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Art Staff & Teachers

We love art!

Art Teacher

Mary Wolfe

Beginning & Intermediate Teacher

Surprisingly, Ms. Mary grew up in a non-art family. As an adult, when she started pursuing her art passion, she found real enjoyment in sharing the creative process with others. She finds joy in talking with parents who encourage their children’s creativity. Art is entwined in every aspect of our lives and she enjoys showing children and adults alike how to release their inner creativity.

Mary has been painting for over 40 years with students ranging in age from 4 to 101. She continually attends workshops and experiments with new mediums and techniques to share with her students.

Art Assistant Teacher

April Vander Hoek

Beginning & Intermediate Teacher (younger grades)

Miss April has a lot of experience both in and out of the classroom setting working with young children. She enjoys helping to teach children about the wonders of art and explore that they can be successful in their art.

Art Teacher

Diane Lang

Beginning & Intermediate teacher (younger grades)

Mrs. Diane has been teaching Art Classes at the Center for 8 years.  Her background and interests have a wide variety mainly centered around children. She enjoys encouraging and seeing her students confidence build through art.  Her personal enjoyment is found in family and watercolor painting.

Art Teacher

Astrid Vander Hoek

Guest Art Teacher

Miss Astrid was born and raised in Puyallup. Since she was a young girl she had a passion for the arts. Through taking classes since a young age at Fred Oldfield’s, as well as other art studios, has become one of the greatest contributors to her teaching. She loves working with her students to give back and further jump-start their creativity.

Art Teacher

Darlene Anderson

Beginning & Intermediate Teacher

Miss Darlene is thrilled to be an art teacher here at the Oldfield Center. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and is a Visual and Theatre Arts specialist. She also has a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts along with over 23 years of experience working in professional theatre as a teacher, director and visual art specialist. Darlene has a very strong passion for teaching the arts to children. She has been a very dedicated volunteer art docent at Meeker Elementary for the last 6 years to ensure that all students have the opportunity to experience art. She loves to see her students discover their love for arts and to truly see the beauty around them.

Summer Art Camp Teacher

Julie Blakemore

Guest Teacher

Julie was born and raised in Adna, WA. Like many future artists, her parents nurtured her creativity and gave their blessing to move to Seattle to start her journey. She graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in art education and later received her Master’s degree from Bank Street College, New York. For 43 years she taught art in public and private schools in the Northwest, retiring from Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien in 2013. She has exhibited at many shows and galleries around the Northwest and studied extensively at Gage Academy in Seattle to hone her skills.

Art Teacher

Aletha Deuel

Teen Advanced Teacher
Continuing Adult Education

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Aletha is at home with the colors of the Southwest, mid-west, and Northwest, having lived in all three. Aletha has received many awards in juried shows and has had numerous one and two-person gallery shows around the Pacific Northwest. Her work is found in both private and corporate collections. She loves to work on location as much as possible. Aletha will always remain a student of Art. Aletha is a dedicated teacher at the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage Center.

Art Teacher

Elisa Hardesty

Beginning & Intermediate Teacher

Elisa was born and raised in Northern California but is proud to call Puyallup, Washington home. She grew up in a very artistic family exposed to a vast array of art mediums throughout her life. Elisa is the mother of two very energetic children and has spent countless hours volunteering in the community and has especially loved her time working with children as an art docent for the last 10 years. You may know Elisa as the head of Puyallup Rocks, but her reach doesn’t end there as she has also served hundreds of local families as a doula, personal chef and artist. She has played a vital role in bringing free rock painting to the art center during spring and fall fair. Elisa is excited to join the team here at the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage and Art Center; she is forever a student of the arts and continues to be an advocate for keeping the arts alive.

Art Teacher

Lars Krauss-Lucas

Summer Art Camp Teacher

Lars Krauss-Lucas was a student at the Oldfield Center for nearly 15 years before moving to Bellingham, WA in order to attend Western Washington University. There, Lars has been working on an Interdisciplinary Degree in Visual Art and Film, using psychology and sociology to study how we make and consume art. Since first learning at the Oldfield Center, Lars has branched out into many different art styles and mediums, enjoying sculpture, illustration, and painting using bold colors and a variety of textures and tools. Anyone can be an artist, they just need to be given the right tools and encouragement! 

Art Class Teacher

Rebecca Denbrook

Beginning & Intermediate Teacher

Rebecca was born here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and is a homeschooling mom to 4 kids.  She grew up in an artistic Hungarian family being exposed to all types of mediums which influenced her to get a degree in Visual Design and Multimedia. She loves sharing her love of the arts and has over the years volunteered in the art, orchestral and culinary settings. Rebecca loves watching children’s personality come out in their art and encouraging them to grow in their abilities. 


Art Class Teacher

Anna Neshyba

Beginning & Intermediate Teacher

Anna Jane Neshyba is a working artist based in Olympia, Washington. She uses both traditional and non-traditional mediums to create unique works that engage with the natural and digital world. She is interested in illustrations that are surreal and dreamlike, but use recognizable iconography to invoke tone and atmosphere. Her favorite medium is plain ol’ pen and paper, but has dabbled in virtual reality (VR), using her computer science background to create virtual installations. Her work has been published in The Mill, Willamette University’s literary and arts journal, and she has collaborated with the Hallie Ford Museum of Art to create VR exhibits. She believes that art is resistance, and that everyone should have the opportunity to create, play, and celebrate imagination.


Ballet Dance Classes

Sophie Marie

Dance Teacher

Sophie Marie is a Bennington College Graduate with a Bachelors in Dance Composition and Neuroscience. She has extensivelt studied Dance History and Anatomy and includes both subjects into all of her dance classes. Sophie is also a professional dancer and choreographer working in Tacoma and Seattle. In the last several years she has even produced several dance films with her company Das Biest Performance Project.


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What Our Art Students Are Saying

“I have been coming to Fred’s for 9 years or thereabouts. My daughter began when she was 6 or 7 and she is now 15 and still enjoying her time creating and learning new techniques. The environment has been encouraging for my daughter as an artist and I have been invited to contribute and be part of things as well. We volunteer during the fair every year and have attended art shows and others events.
Thank you.
Keep up the good work!”

T. McMeekin

“I really enjoy having my kids attend Kids Creative Art class. They are in 1st and 4th grade and it’s so nice that they both can attend on the same day and time. They really have great instructors and teach them so many different things and work with so many different mediums. They use clay, and many different types of paints like watercolors, acrylic and even different types of ink. It is worth every penny and then some! I highly recommend it!”

L. Gonzalez-Terrile

“My two children have been attending the weekly art classes for almost two years now and have loved every second of it. April and Diane are amazing teachers who are patient, kind and thoughtful. They both see your children for who they are and work with their strengths and weaknesses to produce great artwork and more importantly a positive art experience. The once a month Saturday art classes are always a favorite for my 10-year-old daughter. She not only gets to create a beautiful painting that is definitely wall worthy, she has a blast doing it!”

Megan F.