Arlington Center for the Arts Faculty

Check out ACA's dynamic and creative teaching faculty below!

Jeremy Angier

Jeremy Angier holds a BA in Studio Art from University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Sculpture from New York Academy of Art.  Jeremy works in animation, and teaches Figure Drawing at ACA.

Emily Belz

Photographer and art educator Emily Belz holds a BA in photography and art history from Hampshire College, and an MA in art and design education from the Rhode Island School of Design. Emily has taught photography at Boston University's Center for Digital Imaging Arts, the International Institute Rhode Island and Historic New England. Learn more about Emily on her website.

Gwen Chasan

Having retired from her corporate career, Gwen Chasan is now thrilled to be a full time painter, working in watercolors and acrylics. She particularly likes experimenting with new techniques. She has exhibited locally and regionally at galleries including the Arlington Center for the Arts, Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, and the Cape Cod Art Association.


Nicole Donson

Nicole Donson is a multi-talented teacher and artist. She creates one of a kind colorfast hand-painted silk scarves, garments, and wall hangings sold at local craft galleries and at juried craft fairs throughout New England. Nicole has been teaching adults and children at a variety of community education programs and after school programs for more than ten years. She worked for the Cabot After School Program in Newtonville  and was lead art teacher at the Thompson After School Program and developed  art curriculum for elementary school aged children.  Nicole has studied with innovative silk painters throughout the United States in the course of her career and has has studio space at Gorse Mill Studios in Needham, MA. Learn more about her at or visit her Etsy shop at

Kendall Dudley

Kendall Dudley is a career and life design consultant, presenter, teacher, artist and travel leader.  Among many places, Kendall has taught at Tufts and Lesley Universities, Montserrat College of Art, Star Island and Pendle Hill and was a career consultant to Harvard University for 15 years. Learn more about Kendall on his website.

Linda Branch Dunn

Linda Branch Dunn is a fiber and textile artist who loves to work 'in the border countries between painting and quilting.' Linda's work has been exhibited regionally and nationally, including a recent exhibition at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell. She holds a BFA in Textile Design, Rhode Island School of Design. Learn more about Linda on her website.


Karen Futral

Karen has taught pottery and directed the pottery studio at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education for eighteen years. She has exhibited and sold her work nationally and internationally, and ran her own gallery, Fresh Pond Clay Works, in Cambridge for several years. In addition to her ceramics work, Karen works with various 2-D media, including painting and printmaking, and has had a career as a consultant to design firms. She holds a MA in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University.

Marjorie Glick

Marjorie Glick is known for her vividly realistic watercolors. She has exhibited at regional museums and galleries including the DeCordova Museum, Berkshire Art Museum, Brockton Art Museum, Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston, and the Forum Gallery in New York. She has served as Adjunct Faculty for The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and has been a member of the faculty of the DeCordova Museum School. Learn more about Marjorie on her website.

Luba Grenader

Luba holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and BFA from the Art Institute of Boston.  Her primary work consists of mixed-media figurative drawings and small installations, incorporating various found fibers, papers and wood.  In her work, she explores such themes as politics of motherhood, women and war, and currently, the gender and nationality-based oppression she experienced growing up under Soviet regime in Russia.  Her work has been a part of various shows, locally and nationally. She has also been a part of the Mixed Media and Mothers/Artists Collectives.

Al Hiltz

Al received his training at the New England School of Photography.  He currently operates a studio at the Arlington Center for the Arts where he provides wedding, portraiture, photography of artwork, and Photoshop training and consulting services to the greater Boston area.  While he makes his living as a commercial photographer, he is best known for his two fine art projects, photography of abandoned places, and night photography (particularly light painting).

Lidia Kenig Scher

Lidia holds an Masters in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art and a BFA from the School of Fine Arts Prilidano Puerredon in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She worked as Art Director for the Acton Public Schools and Acton-Boxborough Regional Schools and for the Arts Magnet Schools in Lowell, MA.

Chris LeGare

Chris holds a BFA from the Mass College of Art. He teaches in the Newton Public schools. At ACA, Chris teaches classes in Animation, Urban Arts & Graffiti and the Friday Night Teen Clubhouse.


