I am coming up on my 9th year working at the behavioral school Sweetser in Saco. I graduated from the University of New England with a degree in Psychology and minor in Art. I started Common Roots as an artists collective in 2012 with a few friends in Biddeford, ME above Elements coffee shop and what used to be Engine art gallery.
Recently I traveled across our diverse nation with some friends in a Fed Ex truck we converted into a sustainable home. We made connections with environmental groups and learned about the sustainability movement. Following this eye opening tour, I returned inspired. Since then I have developed Sweetser’s first art program in over 7 years. I currently live in Hollis and work through private commissions that help keep Common Roots alive!
Pat Sylvia has been teaching guitar since 2006 after earning a degree in Music Performance. Pat is available for individual and group lessons for guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, and beginner piano. He plays in several bands across Maine, including All Soul'd Out, The Galley Rats, and Soul Taco, as well as solo acoustic and classical guitar.
A. P. Nuri is a multi-faceted artist that seeks to transform art from something you view to what makes a community influence you. From graphic design to acting, A.P. Nuri thrives most in areas where humanity meets art and visual communication. She loves to support other artists through collaboration and yearns even more to tell their stories and their art with the world.
When she's not scribbling story ideas, acting on stage, or spreading watercolor across canvas, she's likely drinking tea at a small cafe, scavenging an antique shop, or walking around a farmer's market for local goods. Born and raised in Arizona, she now resides in Southern Maine and finding ways to nurture more diversity in culture throughout New England.