Glastonbury Arts

Our instructors are experienced, creative, and enthusiastic professionals.
Each class is geared towards the technical and conceptual aspects of art.

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Original Art by Ramona Agro

Ramona Agro, Portrait of a Young Woman

Ramona Agro graduated from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University.. She has been teaching art to children, teens and adults for 28 years. Her works in acrylic and oils have been exhibited throughout the Boston area, Cape Cod, Connecticut, and the

Lynn Bywaters creates original drawings and paintings for greeting cards and children’s books. An illustrator for over 30 years, she also designs a signature line of collectible figurines for Lenox.  Through licensing, her work appears on a variety of products- from puzzles and prints to gift bags and tins.  Lynn has been working almost exclusively in Colored Pencil for the last four years, and has won several awards for her work- from The Colored Pencil Society of America, The Artist’s Magazine and from Glastonbury Arts.


Rachel Gaivoto has a BFA in Illustration from the Hartford Art School, and received certification to teach art K-12 from Southern Connecticut State University. She earned her Masters of Science in Educational Technology, and has an interest and passion for art history. She has been teaching art at the high school level for 10 years. She began teaching at the Norwich Free Academy, and has taught at Glastonbury High School for the past 6 years.



 Dianne Gorrick has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Purdue University, and a Master of Studio Arts degree from Wesleyan University. An instructor with over 30 years  of experience, she exhibits her work extensively in New England. Ms Gorrick is an Elected Artist at the Mystic Art Center and the Essex Art Association. She is a member of the CT Plein Air Painters Society and Lyme Art Association.

Sandra Gustafson  currently lives in Glastonbury with her husband and two children and teaches art full time at Glastonbury High School. Her background includes teaching children from K-12 and curriculum development. She is currently working on her Masters in Portraiture.

Jacqueline Jones studied with local artist Joseph Gionfriddo of Gilead, CT during her childhood.. A former student of Guy Wiggins and James Goodwin Manus, Gionfriddo instilled in her a love of traditional oil painting. Ms. Jones earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art as well as a Associated Degree in Graphics from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is the recipient of numerous awards including “1st Prize for Outstanding Work” at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in NYC. New Britain Hospital recently acquired a number of her works for their permanent collection.  In addition, Jacqueline enjoys teaching at the Glastonbury Art Guild and often gives demonstrations and workshops for local art organizations. Her professional memberships include Allied Artists of America, American Artist Professional League, American Society of Marine Artists, Oil Painters of America, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, The Connecticut Academy of the Fine Arts, The New Haven Paint and Clay Club as well as the Salmagundi Club in NYC. She is also a member of Glastonbury Arts, Essex Art Association, Lyme Art Association, and the Mystic Art Center.

Wendy Ment studied art and art history at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from Sacred Heart University.   Wendy formerly taught at the Morley School in West Hartford. Currently she teaches at the Shirley Reaback Early Childhood Center. Wendy is a landscape oil painter.


Shauna Shane has been painting professionally for 30 years and she is skilled in a variety of mediums, including oil, pastel, and watercolor. Shauna is an Elected Artist Member of Lyme Art Association and CT Plein Air Painters Society, and is a signature member of CT Pastel Society. Shauna’s works is saturated with light and color formed by many years of painting from life. Her paintings of still lifes and the figure reflect a solid academic training as well as the ability to communicate the energy, color, light, and unique atmosphere of a scene.

Katherine Simmons

Katherine Simmons, Reflections on a Marsh, oil

Katherine Simmons, is known for her sensuous landscapes, sensitive still lifes, and deft brushwork. She draws inspiration from early Masters such as William Merritt Chase, Dennis Miller Bunker, and John Singer Sargent. Katherine Simmons earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art. She is an Elected Artist Member of the CT Plein Air Painters Society, CT Women Artists, Lyme Art Association, Salmagundi Club, and Oil Painters of America.




Kristen Walsh – Hidden Lake Trail

 Kristen Walsh has been involved in creative things her whole life.  She has been exploring fiber for many years – first knitting, then spinning and finally felting.Kristen has been earning attention for her felting, winning prizes at the Old Saybrook Arts Show, Marlborough Arts Center and Glastonbury Arts Show in Connecticut, selected as a Best in Show finalist at the Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach, Virginia and having work selected for publication in Fiber Arts magazine and Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine.  Kristen also enjoys teaching and finds great satisfaction in helping people who might not think they are creative find the creative spark that she believes lives in all of us.  She has taught out of her home, at art centers and galleries, schools, senior centers, fiber festivals and shops.  Most recently she was selected to teach at the New York Sheep and Wool festival – one of the largest in the country.


Jane Zisk has been a landscape painter for over 30 years.  In 1995 she established the Connecticut Plein AIr Painters Society which currently enjoys national status as one of the “finest plein air groups” in the country according to American Artist and Plein Air magazines. Her work is owned by hospitals, foundations, corporations, and colleges throughout Connecticut. Jane paints landscape in the plein air tradition as well as nayure inspired abstract work. Both approaches form a spiritual path for her.  Having overcome a chronic illness, she see her art as a healing process.