Kalama Artists & Makers Association

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Amber Moon Leigh -President- KAMA

Amber Moon Leigh


Amber has been a member of the Kalama community for over 40 years. She always enjoyed taking creative art classes throughout her high school and college years. It fueled her desire to continue creating and experimenting with new mediums. Amber finds joy in figuring out new ways to bring her artist visions to reality, especially through her most recent passions mixed media and photography. Meeting other artists and creatives in the community is one of her favorite things to do.

Nicole Given, encaustic artist

Nicole Given

Vice President

Nicole has been part of the Kalama community for nearly 20 years.

Since 2018, she has been working with encaustic, a luminous medium made of beeswax and damar resin. She incorporates photography, oil paint, alcohol inks and shellac in her encaustic pieces. Her previous creative endeavors have included B&W photography, stained glass, polymer clay sculpture, and mixed media. A recent empty nester, Nicole is excited to support KAMA and continue meeting wonderful creatives in her community. Nicole's other passions include cooking, hiking and spending time with her family and beloved dog, Murphy.
Shirley Sacha - Treasurer - KAMA

Shirley Sacha


Shirley is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest. She’s spent much of her life working in various careers in the creative fields, from landscape designer to coffee shop and bakery owner. Shirley is excited to support KAMA with her experience and expertise. You will find Shirley’s creative space filled with many different projects inspired by nature. Her current endeavors include plants, kokedama, leaf prints, wood projects and many more crafts. She also has her eye on improving other artistic skills to include drawing, watercolor and acrylic painting.

Theresa Richard - KAMA Board Secretary

Theresa Richard


Washington native Theresa Richard has made her home in Kalama since 1990. Inspired by her artistic mother, she has been an art fan since her youth. In recent years she has found the time and opportunity to manifest her creativity. Theresa is especially engaged in upcycling, and prefers fiber, beads, stone, and themed collages; among other mediums. Being a part of KAMA and serving on the board has been a privilege. While she enjoys traveling, she prefers to stay home and enjoy her family, friends, and dogs.

Marie Wise - Website & Publicity Coordinator - KAMA

Marie Wise

Website & Publicity Coordinator

Marie is a lifelong painter, drawer and creative person. After retiring from a 20+ year career in public relations, she now has the leisure to spend all day painting! Marie is an oil painter, watercolorist and occasional glass ornament painter. She sells her paintings in a couple of galleries and does a lot of custom watercolor commissions through Etsy. When Marie is not painting she is either reading, hiking with her dogs or enjoying the company of good friends and artists.