Katie Patterson Larson, president/founder
Katie was born in Spokane to a family that collectors tools and things to make or fix everything and anything. Art and reuse have always been a natural part of her life. She studied art and psychology at Concordia College/Moorhead and received an MA is Counseling and Art Therapy from Marylhurst University. After working as a child and family counselor in Portland she returned to her hometown in 2009 and saw the need for a creative reuse center is the Spokane community. Katie lives with her husband and 3 creative kids that provide constant inspiration for the countless ways you can create art with TP rolls and goggly eyes.
Amy Mickelson, vice president
Amy Mickelson, is a jewelry designer who works with colorful glass beads, gemstones and powder coated metal. She enjoys sharing her creativity by teaching upcycled jewelry making workshops with Art Salvage. After many years in the world of engineering, energy and environmental conservation, Amy left the left-brain world to launch her own jewelry design business, and work in the sales and marketing departments at Rings and Things, a Spokane based supplier of jewelry making components. She has served on boards of various visual arts groups in Spokane including Inland Crafts, the Spokane Jewelers Guild and Art on the Prairie. A native of upstate New York, Amy has been a resident in the South Perry neighborhood of Spokane for over 25 years. Amy brings her skills as a detailed planner, community networker and long range thinker to Art Salvage.
Megan Perkins, secretary
Megan first came to Spokane as a student at Gonzaga, where she met her husband. She studied abroad in Florence, Italy and took art classes in college though her degree is in biology. After graduation, she and her husband settled down in Spokane , a charming and inspiring place to live and work. As an artist and teacher, Megan has taught classes at the Corbin Art Center, the New Moon Gallery and Auntie's Bookstore. She was super excited to learn about Art Salvage when Katie first started the organization. A place to buy art supplies and all sorts of weird oddments to make fun things? "I want that!" Megan is a proud supporter of the Art Salvage mission of creative reuse and of the Spokane creative community.
Growing up Chloe was always working on some sort of creative endeavor, whether that be making new things for her Barbie house, decorating a mailbox, or reusing fabric pieces to create artwork. It was her passion for creativity that ultimately led Chloe to study interior design at Washington State University. working as a commercial interior designer since graduating in 2013, Chloe strives to create functional, unique, and sustainable interiors. Chloe came to Art Salvage with her love for design and her community. Knowing that there are so many discontinued and unused samples in her industry like tiles, fabric, wall coverings, etc she looked for alternative ways to "dump" these unwanted treasures. With the plethora of products and materials available to designers today, it is only right to share the carious colors, patterns and textures with other creative enthusiasts in Spokane.