Ryan Adams is a Portland Maine artist, born and raised, where he lives with his artist and designer wife and their two daughters. His background in traditional graffiti led him to creating large-scale mural work as well as hand lettering. His signature “gem” style of work is a geometric breakdown of letterforms with shadows and
Gretchen Berg is a teaching artist/educator with more than 30 years of experience. She is known for her collaborative approach, working with educators and students to integrate theater, dance, visual arts, and classroom curriculum in New England schools, community centers, and museums.
Sarah Boyden is a resident artist in many local schools, specializing in large scale, collaborative, mixed-media projects. She grew up on a farm on the island of Vinalhaven where she learned the true meaning of being resourceful and building community. She has a particular passion for cardboard and other recyclable materials, making everyday items shine and
Karen Brooks is a visual artist living in Maine. She studied at Massachusetts College of Art and the California Institute of the Arts. Karen regularly exhibits her work and teaches artists of all ages. She enjoys animation and paper sculpture. Her inspiration comes from nature, the creative spirit, upcycled found materials, the poetry of everyday
Molly Brown is a self-taught artist and (over-taught) geographer. She earned an MA and Phd in human geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a BA in geography from Middlebury College. She received a Watson Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to understand the meaning and importance of handmade map forms in a digital era.
Meg Christie is a performer, teaching artist, and therapist. Improvising is an integral part of every aspect of her life. She is a founding member of Portland Playback Theatre, playing back stories from the audience since 2006. After working in community mental health for about 10 years, she started a small private therapy practice in
Leah Cross is an artist and teacher living in Portland, Maine. Leah works in a variety of media including ceramics, paint, textiles, and encaustic collage. She has been working with children in the Portland area for the last 14 years since moving to Munjoy Hill from the woods of western Maine.
Laurie Downey is a visual artist/designer and educator. With a degree in graphic design from Massachusetts College of Art and a background in printing, Laurie has designed a wide variety of print and digital publications. After years of working solely in 2D, she made the big jump into the third dimension and her studio practice
Indigo Grey lives and creates in Lewiston, Maine, where they moved in 2015. Formally trained as a printmaker, and informally trained as a proletarian and malcontent, Indigo engaged with political organizing and community arts after becoming displaced by gentrification. Indigo has always enjoyed giving things to the people and communities they love. Things given can
Lisa Hicks is a dancer and choreographer. Lisa has been a guest artist in many elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Maine as well as an adjunct lecturer at USM, Bates College, and Bowdoin College. Lisa enjoys teaching dance to dancers of all ages, exploring creative movement, dance improvisation, storytelling, and modern dance techniques.