About the Faculty

Mike Howat is a graduate of New Hampshire Institute of Art, where he received his BFA with a painting concentration. He focuses on painting, in both oil and acrylic, and graphite drawing but he has also worked with mixed media, monotype, intaglio, relief printing, silkscreen and digital media. He exhibits regionally and is actively engaged in the growing New Hampshire art scene. His work predominately explores architectural landscape and urban spaces, and his most recent series documents wanderings along the eastern seacoast and abroad.

Carla Roy has her BFA in painting with a minor in art history and MAT in art education both from Plymouth state university . She is currently in her third year of teaching public middle school art. Presently her artwork includes working in mixed media.

Joseph Blajda is a graduate of Plymouth State University and has formerly taught art at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and the New Hampshire Youth Development Center. He concentrates mostly on oil painting, but has experience in drawing, pottery, clay, animation, graphic art, and screen-printing. He has shown his work regionally. His artwork is currently on display at the Artstream Studio in Rochester, NH.

Becky Darling is an artist/educator who lives in Warner, NH.  She has a degree in Art Education fromSalem College , N.C. and has taught art to all ages from preschool to adult. She has focused on Watercolors and has studied with W. Robert Paine, Carlton Plummer, and Don Andrews as well as others. She has provided trainings and workshops for the NH Reads program as well as for teachers and for VSAarts.  She is an exhibiting member of The New Hampshire Art Association and is represented by McGowan Fine Arts in Concord , NH

Sylvia Brofos is a graduate of the Chelsea School of Commercial Art in London England. She has taught art at The Kimball-Jenkins Art School as well as at the NH Institute of Art, Chester College, and the Currier Art Center. She is a member of the NH Art Association, and the NH Art Educators Association. She has exhibited extensively throughout NH and the New England region.
Nathan Wyckoff has been a writer and illustrator on the scene since 2002, first publishing comics with multiple small presses including JUMPGATE COMICS. Nathan has received a BFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University, and has since been nominated for an AWP JOURNAL Fiction and Poetry Award and co-founded the free online literature and culture magazine ReARTEDZine.com. Nathan spends his time teaching up-and-coming writers and artists the trade while being hard at work on a forthcoming novel and graphic novel, both slated for completion in the winter of 2012.

Mark Roth is a long time practicioner of T'ai Chi Ch'aun. His teaching style is relaxed yet entusiastic and lends itself to an enjoyable classroom experience. He is particularly skillful at working with senior citizens. He has studied and developed his tai chi skills at the internationally acclaimed T'ai Chi Ch'aun Academy of Master Kai Ying Tung both directly and with his most senior students over the past 20+ years.

Lee Johnson MAT in Visual Arts from Plymouth State University. He holds degrees in Visual Art and Museum Studies from New Hampshire Technical Institute, BA in History and Studio work from University of New Hampshire, and a Commercial Art Degree from Monmouth County Vocational in New Jersey. Lee has completed art classes at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Art Education and Human Development at Lesley University. Since 2008 Lee has been teaching art classes for kids, teens, and adults, and is the director of the Summer Art Camp Program at Kimball Jenkins School of Art. He is also a public school art teacher for middle school.

Sara Petipas graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a concentration in ceramics. She has been a production potter for over 20 years and has work in many stores as well as attended juried arts festivals throughout New England. She has taught ceramics and sculpture to people aged 4-85 and enjoys working to develop students personal expression as well as craftsmanship.

Patricia Wild holds a CGS (Certificate of Graduate Study) in The Professional Applications of the Expressive and Creative Arts from Salve Regina University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Art Education and a Doctoral degree in Education from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Washington University. She has more than thirty years of teaching experience at all levels, from pre-school through graduate school, and in a variety of settings, including public and private schools and museum settings. Patricia is also an exhibiting artist, a published writer, and an inveterate seeker and learner.

Bobbie Herron studied fine art at Macalester College and Lesley College, receiving a BA in Studio Arts and Women’s Studies. Her focus on watercolor began while studying with Giffin Russell at the Sharon Arts Center in Sharon NH. For many years Bobbie was on the Artist Roster for VSAarts NH, and taught using various media with at-risk youth, veterans, and seniors. In 2005 she opened FreedomWeavers Studio in Penacook, offering SAORI weaving classes, accessible to people with and without disabilities. In 2013 she became a charter member of the now thriving international community known as Sketchbook Skool and at present works exclusively in watercolor, pen, and ink. She hosts a sketching meet-up group called “Drawing Attention NH” which meets in Concord and around the state and is open to all ages and abilities.

Barbara Filleul (In Memoriam) BA, MEd, University of New Hampshire, is a local artist and art teacher of adults and children She teaches at the NH Institute in Manchester. She was the recipient of the Joan L. Dunfey Memorial Juried Exhibition 2007 First Prize for one of her monotypes. Her work is in numerous collections across the country.