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SCC adds 6 instructors for spring arts classes

The Sonoma Community Center has added six distinguished artists and instructors to its arts education faculty. Artists Cate Whittemore, Nina Gorbach, Jill Dawson, Deborah Donahower and dance instructors, Carlos Chavez and Sheila Deignan will lead new classes during SCC’s spring session.

The new faculty members will expand SCC’s class offerings in painting, drawing, ceramics, dance and early arts education.

Whittemore holds a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and an MFA from the University of Minnesota. She was an adjunct art teacher at the University of Wisconsin and guest lectured in painting and studio practices at Northwestern College. As a scenic artist, Whittemore has painted sets for Broadway productions, “The Book of Mormon,” “Spiderman: Turn on the Dark,” and “Les Miserables;” television, “30 Rock,” and “Law and Order” and film, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” among other productions. She has held recent creative residencies at the Athens School of Fine Art and the American Academy in Rome.

Whittemore will teach “Cultivate Your Inner Muse in Watercolor” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, April 2 to May 21.

Gorbach, founder of the WillMar Center for Bereaved Children, has taught art workshops for the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance as well as extensive art lessons in Sonoma and San Diego. Her work has been exhibited and sold in Europe and the U.S., including local locations such as Sonoma’s Meritage restaurant and the Mendocino Art Center.

Gorbach holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from UC Berkeley and a master’s in counseling education from San Diego State University.


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