Hello! Thank you for visiting Oh! Canary.
"Oh!" is often exclaimed when we make a discovery, and "Canary" is a sweet symbol of joy and freedom. Oh! Canary was founded in 2017 to offer the youngest children in our community an opportunity to engage in meaningful and developmentally appropriate visual art experiences. We also take pride in our unique options for older children and adults. Our team is a committed and inspiring group of local teaching professionals and artists.
It takes a village…
Lacey was raised in Kentucky, received a BFA from The University of Georgia and then an MA in Art Education at Brooklyn College. She moved to Maplewood from Brooklyn in 2014 and recognized the need for local art experiences for young children. She founded Oh! Canary in the winter of 2017. She’s an NJ & NY certified art educator and has been teaching in Reggio Emilia inspired pre-schools and public elementary schools since 2010. She is the proud mama of two boys, and Oh! Canary has become an extension of her heart and soul.
Sarah Ellis Traci
Sarah loves making art with children and hearing their stories, ideas, and unique perspectives on the world. She grew up near Philadelphia, and after spending 16 years living in New York City, moved to West Orange with her husband and two young daughters. She studied at New York University and hold a Master's degree in Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Sarah is a NY and NJ certified art educator and has had the joy of teaching in public elementary schools for over ten years.
Erin Doppes O’Brien
Erin Doppes O'Brien is dedicated to creating fun and engaging experiences that celebrate the joy, magic and wonder of childhood. She received a BS in Early Childhood Education and a MA in Media Arts and Studies from Ohio University. Erin is the mother of three children who consistently test her creativity and challenge her to put child development theory into practice.
Jenn lives in Maplewood with her husband and young daughter. She started taking her own daughter to Oh! Canary classes when it first opened and is inspired by how creativity can bring people and children together. She received her BA in Art History and Studio Art from University of Vermont, followed later by a Masters Degree in Early Childhood General and Special Education from Bank Street College in NYC. She is a certified NY and NJ early childhood educator. Jenn loves to offer children the freedom to make choices, explore, create, imagine and play through art experiences and continues to be amazed by the possibilities present in each child.
Judy Mura has had a lifelong love of the arts and is excited to be a part of the ever-inspiring Oh! Canary team! Judy studied Graphic Design and Photography at Columbia College, Chicago before earning a BS in Early Childhood Education and later an M.Ed in Special Education. She has been an Elementary and Middle School Classroom teacher and currently works in Content Development for a local Charter School Network. Judy lives in SOMA with her husband and two young daughters.
Carrie McGee has 20 years experience as an art educator. She holds a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MA in Art History from Hunter College. Carrie spends her weekdays working at MoMA, where she develops and teaches art programs for underserved audiences, including children with disabilities. She spends weekends in Maplewood with her family, dreaming up new ideas for art experiments for her daughter to test out.
Corinne Amato, Co-Creator of Open Art Spark, is an Arts Facilitator, Mother and Cultural Worker. She practices communal art therapy, up-cycling city and sub-urban abundance of discarded materials into beautifully useful objects. A former fixture of the NYC downtown music scene as both performer and producer - The University of California, Berkeley invited her to join their staff where she composed her own role within their performing arts presenting organization. At Berkeley she unearthed a deep connection to process arts. Corinne has led private and public workshops for students of all ages for over 18 years and takes delight in making something from nothing with her nine and six year-old daughters.