Ara Azad is a graduate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and holds a degree from Tufts University (BFA). He is a graduate of EPIIC 95, Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship at Tufts University with a special focus on developing visions for our world through the merging of arts and sciences.

Most recently from 2002 to 2004, he was invited to exhibit in Berlin, Germany; in Florence, Italy for teh Biennale; in Beirut, Lebanon at Noah's Ark Art Gallery and in Boston at the Armernian Library and Museum of America. In 2008, Art Lounge invited Ara Azad to exhibit in its Beirut gallery. Man Museum in Liverpool, England, exhibited his recent "mailed" paintings. 

From 1986 to 1999, he has held over 62 exhibitions in many parts of the world (Japan, France, Czech Republic and Lebanon; including the Museum of Fine Arts, Somerville, Museum; De Cordova Museum). Over the span of a decade, he has given some 80 master classes and lectures.

Ara speaks Arabic, Armenian, English, French and Turkish. He is reviewed in Arabic, Armenian, Dutch, English, French French and German.





Nicole Burnor is a Boston-based art educator with extensive knowledge of the education system, career pathway, and community-building.

An exceptional communicator with advanced problem-solving skills, Nicole was a teaching intern at the International High School in Brooklyn, New York, as well as a coordinator at Lehman College in the AmeriCorps program. She has also been a community advisor and mentor, as well as assistant to the administrative director for the MFA Program at Lesley University.

She earned her BFA in Graphic Design/Illustration at Lesley University's College of Art and Design.




Emily Kocandrle is a Boston-based educator with a specialization in language, reading and writing at the elementary school level.

Skilled in leadership and planning, Emily is a social thinker who works with all grade levels, special needs students, athletes, artists and musicians in an effective way.

She has been a Summer Camp director in both Northborough and Southborough Recreation and is currently a 2nd Grade Classroom Teacher at Morse Elementary School in Cambridge, Mass.

Her first photo exhibition, Spring in Sao Miguel, is being held in October-November 2016 at Travessia Winery in New Bedford, Mass. 

She earned her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (summa cum laude) from Lesley University.




Damon Lehrer is a Somerville-based painter and founder of the Boston Figurative Art Center, which provides classes, events, and open painting and drawing sessions with models to area artists and amateurs.

Damon has been involved in some way in many of the arts and cultural communities he has lived in. In London, England, for three years in the late-90’s, he became a part of the effort to save the historic Spitalfields Market which was in danger of being torn down by the encroaching financial district. He conceived and produced a guide to the Market funded entirely through local advertising. In Providence, R.I., in 2006, he was involved with the Manton Avenue Project, which professionally produces plays written by children from urban areas of Providence.

In 2010 he founded the Boston Figurative Art Center in Somerville, MA, to support young figurative artists and provide an inspiring location for people from any profession or persuasion to try or come back to drawing and painting from the figure.

Damon has taught as an adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, Boston University, Montserrat College of Art, the Massachusetts College of Art, and the Art Institute of Boston. He was the director of the B.U. Summer Painting Program in Tuscany.

He graduated in Studio Art from Amherst College, having spent one year studying art and Italian Language in Florence, Italy. He apprenticed to sculptor Philip Grausman for two years, and graduated from the Boston University College of Fine Art with an MFA.

Damon is a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Painting Grant, 2000.




Tyler Rutherford is a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston with a degree in Fine Arts (BA). He has also attended the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Los Angeles, California, and the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, Connecticut.

Tyler has taught art and English to students at the LaSalle Brotherhood in Cambodia. 

He has previously worked at the innovate Space 242 gallery in Boston.




Nick Tavares has worked in journalism since graduating from UMass-Dartmouth in 2004 with a degree in English/Writing & Communications. After growing up in Massachusetts, he moved to Tempe, Ariz., for a time before coming back to settle in New England. Nick is interested in working with individuals and organizations that allow creativity while bettering their community and industry.

He is currently the web editor for Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and is a long-time sports columist for The Standard-Times in New Bedford, Mass. He hosts his own music website, Static and Feedback, and is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of music and sports.

Nick specializes in writing, editing, web content management, design, and video production.