Lesli (Lee) Takasugi, director of Little Hands Art Centre

Lesli (Lee) Takasugi, director of Little Hands Art Centre

Lesli Takasugi

Lesli has been a teacher, as well as artist and musician since 1993, performing and writing original songs for socio-political events, community festivals, indie films, PBS after school programming and theater productions. One of her most notable songs, On Mars has been used in Asian American studies departments at Claremont College, Azusa Pacific University and Cal State Northridge as a studied example of how the WWII Japanese-American Internment is expressed through the arts. Since moving to Eugene, Lesli has been working as an arts-integration and content-based teacher-trainer for a private educational company. She also recently just illustrated her first children’s book based on one of her former songs, Jellyfish, which combines her love of art and music.

“The idea of having an art space has been kicking around in my head for the last 9 years or so. Art & music have always been my “happy places,” places where I’ve felt most at home. Having an inclusive space like this for myself, the community, and kids like my daughter… is a dream come true.”

Linda Lavie, Instructor: Painting & Drawing Lab & Mixed-Media

Linda Lavie, Instructor: Painting & Drawing Lab & Mixed-Media

Linda La Vie

Impressionist painter Linda La Vie works with both palette knife and brush to create dynamic and light filled landscapes and still lifes. By exploring her subjects in a nostalgic way she presents a unique and colorful expression of landscape and still life florals. La Vie uses shapes of thick impasto color to express the charm and beauty of what she sees in nature. 

Her paintings are unique expressions of her feelings and sensations about the landscapes she discovers in nature.  Her paintings have been sold to art lovers throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Europe.

Linda La Vie studied drawing and painting at The Art Students League in New York City and with artists Albert Handell and George Burrows in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She is represented by Prescott Designs in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Art Shows: Brokers Building Gallery, San Diego 2015

Nussbaumer  Fine Art Gallery Group Show, San Diego, CA 2008

David Ross Gallery Group Show, Santa Fe, NM

Galerie La Vie, Santa Fe, New Mexico 1990 -1995 The Painters of Canyon Road, El Zaquan Historic Santa Fe Foundation 1994 NM

Janene Block, Instructor: Pour Painting & Painting & Drawing

Janene Block, Instructor: Pour Painting & Painting & Drawing

Janene Block

Janene Block has over ten years experience working with children and adults of all abilities, with an emphasis on inclusiveness. She has lived in the Eugene/Springfield area for over 30 years and received her formal education in the fine arts at the University of Oregon. Her passion for art has driven her to explore many different mediums including acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, gouache, ink, collage, digital media, wood carving, wood burning, clay sculpture, music and dance. She specializes in painting and illustrating contemporary portraits, aerial landscapes and murals. She has created various professional pieces such as murals, paintings and illustrations in the community, both commissioned and donated. One of her most recent projects is a beautiful hand-painted mural which she created for the community at River Road Elementary School. Its scenery and attention to Eugene’s environment reflects a deep respect for nature, ecology, and the spirit of cooperative learning that the school and student body value. 

Sarah Hilvert,  Vasilisa the Wise

Sarah Hilvert, Vasilisa the Wise

Sarah Hilvert

As long as Sarah can remember, she has felt most herself when combining shape, color and texture to create a never-before-seen wonder. Her hands always find a tool to play with, be it pen or paintbrush or needle and thread, and her mind loves to keep up.  In Sarah’s words, “Creating is playful - and rejuvenating, and sweet - and sharing this fun with friends makes it all the better.” 

Tara Burke,  Hoop Dance

Tara Burke, Hoop Dance

Tara Burke comes to you with over 10 years experience working with kids and adults to explore their expanding definition of PLAY! She has performed nationally and locally for large scale venues and now is currently focusing her attention on artist residencies and connecting with youth on the importance of movement for healthy active lifestyles. Tara is expanding her curriculum of movement to include group work and constructive team building practices as well as the opportunity to learn choreography. When she is not spinning in circles you can find Tara enjoying her home in Eugene with her cat and her garden.