creative arts center instructors

Lezette Beaumier

Bio coming soon.

Lori Bothwell

Lori has had a lifelong career of teaching art to both children and adults. Through her travels in California, Connecticut and Washington D.C. she has taught in public schools as well as museums. She is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst with degree in Fine Art. She has returned to her hometown of Westfield to share her gifts with young artists. 

Shannon Chiba

Shannon Chiba has been a professional artist for over 20 years, specializing in drawing and painting. Shannon is currently a board member with Artworks Westfield and loves to teach art – she has been instructing painting and drawing since 2015. Shannon loves to have fun and to infuse every class with music, laughter and a sense of accomplishment.

Cathy Giudetti

Cathy Giudetti grew up in Huntington, Ma and has always been inspired by the artistic creative process. Art is Cathy’s passion.  It has driven her to work in many different mediums including oil, acrylic, scratchboard, watercolor and pen & ink. After studying with local and nationally known watercolor artists,  Cathy developed a special passion for transparent watercolor. Her work has been accepted in regional juried shows in which she has won awards.  Cathy currently lives in West Springfield with her husband and is the mother of two sons.

Eleanor Gordon

Bio coming soon.

Doug James

Doug James is a retired electrical engineer living in Westfield. His longstanding appreciation of nature and attraction to nature photography led him to study with the New York Institute of Photography.  Doug’s photographic Interest had begun to wane when it was rekindled by the introduction of digital photography and the limitless creative opportunities it provides.  Doug’s Photographs have since won several awards, including Best in Show in the North American Nature Photography Association 2016 competition. He and his wife have collaborated in publishing two children’s books highlighting his photography and her poetry.

Marsha Molloy

Enjoying fabric and a sewing machine since childhood, Marsha began her stitching adventure making Barbie doll clothes in grade school. she attended Northern Illinois University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with a comprehensive major in Home Economics, which included tailoring and clothing classes. Upon graduation she taught adult education clothing classes through the trendy Stretch-n-Sew franchise sewing with knits. Eleanor Burns, a TV quilter and author of countless books, was Marsha’s first quilt teacher via PBS in the late 1980’s. It was then that she discovered her passion. She has since taken quilting classes with many renown and accomplished quilters including Ruth B. McDowell, Joan Colvin, Joen Wolfrom, Paula Nadelstern, Nancy Johnson-Srebro, Elly Seinkiewicz, Elinor Peace Bailey, Becky Goldsmith, Linda Jenkins, Karen Stone, and Dianne S. Hire to name a few.   Marsha has won awards, has been published internationally, and has made several TV appearances. She continues to enjoy making her own quilts for family and competition as well as teaching a variety of classes including Open Studio Quilting, Machine Quilting, Baltimore Album Applique, Machine Applique, Cloth Doll Making and other specialty classes. Marsha has been teaching quilting classes now for over 20 years. With a monumental stash, she never grows tired of the wonder of cutting it up and sewing it back together creating soft amazing visual delights…also known as quilts!

Gwen Newton-Denton

Gwen  has been working with fabric for more than 40 years. In addition to her main role in the Westfield School System, she taught Clothing and Fashion Design classes and an advanced Clothing Workshop at Westfield High School for 5 years. Gwen has also served for more than 20 years as Costume Director for Westfield High School’s Drama Club which produces at least 2 productions per year, including one major musical. Additionally, for more than a decade, she designed and produced costumes for productions each year at the Westfield Theatre Group. Gwen is an avid baker, gardener, historic hat maker, and collector of antique wedding dresses – and produced the show “A century of Wedding Dresses and the Women Who Wore Them”.

Richard Nowak

Richard Nowak is a New England artist who paints in oils, acrylics and watercolors of New England landscapes, harbor scenes and gardens in an impasto impressionist style utilizing a combination of brush work and painting knives.  Richard is known for his textured application of paint and high-keyed colors and is influenced by the Pennsylvania Impressionists or New Hope School as well as the French Impressionists. He has been featured in area galleries and public areas for the past twenty years and is a current member of the Tobacco Valley Art League, the Holyoke Art League and past member of the Oil Painters of America, the Springfield Art League, and the Deerfield Art League.  Working on location and from photographs, Richard handles the paint loosely, allowing the paint strokes to convey the feeling of delight and joy that the act of painting inspires in him. Local flower gardens such as Stanley Park, Amelia Park and Grandmother’s garden in Westfield are a constant source of inspiration for this impressionist oil painter and he can often be seen painting on location.