Sheri is a Certified Cheese Professional with the American Cheese Society. She has 20+ years of experience in the retail, catering and food industry. She began her career with Specialty Cheese in 2008 representing a Specialty Cheese Importer; responsible for putting together complete retailer cheese case programs and conducting training seminars for their cheesemongers.
Sheri currently educates and conducts cheese pairing classes at cooking schools, trade shows and promotes cheese at retail for several prominent cheesemakers. She has traveled with cheese professionals across the world to further her professional education on the art of cheesemongering in France with the affineurs of 20 Fromageries, visits to AOC cheesemakers in Loire Valley of France. Most recently she was on a professional tour of cheesemakers, cheesemongers and affinage education in New York including the famed Crown Finish Caves in Brooklyn. Future educational tours include London Nov 2016 and an extensive 2 week cheese essentials with hands on affinage course in Lyon France in 2017.
To learn more about the American Cheese Society visit www.cheesesociety.org
Heidi Anderson is a horticulturist at Red Butte Garden. She has a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Previous to coming to Red Butte she was co-owner and operator of a gardening business. Some of her favorite memories as a child were of being in the outdoors with her mother, who taught her so much about loving and caring for a garden.
Tom has been the Maintenance Service Manager for the 412-unit Mission Meadow Brook Apartments since 1991; he has worked in maintenance since 1980.Tom troubleshoots projects from roofing to swimming pools and everything in-between.
This class was just what I needed to give me the confidence to take on repairs and fixes of all kinds around my house. It gives one such a sense of control and independence. Thank you!
Barbara has an MA from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and has her own editing business. She regularly edits for Utah State University Press, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Remote Sensing Applications Center.
"This woman could make any subject exciting. Very knowledgeable and a great teacher - I didn't want to miss any classes." - P.S., Draper
"Barbara is an excellent instructor. I thought my grounding in grammar was pretty good and the class might be uneventful, redundant, or even boring as I'm sure such a class can be. Instead, I loved it and found it immediately applicable to solving editing problems in my work". F12 Grammar and Punctuation
Alisha is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Utah. She has 10 years of critical care experience and now specializes in preventive cardiology. Throughout her career, Alisha has cared for many patients who suffer from the debilitating affects of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. She is passionate about empowering her patients and everyone around her to take control of their health. Alisha experienced firsthand the power of a whole-food, plant-based diet and is now free from debilitating migraines that plagued her for 15 years. Alisha is a certified Food For Life Cooking Instructor through the Physician's Committee For Responsible Medicine. Her mission is to share the message of nutrition and health through a plant based diet to save her community from a growing list of preventable chronic diseases.
Rachael Bush got her Botany degree from Weber State University. Shortly after graduating, she was offered the position of lab manager for the Department of Botany. She spent eight years working with the faculty, staff, and students of the department, enriching her knowledge of plants, and how people use them. Since then, she has developed a series of recipes for natural body care that are good for you and good for the environment.
Elicia Cardenas has been teaching bicycle safety for over fifteen years. She led women's and children's programs at the Community Cycling Center in Portland, OR and taught bike safety for Portland Public Schools, reaching over 800 kids a year. She created and taught a bicycle component for a traffic diversion class, and helped lead Portland to receive "Platinum" designation, serving as vice-chair of the Bicycle Advisory Committee for that city. She has been honored to present on teaching bicycle safety nationally and is happy to bring her skills to Salt Lake City. Currently, she volunteers as a Bicycle Ambassador, serves as chair for the Salt Lake City Bicycle Advisory Committee, and teaches middle school Spanish at an independent school. Elicia is a League Certified Instructor, certified and trained by the League of American Bicyclists.
Kathleen Carricaburu received a master's in metal smithing/jewelry from New Mexico State University in December 2010, where she studied with Julia Barello; her undergraduate degrees are in painting and graphic design from the U. She has exhibited her metal work and painting at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake Art Center, Finch Lane Gallery, and Las Cruces Museum of Fine Arts in New Mexico. The Sundance gallery at Sundance currently carries her fine-art jewelry. In spring 2011 her work, "Daphne and Apollo," was reproduced in "500 Silver Jewelry Designs," published by Lark Books. Kathleen participated in the 2011 Park City Arts Festival; her work can be viewed at kathleencarricaburu.com.
