Who Is Doing This?

The Bait/Switch Team

Lucy R. Valena   Executive Director   Lucy is a working artist and entrepreneur based in Jamaica Plain, MA. She was raised in the woods of coastal New Hampshire, got a BA in studio art from Hampshire College and an MLA in Gastronomy from BU. She is the former owner of coffeehouse and gallery Voltage Coffee & Art. She loves parading around in handmade clothing, is joyously terrible at playing the ukulele, and has a permanent existential crush on Frederick Law Olmsted. She lives with her husband John and their enormous cat Tiny Henry.

Lucy R. Valena
Executive Director

Lucy is a working artist and entrepreneur based in Jamaica Plain, MA. She was raised in the woods of coastal New Hampshire, got a BA in studio art from Hampshire College and an MLA in Gastronomy from BU. She is the former owner of coffeehouse and gallery Voltage Coffee & Art. She loves parading around in handmade clothing, is joyously terrible at playing the ukulele, and has a permanent existential crush on Frederick Law Olmsted. She lives with her husband John and their enormous cat Tiny Henry.

Kai-Ching Chang   Music Director   I wrote to a stranger and sent her my not-for-profit business proposal back in 2011, magically, she accepted my free concert series at her beautiful coffee shop. Together we served hot waffle with Bach’s violin sonata and transformed a café into a shadowed human aquarium. What’s next for us? I am honored to work with Lucy again on Bait/Switch. It feels amazing when someone cares about art and music so much. And humans too.  A pianist, music teacher, composer, swimmer, and aromatherapy student.

Kai-Ching Chang
Music Director

I wrote to a stranger and sent her my not-for-profit business proposal back in 2011, magically, she accepted my free concert series at her beautiful coffee shop. Together we served hot waffle with Bach’s violin sonata and transformed a café into a shadowed human aquarium. What’s next for us? I am honored to work with Lucy again on Bait/Switch. It feels amazing when someone cares about art and music so much. And humans too.

A pianist, music teacher, composer, swimmer, and aromatherapy student.

John Savoia   Documentarian   John is a fine arts photographer based in Boston. He started taking pictures over a decade ago when bedridden with a broken leg. With nothing but the four walls of his room and his gross leg to take photos of John dreamed of walking around and photographing what he saw. A few months later he was able to do that and never stopped. He lives with his wife Lucy and their enormous cat Tiny Henry.

John Savoia
Documentarian

John is a fine arts photographer based in Boston. He started taking pictures over a decade ago when bedridden with a broken leg. With nothing but the four walls of his room and his gross leg to take photos of John dreamed of walking around and photographing what he saw. A few months later he was able to do that and never stopped. He lives with his wife Lucy and their enormous cat Tiny Henry.

Cody VanWinkle    Contributing Illustrator/Writer; Podcast Co-Host   Cody VanWinkle is from a few flyover states but has been in Boston since 2007. By education, he's a journalist; by work experience, he's an illustrator; by his own fantasies, he's a b-movie action hero. He spent five years illustrating children's books at the Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute and was first officially published in 2017's  And Lester Swam On . He loves comic books, making ice cream, knitting, and movies about robots with feelings.

Cody VanWinkle

Contributing Illustrator/Writer; Podcast Co-Host

Cody VanWinkle is from a few flyover states but has been in Boston since 2007. By education, he's a journalist; by work experience, he's an illustrator; by his own fantasies, he's a b-movie action hero. He spent five years illustrating children's books at the Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute and was first officially published in 2017's And Lester Swam On. He loves comic books, making ice cream, knitting, and movies about robots with feelings.

Hannah Epstein   Lead Designer   Hannah got her start in graphic design making spoof campus bulletins at Oberlin College. In spite of pranks and procrastination, she received her BA in creative writing and later completed a certificate degree in graphic design at MassArt. A published author of fiction and formerly one of Boston's best latte artists (Zagat, 2014) she lives in Somerville, MA, with several overly brown bananas she bought a few weeks ago and forgot to eat.

Hannah Epstein
Lead Designer

Hannah got her start in graphic design making spoof campus bulletins at Oberlin College. In spite of pranks and procrastination, she received her BA in creative writing and later completed a certificate degree in graphic design at MassArt. A published author of fiction and formerly one of Boston's best latte artists (Zagat, 2014) she lives in Somerville, MA, with several overly brown bananas she bought a few weeks ago and forgot to eat.

