The Arts Northwest Staff is dedicated to the success of our members.
Sam Calhoun has been with Arts Northwest since 2010. She comes from San Diego, California and was a pastry chef with a background in dietetics. After moving to the North Olympic Peninsula in 2002, she involved herself broadly in the community as the owner/manager of a general contracting business, rental manager for the Port Angeles Yacht Club, and as the volunteer coordinator and board member for the Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts. She is an award-winning sculptor and is recognized by all in her community as being an avid supporter of the local arts scene.
In March 2016, Jeanette joined Sam Calhoun in the Port Angeles office of Arts Northwest. She moved to Port Angeles, Washington in 1995 from Homer, Alaska. In Homer she was involved in the both dance and fine arts community, and was a long-time member of the cooperative art gallery, Ptarmigan Arts. In Port Angeles, Jeanette owned a vintage home decorating store , along with a design and upholstery business. In 2008 she relocated to Santa Barbara, California, where she ran a vintage retail store, a clothing design business and was a member of "Art on the Beach", the weekly art show held on the Santa Barbara waterfront. In 2012 Jeanette moved back to Port Angeles and enrolled at Peninsula College, pursuing an AA, focusing on Art. During this two year period, she worked at a local art venue, Studio Bob. She was in charge of booking the monthly art and music shows, dance classes, and hosting the weekly drawing event "Drink and Draw". Since April of 2015 she has been a board member of the Juan de Fuca Foundation, and currently holds the position of Volunteer Coordinator for the Juan de Fuca Festival.
The Arts Northwest Board of Directors are Arts Northwest members. They represent the best and brightest from the field of presenting and touring.
Dyno Wahl was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii where she grew up with an appreciation of the arts dancing, acting and playing various instruments including the ukulele. She graduated from UC San Diego in 1986 and started her career in arts and special events in Telluride, Colorado working with the Telluride Film Festival, Jazz Festival, Bluegrass Festival and KOTO community radio. She organized national and international ski and snowboarding events, served as City Councilperson, was the marketing director for the Telluride Chamber and executive director of the Sheridan Arts Foundation. Dyno moved to Sandpoint, Idaho in 1998 where she has been Executive Director for the past 11 years for The Festival at Sandpoint, an eclectic summer music festival that takes place each August on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille with corresponding educational programs throughout the year. The Festival at Sandpoint received the 2008 Take Pride in Idaho Award for Outstanding Cultural Tourism. Dyno lives in Sandpoint with her two children and three cats, but insists she is not a cat lady…yet!
Praised for exceptional temperament, personal expressivity and insight, pianist Tien Hsieh has enjoyed a far-ranging career as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. Amongst her various accolades are the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, Li-Ching Cultural & Educational Foundation Grant, Distinguished Artist Award from Artist International Presentations and a cover feature on the Sacramento Talent Magazine. Tien’s recent recording of Bach and Beethoven hit #1 in both classical keyboard and instrumental categories on Amazon.com and remained a best seller for 2 consecutive months. She has been heard on radio stations in the United States and Canada, and has appeared on PBS. Her recital appearances include performances throughout the United States, Hungary, Italy, Germany and China. As a concerto soloist, Tien has performed with Spokane Symphony at The Festival at Sandpoint, Redlands Bowl, Oregon Mozart Players, Houston Civic Symphony and Manhattan Philharmonia. As a scholarship recipient, Tien received a Bachelor of Music from University of Houston and Master of Music and Professional Studies Diploma from Manhattan School of Music. While at MSM, Tien received the Roy M. Rubinstein award and Bettingen Corporation Grant. “Arts NW is the steppingstone to connecting, communicating and collaborating. I am honored and delighted to serve on the Arts Northwest Board of Directors."
