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Thanks   to   our   helpers,   a   great   deal   of   the   day-to-day   operation   of   the   studio   and   the   management   of   the   kid’s   classes has become more fluid and relaxing. Please scroll down or click on their names to read more about them.
Nicole Garland Mary Fowler (maiden name Thompson) grew up in the North end of Newburyport, near the boat club on Merrimac Street. She married and raised four incredible daughters. As you can see from the photos above, she has an effervescent personality. Mary likes to live life to the fullest. She is in her 70ís and still enjoys camping, dancing and especially painting. She is always ready to lend a hand and help in any way she can. She loves people and makes long lasting friendships. Mary has been in the Tuesday night class for many years and is like an aunt to everyone. We love her. If a new person joins the class she is right there to make them feel welcome and at home looking them right in the eyes and asking thoughtful questions. Life has not been easy though. Her first marriage didnít work out. After several years she recovered her natural joy for life and met the man of her dreams. They lived happily for 20 years until he passed away. You might be able to imagine the incredible strength it takes to go on with an upbeat attitude after loosing the love of your life They were madly in love. I donít know how she got through that but she did and managed to continue enjoying life, her kids and grandchildren. I know she felt loss and sadness but she never felt self piety. She picked herself up and got on with treasuring every moment and every person she met. After many years, she married a wonderful family friend. A great guy who wanted to take care of her. Within a year he too passed away. How she got through that, let alone once again regain her fervor for life, is amazing to me. She is amazing! I am continually inspired by her courage, strength and zest for life. Left, is the top of a table. Chuck saw this as I was writing and thought it was a beautiful painting. He didnít realize it was a table top. Mary, it is exquisite! Your furniture art is very creative and out of the ordinary. Extra-ordinary! I am blessed because Mary volunteers in our Tuesday afternoon kids class. She brings with her a love of children, joy, strength and an indomitable spirit.  Mary Fowler BACK Nicole has been doing art with us for about 5 years. She started in the kids class and quickly moved to the adult Saturday morning class. She alternates with Lydia Miller volunteering for the Friday afternoon kids class.  Nicole loves drawing, especially perspective and creating interiors. She plans to go to college for interior design so all the drawing she does now and has been doing is going to benefit her immensely. Her family supports her tremendously by having her also do private lessons with me and summer programs like the one offered at the Museum of Fine Arts.  BACK Nicole Garland
Linda Marshall Linda Marshall takes watercolor lessons with us on Tuesday mornings. Linda studied drawing and colored pencils with us several years ago and learned to draw well. When Wendy was looking for a volunteer a year ago, Linda enthusiastically offered to help. She was not working and her son, Zack drummer extraordinaire (Zach Fields & Musical Suite), is all grown up and busy with his family and business. She was in a place to be able to help Wendy on Thursday afternoons. Linda loves little kids and being around Wendy. Linda once said to me that she gets so much out of being with the kids that her joy lasts all week. She beams when she talks about the kids (although, not quite as much as when she talks about her granddaughter, Marley). Wendy appreciates her help. Linda with Sam & Hudson BACK
Kate Carter Kate is my lovely seventeen year old granddaughter, who is now a junior at Triton. She has been helping me since she was 8 years old. Some of you might remember her when she was younger (see photoís below)  When I had a special workshop at the studio or at an outside event she would help set up the tables, pass out flyers and help clean up. Once, when we had a workshop in Merrimac she was in charge of making sure the students cleaned their paint brushes, because she knew how important it was to keep the brushes clean she sent almost every adult back to the sink to do a better job. What a riot! She told me that I needed to be firmer with my students. HA! HA! She was only 10 at the time. I need her around me all of the time.        Also, during the workshops Kate would do the same project the older kids & adults were doing. We were all surprised at what a great job she would do. Being young and having been in the studio practically since she was  born, Kate was not afraid of anything having to do with art. Not to mention at age 5 or 6 she won a prize at the Town Hall in Danville where they lived until 5 years ago. Now Kate, my son Erik and his family live only 7 minutes away.  Kate has been one of our dependable helpers for the Tannery Arts Camp every year. She is now working as a sort of manager for the entire Tannery Arts Camp!  BACK Lydia Miller Lydia Miller has been volunteering at the studio on Friday afternoon since September. The little kids love her gentle, confident and calm manner. I love having her there not only because she helps me with the kids but because when someone doesnít need her she keeps busy organizing the studio art supplies and generally keeping things at the studio looking good. With over 100 people a week it gets pretty messy. She has also volunteered in many other areas of the community including church activities and cleaning up the local towns. Lydia is a joy to be around. Lydia was surprised by the Dean of Students at the Bradford Christian Academy recently when she was given the Community Service Achievement Award. She was the first recipient of this award at her school. Many students have given their time to help others but Lydia had donated more than anyone else in her school. You can tell by looking at these photos that Lydia is a sweetheart. She overflows with warmth and caring. Everyone on Saturday morning (thatís her art class) is crazy about her. BACK BACK Wendy True  Wendy True started taking drawing with me some 25 years ago, before she had children. She is/was one of the best drawing students I have ever had. Off and on over the following years she studied watercolor, acrylic painting, collage, and continued drawing. You may have seen some of her murals at the Newburyport Public Library in the Childrenís room and in Eureka (up high on the walls) where she worked for 15 years while her kids were growing up. Whenever she had a commission she dropped back in and enlisted my support and encouragement. She already had all the skill she needed. Then, almost 3 years ago she called me and asked if she could volunteer. I was flabbergasted and overjoyed. We are blessed to have several volunteers who help for a couple hours a week but not someone who wanted to be in the studio for many hours at a time several days a week.  About the same time, Chuck was overhauling the studio. We like to say Chuck did all the manly work and Wendy did all the organizing. Not to mention she keeps up organizing and revamping as needed. She is amazing! An angel in disguise! We all love Wendy kids as much as adults.  Then 2 years or so ago she started teaching the little kids class on Thursday afternoons. Her class was so popular no one wanted to leave some of the kids are not little anymore, they just love being in her class.  But because parents told other parents she felt she needed to add a second class after the first class still on Thursday at 5:15. All this plus she helps me with all the kids classes after school. Everyone use to come to me with questions but now we all ask her. It is now Wendy, Wendy, Wendy! I donít know how we did it without her for 25 years.  Wendyís Heart Collage
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Mary Fowler

