A word from Rachel Arntson - I have always LOVED arts and crafts of any kind, but there is something about mosaic art that totally feeds my soul. I typically combine mosaic with woodburning to create a unique style of my own. I am completely self-taught and love to teach others. In my retirement as a speech-language pathologist, I have gotten more serious about selling my art and entering my pieces in the State Fair Creative Activities Building where I have won Sweepstakes and Glass Endeavors awards. As an endurance athlete with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team in Training, I sponsor Mosaic Break Parties as a way to raise funds for LLS.
Andrew Claflin is local to Dayton, MN and lives there with his wife Tina and three children. Well, one is off to college so partial empty nester. Currently Andrew runs an IT recruiting company for local professionals as well as dedicating a large volume of time to his art career in painting.
Presently Andrew is showing work at both the Anoka and Maple Grove Dunn Bros coffee shops. Original oil paintings of various themes. Other solo exhibits include Wine Guyz (La Crosse WI DEC) and 2 more scheduled for Feb/March 2016. He works out of his home studio and sells works direct as well as being represented in San Diego and Laguna Beach ( physical and online galleries).
A graduate of UW-Eau Claire in Graphic Design and Studio Arts, his path took many turns as family developed. A sabbatical of sorts later and time allowed for his desire to create abstract from the real was kindled again.
Technical aspects, bending the norm, hinting at the real are concepts you will see consistent in his work. Themes tend to focus on nature, cycling and musical instruments. Lots of pianos and guitars. Playing with perspective, creating unrealistic dimensional space will be seen as well.
Most important is the attention to the basics and building from that foundation. A common phrase repeated is "you cannot create abstract unless you focus on the real first."
Andrew is accustom to teaching groups of youngsters and young adults with art classes and church ministry for over 10 years. He knows how to juggle cats, so to speak.
You can view an online working portfolio online at www.behance.net/gaardianllc. Various works are for sale online and from the studio. Visit works at the Dunn in MG to see works in person.
Doug Garder has a B.A. in Studio Art and English from Southern Illinois University and an M.F.A. in Painting from West Virginia University. He has taught at the Art Institutes International Minnesota in Minneapolis for eighteen years, and at many art center venues before that. He has participated in more than 75 juried, group, and solo exhibitions across the United States, and has won many awards for his work.
Pam Kivi has a B.A. in Art with and Emphasis in Drawing from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She owns her own business of three years called Pam Kivi Creations where she designs/illustrates greeting cards, decor, and receives special assignments of writing, design, and video scripts from clients. She has exhibited her work at various galleries; has written creative nonfiction articles for various newsletters, and has performed spoken word at various venues in the Twin Cities.
John S. Maciejny
John S. Maciejny is a photographer and owner of Natural Images. The company markets handcrafted greeting cards and matted and framed images.
John has studied with Jim Brandenburg and John Shaw. He presently is on the Outreach Committee of the Arboretum Photographers Society and has taught plant and garden photography to many garden clubs.
Dianne Mehta is a Graphic Designer who began her career working in the corporate world. Eventually, she branched out on her own and started her own company focusing primarily on commercial art. It was during this time that she discovered polymer clay as an art medium and became one of the founding members of the Polymer Clay Guild of MN.
Combining her love for art with her love for children has allowed Dianne to follow her passion. She has taught art classes in both formal and informal settings. Her creative 9-year-old is her helpful assistant in the art studio and often gives her inspiration for new ideas. She currently lives in Plymouth with her husband, daughter, and her loyal German Shepherd.
To view some of Dianne’s art, you can find her clay treasures in the boutique at the Maple Grove Arts Center and in her Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/DianneMehta. She also creates and sells her fabric designs on Spoonower (www.spoonower.com>designers>Dianne Mehta) which allows her to keep up with her illustration skills. Art always takes center-stage in her life.
Ilse Siebenschuh taught at the University of Minnesota and has a MFA from the University of Minnesota. Ilse has been an instructor for 35 years teaching drawing and watercolor classes. Ilse also teaches at South West Community Education in Edina.
Instructor Heidi Steffens has been working as a paranormal investigator since 2008 and she is the organizer of MPRS (Minnesota Paranormal Research Society) which is the largest paranormal group in Minnesota. She is also an intuitive healer, Reiki Master Teacher, and ordained minister. She works with clients internationally and teaches classes across the Twin Cities. Heidi has always followed her higher calling to help others through the use of her unique skill set; and she has been a professional Paranormal Energy Consultant for over a decade.