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, L.A. 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 moved to Sebastopol. She continues to work as a free lance director.
Erica Edell Phillips moved to Sonoma County in 2017 from Los Angeles, after retiring from her career a Costume Designer on feature films and television.
She is a member of the Costume Designers Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences where she served on the Foreign Film Committee, screening and voting on thOscar hopeful submissions from around the world.
She was an invited artist asked to exhibit costumes from the film Soldier at the Cine Mode Di Biennale di Firenze. She has been nominated for a Saturn Award (Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy) for RoboCop and won that award for her costumes in Total Recall.
She has been active in raising funds for the Cancer Support Community Wellness Centers in Los Angeles and co-chaired a recent fundraising event.
She is an advocate of supporting the arts and believes that creativity and imagination are essential ingredients for implementing positive changes in the world.
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.
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.
I have lived and worked in Sonoma County for more than 40 years. I served the citizens of Cotati for 23 years as the City Planner and assistant to the City Manager. During my tenure, I helped the City of Cotati develop and implement several outdoor art programs.
We have raised our family in Sebastopol since 1992. Sebastopol has always felt like home and I try to give back where I can make a difference. In the 1990’s I served on the City of Sebastopol Planning Commission. In 2012, I was elected to the Palm Drive Health Care District and also was a member of the City of Sebastopol General Plan Update Committee. I have also been a longtime volunteer with the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival.
The Sebastopol Center for the Arts is a true community treasure. My goal is to keep it that way.
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