Dave's lifelong interest in photography began as a teenager learning from his father but it didn't become his passion until his daughter ran high school track. He's spent the last decade learning everything he can about capturing compelling sports images and has worked with numerous news agencies and companies, both local and national. He has his own sports photography business, and loves to share tips with struggling new sports photographers on the sidelines. For Dave, many types of photography are interesting, but sports photography is FUN!
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!
Carol Avery is certified to teach PMCÂ© (Precious Metal Clay) by The Rio Grande Company and has taught classes at Beaded Puma, SLC; Kimball Art Center, Park City; and YMCA Camp Roger, Uintah Mountains. Carol's B.F.A. work at the University of Utah focused on weaving/fiber arts. She has dabbled in small metals and ceramics.
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.
Celia has been an organic gardener since 1998. After graduating from Weber State University in 1998 with a B.S. in zoology and minors in both botany and chemistry, Celia decided that she wanted a "PhD in practical knowledge," joined a farm collective, and took on gardening leadership responsibilities. After returning home to Utah she began large scale backyard gardening, teaching gardening classes, and taking as many gardening classes as possible. Chickens were a natural part in the evolution of her urban garden, and they were integrated in spring 2004. Celia's chickens have been working hard on garden bug patrol, soil fertilizing and preparation, and egg production ever since.
"Celia was awesome and oh so helpful! Not only did she advise and help me through issues I was having this season with my garden but taught me so much I can't wait to start planning for next year! Great class, very informative instructor!"
Cindy Briggs - Battles
A master of translucent tranquil watercolors, Cindy Briggs is known for her sun drenched cityscapes, luminous landscapes and flowers, portraits and creative watercolor sketchbooks. Whether painting in places like Italy, Utah or Carmel-by-the-Sea, her paintings are infused with light, in harmony with life and in full color.
A nurturing, positive and informative art teacher, she has been leading workshops for over 25 years, taking artists of all experience levels to Europe, Canada and throughout the US to paint on location and in the studio. A member and featured artist in NWWS, NWS, WSO, WW and NWWS exhibits, she has also been featured in galleries, museums, special events, art centers, in Plein Air Magazine, Outdoor Painter and Watercolor Magazine. www.CindyBriggs.com
Cindy is an accomplished artist and her ability to simplify her instruction is quite exceptional. She is organized, attentive and charming. I found grace and creativity in her class. - Vivia B - F18 Quick Sketch Watercolor
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.
Erika is an award winning photographer and arts educator. Ever since she can remember art has been a part of her life, she participated in art festivals, competitions and afterschool art programs. She attended Art Universities in Fort Lauderdale, Chicago for her under-grad and obtained her MFA at the Academy of Art University in California. She has practiced commercial and fine art photography allowing her to publish several food photography books and exhibit work in Fine Art galleries throughout the United States. She is versatile in film and digital, including 35mm, medium and large format cameras. She also alternates her lessons with alternative photographic processes; which include cyanotypes, transfers, Brown-Vandykes, experimental photography, chlorophyll printing and much more. Other art areas include: mix media, collage, clay, installation and holistic-healing art. Her teaching approach is organic, allowing students to find themselves through the creation of art and encouraging self-discovery.
Sofia is an architect and an artist working in many mediums including charcoal, pastels, watercolor, and acrylic. Her teaching began about 20 years ago when she realized the magical connection between using your hands and happiness. Sharing this experience with others is an important part of her journey as an artist. She loves helping students discover their artistic abilities and overcoming artistic blocks while learning techniques. In addition to her own art endeavors, she's collaborated on multi-disciplinary projects and lead a variety of education and art related projects including artistic creations, murals, and paintings on diverse mediums. Her work is exhibited locally and abroad and can be found on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/xymaras/?hl=en.
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 made the class very approachable for everyone and gave a lot of content for us to go beyond just beginning guitar practice as we progressively increase our abilities."
"Bruce is a super guy. He made learning fun and easy. He inspires me to play. No weaknesses." - B.H.
Bruce was an amazing teacher. I loved kayaking on the Weber River. I highly recommend this class for anyone interested in learning a new outdoor activity! S.S.
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.
SAMANTHA DA SILVA
Samantha is an artist and art teacher living and working in Salt Lake City. Beneath her amiable personality burns a fervent fire to express life through art and dialogue. Her work has been exhibited in over 100 group and solo exhibitions including HGTV's Love it or List it. As an educator, daSilva has instructed at various public and private institutions across the US, Canada, and France.
