Visual Artist/Teacher/Activist

 
  Alyssa in her element - gear on her back, out in the landscape with a group of students Plein-air painting image location: Les Tapies, southern France 2018

Alyssa in her element - gear on her back, out in the landscape with a group of students Plein-air painting image location: Les Tapies, southern France 2018

Alyssa is a local teaching artist and mother of three who has made the Northeast Kingdom her home for over 25 years.  After many years of teaching art both privately and as a K-12 art teacher in Newport, Alyssa opened her own "atelier" or artist's workshop in 2013.  An accomplished painter (acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media), printmaker, collage artist, and teacher of fine art, art history, and elementary education, Alyssa is excited to welcome the community into her studio with a wide variety of art classes in various mediums for budding artist's of all ages (age 2 to 102) from beginner to advanced.  Alyssa attended the University of Vermont where she studied fine art and art history, then continued her education further at Johnson State College where she obtained duel certification in both elementary and art education. 

Alyssa is passionate about sharing her love for art and master artists, nurturing the creative talents of others. In the summer of 2012, Alyssa had the opportunity to attend Les Tapies Summer Arts Program, an art teacher's workshop in the South of France sponsored by TASIS, the American School in Switzerland.  She continues to spend her summers in the South of France as a member of the Les Tapies faculty as an instructor of painting, drawing, printmaking, and collage.  

Alyssa is now hitting the road to combine her gifts as an accomplished painter and her passion for activism and the protection of our national parks, monuments, and environment as a whole.  Her self-created project Postcards from the Parks is a 3 year project many months in the making as a way for Alyssa to mentor to others that one small voice from a tiny town in one of the smallest states in the country can make a difference if a person is willing to show up, stand up, and speak out on the issues affecting all of us.  Alyssa hopes to use this grass roots project to lead by example and reawaken people to the importance of continuing to protect these places that were set aside for future generations and educate people about their importance and unique features - geography, habitat, and history. To learn more about Postcards from the Parks and view her gallery of paintings, mixed media, and photographs from the National Parks use the link below.