Meet our instructors!
A team of charismatic artists and qualified professionals, this group is passing on their knowledge to students in the arts program. They believe wholeheartedly in what they pass on through teaching. Get to know them in the classroom!
Jennifer and Kevin Boyle
currently instructing pottery and fused glass classes at The Arts Center. Jennifer is life long skills in pottery, and more recently with glass fusing. She is a Chemist at D&E College; a bonus for the pottery studio with her knowledge of how glazes work! Kevin is an advanced potter and his extensive experience brings a beautiful outcome to all pieces he creates! The Boyle's instruct a variety of class levels from beginners through advanced and will go into detail with all basics in the studio. Owners of Barefoot Pottery, they sell their work through us, as well as PA, MD, DC and other areas of WV.
is currently the Arts Coordinator for The Arts Center. Her primary goal is continued success with the arts education program. She instructs art classes often; with 10+ years of instruction time.
Dani has a BFA from Marshall University. After implementing the art program for CHM, she located to Elkins WV. Previously active with ArtsBank, Inc. instructing art to students in Randolph County for six years. She is active in supporting arts, exhibits in art shows, and uses art in the form of color and expression. Focus includes painting, photography, and pottery. When she's not inspiring students, creating art and promoting the Arts Center, she's a down to earth mama!
is an artist working in Elkins, WV. A mother to two small children, a wife, a middle school and high school art teacher for Randolph County. She is continuously learning and developing as an artist and person and her portfolio reflects this continual development and maturing. You can learn more about Tessa from her website.
Tessa instructs during the summer months for The Arts Center. Her creative style brings students an educational opportunity. She exhibits with us regularly and is up to date with the arts movement. Catch her for a summer camp or workshop!
is the 2017-2018 WV world language teacher of the year.
She has a passion for Spanish and summer camps. Leah directs Spanish Camps in Thomas with Mountain Laurel Learning Cooperative and organizes conferences and Spanish Immersion weekends for adults. She helped launch and worked the WV Spanish Immersion Camp (2012-2014). Leah teaches Spanish online with the West Virginia Virtual School. She lives in Elkins and enjoys traveling, cooking, playing in the woods with her family, and sharing her passion for Spanish language and culture.
was born and raised in West Virginia and currently resides in Philippi, with her husband and son. She graduated from West Liberty State College with an Art Degree in Education, grades K to 12. In addition, she has several graduate art courses from WVU. She has taught in the Barbour County School system and is currently instructing with the Randolph County ArtsBank, Inc. in Randolph County through the BOE. Sarah also instructs private lessons from her home.
grew up in Coalton, West Virginia. She graduated from WVU and obtained her BFA in Art & Design with an emphasis in Ceramics. Currently she resides in Elkins, WV, and and has a small home studio where she creates beautiful wheel thrown and hand built pottery.
Macie began instructing pottery classes at The Arts Center in the summer of 2014. Her fantastic rapport building has built a regular group of returning students with continuous new students! She has made our a wonderful addition to our team!
grew up in Elkins and was influenced by her mother, designer, Joan Crawford. She studied privately with flutist Sandy Hartley associated with Davis and Elkins College. She has a B.A. in Fine Art from Slippery Rock University with a minor in music, a Child Development Associate credential from Washington D.C. and an Associate Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from D&E. For the last 30 years Katy has worked in several countries: Japan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as well as the U.S.A where she has taught visual art, private flute and recorder lessons.
Emily Rhoades Morton is a classically trained ballet dancer and a native of Memphis, TN. She received her training at Ballet Memphis and performed in classical works including The Nutcracker and also in contemporary work with The Ballet Memphis Junior Company. A graduate of Mississippi State University, Emily taught professionally at Dance Divine in Starkville, MS and choreographed several ballet pieces for students ranging in age from 3-15.
As a new member of the community in Elkins, Emily has a passion for bringing the magical world of ballet to all regardless of age, gender, or circumstance. In her most important role of all, she is a devoted stay at home mother.
is a native of West Virginia and a graduate of Fairmont State University with a degree in Fine Arts. He holds several awards in Fine Art and especially in the medium of Watercolour. A recipient of the West Virginia Governors Award of Excellence, his work is on permanent display in the Capital building in Charleston West Virginia. During his time at FSU he worked with WVDNR and his work is on public display at the Seneca Rocks Visitor Center. Patrick is a resident of Randolph County and enjoys the "mountain life" and incorporates this into his art work.
is an art teacher at Elkins Middle School. Previously she was a Floating Art Teacher for Jennings Randolph, Midland, Third Ward, Beverly, and North elementary schools. In her spare time you will see her on the fields coaching Softball or Volleyball with EMS. Ashley moved to Elkins from York, PA just last year. Ashley notes, “I enjoy bringing the different things I know and have learned to Elkins. I am so thrilled that Elkins has such a great appreciation for the arts and the artists in the community.”
is currently instructing stained glass classes at The Arts Center. He has also instructed with Randolph County BOE for numerous years. More info soon...
is currently instructing classes that range from cooking heirloom recipes, to handbuilding unique polymer clay sculptures, meditative drawing and more. Her creative style has made an impact with art program. She is a local artist with many talents. Although a painter at heart, her primary focus is working in polymer clay which shows amazing intricate detail. She also has her own business SOOAKC; through her business, she is available to instruct private lessons and creats special orders. She comes from a family of artists, but much of her influence came from Artist Maggi Rhudy. You can find her current art work at Appalachian Glass Co. and Lewis County Visitors Center in Weston. She regularly participates in art shows and exhibits throughout West Virginia.
