Thank you for visiting this page. Take a minute to meet our instructors. Their bios are listed below with photos to the side. Our instructors are qualified professionals that believe wholeheartedly in what they pass on through teaching.
Lisa Adams has been working in the Healing Arts for over 23 years. She holds a bachelor’s from James Madison University in Religion & Women’s Studies. Lisa is passionate teaching others to love themselves and to live more heart-centered lives. As a devotee to health and healing, Lisa has devoted her career to helping others through a holistic and spiritual approach to health as a Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Health Advocate, Life Coach, and Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. Lisa’s calling is helping others create healthier, more fulfilled lives. She recently moved to Elkins from Staunton, VA, and loves the vibrant, friendly community here.
Alicia Alderman grew up in Ravenswood, West Virginia. She is a sophomore at West Virginia Wesleyan College where she studies Elementary Education, Business Administration, and Graphic Design. With those degrees, she intends to be an elementary art education teacher in the state of West Virginia after certification.
Danielle Cade has a BFA from Marshall University. After implementing the art program for CHM, she located to Elkins WV. Currently she is the Arts Education Coordinator for the Arts Center and an art instructor with their education program. Previously, she was active with ArtsBank, Inc. instructing art to students in Randolph County for six years. She has a strong passion with art and brings that to the classroom! She is active in supporting arts with various groups in Elkins, exhibits in art shows, and uses art in the form of color and expression. Focuses include painting, photography, and pottery. When she's not inspiring students, creating art and promoting the Arts Center, she's a down to earth mama!
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.
Macie Cooper grew up in Coalton, WV about 20 minutes from Elkins. She graduated from WVU with a BFA in Art & Design with an emphasis in Ceramics.She returned to the area and is now living in Elkins. She has a small home studio where she makes both wheel thrown and hand built pottery.
Sarah Ferguson was born and raised in West Virginia. She currently lives in Philippi, with her husband and son. Ferguson has an art education degree from West Liberty State College and has taken several graduate art courses from WVU. She has taught in the Barbour County School system and is currently teaching with the Randolph County ArtsBank Program in Randolph County Schools and giving private art lessons in Philippi.
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.
Katy McClane 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.
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.
Ashley Richardson is an art teacher at Elkins High, Jennings Randolph, Midland, Third Ward, Beverly, and North elementary schools. She has also helped coach the Girls basketball and softball teams at Elkins Middle School. 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.”
Alane Thomas, MA, C.T.R.S, CZT
Alane 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.
Sara Ward is currently instructing classes in many different media with The Arts Center. She has built a wonderful rapport with Art Center students, because of her wonderful personality and a down to earth style of teaching. She is a local artist with many talents and recently became affiliated with ArtsBank, Inc. Although she is a painter at heart, her primary focus is working in polymer clay which shows amazing intricate detail. She also has her own business called SOOAKC. You can read more about SOOAKC by clicking here and is available to instruct private lessons and does special orders under her business name. She comes from a family of artists, but much of her influence to become an artist came from Artist Maggi Rhudy. Her current art works are at Appalachian Glass Co. and Lewis County Visitors Center in Weston. She regularly participates in art shows at various locations in WV.
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