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.
MARK DEL VECCHIO
Mark is an experienced educator and world traveler. He constantly strives to seek the unique. Creating chocolate experiences is his latest of a long line of passionate endeavors. Mark brings his researching skills and appreciation of culture and food to enhance our artisan farm to bar chocolate business. He has experience in teaching
and learning on four continents, most recently in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has earned a masters degree in Educational Leadership. He was born in Rhode Island, but in
1992 his love of skiing lured him to Park City, Utah.
Darby Doyle is a Utah-based food, beverage and outdoors writer with a background in culinary history, cocktail culture, historical archaeology and recreational tourism in the American West. Her favorite stories feature food and beverage artisans passion and pride in creating delicious and memorable products. Darby received a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Rhodes College in Memphis, completed her M.A. in History and Public History at Arizona State University and continued doctoral work in history at ASU before moving to Utah in 2005. Look for her work at Devour magazine, cityhomeCOLLECTIVE.com, Vamoose outdoors magazine, Park City Magazine, the Utah Office of Tourism and she is a frequent Salt Lake City Weekly contributor. Darby occasionally blogs about booze history and geeky cocktail experiments at aBourbonGal.com,
Asia Raine is a Utah jewelry artist and owner of Asia Raine Designs. She specializes in creating jewelry that showcase the natural beauty of semi precious stones and metals. As a designer who thrives in creative spaces, she enjoys sharing her knowledge through teaching. Her workshops invite exploration and skill development, bringing unlimited diversity to the workbench.
Asia welcomes opportunity for connection and growth and honors the inspired processes of art and community development. In May 2015, she traveled with a group of artisans to Hyderabad, India where they taught vocational sewing and jewelry skills to women. She has worked with artists in Santa Fe, Oregon, Salt Lake City, Guatemala Ireland and across the United States. Her designs are influenced by her travels and a love for nature. Asia Raine jewelry can be found in shops in Connecticut, Oregon, New Mexico, and Utah as well as on line.
Follow Asia Raine Designs on Instagram: asia_raine_designs, at www.asiaraine.com , and join her conversations at www.asiarainedesigns.blogspot.com.
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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.
"The instructor was AMAZING. I have struggled to learn meditation for some time, but he made the class a true learning experience and put meditation in an accessible light."
Joseph Evans (Orgyen Shiwo Dorje) has been studying Buddhism with H. E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche since 2004, and is a devoted practitioner of The Buddha Path. He has completed seven summer retreats at the Dzogchen Retreat Center in Eugene, Oregon in addition to numerous seasonal retreats. In September 2018, he received the esteemed title of Dharma Acharya Instructor.
A dharma teacher known for his clear, sincere, compassionate and analytical teaching style, Joseph organizes local sangha activities and gives frequent dharma instruction and teachings. In addition to his dharma activities, Joseph is a professional musician, a violinist in the Utah Symphony Orchestra since 1996, and holds music degrees from the University of Utah (B.A.) and the Manhattan School of Music (M.A.).
To fulfill the aspirations of his kind teacher, Joseph wishes to fully complete the path of the Dzogchen Lineage in this lifetime, help all beings realize their full potential of true happiness, and help create a peaceful and harmonious society in this world. To that end, he wishes to bring practical dharma teachings that inspire others to increase well-being and happiness, establish Dzogchen Lineage dharma centers, temples and schools in the United States and Japan, and to bring dharma to life for countless people through music.
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.
"This was such a great class! Relaxing, interesting and very instructive. I felt I got all the training I needed to become a beautiful calligrapher and I'm not an artistic person. Janet made it unique with all sorts of projects along the way, beautiful papers, different nibs, fun inks and treats. I loved it!"
Tatyana Golub is a native Russian with 40 years of mushroom hunting experience. She taught Russian at the University of Utah for 16 years, and now works as a freelance translator. She has been hunting for mushrooms across the Rocky Mountains for 20 years, including Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and, of course, Utah. Her main emphasis has been Northeastern Utah, in the Uinta National Forest. She has led numerous private trips into the field and has shared her knowledge with a wide range of people. She is always happy to share her knowledge of the terrain, what to look for, and what to do with the treasures once they're found.
Peter Golub has taught English and literature since 2005. He has studied at a variety of schools including Columbia University, Stanford, University, and the University of California, Berkeley. He holds one bachelor's degree and two master's degrees. He has published in various academic and literary journals, for which he received a PEN Award and a BILTC Fellowship. He is currently the translation editor for the St. Petersburg Review.
