Now the Director of Programming at Waterfall Arts; Martha is one of the founders and longtime volunteers of the organization. She has 25 years of non-profit management experience, having worked for or directed numerous progressive organizations in Maine. She hails from Italian immigrant milkmen and Lithuanian immigrant shoeshop workers, and grew up on a private school campus where her parents were a coach and a librarian. Along with her four siblings, Martha is also an artist, making interactive installations and community performances. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Wesleyan University, and a BFA from the Maine College of Art. She lives on a homesteading farm in Liberty with her family.
Lou has worked in the non-profit sector for over 30 years in a wide variety of organizations. She is the co-founder of Spruce Run, the first shelter for victims of domestic violence in Maine, and former Executive Director of the Women’s Business Development Corporation a state-wide membership organization with a focus on assisting low-income women in developing their micro-enterprises. She was named Economic Developer of the Year by the Finance Authority of Maine in 1996. Lou is co-owner with her husband Claude of Newburgh Associates. Newburgh Associates has developed a software program, Municipal Advantage, providing assessing, cash receipting, accounting, and utilities programs to over 15 towns in Maine. Lou has also worked as the staff accountant for Four Directions Development Corporation, a Community Development Finance Institution working with the Wabanaki tribes in Maine. Lou is a native Mainer having grown up in the St. John Valley, and is Franco-American. Lou served as Treasurer of Newburgh for 3 years. She holds a BA in Agricultural Economics, with an emphasis in Rural Sociology and has completed the course work and passed her comprehensive exams for a Masters in Community Economic Development.
Mike Fletcher is a 1991 graduate of Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, and later went on to study at the Art Students League where he monitored for the Russian realist painter Leonid Gervits. An active member of the Mid-Coast Maine arts community for over two decades Mike has performed with the Belfast Maskers, exhibited with Art Fellows and taught at Waterfall Arts. Mike’s most recent solo exhibition was at Aaurhus gallery, in 2012. Currently Mike is the Facility Manager for Waterfall Arts and also the coordinator of the life drawing program there.
Bridget has been an educator for fifteen years, teaching at every level and setting from preschool circle-time, computer labs for the elderly, and seminars for teachers. Her academic and experiential background includes a BA from Oberlin College in Sociology and Psychology, informing her development of successful programs for diverse crowds. She developed and grew the Art Studio exhibit and program at Boston Children’s Museum for ten years and deemed one of 21 “young leaders in arts education” by Harvard scholars, is a published advocate for quality creative development in early childhood education. In addition to leading the Bridge Afterschool Arts program and providing community events such as the AAAH events and Art Tent for Waterfall Arts, Bridget teaches art and singing at Cornerspring Montessori, private lessons, school programs and seminars throughout New England. As an artist she transmits through a range of visual media as well as producing video, singing, and writing. www.bridgetmatros.com
Alan Crichton is a sculptor, draftsman and writer living in Liberty. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Goddard College and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, he has taught at Unity College, Colby College the MFA program at Vermont College and the Farnsworth Museum and has exhibited throughout Maine and New England for over 30 years. He is the co-founder of Waterfall Arts, which for 15 years has brought together artists from Maine and around the world to celebrate creativity and promote sustainability through education, artists’ residencies, exhibits and events.
Co-Founder, Board Secretary, Marketing and Public Relations
Lorna’s involvement with other artists began in Belfast with Art Fellows Gallery many years ago. One of the founders of Waterfall Arts, she serves as Secretary of the organization and documents activities and creates promotional materials for the art center.
Karin has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and Operations Management and has her own business as an HR Consultant and Life Coach. Karin is also an artist and Board member at Waterfall Arts. She has a BFA in Sculpture and Ceramics, MFA in Organizational Behaviour and is a certified professional coach. She has a studio at Waterfall Arts and lives in Ellsworth, Maine.