Our Core Faculty

Ed Chesnovitch
Ed Chesnovitch a Cape Cod based artist, is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and has studied extensively at The Art Students League of New York, and the Cape Cod School of Art, Provincetown, Massachusetts. He is a juried elected Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America in Gramercy Park, New York City, and both a Signature Member and sits on the board as Vice President of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. In 2012 his work received Honorable Mention in the top 100 pastelist’s in the magazine publication Pastel Journal. His work is also included in the new Deborah Forman book Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: Images of Land and Sea, (Schiffer Publishing 2013). Ed is represented on Cape Cod by the Left Bank Gallery in Orleans.


Michele Colley
Michele Colley has an Education major with a concentration in Dance from SUNY Potsdam, and a Masters in Education from Lesley College. She has been involved in Community Theater on the Cape as a director, choreographer, and actor since 1993. In 1997, Michele created the Musical Theater Dance Workshop and has been running it ever since.  The project was originally started to attract more adults to perform in Community Theater productions.  Since it’s inception, the Workshop has grown to include students of all ages six years old and older with workshops and performances each February, April and summer.


Joe Diggs
Joe Diggs has been painting for more than 40 years. He has a BFA from University at Massachusetts Dartmouth and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art & Design. His work has been featured in galleries across the Cape and Islands, including CCftA, and he’s been teaching with us for more than five years. 



Christine Rathbun Ernst
Christine Rathbun Ernst is a writer-poet-performer who performs her work regularly on stage and at local open mics. Her acclaimed one-woman show, Reconstruction, or How I Learned to Pay Attention, has been performed all over New England, and two of her plays were named Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant Finalists. She spent the summer of 2011 at Cotuit Center for the Arts’ Black Box Theater performing The Further Adventures of a Fat Ass Cancer Bitch, and this summer she’ll be back at the same venue with The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch Goes Shopping. Christine lives in Sandwich with her daughters, Marney and Julia, and her husband, the sculptor Michael Ernst.


Susan Mendoza Friedman
Susan has taught  all styles of dance to Cape Codders of all ages for over 30 years. In addition to receiving a teaching degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College, she owned and operated Dance Designs,Inc. until 2012.  Her knowledge  and enthusiasm for dance is contagious…. and is why  students rave about her classes!    



Steve Gregory
Steve graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor's degree in music and attended Berklee College of music to study composition and jazz guitar. He played all over the Boston area with the original folk/pop group, "The Groovy Nobodies" in the 1990's. He now plays guitar and sings with the soul / funk trio, "Felonious Funk" and the jazz / pop duo, "Two Cool".  Steve has written over 200 compositions and sells his music on various stock music web-sites. Inspired by his daughter Vanessa's ability with the instrument, the Ukulele has recently become his favorite new instrument to play. Steve's goal with the Songwriting Collective and the Ukulele orchestra is to give folks with various degrees of ability a chance to express their art through playing, singing, writing, humor and fun. Visit him on-line!   www.feloniousfunk.net


Hilary Hutchison
Hilary Hutchison received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in sculpture from Boston University.  For twenty years, she resided in Boston where she taught sculpture, kept a studio, and exhibited her work.  Her teaching experience includes sculpture classes for children, adult education classes, and university level fine arts courses. Hutchison resides full-time in the Philadelphia area, spends the summer in Cotuit and currently teaches sculpture, ceramics, and 3-D Design courses to high school and middle school students at The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA.  Her work can be seen on her website: www.hilaryhutchison.com.


Sam Holmstock
Sam Who? If you happen to be an ENTRAIN fan you might recognize Sam Holmstock as the guy behind the congas or playing the djembe, timbales or Cajun rub board – when he’s not playing trombone that is. He is one of the co-founders of the world fusion ensemble, ENTRAIN, and has performed with this incredible group of talented musicians for 16 years. In addition to his work with ENTRAIN, Sam has had the honor of playing music with artists such as Babatunde Olatunji, Bo Diddley, Gil Scott-Heron, Kate and James Taylor, Bob Weir, and even Bill Clinton.


Karen Maker
A long time resident of Cotuit, Karen Maker has contributed to the art community of Cape Cod through her talents as an artist and as a teacher. Karen received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Annhurst College in Connecticut. She studied painting and art history at the University of Perugia in Perugia, Italy.Throughout her 24 year careers an art educator for the Bourne and Barnstable Public schools, Karen strove to instill a love of art in her students and had the honor of seeing many of her students rewarded for their achievements. Apart from her time as a public school educator, Karen has extended her interest in the art community as a children's book illustrator, and as the proprietor of The Art Maker's Studio, a private art school in Cotuit. At The Cotuit Center for the Arts,Karen has offered a number of painting classes and has been pleased to  further support the art community through her tenure on the Education Advisory Board at the CCftA.


Rosalie McCarthy
Rosalie McCarthy has been teaching children & adults in a variety of settings throughout the New England area for over 20 years. She has developed a unique, direct and non-intimidating teaching approach to drawing, portraits and painting, gleaned from her many years of working with and teaching students of all skill levels. Rosalie studied at Butera School of Art, the Art Institute of Boston & graduate of the Vesper George School of Art. Former member of the Copley Society of Art, where she also taught workshops.  Former director of the Stony Brook Art Guild, Norfolk,Ma. and a juried member in many regional art guilds in the Metro West area before relocating to Cape Cod several years ago. Currently teaches in Milford H. S. and several locations throughout Cape Cod.


Mary Moquin
Mary Moquin is a well-known artist and teacher on the Cape.  She spends her summers in a remote dune cottage on Sandy Neck where she finds most of the inspiration for her paintings. Her expressive paintings have won numerous awards and have been included in several regional and national juried competitions.  The imagery she portrays evokes a sense of place in which to take shelter or explore and elicits a sense of belonging to something eternal.  Mary holds a BFA in printmaking and an MFA in painting. Her work is represented locally by the Cove Gallery in Wellfleet and S. Chatham and may also be viewed at www.covegallery.com and www.marymoquin.com



Jackie Reeves
Jackie Reeves was born in Montreal, Canada. She received her BFA in Design Art from Concordia University, Montreal (1990), and MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (2012).   She has been actively involved in community arts as co founder of Plymouth Community Arts Center (1998), and as a commercial and community mural painter for fifteen years.  Reeves is represented by Gallery Ehva in Provincetown and was recently awarded a solo show at NKG in Boston. She has been a resident of the United States since 1995, currently lives in Sandwich and works out of Chalkboard Studio in Barnstable Village.  To see Jackie's art go to www.jackiereeves.com


David Sigel
David Sigel received his B.F.A degree in painting from Boston University. He continues to maintain a studio and work both as a professional artist and educator. David has been teaching studio art for the last seventeen years and currently chairs the visual art department at the Episcopal Academy outside of Philadelphia.