Meet Our Instructors

Arlen Clark is a self-taught painter producing works for nearly 40 years. His fantastic portraits have been displayed in a featured exhibit in the East Oregonian Gallery. He uses bright colors, exaggeration, distortion and imagination to express his ideas.

Kim Chavez recently graduated from EOU with a Master of Arts in Teaching and currently teaches third grade at Stanfield Elementary. Kim began volunteering at the Arts Center in 2014 and started teaching art classes shortly after.

Bonnie Day likes to play with materials. She studied ceramics at U of O, and also works in fabrics, jewelry, plaster, and all combinations of these.

Erica Edwards is a native of California and a lover of Oregon. She enjoys teaching classes, reading and all things art.

Charlie Herrington is semi-retired and working at the Pendleton Music Company. His enthusiasm for music led him to the PCA, where he’s brought his 25 years of experience to share with our beginner adult guitar groups. He’s a big fan of improvisational music.

J.J. Hill has worked off-Broadway in New York and did stand-up comedy all over the country for 8 years. Previous to his career in acting, J.J. received his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Eastern Oregon University. In his spare time, he can sometimes be found performing music around town and onstage in College Community Theater productions.

Mike Kellison is a member of the Oregon Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastern Oregon University with a focus in Jazz and Commercial music for the guitar, he now lives in Hermiston where he teaches music lessons on guitar, piano, and bass.

Roberta Lavadour has always been a lover of art and books. When she’s not busy at the Arts Center, Roberta makes artist’s books and bindings that are widely exhibited and collected by museums and university libraries. You can view her work at

Denise Henkle Owen is a farmwife and lifelong pianist/accompanist/vocalist who loves all things in the arts. Denise is a Zentangle CZT who has shared Zentangle with youth, teens and adults. Her other interests include photography, graphic arts and digital art and of course, music. View her photography at and view Denise’s Zentangle Classes page on Facebook.

Bill Peal has been an avid photographer and teacher for the last decade, after a long career teaching agricultural science. His photographic work reveals a reverence for our regional landscape and through teaching he gets to share his love and knowledge of the region with others.

Kate Peck has worked in the Early Childhood Education field in some form or another for the past 22 years. She currently shares her time teaching classes and working here at the Arts Center as the Education & Outreach Assistant and coordinating various community events that advocate strong and healthy youth and families.

Marie Pratuch learned pottery from Michael Booth at BMCC and is now ready to share her talents with others. Follow Marie’s work on her Instagram page ThistleDewNicelyCeramics.