About Us

We are a team of dedicated instructors with a range of experience in fine art, commerical art and crafting. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with your children and look forward to seeing everyone in class!

Traci Thayne Corbett
Executive Director

Traci brings her 20+ years experience as a creative executive with top global brands like Timberland, Reebok and Stride Rite, alongside lifetime study of art making to Cape Ann's Art Haven.   She enjoys the challenge of leading organizations to fully express their brand mission, and building the teams to do it.  Since receiving a BFA in Graphic Design from Clark University, Traci has continued her fine art work and education consistently, notably studying with Mark Hayden, Dominic DiStefano and David Greene among others. For Traci, volunteering at Art Haven opened up the potential for what the organization can do in the community, and she is thrilled to now be leading the charge.  She has been a resident of Gloucester for 20 years, and can't imagine how she ever lived without those sunsets.

Cathy Kelley
Director of Programming

Cathy is a graphic designer and art instructor as well as fine artist and lover of making things! She brings her passion for creating as well as intellectual curiosity to Art Haven, developing exciting classes that are full of fun & packed with learning.  Cathy graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in their printmaking department and continues to love working in a variety of media including printmaking, drawing, painting and sculpture. She has lived on Cape Ann for twenty years.

Ruth Worrall
Ceramics Instructor

Born in Ecuador, South America, Ruth has followed many paths. While listening to her heart and working persistently towards her goals, she continues to explore creativity in the hopes that she can share her passion with others. She concentrates on functional ceramics and works instinctually on these simple yet elegant vessels. After graduating with a BA in Photography, Ruth taught elementary and middle school art. Currently she works at her home studio in Gloucester, has been a member of the Rocky Neck Gallery since 2011 and sells work at various stores in the North Shore area.

Andrew Manning

Drawing Instructor

Andrew Manning is an visual artist who is fascinated by creating odd juxtapositions of things within a space. His paintings of animals wandering in cities create a tension between subject and context that stems from his background of growing up in Jordan. He currently lives and works in Gloucester, MA, where he has shown at multiple venues including the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, Charles Fine Arts Gallery, and Falcon's Nest Gallery at The Hive Center. He earned his BA in painting from Gordon College and was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to attend New York Academy of Art's Undergraduate Residency Program. 

He has taught elementary and middle-school at Art Haven and is now helping to head up the revival of the Teen Artist Guild at The Hive which connects creative youth to entrepreneurial projects in the community. You can find more of his work at: www.andrewmanningartist.com.

Debbie Clark
Drawing Instructor

Debbie Clark teaches Basic Drawing and Figure Drawing at Art Haven. She works on Cape Ann as a fine artist. Debbie has a rich background in classical art instruction, and enjoys teaching the time honored lessons she has learned. She enjoy bringing out the innate creativity in her students, and is especially skilled at helping them highlight their unique talents.

Danielle Stratton

Clay Instructor

Danielle is a senior at Endicott College where she is majoring in Art Therapy. She has worked in a variety of educational settings including The Longmeadow Enrichment Program in Longmeadow, MA, The Garden in Northhampton, MA and Agawam High School. Her experience includes teaching art to elementary school children as well as therapeutic support for grief counseling and child development. She is also a particularly gifted sculptor & potter. Danielle loves teaching at Art Haven where her enthusiasm and knowledge have contributed greatly to our classroom!