Arts Center Instructors

The Arts Center’s many educational programs are made possible by the passion and dedication of our amazing instructors. We’re always looking to add to our team!  If you’re interested in teaching for us, please complete our Instructor Interest Form.

Amanda Hendershot for webAmanda Hendershot – Starry Night Studio

Amanda holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Art Education from Asbury University and Georgetown College, respectively. She has taught art in a public school for 25 years and is currently pursuing my National Board Certification. She has also had a solo exhibit at the Arts Center.

“I enjoy teaching Starry Night Studio classes because they allow me to teach art to an adult group, and interact with them in a more relaxed, social atmosphere. When I am not teaching, I love to read, paint, spend time with friends, work out, and go on motorcycle rides with my husband.”

Barbara Hall Retirement PortraitBarbara Hall – Music Appreciation, Voice Instruction

Barbara recently retired from Centre College after 35 years where she taught voice and conducted all of the choral ensembles as well as held administrative posts.  She began teaching voice in college, taught as a graduate assistant at University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, and then at Centre for about 15 years.  She has also participated as a professional singer in a number of professional choirs (Santa Fe, NM,Aspen, CO, Atlanta, GA, France) and gave annual recitals through the 1980s and 1990s. Barbara also serves as the President of the Board of the Community Arts Center.

“I love working with serious amateurs – people who have talent (sometimes undiscovered!), a desire to improve, and a love for music and words.  I have been heard to say that I can teach anyone to sing!”

Carlotta Kustes – Munchkin & Me

Brandon Long for webBrandon Long – Youth and Adult Visual Arts

Brandon Long once told his Kindergarten class he was an artist.  They didn’t believe him.  He has been daily proving them wrong for over thirty years.  Brandon has a BA in Fine Arts from Georgetown College and has served as the Community Arts Center’s Program/Creative Director since 2007.  He enjoys creating art in a variety of media – drawing, painting, collage, assemblage, sculpture, photography, graphic design, etc.

“I enjoy teaching art at the Community Arts Center because it is an opportunity I never had when I was younger.  There were lots of opportunities for athletic kids, but the art kids didn’t have a lot to do in the 80s.  My kids both love doing art and have that ‘creative drive.’  I want to help others awaken their creativity and flourish as artists.” 
Brandon’s hobbies include all things guitar – playing, building, tweaking, collecting.  He also loves video games.  He has also been known to dabble  in acting at West T. Hill Community Theatre.  Just don’t ask him to dance.
Jennifer Ahnquist – Starry Night Studio

Jonas Hurley – Adult Ceramics, Printmaking

Jonas Hurley is the Community Arts Center’s “Potter in Residence,” with a studio located in the basement of the Arts Center. Jonas is an ER doctor, a farmer, a musician, and self-taught potter who has been making wood-fired pottery for the last 15 years. Jonas regularly teaches a popular wheel-thrown pottery class and also teachers introduction to printmaking for adults.

Martha RobertsonMartha Robertson – Starry Night Studio, Adult Visual Arts

I love to paint. Period. When I lose track of time, it’s when I’m painting, and I’ve been painting since high school, off and on while raising a family. Since retiring from KSD, I’m able to paint full time, taking classes in oil painting landscapes and portraits. I love teaching Starry Night Studio. It’s a joy to see people walk out the door with their own creation having never picked up a paint brush. I enjoy seeing folks return again and again, and watching them learn and express themselves through art. Outside of SNS, you’ll find me working in my home studio, teaching piano, cooking, and more. I’m a working musician who loves theater, a wife, mom, grandmomma, Bible teacher, pianist, reader, and porch swing lover.

Paula WhitakerPaula Whitaker – Starry Night Studio, Youth Visual Arts

Wes Bratcher – Ballroom Dance