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Kristina Penhoet A&M1

Kristina Penhoet creates abstract and expressionist sculpture using traditional and modern felt-making techniques.  Her work takes cues from living organisms, landscapes and architecture; seeking to find beauty in the strange and ugly and pursuing themes of connection, mutation and diversity. Her use of wool as a tactile, natural material is consistent with her themes and the organic properties of her work.

After earning a degree in biology, Kristina attended Otis College of Art and Design concentrating on sculpture and environmental design, eventually pursuing a degree and career in architecture. When she became disenchanted with restrictive creative process of architectural design, she rekindled her love of making and discovered fiber as a medium.

Originally from the West Coast, Kristina currently resides in Washington, DC with her family and a naughty dog that wants to be good.


Paul Wolff A&M2

I sculpt in soapstone. Over the years, my work has been cast in various media including bronze, stainless steel, resin, concrete, lucite and lead glass. Currently I am focused on glass castings, finding this medium the best way to showcase my recent work. I am, however, amenable to working with a client who may desire a piece in either a different size or medium than what I have initially chosen. This has been done, for example,  in instances where a client has wanted the piece for outdoor display. I selected soapstone because it is hard enough to hold an edge and soft enough to be worked with hand tools and without an air compressor which lessens the feel for the stone and to me detracts from the relationship between the artist and the stone. The maquette stands on its own as a work of art with its elegant veining and subtle color variations. Working by subtraction rather than addition, as with clay, provides a never ending search for the object inside the stone, a communion between artist and object that does not exist with any other medium. Because of the finality of any sculpting, working in stone requires heightened contemplation and carries with it the constant risk that what the mind’s eye sees will not translate aesthetically. Producing a maquette in stone provides a sense of accomplishment for me not otherwise available. 

My work is entirely abstract, solely done to please the viewer’s eye. There are no themes. Nothing is represented or alluded to. The quest is neither historical nor autobiographical. Names for my works are selected by the foundry, purely for purposes of identification. Any resemblance to any object or idea is solely for the mind of the viewer. My search is to find the figure lurking inside the stone. No artist has influenced me more than Barbara Hepworth whose work has set a bar so high that I could never approach it, but which nonetheless gives me tremendous enjoyment in trying. The absence of space that marks so many of her works for me has been a recurring motif, not by design, but as the end product of my search for what the stone will reveal. 


Anita L. Albertson A&M1

What is Art?  To me, art captures something essential about life.

Art makes life bearable. It isn’t a luxury. Like our capacity for understanding, and our experience of love, it is a vitally important part of life.
–Gillian Pederson Krag

How does one share the charm and communicate the wonder of living, breathing and being? By using color, pattern, light, texture, style, angles, laughter, beauty, nature, industry, rigor, challenge, and words; then one weaves in the rainbow of emotions and experiences– all of which shine light on the magic and the drudgery of being.

To this point I have played with self-expression and aimed toward connective conversations in the margins of my life and the privacy and intimacy of my own home.  I am largely untrained, although I have had the benefit of some recent classes with some amazing and gifted artists.

Life has stages.  I have supported my children to grow and be and do and supported my husband as he has accomplished and achieved and is recognized for his talents.  I have weathered the declines and deaths of my grandmother, mother-in-law and parents.  These have been both difficult and amazing endeavors — greatly enriching my world and theirs.   Connecting me with all that has been, all that is now, and all that will continue after I cease to be.

Inside me is a calling to express, create, play.  I need to sit, think, write and design, uninterrupted and untethered.   Connecting with others on that path.  Sharing what is in me/what I can with those I know and with people I don’t know yet.  Growing.  Being.  Breathing.  Learning better how to express what needs to get out on paper.

I seek a community to help bridge my untrained enthusiasm into something more – at first for myself, but after a period of time, for and with others.

Working with a combination of mixed media – paper, acrylics, watercolors, pencils, pastels, fabric, yarn, pens and markers – I want explore the emotions and experiences of life.  My intention to start is to learn more about the craft of art by being in community with artists and pair my creations with poems, short stories or prose.

Eventually I would like to share these tools of self-expression with a wider range of children and adults in a relaxed, spontaneous way including those in marginalized communities seeking self-expression and through it, compassionate understanding.


Alex May A&M1

My passion for crochet stemmed from a birthday present my mother gave to me in 2014: a handmade, stuffed, crochet octopus. Something about the design of the cute creature caught my interest, and when I found the book that my mother had gotten the crochet pattern from, I was hooked!

Since then, I have started and (mostly) finished dozens and dozens of crochet projects, from wearable accessories to stuffed animals. I never intended to get into the field of fiber arts, but I found myself falling in love with it and want to continue experimenting with various patterns, materials, and creations.

Hook and Yarn

Elizabeth Steel A&M2

I am a painter whose work reflects a love of and training in sculpture and metalwork. Much of my abstract work focuses on creating two-dimensional wall pieces that have a three-dimensional feeling. To that end, I may manipulate textures, shapes, and colors by enhancing them with materials such as hand-painted papers, sand, or foils, or I may apply liquid acrylics to textured supports or raw canvas. My landscapes (a more recent endeavor) tend to be somewhat more realistic in subject, although not necessarily in palette.


I see art as a way to express ideas, moods, and feelings in a visual and often tactile manner. Some of my paintings are whimsical; others elicit deeper contemplation. I welcome visitors to my studio and am happy to explain my creative process (to the extent that I understand it myself).