Meet Our Artists!

Each of our artists bring their own unique style, experience and teaching  style to our wonderful team and you can read more about them below! Please let us know at the time of your party reservation if you would like to special request an artist!
 Mahssa Hashemi
Founder
 Paint/ Art History Instructor
Mahssa has spent most of her life in pursuit of art. She graduated with a Bachelors in fine arts of teaching in Texas and followed that up with a Masters in teaching and fine arts from Willamette University. After settling herself here in Salem Oregon with her daughter and husband she saw a need for an art studio that was welcoming to all. After Young At Art first started at its Keizer location business was great and her dreams were coming true. Later an opportunity fell in our laps to move to a larger location on Broadway and due to the high demand we have seen we were even able to expand upon our space! 
"I wanted to create a place where I would take my own daughter"
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Claudia Earl
Director/ Curator/ Instructor
Painting/Craft/Art History Instructor
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Claudia has been drawing and painting since she was able to hold a pencil and a brush.
A visit to the Art Museum at the Age of 8 inspired her passion for Art. She was born and raised in switzerland where she earned a bachelors degree in Fashion Design.
After Graduating she traveled by herself through several countries in Europe, and her many visits to Art Galleries, Museums and famous Landmarks stimulated her Paint style  and encouraged her to expand her artistic abilities. Upon her Return to switzerland, claudia pursued a second career as a child care provider and tutor for French and English language. She was invited to expand her English language skills as a exchange student abroad. After a year of studying, Claudia decided to make the US her permanent Home. Her ever growing love and passion for art inspired her to start her own business. As the owner of cherry city designs, claudia is able to provide artistic services such as custom painted canvas art, mixed media art, murals and refurbishing furniture.
Of course all this is happening in her 'spare' time, when she is not enjoying her work at Young at Art, combining her passions of art, teaching and encouraging young ( and young at heart ) artists.
  
Branka has been drawing and painting for 20 years. She began her career doing local art shows and graduated to over 15 national gallery shows. She has a fine arts degree from Fayetteville Technical Community College where she graduated with honors and also worked as a personal assistant to the Chair of the Fine Arts Department. Branka has worked in several parts of the country as a painting instructor for paint and wine classes as well as for community colleges, and senior centers. After all her experience she now finds her self here in Salem, Oregon with her husband and her two children.
Paige Balvage
Painting/Craft/Art History Instructor
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Paige has been painting for the last 16 years and is mostly self taught. Beyond painting she also works with a wide range of other mediums including: ceramics/pottery, drawing, polymer clay, and intricate crafting. She also has a degree in Pastry and Baking from Le Cordon Bleu, and she is currently working on her teaching degree. Paige also spends her time outside of work and school volunteering with a local animal shelter.
Tosh Novikova
Painting Instructor
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Tosh has been a passionate, multi-dimensional artist since her mother first introduced her to drawing and painting at the young age of 6. Tosh's unique attention to detail caught the eye of many customers over the years. She began selling her artwork while she was a student at Chemeketa Community College. Her artwork was featured in their gallery while honing in many technical skills such as pottery, still life painting, human figure drawing, graphic design, watercolor, photography and photo development. Tosh's extensive education extendes to learning diverse tattoo styles from local tattoo artists. She has both corporate and private custom work experience creating unique floral arrangements and wedding cakes. Tosh is a talented artist who can up-cycle materials to truly make one-of-a-kind art. 
  
Lydia Moller
Painting Instructor
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 Britni Pitochelli
         Painting Instructor


Lydia Möller is a recent addition to the Young at Art family, but is not new to the world of art. Driven to use art as a tool of expression and advocacy, Lydia has been creating for the past 10 years. She has her bachelor's in Fine Arts and Digital and Film Photography from Marshall University and has been painting since her childhood in the hills of Appalachia. Her scope of work is not limited to the two-dimensional realm however, and she has extensive experience with large-scale installation pieces and wood, ceramic and found object sculpture. Her work has been widely featured in various galleries and juried shows in her home state of West Virginia, and she looks to accomplish the same in her new home of Oregon. You may view an online portfolio of her work at her website. When she isn't slinging paint or laughing too hard, Lydia creates things for her Esty page ,  and cares for her many plant babies.

      My name is Britni and I am one of the instructors at Young At Art!      When I am not working in the      studio on paintings, I am out    somewhere enjoying the weather with loved ones! I come from a big,    loud family so I understand how           exciting it can get when you have      a large group of friends/family             together. I am passionate about        setting people up to simply enjoy          themselves and each other!

Jason is a Salem born native who has had a passion for the arts all of      his life. Jason is primarily self-  taught, and while he loves to paint and draw, he is known  to dabble in other mediums as well. When he’s        not immersed in his art, you  will            often find him out and about                           exploring on his bike.

Jason Ganoe

Painting Instructor