Patti is an award-winning felt wear designer who enjoys teaching others her original designs.
"From the very beginning of my nuno felt experience, the process of transforming wisps of wool and silk into felted cloth with a little soapy water, has struck me as magical. It's that magical process, with its playful nature and subtle shifts, that leads to experimentation. My designs are the result of many hours of saying "what happens if..." As a result, they express fun and whimsy, yet are functional. If a woman feels a bit more playful or beautiful while adorned with my work, then I have succeeded." All of Patti's designs are produced with felted seams (no sewing). What makes them unique is her hand dying of most every element used. She also hand spins her embellishing art yarns and totally enjoys the playfulness they bring to the process.
Linnane Armstrong is a professional artist who works in printmaking and other media. Growing up in a family of artists in Coupeville, Washington, art has always been her passion. After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, she returned to Whidbey Island where she lives with her husband and two sons. Linnane’s woodblock prints are done using the Japanese technique, carving multiple blocks of wood using gouge tools, and printing them with watercolor pigments to form the full image. Her work is shown at Penn Cove Gallery in Coupeville and Rob Schouten Gallery in Langley.
Janice started teaching dance by partnering Walter Dill, founder of Everyone Can Dance. After 10 years with Walter, she started teaching on her own in Port Townsend, Whidbey Island and Seattle. She has been on the staff at the Seabeck Dance Camp for the last four years, partnering with Dean Paton. For the past three years, she has been a part time faculty member of the Skagit Valley College, Whidbey campus. She teaches a PE class focused on dance, either Swing or a Latin Sampler.
Hopelessly in love with Waltz, Dean founded the award winning Valse Café Orchestra, which is committed to the art of playing music for dancers. Dean loves teaching social dance, especially the traveling dances like Waltz, foxtrot, Country Two Step, Blues and One Step. For nine years he has taught at the Century Ballroom in Seattle, where he produces a 4th Sunday live music dance, The Waltz Café, as well as the annual Masquerade Ball each January.
Kevin Boyd, M.B.A., M.S., a former Bell Labs engineer and Vice President of a market leading cardiology software company, is a multi-award-winning instructor and published author. Kevin has appeared on TV, various radio shows and interviewed by Bloomberg News and several newspapers for his insights to online entrepreneurship. He teaches at over 40 colleges in the U.S. and Canada. The primary objective for his writing, teaching and consulting, is to educate and equip adult students with the skills necessary for success.
Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who work in partnership with WSU Extension to educate the public and enhance the quality of life in the community by promoting sound and sustainable gardening practices to home gardeners.
Stephen Murphy has a B.A. in Business and a M.B.A. in Labor Relations from the University of Portland, in Oregon. He has volunteered hundreds of hours at Fort Vancouver’s National Historical Site Heritage Garden in Vancouver, Washington. At the Turtle Island Resort in Fuji, Stephen put an unproductive garden back into production to optimize garden utility, trained garden staff and redid the composting operation.
Stephen is a skilled instructor at the Skagit Valley College greenhouse where he provides detailed hands on instruction in plant propagation and landscape design. As a horticulturist, his experience of 15 years is extensive in light pruning, plant propagation, landscaping and composting operations.
Leiann Ronnestad has taught bartending and licensing since 2003 at over a dozen community colleges and technical schools throughout Washington. Leiann is a certified instructor through the Washington State Liquor Control Board, a professional bartender and a marketing consultant for distilleries, restaurants and hotels. She also maintains a strong background in business and integrated computer applications, and has previously taught business and marketing classes at several colleges.
Alan has been making photographs since the 70's and teaching photography since the 80's. He has taught at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and Western Washington University. Having previously owned a commercial photography business specializing in advertising and public relations, he now concentrates on fine art photography. His photographs have been in many group as well as one person shows. He has work in the permanent collections of several museums as well as many private collections. Alan currently teaches workshops at WCC and Skagit Valley College and is a digital imaging specialist at Quicksilver Photo Lab in Bellingham.
Svetlana Kupriyanova, born in Novgorod, Russia. Graduated with Honors from Novgorod State University. MA in Linguistics. Washington State Certified Court and Medical interpreter. Experienced in teaching Russian language to foreign students. Maintains cultural connections through travelling to Russia every year. Currently living in Sedro-Woolley, enjoys gardening and oil painting.