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“YAC does so much more than make good art; it makes good people“ – Elisabeth Donley, Alumni

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“YAC does so much more than make good art; it makes good people“ – Elisabeth Donley, Alumni

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“YAC does so much more than make good art; it makes good people“ – Elisabeth Donley, Alumni

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“YAC does so much more than make good art; it makes good people“ – Elisabeth Donley, Alumni

Staff

 

staff


Marcia Perry, Founder, Executive Director, Mentor
Marcia began making, showing and selling her art in 1973. She specializes in airbrush paintings, illustrations and murals, but also enjoys making pastel paintings, ceramics and mobiles. She is a published children’s book author and illustrator and her art has been licensed for products. She taught airbrush painting at Rocky Mountain School of Art and Design in Denver. As a parent, she volunteered her skills for school play set designs, classroom art instruction and permanent murals. Aware of the need for afterschool programs, and places for our young to feel valued and inspired, Marcia and Meg opened YAC on Martin Luther King Day 2000 in downtown Monterey. See www.marciaperry.com

Meg Biddle, Founder, Program Director, Mentor
Meg is a painter, illustrator, cartoonist, muralist, and the creator of Little Biddle Books. Her BFA is from California College of the Arts. She has exhibited her paintings in several one-woman and group shows, penned a comic strip that ran for seven years, and is currently published in FunnyTimes. As an illustrator, Meg worked in advertising, editorial, and now almost exclusively for education and healthcare clients – locally, Pulse Magazine, and for the last 20 years, Journeyworks Publishing (Santa Cruz). She’s also taught workshops on illustration, portfolio, and the business of art at Monterey High’s Art Academy. See www.megbiddleart.com

Hanni Liliedahl, Administrative/Program Assoc., Mentor
Raised in Alaska, Hanni left to study in New York City, Japan and South Africa and served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Guyana. Upon moving to California, Hanni completed a two-year renovation of a multi-use building in New Monterey. The downstairs commercial space houses Lilify, her artisan shop, opened in 2012. Hanni lives with her husband and their son. Her work has been featured in Dwell, Sunset, Rue, Design Sponge and C Magazine. www.lilify.com

Andrew Jackson, Artist in Residence, Mentor
A fine artist since 1991, Andrew Jackson has 20 years’ of experience working with galleries, publishers, collectors, and artists through his Outer Edge Studios. Born in Anaheim to a family of artists, his mother was president of the Anaheim Art Association. He moved to Carmel at age 19 to apprentice under artist John E. Mason. Once the youngest gallery owner in Carmel by-the-Sea, Andrew opened and ran his one-man gallery 1995-1998. He has worked as a color specialist, proofing and color correcting fine art giclée prints for Silvergraph Studios, and his design credits include The Color Wheel Co. “Grayscale and Value Finder” and his self-published “Intensity Wheel, A Color Mixing Guide.” See www.outeredgestudio.com

Germain Hatcher, Artist in Residence, Mentor
The former manager of Art Max and wax-chaser for sculptor Richard McDonald, Germain has expertise in many mediums. She has mentored at-risk teens and spearheaded mural projects for One Voice, Monterey, during the late 90s. She has been a regular volunteer at Youth Arts Collective since its inception.

Suzanne Crary, Bookkeeper
Suzi grew up in Carmel, attended Carmel High School and University of California, Berkeley. An expert in Quickbooks, MS Excel, and all accounting practices, she has been engaged in bookkeeping for over 25 years, managing the books for a hotel chain, local retail stores, software companies, individuals, nonprofits and many small businesses. She serves as a high school referee and works with kids on a daily basis.

Chloe Wilson, Promotional and Development Associate
Yac Alumni and a native of Pacific Grove, Chloe's work includes paintings, drawings and ceramics. She spent her childhood taking art classes through The Lyceum of Monterey County, and first began working seriously on her artwork when she joined Youth Arts Collective as a high school sophomore. After graduating from York School in Monterey, she went on to earn her BFA from UC Davis, and then later continued her informal education during her time spent living in Barcelona, Chicago, and Oakland. Chloe has exhibited in group and solo shows alike, and currently works in a studio/gallery space on Forest Avenue in downtown Pacific Grove. Her work can be seen at www.chloewilsonart.com.

Meheen Ruby, Studio Assistant
Meheen Ruby is a YAC Alumni who grew up & currently lives in Marina. Meheen began pursuing an art career in high school, joining YAC and attending Monterey High’s Art Careers Academy. During her time at MPC, Meheen had responsibilities as the YAC intern. She graduated with a B.A. in Studio Art with a Certificate in Museum & Gallery Practices from Humboldt State University in 2014. Meheen relocated back to Monterey County in late 2015 and began spending time at YAC again as an alumni volunteer. She has regularly exhibited in solo and group shows, including the Sand City Juried show, the Seaside Art Association Open Studio Tour, and the Arts Habitat Open Studio Tour. In 2017 she got her own studio space as part of ArtWorks PG, and joined the YAC staff officially. When she is not making art & jewelry, she is on her family’s organic farm startup. Check out www.robinasorganics.org and Meheen’s work at www.meheenruby.com.