The Dairy Barn hires local artists and teachers for our summer Art Camp programs. Our Assistants are Ohio University Students. All of our staff have provided up to date background checks. We know your campers will come home and tell you all about the amazing experiences they had at camp. These teachers and staff will spend a great deal of time with your little campers and it helps to put a face to the name. Here is a little about who we are.
My Name is Lyn and I have been the Education Director at The Dairy Barn since May of 2011. Like so many of our residents, I am an Athens transplant. Originally from the Cleveland area, I graduated from OU in 2006 with a BFA in Education and stayed in this wonderful community. I began my Dairy Barn adventure as a Summer Art Camp Instructor in 2009. That summer I fell in love with teaching art to children and it is my privilege to have presided over our camps for so many years. I think the thing I like the very best about running camps is getting to see so many children grow up before my eyes. It is an honor to be a small part of Athens families. As a mother myself, I believe passionately in giving the very best to children, and our camp is one of the best things Athens has to offer! I look forward to seeing all of our old friends and to making lots of new ones at Camp this summer!
Ann Judy, Art Instructor
Ann Judy is a local artist and art educator. She received her BFA in Art Education from Ohio University. This Nelsonville resident is an instructor for Hocking College’s seven year old American Art Design and Marketing program and teaches Ceramics and Art Marketing. Known for sculpting unusual faces, she creates one-of-a-kind whistles, ocarinas, rattles and masks. Ann’s ceramic artwork has been featured in Ohio Magazine and is part of collections in Paris, England, Brazil and Canada. Her work is on display at the Starbrick Cooperative Gallery in the Historic Square Arts’ District of Nelsonville. In her Starbrick studio, she creates a series of functional items with star brick, and other local brick motifs. Ann Judy has adopted this symbol of Nelsonville’s past in her efforts to contribute to Nelsonville’s future. She has been working with The Dairy Barn Art Camp since its’ inception.
Aaron Smith, born October 18, 1969 in Cincinnati, Ohio, currently resides in the small Appalachian city Nelsonville, Ohio with his wife Ann Judy (also an artist). Aaron is an artist who specializes in oil painting. He also has experience in large scale murals, sculpture, installation pieces, and photography. He is the co-founder of Majestic Galleries, a contemporary art space. He received his Masters in Drawing and Painting from Ohio University. Known for his oil paintings of mobile homes, he has recently been exploring the night landscapes of Athens city’s beautiful alleys and Nelsonville’s abandoned homes.
My name is Jamie Betit, a Certified Personal Trainer/ Movement Specialist and owner operator of On The Ball Fitness Systems as well as a father to two dynamic girls. In the 10 years I have passionately worked in the Fitness and Wellness field a few things have become clear to me. First, if you want to keep children engaged in movement, make it FUN and second, allow them the opportunity for creative expression. These philosophies are the guiding force behind my program development. I strive for an integrative approach to movement, incorporating games, yoga, functional movement and animal mimicry. With program names like CampFit for kids, Kinetic Kids, Move Like an Animal and RECESS, vigorous play is the essence of all my programs. This summer I welcome the opportunity to introduce your children to a new perspective on exercise, free of hyper-competitiveness, restraint and judgment. Let the games begin!
Jessica Held is a local abstract painter. She received her BFA in painting and photography from Ohio University and has continued creating and exhibiting ever since. Jessica is the owner of Flux and Function; a collection of her painted functional art that can be found in local art shops across the state of Ohio. She has taught art camps and after-school art enrichment classes in Texas, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio; teaching children ranging from preschoolers to high schoolers. Dairy Barn summer art camp is Jessica’s favorite! Check out Jessica’s work @
Lucinda Poland (Cindy), Art Instructor
Cindy has worked at The Dairy Barn Arts Center summer art camp for several years and in the winter at Snow Camp. It is the best fun that she has all year! When she graduated high school, Cindy had wanted to become an art teacher. She went to art school at The University of Michigan and as life would have it, began working at Girl Scout councils planning activities, especially for summer camps. When her children turned out to be boys, she began working with Boy Scouts and 16 years later is active with Troop 71 in Athens. Other interests include science fiction and fantasy books, TV, movies and graphic novels. Cindy also enjoys role-playing and costumes of medieval culture.
