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 MTDW has grown to include students of all ages 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, performer, editor, and frequent speaker, focusing on the topics of breast cancer, family, aging, and the connection of wellness, story, and community. She performs a new one-woman show every summer as the Fat Ass Cancer Bitch. Her book, Wild Fortune: Moving Pianos in Paradise, is available on Amazon. She lives on Cape Cod and can be reached at christineernstwriter@gmail.com. 

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 Gregory is a guitarist, composer, educator, and ukulele aficionado. He owns and teaches at Score Music, a musical instrument and voice teaching studio in Sandwich, MA. Steve is the founder of the Ukulele Orchestra series of classes offered at CCftA and is the founder of the Ukulele Kidz classes at the Cape Conservatory, where he is a Summer Sounds band coach. He is the Saturday service Music Director at the Rooster Church (West Parish in Barnstable) and plays guitar all over the Cape in the duet, Two Cool. The Ukulele has changed Steve's life, allowing his inner goof ball to emerge at least weekly during his Saturday morning classes at the Center.



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 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 and 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 and painting, gleaned from her many years of working with students of all skill levels. Rosalie studied at Butera School of Art, the Art Institute of Boston, and is a graduate of the Vesper George School of Art. She is also a former member of the Copley Society of Art, where she also taught workshops, former director of the Stony Brook Art Guild in Norfolk, MA, and a juried member in many regional art guilds in the Metro West area before relocating to Cape Cod several years ago. Rosalie currently teaches at several locations throughout the Cape.


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 South Chatham and may also be viewed at www.covegallery.com and www.marymoquin.com.



Jackie Reeves
Jackie Reeves uses mixed media to bring together figurative and abstract elements in her work. She was born in Montreal and studied design art at Concordia University (BFA) and Painting at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MFA). Reeves has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Cape Cod and New England. She has been profiled in numerous publications and was the 2016 recipient of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod's Fellowship Award for Visual Arts.
A resident of the United States since 1995, she currently lives in Sandwich.


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.