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Meet Our Instructors

The Current aims to provide all class, camp, and workshop participants with low staff-to-student ratios and tailored instruction from a phenomenal team of professional artists and art educators. 

Instructor Bios:

Andrea Aimi is a painter and art educator from NYC. She has spent years teaching students of all ages about the importance of line and how to trust your instinct about mark making. Her newest series is a body of work entitled 5x7. Paintings in this series are completed with watercolor and gouache and with a spatial unity that resembles patterns and colors found in natural landscapes. The geometric lines are laid down as horizons and often have a multitude of layers that can be seen through the washes due to the rigidity of the cold press paper being used. These little paintings are vivid in color with overlapping lines that show the viewer how horizons can have two views; lines seen horizontally, from a distance, or topographically, looking down upon the patterns of land mass.
Maddy Bertrand-Gerndt (Ceramic Studio Manager) has been a part of clay studios since she was 8 years old, beginning in Duxbury, MA. with Linda Capone studios, fascinated by the wheel. She continued her clay journey with Steve Branfman at Thayer Academy, at Skidmore College with Regis Brodie and Toshiko Takaezu, where she earned a BS in Studio Art. She has lived in Spain, Seattle, WA, St. John, travelled to many tropical islands, sailed close to home and once off-shore, taught art K-8 at The Antilles School in St Thomas, ran her own business as a clay artist on Vashon, WA., developing a wholesale line as well as thrown fine art pieces. She was a member of The Vashon Potter's Tour, taught for the Vashon Allied Arts, and currently have a seasonal space in Morrisville, VT as was a past a member of the Vermont Studio Tour, long term art sub at Thatcher Brook, as well as teaching and gallery space at the Old Moscow Road Pottery. Business continued for Maddy as General Manager of Harvest Market in Stowe for over 24 years, after returning to the East coast to be closer to family. Painting on clay is her passion, altering wheel thrown pieces. She looks forward to getting back to the clay studio, creating with young minds to spark a new generation of clay artists.

Brandy Boden (Adult Education Manager) is a graduate of Syracuse University with a MFA in Studio Arts working primarily in photographic and print-based media. Her experience includes teaching in the fields of outdoor education, arts education, and community-based arts, which has encompassed both national and international projects and exhibitions. She previously earned her M.S. at the State University of New York, Cortland in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies where she worked for over a decade as an Adjunct Lecturer. Brandy recently returned from Ireland where she was a Fulbright Fellow with the Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane. As part of her grant she conducted an expressive arts education curatorial project to strengthen the relationship between the Gallery and communities within Dublin. 

Emily Delano is an artist based in central Vermont. Growing up in a family of artists and craftsman, Emily developed a strong hunger for creativity and a passion for creating things with her hands. Emily has experience working in many different mediums, ceramics, jewelry and woodworking to name a few, but her true passion remains deeply rooted in stained glass. Having worked in stained glass for over ten years, Emily finds great happiness teaching and mentoring students off all ages and abilities out of her studio in Barre Vermont.

Julia Guerriero (Youth Education Manager) is an artist and educator who moved to Vermont in 2019. Her personal artistic practice draws from two deep wells- her sense of place and belonging in the forests of New England, and the fiber arts and crafting taught to her by the women in her family. Through her art Julia explores the ways in which humans shape and are shaped by the landscapes around them. Julia received her B.F.A from Alfred University in 2017 where she focused her studio practice on painting and printmaking and minored in art history. She began working in education shortly after. Over the past 5 years she’s worked as an Outdoor Educator, the Assistant Director of an Afterschool Program, and most recently, the K-12 Art Teacher at Cabot School. Julia’s passion for curriculum development and arts integration have only deepened over the years. She believes that a rigorous arts curriculum empowers students of all ages to learn valuable critical analysis skills and fully communicate their unique thoughts, feelings and ideas. Julia is so excited to be joining the team at The Current as the Youth Education Manager and is looking forward to meeting and working with all of the wonderful folks in the community here.

Charon Henning grew up in the DC Metro Area and spent many formative hours at the Smithsonian Institute, in museums and in summer art courses. The intersection of nature, science, and travel was where she found her primary interests and the direction for her art. Charon freelanced as a muralist and ‘zine artist through high school and while attending Price George’s Community College, where she received her Associate's Degree in Fine Art. She continued her education through the BIS degree program at George Mason University’s New Century College, creating a custom curriculum she titled “Multimedia Storytelling” and receiving the award for Most Creative Capstone project among the class of 2007 Individualized Studies graduates. In 2015 Charon created the position of Art Director and gathered a team of skilled artists together for Prof. Katie Hinde’s March Mammal Madness tournament, currently the largest online STEAM-related educational outreach event, which occurs annually. She completed her illustration internship at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology to earn her Certificate in Scientific Illustration and soon followed up with her Educator’s Certificate through Nation Geographic. Charon has a working illustration studio in her home in rural Vermont which she shares with her partner and two very active studio cats. https://www.charonhenning.com/

