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Karen Arp-Sandel, Visual Artist and inspirational art educator, is known throughout the Berkshires for her fresh, playful approach to mixed media creativity. With a background in education, graphic design and a BA from University of Massachusetts, Karen ignites the creative process in her adult classes and workshops, in Learning through Arts Programs and IS183 Summer Camps.

She specializes in collage, artist books and watercolors. Her artwork can be viewed in local galleries, in private collections and internationally. In addition, she is the Co-founder of FeMail and engages in a worldwide network with mail artists.

Karen’s current activism is fueled by the momentum of local and international outreach through programs like Kripalu YIS and IS183 LtA. She expands her horizons with traveling art exhibitions by ABAD Australia and the International Sketch Book Project. Karen thrives on the creative nourishment of her artistic immersion experiences in the Penland School of Crafts (NC) community and artist residencies. Her passion is to illuminate the transformational power of living a creative life.

Karen is a card carrying member of Iuoma.