Susan Atwell completed a BFA in Textiles at Ball State University. She has been weaving, dyeing, knitting, quilting, printing, felting and spinning ever since. Atwell's mission through teaching is to reconnect everyone to their inherent creative abilities.
Twyla Butler's fascination with glass started in 1993. After mastering the copper foil and lead techniques, she moved on to mosaic and fused glass. This led to instructing employee art classes for major corporations in the region. Butler's other artwork includes sterling silver jewelry, mixed metal jewelry and photography.
Corey Hagelberg earned an undergraduate degree in sculpture and a graduate degree in printmaking from Ball State University. He currently is an adjunct Professor at Indiana University Northwest and maintains a studio practice focused on black and white woodcut and assemblage.
Hannah Hammond-Hagman holds an MFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Henry Radford Hope School of Arts at Indiana University. Currently, she is the Education Director at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts.
David Hoppe is an author, journalist and editor of five books, including Food For Thought: An Indiana Harvest and Where We Live: Essays About Indiana. A collection of his columns for Indianapolis weekly NUVO was published as Personal Indianapolis. His essays have appeared in the collections Home Again and Falling Toward Grace, as well as in such publications as The Utne Reader, Notre Dame Review, New Art Examiner and Library Journal. He has received nine awards from the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists in a variety of categories, as well as a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and a Time-Life Creative Writing Fellowship.
Mary Koselke graduated from Earlham College with a BA in Studio Arts with a focus on large, pit-fired, non-utilitarian ceramics. She was fortunate enough to receive a grant to build and coordinate the college's first papermaking studio. After college, Koselke continued her work with clay and fiber, studying at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts. She is co-owner of Blackbird Café in Valparaiso and works hard to bring art and craft into her everyday life.
Jayde McAloon is a jewelry artist from Chesterton, specializing in crystals and their therapeutic benefits. For the past eight years she's been creating what she calls "Soulful Adornment". You can find McAloon's booth, "Pieces of Jayde", at art fairs in the Region.
Jo Ellen Pilecki holds a BA in History and English and a MA in English and Secondary Education from Indiana University. She taught English and Creative Writing at both Rogers and Michigan City High School. Pilecki is an experienced group leader and an Amherst Writers and Artists affiliate.
Melissa Washburn is an artist and illustrator whose work is inspired by a connection to the natural world, especially birds and insects. She was a 2012-2013 recipient of an Individual Artist Program grant from the Indiana Arts Commission, and is a founder of CSA Valpo, a unique co-op buying program for local art and artists.
Michelle Wiser has a BFA from Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, followed by 5 years of portrait painting studies with Robert Bentley and 5 years of classical watercolor painting with Alain Gavin. She has exhibited extensively and won numerous awards.
Jay Zerbe completed a BFA from the American University of Beirut, and a MFA in printmaking from Indiana University. His professional art career began in 1968 in Beirut with several exhibitions. Zerbe has showcased his work all over the U.S.