Overview

At the Cornell Creative Arts Center (CCAC), every person is supported, encouraged, empowered, and accepted into an environment where they are provided with rich opportunities to learn and grow their artistic talents. People who enroll in workshops offered by the CCAC will participate in a program that provides affordable and comprehensive access to the arts.

CCAC promotes exhibitions and educational programming that offer classes, workshops, gallery exhibitions and community event space for people of any age. Our facility includes a ceramic/sculpture studio, dance/movement studio, gallery exhibition space, painting /mixed media studio, rehearsal halls for music, creative writing, and a digital arts-media studio.

 

 

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Our Mission

To provide access to education and support in the full spectrum of the arts for a diverse and underserved community in an environment that promotes equality and unity.


Our Vision

As a not for profit arts organization, we aspire to provide education, inclusivity, diversity and a deep commitment to accessibility to the visual, performing, meditative and literary arts.  We are progressive in our pursuits for discovery, inspired by that which is personal and steadfast in our faith in the aesthetic.  Art will save our world from blindness because it teaches people to see, to find commonality on the road to enlightenment.  The Arts of all cultures, seek to bring us together in the pursuit of embracing our humanity.


Accessibility

The Cornell Creative Arts Center is open to the public and made available to everyone in our community. Our presence has always sought to maintain the highest level of engagement in human kindness, compassion and service for people of all abilities and diversities.

The art center is wheelchair accessible, with a ramp at our main entrance. Our ceramics studio has an ADA pottery wheel, and tables that are wheelchair accessible. Our parking lot has handicap parking options and plenty of parking space for different types of vehicles. While we have ADA men’s & women’s bathrooms, gender diversity is also welcomed at CCAC.


 

Our Team

Our Team is one of collaboration and collective signature.  We share a kindred spirit of service and aesthetic “elan vital”  and find inspiration in the sharing of our gifts for art in exhibition, teaching, community engagement and the celebration of our humanity.

Elena Lo-McEnaney

Assistant Director

Elena Lo-McEnaney

Assistant Director

Elena Lo-McEnaney is the Assistant Director for the Cornell Creative Art Center. Having grown up in Kingston, she spent her summers during her high school years working for The Arc Mid-Hudson, assisting with any creative projects she could get her hands on. Since then, she has graduated from SUNY Purchase with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies. Aside from her time spent at CCAC making arts accessible to the community, she enjoys her work as an apprentice at a tattoo shop, hanging out with her dog Sokka, and playing Dungeons & Dragons with her friends.

Emily Rayow

Ceramics Studio Manager

Emily Rayow

Ceramics Studio Manager

Emily Rayow began her career in the arts as a painter, at 19 years old. Eventually, she switched her focus to jewelry-making and created her own business – garnering a large social media following. Her creations are inspired by the natural world, combining crystals, copper, and naturally dyed textiles. Her book, “Crystal Pairings”, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2023. She has recently fallen in love with clay and the world of ceramics. Emily lives in Elizaville, NY with her family and can be found at @sea_ox_designs

Barushka

Bellydance Instructor

Barushka

Bellydance Instructor

Barushka fuses folkloric, tribal style belly dance with swing and vintage jazz. She started studying traditional belly dance in 1996, tribal belly dance in 2001 and swing in 2017. She has studied the following styles of belly dance: ATS, tribal fusion, folkloric, Egyptian, Turkish, sword and floor work. Previous trainings include bollywood, bhangrah, odissa, flamenco, Tunisian African, salsa, butoh, hip hop, breakdance, swing and vintage jazz. Her instructors included Carolena Nericcio of Fat Chance Belly Dance, Paulette Rees-Denis of Gypsy Caravan, Suhaila Salimpour, Heather Stants of Urban Tribal, Jill Parker of Ultra Gypsy, Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes and Mardi Love of the Indigo to name but a few. Plus swing/jazz teachers such as Emily Vail and Linda and Chester Freeman. Barushka primarily combines classical Indian, cabaret, modern, swing & vintage jazz dance forms to create her specific style of fusion belly dance.
Barushka has performed restaurants, theater stages, salons, gala events and festivals. She has taught and performed internationally and nationwide. She includes working with props such as veil, finger cymbals, and sword. Barushka was a member of the Alchemy Tribal Collective in NYC, and was also a former, first tear member of PURE in NYC. She was the co-founder of the tribal fusion troupe The Bleeding Hearts Belly Dance Co. She is also a member of the Kingston vintage jazz chorus-girl troupe The Uptown Lowdown. Her desire is to help raise the public’s frequency through the art of dance and help bring belly dance to a higher art form.

Kalsang Chomphel

Ceramics Instructor

Kalsang Chomphel

Ceramics Instructor

Shana Circe

Arts Instructor

Shana Circe

Arts Instructor

Shana is a multi media artist with a current passion for watercolor. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Visual Arts Education with concentrations in Photography from SUNY New Paltz. After a long career in higher education she has turned her focus to bringing art instruction to her community in the Hudson Valley. She enjoys all the variation watercolor offers and loves to paint in a loose and vibrant style. She also appreciates the delicacy of controlled realism, and simplicity and power of illustration that can be achieved through the medium. She believes everyone has a creative self and loves to help students find joy and pride in their creative work.

