Our Team of Artists

Nancy Harris Frohlich, Executive Director

A educator since 1972, Nancy has a Masters in Child Development from Tufts University. She founded LEAPS of IMAGINATION to support underserved elementary school children in Maine where art has been significantly impacted by town budget cuts. As Head of School at The Advent School, Boston for 17 years, she developed thematic curriculum, founded a Reggio Emilia-inspired early childhood program, and launched an engineering initiative for children from 4-12. She served for 20 years at the Charles River School as a teacher, Head of Lower School, and Director of Studies. Nancy serves on the Board of Ashwood Waldorf School and Advisory Boards of The Advent School, Charles River School, and Sweetland School.

  • Susan Beebe
    Susan Beebe Lead Artist

    Lead artist, Susan Beebe is a painter, naturalist, and teaching artist who leads programs for the Farnsworth Museum and Rockland Library. She shows her work at Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery, Jonathan Frost Gallery, and the Island Institute. Trained at Tufts’ Museum School, Beebe is lead artist for Langlais LEAPS’ summer program.

  • Alexis Iammarino
    Alexis Iammarino Lead Artist

    Lead artist, Alexis Iammarino is an ardent supporter of community arts initiatives in midcoast Maine. With a Masters from Maryland Institute College of Art, Alexis is the Director of Education at Steel House, and a teaching artist for Rockland’s RASA (Arts in Action,) the Farnsworth Museum, and CMCA’s ARTLab.

  • Avis Turner
    Avis Turner Adjunct Artist

    Adjunct artist, Avis Turner is a sculptor and teaching artist with a Masters in sculpture from American University. She has taught at Sidwell Friends in D.C. and in public schools in Farmington, Connecticut for more than 30 years. She currently exhibits her work at Harbor Square Gallery.

  • Sandy Weisman
    Sandy Weisman Adjunct Artist

    Adjunct artist, Sandy Weisman  is a book maker, mixed media artist, and poet.  Sandy is the owner of the artist’s retreat, 26 Split Rock Cove in South Thomaston. She is a published poet and serves on the Education Committee at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.


  • Dee Peppe
    Dee Peppe Mentor Artist

    Mentor artist, Dee Peppe, is the founding director of the Midcoast Community Darkrooms in Rockland. She teaches photographers of all ages. Having received her Masters degree from Savannah College of Art and Design she is on the faculty at the University of Maine. Dee serves on the LEAPS’ Advisory Board.

  • Cindy McGuirl
    Cindy McGuirl Mentor Artist

    Mentor artist, Cindy McGuirl, is a multimedia craftswoman and teaching artist. She attended the Swain School of Design and Kansas City Art Institute, and she directs Thomaston Grammar School’s Art Club.  Cindy’s expertise is in bookbinding and marbling paper, which she teaches to adults in her studio.