Andrew Manning

Andrew Manning (Amman, 1994) grew up in the country of Jordan. He graduated from Gordon College with a BA in Painting in 2016. Since graduating he was awarded a full scholarship to attend NYAA’s undergraduate residency program and has exhibited works in New York, Boston, and Phoenix. He has taught in various non-profit organizations, including Cape Ann Art Haven’s Teen Artist Guild and as an assistant instructor with Free Arts for Abused, Homeless, and At-Risk Children in Phoenix. His interest in contemporary art and its capacity to create dialogues has also been furthered by working at two Museums: MIT’s Museum of Technology and the Phoenix Art Museum.

Karenna Maraj

Karenna Maraj is a jewelry designer with a degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the Rhode Island School of Design. Karenna runs her own jewelry shop in Belmont and works professionally with retailers and shops to make specialty and custom jewelry. Learn more about Karenna on her website.

Margaret Moody

Margaret Moody studied with the late master puppeteer Lee Tien-lu, who was named a "national living treasure" in Taiwan. She is an active member and past president of The Boston Area Guild of Puppetry. Since 1996, she has been part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council artists roster. Her favorite parts of puppetry are creating character voices and making puppets. Learn more about Margaret on her website.

Diane Novetsky is an abstract painter based in Somerville. She is a founding member of the Brickbottom Artists Building and participates yearly in the Somerville and Brickbottom Open Studios events. Diane has shown widely throughout the Boston area including the Danforth Museum, Tufts Aidekman Gallery, the New Hampshire Institute of Art and the Boston Convention Center. She has taught  “Intuitive Painting” and “Getting Started with Acrylics” at the ACA. Learn more about Diane on her website.

Cha O'Connell

Cha is a Maker of Things. She studied Naval Architecture and Comparative Media Studies with a focus on Photography and Film at M.I.T. for a while, was a sailing educator and program director at Courageous Sailing, and has studied Graphic Design, Textiles, Drawing, and Art Education through MassArt’s Continuing Education department.  She taught workshops at Paper Source in Cambridge and currently does freelance calligraphy, graphic design and fine crafting.  At the ACA, Cha teaches a variety of classes including Modern Calligraphy, Shibori, and Book Binding, as well as working with teens and children.  

Vicki Paret

Vicki is a painter and a potter with a M.A.T. from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, a B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, and ongoing education at the Harvard Ceramics Studio, Mudflat Pottery School, and Haystack Mountain School of Craft.  She has been on the faculty at the Museum of Fine Arts, DeCordova Museum, and Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and until recently was Chair of the Art Department and teacher at Waring School in Beverly. Learn more about Vicki on her website.

Jill Pottle

Jill holds an MFA from the School at the Museum of Fine Art in conjucntion with Tufts University. She recieved a BFA in painting from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, having also spent a year abroad at St. Martin's College of Art in London. Jill's paintings have been described as expressive realism and usually depict different interpretations of still lifes as they are affected by color, season and landscape. Learn more about Jill on her website.

Sue Rice

Sue holds a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and has taught at public schools in the Boston area. Sue is a freelance illustrator and member of the Blacksmith Printmakers Group at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.

Douglas Seigars

Doug is a photographer based in Arlington, who studied at the College of Art and Design at Lesley University. Natural and urban landscapes are the focus of his work, particularly after dark. Straddling the boundary between conceptual and documentary, impermanence and mystery are important elements that inform his work. Long-exposure, atmosphere, minimalism and the ethereal characterize his aesthetic. Examples of his work may be viewed at

Pam Shanley-Daube

Pam Shanley-Daube is an artist and teacher with a special gift for engaging children and teens in art-making of all kinds. She has worked on several murals in the greater Boston area including the mural at the Theater entrance at ACA. Pam holds a BFA from Connecticut College, and her artwork has been exhibited and collected in private collections in California, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Pam has worked on the ACA Staff since 1999, as Facilities Manager and Director of Arlington Open Studios. Learn more about Pam on her website.

Romy Wilhelm

As a board certified Music Therapist (MT-BC), Romy focuses on the benefits of music on the brain, and how music can support our holistic health. She lives in Arlington with her husband, and two spunky red heads.

Dorie Zackin

Dorie has been teaching ceramics for over a decade. She also does silversmithing and other 3-dimensional art. Dorie holds a degree from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. At ACA, Dorie teaches Clay Club Family Classes.


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