Ray is the Executive Director of the Tower Theatre Foundation, the nonprofit that owns and operates the historic theatre in downtown Bend, Oregon. The Foundation promotes, programs, raises funds for, and rents the renovated Art Deco Moderne landmark for a wide variety of events and organizations. Since moving to Bend from Southern California in April 2009, Ray has led the Tower in: establishing a four-month operating reserve fund; raising membership and volunteer numbers to record highs; increasing theatre usage and attendance to pre-recession levels. Solley has over three decades experience producing, developing, selling and fundraising – from PBS to performing arts, from Ed Asner to Cirque Ziva. Ray comments, "I am a firm believer in creative collaboration between artists, agents and presenters. That operating principle grows out of a life lived on all sides of the theatrical footlights: college and graduate degrees in theatre and telecommunications; stints as an actor and on-air talent; nearly three decades in Hollywood as a studio exec and agent; leading nonprofit performing arts foundations in Southern California and Oregon since 2005. I hope to bring Arts NW a fresh perspective and active involvement on the needs and value of historic, community-driven theatres and arts-related educational outreach."
I am honored to join the board of Arts NW. I look forward to working with colleagues to increase the depth and variety of fine arts performance available to audiences throughout our region. Una Loughran, General Manager at BodyVox, has worked in the performing arts since 1998 with a sojourn to the world of interactive media. She has developed marketing, communications and development initiatives at companies including Oregon Shakespeare Festival Portland (’89 -’94), and Portland Center Stage (’94-98). From 1999-2002 she worked as the Director of Client Services for eyescream interactive, inc., at the time the Northwest's largest internet marketing agency. As General Manager at BodyVox, she has overseen the company’s successful growth establishing a strong presence in the company’s home community of Portland Oregon while simultaneously expanding the company’s international touring. Most recently, she oversaw the completion of a successful capitol campaign for the BodyVox Dance Center, the company’s home stage and an important new community hub for dance innovation, education and performance.
Kristine Bretall has been with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts since 2000 and is The Center’s Marketing and Performing Arts Director. Originally from Northern California, Bretall is a graduate of Middlebury College in Political Science and Spanish and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University. She taught Spanish at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School for four years before moving to Sun Valley, Idaho 16 years ago. The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary arts organization with programming in the visual arts, performing arts, education and humanities and serves over 35,000 people a year. "As someone who lives far from any city, Arts Northwest provides me and my organization with a connection to performers and colleagues that would otherwise be out of reach. I’m interested in serving on the Board of Arts Northwest because I value and want to help sustain the resource Arts Northwest provides to our region and to the work of bringing the arts to the region."
Jason Hodges is the Executive Director of the Anchorage Concert Association.Prior to 2008, he was the Executive Director of the Fairbanks Concert Association. Jason brings a wealth of experience to the Arts NW Board of Directors and is honored to serve this vibrant and dynamic organization.
Jill is the new Executive Director for the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia, WA. She has worked for over a dozen years for arts organizations, including: The Idaho Falls Arts Council, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. She received a Masters in Arts Administration from Boston University and has a BA in Music (vocal performance) from the University of Utah. “I am honored to be on the board of Arts Northwest. ANW is a valuable resource for organizations of all sizes to be educated, network, and plan for successful seasons. I have made significant professional contacts through ANW and lifelong friendships.”
Mighty Cypress Talent Inc. was founded by Stu Anderson as a full-service talent management, entertainment buying, and event production company. Mighty Cypress Talent’s current talent management roster includes 2015 JUNO Award winning outfit, The Bros. Landreth, Cairo Knife Fight, and George Pajon Jr. Stu's client list also includes talent buying & production for numerous major festival clients in Canada. Stu is nominated for Manager Of The Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and was recently presented with the inaugural Kevin Walters Legacy Award by Manitoba Music’s board of directors. Stu Anderson spent five years as a concert booking Agent at Paquin Artists Agency (www.paquinartistsagency.com), working acts across multiple art forms – from music to theatre to dance. While maintaining an exclusive client roster in Canada and beyond, Stu was also responsible for overseeing the agency’s live tour bookings in the USA.