Mary Fowler (maiden name Thompson) grew up in the North end of Newburyport, near the boat club on Merrimac Street. She married and raised four incredible daughters. As you can see from the photos above, she has an effervescent personality. Mary likes to live life to the fullest. She is in her 70’s and still enjoys camping, dancing and especially painting. She is always ready to lend a hand and help in any way she can. She loves people and makes long lasting friendships. Mary has been in the Tuesday night class for many years and is like an aunt to everyone. We love her. If a new person joins the class she is right there to make them feel welcome and at home looking them right in the eyes and asking thoughtful questions. Life has not been easy though. Her first marriage didn’t work out. After several years she recovered her natural joy for life and met the man of her dreams. They lived happily for 20 years until he passed away. You might be able to imagine the incredible strength it takes to go on with an upbeat attitude after loosing the love of your life They were madly in love. I don’t know how she got through that but she did and managed to continue enjoying life, her kids and grandchildren. I know she felt loss and sadness but she never felt self piety. She picked herself up and got on with treasuring every moment and every person she met. After many years, she married a wonderful family friend. A great guy who wanted to take care of her. Within a year he too passed away. How she got through that, let alone once again regain her fervor for life, is amazing to me. She is amazing! I am continually inspired by her courage, strength and zest for life. Left, is the top of a table. Chuck saw this as I was writing and thought it was a beautiful painting. He didn’t realize it was a table top. Mary, it is exquisite! Your furniture art is very creative and out of the ordinary. Extra- ordinary! I am blessed because Mary volunteers in our Tuesday afternoon kids class. She brings with her a love of children, joy, strength and an indomitable spirit.
Mary's table. Mary's table top.
Thanks   to   our   helpers,   a   great   deal   of   the   day-to-day   kid’s   classes   has   become   more   fluid   and   relaxing.   Please   about them.