Bruce has been guiding and instructing wilderness adventures for 16 years; he is certified in first aid and CPR. Bruce has played guitar since 1972 and has been teaching the instrument since 1987. He shares his talent in a highly personalized and down-to-earth style.
"Bruce obviously had great knowledge of the subject matter and was very good at presenting it in a way that was easy to follow. This was the best Lifelong Learning class I have taken!! Bruce was an awesome teacher." - H.H., SLC
"Bruce is a super guy. He made learning fun and easy. He inspires me to play. No weaknesses." - B.H.
Professional landscape designer and lifelong gardener Rosie Cobble has a degree in ornamental horticulture from Utah State University. She has been working as a teaching assistant in the off-campus USU horticulture program since 2005.
Michelle Cook loves greenhouse growing and has grown many plants for Red Butte Gardens indoor and outdoor displays and plant sales. Everything from tropical plants to vegetables. A Utah State University graduate and Horticulturist, Michelle is extremely knowledgeable and engaging. She teaches on a variety of gardening subjects through community and professional organizations. Backpacking is her ultimate get away.
Jason holds a BA in Italian. He lived in Italy for two years and has been teaching Italian since 2000.
"Jason took all of the intimidation out of learning a new language. He also has a lovely sense of humor which kept things going." - P.E., SLC
"Jason has a true love of Italy and the language. He made the class so very enjoyable. He knows his stuff. Two thumbs up!" - Satisfied Student
"Jason Cox is a proper instructor who combines proper Italian with skills to greet Italians with useful phrases in their beautiful language. He is amusing and creates a wonderful camaraderie of aspiring Italian communicators in his classroom."
John spent most of his professional career in education as a classroom teacher in fine arts and photography. Currently, he works as a freelance commercial photographer and graphic designer. He started the first secondary school digital photography lab in Utah and has worked with Photoshop since its introduction.
He also plays bass guitar which he has played since high school in Chicago playing in a band most of his life. He has worked as a studio musician and about every genre of music from country gospel to musical theater.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Amelia found her love for art and learning in local artist Kathy Sutherland's watercolor classes. Her education continued at Westminster College where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Photography and a Master of Arts in Teaching. She teaches secondary visual arts and is currently teaching drawing, painting, photography, and commercial art at Corner Canyon High School. Her artwork has been exhibited in the Eccles Community Art Center, the Utah Arts Council's Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Utah Women Artists Juried Exhibition, the Women's Art Center, Westminster College staff and student exhibits, and the Utah Watercolor Society's Spring Open Exhibition. You can see her work at ameliadavis.weebly.com.
Kimberly has spent most of her youth in nature, mostly climbing in trees. In her most recent years, she decided to take her passion to the next level and make it a career. After moving to Utah, she started studying what will grow here and found the study of horticulture very interesting. Kimberly began work at Arbor Day Nursery and expanded her connection with plants. Over the last few years she grew to understand more about the complexities of gardening and landscaping in a plateau desert. She is now the manager at the nursery and a residential landscape designer, where many people seek her advice on growing in Utah. To expand her ability to help her customers, community and personal understanding, she enrolled in the Master's in Horticulture program offered through USU online.
Bonnie is a mental health therapist in private practice in SLC. She is an experienced clinician practicing since 1993 and has been practicing meditation for over 30 years.
Eric Erekson's long road to making art started with his life and education in Salt Lake City, Utah. His skills as a painter were fine-tuned in the BFA and MFA programs at the University of Utah. He has shown in a number of galleries throughout the state, received honorable mentions, has been included in group and solo exhibitions, and has been published twice in International Artist magazines. His work has been exhibited locally at Coda Gallery, Evergreen Art and Frame, Magpies Nest, Pickett Fairbanks, Springville Art Museum, Pioneer Theater, Salt Lake Photo Collective, Gittins Gallery, Art Access Gallery, and Mountain Trails Gallery. Eric's interest is in how identity is formed, which he now explores in a body of work that bridges the gaps between technology and painting. He has a relentless work ethic, leading to a prolific portfolio. He paints consistently while also teaching at the University of Utah, participating in family life, and volunteering for projects such as the Beautify Salt Lake Mural project (intersection show) and leading Sketch Night at the Leonardo Art and Science Center.
