SUE GILBERT ABARE studied at Ohio State University & at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She has taught privately and at the Kaleidoscope School of Art in Barrington. Sue exhibits throughout the Midwest & South, has artwork in many private & public collections, and tries to devote most of her time developing her own paintings.
LISA ALEXANDER is a Certified Yoga instructor in Senior Yoga, Yin Yoga and Yoga for Anxiety, Depression and ADHD, and is a certified Yoga Life Coach. She believes in yoga as a lifestyle. She teaches Vinyasa flow style yoga and especially enjoys teaching Yin yoga, which involves deep stretches held for longer periods. Lisa tries to create a safe fun and nurturing environment in her classes and encourages laughter and self-acceptance for her students to explore their yoga journeys. When she’s not teaching or doing yoga, Lisa loves reading, hiking and biking. Lisa also teaches ESL classes at Rockford University.
CINDY BEAR is a self taught watercolor artist. She is a member of Rockford Art Guild and Rockford Area Arts Council. She enjoys teaching the fundamentals of watercolor. Her classes are designed to break down each technique by choosing projects that emphasize a specific technique. My motto is once you have learned the techniques there is no limit to what fun and creative way watercolor can be used. My favorite style and subject matter of watercolor is botanical.
MICHAEL BETTINE, percussionist, has been working with these instruments for over 40 years. He has written various books on percussion and released over 40 recordings under his name. His long running blogs, The Way of the Gong, Art As A Spiritual Practice, and Percussion Deconstruction, have been embraced by both the meditation/sound therapy, and percussion communities. He is also one half of the GONGTOPIA TAIRAKU duo, along with shakuhachi flute player, Brian Tairaku Ritchie (of Violent Femmes fame). Michael is also devoted to music education and has presented workshops on Gongs at the prestigious Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in 2005 & 2012 and was the Artist in Residence at the 2016 MONA FOMA Festival in Hobart, Australia.
BETH CAMPISI is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master/Teacher and Certified Chakra Instructor through Bridges of Unity. Her focus is helping others connect on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels to achieve wholeness and well-being using holistic and complementary modalities including working with the chakras.
RITA CARPENTER’s art includes photography, mixed media, mixed media with encaustics and watercolor. She started with watercolor in 2008 attending many International trips with Karlyn Holman. Rita began learning basic watercolor techniques and advanced from there. Her favorite is mixed media and travel journaling. She began teaching classes in 2016. She teaches in her studio and travels to other venues to teach. She organizes art vacations through her business Art on the Fly, LLC. The art adventures have been to Croatia, France and Spain.
LINDA CONROY, MSS, MLSP dedicates her life to connecting with the green world. She has been a practicing herbalist, wild forager, and community organizer for 30 years. Through her business, Moonwise Herbs, she provides herbal education, workshops, and apprenticeships, as well as individual consultations and handmade herbal products. She is the founder of the Midwest Women's Herbal Conference as well as Wild Eats: A Movement to Promote Wild and Whole Foods in Community. Her passion is herbal nourishment through community, wild food, and wild medicine. Participants in Linda's programs leave inspired to bring plants into their daily life.
JAN COSMOS M.A. Anthropology Loyola University Chicago Golden Apple Academy of Educators State of Illinois Honorary Sabbatical/Visiting Scholar Northwestern University - Evanston, IL Adjunct – Viterbo University Graduate Studies in Education - Milwaukee, WI Focus Visual Arts for Education
LINDA EWALT is a retired art teacher who loves clay and working with the fantastic people in the Womanspace clay classes! She looks forward to helping students explore and expand their clay experience in a fun environment.
JAYMEE FEDOR graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2015 with a BFA in painting. She splits her time between teaching group art classes for all ages, giving private art lessons, freelancing, and painting. She specializes in creating supportive and inclusive environments where new artists feel comfortable and experienced artists feel inspired.
PEIGHTON FEI is 22 year old, a mother, growing artist, and local resident. She grew up in a small town nearby, and moved to Rockford three years ago to start her family. Her sun sign is Capricorn. Peighton sees divinity in everyday life, and uses the moon cycle and astrology as tools for mindful living. She takes interest in psychology, history, farming, and holistic medicine, and loves seeking new knowledge and creating new connections.
