Sue is Founder and President of Studio L’Image, an environmental graphics and wayfinding design company, specializing in signage and identity development for cities, nature trails, transit centers, public spaces and business/non-profit organizations. Her company is committed to creating sustainable cities and dynamic, pedestrian-friendly downtowns. Sue also serves on the Board of Directors for the Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce and continues to actively pursue her interests in street photography, printmaking and film.
Past President, Sebastopol Center for the Arts Board of Directors (2013 – 2016)
Jean began her career as a criminal justice advocate and activist, dedicated to improving conditions within the criminal justice system. In 1977, Jean moved to the Bay Area, where she ultimately discovered her talent and passion for art. It wasn’t long before Jean became a metalsmith; designing, fabricating and marketing her own line of buttons, clasps and closures. In addition to serving on the Board, Jean has been a dedicated Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (SDFF) steering committee leader for over a decade.
Past President, Sebastopol Center for the Arts Board of Directors
Lu, a native Californian and licensed CPA, brings extensive business and managerial economics and accounting experience to SCA. Lu is also Past President of Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and continues to serve on the Board. She especially enjoys promoting art, traveling, reading and gardening. Lu has two sons and one grandson.
Sally is a watercolor artist living in Sebastopol. She earned her BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her secondary teaching credential from the University of Southern California. Sally participates in Art at the Source and Art Trails, the open studio events in Sonoma County. She is a partner at the Graton Gallery and owner of My Daughter the Framer in Santa Rosa. She is also a Board member of Main Stage West.
Timothy Near has directed plays in New York, LA and at major professional theatres around the US for 40 years. She is also an OBIE award winning actress. For 21 years Ms. Near was Artistic Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre where she produced over 120 plays, contributed significant leadership to the design and construction of a state-of-the-art theatre facility, the Hammer Theatre.
Near is the recipient of the San Jose Woman of Achievement Award in the Arts and The Janet Gray Hayes Women in Leadership Award and was named one of “the 100 Most Powerful People in San Jose.”
In 2007 Near retired from San Jose Rep and she and her husband Michael Butler moved to Sebastopol. Timothy most recently directed A Dolls House Part 2 at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. In March she will be directing The Diary of Anne Frank at Center Rep in Walnut Creek. It opens April 2nd.
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