Meet Our Volunteers
Charlotte Corini, Artist Coordinator for ArtWorks Benefit
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.
Dan Cwirka, Special Events Coordinator
Dan Cwirka is very busy. Probably in Brooklyn. Occasionally abroad. He's produced music in Liberia, demolished unsafe structures in Nepal, taught safe sex in Namibia, supervised children in Washington DC, and coordinated events in Brooklyn. Also, he visited all the zoos in New York City on foot in a day, so there's that. He doesn't have a smart phone and is probably too smug about it.
Miska Draskoczy, Blog editor, event photographer
Miska Draskoczy fell in love with cameras as a teenager and has been behind them ever since. His photography has been widely exhibited in the US and abroad and is the recipient of numerous awards. His urban wilderness series, Gowanus Wild, was recently published as a photobook in conjunction with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and has been exhibited as a solo show at The Brooklyn Public Library, Davis Orton Gallery, the Vermont Center for Photography and Ground Floor Gallery in Brooklyn, NY as well as in group shows such as THE FENCE at PHOTOVILLE. His work has been featured in the press by The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Time Out, KATALOG, Hyperallergic, Brooklyn Magazine, PDN, Featureshoot, and many others as well as collected by institutions such as the Brooklyn Public Library, Tufts University, and the Fitchburg Art Museum.
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.
John Gagne, Social Media Content Writer, Distribution Coordinator, Events
John is an advertising creative director, an educator of professional design groups, an art collector and book collector. For several years he traveled the world as a filmmaker and typographer. He is the founder of artworldNYC.com, bringing new collectors to artist studios and galleries, sharing his passion for art and art history across this city's cultural wealth. He is far too fond of a quote by Gerhard Richter: "Art is the highest form of hope.”
Jen Hoyer, Newsletter Editor
As a Canadian in New York for the past four years, Jen Hoyer helps make things go at Interference Archive and teaches about local history at the Brooklyn Public Library. She loves working through how access to information can help people understand themselves and their place in the world around them.
David Kutz, Grant Writing and Online Listings
After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Art from Rochester Institute of Technology, I moved to New York City and became the eleventh employee at the newly-founded International Center of Photography. During my 2 years at ICP I hung exhibitions, built darkrooms, participated in master class workshops, and taught photography. I worked as an independent photojournalist from 1976 to 1980, with assignments from the New York Times, Life, Look, and Time magazines.
For the next three decades I worked in film and television as a director, producer, and media executive. In addition to commercial and industrial assignments, I created the award winning documentary, The African Burial Ground: An American Discovery (1994) and was a senior executive directing the launch of VOOM-HD, a package of 15 high definition cable channels distributed in the USA, Europe and Asia.
In 2013, I decided to return to photography as an art form, and earned an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2016. I am now actively engaged in making work and continuing my research into geography, urban planning, travel and globalization. I am a member of Soho Photo Gallery, a cooperative gallery in New York City, the International Panorama Council, and recently participated in the Gowanus Arts open studio weekend.
Chris Lucius, Social Media, Artist Profiles, Online Map
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.
Julie Mashack, Press Coordinator
Julie Mashack is a Senior Producer for the 92nd Street Y where she manages several of the landmark culture institution's new initiatives, including American Conversation, 7 Days of Genius and the Ben Franklin Circles. Prior to joining 92Y, she worked in public radio and television, producing content for both PBS and NPR and contributing to Michael Moore's Academy Award nominated documentary Sicko and the WNET original film Sacred.
Celia Muller, Volunteer Coordinator
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.
Tracy Penn, Sponsorship
Tracy Penn works in mixed media, encaustic, and found material. She earned her undergraduate degree from Boston University and received her Masters Degree in Visual Arts Administration from New York University. After many years of working in the advertising industry, both in New York and internationally, she studied black and white photography at the International Center for Photography. After working at the Guggenheim in the public programming department, she curated an event featuring over 75 artists for the City of New York in celebration of the women’s suffrage centennial, Declaration of Sentiments: The Remix.
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.
Maria Rogers, Artist Newsletter Editor
Maria Rogers grew up in St. Louis, MO and moved to Brooklyn after graduating from Kenyon College, where she managed the Craft Center and studied Art History. These days she can usually be found knitting at Threes Brewery.
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
Clare is an architect and interior designer, specializing in boutique hospitality and high end residential projects across the US and Australia. After studying at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Parsons New School, then spending a year vagabonding through Europe, she was drawn back to the intensity of New York. She stumbled across the colorful GOS balloons after moving to the neighborhood and has never looked back!
Mahalia Stines, Social Media
Lyndsi Vasquez, 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.
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.