Clint Erekson is a graduate of the University of Utah, College of Fine Arts with a degree in Photography/Digital Imaging. He has an excitement and enthusiasm for unconventional means of art and photography. He has been using his iPhone exclusively for the last few year to take his photos and one of his pieces shot with the iPhone won best in show at a local gallery. Clint also has a long history with improv comedy, spanning over 12 years of experience. In high school, Clint led his school's improv team for two years and won a local improv competition his Senior year. While in his first year of college, he was a rotating member for the popular Southern Utah improv comedy troupe Off the Cuff. In 2008, he joined a team called And Go! Improv Comedy and served as its manager and artistic director until 2014. With And Go! Clint has taught workshops for groups such as the Boys and Girls club and other various organizations.
Neil has been a professional photographer for more than 30 years; his photos have been published internationally. Neil also has motivated sales forces of up to 100 people in some of the nation's largest corporations.
What Students Are Saying
I came to this class as a 'point and shoot' photographer, but through the lectures, handouts, and examples I learned so much! Thank you!
- K.O., SLC
Neil is very engaging with the class. He encouraged class participation. The atmosphere was very comfortable for a person with no experience in digital photography.
Mark Esterman is an ordained Zen teacher and a leader of the Salt Lake Zen Group. He began his study of Zen in 1969, and after having served as the Vice Abbott of a Zen Temple in North Carolina he moved to Utah ten years ago to study with Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel at Kanzeon Zen Center, from whom he received Dharma Transmission as a teacher of Zen in 2014. Professionally, he and his wife run an independent book publishing company. He received a PhD in literature from Brandeis University, and has taught classes on Zen and Meditation in the U of U's Lifelong Learning program since 2008.
Melissa, through her own healing journey, has cultivated a strong practice in the Traditional Chinese Medicine use of Qigong and Qigong Healing techniques reawakening ones own healing abilities. She has trained and practiced in China at the Hebei Medical Qigong Hospital and School learning Nei Yang Gong form. She as also expanded her learning by training and certifying with four other teachers/masters through out the United States. She enjoys having opportunities to share and practice Qigong with people of all ages and abilities.
Lindsay holds a BFA from the University of Utah (2000) and has exhibited her work nationally. She was awarded the Undergraduate Research Grant and the Painting and Drawing Scholarship from the University of Utah (1999). Lindsay's work has been featured in Salt Lake Magazine, Southwest Art, and Poets and Artist. Lindsay currently resides in Salt Lake City.
"I learned so much in this class! I was afraid of 'color' but now feel that I can paint and draw with color confidently. Our instructor taught and explained the concepts so well and we were able to understand her, yet she also allowed us to express our own creation! I would love to take another class with her." Drawing with Color - Tamara P.
Lynn was born and grew up in England and has always been fascinated by behavior. She has over 15 years of academic and applied experience in animal behavior, with a BSc in psychology, an MSc in psychology/animal behavior in the UK, and a PhD and post doctoral research in wildlife biology in the US. Her academic work focused on canine behavior and learning in coyotes and included studies on their social status, individual and social learning, and on their personality. She currently runs Pets Decoded LLC in Salt Lake City as an animal behavior consultant and private trainer. Her approach to behavioral modification and training dogs is based upon building a positive relationship between owner and dog through trust and mutual respect. She also works with a local non-profit organization that rescues shelter dogs and teaches veterans with PTSD and female inmates in the Utah Department of Corrections to train potential service dogs. I am a trainer and evaluator for the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen and Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Canine Life and Social Skills programs, and the only animal behavior consultant in Utah affiliated with the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB).
Randin Graves is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and one of the world's leading non-Aboriginal exponents of the Australian didgeridoo. He has played with diverse musicians from classical chamber ensembles to Aboriginal elders and has given presentations on the instrument everywhere from United States elementary schools to the National Museum of Australia. His CDs have been played on every continent, including Antarctica.