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.
Jeri Jonise Gravlin is a young photographer transplanted from the Midwest whose mission in life is to tell stories through imagery that inspire positive change. Art is her form of activism and she strives to create a call for action towards a more sustainable future with each photograph she takes. Jeri has an Associate's Degree in Fine Arts from Delta College, a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies from Westminster College and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Resilient and Sustainable Communities from Green Mountain College. She currently works for The Salt Lake City Public Library as a Marketing and Communications Specialist, where visual storytelling is an intricate part of her job.
Kathy Hoggan is a professional teacher with a Master's Degree in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah. Kathy's interest in health and nutrition, as well as her personal convictions against the "Western Diet," grew while raising her two sons. She and her family had their share of health issues, causing more misery and expense than was acceptable to her. This is when Kathy started to think seriously about what they could do as a family to improve their health.
It made sense to Kathy that the food they were eating was involved with their health. She began researching what nutrients the 100 trillion cells in the body constantly requires to keep functioning properly, and what foods contain these nutrients. This research and a desire to go back to school led to Kathy's Master's Thesis Project: writing the curriculum and teaching a class about the differences between sugars made by nature and sugars made by man. Her class "Understanding Sugar" was born.
Elaine Hultgren comes from a fine and commercial art background, graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a 4 year certificate majoring in painting with a minor in printmaking. She holds a certificate of completion from the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden's program of botanical art and illustration. Her artwork and scientific illustrations have been exhibited in shows, museums, and galleries and are included in private collections. Elaine worked in the field of animation for over 25 years, storyboarding, directing and producing for television and film and has taught storyboarding and animation workshops to both elementary and college levels and has taught nature and bird sketching at the Tracy Aviary, Salt Lake City, UT. Today Elaine is an instructor of botanical art and illustration at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix and is working as a scientific illustrator on various projects.
Mike holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology and has more than 20 years' experience conducting geologic research in the Intermountain West, Pacific Northwest, and Pakistan Himalaya. He has been a geologist with the Utah Geological Survey since 1994 and has taught geology courses at the community college level since 2006.
"The teacher was fantastic. He answered the one thousand questions we all had with knowledge and experience. He interacted well with the entire group. I would recommend to anyone who is interested in geology. There are so many extraordinary features that we in the Salt Lake City valley drive by without insight. This class gives us a whole new perspective of where we live." Kathleen B.
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.
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.
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!!"
"Thank you so much for the amazing opportunity of learning from you and communing with the other students. What an amazing course you have created. It was transformative for me. Thank you so much for sending me the pictures and the audio tape [from the whiteboard experience]. I look forward to having time to review them and learn from them again.... and again. The writing prompts you gave created new insights for me as well. [They helped] me see things in a new light and find my truth and passion in a newly embodied way. My life/memoir has changed in profound ways. It is so empowering for me to think of myself in terms of self trust rather than denial. Thatâ€™s huge! Thank you for your generosity. Thank you for your enthusiasm and compassion. I would be thrilled to participate in other writing opportunities to continue to learn from you (and others) as well." Memoir Writing S19
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.
"Ben Kuhns is a great instructor who really knows how to impart his knowledge and make the class fun and interesting as well as informative. We also had a terrific field trip to his place of employment to understand how the principles of product photography are used in the everyday world."
Mary began learning metalsmithing in a community education class. She teaches for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and Osher's sister program Lifelong Learning. Metalsmithing is a passion of Mary's that she is happy to share with students in Continuing Education. She looks forward to learning from her students as they grow as artists and metalsmiths.
Pat Lambrose has a BA in Recreation and Youth Leadership, a BA in Education, and an MEd in Technology and Computers, all from the University of Utah. She taught in middle and high schools and was an instructional technology facilitator in Salt Lake City School District. As a retiree, she is now pursuing her passion for outdoor adventures like backcountry skiing hut trips in Canada, cycling in Europe, and river running. Pat coordinates statewide geospatial technology opportunities.
Desarae Lee is an award-winning fine artist and illustrator from Salt Lake City, Utah. Her art has appeared in galleries and art shows across the US, she is a published author and illustrator, and she serves as a founding board member at Salt Lake City's Downtown Artist Collective. Desarae's technique revolves around using line to create value and texture. Working primarily with pen and ink, Desarae balances exact, meticulous line-work with natural, flowing compositions. Over time, her work has developed to include watercolor, tea staining, and printmaking. This shift results in more organic drawings that still maintain her original intricacy.
