Art Instructors Biographies
All of our instructors who teach minors are required to obtain a criminal background check and child abuse clearance from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Much to the dismay of my school teachers, I was a chronic doodler - my notebooks were filled with cool designs and cartoon characters, but few useful notes from class! I knew I wanted to work in the visual arts, and eventually, I landed at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, majoring in Photography. I’ve enjoyed a 30+ year career in commercial graphic design. My work and that of my creative teams has appeared in newspapers and magazines, on billboards, television and the web. I’ve worked in a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, financial services and direct marketing. A self-taught illustrator, I began drawing in earnest in 2015, reviving a long-ignored passion, and formed A Sketchy Business in 2018. I produce handcrafted portraits in graphite, based on customers’ photographs. I’m a member of the Portrait Society of America, and the Oxford Arts Alliance. I am an Oxford resident.
Tyler Allen is a 2019 graduate of Solanco High School who has won awards and scholarships for his outstanding work in the visual arts. Tyler was the featured emerging artist at Red Raven Art Company in Lancaster in August of 2019. In the 2018 and 2019 Scholastic Art Awards and Young Artists Awards competitions, Tyler’s work was awarded the highest awards, which included numerous special awards, portfolio awards, gold, silver and honorable mention awards. Tyler’s work in the visual arts has been featured in Lancaster Newspapers, LancasterOnline, and the Chester County Press. Additionally, Tyler’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Lancaster Museum of Art, the Demuth Museum, Millersville University, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
A former New Jersey Art instructor, Karen Bulthaupt has recently signed on to teach after school programs at the Oxford Arts Alliance including private art lessons. She has taught art at the Sandyston-Walpack Consolidated School for the past 25 years. Prior to that, Karen taught in New Hampshire at the elementary level and in New Jersey at both the middle and high school levels. Mrs. Bulthaupt is a graduate of Montclair State University where she received her certificate to teach art in grades kindergarten through 12. Karen also attended the University of New Hampshire, working towards her masters.
Maggie Creshkoff lives on a farm in northern Maryland with far too many cats and her 100 lb. mastiff Boudica. She studied American History at Antioch College, Ceramics at the Instituto Allende in Mexico, and moved to Maryland in 1982. Stubbornly committed to using local clays, she is likewise dedicated to getting as many small children and adults as dirty as possible. Maggie founded the Trashy Women in 2004, and continues to work with and write about that cunning collective of dumpster-diving divas.
Art Coordinator at the Oxford Arts Alliance
Caitlin Daugherty is the Art Coordinator for the Oxford Arts Alliance. She graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in Fine Arts and a minor in Psychology in May 2015. After graduation, one of her goals was to contribute to building a substantial art community in small towns. Through her position she is able to bring art and culture to the little town daily. Starting as a volunteer, she worked her way up to instructing students of her own through private lessons. She’s brought portfolio preparation to the alliance while teaching classes, camps, and clubs. Caitlin schedules a variety of new and exciting classes and camps for all ages and helps maintain the general appearance and operations of the arts alliance.
DANIEL DIAS is a painter who received his MFA from the University of Delaware and a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design. Daniel was born in Brazil, raised in South Florida and spent much of his 20s living in China. After getting to know the Nanjing Art scene and familiarizing himself with Chinese Contemporary Art, Daniel came back to the USA and started showing his paintings in venues throughout the East Coast. In his work,different traditions and approaches to art making fuse in an effort to replicate how unique cultures can coexist and enhance our human experience.
Midge has always loved art and has pursued painting in many ways. She was accomplished at Tole and Decorative painting but wanted to create original works. Oil painting was explored for a short time but loved the flow of watercolor and decided to pursue that medium. Midge pursued becoming a watercolorist in Sept. of 1987, where she trained at a Darlington Arts Center. She had to stop after a short period when her husband came down with cancer. After his passing and her remarriage she started to hunger to paint again. In September of 2002 she decided to continue her painting. She trained under very contagious teachers including several at the Community Arts Center in Media. Midge continues to pursue her love of watercolor. She loves painting local scenes where she lives in Landenberg, PA. Professional associations include the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, The Art League of Delaware County, The Artist’s Guild of Delaware County and Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts. She has shown at the Media Arts Festival, Rose Tree Park, Philadelphia Arts Festival and New Castle Art On The Green. She also sold several pieces at Hardcastles Gallery in Delaware. Midge loves the process of painting and hopes that her work conveys the emotion and love for watercolor.