As an Australian-American Fulbright scholar and manager of the esteemed Buku-Larrnggay Mulka art centre in the remote Aboriginal township of Yirrkala from 2004-2009, Randin was literally appointed as an ambassador of the instrument and its culture by two governments and a council of Aboriginal elders. He has a passion for sharing his experiences with the culture that originated the didgeridoo. As a trained western musician, he is also passionate about raising awareness about the great musicality of the oft misunderstood instrument.
Tiffani Hafen is a self-taught artist. She spends her days drawing, engulfed in the art of embroidery, and capturing families and individuals with her camera. She has an Etsy shop and is known via social media as "tifdoodle" - she has self produced her own zendoodle coloring book, and painted her doodles on walls. She is excited to be teaching for Lifelong Learning.
Karen Kurka Jensen is an accomplished sumi-e artist, portraying her deep connection to nature through mystical landscapes and abstract images. Jensen grew up in Minnesota where she was sidetracked from a library career following a traumatic car accident. She went in search of alternative healing after her doctors could not relieve her chronic pain. She met a traditional Chinese healer who not only treated her successfully but introduced her to the Chinese culture and heritage. This "accident" led her down a path of discovery, in falling in love with the art of sumi-e. She began studying with masters of the art form in Minneapolis, Susan Frame and Susan Christie, studying with them for over 10 years. Early in her career, she developed her own sumi-e inspired style of abstract expressionism; her dreamy landscapes and images take the viewer on a journey into their own souls. Read more about Karen and her work by clicking on link to 15 Bytes article, http://artistsofutah.org/15Bytes/index.php/mystical-worlds-of-karen-kurka-jensen/.
Award-winning glass artist Sarinda Jones has been a studio artist since 2000. She was a finalist for the NICHE Award of American Craft/Rosen Group in Philadelphia, PA, and exhibited with the American Craft Council in San Francisco in 2009 and 2010. In 2006 she was an invited artist to the Utah Arts Festival. In 2003, Sarinda studied at the internationally renowned Pilchuck Glass School; her emphasis was on kiln-formed glass and casting techniques. Sarinda has received various art glass commissions, including window panels, wall pieces, and large-scale architectural sculptures.
As a Financial Advisor, understanding client needs and goals is essential. This is achieved through a thorough approach to identifying investor suitability per their current situation and taking into account experiences, perceptions and emotions related to the financial markets. Through strong institutional research and a dedicated team, I proactively communicate investment decisions in order to grow, preserve and transfer wealth. Sound, client-centric investment management is achieved by combining 15 years of fundamental and technical analysis to match strategies with market conditions. Licenses include Series 3, 7, 63, 65 and Health and Life Insurance.
Meg Kinghorn, an associate of Dawn Marano & Associates, began a daily practice of writing as part of a friendly challenge in her writing group. Since then, journaling has become a meditative practice, a means of self discovery and a rich trove for essays and poems. Since 2009 she has facilitated as a mentor with the DiverseCity Writing Series, a Community Writing Center program located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has been featured in their "sine cera" publication. She contributed as an author in the Utah Cultural Celebration Center's 2012 Ekphrasis Exhibit, and was named as a finalist in the Lascaux Flash 2013 Flash Fiction contest. She is currently working on a series of creative non-fiction essays.
"Meg provided a structure for this class that provided positive feedback and constructive criticism from her and the other students. She, and other teachers like her, are the reason why I will not take an online class. Being there and interacting in a positive learning environment is the only way to go!
It's also obvious that Meg has a love for the subject and her students alike...couldn't ask for a better class!!"
"I loved my instructor, Meg. She was such a great leader and mentor for the class and was so great in cultivating positive relationships amongst our writing group. I think everyone got something special from this class."
"Meg provided a structure for this class that provided positive feedback and constructive criticism from her and the other students. She, and other teachers like her, are the reason why I will not take an online class. Being there and interacting in a positive learning environment is the only way to go! It's also obvious that Meg has a love for the subject and her students alike...couldn't ask for a better class!!"
Ken Kiss and Julie Daily have been baking bread for more than 15 years. Starting with their first taste of rustic European bread in the French countryside, they have seen their passion grow, leading to experiment with artisan ingredients, fermentation, and alternative baking methods that they hope to share with students.
