MEET THE CHEWELAH ARTS GUILD BOARD MEMBERS
President- Cathryn (Kay) Comer-Lupton
I came to the beautiful Chewelah Valley in 1978 as a Language Arts teacher at Jenkins Middle School. After several years of teaching in Chewelah I had the opportunity to assume the visual arts program at the school. I loved it. I was impressed by the wealth of talent in the area and became one of the founders of the Chewelah Arts Guild. Guided by the objective to “… serve the community by supporting the Arts…” I have been actively involved in the Guild since its origination. I read somewhere that “Art Gives Life Wings!” I guess I just want everyone to have flying lessons.
Vice President- Tom Bristol
Thomas Bristol, AIA architect, is the owner of a small Architectural firm in Chewelah, WA, Purple Flat Top Ltd. Architecture providing architectural services for project ranging from consulting, small remodels, developing construction details to addition/remodels, residential, and light commercial building design services.
Tom lives with his wife, Susan, on 200+ acres of land just outside of Chewelah. They have grown children who also love and appreciate the Chewelah area: Joey currently lives in Washington DC, Peter in Seattle, and Daphne in the Spokane area.
As the past president of the Chewelah Arts Guild, Tom is one of the most active arts supporters in the Chewelah community. He has been active in the City of Chewelah for many years and is the past chairman of the Chewelah Planning Commission. He operates behind the scenes in support of the Chewelah community and nearly all visual and performance events in Chewelah.
Tom has spent countless hours creating sketches, designs, ideas, and working with all facets of the arts community to find and create a performance and cultural arts center in Chewelah that not only meets the needs of a wide range of groups and individuals, but will be an important community asset and attraction in every respect. He has worked on this goal for nearly 15 years, most recently with Chewelah PACA (Performing Arts and Cultural Arts).
Secretary- Judy Bean
Judy, a long term Chewelah resident, greatly values learning opportunities, including the arts, for all and appreciates the place of the arts in our created and natural worlds. She feels the Arts Guild has a role in advocating for and celebrating the application of the arts in the community and especially ensuring students/youth are introduced to a wide range of arts experiences in school and community life.
Treasurer- Diana Kinzler
I’ve lived in the Chewelah area since 1976. In 1999 a small of group of people got together to discuss the possibility of forming an Arts Guild to support the local Artists and promote the Arts in our community. I was fortunate to be one of those people and although I wouldn’t call myself an Artist, I do enjoy and appreciate the Arts. Through the years, the Arts Guild has supported numerous students with Art related scholarships and created and developed an amazing number of Art events. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with many talented and generous people who feel that the Arts are an important part of a thriving community. Being one of the active members of the Chewelah Art Guilds allows me to contribute to this community that I live in and love.
Board Member- Sarah English
Sarah English first became aware of the Arts Guild during her interview for her position as Chewelah Public Library Manager when Music on the Mountain was touted as something that makes Chewelah a special place--and it does. The Richland native and devout Washington State University alum took part in several Young Author competitions in elementary school and received Spirit of Drama and Best Supporting Actress awards in high school. Her admiration of the Arts Guild was sealed when her pumpkin received the second highest number of votes in the inaugural Light Up the Park photo competition.
Board Member- Diane Evans
I have lived in Chewelah since December of 1979. I have been involved in the community as a business owner and community volunteer for over thirty-five years. In 1999, I was asked to help form, along with a handful of others, what became, the Chewelah Arts Guild. These people were motivated to create an organization with and for the artists in the community, to support the creative expressions of art that were already in existence, and to share in the vision of making the arts accessible to more members of the greater Chewelah community. We've come a long way since that first meeting in what was called the "blue restaurant" across from the School District building.
Memorial Day weekend, 2000, the Chewelah Arts Guild partnered with the Chewelah Historical Society to present our first fundraiser in the Chewelah museum. I chaired that event then and have chaired, along with some co-chairs, since then. Memorial Day weekend, 2016, the Chewelah Arts Guild will present their seventeenth (17th) Quilt Show at the Jenkins Middle/High School.
I am particularly encouraged and excited to serve on the Board and be actively involved with the Chewelah Arts Guild again. I am choosing to get more actively involved in the Chewelah Arts Guild because I believe in its mission statement and am so proud that it has endured, slowly and with intention, making it a strong, viable, vibrant organization in Chewelah.
Board Member- Leslie Kristiansen
I spent much of my first year in college in the library paging through books of art. After completing each of my required assignments I'd treat myself to a new book. That interest has continued throughout my life and now that my children are grown and I've retired from teaching, I'm pleased to be involved in promoting and celebrating the arts through the Chewelah Arts Guild.
Board Member- Candy Kristovich
Candy teaches in Chewelah's Alternative High School/Homelink program. She has taught elementary school, middle school science, drama and puppetry. Last year she was named Elementary Teacher of the Year for alternative learning programs in Washington.
"I was on the Valley Fair board for 15 years as supervisor for the Fine Arts dept., co-founded a PKU Family Camp which is in it's 14th year, spent 4 years on the production team with Spokane Christian Youth Theater, have taught drama and puppetry, and while living in Alaska, created and sold miniatures made of clay. I really feel like the arts are a huge factor in promoting a positive place to live and our little community of Chewelah is unique in the variety of art experiences that are provided. Everyone is an artist to some degree and I am excited to be working together to provide opportunities for young and old alike to experience the arts."
Board Member- Dawn McClain
I have been a member of the Chewelah Arts Guild for 9 years and a Board Member for almost as long. I am a California transplant who found home when I moved to the Inland Northwest. On arriving here, I was amazed and awed at the incredible talent and artistic energy present in the small community of Chewelah and the surrounding areas. I wanted to be a part of this incredible art scene and in joining the Chewelah Arts Guild, I am. My goal as a member of the Guild is to support and nourish local artists and events but also to bring art to those in our community who don't even know they are artists. I am now excited to call Chewelah home after years of commuting from Loon Lake to Chewelah Arts Guild meetings and activities. My passions include photography, coiled basketry, reading, gardening and varied new-age pursuits. I am a Occupational Therapist with Providence St Joseph's Hospital in Chewelah.