YES Art Works encompasses all of the arts at Creative Work Systems. YES Art Works provides artistic experiences and opportunities to individuals with disabilities, promoting personal growth through the development of self-esteem, self-confidence, and independence. YES Art Works supports them in their quest to become working artists, and promotes their work as an emerging and increasingly important contribution to the contemporary art world.

Studios in South Portland, Saco, and Auburn provide artists with the tools they need to explore their creativity in multiple mediums and techniques, including, drawing, painting, printmaking, weaving, fiber arts, woodworking, ceramics, and sculpture. YES Art Works also connects artists with galleries and local businesses for exhibit opportunities and provides field trips to museums, art galleries, artists’ studios and community events.

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Meet the Staff

Nick DiConzo: Saco Studio

photo-of-nickNick studied his first year abroad at York University in Toronto before returning home to Maine to finish a BFA in Studio Arts and a minor in Art History. Nick’s passion is working with clay and, during his time at USM, received the Academic Discipline Award for his work in ceramics. He also enjoys working with other media including but not limited to: photography (analog & digital), drawing, sculpture, and painting. Nick is thrilled to begin a career with YES Art Works and can’t wait to help others express themselves in one of the best ways possible: ART!




Rachel Balsamo: Auburn Studio

Rachel has worked for CWS and in the 5 County Region for over 17 years. Rachel attended Franklin Pierce College, graduating with a major in Psychology and a minor in Fine Arts.  Rachel completed her internship at Crotched Mt. Rehabilitation Center, in Greenfield, NH, working closely with the art students and teachers. A seasoned textile artist, Rachel specializes in embroidery, fabric arts, soft sculptures, mosaic, hand-built clay designs and woodworking.  Rachel also studied with Carrie Bracker, at the Maine Art Glass Studio, learning techniques in Glass Mosaic for over 5years. Rachel’s pieces are nature focused.Rachel and her family have lived in the Lewiston area for over 20 years. Currently Rachel and her husband have survived their empty nest, but are excited for the new season in life.  Rachel enjoys her flower gardens, nurturing the color throughout the summer season, cooking, knitting and spending time with her young adult family.  Working no other place since moving to Maine, Rachel loves to help individuals create One-of-a-kind pieces that have the opportunity to be sold.



Mark Gerardi: South Portland Studio

Mark Gerardi has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern Maine with a double major of both Painting and Sculpture and a minor in Art History. He is an award winning Graphic Designer and Commercial Illustrator whose work has been published in comic books and magazines. Mark’s drawings and illustrations have also been shown in exhibitions on both the East and West Coast, and are featured in private collections all over the world. In addition Mark taught Graphics and Web Design at the college level for 8 years and was an adjust professor through Thomas College.


Ashley Winn: Saco Studio

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