September’s Celebrity Guides

 
 

Sherri Snyder

Sherri established Integrated Psychotherapy in 2000. Since then she has expanded the practice to a well-rounded group of professionals. She is a licensed mental health counselor and art therapist with over 30 years of clinical experience. She has worked in a variety of counseling settings including in-patient psychiatric, out-patient clinics, residential and Employee Assistance Programs. She has also been an Adjunct Professor at Lesley University for 16 years and has taught at Bridgewater State College as a Visiting Lecturer. In 2000, Sherri was chosen by the Massachusetts Governor's Board on Domestic Violence as a State Certified Trainer in Domestic Violence and presented throughout the state. For the past 12 years, she has been an active member of an eating disorders medical team at Milford Regional Medical Center/Center for Adolescents and Young Adults.

 

Craig Bachman

Craig has a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics, and a Minor in Sculpture from San Diego State University. Rhode Island College Associate Professor in Ceramics. He teach all levels of ceramics, slip casting, mold making, glaze calculation, 1998-Current.

Owner Cedar Street Studio, Creator of dynamic functional and sculptural Ceramics and has shown in 100+ galleries over the past 20 years throughout the United States.

 
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BARBARA ROSENBAUM

It’s not just the purple streak in her hair that sets native Rhode Islander Barbara Rosenbaum apart. The smart, brash and opinionated woman has forged her own distinct path to the visual arts. For over thirty years, Rosenbaum worked as a speech and language pathologist with autistic children both in the Providence school system and at Sargent Rehabilitation Center. It wasn’t until after she retired that she found herself picking up a paint brush to learn how to paint.

“I knew so many artists,” Rosenbaum explained, “I thought painting was something I’d be interested in.” Although she had never painted before, she loved doing creative things. Rosenbaum made her own jewelry and designed spectacular gardens with her late husband Paul Levitt. She enjoyed designing and rehabbing interiors and cooking gourmet dinners. Even her approach to working with autistic children was creative.

 

Ricky Gagnon

I am a fifty six year old self-taught artist who has lived in Rhode Island my entire life. I have been creating art since childhood, working in every available craft while growing up. I studied mechanical drawing and architecture at Toll Gate High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. I also took ceramic, weaving and painting classes during this time.

In 2010, when asked by the Rhode Island State Department of Children, Youth and Families - DCYF - for ideas on how to bring local art to the youth in the care of the state, I created and became the Director and Curator of The New Hope Art Gallery at the Thomas C. Slater Training School, located in the Youth Development Center in Cranston, RI. The mission of the gallery is to provide inspiring 2D and 3D artwork of all styles, from local artists based on a rotating schedule, to the residents of the Training School and their families, to the staff, to the providers and to our guests. We are now in our fourth year and have expanded the gallery from 15 pieces of art to over 250 pieces per show.

 

Bill Martin

I grew up in the St. Louis area and received my MFA from Louisiana State University. Since 1995 I have been teaching Sculpture, Design and Drawing at Rhode Island College. In my sculpture classes I teach woodworking, metal fabrication, casting and blacksmithing.

My work has been included in numerous regional and national exhibitions and collections. A few noteworthy examples include DeCordova Sculpture Park, Convergence Outdoor Sculpture in Providence, Indiana State University, Sculpture New Hope, Brock Commons Sculpture Exhibition at Longwood University, New Orleans Hilton Riverside Paul Buckley Collection, and The Fidelity Investment Collection.