Manager, Community Arts Phoenixville
Director of Community Arts, Camphill Soltane
Kristen Pell received her BFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 2010 but has loved art all her life. She has been blessed to combine this love with her passion for working with people in all her career experiences. Kristen has experience in therapeutic recreation, art education, and art curating. She has taught art to all ages and abilities, from day cares to retirement communities. Kristen has been a part of Camphill Soltane since 2015 and Community Arts Phoenixville since it’s creation.
View Kristen's work at www.kristenpellart.com.
Mallary Johnson is an artist and educator based in Phoenixville who works primarily in drawing, photography and collage. She received a BFA from Moore College of Art and Design and an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Mallary’s work creates intersections between visual art and ecology and focuses on human engagement with the living landscape. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally at Stanek and LG Tripp Galleries in Philadelphia, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and Project:ARTspace in New York City, among others.
Mallary teaches in diverse contexts to a wide range of ages and audiences. In addition to teaching at Community Arts Phoenixville, she has taught classes and workshops at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, the Greater Norristown Art League and regularly hosts workshops, private and small group classes in her local studio.
An avid outdoor enthusiast, when Mallary is not in the studio she spends her free time tending her native plant and vegetable gardens, or exploring one of the many regional parks and trails.
Kel Darling has studied pottery as often as life has allowed for more than half her life. Moving to Phoenixville gave her the opportunity to be part of Community Arts Phoenixville and she’s been making time to pursue her passion ever since. She launched her brand, Darling Studios, in 2016 and began formally selling at Craft Shows and markets. Kel's work is functional, focusing on pottery that can be used every day. Her mission is to explore the marriage of beauty and function, and to furnish homes with pieces that are both stylish and useful.
Kel lives here in Phoenixville with her dashing husband, two charming children, amazing mother, and one grumpy cat.
I am enthralled by light and the illumination of a single moment. I am enraptured by the colors of the sun and sky, by how light bounces around the atmosphere, and the colors of darkness. There are moments of awe, wonder, illumination and beauty — moments of light. The arts illuminate those moments through both the process and the product. My goal is to learn to paint and see not just the person, landscape or object, but the light and atmosphere emanating from them.
As a teaching artist, I have worked with ages ranging from kindergartners to 95 year-olds. In my classes, I try to teach each student according to their level of experience and skill, keeping in mind the delicate balance between process and product and communicating the value of each.
When not painting, teaching, or working in my garden, I spend my time playing music. I am part of a large roving family of musicians throughout the area who get together to play every chance we get. I am a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and my BFA is from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to painting, teaching at Community Arts Phoenixville, and having worked as a free lance graphic designer, I work with the PA Council on the Arts in their Artist in Residence program and am on the faculty of the Chester Springs Art Studio.
Trisha Mae is a fine artist and art educator, with experience in teaching art at early learning centers, Pennsylvania public schools, independent schools and classes from her studio. Trisha Mae is a freelance artist, specializing in portraits, charcoals, painting and printmaking. With a B.A. in Art Education from Kutztown University, she was a resident artist at the Banana Factory for 6 years in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and recently moved to Chester County with her family.
Trisha Mae's artwork that has been shown at galleries includes empowering reflections on the female body and images of endangered species. She is devoted to bringing art to the lives of children and adults alike, and believes art is something everyone, no matter the talent, can participate in, relate to, interpret and connect with!
Carol Hewitt has been needle felting and paper mache making for years and has created many sculptures. She enjoys teaching and learning in her classes at CAP. When Carol is not making art she enjoys swimming in the waves or the pool and spending time with family and friends.
Brooke started his career as a cartoonist and animator, and has taught in various art centers for 25 years. He attended California Institute of the Arts and his animated films have been shown in festivals around the country. Brooke has always felt a deep connection with and inspiration from nature, which he expresses through watercolor. His paintings have been exhibited at The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Perkins Center for the Arts, the "Drawn From Nature" show at the Audubon Center at Mill Grove, and in the summer 2016 issue of Nature Inspired Anthologies. Brooke is a member of The Upstairs Artists, a collective of artists in Phoenixville.