Art on the Meadow Faculty


Animals of Ox-Bow

Kim Meyers Baas was born and raised in West Michigan where she spent her summers outdoors curious about the environment. She also loved art. When she realized these interests can be complementary, she moved to the Windy City to get her B.A. in Fine Arts from Loyola University Chicago and an MA in Art Education from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently, she is back in West Michigan with her family (and multiple pets) where art and nature still inspire her artworks and teaching art in private and public spaces. As an artist educator, she has always been passionate about giving all children the opportunity to explore the significance of being shaped by our natural environment. 


 Let’s Pastel Like Impressionists and My Charcoal Fantasy

David Baker earned his BS from Western Michigan University and an MFA from Indiana State University.  Much of his current work is plein-air painting in oil and watercolor.  David is Painting Professor Emeritus at Southwestern Michigan College. Additionally, he designs art workshops for a variety of media.  He has mounted solo exhibitions at Fernwood Botanical Gardens, Niles, MI; Colfax Cultural Center, South Bend, IN; Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI; Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI; Goshen College, Goshen, IN; and Vesuvius Gallery, Glenn, MI, among others.


 Portrait Painting

Rick Beerhorst is a full time visual artist and musician living in Grand Rapids Michigan with his artist wife and six children. His work is featured in collections both private and public throughout the United States and abroad. He is the recipient of a NEA artist grant and two Pollock Krasner grants. His work consists of narrative portraits, printmaking, sculpture and site specific installations. 


Clay for Kids

Jeff Blandford has been a potter for 14 years and considers his first pottery lessons to be in the Ox-Bow ceramics studio. Receiving his BFA in Ceramics from Michigan State University, Jeff owns a gallery in downtown Saugatuck where he sells his ceramics and blown-glass work. His studios are located on his organic farm about 15 minutes south of Ox-Bow where he has 5 barns devoted to creating artwork.


 Glass Beadmaking and Creative Wire Techniques

Jessica Bohus has her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught at Fiasco glass, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Ox-Bow, and Water Street Glassworks. She has exhibited at The Indianapolis Art Center, IN; Beacon Street Gallery in Chicago; Vesuvius Gallery, MI; Torpedo Factory, MD; Kalamazoo Institute of Art, MI; Lighthouse Glass, LA; Mindscape, IL; and Good Goods, MI. You can learn more about Jessica at


Landscape Painting

James Brandess is both a figurative and a landscape painter.  He is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  He maintains his studio in Saugatuck, MI, where he also conducts painting workshops.


Imagine Nation: Imaginative Minds Unite! and Day of the Dead: Artsy Altars and Sugar Skull Face Painting

Lucia Earle is a South African artist who trained at the Johannesburg Art Foundation in 1997 and 1998. She studied Drama at the University of Cape Town and worked backstage in theaters for years. In her 3rd year of History of Art through the University of South Africa, she discovered a fascination for African masks and their cosmology. She has been a working, traveling artist ever since.  She is currently living and working as an artist and swim instructor in Fennville, Michigan.


Expressions through Mixed Media

Sarvin Haghighi found art as a young girl lost in childhood fantasy, and eventually found her voice amongst paint, canvas, and panels.  There she could capture every cherished memory of childhood, honor time-held traditions of her people, and issue commentary on the social and cultural dimensions of women’s experiences in contemporary Middle East society. Like many others, her immediate family found themselves spread throughout the world. A new hybrid reality would give way, where East meets West, and diversity would be the norm. While passion for her Persian roots provides continual inspiration, it’s the cross-cultural exposure that provides universal subtext to her work. A single voice now amplifies the voices of many the world over who long for peace and freedom.


Fantastic Creatures

Danielle Hanna has her BFA in Graphic Design and Art Education from Kendall College of Art and Design and also holds a Masters in Art Education from Kendall College of Art and Design.  Danielle is a K-12 art educator who has worked in public and private settings throughout Michigan since 2007. Currently, she teaches art and design at Saugatuck High School.


Expressing the Human Figure

Jill Lareaux has broad experience with the figure as a painter, printmaker, and sculptor.  Her emphasis is on the succinct but expressive quality of the medium with the figure as the vehicle for her message.


 Imagine Nation: Imaginative Minds Unite! and Day of the Dead: Artsy Altars and Sugar Skull Face Painting

Catlin Nell loves art in all it's forms, from creative movement and music, to face painting, crafting, and writing.  She plays traditional fiddle, loves ancient and modern forms of dance, and has worked for years as a performance artist and children's entertainer.  She is a massage therapist and recently co-founded the Firehouse Zen Cultural Center in Glenn, Michigan. With her artistic partner, Lucia Earle-Higgins, she offers workshops in the region to people of all ages and from all walks of life.  Catlin is passionate about ecology and her intent is to illuminate concepts of "deep ecology" through her workshop offerings.  Through art experiences, she seeks to give people the opportunity to celebrate the many ways that our ancient and modern selves are connected.    


 Form, Fragments, Marks, and Meanings

Jack Ridl's latest book, Practicing to Walk Like a Heron, was named one of the two best collections of 2014 by Foreword Reviews/The American Library Association.  Jack's previous two collections also received national awards.  He was named the second Honorary Chancellor of the Poetry Society of Michigan.  The Literacy Society of West Michigan honored him for his lifetime of work. The Carnegie Foundation named him Michigan Professor of the Year.  More than 85 of his former students are now published authors.


Form, Fragments, Marks, and Meanings

Meridith Ridl is an artist and an art teacher with a BA from the College of Wooster and MFA from the University of Michigan.  She is represented by Lafontsee Galleries has exhibited her work at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the University of Toledo, the Butler Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Queretaro, Mexico. 


Puppet Making

Michael Schwabe is an internationally acclaimed puppeteer and puppet designer, rigger and builder who works on the children's television show Bunnytown as well as Jack's Big Music Show. Michael is the founder and artistic director of the famous puppet theater company known as Hystopolis Productions, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois. Michael has been teaching puppetry since 1980 and he is considered one of the most innovative character and set designers in the field of puppetry today.  Currently he is Master-puppeteer with the performing troupe in Douglas, Michigan called The Village Puppeteers.


Inspired By Nature: Story Telling

Ellen Sprouls is an independent arts and science educator, and is the Coordinator of the Early Childhood STEM Program for the Lower Shore Child Care Resource Center at Salisbury University.  Previously, Ellen was the Executive Director at the Delmarva Discovery and the Curator of Education in Galleries and Collections at Grand Valley State University.  She has exhibited work at the International Center at the Smithsonian Institution, the Kresge Museum of Art at Michigan State University, and the Michigan Women’s History Museum.  She has enjoyed exploring art with children for many years at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Impression 5 Science Center, the Muskegon Museum of Art, and the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.


Drawing from Nature

Dawn Stafford is a full time artist who lives and paints in West Michigan. In 2005 she opened the Peachbelt Studio, her private painting studio and seasonal gallery ( located in an iconic little red one-room schoolhouse (ca 1867) in Fennville, MI. Her compositions are an extension of her connection with rural environments and her personal family history.  Originally from New York, she received her BFA from Swain School of Design in Massachusetts before moving to Michigan in 1992.