Alisha Sickler-Brunelli | BFA, MS Ed, NYS Teaching Certification | Co-Owner, ARTifact Ceramic Bar
Alisha has been an artist, art educator, and active member in the Binghamton community for the past 15 years. She found her love for teaching fresh out of college as an art specialist at the former private, progressive Susquehanna School. From here her path led to graduate school, teaching public art education K-12, and teaching private lessons. Her personal work spans from digital mixed media, drawing, installation, and assemblage to commercial graphic design projects. Her deep interest in education science and entrepreneurship informs her work/projects. In addition to having a blast overseeing 'the crazy' at KAPOW, she teaches in the Art & Design Department at Binghamton University. She and her better half, John Brunelli, are co-owners of ARTifact Ceramic Bar. She currently serves on the The Memory Maker Project Advisory Board. In her off hours she loves reading and drawing with her daughter, August, cooking up a storm for friends and family, and visiting flea markets for strange objects. (Support local!)
PRIVATE LESSON INSTRUCTOR/COORDINATOR:
Michelle Schleider | BA Studio Art | Painting & Drawing
Michelle has been drawing and painting since childhood. She has a bachelors in Studio Art and minored in Art History at Providence College. She's expanded her skills in oil painting and charcoal drawing while studying in Florence, Italy, and taking workshops with master artist, David Leffel. She focuses primarily on classical art, working on the figure, portraits, still lifes, and landscapes.
When she's not in her studio or painting on site, she's taking care of her two children and teaching them her skills. Very often they become Michelle's subject matter in paintings, drawings, and fabric floor art photographs.
Her creative husband is a wonderful cook and often provides Michelle with interesting ingredients for many of her still lifes. You can view Michelle's work at www.michelleschleider.com
KIDS & TEENS TEACHING ASSISTANT:
Courtney Smith | BFA, minor in Education
Classroom photographer extraordinaire!
STUDIO & GALLERY ASSISTANT:
Carrie Anne Button | Assistant to Director of Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts
INTEGRATED CREATIVE ARTS SPECIALIST:
Christina Muscatello | BA, Ed M., NYS Teaching Certification | Director, The Memory Maker Project
Christina is an art educator, community organizer and collector of miniature things.
She has a BA in History from Binghamton University, where she was particularly interested in how people have used the arts to shape their identity throughout time. She went on to earn a Masters of Education in Integrated Teaching Through the Arts at Lesley University. For her thesis, she researched how the arts inspire hope and solidarity in individuals and communities facing difficult times.
Christina has worked as a public and private art educator for more than six years. She has a special focus on facilitating expressive and therapeutic arts experiences for people across the lifespan, with a range of abilities. She has worked both domestically and abroad with English language learners, people living with Alzheimer’s Disease (and other forms of dementia), children and adults going through emotional challenges, survivors of natural disasters, and people with special needs. In addition to loving the arts, Christina has a soft spot for literacy development. She spends a lot of time figuring out ways to incorporate writing, words and stories into everything she touches.
John Brunelli, BFA, BA Art History | Director, Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts | Co-Owner,
Sarah Horan | BFA, MFA, NYS Teaching Certification
Sarah is an artist and educator hailing originally from New York's beautiful Hudson Valley. Knowing she wanted to be a teacher since the age of 5, Sarah earned her Bachelor's in Visual Arts Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2010. After enjoying 5 years of working in Dia: Beacon’s art museum, she headed to Savannah, GA where she earned her Masters of Fine Art in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2013. After graduating, Sarah spent two wonderful years sharing her passion for photography and art at Savannah Country Day School with her students. Her personal work is composed of alternative approaches to photography including, scanography, digital composites and large-format pinhole images. She also enjoys teaching and practicing drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics. Sarah has been honored to have her work showcased in several solo and group exhibits and publications throughout the United States. In her free time, Sarah is a strong devotee to the practice of yoga and supporting local farmers and being part of local art events. Sarah is excited to join the KAPOW family for the opportunity to enrich young minds while instilling the technical skills and passion for a variety of artistic mediums to future generations.