Cyndy Sperry received her MFA in painting in 1997. She has taught art classes throughout the valley and hilltowns since moving to western MA almost 20 years ago and in 2004 helped to found the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton. Before pursuing her degree in painting, Cyndy taught 3rd grade in the NYC public school system. She received her teacher training from Bank Street College of Education. Cyndy believes that making a mess is part of the process of making art. She also believes in the power of myth, story, and nature to help spark and inspire. She loves Leonardo da Vinci's drawings and Michelangelo's sculptures, Van Gogh's colors, Cezanne's apples, and Matisse's beautiful lines through space...She also loves the idea of transforming the woods behind her house into a magical woven web.
Joanna Dunn lives in Belmont, Massachusetts, but Sugarhill Art Center is her summertime home away from home. She first met Cyndy Sperry in Washington D.C. when they were both painting at American University’s MFA program, and for the past twenty-plus years they have shared ideas about painting, art, stories, and raising children. She has five children herself, ranging in age from 9 to 20, and her two youngest girls come out to Sugarhill with her. Joanna has taught drawing, painting, art history, and design as an adjunct college art professor, and her newest interest is wheel-thrown pottery. Sugarhill Art Center is one of her very favorite places to teach because it is so magical to have the whole day to make art, play in the field, hike in the woods, scooter in the road, and then make art again. There is nothing else like it.
Joanna and Cyndy have amazing helpers at all their sessions. Featured here left to right Juliet Corwin, Sally Amer, Greta Muellner, Joanna Dunn, Cyndy Sperry, Rose Amer, and Anna Pisinski-Cutler