Who We Are

The Operations of C.R.E.A.T.E.


Heather Hutchison, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT Executive Director 


Aili Lopez, LMHC, ATR
Program Director


Charlotte Mack
Operations Coordinator


Julianne Lewis, M.Ed
Saratoga Site Director

Our Mission

C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing a space where the benefits of art-making impact both the individual and the community as a whole. We offer low-cost art workshops and groups, community wellness activities, and open studios to promote art-making and the creative process as a vehicle for personal growth, communication, and social change. We believe that the beneficial experience of art-making should be affordable and accessible to everyone. Our goal is to use expressive arts as an equalizer across cultural and economic barriers, and for participants to learn how to use art as an expressive medium to increase their general well-being. We focus on the process of the art-making, not the product. Unlike other art studios, our expectations are not rooted in a product or an image. We focus on the evolution of a piece and encourage conversation about its meaning.

Board Members

President: Mary Bilik, MA, LMCH, LCAT, ATR-BC
Vice President: Jerry Matthews
Treasurer: Jennifer Regan
Secretary: Jen Horn, MA, LCAT

Judith Fenlon, Adam Tinkle, LCSW-R, Victoria Milne, Tracy Gilbert, MA, LMHC, ATR, and Gwennan Booth.

Workshop Instructors

Marion Leap

Marion instructs our Kids' Art Time workshop in Schenectady, Kids' Art in the Park summer program.


Colleen Wygal

Colleen instructs our Everything is Lit and All Write Together workshops in Schenectady and the Teen' Art in the Park summer program.


Kristi Isabella

Kristi instructs our Clay Day Sunday workshops in Schenectady.

Jen Horn

Jen instructs Healing Art Hour in Saratoga.


Keisha R. Stovall

Keisha hosts special events and Open Studio in Schenectady.


Kathy Klompas

Kathy hosts special Gelli plate Printing workshops in Schenectady and Saratoga.

* C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios does not provide Art Therapy services.*

If you are interested in Art Therapy, you may find more information at: The American Art Therapy Association. New York State: Office of the Professions