Teaching Artists & Staff

Liz Carney, Executive Director

A visual artist born and raised in Dorchester, Liz has twenty five years experience working as a classroom art teacher and community arts educator. Former Arts Programming Director for Dorchester Boys and Girls Clubs, Liz has also worked with communities in the South Bronx, South Boston and most recently Cape Cod to build collaborations through the Arts. As a working artist, she has exhibited her paintings in numerous solo and group exhibitions, has been featured in publications, has received grants, awards and commissions for her work. She has served on several boards such as the Boston Cultural Council, the Boston Redevelopment Authority's Artist Review Board and currently serves on the Collections Committee of the Provincetown Art Museum. She also owns and operates an art gallery in Provincetown MA. She has a degree in Fine Art from Smith College.

Cheryl Robinson, TEACHER

Cheryl is an artist, teacher and mother who has taught classes for Dot Art for over ten years. She has an undergraduate degree from Mass College of Art in Painting and Printmaking and an MFA in Drawing and Intermedia from the University of Iowa. She is licensed K-12 Visual Arts Teacher in the State of Massachusetts. She has created public artworks for the Boston Housing Authority with funding from the Edward Ingersoll Brown Fund. She has exhibited regionally and nationally. She has recently earned a second Masters in Education from UMass Boston and is working full time for Boston Public Schools in addition to her service at Dot Art. 

Susan O’Shea, Bookeeper

Originally from Dorchester, Susan is a mother of three and an advocate for the neighborhood. She is the steady hand behind Dot Art who helps keep a crew of artists on track and in the black. 

Brooke Lambert, Teacher

Brooke grew up in Maine in a family of teachers and is a graduate of Mass College of Art with a BFA concentration in Printmaking. She has led our Intensives and Summer Program, our Saturday Studios Program  and our partnership with The Murphy Elementary School. She brings to Dot Art a passion for listening to the stories children tell through their art. Brooke is also teaching part time at Mass College of Art, Art Resources Collaborative for Kids (ARCK) and maintains a disciplined practice of printing and exhibiting her works. 

Darrell Anne Gane-McCalla, Teacher

Darrell is an artist and educator with a degree in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and studied art at Sarah Lawrence College. A teacher in the Boston Public Schools as well as Cambridge, Darrell promotes art as a vital element in the struggle for human rights, and in the creation of new ways of living. Her own practice is primarily sculpture, illustration, and mixed media. Her community collaborations are mainly murals, mosaics, and workshops. She believes that art can change perceptions; create spaces for dialogue and instill senses of possibility.

Carmen Powell, Teacher

Carmen is an artist, entrpreneur, teacher and mother who has taught classes for Dot Art for over twelve years. Carmen leads our program at the Holmes School and also has a thriving business as a face painter! In addition to her work at the Holmes School, Carmen can also be found assisting with our Vacation Intensives and our participation at neighborhood festivals spreading joy with her skills in airbrushing and facepainting! 

Janet Shea, Teacher

Janet is an artist, teacher and parent with experience in painting, drawing, printmaking, and set design. She studied art history and studio art at Simmons College and has a MA in Studio Art from Harvard University. Janet has been teaching early childhood art classes with Dot Art for 15  years.


Judy is a social worker, therapist and parent living in Dorchester. She is the former Director of the Parent Child Program at The Little House, a community agency in Dorchester. Judy has an MS in Social Work from Boston University and has been teaching early childhood art classes with Dot Art for 10 years.

Ed Pazaneese, Teacher

Ed is and Art Educator who has for many years been the director of the Families Learning Together Program at Spontaneous Celebrations in Jamaica Plain. He has a degree in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Special Education. Ed has taught for Dot Art in our school partnership program for several years and also holds a degree in Art Education from Mass College Art.

Emily mergel, Teacher

Emily was born and raised in Dorchester. As a young artist, she attended DotArt programs and art classes at the Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club's before attending Boston Latin School, where she graduated in 2010. She has a degree in Communication from UMass Amherst and has used it working with local feminist organizations. She is endlessly interested in hearing how children are learning to navigate the world through conversations about their art, their lunch, or whatever comes up. She is committed to showing up for members of her community. Emily is thrilled to meet young Boston artists, their neighbors and their loved ones each week through Saturday Studios.

Grete langrinde, Teacher

Grete is a recent graduate of the Rhode Island school of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting. Originally from Dorchester, Grete is also a Dot Art alumna. She taught at the April and Summer vacation Dot intensive and has helped many Dot Art events. She will be running the Saturday studios with Brooke and Emily.

Alana Parkinson, Teacher

Alana is a graduate of the  Boston University with a Bachelors degree in Public Health and attended Boston Latin Academy. Originally from Dorchester, Alana is also a Dot Art alumna as well as a former member of Boston City Singers and Artists For Humanity.  She currently co-teaches our Saturday Drop-In Studio and is an assistant teacher at our partnership with The Holmes Elementary School.  She has also assisted in many vacation art intensives and has helped at Dot Art events. Alana is interested in visual as well as performing arts and in her spare time be found exploring and practicing stand-up comedy. 

Maisie Whalen, Teacher

Maisie is a life long Dorchester resident who has many years experience working with children and is currently pursuing a Bachelor in Science of Education at Bridgewater State College. She has taught in the afterschool program at the Henderson School, assisted in the art classes at Lee Innovation academy and most recently helped lead Dot Art's summer program.  Also from a community oriented family of teachers and community leaders, Maisie brings a love of neighborhood service and understanding of the complex issues facing Dorchester youth in particular.

INTERNS & TEEN HELPERS & Counselors in Training

Miren Parkinson
Originally from Dorchester, and a former Dot Art student, Miren has been active in youth art programs in Boston such as Boston City Singers and Dot Art. She attended Boston Latin School and studies at UMass Boston.

Dominique Denbow  Smith College, Northampton MA. Candidate for BA in Neuroscience.

Anya Hershenson Boston Latin School student and Youth Board Member

Jane Richard Thayer Academy Student, Counselor in Training

Ava Thomas

Maryellen Tevnan