Lawrence Greene is the founder of Ugata, Underground African themed Arts, a pan African cultural group focused on entertainment, education and the environment. He plays djembe for African dance classes at Factory Street Studio in Athens, Ohio. Lawrence is also a catalog artist for Artsbridge, a program that sends artist to schools in Wood County WV. He was lead naturalist at the Wilds and Highlands nature sanctuary in Ohio. Lawrence was also co founder of Rising Appalachian Warriors, a summer day camp at Solid Ground Farm in Athens, county Ohio. He sells produce to local markets in Athens, Ohio, he is an advisor to the U.N.I.T.Y. Garden in Steubenville, Ohio and runs other cultural education programs based on connection to the natural world. Lawrence is also an African drumming instructor and performs around Southern Ohio and the Mid Ohio Valley.
Sherri Biegeleisen is a doer and a maker, an artist and an educator. Sherri received her M.A. in Art Education from OU where she spent as much time as possible in the ceramics studio. Sherri’s primary artistic focus is functional pottery, but she enjoys working with a great variety of media- from glass to chocolate, fiber to printmaking, to name a few. A licensed teacher, Sherri, has taught all ages from preschool to mature adult. When not teaching, creating, or spending time with family, she prefers to be outdoors with her dog.
Suzanne Oldham, Art Instructor
Suzanne began her love for art in elementary school. The bond grew stronger over the years and she earned her BFA from Bowling Green State University in jewelry/metalworking and sculpture in 1993. Since then, she has taught art workshops for the Foothills School of American Crafts, instructed at Hocking College for the American Art Design and Marketing Program, and coordinated a community mural through Rural Action. She currently enjoys teaching art at Logan Hocking Middle School. Suzanne is looking forward to her 3rd year creating with campers at Art Camp!
Katie Schwendeman is an artist from Sugar Grove, Ohio. She graduated with honors from Ohio University in 2017 with a BFA in Sculpture + Expanded Practice and a minor in art history. Katie works in a variety of methods including casting, sewing, and hand building to create her large scale mixed media sculptures and installations. She was the art instructor for the Logan-Hocking School District after-school program (Project SAFE) for the 2017-2018 school year. She has also been an artist-in-residence at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary and a volunteer resident at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine. Katie plans to further her education in the fall through the University of Cincinnati’s Master of Art Education program. In her free time, she enjoys cuddling her cats, hiking, traveling, and strong coffee. She is extremely excited for her second year at the Dairy Barn’s Summer Art Camp!
My name is Kelly Lawrence, I graduated from Ohio University in 1990 with a BFA in Sculpture. I worked as a chef for many years in Athens before starting my art business, Green Mantle Studio, in 2000. I have been very active in the local arts scene, working at ARTS/West for 10 years as an events coordinator and gallery curator. I am the founder of the Athens Art Guild and co-founder of ATHCO Women’s Art Guild. I run Ratha Con, Athens’ Own Pop Culture Convention and the Athens Art Guild’s annual Holiday Shoppe. I am the artisan vending coordinator for the Nelsonville Music Festival and I am an active member of the Athens Municipal Arts Commission. I have taught art to children for years, having homeschooled my son, I taught art in our cooperative homeschool education groups and have been hired by the same groups long after my son had moved on to public school.
Mary Roediger, Arts instructor
Mary is a textile artist with a special affinity for natural fibers and mixed media projects. She is a Certified Master Clothing Educator through Ohio State University’s 4-H Program and currently serves on that program’s state steering committee. She is the author of the Ohio 4-H Clothing Project book, em-bel-lish: A Guide to Wearable Art as well as articles in national sewing magazines. Mary operates Sew True Designs in Albany. She is delighted that our beloved Dairy Barn added a textile studio and hopes everyone takes daily time for their creative side.
Sasha graduated from Ohio University in 2004 with a BFA in Ceramics. After graduation she lived for a time in Austin, Tx where she worked in ceramics and also taught art to children in daycare and afterschool programs. While in Austin she got a design certification in Permaculture and prepared to move back to Athens to care for family and add farming to her list of “things I must do in life.” For the past 10 years that she has been back in town, she has worked with dairy goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, and horses and developed a plot of land from scratch with her land mates. She resides in Meigs county with her partner, land mate, daughter, herd of dairy goats, sheep, horse, dogs and cats and some amazing plant allies. She teaches ceramics at the Dairy Barn, slings craft beer at Devil’s Kettle, and has helped coordinate the Ohio Pawpaw Festival for the past 9 years as well. Sasha loves and takes a lot of pride in the Athens community and all the amazing things this small town can accomplish when we all work together.