselor, an assistant artist and currently as a teaching artist in her own right. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy, and studied at San Francisco Art Institute, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, and Portland State University in art and women’s and gender studies. Primarily a painter, she is most interested in creating mixed media figurative paintings. She believes that making art is crucial to a child’s development in learning and self-expression. She plans to continue teaching art to young people.

Mike van Liew is a freelance musician living in Portland. He studied trumpet with Dr. George Hunter of Denison University, taught himself to play piano and flute, and studied with Bart Bartholomew, who encouraged him to compose. He eventually formed his own eight-piece horn band, and began arranging. He played with the Flying Karamazov Brothers, including an appearance at the Ritz Theatre on Broadway, NYC. He has written and played music with modern dance choreographer Mary Oslund, collaborating with composer Steve Koski. At Jefferson HS he toured with the acting ensemble, composed a score for the Jefferson Dancers, and conducted and wrote for the Jazz band. Mike did a long stint with DoJump Movement Theatre, playing with Courtney Von Drehle and Brian Davis, including shows at the New Victory Theatre in NYC, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Geffen Theatre in L.A. He toured Holland with Klezmorim, and orchestrated and conducted music with 3 Leg Torso. He recorded an album “Polyglot” of original tunes with his nine piece jazz band. He created two soundscapes for the Portland Metro Zoo. He has been musical director for shows at Artists Repertoire Theatre, PSU, Clackamas Community College, and Lakewood Theatre. Recently Mike’s focus has been arranging commissions for professional, college, and high school Jazz bands. He recently wrote and conducted a piece with the Pacific Crest Symphonietta.

Nancy Judd creates couture fashion sculptures from trash through her business Recycle Runway. She exhibits her work in high-traffic public locations around the US to inspire action around conservation of resources. Her traveling exhibition called ReDress: Upcycled Style is touring museums around the United States, and one of her pieces, the Obamanos Coat, is in the Smithsonian Museum’s permanent collection. Nancy’s work has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, in the Huffington Post, and in media outlets around the world. Companies and organizations such as Delta Air Lines, Toyota, and The Nature Conservancy have sponsored her sculptures and exhibitions. Currently she is creating work for a 2nd exhibition in the Atlanta International Airport in 2019. Nancy is also a Teaching Artist, providing Arts Integration (exploring curriculum via creative experiences) in schools and gives presentations and workshops to audiences of all ages around the globe including two TEDx talks. http://www.RecycleRunway.com

Norm Brecke is a spirited storyteller who revels in telling a good story. He is also known to mix music and humor into his programs. Norm spent many years as a primary school teacher. While teaching he developed and implemented after-school programs where he guides 3rd-5th grade students learned to tell and perform stories. He now works as a professional storyteller; performing for festivals, libraries, senior citizens, and community events locally and throughout the Northwest. Norm often performs with his wife, Anne Rutherford, as “Storytellers Northwest.” They teach storytelling for adults at Portland Community College and in workshops for caregivers and members of church, civic and community groups. Find out more at http://www.normbrecke.com.

Paula Benjaminson, Fiber Artist and Printmaker, crossed over into the world of art after her education in International Relations and a long career in the US Foreign Service. Exploring color and shape as a quilter, Paula began printing her own fabrics in Africa, which led to a fascination with surface design on fabric and paper. Paula has taught quilting, surface design, and printing in Europe, Africa and North America. Her current work often features her hand-printed fabrics and paper sewn together into artist books, as well as art quilts incorporating her own painted and printed fabrics.

Robert Randall started working in education at the age of 12 as a volunteer at OMSI. That same year his stop-motion animation was featured in a commercial for the Imperial Hotel Christmas window. Robert’s video work has also been featured in the Microsoft Mediaroom campaign. For the last seven years Robert has with Portland’s own Tears of Joy Theatre as an educator, videographer, and performer. Each year he works with hundreds of students in residency programs all over Oregon and Washington. He is also an artist, luthier, and maker of things fine and semi-fine. (His wood inlay work is just lovely!)

Ronna Fujisawa has been painting for over 25 years both in oil and watercolor. She studied at Miami University in Ohio with a BFA in painting and minor in French. She moved to Hawaii in 2011 and began focusing on watercolor, found it very versatile, allowing her to work outside in many locations around Hawaii. She loves painting in the open air and letting her creativity flow in the surrounding nature. She also likes to paint at home from photographs she’s taken when she can’t make the journey into the wilderness. Recently moved to Portland, Oregon she has found endless inspiration in nature for her painting. She is so excited every day to look outside at the beautiful green trees and changing weather. Her newest fascination is birds, taking some birding classes to learn about the locals around us and using this new knowledge in her work. She can’t seem to get enough of painting so many different birds, trying to spot them and learning all about these special creatures. She continues to paint landscapes, especially a new series of Forest Park watercolors with a new, loose style of painting she has been working on and ultimately wants to abstract the landscape to express the loose, natural quality of true watercolor. http://www.saltywaterart.com/

Shelley Stoffer has a BA in Art Education from the U of O. She is a practicing artist working in glass (mosaic and fused). She was a Lower School Art teacher at Oregon Episcopal School for 25 years, and is now retired. Previous to that she was an artist in residence in Portland Public Schools, an arts administrator and a teacher at The Children’s Museum. Shelley and her husband live in Irvington and have 2 grown sons and 2 darling grandchildren.