LISA earned a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from UCSB, and is an internationally exhibited, award-winning conceptual artist, social sculptor and educator. She creates site-specific installations, performance and ecological art, based on interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Lisa has lectured and performed at the National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution, College Art Association, Women's Caucus for Art, and at universities and symposia around the world. She is co-founder of Compassionate Action Enterprises, an artist collaborative that promotes art geared toward social, political and environmental activism. Lisa and Dorrie Tames Powell are co-directors of The Dreamsters Union, an organization supporting creative innovation through online courses, in person workshops, mentoring, and a forum for members to connect, share their work and engage the power of the collective creativity. She is mentoring artist, Isaac Welsh.
MACDUFF is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler and Islands Magazine. His work is seen in many fine magazines where he captures a sense of place. His photographs include advertising, corporate, editorial and fine art and are exhibited worldwide in prestigious museums and galleries. Macduff mentored Elite Henenson (lucky lady) in photography. He has published a documentation of Yucatan people in The Modern Maya — A Culture in Transition and is mentoring Lydia Kastner who is working with him on an update that will chronicle 40 years. He published The Book of Santa Barbara in collaboration with his artist wife, Mary Heebner. He is also mentoring Amelia Andrews in photography. www.macduffeverton.com
COLLEEN received her MFA from UCSB and studied painting with Cheryl Bowers (Ciel Bergman) and photography with Richard Ross. She has exhibited at the Channing Peake Gallery, Westmont Art Museum, Faulkner Gallery, AFS Gallery, CAF, Casa Gallery, Ventura Arts Council, Atkinson Gallery, UCSB Art Museum, and internationally. She has won awards for both her current printmaking and sculpture work; most notably a public art commission for the new Santa Barbara airport terminal called "Giant Brown Kelp", for their iron railings. Colleen has worked as a community art activist and mentored for Art Without Limits.
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SOJOURNER is a poet, playwright, and a mediator. Rolle is the author of six plays and seven books of poetry including her most recent, Black Street(Center for Black Studies Research, (2009) and Common Ancestry (Mille Grazie, 1999). Her poems have been anthologized, appearing in The Geography of Home, The Poetry of Peace, Poetry Zone I, II, & IV, Rivertalk and others. All of her plays have been produced by Santa Barbara’s Dramatic Women Theater Company. Her arts reviews and commentaries have appeared in local and regional publications. She has been leading poetry workshops for writers of all ages since 1992. Sojourner is currently mentoring Lisa Walker.
JULIE, our director and founder, has spent years teaching and mentoring aspiring artists. At Dance Warehouse, her studio from 1979 — 1999, she nurtured dance teachers and students to become excellent community resources. Steven Lovelace learned dance studio administration under her tutelage. During her 30 year tenure with SB Dance Alliance, she coached young dancers through On The Verge: Teen Choreographers Showcase to develop their skills and confidence. She has become nationally known as a mover and shaker working with young people. Through AWoL she has mentored Liam Burke/ Dance Criticism, Jackie Rotman/ Everybody Dance Now!, Cybil Gilbertson/ NECTAR, Breanne Lewis/Administration, Christina Zuniga/Administration & Development, Derrick Curtis/ Production Skills, and Cecily Stewart/ Production Skills. Nurturing passionate talent lights her fires! Photo by David M. Chartrand.
ALBERT is a poet, performer, husband, and father. He received an A.A. in Liberal Studies at Santa Barbara City College, a B.A. in English at California State University, Channel Islands, and a M.F.A in Creative writing with an emphasis in Entertainment from Full Sail University. He focuses on enhancing the presence and appreciation of poetry and the literary arts, raise awareness of the power of literature, poetry, and the spoken word, and support forums for collaboration of art forms in Ventura County.
NATHAN is the Curator of Sculpture at Sullivan Goss. He writes the Santa Barbara Arts Blog focusing on highlighting and promoting young and emerging local artists, is on the Board of the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, and mentors a variety of local artists. He grew up in a small farm town in Iowa, received a BA from Reed College in Portland, Oregon and a masters in Critical Theory in Literature in Brighton, England. On weekend train trips to London he taught himself art in the museums. Returning to the US he taught English at Ventura College before joining Sullivan Goss three years ago. He says, “Mentoring is a great way to share the learning experience with others.” Nathan is mentoring Sol Hill in marketing his work.