Meet Our Faculty
Catherine Aiello: Catherine is a printmaker, mixed media artist and art educator. A graduate of New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, she has exhibited at Harriet Tubman Gallery in Boston, Cadbury Commons Art Gallery in Cambridge and in New York State. She works as the Children’s Art Centre Program Coordinator, United South End Settlements, Boston.
Cat Bennett: Cat Bennett is an artist, writer and teacher. She began her career at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal where she worked for five years making animation films. After moving to Boston she freelanced as an animation filmmaker, illustrator, and designer for more than 30 years. Her clients have included—The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Harcourt Brace, Houghton Mifflin, WGBH-TV, Sesame Street, Time Magazine and others. In 2003, she turned to independent projects and teaching drawing as a way to grow the creative self. Her work focuses on the intersection of our inner and outer worlds, and the good we can create in this world. In her art, she tries to make the “improbable appear possible.”
Lisa Cohen: A fine art as well as an accomplished professional photographer, Lisa is known for her portraits of celebrities, politicians, corporate leaders and sports figures as well as her images of weddings and family events. Her freelance work includes the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Boston Business Journal.
Nancy Crasco: A BFA graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Nancy Crasco earned her Master’s degree at Lesley University and has been working in fiber since 1968, actively exhibiting her work nationally and internationally since 1975. Her work is often based on the intricacies of nature, and the effects that modern society has on the ecology of the earth. Nancy has extensive teaching experience in both public and private education, and teaches workshops and lectures on fiber arts in addition to her classes at the Arsenal Center. She is a member of the Studio Art Quilters Association and the Surface Design Association for which she is currently a representative for the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Chapter.
Rose Fristrom: Rose is a graduate of Montserrat College of Art. Her work has been included in Arsenal Center shows and others in the Boston area. She enjoys reading comics, playing video games, and building little houses out of sticks.
Catherine Garnett: A Resident Studio Artist here at the Arsenal Center, Cathy has received numerous awards for her work. She participates in the Mount Auburn Hospital Rotating Art Gallery Program and has exhibited at the Arsenal Center, Bromfield Gallery, Arlington Center for the Arts, Logan Airport, Forbes House Museum, Cambridge Art Association, Newburyport Art Association and Concord Art Association where she also teaches. Cathy is also a registered landscape architect.
Tina Gram: Tina Gram is a ceramics teacher here at the Arsenal, as well as an art instructor at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA. She is currently a working potter at the Harvard Ceramics studios. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.
Leah Grimaldi: Leah Grimaldi is a painting instructor here at the Arsenal. She is a New England based multi-disciplinary artist and independent fine arts professional. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting, from Pratt Institute. She also received her Masters of Fine Arts from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Ruth Henry: Ruth K. Henry is a teaching artist whose own mixed media art stems from her love of color, texture, music, and justice. Created in ever evolving layers, her mixed media pieces tell stories of communities far and wide, of people coming together to support each other and to build what they need out of the rubble of all our outdated isms and divisions. In her teaching, she encourages all students, young and old, to enjoy their creativity, to stumble into serendipity and find the magic in mistakes, and to keep working at each piece until they love it.
Vanessa Irzyk: Vanessa’s vivid, precise, kinetic art has been seen in exhibits from Miami to Nashville and back to Greater Boston: at the Mayor’s Gallery at Boston City Hall, Boston Arts Festival, South Boston Open Studios, Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery, in Jamaica Plain and Cambridge, in the Massachusetts Artists 2011 show at Brush Gallery in Lowell and through the DeCordova Museum Corporate Art Loan Program.
Marta Kaemmer: Born in Zimbabwe, Marta spent her teenage and college years in the Midwest before moving to Austria. She had numerous exhibitions in Austria before returning to the United States to earn a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Boston University in 2011. Trained as a painter, her interest in materials keeps her moving between media and including printmaking, sculpture and textiles in her work. She currently has a studio in Waltham Mills in Waltham, MA.
Amy McGregor-Radin: Amy McGregor-Radin has been creating white-line woodcuts, also known as Provincetown prints since 2002. She continues to experiment with the technique and loves the freedom to play with wood, color, and shapes that this method of hand-printing allows.
Ruth Plaster: Ruth works in lowfire clay to make textured 3D paintings and other works.“Whether I’m creating a vessel, an object or a wall piece,” she explains, “my works reflect a fascination with aerial views…reinterpreted through sculpture, ornament and fire. I credit my style, methods, muse and passion…to my interest and training in graphic design, merged with my 20-plus year career as an art teacher.”
Deb Robinson: Deborah collaborates with “scientists, artists, writers and technologists in the making of experimental installation artwork using moving image and sound,” as her website explains. “She is interested in the use of strategies derived from surrealism to reveal fragments of a scientific ‘underside’. Her artworks have explored data transposition, questions of agency (human/non human) and exploration of a dynamics of power that is implicit within disciplinary viewpoints.”
Ted Ollier: Ted is a printmaker and conceptual artist. A faculty member at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, he shows his work through Bromfield Gallery in Boston, and teaches letterpress and design at the Bow & Arrow Press in Cambridge. His focus is on data and its interaction with the “consensus reality,” as he describes it. He has been a photographer, graphic designer, bass player, typographer, web pioneer and armchair philosopher.
Dawn Scaltreto: Dawn Scaltreto is a board member, teacher and artist here at the Arsenal. She is a professional fine artist, illustrator and muralist whose clients include Children’s Hospital Boston, the Boston Museum of Science and Illuminations, Inc. She is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society. She has been a resident of Watertown for 26 years and is active in many local arts organizations. She teaches watercolor, acrylic and oil painting classes for all ages.
Janet Scudder: Janet Scudder – Multi-media artist living and working in Watertown. Has taught studio art classes for adults and children for more than 20 years. BFA in Studio Art from Grinnell College. Masters in Art Education from Lesley. Has worked and taught at the Danforth Museum School, Fuller Craft Museum, MFA, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Delaware Art Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and New Arts Center in Newton, among others. Former Director of Kidsarts in JP.
Maggie Stern: Maggie Stern is a well-known writer, teacher and fiber artist. She has published five books, and has written more books than she can count. She is constantly creating, for the past several years she has been working in papier-mâché, wire, fabric, thread, and roving wool. Most recently, she has been stitching a world of birds and owls titled “Flights of Fancy.” “As in all my work, I create from what suddenly appears to me.”
Julia Talcott: Julia Talcott is a printmaker, illustrator, teacher and owner of Studio 80, a printmaking studio. Creator of the 1996 Christmas stamp for the US Postal Service, she has received 4 certificates of design excellence from Print Magazine. She received her BFA from Williams College, and her MFA from the Cranbook Academy of Art. Most of her work is focused on experimental printmaking. “Shapes, patterns, color and an opportunistic eye for the natural world form the basis of my work.”
Sara Beth Zurit: Sara Beth Zurit was the education director at the Diablo Glass School, as well as a teacher here at the Arsenal. She is a multidisciplinary artist, with a focus in glass work. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art.