Meet our Teachers

Kathryn James, Executive Director

Watercolor Instructor

Besides her deep faith and love of artwork, Kathryn brings the experience of a lifetime in the workplace to the Lighthouse Arts Center. Her artistic and scholarship accreditation includes Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the State University of New York, primarily through long distance learning, as well as several years of personal study with watercolorist Paul Elliott in Upstate New York. She is a skilled watercolor artist and has taught classes for many years. Her thirty years working in various positions for a large corporation has given her knowledge in time management, organizational skills, employee oversight and development, customer service handling, public relations and corporate planning. And while she was doing all that, she completed the Famous Artists Course as well as wrote and self-published a biography. She is excited to enter this new aspect of her lifetime and to share her love of Christ through the beauty of art.

Sarah Thornton, Education Director

Pottery Instructor

Sarah’s love for art started while she was a military brat. Her parents would take the family to local museums and sites wherever they were living.  Looking back, they were great adventures which fueled her love of prehistoric and ancient art.  Sarah’s passion for creating art started at the art center on base.  The art center gave her the opportunity to flex her creative muscles by introducing her to ceramics by throwing on the wheel.  That creativity grew into a love of ceramic sculpture and hand-building.  Sarah has a Bachelors in Studio Art from Hastings College and is happy to share her passion for ceramics.

Later Sarah received a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix to gain a deeper knowledge of the business world. A working artist is an entrepreneur and selling your work is your business. Sarah is happy to share this knowledge with her fellow artists of all levels.

Sadie Personeni, Gallery Director

Printmaking, Acrylics, and Kids Education Instructor

Sadie is a recent graduate of the University of Maine where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Art Education and Studio Art, as well as earned her Maine K-12 Visual Arts Education Certification. Sadie grew up in the small town of South Berwick, Maine and discovered a love for both art-making and teaching at a young age. While attending the University of Maine, Sadie found a passion for teaching and community based arts that she hopes to bring to the Lighthouse Arts Center through a variety of workshops and classes for all ages. She enjoys experimenting in a wide array of media, but especially loves all forms of printmaking, ceramics, and drawing.

Janalee Welch

Pastels Instructor


Prior to 2007 I was teaching in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and living in Worcester, MA. During my twelve years there, I had the good fortune to attend classes at the Worcester Art Museum. This was a rich and rewarding experience where I saw my pastel style take shape and my work make strides.

Since retirement in 2007 and moving  home to Maine, I have worked at developing an art career, primarily painting with pastels. To date my artwork has been accepted into juried shows and I have won a number of awards for my pastels.  My pastels can be seen online and in Art Space Gallery in Rockland, Maine. My hand made books have been exhibited in juried shows in Maine.  I have also shown my work at the Betts Gallery in Belfast and at Harmon’s and Barton’s Gallery in Portland.

Are you interested in being a teacher at the Lighthouse Arts Center? Please send us your resume, with contact information, and images of your work. We will contact you to set up an interview. Thank you for your interest!