Kimberly has BFAs in graphic design and in painting and drawing; one of her paintings is in a permanent museum collection. She has been teaching drawing and painting since 1998.
Tea is a lifelong passion. You've probably heard the saying, "the more you know, the more you realize you don't know." Tea is no different and I'll never stop learning.
Tea has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. It began early with family trips to visit my grandparents in Montreal and we'd enjoy tea and biscuits each night before bed. While in college in Philadelphia, I'd walk over to the local cafe and order an Earl Grey with my egg and cheese bagel. Earl Grey might be everyone's gateway drug!
My passion for tea got turned up a notch when my wife, Becky, and I purchased Tea Zaanti in 2016. I work in the shop full-time and have fully engulfed myself in tea ever since; from taking online classes through the World Tea Academy, attending the World Tea Expo, reading a number of books, watching endless videos and talking tea every day. Learning with and from my customers is the most rewarding part of my work, aside from enjoy my daily cuppa or three.
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
Lynsey is a horticulturist at Red Butte Garden & Arboretum at the University of Utah. She is also a garden designer and ISA Certified Arborist. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Social Anthropology from Massey University, New Zealand as well as a certificate in Organic Horticulture from SIT, New Zealand.
Over the years she has worn many horticultural hats - from growing, installing, and maintaining to designing, consulting and educating - she ultimately brings over 16 years of local and international experience to the classroom. She is passionate about cultivating and sharing her love of plants, gardens and nature.
Chris Olsen founded Legacy Imports (uslms.com) on the premise that product development and managing Chinese supply could be more predictable. He's been refining the process of managing China for almost 20 years. Before Legacy, he earned degrees in mechanical engineering, spent a decade in aerospace, another building structures for the mining industry, and another running product development for a national manufacturing company. In that product development role he established and moved supply chains into China, managed intellectual property, and invented dozens of consumer products. At Legacy he creates turn-key solutions for clients including engineering, qualifying supply chains, and running international logistics to get product to store shelves. He has also invented and taken his own consumer product to retail with mixed success, including a brief swim with the Sharks. If you want advice on how best to channel the enthusiasm that comes from invention and turn it into retail success then talk to Chris.
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.
"Ella blended constructive suggestions, insider insights into the world of publishing and valuable resources in each class, as well as the opportunity to offer substantive help to one another on our manuscripts. Ella's warm and personal approach, and the small class size added to the enjoyment and beneficial effect. I would gladly continue to drive from Ogden each week to work with such an instructor."
Pamela M. Olson is the owner of Native Flower Company, a full-service florist located in Sugar House that specializes in custom designs for all occasions, including weddings and events. The daughter of a nurseryman, Olson grew up in Spring Lake, Utah, accompanying her dad in the greenhouse, propagating plants and in winter, learning boutonniere- and wreath-making. Before founding Native in 2012, she ran another floral business, TriFecTa Design and was an editor at Utah Homes & Garden, Utah Style & Design and Salt Lake magazines. She is currently a freelance writer for local publications and blogs.
"Pamela was an awesome teacher. I learned the basics of floral design, so I can make my own arrangements at home. I really loved taking home a finished floral arrangement every class to enjoy. I would take this class every month if it was offered."
"The class was informative, educational, well-designed and tailored to help the students learn more about working with fresh flowers. I increased my basic understanding, learned tricks of the trade, and insight into how to be successful independently. The fundamentals were concrete and can be applied to various situations. Grateful I took this class and for the kindness and encouragement offered by the instructor. Would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in flowers, events, or gardening."
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.
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.
"I think the class was special because of the teach Rio. He taught important concepts clearly, and explained several musical points I had never understood before. He brought in songs with simplified chords so from day one we could play songs by The Eagles, Jason Mraz and Tom Petty. I felt immediately successful. Also he gave us lots of tips and hints about playing and practicing. Rio's laid back, humorous and welcoming attitude really helped bring us all along. Top notch class!"
James Santangelo is the owner of the Wine Academy of Utah, a company tailored for both wine enthusiasts and professionals. His organization provides education and training to restaurants, hosts wine events, and offers on-site sommelier services for wine and spirits. The Wine Academy of Utah is an approved program provider for the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), an educational track which leads the path in pursuit towards becoming a Master in Wine and Spirits. James has received much recognition for his work, including Salt Lake Magazine Dining Awards "Best Wine Educator" (2011) and Utah's "Best Server" (2010).
