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Our Team

Thomas Burns

Executive Director

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Thomas was the founder and director of the annual Carmel International Film Festival for 9 years – a five-day festival spotlighting independent film, contemporary photography, fine art and music. He is also the publisher of ARTWORKS Magazine.

Sue Shirley

Studio Manager

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Ivanna Hansen

Business Development, Marketing, & Volunteer Coordinator

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Katie Thornton

Administration, Theatre Instructor

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LeiAn Byrd

Administration

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Kelly Bean

Maintenance

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Colby Cramer

Senior Instructor - Ceramics

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Roark Shirley

Kiln Technician & Ceramics Instructor

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David Howell

Instructor - Watercolor 1

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Isabela Garcia

Instructor - Printmaking, Ceramics

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Karin Harris

Instructor - Watercolor 2

The illumination of color and the dance of shadows has always intrigued me. It is my quest to capture those elements in my work. Now in the Coachella Valley, I am pleased to be active in the Artists Council, Women Artists of the Desert, Desert Art Center and Coachella Valley Watercolor Society – where I am grateful for the awards & recognition I have received. Old Town Artisan Studios, Ironwood Art Group & the Art Museum are venues where I currently teach the ‘Joy of Watercolor’ and Water-Soluable Oils.

Kelly Walter

Instructor - Fused Glass

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Nettie Roberts

Instructor - Fabric Arts, Jewelry, Mixed Media

I am a retired educator who has always found the need to have creative time.  There is joy in sharing ideas and creating with others.  I love working in different mediums. I do nuno felting, needle felting, tapestry weaving, gourd art, mixed media, encaustic art, gelli prints, acrylic pours, jewelry, and airdried clay.  Enjoying creating in many forms, one is never bored.  I have been with Old Town Artisans for over four years and truly believe in its mission.

Stefania Ford

Instructor - Pottery Friends

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Steve Revis

Instructor - Outreach

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Robin Hart

Instructor - Pottery Wheel

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Mission & Vision

We are dedicated to ensuring that art remains a vibrant part of the creative fabric of the Coachella Valley – from art in schools to lifelong learning.

Outreach

The individuals we touch through art include families in need, kids in after-school programs, individuals with special needs, seniors and veterans.

Why We Serve

Art is both medicine and food for the soul. Our commitment is to making art available and accessible to all members of our community.

Board of Directors

Meet our dedicated board members that bring Old Town Artisan Studios and its mission to our beloved community.

Classes

Our 4-week classes allow students of all ages and levels to dive into the areas of Ceramics, Painting, Fused Glass, and more.

Workshops

Try a one-day workshop to learn a new skill, test out a medium you are curious about, or simply have a good time!

PYOP

Paint Your Own Pottery is a fun experience for all!  Choose from several ceramic items and paint to your heart's delight.

 Art Camp

Looking for a fun way to beat the heat? Join us for Summer Art Camp! A week-long camp for young artists, ages 7-15.

All Upcoming Events at Old Town Artisan Studios.

All Upcoming Events

A listing of all free and fee-based happenings at OTAS!

Gingerbread Lane at Old Town Artisan Studios

Gingerbread Lane

A fantastic community event for all to take part in holiday fun!

Color the World Gala 2023.

Color the World Gala

Join us for a spectacular evening of music, festivity & celebration

Miniature Masterpieces 2021

Mini Masterpiece

Art all 10x10x10 in. or smaller featured in our annual raffle.

Art of Music at Old Town Artisan Studios.

Art of Music

A monthly series featuring musicians from near and far.

Eggstravaganza at Old Town Artisan Studiosl.

Eggstravaganza

An annual auction highlighting ceramic eggs by various artists.

Upcoming Events at Old Town Artisan Studios

Open Mic Night

A chance for all levels and ages to perform.

Upcoming Events at Old Town Artisan Studios

Gallery Shows

Visit the Leland Gallery featuring local artists.

Donate

With your valued support we are able bring art to our friends who need it most.

Support

We need Ambassadors to help us spread the word about our work and mission.

Volunteer

Your time and skills are an incredibly important part of the work we do.  Come lend a hand!

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