Kate Gavigan is passionate about The Artist's Way having personally experienced the benefits of the materials. Kate worked as a social services trainer for 10 years when she found herself drawn to the material in The Artist's Way which helped her uncover a passion for theatre. She credits her mid-life career change (now working at her two dream jobs teaching Artist's Way classes and working as a PR Manager at a local theater) to having worked through the The Artist's Way materials.
Gloria Sandford is passionate about The Artist's Way and has experienced artistic breakthroughs as a result of working the program herself. Gloria has a master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and has worked for over ten years helping others to reach their potential. Gloria holds a minor degree in vocal performance and has been singing and playing the piano since she was six years old. She also enjoys the home arts of bread and pastry baking as well as quilting and knitting. Gloria believes that by having fun through exploration of your passions and potential, you will find breakthroughs in your work, your relationships and your creativity.
Anne van Roden has been deeply enriched by the teachings & practices of The Artist's Way. She has a love of color, fabrics, painting and design which led to a first career as a clothing buyer on a design team, and a small business designing and hand-painting a line of silk clothing. Currently she is a practicing Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle. Her favorite "artist's dates" are visits to Japanese gardens, afternoon teas and specialty fabric stores.
Zoe Wright-Bell has worked in the Northwest for the past ten years as an improviser, director, actor and writer. She has served as a teaching artist at venues including the Seattle Children’s Theatre, Studio East, Summit K-12 and Shoreline High School. As a member of Playback Theatre NW, she has worked with an ensemble to recreate audience stories through the art of improvised movement, music, dialogue, and imagery. In her workshops, Zoe draws on her passion for exploring the relationship between mindfulness practice and the art of improvisational theatre. She particularly enjoys the opportunity to give brand new, beginning improv students a fun, enlightening improv experience!
Carol Battistoni studied art as an undergraduate which helped her to realize the importance of art and self expression to the human psyche. Carol’s undergraduate experiences lead her to studying counseling psychology and expressive arts therapy. Carol is currently practicing as a Psychotherapist in Seattle and continues to explore the process of making art as a vehicle to knowing oneself more intimately.
Cyndi Brown has lived in the Pacific Northwest for the past 17 years working as a teacher, mentor and sign language interpreter. She bought and loved the Artists Way book almost ten years ago, but it wasn’t until she participated in the 12-week Artist Way classes that she began to rediscover and actively pursue her passion for all things creative. In her free time she is currently focusing on figure and portrait drawing, painting and pastels, while also making time for her other passion – participating in and teaching ballroom dancing.
Gin Hammond is an award-winning actor, writer, director, playwright, and educator who loves the The Artists Way's approach to inspiring greater risks, and greater joy, in both art and life. There are always so many new things to discover when working through the book, and Gin can't wait to share this remarkable journey with a new class! For more information on Gin, go to www.ginhammond.com
Ruth Seidel has been secretly coloring outside the lines since she was told as a youngster that she was "no good" at drawing. She has been teaching and speaking to support the spiritual development of women's lives in the community for the past 15 years. exposed her love for color, design, writing, and theater as "creative"! She is currently exploring her love of writing and her own spiritual growth as a Spiritual Director.
Katie Talbott opened the door to her creativity 17 years ago when she first completed The Artist's Way. Since that time, creative activity has been the center of her life whether expressed in dancing, writing, painting, cooking, running her own business, or attending graduate school. She recently received an MA in Counseling, and started Present Sense, a community art and mindfulness studio. Katie deeply believes art-making is a natural and fundamental human activity whose practice is vital to our individual and collective well being.