ABOUT

THE CREATIVE GUTS TEAM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Laura Harper Lake is an interdisciplinary artist, with a prime focus on painting, illustration, printmaking, and mixed media. She graduated with a degree in Studio Arts from Chester College of New England in 2007. Laura has exhibited her work in various New Hampshire, Maine, and Boston, MA galleries, as well as had her work included in publications. Laura is a permanent artist represented at the Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery in Exeter, NH, and works under the name Artful Harper Studios. Laura is also the graphic designer and a business advisor for the Regional Economic Development Center, a non-profit focused on creating opportunities for small businesses in New Hampshire. Laura and her smoldering husband, Geoff, live in a quaint town in the New Hampshire seacoast with a plucky pup, named Max, and an omniscient feline, Rainer Maria.

Laura Harper Lake

Co-Founder & 

Co-Chair 

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While not a fine artist in the traditional sense, like her co-host Laura, Sarah Wrightsman is a writer and storyteller, writing about housing, community, and local politics for Stay Work Play. Sarah dabbles in cross stitch and other embroidery and aspires to be a metalsmith and jewelry maker. By day, Sarah serves as the Executive Director of the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast and Housing Planner for the Regional Economic Development Center Serving Southern NH (where she and Laura met). Sarah was selected for the Class of 2020 40 Under Forty by Union Leader; featured in New Hampshire Magazine’s 2019 “It List”; named a 2019 “10 to Watch” winner by Seacoast Media Group and Catapult Seacoast; and won the 2018 Civic Leader of the Year by Stay Work Play NH and NH Public Radio. Sarah is a graduate of the Leadership Seacoast Class of 2019. Wrightsman holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. During her graduate studies, Wrightsman served as a fellow for New Hampshire Listens, a civic engagement initiative out of UNH. Born and raised in Nottingham, Sarah is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire’s seacoast and a devoted lover of the Granite State. Sarah lives in Newmarket with her husband and their pet rabbit, Luna.

Sarah Wrightsman

Co-Founder & 

Co-Chair 

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Becky Barsi

Vice-Chair 

Becky Barsi is a multimedia artist whose background is as varied as the artwork she creates. Coming from a family of artists and creatives, she approaches creation with experimentation and play. In addition to maintaining a studio at Art Up Front Street in Exeter, NH, Becky is the Chair of the Visual Arts Program at the Derryfield School in Manchester, NH, and is on the Executive Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Scholastic Art Awards. 

Karla Dillon

Treasurer

Karla Dillon brings over 20 years of accounting and finance experience to the team and her creative superpowers include the orderly capture and clear presentation of financial data. She is a passionate and active supporter of local art and her community. Karla is also well known by dogs and birds for providing affection, treats, and kind words to all.

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Mike Durkee

Durkish Delights is Mike Durkee: a muralist and graphic artist based in New Hampshire. His work consists of vintage color palettes, photo collage, and often addresses social issues. Durkish Delights’ unique spin on collage incorporates images sourced from his collection of old books, found photographs, and snapshots from Google Earth.

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SPECIAL ASSISTANTS

Max

Never has such a lovable and plucky pup lived. He assists with boosting moral during stressful times.

Rainer

She would prefer you address her as "The Queen". She overseas everything and is paid in cat treats.

Luna

The official podcast guest greeter. She is perfect in every way, except for the one small flaw of a strong desire to nibble on cords.