Founded by former art teacher, Patty Palmer in 2008, Deep Space Sparkle’s mission is to uplift art teachers and parents through happy art, colorful curriculums and sparkly support.

Based in Santa Barbara, California, our team supports a thriving membership site for art teachers, The Sparklers’ Club, a family art club through Primerry, workshops and courses for creative business owners and teachers plus an active blog devoted to providing free art projects for kids.

Patty Palmer, CEO Deep Space Sparkle, Inc

Patty Palmer


Patty is the CEO and Founder of Deep Space Sparkle. Patty founded Deep Space Sparkle in 2009 while working as an elementary art teacher in Goleta, California.

Sharing project ideas and tips on what was happening in her art room on her blog, Deep Space Sparkle (named after a Crayola crayon color!) Patty nurtured connection and support for art teachers, classroom teachers and artsy parents all around the world.

Patty created The Sparklers’ Club in 2016. It was one of the first membership of its kind for art teachers and has since served over 15K art teachers, classroom teachers and homeschool families.

In 2020, Patty started her second business, Primerry, as a way to get back to what she loves doing most — teaching art directly to children. Families can sign up their children for studio art classes in their own home right here.

Patty is the author of Draw, Paint, Sparkle Creative Projects from an Elementary Art Teacher (Roost Books 2018)

Neil Cutcliffe

Neil Cutcliffe

AKA Mister Sparkle

Neil is the CFO and CTO of Deep Space Sparkle. He keeps all ships running smoothly and even tolerates glitter. In his former life, Neil worked as a computer engineer and manager before devoting his days to DSS.

Neil and Patty got married in Santa Barbara in 1992 and have three grown children; Newt, Tate and Elly.

Shannon Cain Reyes

Customer Happiness 

Shannon is our resident customer happiness guru. She takes care of everyone who comes into our sparkly world.  No doubt if you emailed Deep Space Sparkle, it was Shannon who helped you out. While art may not be in her wheelhouse, this Tennis Queen plays a pretty creative game.

A native Texan, Shannon lives in Santa Barbara, California with her husband and two boys.

The creative team at Deep Space Sparkle | Shannon Cain Reyes
The creative team at Deep Space Sparkle | Ashley Christian

Ashley Christian


Ashley meshes technical and creativity effortlessly by uploading  & managing the content for The Sparklers Club and Deep Space Sparkle.

She ensures that all 1000 bits of content that our creative team creates on a weekly basis gets published in a timely manner. No small feat!

Fun fact: Ashley is a former student of Patty!

Amy Clay

Lesson Development and Curriculum Planning | Content Team

Amy creates our lesson plans and art resources all with our Core Value of The Sparkly Standard of Excellence top of mind.  She is the creative genius behind our mixed-media projects and art history curriculum.

Amy is a former elementary school art teacher with a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. She lives with her husband, a sheep farmer,  and sweet baby boy in South Dakota.

Amy Clay | Team Deep Space Sparkle
Heather Sparks | Team Deep Space Sparkle

Heather Sparks

Lesson Development and Teacher Training | Content Team Manager

Heather hails from Georgia and has worked as an art teacher for 13 years before joining the Deep Space Sparkle creative content team. Heather is a master innovator and loves designing lessons that offer a unique perspectives on traditional subjects.

Heather lives with her two young boys and amazingly supportive husband in a fun, creative  household in Georgia.

Emma Deardorff

Video and Photography

Emma brings our art projects and creative content to life with her beautiful photography and videos. She shoots, edits and animates our sparkly educational videos and keeps the office humming with her musical selections and creative energy.

Emma | Deep Space Sparkle

Alexis Watters

Graphic Designer & Maker of Pretty Things

Alexis is our resident graphic designer & illustrator. She ensures that our resources and lesson plans exceed our Sparkly Standard of Excellence that surprise and delight our members each month.

If it’s not “Alex-ified”, it’s not sparkly! Check out our special feature of Alexis on the blog!

Bethany Mees

Customer Happiness

Bethany loves cozy sweaters, mugs of steaming northwest coffee and helping our members. No problem is too small for Bethany and no question to simple. If you have any questions about your membership or questions about Deep Space Sparkle, Bethany is ready to help.

Bethany lives in Portland with her husband, 3 boys, 1 sparkly girl and a very large dog.

Rachelle Smith

Resource Specialist

Rachelle is art educator in Columbus, Ohio who teaches at a specialized school for the blind. Her vast knowledge as an art teacher to children with various abilities as well as experience teaching and reaching diverse audiences, is an exciting role for the growth of Deep Space Sparkle’s resources.

Mabre Lencho-Armstrong

Assistant Lesson Creator

Mabre is a studio artist with a background in art therapy, elementary education and museum work.
She is an elementary art teacher in Gilbert, Arizona and yes, she is currently teaching remotely!

Mabre specializes in mixed-media and clay.

Eva Lampert

Design + Marketing | PRIMERRY

Eva is a multi-talented So Cal girl with a flair for words, a stylus and a camera. Eva brings her positive energy to our Primerry  family by celebrating our little artists, connecting with members and helping Miss Patty navigate the world of social media.

Eva is married to a middle school Principal and mom to an 8-year old boy.

Rebecca Hoepf

Graphic Design Assistant

Rebecca is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio and brings her ninja graphic design skills to support our Creative Team.

Rebecca creates our beautiful blog graphics plus all of the graphic materials inside our Sparklers’ Club membership.


Team Sparkle believes in growing through learning and pushing past comfort zones. This was put to the test at this year’s team retreat.

We headed for Figueroa Mountain in the Santa Barbara back country to experience solitude, relaxation, brainstorming, harrowing drives up steep mountain faces, ostriches, roosters and gale force winds.

But we had wine and the most delicious food from Dolce catering.


2019 Team Retreat La Quinta Resort, Palm Springs, California

Join our Team!

We are a growing company of online resources for art teachers. We're looking to grow our team in the areas of social media, community support, product design and education.
In person and virtual positions opportunities available. We are located in Goleta, California.


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