Christine Fernsebner Eslao    Librarian In Residence   Christine Fernsebner Eslao is a metadata librarian based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Growing up in rural Connecticut, she spent a lot of time in public libraries, and became interested in librarianship as an undergraduate student worker at the library at Hampshire College, when she was allegedly studying artists' books or religion or something. When she isn't going to shows, sewing shirts, or playing scrabble in bars, she is Metadata Technologies Program Manager at Harvard Library Information & Technical Services. She brings her own dry erase markers. She has no pets but has very likely instagrammed yours.

Christine Fernsebner Eslao

Librarian In Residence

Christine Fernsebner Eslao is a metadata librarian based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Growing up in rural Connecticut, she spent a lot of time in public libraries, and became interested in librarianship as an undergraduate student worker at the library at Hampshire College, when she was allegedly studying artists' books or religion or something. When she isn't going to shows, sewing shirts, or playing scrabble in bars, she is Metadata Technologies Program Manager at Harvard Library Information & Technical Services. She brings her own dry erase markers. She has no pets but has very likely instagrammed yours.

 

Participating Artists

Rebecca Aranda is an LA-based photographer. Her main area of focus is documentary photography; she shoots events and weddings as her day job and is working on long-term documentary projects in the meantime. She adores the Bait/Switch ethos and wishes she could come out to Boston to meet all the lovely artists involved. Until then, she invites you to follow her on instagram at @arandaphotos and say hello if you're ever in Los Angeles (she knows all the best places to get tacos and vegetarian food).

Melody Attarha is a stop-motion animator from Boston, currently based in São Paulo. Melody draws inspiration from early animators and likes to experiment with unconventional techniques. She also works with puppets, cut paper, and illustration.  You can see more of her animated work at vimeo.com/melodyattarha.

Blaine Bacchiocchi is a Fine Artist and Art Educator. She is currently finishing her Masters Degree in Visual Art Education in the Boston Area and resides in Buzzard’s Bay Massachusetts. Blaine has a life-long love of creative endeavors and enjoys working in a range of media. Her current project is a mixed media installation dealing with the role of Visual Art education as part of a holistic education practice, and in particular when it comes to the needs of social emotional students, with a little bit of psychological theory thrown in the mix for good measure. She enjoys finding layers of connections between issues and concepts that may otherwise seam disparate and exploring those connections through the use of 2D and 3D materials.

Jesse Caldwell: a photograph is a photograph is a photograph & i believe in making a photograph any way i can. is this my artist statement? i don’t know, there’s only this compulsion to depress the shutter button and try to make things stay still for once in my life. 

Thibaut Camdessus: I was trained as a film director in Paris (BA Film Direction, ESRA 1983),  and directed 3 short movies about art: Pollock, Klasen and Rocher. I was twice awarded (in 1992 and 1993) the Citère Grant (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs)  to research how new media technologies could be applied to create art. I was then hired to design the world first stock market website (NASDAQ, 1995) and created the Market Site wall for for the NASDAQ IPO lounge in New York (now also a landmark in Times Square). I went on to create web sites for major brands (Morgan Stanley, McDonald’s, Encyclopedia Britannica, Bayard) and the government of Taipei. From these experiences on data visualisation, grew the desire to control random feeds of numbers to create more “meaningful” abstract compositions. After several gallery shows in Singapore and Bangkok, I was invited as an Artist Resident at the Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts.  This culminated in a retrospective of all my works at the Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center. For the Club Signature of the So Sofitel I created an installation around the 5 elements of the chinese Wu Xing. At the 2017 "Livre Paris" I was invited for a performance to create 80 artworks with the fair visitors.. For the past 10 years I have been writing l'Atelier de l'Aléatoire; a generative art application.

Laura Campagna is a story teller from Boston, MA. Also known as The Wednesday Witch, she is a practicing astrologer, tarot card reader and energy healer who posts weekly and monthly forecasts on social media. Laura's first novel, The Eleventh House, about a group of friends in New York City at the turn of the 21 century is forthcoming.

