As the Gallery 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 an active member.
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 spends a lot of his free time volunteering in the community. He is the current board president of the Ellensburg Dance Ensemble (formerly Central Washington Dance Ensemble), the nonprofit organization that owns and operates The Studio in downtown Ellensburg, and a member-at-large with the Laughing Horse Arts Foundation.
When not volunteering, John enjoys family time with his wife, three kids, and two dogs, and engaging in activities that surprise him or teach him new things.
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.