The heart and soul of Willamette Art Center works tirelessly to bring their love of art to the community.
ROGER WILLIAMS – DIRECTORcotton_60@msn.com
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NIKKI SVARVERUD – Facility Coordinatornikki.email@example.com
Nikki Svarverud has taught adult and children’s handbuilding and wheelthrowing classes at the Willamette Art Center for six years. She also teaches in elementary and middle schools in the Salem Keizer School District after school program, as well as assisting with the WAC field trip events. Nikki is the WAC Facilities Coordinator, responsible for all aspects of the studio and grounds, including firing the kilns and mixing glazes.
Nikki grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Rosary College outside of Chicago with a degree in Biology. She attended the University of London for one year. Nikki taught Chemistry and other science classes at Pacific Palisades High School for six years before moving to Salem in 1997 where she currently resides with her husband and son, Zachary, on a farm featuring a garden, chickens, and two adorable dogs.
“I’ve had a passion for clay since high school and have been playing with clay on a daily basis for the past 16 years.” Nikki creates earthy, functional pottery with unique glaze designs and textural elements. She also produces abstract wall hangings and sculpture. Her pottery has been featured at the River Gallery in Independence, the Elsinore Gallery, and can currently be seen in the WAC Oaks Gallery.
SUE KARNOSH – Financial Operations Coordinatorsue.firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Karnosh is our Financial Operations Coordinator, responsible for all financial aspects of the organization, as well as preparing and printing class schedules, helping with grant writing, assisting at the Monitors Desk when needed, and also putting in many hours at Artisans’ Village and Empty Bowls.
Sue grew up in Eugene and graduated from North Eugene High School, received a Certificate in Management from Lane Community College in 1984, and worked as a Legal Secretary/Assistant for SAIF before moving to Salem in 1989. Sue left SAIF in 1992 and worked for 16 years as a Legal Assistant for several area law firms. She currently resides with her husband Ken and a feisty little rescue kitty named “Silly” Zillie.
Sue first started “playing in the clay” at the old Bush Barn facility in 1992 and then came back to play in the clay at the old Marjorie T. Sherman Center on 12th Street. After the Center closed in 2005, she became the bookkeeper when a group of potters formed “The Friends of the Visual Arts (dba Willamette Art Center)” in December 2005. When time permits and she is feeling creative, you can find her out in the studio taking a class and creating, helping her granddaughters create, a piece of art.
Joseph V. Merino – Family Clay Sunday Instructor
Joseph V. Merino combines ceramics and woodsculpture to create organic forms. He started working in clay about three years ago. The commanding and sometimes fickle nature of the process keeps him ever on a learning curve.
Ellen Weinert – Community Outreach Coordinator
I grew up here in Oregon. Graduated from Beaverton High School and I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Portland State University. I have worked as a pre-school teacher, Creative Curriculum Planner for OMSI, Art Director for Camp Westwind on the beautiful Oregon Coast, Floral Designer and Events Planner, and owned a biscotti baking business with my mother at the Portland Farmer’s Market.
I moved to Salem in 2013 after returning home from living in Brooklyn NY. When I’m not making things from clay or working for the studio, I like to spend my time with my husband and 11 month old, who light up my world with their joy for everything. We love to go hiking, beach combing, gallery browsing, coffee drinking and antique hunting.
Board of Directors
- JIM RANSOM – President
- ED DALY – Vice President
- PAM BALDWIN – Secretary
- KAREN HACKNEY – Treasurer
- CARLA BARELA
- RICK NOYES
- HOLLY CHAMBERLAIN
- CONI RAIKES
- DAVE JARRELL