Anne is an artist and educator, who hopes to instill curiosity, appreciation, and conservation of the natural world through the arts. Anne holds a Masters in Education and a BFA in Art Education from the University of Southern Maine.
Rachel Gloria Adams is a visual artist living in Portland, Maine. Inspired greatly by her surroundings including the beautiful chaos her two daughters bring, Adams has developed a vibrant, graphic pattern-based visual language filled with references to the natural world.
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
Gary Amara is an actor, a photographer, and a mathematics teacher, living in Maine since 1998. Gary graduated from Boston College where he studied filmmaking and psychology. After moving to Maine in 1998, he moved from filmmaking to still photography, specializing in portraiture. Gary joined Portland Playback Theater in 2014 after studying improvisational acting with
Annegret Baier is a hand drummer and percussionist who plays and sings traditional West African rhythms and songs, performed on original African-made percussion instruments such as the Djembe, Kpanlogo, and Balafon. Annegret is a classically trained musician from the University of Music in Stuttgart, Germany, who moved to America in 1994 and lives in Portland, Maine.
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. She received the Maine Alliance for Art Education’s 2007 Bill Bonyun Award for
Mia Bogyo is a recent graduate of the University of Southern Maine. She received a BFA in K–12 art education with a studio concentration in ceramics. As an educator, she believes in adapting information to individual student needs with respect and competency. She has worked with Side x Side since the summer of 2015, teaching
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.