Instructors we love teaching with us, but are very busy with many other things:
Maggi Rhudy Growing up in Berlin, Germany, Maggi Rhudy was lucky to have very creative people in her life. She attended the University of Toledo and graduated with a BA in Art and a MA in German, and is certified in both fields. Maggi taught in the ArtsBank Program, at Elkins High School, and is introducing people of all ages to the many ways of artful expression.
Jacob Currence is an Elkins native and a soon to be junior at Davis &Elkins college. He is a Theatre major who has appeared in many plays at the college, like School House Rock Live!, Julious Caesar, and Harvey. Jacob is an Old Brick Play house alumni and current staff member. Jacob's educational goal is to recieve his masters in Theatre and Puppetry.
Michelle Luddy graduated from the University of Maryland in 1978 with a BA in Studio Art. She has worked freelance in graphics and painting in Boston, MA, Hampton Roads, VA, Gaithersburg, MD, and Washington, D.C. She continues to exhibit and show landscapes of West Virginia since her move to Elkins in 1999. A harpist since 1991, Michelle has entertained diners at Graceland and Jackson Mill. She teaches harp and plays regularly at St. Brendan's Catholic Church in Elkins.
Virginia Hicks, is a middle school teacher in Upshur County and resides in Belington with her husband and children. Viginia has instructed summer camps with the arts center for many years past.
Alane Thomas, MA, C.T.R.S, CZT, has over 30 yrs professional experience as a recreation therapist in Huntington WV. As a “rec therapist” she teaches/reinforces the values and benefits of positive leisure (things we choose to do in our free time). For over the past decade she has worked on a Behavior Health Unit with psychotic, depressed, and substance abuse patients. She has experience with youth, adults and seniors both professionally and in her personal hobbies and interests. Alane prides herself in ‘practicing what she preaches’ and has several hobbies and interests to release her creative spirit. She has always enjoyed using her hands and has a variety of interests ranging from fiber arts (knitting, spinning yarn, weaving, needle felting, crewel, rug hooking, crochet, sewing, quilting.) She makes jewelry (often using her husbands lampwork beads), enjoys macramé’s, braiding kumihimo, (Japanese braiding), carving and a variety of paper and miscellaneous crafts. She also plays the piano and mountain dulcimer.
Zentangle is a creative form that she uses both at work and personally in order to promote positive thinking. The Zentangle philosophy that anything is possible – one stroke at a time is highlighted with her patients as well as students as she believes it is a phrase we all need to hear from time to time. Alane has been using the Zentangle method in groups for over 3 years and became a Certified Zentangle Teacher in the April of 2016.
Diana Vera Improvisational artist by nature, musician and vocalist by night, and arts educator by day, Diana continues to engage the therapeutic and healing arts through dance, visual arts, and creative writing. Diana has recently completed professional development with the West Virginia Department of Education Dance Pilot, and with West Liberty University Center for Arts and Education provided by the Kennedy Center, which has empowered Diana to embark on a new frontier in Arts Education. She was the Dance Pilot Teaching Artist for Upshur County’s Buckhannon Academy Elementary and Expressive Arts Instructor for the Randolph County YMCA and the RCCAC.
Sandra Wright is a Colombian born artist who moved to the United States in 1998 . Physics and Math teacher in her native Country, she is now a full time artist. Member of the Portrait Society of America, theGarrett Arts Council in Maryland, and the Appalachian Pastel Society in North Carolina. She specializes in portraits using charcoal, oils and pastels as well as capturing the beauty of the country side through her landscapes and wild life scenery. Winner of multiple awards and ribbons in Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia, her work has been shown at: The Culture Center at the Capitol Complex in Charleston, The Landes Art Center in Petersburg, The Mountain Made Gallery and Buxton & Landstreet Gallery in Thomas, The Tamarack Artisan Gallery in Beckley, WV, The Dorchester Center for the Art in Cambridge, The Chesapeake College in Wye Mills Eye For the Art Gallery in Oakland, The Gallery Shop in Oakland, The Lu-Ev Gallery in Easton, (MD), The Art Space in Herndon, The Cooley Gallery in Leesburg, VA. www.sandrawright.com