LCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
THADDEUS DABROWSKI • Since 2001 Thaddeus Dabrowski consults regarding Visual Art Teacher Testing. He writes test prompts, audits test instruments, for compliance with Framework objectives, reviews test design, and sits on Test for Educator Licensure Visual Arts Scoring groups. As an Adjunct Lecturer, for 25 years, to 2006, taught at UMass in the, Visual Art Dept., . Degrees are in Fine Arts, (MFA). Education, (M.Ed.) and Administration, (BBA), he has a 45 year art exhibition record. He was a student of art notables, Byron Burford, Chuck Close, John Grillo, and Louis Sylvia. Then concurrently, (now retired); Acting Manager of the UMass. Amherst, Textbook Store completing a ten year association with educational print materials. Member of the National Art Educators Association, (NAEA) and the NEA/MTA/. Profile is listed in the current editions of Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Education as published by A. N. Marquis. SPECIALTIES: Not for Profits: UMass United Way “loaned executive” 1990 through 2002. UMass’ Region 4 delegate to the Massachusetts Employees Charity Campaign (COMECC). MA Member of the “Leader’s Circle” UMass Charities Campaign cabinet. 25-year Rotarian, offices through president of Amherst’s Club , Paul Harris Fellow . Elected Town Meeting – served on the Amherst Public Arts Commission. Leverett Craftsmen and Artists board 1981 – now. Chair building committee, Vice president. Treasurer since 1990.
BILL GILLEN • Bill Gillen is an architect in Amherst and has practiced there since 1969. Projects include the new shops and townhouses on Strong Avenue in Northampton, Amherst’s new survival center, the Ann Whelan Apartments on Kellogg avenue , and the 2010 alterations and new elevator at the Historic Superior Courthouse in Pittsfield. His office at 409 Main street in Amherst also manages Bill’s office buildings. Connie and Bill Gillen own Sunset Farm on Brigham Lane in Amherst and farm 15 acres of vegetables, fruits and flowers and chestnuts. Most of the produce is sold at the Amherst farmers’ market where Connie is famous for her fruit popsicles. Everyone is welcome to pick their own at the farm. Both have also sung for years in both the Quabbin Valley Pro Musica chorus and the Hampshire Choral Society. Bill has been a LCA board member since the early 80’s.
DAVID HENION • The joy of creation is a part of the human experience. It has been said that the sky is the limit. The ability to imagine pushes you on. Ceramics give one the chance to turn mud into stone. Work made goes out into the world beyond our control. It can last long past our mortal days, or be broken in an instant. It is human in that a part of its beauty lies in its fragility. In the twenty years or so of making ceramic art I have always looked to the Chinese for my inspiration. Civilization arose in different places, and periods in the last three thousand years. A ceramic tradition is always a part of the package. My work pays homage to the work of the Chinese people. I work with porcelain and find joy in its ability to place form and color on display.
MITCH MULLHOLLAND • Mitch is a retired Research Professor (Emeritus) in Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts. For 27 years he directed UMASS Archaeological Services, an organization that conducted more than 700 archaeological research projects in New England, New York and New Jersey. He provided funding for that organization through proposal writing and management, and was awarded contracts from the National Park Service, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Massachusetts Historical Commission, New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Northeast Utilities, Vermont Electric Power Company, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, Burns & McDonnell, and many municipalities, private businesses and corporations. With his wife Susan, Mitch serves as Co-Chair of the Leverett Cultural Council, a group that provides grants for cultural events that benefit the citizens of Leverett. Mitch also serves the Friends of Leverett Pond as Vice President for Aquatic Weed Management and the dam reconstruction committee. He is also President of Echo Lake Association. On the Board of Directors at LCA, Mitch seeks funding through proposal writing and project coordination, and has obtained awards for LCA from the Leverett Community Preservation Act Fund, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Valley Gives Program. In his spare time, he is a guitar player, and plays in groups in western Massachusetts, including playing blues with pianist Walter Burnham (who play for artist receptions at LCA), is an avid landscape photographer, writer and budding water colorist. Mitch and Sue live in Leverett.
