Writers & Artists
Mindy Mousekins was born in Jacqueline’s imagination. Founder of the Enchanted Garden Preschool in Seattle, Washington, Jacqueline has been fascinating children with her charming snack-time stories since 2002. Little ones love them, and so do their parents who have been known to show up early for pick-up, listening eagerly at the door to hear the latest Mindy Mousekins adventure. Originally from England, Jacqueline is an accomplished teacher, storyteller, poet, costumer, gardener, and a voracious reader. She lives in Seattle with her husband and four children.
Using her whimsical blend of abstraction combined with elements of nature-based realism, Britt brings Mindy Mousekins and friends alive. Her delightful illustrations help young listeners visualize the characters of Bluebell Woods. Britt’s paintings have won critical acclaim in the fine arts world, and her work is found in private collections, galleries and museums nationwide. She and her family live close to nature on a small island in Puget Sound.
Karin teaches violin and performs as a freelance musician throughout the greater Seattle area. She is a member of Northwest Sinfonietta, serves as Music Director and Concertmaster of the Vashon-Maury Chamber Orchestra, and frequently performs with Vashon Opera and Vashon Chamber Music Festival. Karin studied violin performance at New England Conservatory with James Buswell IV.
Born into a musical family, Annie began taking piano and cello lessons as a young girl. By the time she was 13 years old, she was playing with the California Youth Symphony, and she joined the University of Washington Symphony in college. In 1993, after a stint as a public defender in Seattle, Annie moved to Vashon Island with her young family and began building her busy cello and piano studio. A longtime member of Orchestra Seattle and the Vashon-Maury Chamber Orchestra, she plays with a variety of groups including the Vashon Island Chorale and various small ensembles.
Jenna Riggs—Graphic Design
Before launching her own design and illustration studio, Jenna worked for a variety of design firms and in the high-tech sector. In 1997, she opened Jenna Riggs Collaborative, offering the service and savvy of a large design agency with the personal, client-centered responsiveness of a small firm. Jenna earned a BFA in graphic design from the University of the Pacific. She lives on Vashon Island with her husband and two daughters. Visit her portfolio at www.jennariggs.com.
Matt is the Director of Community at Biznik and also runs Matthew Lawrence Productions. As the founder of the Sixty Second Film Festival, he loves to encourage creativity in everyone. Matt earned his BFA from Columbia College, Chicago and lives on Vashon Island with his wife Mary and their three children.
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