Art Entrepreneurship Instructors & Guest Speakers

Being a Successful Artist, Facilitator

Erik Stewart, CBA, WSBDC

Erik offers the benefits of over three decades of experience as a manager, entrepreneur and consultant for small businesses in a variety of industries. He holds a Master of Sciences degree in Organizational Development, taught Small Business Management at the University of Alaska Southeast, and was a business counselor in Oregon and Alaska before moving back home to Washington.  Erik is a Certified Business Advisor (CBA), and member of the Washington Small Business Development Center Network.

Running the Show, Instructor

Debra VanTuinen

Debra's career has spanned 40 years as a painter, printmaker, teacher and art advocate.  Her vision and innovative use of materials has been recognized by private, corporate and public collections throughout the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe. She studied at the Byam Shaw Arts Academy in London in 1972 and worked with internationally known artists in Japan in 1977 and Norman Lundin in 1975-76 to enhance her technical skills and provide the depth of experience with which to develop her work.  She was invited to the Florence Biennale in 2004, selected for Art in Embassy 2009-2011 and has been shown and published internationally through galleries in the US and Canada at the Miami Basel and NYC Red Dot shows, Palm Spring International, NYC and the 2012 LA Affordable Art Show.

Creating Your Artistic Identity, Instructor

Victoria Wortberg, Executive Director, Greater Yelm Chamber

Until recently a Program Manager for the Washington Center for Women in Business, Victoria provided training and counseling to women-owned businesses in Thurston County.  As a Program Manager, Victoria demonstrated both the skills and compassion needed for her role.  With a Master's degree in Public Administration, Victoria has owned her own ad agency, been a marketing director for a national company, served as the corporate director for a national health organization, and ran multi-state nonprofits.  In August of 2015, she took up the position of Executive Director of the Greater Yelm Chamber of Commerce.


The Art of Making Money, Instructor

Ron Nielsen, CBA, WSBDC

Ron is the Center Director of South Puget Sound Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC). He has 16 years of experience as a SBDC Center Director and business advisor. Ron has 27 years of business experience; he has owned and operated three businesses for a total of 17 years. Ron is a Certified NxLevel business instructor, a Profit Mastery facilitator, a NASBITE International Certified Global Business Professional, and an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP). Ron can assist you with: loan packaging, all aspects of debt and equity financing, debt restructuring, financial statement analysis, identify ways to improve operational efficiency, financial forecasting, develop business plans, market positioning for small companies, human resource(HR)questions, government regulations and business expansion. Ron is a Certified Business Advisor (CBA), and member of the Washington Small Business Development Center Network.


Being a Successful Artist, Guest Speaker

Pam Corwin, Artist

Northwest Artist Pamela Corwin of Paper Scissors Rock creates clocks, magnets, cards nightlights, and more from original and whimsical paintings in her studio in Olympia, Washington. Her work is available in over 300 stores nationwide. She has been in business for over 30 years and her work has been featured on national television as well as in magazines such as House Beautiful, Seventeen, Washington, and Pacific Northwest. In 1996 Pamela was commissioned to paint an egg for the White House Easter tree.  Pam also offers private consulting and teaches business classes and workshops to artists and craftspeople. She is on the jury for, as well as the American Craft Retailers Expo, and has spoken on panels, participated in the mentoring program and taught classes at The Buyer’s Market of American Craft, and hosted Table Topics discussions for C.R.A.F.T. at both The Buyer’s Market of American Craft and American Craft Retailers Expo.  She has also written & published several articles for Crafts Report, Studio Arts, Crafts Business magazines.


Being a Successful Artist, Guest Speaker

Marion Pollmann, Artist

There is an exquisite moment during the act of creation when we realize the true power of our imagination. It is wondrous to discover that we can use our hands to mold inert materials into living works of art that convey thoughts, feelings and insights.  It began innocently enough by signing up for an entry-level mosaic class and at the end of the class, I was changed forever. Through working with clay, my life was transformed into pure, joyful creative expression.  Today, I create a variety of ceramic pieces including outdoor garden art. My true love lies in the creation of large vessels used in garden design. Through my art, I hope to bring beauty into the world.  Marion has been an active artist since September 1996 and has been an art vendor at the Olympia Farmers Market since 2000.


Being a Successful Artist, Guest Speaker

Ron Hinton, Artist

Ron received his BFA and MFA from the University of Kansas, and has been an active metal artist for more than 30 years.  Over the years, Ron’s sculptural boxes and wall forms have been shown in prestigious juried shows and exhibitions, including fine-craft shows sponsored by the American Craft Council, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Women’s Committee of the Smithsonian Associates, and the Denver Art Museum; and juried exhibitions at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts, Dallas Cultural Center, Downey Museum of Art in California, and Denver International Airport.  His artwork also has been represented by galleries from coast to coast.  Ron also has created original works of art for numerous corporate commissions, including The Ann Arbor Public Library, One International Place in Dallas, Waterford Park in Minneapolis, Nebraska Health Systems in Omaha, Hiratsuka, Japan, City Hall, One Meridian Crossing in Minneapolis, the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, and Emprise Bank Corporate Headquarters in Wichita, Kansas.  His work was highlighted in the 2007 edition of “500 Metal Vessels:  Contemporary Exploration of Containment, and was also the subject of a 1995 film produced for the KU Spencer Museum of Art entitled, "Ron Hinton:  A Profile in Bronze."


Being a Successful Artist, Guest Speaker

Nick Milner, Attorney

A new addition to Jessica Jensen Law PS, Nick Milner recently moved to Olympia from Spokane, Washington, where he focused on Estate Planning, Business Formation and Dissolution, Probate, and Real Estate matters. He served on the board of the Spokane AIDS Network and was an active member of the Inland Northwest Business Association. He also volunteered with Terrain, an eastside group dedicated to supporting and showcasing local artists in the Spokane area.  Nick brings fresh insight and a compassionate outlook on life in an oftentimes brutal legal landscape. In the ever-changing world of law, technology, and societal reform, he contributes informed, in-touch, and innovative solutions to today's evolving questions.


Being a Successful Artist, Guest Speaker

Kris Tucker, Former Executive Director of the Washington State Arts Commission and current Chair of the Olympia Artspace Alliance

An Arts administrator with more than 20 years in executive leadership roles, Kris is the former Executive Director of the Washington State Arts Commission. Currently retired and active in the community and with selected roles in advocacy, leadership development, and board governance. Kris is a founding board member and current Chair of Olympia Artspace Alliance, a local nonprofit 501c3 organization working to build a mixed use facility providing affordable live/work space for artists and their families in downtown Olympia. Temporary faculty at The Evergreen State College for a weekend course in the Masters in Public Administration program (2014), “Leadership and Management in Cultural Organizations.”


Being a Successful Artist, Guest Speaker

Shirley Smith-Moore, Owner of Necessary Decadence, LLC (Jewelry Design)

Born and raised in central California, Shirley moved to Washington approximately 25 years ago and now calls Olympia home. She has been an artist of some type for as long as she can remember, whether it is drawing portraits, painting in oils, or redesigning some fabulous vintage clothing she is always immersed in the arts.  Necessary Decadence, LLC was born out of Shirley’s love for things that feed the soul. Shirley’s jewelry is truly Goddess Wear designed to accentuate the inner Goddess in all women.  It is both powerful and feminine and can be worn with everything from jeans to designer gowns.  Made with Gemstones, Pearls, Coral, quartz crystal beads, Chinese coins, tiny seed beads, Sterling Silver, and more - these pieces are as timeless as they are breathtaking and each is signed—as art should be!  Shirley is also the Office Coordinator for the Thurston County Economic Development Council.