Sandra Weston has been an artist “forever.” She has always enjoyed drawing and experimenting with different art media; especially coloring out of the lines. As a first grader, she won a prestigious first place art award for her famous "Don't Run in the Hallways" poster of a stick person not running in the hallways. She has since earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from California State University at Fresno, and has taken additional art courses during and since raising (and home schooling) her five amazing children. In California she taught cultural arts classes in Fresno, children’s art classes at Fort Ord in Seaside, and private art classes for home-schooled children in Indio, Salinas, and Monterey. After moving to Blackfoot, Idaho in 2004, she began teaching art classes and workshops in the basement of her home. Needing more space and a lot more light, she partnered with the Blackfoot Community Center where she taught after school and summer art classes before opening the Blackfoot Art Center at its current downtown facility.
As Founder and Director of the Blackfoot Art Center, Sandra loves sharing her passion for the visual arts, and invites you, your family, and your friends to come on in and join us for an art class, private lessons, or a painting party!
Bailey Dann comes from a family of artists. Her first memories of creating art begin when she designed and "published" her own picture book in kindergarten. Since then, she has become a master of the scribble, spilling paint on her clothes, and using right-handed scissors despite being a lefty. She recently graduated from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa where she studied anthropology, 5-12th grade education, and studio art.
Bailey has a deep connection with art and believes that everyone has a deep connection too; it's just a matter of letting go of the notion that only "artists" do art, and finding a medium that excites them. Because all human beings are artists of their own lives, and they deserve to be able to tell their story in a way that makes sense to them. You can find Bailey volunteering at the Blackfoot Art Center on weekdays during the summer months.
Erica Baguley has been an artist since she can remember. In grade school she would always spend time with her best friend practicing drawing and seeing who could create something new. Throughout high school she attended multiple art classes even when she had taken the class already. She attended Idaho State University and took a handful of art classes there as well.
Erica has always been inspired by the world around her for ideas for her art. Many have told her she has that "artistic eye". She believes that everyone is capable of creating art in one way or another. She enjoys sketching with pencil and pen, painting with everything she can get her hands on, and has also tried sculpting. Coming from a family of teachers, Erica hopes that volunteering at the Art Center will provide her with the incentive she needs to someday become an art teacher.