FREYA (also known as Emily Watson Rice) When Freya took her first bellydance class in 2000 as a way to get in shape for her wedding she was immediately hooked. Over the years she’s had the privilege of studying with some of the world's top dancers including Rachel Brice, Ariella, Sonya Blacker, Zoe Jakes, Jasmin Jahal, Mae the Bellydancer, Christina King and many more. Freya became a semi-professional dancer in 2010 performing with troupes Roe-He, Vagabond and Black Silk Road. As a soloist Freya performed in shows throughout the region including Beast Women, Tribal Revolution, Burning Man Decomp, Angels & Absynth, The Glint, and Chicago Hafal for Humanity which raised money for Syrian refugees. Freya is most well known for her ethereal & powerful veil routines using both Egyptian & Chinese style veils that she custom makes herself. Follow Freya on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BelovedFreya
She has been working in the Chicago art world for over 20 years. Beginning her career as the teaching artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art she went on to become the Manager of the Marshall Field’s Fine Art Gallery and eventually the Director & Curator of Atlas Galleries. She is a talented artist in her own right and is passionate about sharing all she has learned to help other artists succeed through her work in Gossamer Arts.
DEBORAH GAINES has been a Usui Reiki Practitioner since 2003, completed her Master Teacher training in 2009, as well as becoming a Karuna Reiki Practitioner and Teacher as of 2019. In addition to giving Reiki sessions and sharing her love of Reiki, Deb teaches writing classes and facilitates women's retreats through her business, Spirals in Motion. She is also a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in IL and WI working for several funeral homes in the area through Adept Funeral Staffing Solutions.
MARSHA GOODHEART is a longtime Womanspace member and mixed media artist who likes to color outside the lines. She has exhibited work locally for many years. Marsha says her work is spirit driven. Like a form of meditation, it comes from her heart.
CHERIE HECK loves to play with art and has a serious addiction to art supplies. She teaches a number of art classes at Womanspace, and served as the Art Program & Volunteer Coordinator for several years. Her artistic talents are many and her beautiful creations have appeared in many of our art exhibits and fundraisers.
CRISTI HOPP KNIESS is an artist, teacher and proud member of many area art organizations. When asked why she enjoys being an artist, her reply was, "I realized that I am at my best when I lose myself in color. With my creations, I travel into a place of peace, healing and serene awareness of who I really am." Her work is on exhibit all around the Rockford area, including permanent installments at Mercy Health Hospital, Anderson Gardens, as well as businesses in the Rockford and Chicago areas.
ELAINE HIRSCHENBERGER is the Executive Director and CoFounder of Womanspace and has years of experience of practicing mindfulness and attentiveness. She received her degree in English from Alverno College and pursued further studies in art and design at College of DuPage, Rockford University and NIU. She is an active member of School Sisters of Saint Francis.
MARSHA COWEN HOSFELD is the past president of the Winnebago and Boone Counties Genealogical Society. She has been working on her family tree for over ten years. Her other hobby, photography, has been an interest of hers since childhood. She has taken formal and informal classes and continues to learn more about how to 'snap' the kinds of photos she loves. Learning how to edit photos has also come in handy for working on, sharing, and preserving her family history.
JENNIE JOHNSON SIC enjoys every opportunity to throw on the wheel! Jennie has taken college level classes in Minnesota & Oak Park, IL, as well as, been mentored by a potter in Antigua, Guatemala. Jennie is so thankful to have found Womanspace, a place to throw, be inspired and teach.
KIM KAUFMAN is a certified life coach with Life Purpose Institute. Kim has been a lifelong seeker of meaning and fulfillment. Her 34 year banking career has afforded her many unique learning opportunities from which she has to draw from. Some of Kim's life achievements include missionary work in Thailand, attending Sufi School of Conscious Healing, obtaining an undergraduate degree in Human Services, certification as a Soul Collage Facilitator, and managing the Illinois Vipassana Meditation Center. She follows her heart to find meaning and purpose and be a Divine spark of inspiration to the world.
