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 is thankful that she met Cyndy Sperry in Washington D.C. when they attended American University’s M.F.A. program together. Over the past 20 years they have been able to share ideas about painting, raising children, and recharging the creative spirit through art while parenting. During the school year Joanna lives in Belmont, Massachusetts just outside of Boston. She often shows her work with a group of women called Belmont ArtNight. She loves animals and lives with two Jack Russell terriers named Skip and Fli. She also has five children who range in age from a first grader to a high school senior. Joanna majored in Studio Art and German at Bowdoin College and also studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught painting, drawing, art history, and design. This will be her first summer joining Cyndy to teach at Sugar Hill Art Camp, and she is looking forward to exploring paint, sculpture, and stories with children of all ages in the beautiful setting of Sugar Hill and its environs.