VISUAL ARTS FACULTY
Emily Altman
Director
Emily Altman holds a BA in Art History from Bucknell University and an MA from NYU in Visual Arts Administration. Before joining the DAC she worked at The Museum of Modern Art and Christie’s Auction House, NY in exhibition management. In addition to her career in the visual arts, she was also a dancer for twenty years, and is thrilled to be a part of the DAC and contribute to its success in bringing the arts to the community.
Brien Adams
Brien Adams exhibits his photographs locally and is a professional event, wedding and portrait photographer. He received his associate’s degree from Norwalk Community College, where he focused on developing and printing 35mm film and was employed as the darkroom lab monitor. For fun he enjoys shooting digital photographs including street scenes and fashion blogs for aspiring "Instagram bloggers".
Joel Flora
Joel studied art at The Arts Students League in New York, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and The National Portrait Academy, Toronto, Canada where he went on to become Instructor of Classical Underpainting Methods. He was also Instructor of Drawing and Painting at The Thornhill Community Center in Toronto and Painting Instructor and the Rowayton Arts Center. His work is currently showing at the Geary Gallery in Darien, The PS. Gallery in Litchfield and the Shimko Gallery in Provincetown, MA. Joel’s current work centers around landscapes that involve clouds and how they interact and lend drama to the landscape below. He is also involved in creating unique garden sculpture that like to blend in with the plants.
Valerie Kirincich
Valerie is originally from Long Island, New York. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Illustration and the New York Academy of Art with a MFA in Figurative Fine Art. Upon graduation she freelanced as an illustrator and worked for several Manhattan ad agencies as a graphic designer and art director. She currently teaches art and dance for kids through Wilton Continuing education and the Wilton YMCA. She also enjoys teaching fitness and Zumba classes to adults at LA Fitness and the Wilton YMCA.
Moki Kokoris
A member of the Society of Scribes and the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting [IAMPETH], Moki Kokoris has been a freelance calligrapher, illustrator, artist and graphic designer for over 40 years. Though she devotes much of her time to environmental advocacy and stewardship through her 90-north outreach education program, she is equally passionate about visual arts, particularly calligraphy in its classical form, and Arctic indigenous folk arts. In many of her high-end commissions, Moki uses traditional animal skin parchment and quills or reeds she often collects and cuts herself. She is a Ridgefield, CT resident and a confirmed chocoholic.
Stephanie Lush-Mastriano
Stephane Lush-Mastriano is a ceramicist, painter, and mixed media artist originally from the Hartford area. She has taught art programs at the Hartford Academy of the Arts, The Wadsworth Atheneum, The New Britain Museum of American Art, and the Westport Arts Center. Stephanie studied Fine Arts and Art Education at MCC (Manchester, CT), CCSU (New Britain, CT) and SCSU (New Haven, CT).
Sooo-z Mastropietro
Sooo-z Mastropietro, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology holds a BFA in Fashion Design and Textile Design. Originally from the Hudson Valley, this serene setting mirthfully set the stage for an untapped eruption of color, clothing, and creativity. Sewing since the tender age of seven, she turned to her own raw skills to define her self-expression through her wardrobe. “Mastropiece” began as a silk painting business for wearable designs and now serves as a general umbrella for all things Sooo-z from fine art, to socks, to tableware. She has taught Fashion at the Quick Center, Aldrich Museum, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Other endeavors include community sculptural projects, curating, judging art shows, artist in residences, teaching, and classical bass playing. Her current work under the moniker, Knitiot Savant, is a unique fiber art form utilizing a triumph of fabric tubes, nuggets, and shreds in which she has shown all over the country in juried shows and has appeared internationally in publications.