Bob Rackmales, a retired diplomat, has been teaching at Senior College for a decade. During the six years that he worked in the former Yugoslavia, he visited Sarajevo a number of times, and his responsibilities as US Charge’ d’Affaires in Belgrade during the first year of the Bosnian War brought him into direct contact with top leaders on all sides of the conflict. Bob studied Serbo-Croatian for ten months prior to his first assignment to Yugoslavia and was sent by the State Department to Indiana University for graduate studies in Balkan and East European history on its conclusion. A member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Policy, he is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the National War College and was a Fulbright Grantee at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
Deborah Stevenson is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and spent the first half of her adult years as an actor before deciding to leave theatre to begin a family and pursue painting. She has been making art, exhibiting, and teaching for over 30 years. She lived and worked on the West Coast for many years, returning to the East in 2007. She worked teaching art through a non-profit in the inner city and underserved communities of Baltimore for several years. In 2010, she moved to NYC to concentrate on her own work in the dynamic and diverse communities there. A recent transplant to Belfast, she now does workshops and has her own studio here, from which she participates in the international collage community, showing and publishing her work.
Jan has literally grown up with floral arranging, having worked closely for years with her family in the successful Holmes Greenhouse here in Belfast. She will share her expertise, and please share yours!
Sandi Cirillo earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. She spent most of her career teaching in the public schools in New York.
She is also an accomplished fiber artist and has taught fiber workshops all over the Northeast and North Carolina. Influences for her drawings and fiber art come from her joy of being outdoors and sketching and photographing the natural world and especially from her love of coastal Maine. You can see examples of Sandi’s art at www.especially-for-ewe.com. She also teaches many different workshops at her studio in Searsport.
Sue was reared in a doctor’s family, was married, and an architect for 30 years. In other words, she was always middle class. Learning from the school of hard knocks for the last 7 years, she has acquired the skills to be happy while being low-income and on a fixed budget. Frugally pinching pennies, creating products with homemade ingredients, and participating in the many inexpensive things that our community offers has become a way of life.