Ben's time as an overweight, happy baby was spent in Lincoln, NE. At the age of five, he packed his prized set of Legos and moved to Logan, UT, with family in tow, where he would spend most of his childhood. He moved to Salt Lake City to study graphic design at the University of Utah but sadly, that didn't work out when he realized that his first love was the camera. He and his best friend started making pixels together in the bowels of dirty, abandoned industry. Fast forward, and you find Ben serving as the photo studio manager for the Backcountry.com family of e-commerce websites. He does not shoot weddings.
Amy grew up speaking Spanish with the neighborhood kids. That was in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Today, she is bi-lingual in Spanish. She has lived in South America, worked and traveled in the region. Much of her recent Spanish is in business where her career led her to high tech marketing and sales roles supporting the Latin America region. Her love of the language and culture, began from her fortune to live in Bolivia and Brazil as a young girl. Since then, she has pursued college level coursework in Spanish, ESL and is a credentialed substitute teacher. She has volunteered in community programs for Spanish-speaking clients in need of shelter, food and medical assistance. She is an avid tennis player, skier and dog-walker extraordinaire. She has an MBA from Northeastern University, and B.A. from McGill University.
Rich Legg is a commercial stock photographer based in Riverton, Utah. After beginning his photography career in school and working as a studio portrait photographer during the 80s, he stepped away from serious photography for nearly 15 years.
Advances in Internet technology and digital photography lured Rich back into the photographic world in 2005. By creating studio images for stock portfolios with iStockphoto and Getty Images, he has returned to his roots as a professional photographer. Having sold more than 100,000 stock photos, Rich is in the top 100 worldwide sellers on iStockphoto.
In addition to his commercial photography work, Rich is a founding member of Photowalking Utah and teaches bimonthly photography classes at the Salt Lake City library. He is a member of the Professional Photographers of America.
Dana Levy teaches alignment-based hatha yoga, having practiced Iyengar yoga since 2003. Dana's background in modern dance, bodywork, anatomy and kinesiology, and martial arts influences her teaching style. As yoga is a powerful vehicle
for transformation, she focuses on ease, efficiency, and coordination of breath and movement in order to create a fuller awareness of the body-mind connection. Dana offers challenging, innovative, fun, and instructive classes
with an emphasis on meeting each student's needs. Using props such as blocks, belts, bolsters, chairs, and walls, she creates a yoga practice for every body, regardless of age, size, or ability, and encourages practitioners to
develop a lifelong practice. She currently teaches at Avenues Yoga.
Cindy Lund manages a website on Great Salt Lake and is the treasurer for the non-profit FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake. She has explored the lake from land, sea, and sky and loves to share its history and its beauty with anyone who will listen. She works to entice locals to take advantage of the many recreational opportunities this inland sea has to offer.
Susan Madden was featured on CBS Sunday Morning talking about her artist in residence experience at Mesa Verda summer 2016 and her art. Click on this link to see the interview: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/on-the-trail-parks-that-inspire-art/
Jim founded Salt Lake City's Acoustic Music in 1974. He has authored more than a dozen music books, including a 12-book series entitled "The Complete 10-Hole Diatonic Harmonica Series" (Mel Bay Publishing).
Shauna has a BS in Exercise and Sports Medicine and an MA in education. She has been teaching Spanish at the elementary, middle, and high school levels since 2004. She perfected her Spanish while living in Buenos Aires for eighteen months.
Cody is one of the owners of Salt City Brew Supply, a homebrewing supply store in Midvale, Utah. He has been brewing beer, wine, cider and mead at home for 7 years. Cody is passionate about beer and brewing and loves to show people how fun and easy it can be to make great beers and other fermented beverages at home.
"Cody was great. His personal experience added making the class better and more fun. The flow and demonstration was great. He took the time to make sure we understood as well as answering all questions thoroughly. Great class with a great instructor!" - How to Brew Beer
Allison Leialoha Milham is a book artist, musician and proprietor of Morning Hour Press. She received her BA in Studio Art from San Francisco State University, CA (2006); and her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (2012).
