Meet the Open Ground Studios Instructors
After Robert received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2013, he relocated to Carmel. In addition to his classical training at the Academy, he worked for over a year as a wax detailer for world renowned figurative sculpture artist, Richard MacDonald. During his short tenure on the peninsula, his worked has been selected for exhibition and inclusion in a number of local venues including the Sunset Center, with the Arts Council for Monterey County, and is currently exhibiting portraits at the Monterey Rock and Roll Experience. Robert joined the OGS co-op in February 2015. Robert's website
Like so many other printers, Paul Ritscher was exposed to printing through a high-school journalism class. In Lincoln, NE, he worked through his 3-year apprenticeship with the Graphic Arts International Union in two years. Moving to Nashville, TN, he first worked as a typesetter, then managed Hatch Show Print. After putting Hatch back on its feet, Paul started Ritz Sho-Card Company, which closed in 2005 after 20 years of letterpress work in various locations. He taught book-arts classes at Cowell Press UC Santa Cruz until 2007, and currently prints on hand presses at his private press, the Devil’s Tail Press.
Katie is a self-taught mixed media artist who relocated to the Monterey Peninsula in January from Fayetteville, NC. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University in anthropology and art history. Art has been her passion from a young age and since
graduating she has shown and sold her work around the east coast through fine art festivals. Katie is a military spouse who joined Open Ground Studios as soon as she and her husband arrived for his 18-month program at NPS. She works full time as an artist to produce, promote and sell her work. She has been exhibited in galleries in NC, CA and VA and is included in many private collections throughout the country. Katies website
Nicky Yeager is trained as a bookbinder and conservator. He has studied binding structure and design while a student and then as a librarian in collections throughout the US. Making books that work well and last while looking good is the focus of his design mindset. Yeager relocated from New York to the Bay Area a few years ago. We are honored and fortunate to have Nicky join the ranks of the Fellows of Open Ground Studiosin 2013.
Rachell received her BA in Visual and Public Art with an emphasis in large scale painting and mural from California State University, Monterey Bay. She stayed in the area and worked at the Monterey Museum of Art while taking printmaking classes at Monterey Peninsula College. Since discovering printmaking her focus has been monotypes, the painterly print. This year she was a lead painting assistant for the Vision Mural at CSUMB Campus and the Gallery Technician for CSU Summer Arts in. She has artwork in the Alumni and Visitor Center of CSUMB and has been a participant in several juried group shows at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto. She joined OGS this summer and is creating art full-time while preparing for Graduate School next year. Rachell's website
Erin is a science illustrator with a special interest in entomological and botanical illustrations. She has illustrated four children's books, taught botanical illustration and field sketching at UC Santa Cruz—and she's drawn insects under a microscope for the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History. She holds a BA in graphic design from CSU Chico and completed the science illustration program at University of California, Santa Cruz. Erin lives with her family on the Monterey Peninsula. When she's not sketching and painting, she hikes coastal forests and tends to flowers, fruit trees, and vegetables in her backyard garden. Erin's website
Victoria is an exhibiting artist who uses a wide variety of techniques and materials in her work. She has been an instructor at Cabrillo College since 2003. She has also taught workshops at Penland, OCAC and the San Jose ICA. She received a Rydell Visual Arts fellowship in 2010 and was named a Silicon Valley Creates Artist Laureate in 2015. Victoria's website
Dora received her MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University and her BA from WesleyanUniversity. She has received several awards and grants in support of her work and has attended residencies both in the United States and abroad.
Dora’s work centers on the everyday, individuals’ un-theorized, taken-for-granted
experiences and understandings of their worlds. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and Italy in both solo and group shows. Dora has experience teaching studio arts and we are delighted to have her share her expertise with the Monterey community. Dora's website
Denese moved to Monterey from Minneapolis in 2004. She studied printmaking at UW-Madison, in Paris at Atelier 17 and later went on to get her Master of Fine Arts Degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sanders artwork is driven by the human experience of relationship; with the self, our family and our environment. She uses whatever media will serve her ideas, from mixed media to books, drawing and printmaking.
