Meet Our Volunteers


Abby Subak, Executive Director

Abby Subak is a lifelong artist and maker. Growing up in the industrial city of Pittsburgh, PA, and now working in Gowanus, she seems destined to be surrounded by manufacturing and creativity. After a career in environmental organizing and non-profit management, Abby shifted her focus to art-making and now works out of her Brooklyn studio.  In 2012, she become the Director of Arts Gowanus and has helped the organization to grow and have an impact in our community.

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Amy Williams, Deputy Director

Amy Williams is a photographer living and working in Brooklyn. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Williams received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Trained in traditional photographic methods, Williams continues to embrace these techniques despite the digital revolution of the photography world. Her photographs have been featured in the French art magazine Frog, as well as the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. Williams has exhibited extensively at 440 Gallery in Brooklyn and has been included in two group shows at Galerie de Multiples in Paris. Amy joined Arts Gowanus in 2016 and is loving the creative community the organization helps to support.

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Sarah Kate Beaumont, Art Tours Advisor and Workshop Leader

Sarah Kate began her artistic career as a photographer. When digital imagery replaced film she gravitated toward fabric and thread, another analog practice. Her project Slow Clothes, begun in 2008, is a work of fashion and sustainability. It is hidden-in-plain-sight performance art; Beaumont makes virtually everything she wears. With an equal emphasis on writing, she documents her process at Beaumont was introduced to sewing by her grandmother and studied millinery techniques at the Fashion Institute of Technology.


Lindsay Carey, Community Outreach, Newsletter Editor

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Charlotte Corini, Workshops and Programming Coordinator, Artist Coordinator for ArtWorks

Charlotte Corini is a working artist based in Brooklyn, New York.  She received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art Rinehart School of Sculpture.  She also holds a BFA from the University of the Arts, and a BA in Mathematics from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Corini has been an Artist-In-Residence at the Ragdale Foundation and the Poach Cove Foundation.  Her work has been presented at numerous galleries and art spaces including the Brecht Forum in New York City.


Miska Draskoczy

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Janice Everett, Fundraising

Janice Everett is a Brooklyn based artist and textile designer, trained in Art and Design at British art schools with an MA in Textiles & Fashion at the Royal College of Art in London. While pursuing a career in the commercial fashion business she continued to develop a body of personal artwork exhibiting in group shows and, since 2011 participating in Gowanus Open Studios. Her work has been exhibited at the 440 Gallery, Proteus Gowanus, and recently at ArtExpo NY and Market Art + Design in the Hamptons.

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Chris Lucius, Social Media and Artist Outreach

Chris Lucius is a Brooklyn-based artist and Mississippi Native who has been working in the Gowanus area for the past 12 years.  He received his MFA from The University of Tennessee in 2005 with a concentration in painting.  Since moving to NYC, Chris has enjoyed collaborating with some of the world’s top innovators in the field of prop styling, event coordination, decoration, and set design.  In 2009, he created Google’s first artist internship which became a full time position that teams Google engineers with an in house artist to create new innovative ways to experience art.  Chris currently manages Ti Art Studios which provides studios for over 170 artists.  Chris also manages Sweet Lorraine Gallery which, in addition to featuring a new show each month, also hosts artist slide talks, community gatherings, and the occasional movie night.


Celia Muller, Volunteer Coordinator

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Marcy Orchard, Fundraising Coordinator

Marcy has lived in Brooklyn for nearly twenty years. She started volunteering with Arts Gowanus because of her love of the Gowanus Open Studios event. She still enjoys walking into the industrial buildings throughout the neighborhood and discovering that inside is really wonderful local art. She also collects art, primarily from Brooklyn artists. When not volunteering with Arts Gowanus, Marcy can typically be found at a New York Islanders hockey game.


Dara Oshin, Advertising Coordinator

Dara Oshin is an interdisciplinary visual artist, living in Brooklyn, NY.   
She received a BA from Allegheny College with a concentration in English Literature and Studio Art.  Dara spent a decade living and traveling overseas where she studied painting, drawing and ceramics. In 2015, Dara Illustrated a children’s book which won a Bronze Moonbeam Award. Her work has been shown in solo and group shows in Paris and New York including The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Paris, The Invisible Dog Art Center and The Ground Floor Gallery in Brooklyn NY.  Dara joined Arts Gowanus in 2016 as way to stay connected to a strong artist community and to help give back to the organization that supports local artists.


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Sarah Nicole Phillips, NYC Government Liaison

Sarah Nicole Phillips is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist. She received her BA, in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto and her MFA from Brooklyn College with a concentration in printmaking. She participated in a year-long artist residency at the Lower East Side Printshop where she continues to teach. She’s been awarded residencies at The Blue Mountain Center in upstate New York and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska. Sarah exhibits widely in Canada and the US and has recently been included in shows at the Queens Museum of Art in New York, the International Print Center New York, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). In early 2014 she had a solo exhibition at McKinley Arts and Culture Center in Reno, Nevada. In October 2014 she had a solo exhibition at Court Tree Collective in Brooklyn. She is a 2009 & 2014 recipient of Brooklyn Arts Council grants.


Robin Roi, Art Events Coordinator

Robin Roi, though born locally in Far Rockaway, Queens, grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a VERY small town. She received her B.F.A. in printmaking from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an M.F.A. in painting from Claremont University in southern California. She has always worked in the arts from her first job as an Artist in Residence with the N.C. Arts Council to The Drawing Center, The American Crafts Museum, and The Heller Gallery here in New York. From there she began a more than 30 year long career as Director of Decorative Painting with Evergreene Architectural Arts, an architectural restoration, mural painting and decorative arts company working on projects across the United States as well as internationally. Since retiring in 2015, she has been able to devote herself full time to her career as a ceramic artist and painter as well as being active in various community arts organizations. She LOVES BROOKLYN!


Clare Smith, Social Events and Fundraising


Mahalia Stines, Social Media


Lyndsi Vasquez, Social Media and Events

A native of Odessa, Texas, Lyndsi Vasquez grew up accustomed to tumbleweeds, oil derricks and very little exposure to art and design. After moving to New York, she developed a love for architecture, urban living and the art that existed in every day life. She has a great appreciation for artists and their ability to be vulnerable with their life's work. Lyndsi is a Media Studies graduate of Hunter College and works in television production and distribution. She currently resides in Boerum Hill in Brooklyn.

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Ella Yang, Fundraising Coordinator

Ella Yang, a native New Yorker, is a mostly self-taught representational oil painter based in Brooklyn, New York. Yang has exhibited regularly in solo and group exhibitions in and around New York City. In the summer of 2006, she spent a month at the internationally recognized artist residency program, the Vermont Studio Center.  Yang can be found in the book 100 New York Painters, by C.M. Dantzic (Schiffer Publishing, 2006). Her paintings are in private collections in the USA, as well as Hong Kong, Italy, France, and Austria. Yang was honored recently by the selection of three paintings by the Art in Embassies program of the U.S. State Department to be loaned to the U.S. Embassy in Geneva, Switzerland. Yang has always been actively involved with various arts organizations, including a local cooperative gallery, and has curated and organized several art exhibitions.