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.
Meg Fournier has been heavily involved in the Maine arts community since moving to Maine in 2003, with a focus on live music, film, and visual art. Meg co-founded and directed the Free Range Music Festival, an annual celebration of original music that showcased over 125 acts over five years in downtown Belfast. She also founded and directed Roots & Tendrils, a multi-disciplinary arts venue in Belfast that showcased and explored innovative movements in art and music from 2009 to 2011. Fournier has worked for and with a number of other arts related organizations and businesses around the state including the Unity College Center for Performing Arts, the Maine International Film Festival, and Shadow Distribution. After a year exploring the arts in her native Louisiana, she returned to the state in 2015 and to Waterfall Arts as Development & Marketing Manager and a member of the Programming Committee.
Julia Raite hails from the Wild West, having grown up in the remote Rockies of Idaho and deserts of Arizona. She earned her undergraduate degree in Professional Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, then moved her way up to Seattle where she worked and taught for Photographic Center Northwest. She specializes in analog and alternative process photography, the subject matter inspired by a life full of travel and transition. She currently lives in a solar powered cabin with an acre of garden and aims to earn a graduate degree in non-profit administration.
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, has been deemed one of 21 “young leaders in arts education” by Harvard scholars, and 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
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. Currently Mike is the Facility Manager for Waterfall Arts and also the coordinator of the life drawing program.
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.