Meet The Team
Melanie Drown serves as our Executive Director. She studied at Montana State University, where she earned her degree in accounting. Melanie also nurtures her creative side through glass arts. She leads many glass fusing workshops and creates stunning pieces of her own.
Shelby Powell studied graphic design at The Art Institute of Colorado. Shelby brings her creative eye to the Studio's advertising, merchandising and branding. Shelby also teaches and works tirelessly loading kilns. Shelby loves the outdoors, her grandchildren and a good wine.
Charity Flowers has been with Stumptown Art Studio for the past 10 years. She has taught classes for all ages and abilities. She currently serves as our Education Director. Charity earned her MFA in 2015 from the Academy of Art University, SanFrancisco, where she studied sculpture and figurative art. She shares her time between Stumptown Art Studio and Flathead Valley Community College, where she works as an adjunct professor in the Art Department. She is a lover of good friends, dogs and her family.
Studio Manager / Events Coordinator
Jessica Inez has been with Stumptown Art Studio since its beginning. She helped develop the ceramics and walk in art studio, making art available any time the studio is open. She also served on our board and volunteered for many years. Jessica is now at the Studio full time as our Studio Manager and Events Coordinator. You will catch Jessica planning magical events for the young and young at heart.
Board Member / Painting Instructor
Susan Guthrie, a fourth generation Montanan, has lived in the Flathead Valley for 32 years. She is a seasoned Art Educator and currently a full-time professor at Flathead Valley Community College. She earned a Master’s in Studio with New York University with temporary residency in Venice, Italy and Berlin, Germany. She also studied for a Master’s of Art History from Studio Art College International, Florence, Italy/Bowling Green State University, Ohio and her Bachelor of Science in Art and Music Education, grades K-12, from University of Montana Western. Susan not only serves on the board, she also teaches workshops at Stumptown Art Studio. She is an outdoor enthusiast, a practicing musician, and a lover of dinner parties and dark chocolate.
Certified STEAM Teacher
Heather Dolan is a certified teacher. She teaches spanish in our STEAM preschool and leads many of our youth classes. She has traveled extensively while studying in South America and Mexico. Heather actively engages her students in our arts community. Look for her student's work at our student shows and around the valley.
Brooklin studied at the University of Montana, Missoula. She is a certified teacher and leads our STEAM preschool. Brooklin brings her creative energy to the classroom where she brings all disciplines together in a unique class environment. Brooklin loves spending time with her energetic boys and all things outdoors.
Board Member / Outreach Instructor
Anne Couser comes to us after a career teaching in Couer D'Alene. She holds a Masters in Education from California State University, Fullerton. Anne serves on our board and she runs our Art from the Heart program. Anne also loves the outdoors and her grandchildren.
Co-op Facilitator / Ceramics Instructor
Jeanne was born and raised in New Jersey, and moved to Montana as the Whitefish Pottery apprentice in 2014. She has a BA in Art History and Studio Art from Drew University, and has studied ceramics at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and with Women's Studio Workshop in upstate New York. She enjoys everything about pottery - from pinchpots to wheel throwing, clay recycling to glaze mixing - and loves to share her clay knowledge. When she's not covered in clay you can find her playing roller derby, swimming, hiking, or playing around with another art project.
Certified STEAM Instructor
Wendy joined our team when she moved to Montana from Hawaii. She works in the Ceramics Annex and is usually busy designing signs and props for our events. Wendy is also a painter and a featured gallery artist.