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Artist Trust Ambassadors

Artist Trust Ambassadors help to ensure that artists of all disciplines across Washington State get the resources they need to thrive. Ambassadors help their region’s arts communities by being a bridge to Artist Trust’s programs and services and by providing feedback to Artist Trust on how best to serve those artists.

Ginger Ewing

East Ambassador

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Ginger is the former Curator for Cultural Literacy at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture and is now an Account Executive at Boom Creative in Spokane. She spent the last three years organizing a monthly party—BeGin!—where thousands of patrons were exposed to regional artists and musicians. Ginger is also a co-founder of Terrain, a non-profit organization showcasing emerging artists in the Spokane region. Ginger is currently working on a project (yet to be named!) where she will orchestrate quarterly art installations in a vacant storefront.

Bernadette Vielbig

East Ambassador

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Bernadette is a visual artist and Artist Trust grant recipient, whose artwork has been exhibited at the Koehler Art Center, WI, the South Carolina State Museum, The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA, the Northwest Museum of Art and Culture in LaConner, WA, and the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, and elsewhere. Her work is in permanent collections at the Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, the Ink People Center for the Arts in Eureka, CA, as well as private collections worldwide. She is a member of the Saranac Art Projects cooperative gallery in Spokane. Bernadette earned her BA in studio art from Humboldt State University and an MFA in studio arts from Louisiana State University with a concentration in sculpture. She has taught sculpture, design and drawing for LSU, the University of South Carolina, Central Michigan State University and is tenured faculty at Spokane Falls Community College. Since 2009 Bernadette has been the host of Readymade Radio, an audio program on the visual arts of the inland northwest (and beyond).

Scott Bailey

North Central Ambassador

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Scott is a visual artist and Artist Trust grant recipient living in East Wenatchee, who has held solo exhibitions around the world. He also works as a writer, curator and educator—currently serving as the head of the Art Department at Wenatchee Valley College. His work draws on his experiences living in Italy, Japan and Egypt, and traveling to more than 50 countries. Visit Scott’s website.

Martha Flores

North Central Ambassador

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Martha was born in Guatemala and raised in El Salvador. She earned her Master’s in Fine Art at California State University at Los Angeles. Prior to moving to Wenatchee in 1992 she had many art exhibits and commendations including one from the then Mayor of Los Angeles, Tom Bradley. She has taught art in California and Washington for over 30 years and has exhibited in galleries, museums and other venues in the Northwest for the past 21 years. Visit Martha’s website.

Amanda Jackson Mott

North Central Ambassador

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Amanda is the Executive Director of Methow Arts Alliance, a nonprofit organization that provides innovative arts programs throughout Okanogan County in education, promotion, presenting and leadership. Amanda is the second Vice Chair of the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), and serves on the boards of the Washington State Arts Alliance and Okanogan Economic Alliance. Amanda holds a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree from the Colorado College. She enjoys hiking, fishing and gardening and lives in Twisp with her husband Kraig. Amanda is also a speaker for Artist Trust At Large.

Tori Karpenko

North Central Ambassador

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Tori is the Director of Partnerships and Operations at TwispWorks; endeavoring to help transform the former six acre U.S. Forest Service complex in Twisp into a vibrant center for art and culture, agriculture, innovative technology and education. TwispWorks hosts two Artist in Residence programs a year and multiple artist studios. Visit Tori’s website.

Carol Mitchell

North Central Ambassador

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Raised by art-loving parents, Carol’s interest in the arts was enhanced by volunteering as a teenager in an arts center in Worcester, MA. Having lived in Paris, New York, San Francisco and Seattle, she enjoyed the diverse and exciting cultural opportunities these cities offered. She has served on the Board of Bainbridge Arts and Crafts and was a founding Board member of the Bainbridge Arts Council. After retiring from the insurance industry, she moved to the Methow Valley where she has served on the Confluence Gallery and Art Center Board and is currently a member of the Methow Arts Alliance Board. She is also a past Artist Trust Board member.

Bill Rietveldt

North Central Ambassador

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Bill is the Exhibits Coordinator at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. Most of his working life has been in the museum field: he was the Director of the Chelan County Historical Society’s Pioneer Village and Museum in Cashmere, the Curator of Education at the Tacoma Art Museum and a Collections Staff Member at the Henry Art Gallery. He also spent a number of years as the Director of Promotion and Market Development for the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce. He holds a B.F.A. in Sculpture and Printmaking from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Washington.