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.
Danielle Susi is the Art Gallery and Event Specialist at Salt Lake Community College, where she is also an adjunct professor. A fiber artist, poet, journalist, and comedian, she received her Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was awarded the New Artists Society Fellowship. Her fiber work has been shown at the Page Gallery and Sullivan Galleries in Chicago and at Pandemonium and Bountiful Davis Art Center in Utah, with a forthcoming exhibitions at Finch Lane Gallery, God Hates Robots, and Bountiful Davis Art Center in 2019. She has taught embroidery and weaving classes all around Northern Utah, including at BDAC, Weber State University, and UMOCA. Find her online at daniellesusi.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
Muyly started her own wedding and event planning business in 2011, The Muyly Miller Company. Under her company, she has branched into a host of lifestyle interests, including food and baking. She has been asked to appear on a number of local, daytime TV shows to share her expertise. Her most recent, and ongoing, project is teaching cake decorating classes to sold-out groups at a local wine bar. Her baking won a blue ribbon at the most recent Utah State Fair cake contest, and she was, most notably, commissioned to do a cake for Governor Herbert and the First Lady for a private event.
Matthew is a conservation horticulturist at Tracy Aviary.
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."
"What a gift Richard Vroom is to Continuing Ed ! He is incredibly talented both as an artist and as a wonderful teacher. He is so able at sharing his skill and encouragement. He is personable and delightful to be with. It's just amazing how Richard is able to bring out the most stunning of results in ALL his student's products. I never cease to be amazed!"
Madison started working as veterinary technician in 2011 at what would be considered "family practice" veterinary clinics, then moved on to work in the emergency veterinary clinic. Around the same time she began working with Utah's FEMA search and rescue K9 team and was paired with her own search dog, Tanner, in 2013. Madison and Tanner have traveled all around the United States to train for, and respond to disasters. Through FEMA, Madison has received numerous certifications including the Tactical Canine Casualty Care course (T3C) and ICS0010.a (animals in disasters).
She worked in the human emergency medical field as an EMT-A/firefighter for over 5 years. Combining her experience in human and animal emergency care, Madison created her own curriculum and started teaching pet first aid and CPR in 2018. In addition, Madison has a Bachelors Degree in Emergency Management and enjoys watching soccer, travel and writing or reading science fiction novels.
Reporter and Utah native Tom Wharton has worked at The Salt Lake Tribune since 1970, covering high school sports, the outdoors, travel, rural Utah, and the environment. He has co-authored a number of Utah guidebooks, including "It Happened in Utah." Tom graduated from the University of Utah in 1973 with a degree in journalism and served in the Utah Army National Guard for more than 21 years.
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.
Natalia is a graduate of the Science Illustration Program (2012) at California State University, Monterey Bay and of the School of Botanical Art & Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens (2007). Her undergraduate degree is from Lake Forest College with a duel major in Biological Science and Art.
Natalia's fascination with plants and botanical illustration began at a very young age. She spent her youth split between Denver, Colorado's mountain landscapes and the tropical environment of Costa Rica, where she honed a passion for biology hiking the rain forests observing bird and wildlife species.
Upon moving to Utah she participated in a 10 week internship with Natural History Museum of Utah's anthropology department illustrating the pictographs, petroglyphs and granaries of Range Creek. Since then Natalia has taught a number of workshops at the Natural History Museum; basics of plant illustration and demonstration of sketching birds. She currently is working at ARUP Laboratory's as a Graphic Designer.
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
Beth Wolfer offers practical, positive, and effective coaching to improve both content and delivery for people interested in public speaking. She works with individuals and groups to teach tips to overcome fear, build confidence, hone and clarify content, and give warm, professional presentations. Beth recognizes each studentsâ€™ individual gifts, builds upon those. Her experience comes from several years of coaching TEDxSaltLakeCity speakers, including those whose YouTube views are in the millions. Beth has also coached numerous nonprofit executive directors for media appearances and has taken part in The Bee (storytelling competition) in Salt Lake.
Marti Woolford is a Salt Lake City-based macramÃ© artisan specializing in wall hangings, plant holders, and knotted items for the home. She established her business, marti makes, in 2016 and began teaching workshops in 2017. Marti finds comfort in the rhythmic flow of tying knots, and established her business to share her love of modern macramÃ©.