Susan and Elizabeth co-founded Green Art Workshop (GAW) in 2010. The first collaborative program brought youth to Recology’s Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program and Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Arts Parts (SCRAP). The workshop encouraged participants to consider their personal consumption and to draw inspiration from art that reflects a commitment to environmentally sustainable behavior. Students upcycyled materials such as textiles, paper, wood, and plastic objects to construct imaginative sculptures.

From the initial Green Art Workshop series, Elizabeth and Susan recognized youths’ excitement to explore the artistic potential of non-traditional re-usable materials. Since that time, they have been committed to providing quality art programs which promote creativity with a conscience. In 2016, in addition to San Francisco Bay Area programs, GAW expanded its geographical scope to the East Coast, offering programs in Massachusetts and New York. 

Green Art Workshop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Thank you to all of our Community Partners who make our work possible!


Staff Members

Elizabeth Molnar [Co-Founder/Director/Teaching Artist]
Elizabeth received her BFA in Studio Art with a minor in Art Education from Alfred University in New York. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Hall Farm Center in Townsend, VT and volunteered for AmeriCorps NCCC in Colorado. Elizabeth has taught art for Starr King Elementary’s YMCA After School Program and The Imagine Bus Project in San Francisco. From 2008-2012, she served as Art Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of SF. Her award-winning art programs have connected local youth with kids in Uganda, Peru, Nepal, and India. In 2012, she completed a public mosaic project with BGCSF and the San Francisco Art Institute. Elizabeth creates interactive art installations that relate to environmental awareness and repurposes discarded books.

Susan Lynn Smith [Co-Founder/Director/Teaching Artist]
Susan holds a BFA in Photography & Imaging from New York University and a MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. Since 2001, she has worked as an Art Instructor for NYU’s Community Collaborations, Putney Student Travel’s Excel programs, and the International Center of Photography. Most recently, Susan has taught and directed art programs for Good For Kids, a San Francisco non-profit, The Oxbow School in Napa, CA, and the Academy of Art University. Her exhibitions include shows at Root Division, San Francisco City Hall, Cordon | Potts Gallery, Dickerman Prints Gallery, Inclusions Gallery, Diego Rivera Gallery, MarinMOCA, Book & Job Gallery, RayKo Photo Center, Garrison Art Center, The Bascom, and Berkeley Art Center. Susan has recently participated in artist residencies at Penland School of Crafts, the Hambidge Center, and at Vyt – Art Students League of New York, and The Rensing Center.

Patricia Pauchnick [Teaching Artist]
Patricia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art with a minor in Linguistics from San Francisco State University in 2012. She has been a gallery assistant and co-curator at the Cesar Chavez Student Center Gallery at SFSU and also volunteered at Incline Gallery in San Francisco’s Mission District. Patricia has had work featured in exhibitions throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco City Hall, The Merchant’s of Reality Gallery, Incline Gallery, The CCSC Art Gallery and the SFSU Fine Arts Department. Her personal work includes painting, drawing and sculpture that relates to exploring the natural world.

Maria Gabriela Winsted [Teaching Artist]
Gabbi holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Industrial Arts with a minor in Marketing from San Francisco State University. She has worked as a docent for the Diego Rivera Mural at CCSF and mentored for IDo (Industrial Design Outreach) program at SFSU. Gabbi is a member of Maritime Art Collective and has featured her artwork in spaces in San Francisco as well as in her home country of Nicaragua. Her personal work includes painting and mixed media which primarily illustrates the struggles of relationships and feminism in the modern world.

Debbie Wu [Teaching Artist]
Debbie has taught art in various elementary schools and community-based organizations for the past 10 years. She currently teaches Kindergarten through 5th grade students in programs including school-based, after-school, weekend, holiday and school break workshops.  Debbie started her art education path as a Los Altos Art Docent. In her art practice, she enjoys working with fused glass as well as mosaic, mixed media, and jewelry. Debbie has an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BA in Economics from U.C. Davis. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and currently lives in San Francisco.

Jamil Moises Liban-Ortañez [Teaching Artist]
Jamil Moises has a BA in visual studies from Sacramento State and has worked in cross-cultural education and community organizing for more than seven years. Jamil Moises explores ways that qtpoc (queer and trans people of color) craftivism (craft and activism) can be wielded to produce counter-narratives of queer and trans liberation struggles. Currently, Jamil Moises works at LYRIC: A Center for LGBTQQ Youth where he teaches gender studies classes at SFUSD. He also works with Anakbayan East Bay, Teachers 4 Social Justice, and the GLBT History Museum. 

Asha Kalonia [Teaching Artist]
Asha earned her Bachelors degree in art education from San Francisco State University. She currently teaches middle and high school art in Fremont, CA. She believes every individual has creative potential and as an educator enjoys finding ways to ignite this creativity. Her personal work includes painting and experimentation with mixed media. 

Rebecca Frantz [Teaching Assistant/Intern]
Becca received her BA in Art with an emphasis in Art History at Franklin & Marshall College and her MFA at San Francisco Art Institute. She has worked at the Philips Museum of Art and interned at the Demuth Museum in Lancaster, PA. Becca began as an oil painter but her focus has shifted to sculpture. Her current personal practice utilizes discarded objects such as clothing and furniture that she mixes or assembles with concrete or acrylic medium. She has shown her work both locally and nationally. 

Board of Directors

Amy Drew [Secretary]
Amy is the Corporate Giving Officer at San Francisco Ballet. Previously she worked in Washington, DC at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in corporate and foundation relations. Amy graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Purchase with a BA in Arts Management and was a dance major at Houston’s High School for the Performing Arts. She shares Green Arts Workshop’s passion for the arts and creativity.

Richard Faw [Treasurer]
Richard has nearly two decades of experience in the consulting and investment advisory business. Before founding Setarcos Investment Advisors in 2011, he worked for a major multinational consulting firm serving as the lead advisor to institutional investors with assets totaling more than $3 billion. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of the South.

Blair Czarecki [Board Member]
Blair has served as the IHDC Program Director since Summer 2013 and as Site Coordinator at the San Francisco YMCA since 2014. Blair holds a Masters degree in Dietetics with a concentration in Community Health, and is presently working towards a dual Masters in International Public Health.

Carlton Eichelberger [Board Member]
Carlton is the Area Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco where he oversees the operations of three facilities: the Sunnydale, Excelsior, and Willie Mays Clubhouses.  He was a 2012 recipient of the Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Award from The San Francisco Foundation, one of the nation’s largest and leading philanthropic foundations.

Miles Epstein [Board Member]
is a practicing artist and community curator in San Francisco. His studio work includes the design of interactive furniture from uncommon materials. Miles social efforts revolve around strengthening the artist web in which we are all born.

Oliver Hack [Board Member]
For the past 15 years, Oliver has been working in the nonprofit and public sectors. He spent eight years with the Richmond District Neighborhood Center, as a Program Coordinator and as the Deputy Director. Oliver joined the City and County of SF as the Chief Operating Officer of the Mayor’s Office of Housing. He also served as Director of Sponsored Projects and Philanthropic Services for Community Initiatives. 

Our Funders

Walter & Elise Haas Fund, San Francisco Foundation, Tides Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Rebuilding Together, OMI Community Action Grants, Excelsior Community Action Grants

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