Tabbatha Henry is a ceramic artist from Waterbury, Vermont. She took her first pottery class at Skidmore College with Regis Brodie and immediately knew she had to learn all she could. After participating in studio work-exchange situations in Vermont, New York, and Colorado, she decided to go back to school and received her MFA in ceramics from the School for American Crafts at RIT in 2004. After a residency at the Mendocino Arts Center in California, Tabbatha moved back to Vermont, where for 20 years she ran a small batch ceramic business designing, making, and distributing translucent porcelain lighting, home décor, and installation sculpture. She is currently taking a sabbatical from the business to focus more on making art and teaching. When she's not in the studio Tabbatha loves to hike with her dog Inca and is learning to play the guitar. Kind of. https://tabbathahenry.com/

 

Daisy Hutter (Program Assistant) Since moving from Newton, MA to attend the University of Vermont in 2018, Daisy has immersed herself in the Vermont art world. Throughout her years at UVM, she worked at The Current, Shelburne Craft School, BCA Studios, ONE Art Center, and Essex High School. Daisy joined The Current as the Education Intern in the summer of 2021. With incredible mentors and a caring work environment, Daisy experienced incredible growth due to The Current. That same summer, Daisy further involved herself in the Stowe community by serving as the Arts Intern at The Jewish Community Center of Greater Stowe. There, she facilitated a community mosaic. On Saturdays, Daisy sells her handmade jewelry at the Shelburne Farmers Market. In 2023, Daisy will be a participating artist in Cow Parade benefiting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Daisy is a mixed media artist who specializes in collage and sculpture.

Megan Karcher  is a Rhode Island native who has been immersed in the arts since she was a young child and loves to share her passion for art and the outdoors with others. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture and a minor in printmaking, and later went on to attain a Masters in Elementary Education from Antioch New England University. Since then, she has continued to explore her interests in both painting and printmaking, using the natural Vermont landscape as inspiration to create brightly colored scenes and depictions of animals. Her work is both energetic and whimsical, bringing a sense of joy to those who view it. Megan loves teaching and sharing her story and knowledge with kids and adults, creating a safe, inviting space for them to explore their own creative ideas.

Lynn Newcomb is a Vermont-based printmaker, and blacksmith/sculptor. She believes that etching is a medium capable of great nuance, with the ability to demonstrate the power and resonance of black ink. Her methods include traditional printmaking, where the plates evolve slowly and acquire histories – accidents, imperfections, traces where she has re-worked the image. Her interest lies in creating what one may call layered prints, prints in which the viewer has the sensation of looking into and through the blacks. Since 2013, she has also been making lithographs, looking to exploit the affinity she finds between lithographic tusche and liftground technique in etching. Recent artist residencies have included the Vermont Studio Center, Sculoa Grafica in Venice, and the Marpha Foundation in Nepal. www.lynnnewcombvt.com

Shannon O’Connell is a Fine Arts Painter born in Colorado and raised with into a family whose love for the natural world and belief in creative expression fostered her artistic inclinations from a young age. As a young adult, Shannon moved to Hawaii in order to capture the beauty of the islands in her paintings. Once there she began creating vibrant landscapes and botanical paintings inspired by the beauty she saw all around her. In her time as a professional artist Shannon has shown her paintings in galleries across the Hawaiian Islands, in Vermont, and in Japan. Parallel to her personal artistic practice, Shannon’s passion for community based art has led her on a journey throughout which she has created murals, worked with commercial partners, and taught classes for all ages in subjects ranging from painting to fine metal-crafting. Since her relocation to Vermont in 2015 Shannon has enjoyed spending time with life-long friends, delighting in time spent outside skiing and hiking, and working on large-scale paintings in her home studio.

Joe Smith is a native Vermonter currently residing in the small town of Hyde Park. Smith recently received his B.A. in Art Education from Northern Vermont University. Most of Smith’s work derives from his personal journey growing up in a beautiful and rural area. Along with filmmaking, he is also interested in various forms of multimedia and design. His artwork has been exhibited in the Vermont Congressional Art Show and Johnson Studio Center. Smith takes pride in assisting young filmmakers in constructing their own visions and sense of life into their work. He is currently involved in social justice work and travels around the world to assist communities and explore their social, political, and cultural dynamics. Such travels have landed him in Detroit, Michigan, Managua, Nicaragua, and Zurich, Switzerland. Smith is honored to serve his local communities and has worked in a wide-variety of school settings, all which allow him to advocate for student voice and equity. 

Jackson Tupper  is an artist living in Burlington, VT and former lead snowboard graphics designer at Burton Snowboards. In his current work as a freelancer, he combines his love for graphic design, illustration, and painting to create skateboard graphics, book covers, gig posters, music festival installations, restaurant merch, beer labels and more for clients both local and global. He is also a teaching assistant and operating member of the Iskra Print Collective, a nonprofit screen printing studio in Burlington.

Rachael Wells is an artist and teacher from Stowe, Vermont. She recently graduated from The University of Vermont as a licensed teacher in Art and Special Education. While her primary focuses are in drawing and printmaking,  she also enjoys ceramics, painting, and jewelry-making. When Rachael isn't in the art room or her home studio, she is probably in the woods, hiking or skiing, or in her kitchen challenging herself with new recipes. Rachael has been a friend of The Helen Day Art Center since 2018 when she started here as a student intern. She has worked with students of all ages from a variety of backgrounds at HDAC, The Fleming Museum of Art, Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, JFK Elementary School, and Champlain Valley Union High School. In the last year, Rachael enjoyed teaching art and literacy at Harwood Union High School and Middle School. Rachael is excited to start her new position as the art teacher at Thatcher Brook Primary School in August of 2021.

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