Katherine Lewis

Puget Sound Ambassador

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Katherine is a basketmaker and Artist Trust grant recipient who lives and works on her farm, Dunbar Gardens, in the Skagit Valley where she grows the basketry willow used in her work. She has acquired the skills for her craft through extensive travel and work with individual artisans. Katherine is a member of the Northwest Basket Weavers Guild, the National Basketry Organization, The Basketmakers’ Association, and Skagit Artists Together.

Amy McBride

Puget Sound Ambassador

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Amy is the Arts Administrator for the City of Tacoma, with over 16 years experience as an art professional. She manages three funding programs to support arts organizations and artists, implements public art projects, develops innovative and collaborative programming and formulates effective policy. She holds an M.A. from the University of Washington-Tacoma and BAs from the University of Colorado-Boulder and L’Université de Bordeaux in French and Art History.

Anna James Miller

Puget Sound Ambassador

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Anna is Studio Director for Andrew T. Miller Music Studios (Milton) and Norpoint Music School (Northeast Tacoma), and is former Managing Director of Icicle Arts in Leavenworth. She worked for Seattle Opera, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Spectrum Dance Theatre, Pacific Chamber Ballet, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, and more. She studied arts management and fundraising at University of Massachusetts, with University of Washington instructor Susan Howlett through the Community Foundation of NCW, and at the Foundation Center (NYC). Anna was on the planning committee for Washington State Arts Alliance’s 2012 Cultural Congress, and was panelist for Washington State Arts Commission’s 2012 large organization project grants. A former professional dancer, Anna teaches dance to students of all ages and choreographs regional musical, choral, and dance productions.

photo: Terry Loss

Joan CawleyCrane

South Central Ambassador

Coming soon!

Justin Gibbens

South Central Ambassador

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Justin is an Artist Trust grant recipient and EDGE Professional Development Program graduate. He received his BA in painting and drawing from Central Washington University in 1998 and a Scientific Illustration Certificate from UW in 2003. He is a founding member of PUNCH Gallery, an artist-run gallery located in Seattle. He is represented by G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle and Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, OR. Justin lives in rural Thorp. Visit Justin’s website.

Monica Miller

South Central Ambassador

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Monica lives in Ellensburg, where she serves as an arts commissioner and works at Gallery One Visual Arts Center as the Assistant Director. Monica is a former Artist Trust staff member. In her free time she plays with clay, erects forts with her son and imagines building artist residencies where there are no limits with her husband, artist Justin Colt Beckman.

Colleen Sargen

South Central Ambassador

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A mixed media artist and EDGE Professional Development Program graduate, Colleen’s work encompasses printmaking, painting, photography, mixed media constructions and sculpture; often present in her works are salvaged materials, backlit stone, and functional elements. In addition, her projects include guest curatorial and exhibit technician work along with selected interior design consultation and management. Colleen lives in Walla Walla. Visit Colleen’s website.

MalPina Chan

West Ambassador

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MalPina is a visual artist and EDGE Professional Development Program graduate who lives in Olympia. She received her BFA from Earlham College in Richmond, IN. MalPina’s work investigates cultural identity, the transitory nature of the human condition, our connection to each other and to the natural world. Her current projects include printmaking on paper, kiln-formed glass, mixed media, and artist books. Her work has been shown at the Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle City Hall, Patricia Cameron Gallery, Artxchange Gallery, Rosetta Hunter Gallery, Columbia City Gallery, and Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, and in public art collections at the UW Medical Center, King County Courthouse, Harborview Medical Center, 4Culture King County Portable Works, Portland Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the Evergreen State College Rare Books Collection. Other projects include independent curatorial work, teaching workshops and lecturing. Visit MalPina’s website.

Max Grover

West Ambassador

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Max Grover has been painting and illustrating in the Northwest since 1985. He operates the Max Grover Gallery in Port Townsend, showing his work and other area artists. His images and writing have adorned 10 children’s books. Max was recently a guest curator at the new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

Connie Simpson

West Ambassador

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Coming soon!