Executive Director

Monica Miller
Monica Miller has worked with arts organizations for over 15 years in fundraising, grants management and professional development for artists.  Monica’s primary responsibility is to ensure that Gallery One is relevant to the community it serves.  Before moving to Ellensburg from Seattle, she oversaw artist grants and professional development at Artist Trust and was a member of SOIL, an artist collective.  She also had a brief stint as the Fremont Solstice Parade Director.   Monica considers her major accomplishment the advocacy of percent for art program with the Ellensburg Arts Commission, but is a daily advocate for artists. She hold a BA from the College of William and Mary and an MA from Johns Hopkins University in Museum Studies. Her latest endeavor is the event, Confab where she hopes to provide artists and communities opportunities for networking, inspiration and tools for a sustainable arts community! Monica grew up as a military brat visiting museums around the world. She wanted to be a potter for a brief stint and now makes ceramics dinosaur fossils with her five year old Porter, plans camping adventures with her husband, artist Justin Beckman and rides her bike when time allows!

Exhibition and Publicity Coordinator

Renee Adams
Renee Adams is an independent artist and has worked as the Arts Programmer at Gallery One for seven years. She is also a board member and founding member of PUNCH Gallery in Seattle. She is a three-time Artist Trust GAP Grant recipient and has shown her mixed media sculptures extensively in galleries across the U.S. She served on the Ellensburg Film Festival Board for one year and is a current member of the Puget Sound Mycological Society. Renee received her MFA from Central Washington University. In her free time, Renee enjoys gardening, traveling, exploring the wilderness with boots and skis, and tending to her two colonies of honey bees.

Retail & Events Manager

Sarah Haven
As the Retail & Events Manager, Sarah Haven’s primary role beyond creating product displays and managing the inventory, is to cultivate and maintain relationships with artist vendors.  She travels the Northwest attending craft shows and visiting artists in their homes and studios.  As a ceramic artist, she also teaches adult handbuilding and wheelthrowing classes at Gallery One.  Sarah came to Washington after completing her BFA at Ohio State University. After earning her MFA at Central Washington University, Sarah was fortunate to step into the role of visiting professor and run the ceramics program at CWU for 3 years.  As a community member, Sarah served on the board of the Ellensburg Film Festival for five years during which time she was awarded the Promising Arts Leader by the Laughing Horse Arts Foundation in 2010. Sarah was an artist member of Punch Gallery in Seattle for two years and a member of the Culture Lab artist collective, a countrywide group that shows nationally and internationally, from 2009-2014.  She also co-founded the Ellensburg Downtown Community Garden and remains and active member.

Visitor Services Assistant

Clay Maer
Clay Maer is delighted to continue her lifetime of connection with the arts and artists in her position with Gallery One. Her education focused on Art History/English, BA, Liberal Arts, University of St. Thomas, Houston followed by years with nonprofit organizations and a certification in nonprofit management.  Working with Shakespeare at Winedale at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin Children’s Museum, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and most recently, Allied Arts of Yakima Valley, brought opportunities to learn from directors whose vision and tenacity made possible celebrations and support for Art: visual, literary and performing. She enjoys watching Washington’s changing seasons, reading the next good book and being with her children and grandchildren.

Community School of the Arts Coordinator

Jana Contreras
Jana Contreras has a passion for connecting people with artistic expression. She has worked in diverse settings including community mental health, organizations serving individuals with developmental disabilities, school settings, and kids summer camp. Jana has a MS in Art Therapy from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY and a BS in Psychology with a Studio Art Minor from SUNY Brockport. After several years staying home with her two young children, Jana is excited to return to serving our community. Jana believes that creating, viewing, and discussing art is beneficial to people of all ages and abilities. She has been living in Ellensburg for 11 years. Jana enjoys art, nature, laughing with friends, pug dogs and spending quality time with her family.

Community School of the Arts Instructors

Bonilyn Parker
Jacqueline Trujillo

Justin Gibbens

Ceramic Technician

Bonilyn Parker

Picasso Gallery Coordinator

Jacqueline Trujillo

Accounting Specialist

Sherry Luke