Meet The Teachers
Emily Bicht has been an active artist in the NYC area for over twenty years and a member of several artist groups, including The Exhibitionists and Open Ground. She received a BFA from Moore College of Art and Design and a MFA from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. In 2020 she was a recipient of the Queens Council for the Arts New Work Grant. She works in a variety of mediums exploring identity and belonging. She believes that art creates change, and that the objects we surround ourselves with have the ability to elevate our lives. There is meaning in the mundane and transcendence in the ways we spend our days.
Emily lives with her traveling companion and two small cyclones in the Hudson Valley. She is a member of Peekskill Clay Studio and Hudson River Potters. She started teaching at GAC this past summer, and is delighted to be teaching again this fall!
Harry Bolick has been teaching fiddle and mandolin at the Garrison Art Center since 2011. Born in the state of Mississippi, in the US. Harry has focused on, performed, recorded, and taught the classic fiddle tunes from Mississippi for decades.His two massive books Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930's and Fiddle Tunes from Mississippi - Commercial and Informal Recordings, 1920–2018 are published by the University Press of Mississippi. He has 12 recordings of his own, has toured widely in the US and Germany and has produced CDs of vintage Mississippi music for Document Records in England and the Field Recorder’s Collective in the US. A prolific composer, Harry uses his knowledge of tradition to inform his compositions. more info at: www.mississippifiddle.com
Julie Corbett is very excited to be teaching her first class at the Garrison Art Center this fall. A licensed occupational therapist for more than forty years, Julie has extensive experience in fiber arts, and was a commercial weaver before beginning her career in hand therapy. She holds a BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Davis & Elkins College, in Elkins, WV, and an MS in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University. Julie has lived in Philipstown for 30 years and has participated in Garrison Art Center classes in the past.
Ada Pilar Cruz
Ada Pilar Cruz earned her MFA in 1987 from Cranbrook Academy of Art in ceramics/sculpture and printmaking and her BFA from Hunter College in 1979. She has been an artist and art educator since 1987 when, as a graduate student in Cranbrook, she first began giving art workshops to students in Detroit and Pontiac, Michigan public schools. Since that time, she has taught many aspects of art making in many of the US states, including Michigan, New York, California, Connecticut, Maine, and more, as well as abroad, including Mexico, Canada, France, Spain, and Nicaragua. Ada has taught Art History for 28 years; and has been a museum educator since 1990 for Studio Museum in Harlem; The Guggenheim, Museo del Barrio, The Bronx Museum, and continues to work in MoMA where she has been since 1995 and The Drawing Center since 2008. Ada is a member of Buster Levi Gallery, in Cold Spring, NY and has an artist studio in Lake Peekskill, NY. Her involvement with Garrison Art Center began in the year 2000 when her daughter participated in the Summer Arts on the Hudson program. Since 2001 Ada has been teaching art in this same program. Currently, she teaches hand-building and sculptural ceramic art to adults in Garrison Art Center’s clay studio.
Kate Daley is a painter, printmaker and fiber artist who is passionate about working in harmony with nature. She is the founder of Kati Did Originals, a small business specializing in eco-printed and botanically dyed textiles. Her work has been exhibited in art fairs, galleries, and in online exhibitions throughout the U.S.
Kate has been a teaching artist in GAC's Summer Arts on the aHudson program since 2015. She also teaches adult classes and workshops throughout the year.
She studied studio art at Binghamton University (B.A.), the New York Studio School and the International School of Art in Italy. She holds an M.S. Ed. in Museum Education from Bank Street College. Kate resides in the Hudson Valley with her husband, daughter and two mischievous cats.
Eliza Fichter studied theatre at Boston University and the London Academy of Music + Dramatic Arts, and holds a graduate degree in Arts Education. Some of the creative mediums she works in are intaglio and relief printmaking, drawing, theatre and dance. Eliza has worked with GAC as a life model in the past - come by to the drop-in figure drawing classes!
Judy Mensch received her MFA at Tyler School of Art in Rome, Temple University, Rome, Italy and BFA at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA & Italy and has studied at Studio Camnitzer in Valdattavo, Italy, Crown Point Press in San Francisco, CA, School of Visual Arts in New York, NY and Art Quest in Nagasawa Japan.
Judy is a printmaker and painter. Her work straddles the line between abstraction and reality using prints, drawing, paintings, mixed media, and photography. She has worked as a printer for other artists, taught printmaking, and does their own work in intaglio, lithography, relief, and silkscreen. Judy is a founding member of the Manhattan Graphics Center. Her work is represented by The Old Printshop.
Judy became familiar with the Garrison Art Center through their friend David Finkbeiner who created the printshop at the GAC and taught here for many years. After David, Judy’s friend Vijay Kumar took over David’s classes and when Vijay was away, Judy substituted for him teaching Intaglio. Later she taught Monoprint/Monotype printing. In 2020 she had a print in the Garrison Art Center’s Small Works Biennial Exhibition and participated in Post Cards from a Pandemic, 2020.
Katrin Reifeiss studied at Massachusetts College of Art (MassArt) and took a textile course where she was introduced to multiple techniques of manipulating fabric to create patterns including Japanese Shibori. She fell for Shibori hard and continue to create hand-dyed fabrics to this day for her self-named clothing line, Katrin Reifeiss.
Katrin went into Mass Art as a painting major and came out as a fashion major. After graduating she moved to NYC where she pursued a career in fashion and later in Press Relations. Katrin did not give up painting and became involved in a group called s.u.n.Arts, putting together shows in small galleries in Manhattan to factory spaces in Dumbo for artists who were underrepresented around 1999 to 2002. She showed her own work as well, mainly large scale canvases in oils featuring hexagons, what she thinks is the perfect shape and is still interested in to this day. She also worked in resin, paper and with natural honeycomb.
Although she doesn’t paint as often now, in addition to dyeing she has been painting on fabric bringing my two loves together - painting and fashion.
Since 2016 Katrin has been a Teaching Artisit at GAC, teaching Japanese Shibori techniques. Recently she happily accepted the position of Marketing + Communications Manager at Garrison Art Center.
Laurel Shute is an abstract painter with a sculpture and printmaking background. This is her first time teaching at Garrison Art Center. Laurel is curiously drawn to the hand press in the printmaking loft upstairs and like everyone else, she is drawn by GAC's way of welcoming the creative in all of us! Laurel has been developing and teaching various styles of printmaking workshops in her freelance work as a teaching artist in Peekskill and also in Brooklyn.
Candace Winter received her BFA from SUNY New Paltz. She is a Teaching Artist specializing in hand painted paper murals, with over 12 years experience. She considers herself an artist, a maker, and an all around Creative Person. Candace loves making art in any form, and focuses on collage art made by recycling hand painted paper scraps left over from children’s mural projects. She has taught in many of GAC’s children’s programs including Summer Arts on the Hudson, to after-school programs, as well as adult workshops and Creative Happy Hour.
Dawn Zichko is mainly self-taught and BA from Western Connecticut University in Graphic Design.
She has a life long involvement in art, and started drawing horses (copying from coloring books) and moved on to other mediums through-out; acrylics, oils, pastels, fiber arts, book binding, mixed-media applications.
Making an Art Compendium is Dawn’s first class at GAC and she is excited to get started!