DAWN BREEZE, Founder & Director
Artist Dawn Breeze believes creativity is a birthright and human beings most valuable natural resource. In 2016 Breeze found Instar Lodge as an opportunity to further embolden the practices of other artists by providing inspired space to create, exhibit, teach, work and learn together with the motto, Creativity + Courage + Community.
Rebecca Cosenza, Outreach
Rebecca Cosenza returned to the Hudson Valley after studying cross-cultural relations, visual studies, and Flamenco at Bard College at Simon's Rock. A constant student, she is interested in aesthetic education, trans-disciplinary collaboration, and wonderfully messy, hard conversations. In other words, she believes in the intention of the three c's of Instar, "creativity, courage, and community."
Rachel Ephraim, WWP Manager
Rachel Ephraim received her M.F.A. from Columbia University while working at The New Yorker as a reader in the fiction department. Lately, she’s been taking to the stage and particpating in local storytelling events such as The Porch and Helsinki’s story slam. She’s also been at work on her first novel, The Old House, inspired by the history of her 1695 home in Germantown. She’s pretty certain that when entering Instarlodge some sacred magic occurs; she feels at once transported to a liminal space where logic leaves and feeling enters. As Womans Workplace Manager she can't think of a better place to think, laugh or cry these days.
Frances Vigna, Writer
Frances received her MA in modern and contemporary literature at the University of Virginia, working now as a writer and editor advocating on behalf of artists to maintain the professional viability of creative pursuits. She is committed to serving underrepresented artists, and uses her platform at wip_projects to volunteer her time and skills to creatives who could not otherwise afford support. Bringing underserved communities together and sharing their stories is important to her, and by joining Instar Lodge in a writer role Frances can support the organization’s mission of fostering creativity through radical giving.
Nina Boutsikaris, Writer
Nina holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction, from University of Arizona. She teaches Writing the Essay at the New School and is currently working on an autobiographical novel that interrogates creativity, success, anxiety, and isolation in a hyper-individualized, hyper-capitalized age. She joins the Instar team, sharing her talents as an editorial writer and helping keep the press releases flowing and fabulous. As an emerging writer she feels a commitment to a shared spaced with shared values is vital; where she can not only get good work done, but can also share ideas, talk, be inspired, and collaborate, which is why she joined Instar Lodge.
w : crane, Marketing
w : crane is a strategic marketing firm located in Germantown and founded by local resident Willie Crane. They are proud to have the opportunity to work collaboratively with Instar Lodge, focusing their efforts on digital marketing, website development, email marketing, and promotions.
Sarah, a native of the Hudson Valley, is currently the Director of Education at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. She is also the founder and lead curator of Salon Gabriel Laumain, a self-run project and exhibition space in Paris, created for artists and thinkers of all kind.
Anne Marie GarDiner
Veteran journalist, Gardner has reported on global social, cultural and design trends for international media outlets. She has also launched several multiple global multi-platform media brands including the acclaimed Modern Farmer, Monocle and NY Times T Style Magazine. Named a 2014 Folio 100 for Dynamic Disruption for ‘defying’ current media climates to start Modern Farmer, Gardner now runs Tall Dark and Hudson, a content studio that creates branding and storytelling strategies for global brands.
Samantha is the author of three novels. Her most recent, Mr. Splitfoot is a ghost story. The Invention of Everything Else, Hunt’s novel about inventor Nikola Tesla, was a finalist for the Orange Prize and winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. Her first novel, The Seas, won the National Book Foundation’s Five under Thirty-five prize. The Dark Dark, a collection of short stories will be published in 2017. Hunt writes for The New Yorker, McSweeney's, Tin House, the New York Times, New York Magazine and a number of other fine publications. She lives in Tivoli, New York and teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Bronwyn has worked in the arts for over 25 years, having operated her eponymous gallery from 1995-2004 in New York City and thereafter directing special events for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She is currently the Deputy Chief Special Events Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and divides her time between Germantown, NY and NYC.
Katherine is inspired by the evolving roles of the feminine, creativity and collaboration. In 2013, she co-founded Hudson River Exchange, a curated makers market that has served over three hundred unique artisans with annual fairs, workshops, pop-up shops and more. She recently became a mother and lives in Hudson with a background in end of life care and running a youth mentorship program.
Triona is currently Site Lead and HR Business partner for Etsy in Hudson, New York. In her role she leads community engagement programming, partnering with values aligned enterprises and individuals between Etsy and the community, while facilitating a safe and open workplace for Etsy employees.
Triona came to the Hudson Valley in 2010 after studying film and photography at Hamilton College. Drawing on her artistic background and her current people-focused work, she believes honesty and creativity should be an integral part of all of our work.