Introducing: our Director, Kathryn Hightower!
Kathryn Hightower is a dancer-educator-future-doctor. She has studied and performed ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, Hawaiian hula, and, most recently, Croatian folk. In 2008, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from the University of Washington. In 2009, she founded Isis Women Arts (named for the famed Egyptian Goddess), a community designed to support trans and cis women of all media. In 2014, she debuted her first solo piece, Las Dos, a Frida Kahlo-inspired movement/theater/video exploration, at Velocity Dance Center. She has been a resident at the infamous and eclectic Studio Current, where she has shared her singing voice, choreography, and poetry. She is also a guest artist for local trailblazer Syniva Whitney. She is a performer with Maile’s Hula Sisters, Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, The Dancing Word, and The Swan and the Kat. Hightower teaches jazz, ballet, and tap at Mountlake Terrace Dance Academy, where she has worked for five years. She is currently studying to become a naturopathic physician at Bastyr University, where her main interests are LGBTQ health, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, and mindbody medicine.
Meet our Artist Liason, Laura Cameron!
Laura Cameron was born near Seattle, WA and began private art studies as a child. She received her BFA from Washington State University. Currently, her studio resides in a large building full of other artists and dreamers along the north shore of Lake Union in Seattle.
Laura teaches private lessons out of her studio space and also instructs step-by-step “paint and sip” events in the South Sound area. In addition to her personal work in mixed media, Laura has also created private commissions ranging from Tarot decks, movie props, portraits of people and animals, as well as book illustration. She is currently working on writing and illustrating her own stories, creating Tarot-inspired portraits of her friends and expanding her body of work in sculptural paintings.
She lives with her wife Rowan and cat Tyger in North Seattle.
Aramis O. Hamer
Meet our Graphic Design Coordinator, Aramis Hamer!
Aramis O. Hamer, a Chicagoan living in Seattle, is an emerging artist hoping to inspire others through her talent. From a very young age she always loved to create, but at the age of fifteen she discovered her love for acrylic paints. Her subject matter ranges from surreal portraits to vibrant forest creatures, but music is definitely her number one inspiration. “Songs are like stories and while listening to the lyrics, an image forms in my mind inspiring the next piece.” Utilizing handmade stencils, she incorporates an urban flair to her work through a respect for street art. Aramis admires the work of many artists including Voka, John Beckley, and Salvador Dali.; visit her website at www.aohamer.com to find out more!
Introducing our Communications Queen, Perri Rhoden!
Perri Rhoden is a Seattle native abstract-figurative visual artist. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Howard University and then returned to Seattle to continue her art career. Currently she is the Development Assistant for Artist Trust, a not-for-profit organization that focuses on helping artists with professional development, grants, and networking. Aside from her artistry and career, she enjoys live music, leisure biking, thrifting, and volunteering at Books for Prisoners, BlackDot, and at Hawthorne Elementary School. Feel free to reach out to her if you ever have a question about the arts or a great place to thrift!
Meet our Treasurer, Joyce Liao!
Joyce Liao is a dance-based artist currently living in Seattle. She is interested in exploring the relationship between dance, movement, text, sound, music, rhythms, emotions, sensations and stories. Read Joyce’s words here: http://velocitydancecenter.org/stan…/how-do-you-create-time/
Meet our Volunteer Coordinator, Miranda Veenhuysen!
Miranda Swan Veenhuysen is a freelance dance artist who loves to perform, teach and choreograph. She has studied a variety of dance styles (her current passion is Hawaiian Hula) and likes to combine forms in her work. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, she holds a dual degree in Dance and Drama. In Seattle she has performed with Walrus Dance Company, in the 5th Isis Women Arts Festival, with Brown Bag Dance Company and others. Miranda’s teaching highlights include her Adult/Teen Tap class at Ballard Community Center and her Children’s Modern Dance class at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center. Her favorite choreographer is Pina Bausch. She currently works as a nanny and enjoys spending free time snowboarding and surfing with her partner Jason and cuddling with their two cats Ashes and Jasmina. She wants to see dance and the arts become more prevalent and relevant in our world and is happy to be working with the wonderful members of the Isis Steering Team this year to manifest these dreams. Thank you, Isis Sisters!