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Executive Director

Monica Miller

Monica Miller has over 20 years of experience working with arts organizations in fundraising, grants management, and professional development for artists. At Gallery One, her primary role is to ensure the gallery remains relevant to the community. As co-curator with Renee Adams, Monica helps create a dynamic exhibition schedule that showcases diverse voices and skill levels, fostering community connections. Before moving to Ellensburg from Seattle, she managed artist grants and professional development at Artist Trust and was a member of the SOIL artist collective. She also briefly directed the Fremont Solstice Parade. Monica’s significant achievement includes advocating for the percent for art program with the Ellensburg Arts Commission. A daily advocate for artists, she holds a BA from the College of William and Mary and an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Though she once aspired to be a professional potter, she still enjoys working with clay at Gallery One’s ceramics studio.

Exhibit Coordinator

Renee Adams

In tandem with her position at Gallery One, Renee Adams fosters her own creative studio practice. She is a board member and helped found PUNCH Projects, formerly PUNCH Gallery in Seattle. As a three-time Artist Trust GAP Grant recipient, a 2021 McMillen Foundation Fellow, and curator for ArtWA Art in Public Place Program, she remains active in the regional art scene. Renee received her MFA from Central Washington University in 1999. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, traveling, and exploring the wilds with boots and skis.

Community School of the Arts Coordinator

Amy Davison

Amy Davison is an active participant in both the performing and visual arts in Ellensburg. She performs music in a community band, teaches art to young artists, and engages with the community on stage or in the orchestra pit. As Education Coordinator, Amy enjoys community outreach, including supporting local Kittitas Early Learning Coalition STREAM events for children from birth to five years old. Her passion for teaching began while co-teaching homeschool preschool with a friend for their daughters, leading to her teaching role at Gallery One. Originally from Moses Lake, Amy moved to Ellensburg to attend Central Washington University, where she earned a BA in Graphic Design. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking elaborate cakes and cookies for friends and family, and exploring new art techniques.

Operations Manager

Dava Ihrke

As Operations Manager, Dava Ihrke oversees inventory, budgeting, and product displays for the gift shop, coordinates private and community events, and fosters relationships with artist vendors and community members. She also teaches adult ceramic hand-building and summer camp classes at Gallery One.

A Pacific Northwest native, Dava has a diverse background spanning aviation, manufacturing, retail, graphic design, real estate, higher education, non-profit, and birth work. Her experience as a small business owner has honed her skills in administration and bookkeeping.

Passionate about clay, Dava primarily creates functional, hand-built pieces but is also exploring other artistic forms. She has taught ceramics in her home studio for a local homeschool community, integrating history, math, and chemistry into her curriculum. A lifelong learner, she enjoys studying cultural history, archaeology, and religion. In her free time, Dava loves gardening, exploring food preservation, and traveling to visit her family on the West side of the state.

Communications Manager

John Durham

Trained in music theory and composition, a published author, a self-educated designer and lifelong learner, John is obsessed with sounds, words, human-centered design, modern art, and lines that point somewhere. He is equally passionate about creating inclusive spaces for the community to learn and create and is excited to continue supporting and promoting the arts through his role at Gallery One.

A native of southwest Washington, John landed in Ellensburg in 1998 to attend Central Washington University and never had the heart to leave. His undergraduate and graduate studies focused on music theory and composition, orchestration, electronic music, and multimedia performance.

John enjoys family time with his wife, three kids, and two dogs, and engaging in activities that surprise him or teach him new things.

Ceramics Studio Manager & Resident Artist

Natalie Andrus

Since December of last year, Natalie has been teaching a variety of ceramic classes at Gallery One to all ages. Previously she taught at Mudfire Studio & Gallery in Atlanta, GA. Additionally, she has experience from various classes at Central, at Peninsula Community College in Port Angeles, WA, and from work exchanges at Millbrook Clayworks and Mudfire. She is primarily a wheel-thrower and functional artist, but also teaches hand-building and glaze development. Her current goals are to use art to encourage the greater community to realize the Central Washington region for what it is and to educate people about the disappearing shrub steppe that is our home.

Visitor Services Assistant

Claire Bicchieri

Claire was born and raised in Ellensburg and has also lived in North Carolina, Louisiana, Spain, and Panama. A lifelong admirer of Gallery One, she is excited to join the team as a Visitor Services Assistant, where she aims to create a welcoming and positive experience for all visitors.

Outside of work, Claire loves water activities, including freediving, fishing, paddle boarding, SCUBA diving, and water skiing. Her experiences in nature inspire her art, which primarily consists of watercolor and gouache painting, though she is exploring other mediums. Additionally, Claire enjoys singing, dancing, acting, and playing piano. She is fluent in Spanish and is gradually learning French, Portuguese, and Italian.

A Jill-of-all-trades, Claire has worked in various fields such as landscaping, teaching, athletic training, food and drink service, international shipping logistics, community outreach, and health administration. She holds a BA in History with minors in Spanish and Civil Rights Pre-Law from Warren Wilson College and a Master’s in Spanish Dual Language Elementary Education from the University of Washington, Seattle.

CWU Work Study / Ceramic Tech

Kendall Ryan

Kendall is a CWU student majoring in psychology and minoring in ceramics, which is her true love when it comes to making art. Her favorite things to create are hand built vessels of any kind. When she’s not at work or in the studio, she loves to bake, watch documentaries, be out in nature, and spend time with her fiancée and their cat.

Community School of the Arts Instructors

Natalie Andrus
Marte Fallshore
Tabitha Klucking
Dani Parkins
Becky Parmenter

Accounting Specialist

Dina Yook


Marte Fallshore
Kassandra Eller
Ed Bliss
Mary Tosch