She has taught book arts and printmaking at the college level for the past five years and is currently serving as the Community Outreach Coordinator in the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah. Her work is held in multiple public collections including Yale University Arts Library and The Library of Congress and is represented by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers and Brooklyn in NYC.
Jens is a professional photographer and owner of Pictureline.
"Great class! Great instructor! The instructor's knowledge and enthusiasm about the material/class subject made it very enjoyable and easy to learn. Would take additional classes from this instructor if offered."
-Digital Photography: Nuts and Bolts - Blanca R.
Ella Joy Olsen was born, raised, and currently resides in Salt Lake City (though she has also lived in Seattle, Washington & Savannah, Georgia). Ages ago, she graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Finance, but after years of typing boring number stuff, she eagerly gave up her corner cubicle and started writing fiction.
Most at home in the world of the written word, Ella also spent nearly a decade on the Board of Directors for the Salt Lake City Public Library System (and over four decades borrowing from the stacks). She is the mom of three kids ranging from barely-teen to barely-flown-the-nest teen, the mama of two dogs, and the wife of one patient husband.
She is a member of Tall Poppy Writers, Historical Novel Society, Women's Fiction Writers Association, and the best book club ever: Salt Lake Bibliophiles.
ROOT, PETAL, THORN (September 2016/Kensington) is her debut novel. It is a traditionally published historical fiction set in Salt Lake City which earned an Editors Choice designation from Historical Novel Reviews, a Top Pick from RT Reviews, was praised by Library Journal, and was featured in the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News. Her sophomore novel, WHERE THE SWEET BIRD SINGS will publish September 2017.
I'm ERiK, you can think "ERiK the Red" (gestures towards red beard). I graduated from the U in Physics, and like to consider myself a physician. As an undiagnosed fishaholic, I spend as much of my time on the river trying to trick fish into eating feathers, fur, and a sharp piece of metal. I'm a geek for science, but am still way, way cool.
Paul received his bachelors degree in Physics and Astronomy with a minor in Astronomy at the U of U. He has worked in the Dept. of Physics since 2005 doing public outreach. He also runs the U's observatory, and helped with the building of a new observatory in southern Utah. Paul has a huge interest in photography and astrophotography and helps teach classes for students interested in astronomy and/or physics.
Levi Rogers is the owner and head roaster of Charming Beard Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster based out of Salt Lake City. He has worked in the coffee industry for over six years as a barista, roaster, and green coffee sourcer.
"The class was small enough to lend a very personable touch. The information was very informative and Levi was very knowledgeable and openly able to share that knowledge. I came away from the class with solid information and a high level of enthusiasm for seeking even more knowledge and skill with regard to coffee." - All About Coffee
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Becka Roolf is the organizer of the SLC Bicycle Touring, Bikepacking, and Fat Biking Meet-up. A year-round bike commuter for over 20 years, she put her love of bicycling together with her love of backpacking and wild camping to take up bikepacking about 4 years ago. Having gone through several rounds of gear upgrades, "weight reduction" initiatives, and trip planning tuning, she is ready to share her knowledge and experience.
Professionally, Becka is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the Salt Lake City Transportation Division.
Margaret is one of Utah's most well known metaphysical teachers and psychics. She is a Certified Tarot Master and is a regular on X-96 FM and her weekly podcast available on iTunes. She draws upon years of Tarot experience, familiarity with the best Tarot authors and books, and highly lauded teaching skills to guide students in a variety of meaningful exercises. For more information go to www.margaretruth.com.
"Margaret is a great teacher. She make the classroom fun and makes it easy to explore new ideas and practices."
I have worked in the fashion industry for 20 years and while I love the process of draping a soft fabric to fit the curves of the human body I am even more intrigued by coaxing hard metal into nearly any shape. A few simple bends in a piece of metal can transform it into what looks like a cloth ribbon. I started designing and making jewelry about 15 years ago with a simple beaded necklace. When I took a Silver Fabrication class in a local New Jersey college I was hooked. My passion for metalsmithing gained momentum when I started taking classes in ancient techniques of jewelry making - hand fused and woven chainmaking, bezel setting stones and granulation.
I've had the great fortune of learning from some of the best teachers in the states. My appetite for learning and experimenting with different techniques in jewelry making has taken me to classes and workshops from New York to Seattle and places in between.