Lydia Miller

Lydia Miller has been volunteering at the studio on Friday afternoon since September. The little kids love her gentle, confident and calm manner. I love having her there not only because she helps me with the kids but because when someone doesn’t need her she keeps busy organizing the studio art supplies and generally keeping things at the studio looking good. With over 100 people a week it gets pretty messy. She has also volunteered in many other areas of the community including church activities and cleaning up the local towns. Lydia is a joy to be around. Lydia was surprised by the Dean of Students at the Bradford Christian Academy recently when she was given the Community Service Achievement Award. She was the first recipient of this award at her school. Many students have given their time to help others but Lydia had donated more than anyone else in her school. You can tell by looking at these photos that Lydia is a sweetheart. She overflows with warmth and caring. Everyone on Saturday morning (that’s her art class) is crazy about her.

Nicole Garland

Nic ole   has   been   years.   She   started   moved   to   the   alternates   with   Friday afternoon kids class. Nicole   loves   creating   interiors.   interior   design   has   been   doing   is   going   to   benefit   her   by   having   her   also   do   private   lessons   with   me   and   Museum of Fine Arts.
Nicole Garland

Linda Marshall takes watercolor lessons with us on Tuesday mornings. Linda studied drawing and colored pencils with us several years ago and learned to draw well. When Wendy was looking for a volunteer a year ago, Linda enthusiastically offered help. She was not working and her son, Zack drummer extraordinaire (Zach Fields & Musical Suite), is all grown up and busy with his family and business. She was in a place to be able help Wendy on Thursday afternoons. Linda loves little kids and being around Wendy. Linda once said to me that she gets so much out of being with the kids that her joy lasts all week. She beams when she talks about the kids (although, not quite as much as when she talks about her granddaughter, Marley). Wendy appreciates her help.
Kate Anderson-Song

Kate Carter

Lydia Miller Christina teaching. Christina's Art Elise Jansson Elise teaching.
Kate Anderson-Song has been a student of mine since she was 5 years old. She came to the after school classes during the school year and studied privately with me in the summer. It worked out well for both of us, having one on one time with someone as motivated as Kate made it a pleasure to work with her. Not to mention, Kate’s portfolio was so good by the time she went to Governors Academy she was able to skip freshman art. Kate loves all learning especially singing, dancing, acting, and of course art. Kate and her family travel every summer so she has a lot of friends both here in Newburyport and abroad. Kate prides herself on being a good friend, thoughtful, attentive and supportive are a few of the words I would use to describe her in regards to her friends. Kate is one of those ageless people making life-long friends with people of all ages. She is as at home with adults as well kids her age and little kids. As I said above, Kate has been helping with the Tannery Arts Camp since we started 4 years ago and I can’t even imagine doing the camp without her. I had never known a youngster like her. She is not only responsible, capable, and dependable, she sees a problem and comes up with a solution instantly that everyone can work with. Several times during TAC when our project ended and the kids were getting a little rowdy and we needed to clean up for the next group of kids, Kate nonchalantly takes the kids to the side and does some kind of a fun acting skit or plays Simon Says. The first time she did it I was blown away and a little in awe. The kids loved it and my granddaughter and I get to set the studio up for the next group of kids.
Kate is my lovely seventeen year old granddaughter, who is now a junior at Triton. She has been helping me since she was 8 years old. Some of you might remember her when she was younger (see photo’s below) When I had a special workshop at the studio or at an outside event she would help set up the tables, pass out flyers and help clean up. Once, when we had a workshop in Merrimac she was in charge of making sure the students cleaned their paint brushes, because she knew how important it was to keep the brushes clean she sent almost every adult back to the sink to do a better job. What a riot! She told me that I needed to be firmer with my students. HA! HA! She was only 10 at the time. I need her around me all of the time. Also, during the workshops Kate would do the same project the older kids & adults were doing. We were all surprised at what a great job she would do. Being young and having been in the studio practically since she was  born, Kate was not afraid of anything having to do with art. Not to mention at age 5 or 6 she won a prize at the Town Hall in Danville where they lived until 5 years ago. Now Kate, my son Erik and his family live only 7 minutes away. Kate has been one of our dependable helpers for the Tannery Arts Camp every year. She is now working as a sort of manager for the entire Tannery Arts Camp!
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