Karen Palcho is an artist, traveler, teacher and former owner of Karen's Botanicals-Natural Skin and Body Care Products. She is also co-owner of Nu-Art Graphics-Industrial Screen Printing and Die Cutting, located in West Chester, PA.
In June, 2011, she sold Karen's Botanicals to a wonderful couple, Pam and Edward Mitchell from Taylorsville, Georgia. With new found time, Karen is now transforming the alchemy of making lotions and potions into the alchemy of making organic goat cheese, wild yeasted beer, fermented foods, and ceramic fermenters, along with music and art. Karen's interests remain rooted in a fascination of transforming earth-based, raw materials into useful, tasty, and beautiful things.
Karen taught art and art history at Wyomissing Area High School for 18 years. She taught graduate and undergraduate Art Education courses for 6 years at Kutztown University and University of the Arts. She served as an Examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organization and as a consultant for The Goggleworks Center for the Arts. She has studied and taught art in Pennsylvania, Alaska, Luxembourg, The Ivory Coast, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, Slovakia and Israel.
She earned a B.S. in Art Education from the Pennsylvania State University in 1982, and an M.Ed. from Kutztown University in 1990. She and her husband, Terry Griffith, live in Berks County, Pennsylvania.