I love experimenting with texture and color in metal and obtain these unique finishes with tools as simple as sandpaper, a hammer or even a hardboiled egg! Another way I like to create texture is with textile weaving techniques, which bring me back to my roots of working with fabric.
Sheral Schowe is the founder and owner of Wasatch Academy of Wine, Utah's first and largest wine school and affiliate provider of classes for the Wine Scholar Guild. She teaches for the Lifelong Learning program at the University of Utah, Harmons Grocery and Cooking Schools, and Salt Lake Community College Culinary Institute. Certified as a French Wine Scholar through the French Wine Society, she is a Scholar in the areas of Provence and the Rhone. She has a Master's degree in Adult Education and is a Licensed Wine Educator through the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
James is a fee-only financial advisor and owner of Switchpoint Financial Planning. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master's of Finance degree from the University of Utah. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner designations. He has a passion for helping people make wise investment decisions and gain confidence in their goals.
Claire Taylor holds an MS in Environmental Humanities and a BFA with a printmaking emphasis from the University of Utah. She previously worked as the Studio Manager, Instructor and Lead Printer at the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, where she taught letterpress and bookbinding workshops and classes. She will be an artist-in-residence at UMOCA Spring, 2018. She is currently an Alternate for a Fulbright award for graduate students in the creative arts in New Zealand.
Inspired by her encounters with wildlife, Claire's work explores ecology, animal communication, and breaking down the cultural human/animal binary. She has exhibited her work internationally. Examples of Claire's work can be seen at owlandcoyote.com.
Catherine is a Parisian with a Master's in English from the Sorbonne University; she has been teaching French since 1978.
"This class was terrific. The assignments were interesting and fun. I liked that she got everyone talking--a lot. Very fun." - satisfied student
Mïa Vollkommer is a jeweler, small-business woman, teacher, cat lady and a lover of pho and Kung Fu movies. She has been teaching beading and jewelry techniques for 12 years now at venues around the country - most notably for 8 years at the Smithsonian Associates (the Smithsonian Institution's continuing education program) and most recently at Silverschmidt Design Studio in Salt Lake City. For the last two years, Ms. Vollkommer has been making and selling her jewelry around Salt Lake and across the Southwest with her business 2 dots over the i. When teaching, Ms. Vollkommer derives great pleasure from showing her students that creativity and the maker's spirit are in each and every one of us, just waiting to be discovered.
Richard is a self-taught watercolorist who has been painting since 1994; he is represented by several local galleries.
"Rich Vroom is the greatest! I have taken 4 classes from him. He is a true professional."
Jenna Weischedel graduated with a degree in Landscape Management from Brigham Young University. After a brief experiment at being a technical support specialist, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a floral designer. Her journey began by partnering with a friend to start their own floral shop. When the opportunity arose, Jenna interned at a small floral shop in Kalaheo, Hawaii. There she became the head designer and floral manager. After two years managing the floral business, she left to continue her design career working for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. While she still misses the ocean breeze, and fresh picked pineapple; Jenna loves being able to explore the mountains here in Utah with her husband, and teaching people how to pronounce her last name.
Paul Wheeler has been working in Film, Photography, and Animation for the past 12 years. He has a passion for creating art with multiple mediums and loves to teach others. Directly after graduating in Film at the University of Utah he has pursued his passion on a multitude of projects for the Utah Departments of Transportation and Public Safety, television and website commercials, aviation training productions, Miss Hawaiian Tropic photography, and is currently a director at Bailiwick Studios.
Kim Williams Justesen, a Salt Lake City native, was one of those kids whose mom had to come in and take the flashlight away so she would stop reading and go to sleep. She earned a Bachelor's degree in English/Theater from Westminster College, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a published author and has both fiction and nonfiction, children and adult books published ranging from humor, to paranormal, to horror in genre. Kim has taught English, Writing, and Humanities classes at various local colleges for the past 15 years. She served as the Utah/So. Idaho chapter Regional Advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for five years, and has been actively involved in a number or writing organizations including the League of Utah Writers, SCBWI, and the Author's Guild. You can learn more about her at her web site and blog: www.kwjustesen.com