SUSAN VALENTINE • Painter, Yoga Teacher, Graphic Designer. Susan enjoys the practice of all of these artistic professions. As one of three resident/members of the board, she practices the art of communication between board members and artists-in-residence at Leverett Crafts & Arts. See more at SusanValentineArt.com and HadleyYoga.com
WILLIAM RATHBUN • William Stock Rathbun was born in Boston in 1944. He is a 1969 BFA graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and received his MFA degree in painting from the University of Massachusetts in1975. Rathbun has dedicated his artistic attention to painting, drawing and sculpture with an emphasis on abstraction and an eye for colorful expression and natural imagery in his work. He has worked to develop a unique graphic painting style and has employed it in his personal and public works. Classical elements of design and composition are signature characteristics of that style. Rathbun’s studio is located in the hills of Leverett Massachusetts. The rocky and forested New England landscape there inspires him. He has been artistically motivated by the courses of our cultural and artistic development as well as elements of nature. These forces compel him to create works of art that are spiritually provocative.
Rathbun paints in oils and watercolors using personal symbols, familiar scenes and landscapes and expressive techniques to create colorful compositions that reflect and interpret visual themes he finds all around him. He creates works of art that are dynamic, poetic and lyrical. His work reflects our contemporary psychological environment while it makes references to the volatile natural world. He is continuously experimenting with a variety of styles and mediums that include paintings, sculpture, works using integrated mediums and decorative objects. He has expanded his artistic repertoire to include neon lighting in paper and wood sculpture as additions to his portfolio. Currently Rathbun has returned to nature for his inspiration.
ARTIST’S STATEMENT & STYLE: My artistic style has evolved over time but I have been consistently interested in exploring the philosophical, social, spiritual and psychological aspects of art. I like to make images and objects that express personal feelings about my life and surroundings. My work employs traditional techniques, classical design and contemporary ideas. I am motivated by history, music and the desire to make works of art that have aesthetic integrity, artistic value and challenging imagery. I work in large and small scale. I use conventional and diverse materials to achieve the results I seek. I use a variety of personal techniques, symbols and several mediums to make works of art that trigger people’s imagination and allow them to use their own interpretatation to decipher the images I put in my work. My paintings and objects may be viewed as portraits and landscapes of the collective human soul. They are spiritual celebrations of our life.
STEVEN STROUD • grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois, a Suburb of Chicago. He holds degrees in painting from Drake University and the Art Center College of Design. He served in the US Navy as a graphic artist and photographer.
Mr. Stroud was an Illustrator for over twenty-five years and has done covers of countless bestsellers, including books by Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, Clive Cussler and John Sanford. He has done special editions of works by Pearl Buck, John Cheever, William Faulkner, Joseph Heller, Joyce Carol Oats and William Styron. His corporate accounts have included NBC, Pepsi Cola, General Electric, UPS, Omega Engineering and the Department of Defense. He is a past President of the Society of Illustrators and currently serves an advisor to the Executive Board. He is also a director of the Henry Carter Foundation, a philanthropic organization whose sole benefactor is the Society of Illustrators. Mr. Stroud’s studio has been host to countless interns and he has lectured at all levels of education. He was the 2010 Commencement Speaker at the Paier College of Art in Connecticut. Mr. Stroud is featured in the books The Illustrator in America, by Walter Reed and Knowing Darkness, Artists inspired by Stephen King, by George Beahm.
Mr. Stroud’s love of landscape painting led to a second career. For the past fifteen years he has devoted himself exclusively to gallery painting and landscapes. In that time, he has had numerous highly successful group and one-man shows. His landscape work is in the permanent collection of the Florence Griswold Museum as well as hundreds of private collections. He is represented by Newbury Fine Arts in Boston and Tilting at Windmills Gallery in Manchester, Vermont.
Mr. Stroud and his wife Nancy have recently moved to Leverett, Massachusetts to be near their grandchildren. Previously, they were residents of Shelton, Connecticut for 36 years.
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