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Visual Arts Program

The HCA Visual Arts program welcomes students of all ages and abilities. The program provides a welcoming environment where students can discover, explore, and master artistic concepts through a variety of mediums.


Exploration courses are designed to let individuals discover different mediums and set personal goals to achieve at their own pace. Courses and workshops are a balance of skill-building and fun. For the more serious student, the program provides courses that cover foundational and advanced techniques. Students build a portfolio of work and receive guidance and mentorship to set them up for ongoing success in their artistic journey.

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Sarah Alexander

Instructor and Director of the Lotvin Family Gallery

Sarah is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist working on paper, canvas, and sculpting with steel. Sarah's work is in private collections and has been shown extensively throughout New England, and abroad. Her work has been published by North Light Book and is featured in Incite, the Best of Mixed Media 1, 2 & 3. Sarah is a core artist member at Fountain Street Gallery in Boston MA.

Marion Buricatu

Instructor and Visual Arts Department Manager

Marion was born in France in an artistic family. In 2001, she moved to the US with her family. She took classes with painting teachers before becoming one herself and earned a modern art certificate at the MOMA. Marion is an enthusiastic artist and instructor with expertise in art history and a variety of artistic mediums including oils, acrylic, and mixed media. She shares her passion for all that is art and continuously keeps on learning.

Lee Ball


Lee studied Architecture at North Carolina State University School of Design and received a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture.  She also earned a BFA from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, concentrating in Painting and Sculpture, and a teaching certificate. Lee taught secondary Visual Art for twelve years. Lee’s work has been juried into regional and national shows including the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh Fine Art Society, Raleigh Visual Art Exchange, Morini Gallery, Lexington Artwalk, and Cambridge Art Association. Much of her work is inspired by her interest in theatre, museums, and travel.

Celeste Falcone


As a retired pre-K through 8th grade art teacher and school library media specialist, Celeste has had the opportunity to create lessons utilizing a huge range of art media which support learning about the principles and elements of design and weave in art history and appreciation, as well as children's literature. She enjoys the planning that goes into creating a rich environment for students, that honors the creativity they bring to the learning space.  Celeste's lesson plans have been included in an art text series, "Art Works".

Meredith Fitzgerald


As a working artist, Meredith currently focuses on varying interpretations of landscapes of place, body and memory. Through oil paint, pastel, installations and videos, she explores landscapes affected by passage of time. Meredith has experience with printmaking, knitting, sewing, embroidery, wreath making, calligraphy, origami, woodworking, welding, robotics... the list goes on! She loves problem solving and encouraging others to "get to done" on projects that have been languishing. Meredith has an MFA from the Pratt Institute and has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center.

Margarita Krylova


Margarita Krylova holds a BS in Biological Psychology from Tufts University and a BFA in Painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts via the schools' Combined Degree program. She has been teaching art to both kids and adults since graduating in 2014. Margarita has painted commissioned murals while on backpacking trips throughout Europe, Middle East and Asia. She currently works out of studio 510 at Western Ave Studios in Lowell and regularly shows her work throughout the greater Boston area. Margarita is a member of the Loading Dock Gallery and Gallery Z in Lowell.

Judith Smith


Judith, Ms. Judy to her students, earned her masters of education degree and teaching certification in Special Education, in moderate disabilities, from BSU. In addition, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University with a B.A. in art with minors in music, education and theater, and earned teaching certificates in Art K-12 and General Music K-12. Judith owned her own floral and special event design business, and an art lesson business under the name of Kreative Kids and Talented Teens. She has worked at Harvard University Le Corbusier Center, Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, King Philip Middle School, and the League School for Autism in Walpole.

Kanchan Tare


Kanchan Tare has a Masters of Computer Management and Bachelors in Electronics from Pune University, India. Kanchan has taught fine arts and crafts in India and the US focusing on color theory, painting, drawing, origami and more. In addition, Kanchan leads workshops in clay idol making, Kangra Rajasthani Painting, Warli Painting and Lippan craft.

Beth Gismondi

Beth Gismondi holds a BA with honors in Art History and Neuroscience from Wellesley College and an EdM in Arts in Education from Harvard University. She also earned a Certificate in Children's Book Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Beth worked for several years as a freelance illustrator and designer, and owned a custom stationery business. She previously worked primarily in gouache and pencil, and has more recently shifted her focus to acrylic painting.
Beth grew up taking private lessons at a local art studio in NY, so teaching art at the HCA has brought her full circle! She is excited to share her passion for the visual arts with her students.

Robin Bellinger


With a career spanning over two decades, Robin Bellinger stands as a dynamic force in the realms of painting and sculpture. Her artistic journey began with a passion for expression, which has evolved into a mastery of form and color that captivates audiences.

As a mid-career artist, Robin has honed her craft through dedication and relentless exploration. Her works exude a sense of depth and complexity, inviting viewers to delve into the intricate layers of meaning and emotion through color and texture.

 In addition to his/her artistic endeavors, Robin has devoted over fifteen years to the noble pursuit of education. As a certified MA K-12 art teacher, she has inspired students to discover the beauty and power of artistic expression. Her classroom is a sanctuary of creativity and growth, where young minds are nurtured and encouraged to explore the boundless possibilities of art.

Keara McHaffie

Keara McHaffie is a New England based artist who received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from The Art Institute of Chicago. She creates large scale oil paintings that revolve around constructed memories from her adolescence to adulthood.

Having fun and learning new ideas through a vibrant process is what helps make her artwork uniquely stand out. Strong time management and a positive attitude is what keeps her continuing her passion. Her work explores childhood memories and home life. She utilizes color in evocative ways to illustrate her experiences, whether good or bad. 

Tooba Waqar


Tooba is a graphic designer by degree, artist by love and a teacher by passion. She loves teaching in a playful way, being messy and using her hands as a tool. She works to build confidence in her students, helping everyone simply enjoy the process of creating. She is inspired by her favorite artists, Alma Woodsey, Frida Kahlo and Keith Haring. 



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