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While the work of artist Sheila O’Neil Clough includes many genres her roots in illustration are clearly evident in the majority of her pieces. A versatile artist who was classically trained in a wide variety of mediums, she has worked almost exclusively in water media, both watercolor and acrylic, for the past two decades. Subject matter, selected from her native New England environment, is portrayed with dynamic composition, a masterful use of color and value as well as a fine attention to detail.
Born in Boston, MA the daughter of an art educator and granddaughter of a Boston artist, her talent was recognized, encouraged and developed early. Formal training began when, at the age of nine, she was enrolled in Saturday classes at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA, continuing them for the following nine years. Clough attended Massachusetts College of Art, where she earned a BFA with a concentration in Fashion Design and illustration.
After college, Clough worked as a free-lance illustrator and a commercial artist in Boston MA before beginning a fifty-year career as an art educator in Massachusetts and Maine. More than three decades as a secondary school art educator, teaching a wide variety of classes from printmaking and clay to painting, drawing and design, have added both depth and skill to her personal artistic vocabulary.
Clough has continued to expand her skills and explore new techniques by studying with numerous master artists in classes and workshops throughout New England. She received the Surdna Fellowship to attend a summer session at Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Isle ME exploring clay with Mikie Walsh.
While continuing to teach watercolor, acrylic and drawing classes to adults, Ms. Clough has been concentrating on her own work since 2010. Her work, which has been well received in the Southern Maine art community, has received numerous awards in juried shows and is included in many private collections throughout New England and across the United States.
She had her first Solo show in 2011 at the French Connection, Springvale, ME, her second solo show “ People, Places and Things, The Pigment of My Imagination” at the Whitney Galleries, Wells ME in the fall of 2014. “Pathways and Places, The pigment of Our Imagination”, a show with fellow artist Susan Mesick opened at the University of New England Biddeford campus in August of 2015 and most recently a solo show at The Louis B. Goodall Library, Sanford ME, April, 2018. Clough and three other Southern Maine Artists exhibited at The Gallery On The Green an artists’ cooperative in Alfred ME. From 2012 until it closed in 2018.
Tara Finlay is a self-taught artist who has been creating jewelry and mixed-media art and crafts since 2001. She has a BS in Psychology and a minor in communications. Tara has attended extensive workshops on art and jewelry-making and completed a certificate in coaching. Her goal is to help people discover and develop their creative interests, to let go of perfectionism, and to find the joy that creativity can bring. Tara has been teaching for 4 years in NY and in Maine. She lives in Lyman with her husband and two cats. You can follow Tara’s creative pursuits on instagram and lists of her classes on Facebook @TaraTeachesThings.
Susan Lamoreau has been teaching for the Sanford School Department for over 30 years. She has her undergraduate degree in Business Education and Masters in Teaching Technology. Both of these have given her a true passion for computers and technology. She enjoys coming back in the evening to share her enthusiasm with the adult population. Sue’s very comfortable on both Macs and PCs and loves a good challenge. If she doesn’t have an answer, she can usually find one that makes anyone’s use of technology most efficient.
Nancy McCallum is a writer and nature artist. She has been teaching a variety of writing and craft classes for Sanford Community Adult Education for several years. Nancy is a Sanford native who currently resides in the lovely village of Springvale.
Nancy’s Writing Life: Nancy attended the University of Maine at Orono, where she earned a journalism degree. She worked as a reporter and editor for several Maine newspapers until she decided to work as a freelancer, about 25 years ago. Her articles have appeared in 50+ publications. She also assists clients with writing and editing projects. Nancy developed a specialty in healthcare writing; she has worked for several Maine hospitals, including an 18-year stint for Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Teaching has always been part of her writing life. She was a College Composition instructor and tutor at the University of New England in Biddeford for 10 years, and a communications instructor and tutor at York County Community College in Wells for three years. She has also taught writing classes for numerous adult education departments in southern Maine. Nancy teaches resume writing, writing for marketing purposes and creative non-fiction classes. She enjoys teaching writing classes because she feels she can help people improve their writing and editing skills, and in the process, gain confidence.
Nancy’s Art Life : Twelve years ago, Nancy began creating jewelry from the sea glass she had been collecting. She makes earrings, necklaces and pendants. Over the years, she has sold her work under the business name “Pieces of Maine” at craft shows and at shops. Working with sea glass led her to create driftwood wreaths, as well as paintings that incorporate driftwood and sea glass pieces. She also created a line of nature-themed blank note cards. Writing remains her main source of income, so Nancy sells her creations intermittently, usually through Facebook or to regular customers. The only fair she does is the Springvale Library Fair, held in early November. She has been teaching a sea glass necklace-making class for SCAE for about eight years. The class remains popular, perhaps because students always leave with two or three finished necklaces. The classes are fun for Nancy, because it is rewarding to see people open up to their creative impulses.
Linda Mansur Migneault
Linda graduated from Southern Maine and started teaching art in 1969. She taught 25 years in public school and then taught Adult Education and had private classes in Kennebunk. She has also painted many murals in homes and businesses. Four are in the Alfred Library.
Brian Pride is a Certified EAS Master Beekeeper and has been keeping bees for 10+ years. He is co-owner of Bee Pride (beekeeping supply store) on a small farm in Lebanon, Maine where he and Peggy manage between 20-40 hives.
Brian is an enthusiastic teacher of all levels of beekeeping from a one night Introduction to Beekeeping all the way up to Intermediate classes and also includes workshops in Queen rearing, Swarm control and Mead making. In his spare time he mentors several beekeepers and has an Intern program on Saturdays.
Brian shares his knowledge with others so that they may enjoy the honey bees as much as he does. He exemplifies the Master Beekeeper’s mission of education and assistance to new and existing beekeepers.
Cindy Simon, M.A., NCC, RMT
Cindy is a community educator, wellness coach, counselor, writing coach, as well as a freelance writer and published author. She holds a Master’s degree, a national certification in counseling and is a Reiki Master. Her first novel “Wanting June” was published in 2011 by an independent publisher in Texas. Cindy has published a variety of articles in Maryland and Maine-based magazines and newspapers, and two national magazines, “Natural Health” and “American Profile”. She published a poem and a nonfiction piece in the “Aputamkon Review”.
Cindy has done a wide range of program development and fundraising work. Cindy teaches classes/workshops and counsels individuals in health and wellness and writing; including such topics as meditation, chair yoga, acupressure, reiki, power aging, everyday herbal remedies, macrobiotics-ish diet, yoga mudras, healthy living, creative writing, novel writing, travel writing, journal writing, a myriad of make and take classes with herbs and essential oils, senior exercise classes and more!
I have always been interested in trying to make everything by hand. So, about 40 years ago, it was only natural that I wanted to try my hand at basket weaving. That was before it was a popular craft and materials were basically unavailable where I lived. Somewhere I had read that you could use wild grapevines if you boiled them for three hours. I now know that was not the best way to prepare the vines, but I was able to make my first basket.
Over the years I have learned much more about basket making, thanks to many books, websites, friends, and examining baskets. I have learned many techniques to make my baskets stronger and more beautiful. Soon I was able to share the joys of basket weaving by teaching others. I love to take natural materials and shape them into something lovely and useful. Now I have been teaching here at SCAE for 20 years. I have been blessed over the years to meet many people and have made many wonderful friends.