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 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

Mary Jo Marquis: Director of Social Enterprise and Community Partnerships

Mary Jo oversees the YES Art Works studios and the Cultivation Works greenhouse & garden program providing opportunities to adults with disabilities to become working artists & farmers. Formerly the co-founder and executive director of Fiddlehead Center for the Arts, with two locations in the state of Maine, she has over fifteen years of nonprofit management experience. She is delighted to have the opportunity to serve the amazing individuals that participate in these social enterprise programs and is continually inspired by them and the contributions they make to their communities.





Jessica Chaples:  Art Specialist – Saco Studio

Jess Chaples PhotoJessica has been a practicing artist in many capacities for over twenty years. Her love of art has always inspired her, and she thoroughly enjoys helping others explore their creative potential. When she isn’t in the art studio, she is actively involved in local theater, exploring her love of set painting, design, and acting. She holds a BA degree in Studio Art from Emmanuel College and an MA in Art Education from Boston University. She loves being a mother to her expressive son, Peter, and allowing her nurturing persona to thrive in the company of others. Jessica enjoys writing, drawing, painting, printmaking, and mixed media design, as well as creating unique assemblage sculpture as part of Scrap Wood Renaissance – a business she began in 2011 with her husband and best friend, Eric.


Jackie Reis: Art Specialist – Portland Studio

Jackie attended MECA for 2 years of foundation coursework and then finished out her BFA Degree in Studio Art at USM, where she double majored in both drawing and painting.  Jackie became an art instructor through her internship at Spiral Arts, INC., a local community based arts non profit. This led her to a position teaching workshops to members of Longfellow Commons, an Independent Living Space in Portland. Jackie is excited to be the Art Specialist in Portland and looks forward to working with and assisting participants with their individual process of creativity.  Jackie has a love of mixed media collage, ceramics, book-making and photography, although her primary focus is in encaustic wax painting due to its ability to encapsulate and preserve.



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!