Diane was trained in graphic arts at Art Institute of Philadelphia and later received her bachelor degree in Art Education at Rowan University. She possesses a K-12 certification in art education with an emphasis on pottery forms. Over the years she has taught in both public and private schools as well as co-founded a local community arts center in her hometown in southern New Jersey. For the past 12 years, Diane was the art director for a creative arts day program teaching art to mentally and physically challenged adults. She enjoys watching students explore and discover their creative ability.
Diane has recently moved to PA and resides in southern Chester County.
Artist/Designer Pete Hoffman has enjoyed extensive experiences in the Art and
Advertising fields. He is a graduate from the University of Delaware with a BA in
Graphic Design and Advertising with a concentration in Fine Arts. Pete went on to become an Art Director, Designer, and Staff Illustrator at various agencies and companies. He has had a broad array of experiences from clients in motion picture (Lucas Films), set displays (QVC), trade shows exhibits (Small Wonder), game design (Lucent, Astra Zeneca), and many more. Currently he freelances his illustration skills and teaches painting classes to patrons of “Paint and Sip” events. He enjoys watching people build confidence and explore their hidden artistic talents.
Emily graduated From Avon Grove High School in 2015 and is now and aspiring nursing student enrolled in Delaware County Community College. She lives on a multi-generational dairy farm and enjoys the animals as well as the artistic inspiration of the landscape. She had dreamed of becoming an artist and through the Oxford Arts Alliance has become an instructor for private art lessons and Paint Your Own Pottery. She wishes to stress the importance of having art in the community in order to inspire and spark creativity that can only be found in an artistic way! She believes art is always the answer and strives to create a relaxing environment and show anyone they can be an artist!
Board Member at the Oxford Arts Alliance
Patricia Moshanko finds artistic inspiration in the natural world and around the small farm that she shares with her furred and feathered family of horses, goats, cats, dogs and chickens.
Although she received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Delaware, her most recent work combines digital images, the medium of encaustic, oil paint and stenciled text. At the request of a friend, she painted a number of wine glasses featuring horses and foxes and, in creating them, has discovered another exciting new medium.
She has taught a variety of courses in Design, Drawing, Printmaking and Painting at the university level but has also worked with high-school students in the Governor’s School for Excellence. Witnessing the creative process during her many years of teaching, she believes that artful expression is innate and that challenges are best met through a nurturing environment and with humor.
Gloria Martinez Lopez
Gloria Martinez Lopez is a 2019 Kutztown University graduate with a degree in Art Education and concentration in metalwork. During her time in Kutztown, Gloria received the Bierman Scholarship and since then has created her own work space from home where she makes handmade jewelry. Gloria hopes to incorporate her knowledge of working metal into her classes. Gloria lives in Kennett Square and likes being outdoors and loves looking at the sky.
"I love nature; I only paint living things -- trees, flowers, landscapes, people. I grew up on a farm, walking through the woods along the Octoraro creek with my grandmother as she taught me the names of wild flowers, ferns, trees. I studied at University of Delaware and West Chester University for a couple of years, but mostly I am self taught. I take workshops from time to time. I travel to Vermont regularly and paint. I taught art at West Nottingham Academy for 7 years, and continue to teach for fun. I currently own Wilson Vineyard Gallery in Nottingham, PA, where I teach, show my art, and show local artists' work. Wilson Vineyard Gallery regularly has plein air opportunities and art workshops. Recently I began teaching a figure drawing/painting class at the Oxford Art Alliance. It is a joy for me to work with others who want to create. I especially like teaching beginners -- particularly those who think they have no talent!"
Jennifer received her BFA in fine metals from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. She spent five years in the jewelry industry until leaving to marry and start a family. Returning home to scenic Chester County has brought back her love for painting. Her paintings can be found in local shops, online, and at the Oxford Arts Alliance juried gift shop in Oxford, Pennsylvania. Jennifer currently is an art teacher at CCAC, at OxAA, Art First Inc. and National Gourd Association.