Meet the Board

Leah Kohlenberg, our President, is a professional, internationally known artist, educator and published author, but she is even more than that to our Board. She joined the board in 2016 and has been a force of nature ever since. Leah is a visionary who has exciting ideas for Portland Open Studios and the determination to inspire the Board and others surrounding us to bring them to fruition.



Maude May, Vice President, joined our board in 2017 and has been a source of energy and enthusiasm ever since. She is a working artist, with a background in graphic design, having run her own graphic company for over 15 years. This year she takes over the position of Vice President and she promises to be a guiding force for all the exciting things about to happen.







Jolinda Miller, new to the board this year, is the PDXOS Secretary. She is a teacher for Portland Public Schools and sees each day the power of art to lift and inspire her students.





When Shelly Edwards isn’t rockin’ our books as Portland Open Studio’s Treasurer, she’s helping people understand Alzheimer’s and its effects or serving as a worship leader and pianist for Portland First United Methodist Church. She gives an exceptional amount of her time to serving others, and our Board is grateful to have her watching over our funds.



Kit Carlton, a working mixed media artist, serves as our Events Chair and periodic contributor to our blog and newsletter. As a bit of a polymath, she revels in all things art history, music (especially of the synth variety), neuroscience, philosophy and poetry. She obtained her dual-degree from Texas State University before eventually transplanting to the PNW over a decade ago. Her degrees in Anthropology and English (as well as her constant self-directed research) invariably shape her aesthetic, which focuses on the intersection of science and pnuema. This is Kit’s first year with the board, but given her versatility and task-drive undoubtedly our events will come off without a hitch.



Charlotte Cunningham, while not a formal member of the Board, still serves in a vital capacity as our Administrator, managing the artist application and acceptance process and the database.   An artist herself, she also spends time sketching, crocheting, and assisting in the art department of her son’s grade school.





Kerri Hewett is our President emeritus. She spent the last three years reforming the board when we lost our administrator, Jason Kappus. She also updated the website and is the reason we are able to take off at a run this year with new ideas and a new energetic spirit.  We treasure her knowledge and welcome her input.



David Friedman, our co-Communications Chair and Webmaster, is new on the board this year. David is a working artist, focused on the media of papercutting. He is also a website specialist and graphic artist (he designed and maintains the Art in the Pearl website). We are extremely fortunate that he will be shepherding our Website and helping with our new app.



Duck Holland, new to the Board this year, will be involved in fundraising as well a serving as our Community Liaison. Her background spans art restoration to corporate executive to advocate for artists and the artist community. “My mission is to make PDXOS a ‘must see’ on every Portlanders’ calendar. And I play bass.”


Pat Kane is our co-Communications Chair. This will be her sixth year on the Board. She publishes the newsletter and the blog, focusing on our artists and their accomplishments. She also utilizes her writing experience to edit all written content that goes out.




Janie Lowe, new to the Board this year, is our Education Chair.  She studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York.  Janie already has some great ideas to energize our education program.  She co-founded YOLO ColorHouse, designing the harmonious palettes in the ColorHouse collection. Thankfully for all of us she is back in her studio now, and painting again.


Samyak Yamauchi, our Volunteer Coordinator, is a spontaneous painter who joined the board in 2017, after four years as a participating artist. She’s had a challenge from the start since we removed the volunteer requirement for our artists. Even so, she has helped the board stay on track with her loving attitude towards all things Portland.

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