Catherine Obreza Fetterman
As the founder of Art Together LLC and a Master Teaching Artist, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to learn about our heart’s work today. Here’s a little bit about me, and why I do what I do!
I’ve been teaching and making art since before I can remember. In 1997, after a career as a French teacher who loved to paint, I decided to venture out and create my own business and curriculum related to both. Since then, I’ve been providing collaborative art experiences for all ages and ability levels–ages 3 to 103! In 2004, when a friend asked me to take over her art position at an adult day center, that’s when I recognized I had found my hearts’ work, and began specializing in art enrichment programs especially for seniors and individuals experiencing health challenges.
I love to combine making art with a little bit of something interesting to learn, along with anything that could be fun to do — to include movement, singing, poetry, learning art in French, or acting out a Norman Rockwell painting!
While the health conditions of some of my clients prevent them from being able to remember much of what I teach them, they have taught me that within our weaknesses and challenges can be the seeds of our greatest joys and strengths.
I have a BA from Smith College, and an MA from Middlebury College and love to learn. And while I’m truly grateful for having been recognized with awards as an artist, teacher and entrepreneur over the years of my evolving career, what matters most to me is knowing that I’m helping others, and that my passion for helping others through art is inspiring others to do the same. It is a real joy and privilege to be connected to fellow artists who share the same heart’s work. Resume (pdf) Samples of My Art
Jackie is a mom, registered nurse, Certified MnemeTherapist, and has a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art where she majored in photography and ceramics. She has used her nursing skills in a variety of settings over the years including dialysis, hospice and home healthcare. In 2015, Jackie suffered a stroke. She says that one of her biggest insights from the stroke was losing her ability of knowing where her body was in space, and feels that this experience enables her to better relate to those having similar experiences. Jackie has a beautiful way of making people feel comfortable and valued.
Jess is a teaching artist with experience helping individuals who have dementia, Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Houghton College (New York state) in Recreational Therapy and went on to work several years as an Activity Director at a nursing home in PA. Jess learned about my heart’s work of sharing joy through the arts because of her grandmother Belle who was one of my clients at a local nursing home. She knew she had found her heart’s vocation when she saw the immense joy people experienced from painting with others. She went on to receive additional training through national organizationsthe National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA). Jess has a beautiful way of bringing out the best in people, and turning challenges into possibilities!
Let’s connect, create, and celebrate with art, together!
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