Our Team

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Elizabeth Molnar

[Co-Founder/Director/Teaching Artist]

Elizabeth received her BFA in Studio Art with a minor in Art Education from Alfred University in New York. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Hall Farm Center in Townsend, VT and volunteered for AmeriCorps NCCC in Colorado. Elizabeth has taught art for Starr King Elementary’s YMCA After School Program and The Imagine Bus Project in San Francisco. From 2008-2012, she served as Art Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of SF. Her award-winning art programs have connected local youth with kids in Uganda, Peru, Nepal, and India. In 2012, she completed a public mosaic project with BGCSF and the San Francisco Art Institute. Elizabeth creates interactive art installations that relate to environmental awareness and repurposes discarded books.


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Susan Lynn Smith

[CO-FOUNDER/DIRECTOR/TEACHING ARTIST]

Susan holds a BFA in Photography & Imaging from New York University and a MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. Since 2001, she has worked as an Art Instructor for NYU’s Community Collaborations, Putney Student Travel’s Excel programs, and the International Center of Photography. Most recently, Susan has taught and directed art programs for Good For Kids, a San Francisco non-profit, The Oxbow School in Napa, CA, and the Academy of Art University. Her exhibitions include shows at Root Division, San Francisco City Hall, Cordon | Potts Gallery, Dickerman Prints Gallery, Inclusions Gallery, Diego Rivera Gallery, MarinMOCA, Book & Job Gallery, RayKo Photo Center, Garrison Art Center, The Bascom, and Berkeley Art Center. Susan has recently participated in artist residencies at Penland School of Crafts, the Hambidge Center, and at Vyt – Art Students League of NY, The Rensing Center, and VCCA.


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Patricia Pauchnick 

[Teaching Artist]

Patricia earned her BFAE with a minor in Linguistics from San Francisco State University in 2012. She has been a gallery assistant and co-curator at the Cesar Chavez Student Center Gallery at SFSU and also volunteered at Incline Gallery. Patricia has exhibited throughout the Bay Area, including SF City Hall, The Merchant’s of Reality Gallery, Incline Gallery, The CCSC Art Gallery, and SFSU Fine Arts Department. Her personal work includes painting, drawing, and sculpture that relates to exploring the natural world.





Dounia Lomri

[Teaching Artist]

Dounia graduated from New York University with a degree in Studio Art and Psychology. She has lived in Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Chicago, Austin and is now happy to call the Bay Area home. Dounia is passionate about fostering a safe and creative space for people to create art. She has taught art in domestic violence shelters, schools and community centers and loves empowering children and adults to think of themselves as artists. Dounia uses her environment and travels to create her own art, through paint, photography and mixed media. 






Danielle Rives 

[Teaching Artist]

Danielle is a Boston-based painter and educator. With a practice rooted deeply in drawing and observation, she references objects and patterns from her surroundings to address themes of connection, self perception, family histories, and memory. In 2015, Danielle earned a BFA from Boston University in Painting. She has facilitated the WallTalk program at the Inst. of Contemporary Art and the Public Art Youth Council at the Cambridge Arts Council. Interested in alternative spaces and opportunities for education and art programming, she believes art to be a powerful vehicle for engagement.





Elizabeth Dekker 

[TEACHING ARTIST]

Elizabeth is a San Francisco-based figurative painter whose work has been collected and exhibited in galleries in Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and San Francisco. Born in Chicago and raised in Tucson, Elizabeth earned her BFA at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. After earning her degree, Elizabeth worked as a textile designer and color specialist. For the last 20 years she has worked as an art educator for school districts in Sonoma and San Francisco, inspiring young artists while continuing to paint.





Rebecca Frantz 

[Teaching Artist]

Becca received her BA in Art with an emphasis in Art History at Franklin & Marshall College and her MFA at San Francisco Art Institute. She has worked at the Philips Museum of Art and interned at the Demuth Museum in Lancaster, PA. Becca began as an oil painter but her focus has shifted to sculpture. Her current personal practice utilizes discarded objects such as clothing and furniture that she mixes or assembles with concrete or acrylic medium. She has shown her work both locally and nationally. 


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Debbie Wu

[Teaching Artist]

Debbie has taught art in elementary schools and community-based organizations for the past 10 years. She currently teaches Kindergarten through 5th grade students in programs including school-based, after-school, weekend, holiday and school break workshops. Debbie started her art education path as a Los Altos Art Docent. In her art practice, she enjoys working with fused glass as well as mosaic, mixed media, and jewelry. Debbie has an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BA in Economics from UC Davis. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and currently lives in San Francisco.


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Asha Kalonia

[Teaching Artist]

Asha earned her Bachelors degree in art education from San Francisco State University. She currently teaches middle and high school art in Fremont, CA. She believes every individual has creative potential and as an educator enjoys finding ways to ignite this creativity. Her personal work includes painting and experimentation with mixed media.