Priscilla DeConti

Zentangle Drawing Instructor

Priscilla DeConti

Zentangle Drawing Instructor

Priscilla DeConti is an artist and a certified Zentangle teacher. Her love of art began long ago and was put on hold while taking care of her 2 sons and working as a R.N. Nearing retirement she achieved her goal of obtaining a degree in graphic design which led to exploration of other art forms and mediums such as oil and acrylic painting. While engaged in a group for the artist way, she came upon Zentangle and began taking classes which ultimately led to her going for training in Providence, R.I. in 2017. From there she has grown not only in her Zentangle process, but in expanding her willingness to learn other mediums such as watercolor and mixed media. Besides her regular Zentangle inspired art, she also works with procreate on an iPad to develop and make digital collages.

Jackie Fischer

Sculpture Instructor

Jackie Fischer

Sculpture Instructor

Jackie Fischer is a sculptor specializing in ceramics, metal casting, and rug making. She received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts at Alfred University with a concentration in Ceramics & Metal with a minor in human psychology. She has received scholarships from craft schools such as Peters Valley School of Craft, Anderson Ranch Art Center, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Shet attended artist residencies at Salem Art Works, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Chesterwood & Berkshire Art Center. Much of Jackies work challenges the ideology of the American dream. Jackie is a patient instructor & lives for the moments when her student’s faces light up after executing a difficult part of the process. 

Holly Shelowitz

Holly Shelowitz

Holly Shelowitz is a Certified Nutrition Counselor and Aromatherapist working with clients and teaching classes for over 25 years. Holly is a regular guest on Northeast Public Radio, is a faculty member at Omega Institute, and was the Northeast Regional Educator at Whole Foods Market. Join Holly and learn how to prepare natural skincare products you’ll be excited to recreate in your kitchen.

Beth Shoenfeld

Ceramics Instructor

Beth Shoenfeld

Ceramics Instructor

Beth Shoenfeld is a mixed media painter and potter, who has lived in the Hudson Valley since 1989. She was born in the Bronx and grew up in metropolitan New York and New Jersey.

Beth holds an MSW from Adelphi School of Social Work at the Hudson Valley Campus and a BA from The University of Findlay, Ohio where she studied ceramics, sculpture, and painting. While completing her undergraduate studies, Beth’s work was represented by The Miller Gallery in Cincinnati, OH. She received numerous awards including purchase awards from The Toledo Museum of Art and The University of Findlay private collections. She has exhibited art in galleries in NY and Ohio.

Beth lived and worked in Greece where she had a solo exhibition in Athens and worked in a pottery on the Island of Crete. Greek art, culture, colors, and architecture are reflected in her ceramic jewelry and two-dimensional art.

While deconstructing her works on paper from her Athens exhibit and reconstructing new art from the scraps of her past work, she started a lifelong process of creating new works with pigments, paper, and glue. Materials and found papers connect one piece to another. This process continues to this day.

Working with clay opened Beth’s eyes to the possibility of being a professional craftsperson and artist at a young age. Ceramics have always been an important element in her work.

Mixing up materials, tearing down and connecting one piece to the next, is a hands-on approach that suits her. Beth’s approach to clay is collage-like, ripping and reattaching form and color. Connection seems to always be the subject matter.

Upon returning to New York, Beth met and married John Shoenfeld, a Potter in New York. They worked together at his studio, Beautiful Fields Pottery and soon after, they were owners of Mug Paw Pottery in South Danbury, New Hampshire. Together they produced functional stoneware pots. After the birth of her son, Beth began designing and producing colored porcelain jewelry. The pieces are fired once, then highly burnished in a rock tumbler. The incredibly soft satin finish and muted colors are the essence of this work.

Beth is excited to join the Cornell Creative Arts team. She was inspired by amazing art teachers throughout her life who instilled in her a lifelong passion to create. She hopes to inspire students in much the same way! Beth believes in making connections through art. Her work as a mixed media artist, which involves manipulating materials, such as pushing and pulling clay, paper, paint, and glue, and layering, ripping, and rebuilding elements from one piece to the next, represents the continuous flow of life.

Colton Thorn

Music Instructor, After School Program, Cornell Kids Productions

Colton Thorn

Music Instructor, After School Program, Cornell Kids Productions

Colton Thorn (they/he) is a board certified music therapist and singer-songwriter with a Bachelors of Music in music therapy from Temple University. Trained classically in voice, they also play guitar, ukulele, piano, violin, and dabble with the banjo, bass, and percussion. As a music therapist and educator, they have experience working with children to adults in various settings- schools, hospitals, and in homes. Colton believes that music can empower and encourage growth and change in everyone. They believe music provides an “in the moment” connection, and loves to help foster independent and group growth. When not making music, Colton likes running, spending time with family and friends, reading, and being in nature.

Laura Victoria Ward

Contemporary Dance Choreographer

Laura Victoria Ward

Contemporary Dance Choreographer

Laura Victoria Ward is a Kingston-based choreographer, Laban Movement Analyst, and Somatic Movement Educator. She is the artistic director of Kingston Contemporary Dance Theatre, formerly Octavia Cup Dance Theatre, a maximalist contemporary ballet company.  Her work has been seen internationally, in NYC, and in the Hudson Valley.
She has taught in conservatories, universities, gyms, and both corporate and elementary school settings.
For more info go to https://www.lauravward.com/