Kimi Ceridon is a food-lover with a background in technology. She combines her talents to create great food experiences with a bit of science and engineering. She holds a Masters in Gastronomy and Chef's Certificate from Boston University as well as Masters in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. She left her cubicle to pursue a multi-faceted (read:confused and torturous) life as a writer, personal chef, culinary instructor, event planner and try-anythinger who loves to ride a motorcycle, get outdoors and urban homestead. Follow along with her blog about "Cooking & Confessions from a Midlife Crisis" at www.noreturnticket.kceridon.com

Pianist/composer Kai-Ching Chang likes to explore the possibility of sound to capture emotion and feeling on the subjects. Taiwanese and Bostonian.

Zaccharie Charvolin: I am a physically disabled artist, with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. My work tends to focus on describing what that means to me. My medium of choice is photography and digital manipulation / digital illustration.

chengchingyu is a Porto-based ghost, wandering in Portugal, born in Taiwan. Not yet an architect; not yet an artist.

Noah and Jovanny De Amor are married Blatino queer activists and social entrepreneurs from Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. When they are not focused on "putting more butts on bikes" at The Spokehouse, their community bike shop, they lend their voices to quirky parodies of some of the most iconic numbers from pop music and musical theatre. "No and Jo" are proud pet parents to Roxbury and Max, and unofficial gay uncles to countless neighborhood youth.

Disco Nap is an electronic dance/pop duo based in Boston. Band members Charlotte Huffman and Alison Murray are inspired by making bodies move.

Mairen Doyle is a cartoonist, illustrator, and muralist from Toronto, Canada. Her main influences are space, disco, and Delia Deetz from Beetlejuice. Check out more of her work at www.mairendoyle.com, or on instagram: @wowflower1.  

Etienne Eisele is an interdisciplinary artist based in Switzerland.

Aiden K. Feltkamp is a collaborative artist who loves to write opera libretti, poetry, and experimental short fiction. They work for the American Composers Orchestra as their Emerging Composers and Diversity Director, and they're the Artistic Director/Founder of OperaRox Productions, a non-profit that hires underrepresented classical music artists and creates socially relevant opera. Most importantly, they're a trans nonbinary coffee fiend.

Billy Hafferty is usually found eating nachos. Pre and post nacho eating he might also be seen running trails, riding bikes, or writing about any and all combinations of the three. His life goal is to convince Lou Bega to release Mambo #6.

The farther I go/ the less I pack./ I need the space to collect all the things/ I might find. - Olivia Hamilton

Rezaul Haque is a photographer based in Boston. He's passionate about art, design, and technology, and hopeful that together they can change the world.

Melanie Hardy is a vegetable and flower farmer by profession, and sometimes visual artist. When she's not at the farm, she can be found tending to her home garden, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, spending time outside, obsessing over fiber arts, and cooking feasts for friends/family. She lives in a small town with her longtime partner and a trio of senior animals.

Fran Harrington is a 34 year old graphic designer living in Jamaica Plain. He is the Media and Technology Manager for the International OCD Foundation. In his free time he is an avid soccer supporter.

Max Havas is a musician and actor. His EP “The Rough Patch” was released last year. He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Evan King is a computer scientist and musician currently based in Japan. Raised in the high-desert mountains of rural New Mexico, he holds a BS in Computer Science from UNM. His most recent work in music explores the use of algorithmic composition, found sound and modular synthesis.

Joe Kitsch is a conceptually-oriented artist who works in a wide variety of media, getting inspiration from popular culture and the sciences. He thinks bees are out of this world. (See what I did there?)

Ariel Knoebel is a writer based in Boston, MA. She is interested in exploring gender in the kitchen, the history on your dinner table, and where she can find the world's most perfect grilled cheese. For a taste of her work, check out sipandspoonful.com.

Alison LaFrance has traveled to many places in the past few years, living for a time in France. Her preferred medium is printmaking (intaglio and silkscreen), but also loves pen and ink. Themes of Alison's work include the supernatural and its effect of the self.

Kelly Lenza is a portrait photographer and maker in Chicago, IL. They're often found posting selfies, fat advocacy, photography, and food they made on their Instagram profile, @LividLipids. You can find their portrait work at www.BloomPhotographyChicago.com.

