Meet Our Instructors

Joyce Anderson has been teaching watercolor painting for more than 36 years, imparting a love of the medium to students of all ages in northeast Oregon and southeast Washington. She shares her work across the region and hopes that her paintings inspire others to truly observe the clouds in the sky, colors, shapes, designs, and patterns repeated in everything we see.

Teri Atkins has worked with young artists for many years, exploring whatever medium catches her curiosity, including drawing, collage, clay and mixed media.

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.

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.

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

Celia Hampton is currently teaching third graders in Pilot Rock. She learned stained glass from Chuck McCullough at PCA and has been passing on her knowledge and enthusiasm to students ever since.

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.

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

Nikii Murtaugh learned to knit as a teenager in Michigan and has been doing it for the last 50 years. At this point , she’s a well-known resource amongst her friends and beyond, helping with individual questions and testing knitting patterns for designers across the country.

Tim Mustoe has been a Pacific Northwest filmmaker since 2009. He has been a multimedia editor in journalism, cinematographer, and currently is the Video Director at Elkhorn Media Group.

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.

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.

Brian Purnell has been working with young artists for more than 30 years in schools and alternative education programs. He’s interested in what happens when you stop worrying about what something’s going to look like and simply explore the process of Making.

Jess Schubert is a freelance multimedia specialist, with focus in audio engineering and film production, since 2011. She has worked as the audio department head on several independent films and spent five years as the Production and Imaging Director of Elkhorn Media Group.

Kim Stafford was recently appointed by the Governor to serve as Oregon’s Poet Laureate. He is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, and the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, where he has taught since 1979. He holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature from the University of Oregon, and has worked as a printer, photographer, oral historian, editor, and visiting writer at a host of colleges and schools

Peg Willis has taught music for over 50 years and has directed several performing groups, including The Pick ‘n’ Boy Company, Shenanigans and Mulligan Stew. Her groups have performed extensively around the region and as far away as Washington DC and Ireland. Peg enjoys fiber arts(knitting, cross stitching, weaving) and has written several books. Learn more at