Diane Sutliff has worked in many art forms, from painting, drawing, and textiles, to costume construction, cigar box guitars, and Franken-fiddles. Right now, she is mostly focused on pottery and human potential. Since 1995 she has taught thousands of kids and adults to draw, both in public schools and at her own neighborhood art classes. She currently teaches pre-K through 8th grade artists at several schools in Chicago. She likes to give her students tips and tricks, provide lots of opportunity for choices, and then tries to get out of the way!
Laurie Andres plays accordion and piano for old-time New England contra and square dancing, English country dance and klezmer music. Neither the dance world nor Laurie have been the same since he picked up and forgot to put down the piano accordion in 1977. A master of musical whimsy, Laurie propels dancers and their feet into fits of rhapsodic frenzy with his infectiously rhythmic playing. His playing is renowned for its wit, color, emotion, and compelling danceability. Laurie has played for community dances, dance and music festivals, and concerts all over the US, Canada, and Europe. He has lead a monthly English Country Dance in Seattle since 1984.