Stefanie Lubkowski is a Boston-based composer who writes for various chamber ensembles, voice, wind band, and electronic media. She studied composition at Connecticut College, New England Conservatory, and Boston University. Stefanie creates sound worlds guided by harmony, punctuated by melody, and inspired by literature and the natural world.

Javier Mendoza was born in Mexico in 1984 and started taking photographs at the age of 14 in a self-taught way. In 2001 he started computer science studies in the local university and after graduating his love of the arts led him to move to Ecuador where he enrolled in the Photography and Imaging- Art Center. Since then he has been exhibited in galleries and art festivals in Ecuador and Mexico.

Ali Mohammad is interested in lots of stuff and likes to build and to learn.  At the moment, he's experimenting with coffee. Ali is from Iraq, Kansas and Cambridge (in that order) and has a doctorate in artificial intelligence from MIT.

Jeremy Ogusky is a studio potter, husband, father, hard worker, RPCV, collaborator, and passionate fermenting evangelist living in Boston, Massachusetts. He strives to create work that has use.

Elijah Peterson lives in Providence, RI, works in Boston, and writes from somewhere in between. Most of his literary efforts explore the layers of memory, experience, and performance that are inherent in living as a trans person and a religious convert. He is a proud amateur.

John Savoia (b. 1986 in Boston, MA) is a fine arts photographer based in Boston. His work explores the idea that everything we create is a form of self portraiture, with a direct focus on personal connections to the body that break down cultural and societal norms of beauty, privilege, and power. He lives with his inspirational wife, and their large cat Tiny Henry in the scenic getaway of Jamaica Plain.

Joel Schenk relocated from Detroit to Cambridge in 2005 and, disregarding a transient year on the beaches of Southern California, has been at home around Boston ever since. Studies in Composition with Paul Brust at the Longy Conservatoire concluding in 2009, Joel has since sought to balance composing and concertizing with a wide array of other activities, including swimming, bicycling, playing ping-pong and taking Amtrak to the majority of its extremities. He currently resides in Jamaica Plain

Ben Schultz is a dilettante living in central New York. He makes computers do math, makes banjos make noise, draws cartoons and rides bikes in the woods.

Dr. Julia Skinner is a food historian, professional fermenter, academic, and mixed media artist living in Atlanta, GA. Her work focuses heavily on community and identity, and she tries to weave in community building and healing into all of her work as a chef, an artist, and beyond. You can find her food related work on social media @rootkitchens and the rest of her work at @bookishjulia

Natalie Stein grew up in Portland, Oregon, and is currently a student at KCAI where she is pursuing her BFA in Creative Writing with a minor in Fiber studio. Her work has been shown in the independent zine Hey Lady! and at the Ghost Gallery in Seattle.

Emily Thibodeau picked up a pencil (or more likely a crayon) at an early age and has not stopped drawing since. She enjoys drawing bicycles, animals and animals riding bicycles. She is a former bike shop owner and current graphic design student at Massart.

Taylor Torres is a Latina artist born and raised in the Sunshine State, now based in St. Petersburg. Capturing the fleeting moments of those in front of her, Taylor uses film photography to document life in the Sunshine State within the ever changing Florida DIY Music, Art, and LGBTQ+ scene.

Meghan van Alstyne is a visual artist based in upstate New York.

Cody VanWinkle spent five years illustrating children's books at the Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute. In 2017, he was published in And Lester Swam On, written by 21 rambunctious second graders. Someday, he would like to combine his passions for making ice cream and knitting.

Ann Venezia is a visual artist based in Jamaica Plain, MA. Follow her @ann_venezia.

Pedro Vituri is a composer, producer and instrumentalist based in São Paulo, Brazil. He produces music for visual media, composes and plays guitar in his own projects and is influenced by a wide range of stimuli, from street noise to contemporary art exhibits. Vituri is an associate producer at www.capitaofoca.com and you can find more of his work on www.pedroviturimusic.com  

Sarah Waddle: Small-town girl with big aspirations to make little things that interrupt peoples' day-to-day grind. Thinks rain is just the sky telling you to slow down. Likes: animals, pasta, writing and film/photography. 

Zofia Zoltek is knitter and poet based in Warsaw, Poland. She studied theology, Polish language and literature, and history. She likes rats and hedgehogs but not hamsters.