STEPHANIE KRUGER is a professional photographer with 15 years experience in the industry. Her studio specializes in baby's first year, but she takes all types of portraits. "I try to take a fun, open mined approach to teaching so I can meet each student their current level." She is a proud mother to four young children, and in her spare time, she loves to make her children's clothes.
NICOLE LANDRETH is an artist and an organizer by nature, and a Creative & Performing Arts graduate from Auburn High school. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with minor concentrations in Visual Arts and Women & Gender Studies. Nicole was a resident artist with the 317 Art Collaborative in downtown Rockford, now serving on their board, and loves to engage with the community through the arts. Nicole's artwork spans across many mediums including pyrography, fiber arts, sculptural ceramics, and fluid mediums. Thematically and stylistically, her work is full of movement, color, and pattern. She is always trying to make her art dance! Nicole is also a bit of a tech-nerd and has developed a particular patience for helping people through their tech-related snafus!
KARLA LOMBARDO holds an Associates of Arts degree from Rock Valley College and Bachelor’s of Education with a focus in Arts from Rockford University. She has exhibited and sold her artwork on commission and through various local galleries, seasonal artist fairs and online. Karla’s painterly style transforms commonplace into luminous conversation pieces on canvas, furniture and even murals. Her art is a visual representation of her magnetic personality and freespirited outlook on life.
KATHY MOEHLING, RN is a Board Certified Holistic RN, Traditional Naturopath, Holistic Health & Life Coach, energy work practitioner in Therapeutic & Healing Touch, and a Massage Therapist with over 40 years experience. In addition to teaching tele classes in holistic coaching with Wisdom of the Whole (formerly Bark Coaching Institute), Kathy maintains a private practice in her home and at Womanspace.
ANYA NELSON is a full time high school teacher who fell in love with clay when she allowed her college counselor to randomly pick an elective class for her that ended up being ceramics. She was so happy when she found Womanspace. It gave her an opportunity to reconnect with her passion and meet an amazing, creative, and supportive group of artists.
NANCY O'NEILL is a self proclaimed clay and glaze addict! She enjoys sharing creative pottery ideas and creating many wonderful wheel thrown and hand built pieces. Nancy is excited to be able to try her hand at instructing a class and share time in the clay studio with other like minded clay addicts!
LYNETTE PORTER is retired and happy to have found Womanspace and pottery. She admits to having a pottery obsession and wants to share it with others while learning from other talented artists.
KATHY RASMUS has been an art teacher for 38 years. Clay is her passion. She enjoys working with adults to create exciting works of art.
PAT SULLIVAN is a Rockford native who has recently returned to the area. She discovered fused glass at the Kemp Center for the Arts in Texas, and continued to study at the Sarasota School of Glass. She loves to share this fun and expressive art with others.
SHIRAZ TATA came to the U.S. from India to get a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from SIU-C and then just kept moving up the state of Illinois to Rockford where she has lived for over 20 years! She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice where she creates a safe space for people to share whatever may be weighing on their minds or hearts. She loves to facilitate discussions on diversity and all topics multicultural. She also enjoys teaching mindfulness and meditation classes.
EAMONN JAMES TALKINGTON is a Resident Artist with 317 Art Collaborative where he specializes in improvisational abstract painting and multimedia artwork. He also finds joy in writing fiction in short story format. In both his artwork and writing, Eamonn draws inspiration from his own life experiences, the colors of nature, and the state of society, among other places. Eamonn attended Columbia College Chicago and lives in Rockford, Illinois.
JULIE THOMPSON is a retired social worker who was born and raised in Rockford. Her career was spent working in various mental health settings including DCFS, adoption, grief work and private practice. She is mother of 4 wonderful daughters, 8 grandchildren.
RHIANNON YANDELL completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Yoga and Ayurveda Center in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and holds an RYT-200. She is certified in Chair Yoga and holds certifications as an Ayurveda Specialist and End of Life Specialist. Rhiannon is Owner and Yoga Teacher at Sacred Peace Theory Yoga Studio in Rockford. She also teaches children's art and yoga workshops and camps through SmARTyPants Art Studio and adult classes at Rockford Art Museum.