Staff

Directors

Margaret Coleman

Margaret finished her BFA from the University of MN in 2005 and her MFA from Pratt Institute in 2009. She has had a broad range of experience in the arts from curating and teaching at the University level to developing children’s art curriculum and teaching community education. Many of the awards she has received for her community driven art have included involving the community, working with people of all ages and abilities. She travels frequently giving arts education workshops, curating art shows, and artist talks.

 

Becca McHale

Becca has been living and working in Vermont since 2001. Originally from Maryland, she took many art classes at Maryland Institute College of Art, attended Carver Center, a magnet high school for the arts, then earned her BA in Fine Arts from St. Mary’s College of MD in 2000. She worked as a graphic designer for over 10 years, but is thrilled to be painting, getting involved with the local community, and working with other artists again. Becca lives in Burlington and (besides artistic endeavors), enjoys camping, hiking, yoga, meditation, and spending time with her family. Becca has a daughter in 7th grade at Edmunds Middle and a 1st grader at the Sustainability Academy.

 

Teachers

Charlie Clark

Charlie is an Old North End community member and he’s so excited to be a part of ONE Arts! In his free time he likes to cook, play guitar and write songs, draw, play soccer, fish, and laugh until his stomach hurts. He graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers in 2019, where he got a BFA in painting and printmaking and a minor in Art History. He has taught environmental education for the Keewaydin Foundation and worked in special education at Colchester Middle School. Charlie is currently recovering from an injury and looks forward to returning to teaching with us in Dec or January.

Mikayla Messier

Mikayla was born and raised in Vermont. She previously worked at TW Wood Art Center in
Montpelier where she taught after school art and summer camps. She has ten plus years of
experience working with kids in all different settings. She earned a BFA in Studio Arts at
Johnson State College in 2018 and received a MFA in Studio Arts with a concentration in
Painting and Sculpture at NVU-Johnson in 2020. Mikayla loves to paint, make installation art,
craft, travel and play tennis. She believes that art is just as much about the process as the finished product and with that in mind everyone can be an artist as long as they have fun producing it. Her greatest hope is that she can inspire kids as much as they inspire her with their spectacular imaginations.

Sabah Abbas

Sabah Abbas grew up in Baghdad, Iraq. She has drawn illustrations for magazines, books and public service projects, illustrated four children’s books, and exhibited her paintings in many shows. Since her arrival in Vermont in 2014, she has studied oil painting techniques at CCV, and volunteered as an art classroom assistant at the Davis Studio, the ONE Arts Center and IAA. She loves working with kids, and is mom of 6 of her own!

James Beihl

James has been teaching both children and adults since 2017. He currently runs classes both online as well as with other in-person studios in the area. Before teaching, James worked in entertainment art from 2011-2015 doing comics, and storyboards and he currently does book covers and licensed holiday art when he is not teaching. He is a huge fan of scifi/fantasy and teaches cartooning, painting and basic drawing. 

Wiley Reading

Wiley’s always been a “doodler” and began integrating his artistic hobbies into his job in afterschool programming when he moved to Vermont in 2015. Some of his favorite classes that he’s taught have included a “grow your own comic book world” comic club for 3rd graders in Boston and “Squishy Stuff,” a tactile exploration-based accessible curriculum he developed during his time working at C. P. Smith Elementary. When he’s not teaching or experimenting with a new artistic medium, he likes to dress his rabbits up in costumes, which they hate.”

Eden Stern

Eden has been working with children of all ages for the past 30 years in schools, and community art programs. She recently moved to Vermont from Chicago. She has a Master’s of Fine Arts and also is a an Art Therapist. Presently she is the manager of the paper studio at 208 Flynn street.

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