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WHO WE ARE

Here at Art Barn School of Art, we are a team made up of dedicated individuals who share the mission to bring quality art programs to our community and enrich their lives. We are made up of a committed board of directors, many of whom have been with Art Barn since its founding, devoted staff members and instructors, and many other faithful volunteers who have helped make Art Barn what it is today.

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Meet the Team: Meet the Team
Meet the Team: Who We Are

MEET THE TEAM

AMY DAVIS NAVARDAUSKAS

Executive Director

Amy is an established artist in Northwest Indiana and previously served on the leadership team of Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, where she served as the marketing director for 10 years. She brings nearly 15 years of marketing and fundraising experience to the role.


Board President Julia Holmaas states, “During this time of growth and transformation, there is no better person to lead the Art Barn than Amy. She is a proven leader with the skills and vision to continue Art Barn’s 40-year history of providing art education and promoting the arts in the Region.”

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MELISSA WASHBURN

Program Manager

Melissa Washburn is an artist/illustrator/graphic designer based just outside Chicago in Northwest Indiana. She grew up in upstate New York, but has lived in the Midwest since 1996. She creates expressive illustrations in both digital and traditional media, endlessly inspired by things that run, fly, and grow.


An avid hiker and birder, in 2019 she earned her Indiana Master Naturalist certification through Gabis Arboretum and the Indiana DNR and now serves on the Marketing and Communications committee of the Shirley Heinze Land Trust.

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LIZ MARLER

Office Manager

Liz is a native of suburban Chicago and relocated to Northwest Indiana 6 years ago. Her studies include an emphasis in Psychology from UCCS in Colorado Springs, Colorado and an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Fox College in Tinley Park, Illinois. 
After her career in the veterinary field as a Vet Tech she started in the office management area and most recently spent a little over 3 years as the Executive Assistant for the Mayor of Michigan City. In her free time she is an avid reader, and loves being outdoors hiking, fishing, or spending time with her three dogs Remy, Ranger and Bear at the beach. Liz resides in Chesterton with her husband and daughter.

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KRISTEN ADER

Office Assistant

Kristen is from Northwest Indiana and attended Indiana University in Bloomington IN with a degree in Communications and a minor in Business.  She worked in the advertising industry at OMD Chicago for 6 years in the media strategy and digital ad operations department.  After being involved in her son’s early education she began working with a program called “Ready Set Kindergarten” as well as a secretary at their school.  She is married to her husband Chris, has 2 sons, 3 dogs, 2 birds and salt water fish.  In her free time she loves to walk her dogs, do puzzles and spend time with family and friends.  

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KAYLA GREEN

Marketing Intern

Kayla is currently an senior in college who has been working in the Public Relations and Marketing sector for 3 years. She has facilitated communication efforts, produced marketing and P.R. materials and given consultation to variety of institutions.

Outside of her career, she enjoys reading philosophical and metaphysical books, writing creative literature and going outside for walks to appreciate nature. Kayla loves her family dearly, eating out and lighting scented candles.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JULIA HOLMAAS

President

JOHN BERNBOM

Vice President

Treasurer

ANGELA G. GROTHAUS

DENISE KIRKLAND

Secretary

SUSAN M. ARNOLD

Board Member

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CHARLES KIRKLAND

SANDY APPLEBY

Board Member

JAMES MAY

Board Member

Board Member

DINA HEIJSELAAR

SAMANTHA SCHILLA

Board Member

HAROLD WOODRIDGE

Board Member

Meet the Team: List

INSTRUCTORS

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DEB ARMSTRONG

Intro to Photography, Cellphone Photography Workshop, Nature Walk Photography Workshop

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BETSY BARGER

Ceramics for Kids, Youth Ceramics, Open Clay Studio

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MAYA MARTINEZ

Youth Illustration, Ceramics for Teens, Kids Clay Camp, Canvas Parties

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CHRIS HARTZ

Creativity Lab

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JULIA HOLMAAS

Monday Night Watercolor, Virtual Review

DORI HUBER

Youth Painting, Kids Summer Camp, Art in the Park

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MINDY MILAN

Architecture Camp, Glass Workshops

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MARY ANN PALS

Painting with Pastels, Virtual Pastels

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SUZIE ROSSO

Independent Study, Figure Drawing

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JESSICA THOME

Drawing for Youth, Family Workshops

KIM VANDER VINNE

Watercolor Basics

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HAROLD WOODRIDGE

Adult Ceramics

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JOYCE HICKS

Crafting Personal Stories

SUSAN BRANCH

Crafting Personal Stories

SHARON ANGLINA

Kids' Summer Camps

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CHRISTINE HUBBLE

Beginning Colored Pencil, 

Field Sketching Workshop

SAM PURZE

Open Clay Studio

GAIL WOOLEVER

Pysanka Workshop,

Family Workshops

ART BARN FARM FRIENDS

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BUNNY

Mini Horse

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MOSES

Mini Donkey

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BROWNIE

Goat

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