Trudy Mitchell taught English for thirty years in Connecticut and retired from the field of secondary education in 2009. She began her classical training in academic drawing and painting with Christina Grace Mastrangelo in 2014 and is now enrolled in the atelier program of the Academy of Realist Art in Boston. She teaches classical drawing at Cheney Homestead Arts in Manchester, CT in addition to creating and maintaining a well-structured educational program for the artists of all ages who study at the studio. She draws much artistic inspiration from the New England landscape as well as the history and visual traditions of central Italy through which she has traveled extensively.
Peter Millett has lived in Manchester for over 30 years with his wife, Kristen, and their four adult children. Born in northern Maine and raised near Istanbul, Turkey and then Lexington & Concord, Massachusetts, he has a deep interest in culture and history. For the past six years, he has served as the director of the Cheney Homestead Museum, demonstrating the fascinating historical connections and examples of “art, ingenuity & early American life”. He helped to initiate the Cheney Homestead Arts program. He has served for five years as a Manchester Historical Society director and as Vice President. His career was spent an underwriter and technical project manager, and now he dedicates his time to renovations and craftsmanship projects.