Sanders work has been widely exhibited in the Midwest and California. She has over 15 years teaching experience in college, university, and fine art school settings. She founded OGS in 2013, and is delighted to be able to assist new artists as they enter into the fold of teaching. Denese's website
Patrice is a distinguished author, poet and artist. Her recent book Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination and Spirit in Everyday Life is part memoir, part naturalist exploration, and part meditation on the power of place —our creativity and sense of self. About Step into Nature, poet Jane Hirshfield says, “Step into Nature illumines the intimate connection between inner and outer, contemplative and wild, and shows the reasons these connections matter.”Patrice is also the editor of many highly acclaimed anthologies for children, young adults, and adults. She teaches creative writing, poetry and collage workshops at universities, libraries, in community and spiritual centers, including Esalen Institute, and privately. She lives in Monterey, California.
Sandra received her MFA in Drawing and Painting from Colorado State and her BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Georgia. Sandra has taught in colleges and universities around California, most recently screen printing at Orange Coast College. She and her family recently relocated from southern California to Marine County. She lives with her husband Greg, their daughter Madeline and dog, Jolie. Sandra exhibits her work locally, nationally and internationally. Sandra's website
Katie Young is an ecologist currently working for a biological consulting company in Berkeley. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Classical Piano Performance from Mills College in 2012 and has been working as a field biologist since then. With an educational background in the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies, and career experience in field biology, Katie is dedicated to the idea that our appreciation for the world grows as we learn to observe, question, and reflect on our experiences in natural habitats.
A native New Yorker, Frank has lived on the West Coast for three decades and in Santa Cruz County for over 20 years. He has studied with a number of Santa Cruz & Monterey County artists in a variety of media, concentrating in printmaking and bookbinding, including marbling and paste paper. He has exhibited at the Felix Kulpa Gallery, the Santa Cruz County Bank, Open Ground Studios, Monterey Peninsula College, the Santa Cruz Art League, the Cabrillo College Art Gallery, Artisans Gallery, and the Santa Cruz County Government Building. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Department of Graphic Arts, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; the New York City Public Library Print Collection, New York, NY; and the Australian Print Collection of the Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Australia. Frank is a founding member of both the printmaking co-op Printmakers at the Tannery (PATT) in Santa Cruz and Open Ground Studios (OGS) in Monterey, and is also a member of the California Society of Printmakers (CSP).
Paul Richmond is an internationally recognized visual artist and activist whose career has included exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States, as well as publication in numerous art journals and anthologies. His work, which seeks to challenge social constructs and invite understandings beyond the immediate surface, is collected by individuals from around the globe. Paul is co-founder of the You Will Rise Project, an organization that empowers those who have experienced bullying to speak out creatively through the language, visual, and performing arts. Paul's website
Cindy has been a printmaker since 1987. She is a mostly self-taught artist, but learned printmaking from a Franciscan artist-priest while visiting Italy. In Columbus, Ohio, where she lived for 23 years, she helped cultivate a thriving print cooperative and taught many classes. She now loves living in Santa Cruz, discovering new ways to make prints and showing people just how easy it is to have fun making art!
Born and raised here in Monterey Bay, I am recent graduate from Mills College, with a degree in Studio and Fine Art. My thesis show was based in a combination of photography, and ceramics, although I work as an artist in many media forms (painting, drawing, sculpture). I have had some informal teaching experience in teaching art, mainly through helping professors and classmates in college courses. I began college and art classes (mostly ceramics) at the Claremont Colleges in southern California. In my transition between the 5C schools and Mills, I also took art classes at MPC, and started down the path of Darkroom Photography, which led me to major in it at Mills soon after. My art practice, or process, crosses lines of conceptual, experiential, and documentary. I work in abstraction as well as the representational. Char's website
debra has been learning, practicing, enjoying, playing with, and writing calligraphy and related disciplines for over 40 years. She has a studio in Pacific Grove where she works on commissions--mostly for weddings--and creates her own art with letterforms. Every year she expands her knowledge by participating in workshops with national and international calligraphy teachers. She has been teaching various classic forms of calligraphy on the Monterey Peninsula for the past 25 years. She is a founding member of Sea Scribes, Monterey Bay Calligraphy Guild. Debra's website