Our Art Instructors

Mollie Basset

Mollie Bassett is an artist, educator and art therapist dedicated to creating a therapeutic environment that provides creativity and art-making as an outlet. With a MA in Art Therapy and a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Mollie applies her skills to working with various populations in health facilities and museums including the Children's Museum of the Arts’ inclusive programs, the Queens Museum of the Arts, and the Nassau County Museum of Art’s education department.

Robyn Cooper

Robyn Cooper received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and her BFA from Adelphi University. She has participated in numerous exhibitions including group shows at The Heckscher Museum NY, The Art League of Long Island NY, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Gross McCleaf Gallery PA, R. Dixon Gallery NY, and uBe Art in Berkley, CA. Her work is in several private collections including The Hershey Trust in Hershey, PA. When not in her studio in Long Island, NY, Robyn also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University and Suffolk Community College.

Samantha Hofsiss

Samantha Hofsiss received a Bachelor of Fine Art with a minor in Art History from Alfred University, and her Master of Fine Art degree from LIU Post. Samantha’s studio practice includes work in sculpture and performance art, and she has exhibited work both nationally and internationally, including the Northern California Women's Caucus for the Arts, and South Korea’s Chung Ang University and Jung Gallery. Samantha is also a local Museum Educator leading school tours and programs at Heckscher Museum of Art and Nassau County Museum of Art. She has also taught studio art classes at Huntington Fine Art and LIU Post, as well as adult and children’s art classes at The Manes Education Center.

Pamela Koelher

Pamela Koehler is an artist whose work explores both nature and the built environment. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Art and Art history at Adelphi University and has presented lectures, talks, and workshops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library, the Whitney Museum and the Nassau County Museum of Art.

David Marini

David Marini received his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with an Education minor from CUNY Queens College, and his Master of Arts in Special Education from Touro University. As an art educator, David has provided classroom art instruction and developed programs and curriculum for the NYC Department of Education and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in multi-disciplinary arts programs that involve critical thinking, inquiry, evaluation, and risk-taking. David maintains his studio practice in Queens, and provides art instruction for the Department of Cultural Affairs as a Sustainable Arts Educator as well as adult painting and children’s art classes at The Manes Education Center.

Michelle Palatnik

Michelle Palatnik earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from NYU and continued her studies at the Art Students League, and the Grand Central Atelier for contemporary classical art. Michelle is a recipient of the Martin Wong Foundation first place scholarship in Painting, and has been accepted two times into the Hudson River Fellowship program. She is a Junior Scholarship member of the Salmagundi Club, and her work has been included in American Art Auction in China, the world's third largest auction house. Michelle was also awarded the opportunity to copy a Rembrandt Self Portrait by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Michelle maintains a studio in Huntington.

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