ARTIST CREW MEMBERS

ANNE PRYOR — SOUL PAINTER

Anne (Annie) Pryor is the creator of Lovitude® and a Soul Painting Artist. Lovitude means Love and Gratitude, the highest energy in the Universe. Annie was inspired to create this trademarked symbol in 2005 while getting her Master’s Degree in Human Development and Holistic Health and Wellness. Her Lovitude Soul Paintings have been called ‘visual blessings’, her unusual technique is created with magic ink, her breath (no paint brushes), and essential oils including frankincense, myrrh, and other oils that bless each painting. Each painting is infused with gold metallic ink and painted on clear plastic and other mediums. She was inspired to paint in 2017 after receiving messages from a former colleague, Irene Rossman, who died within three weeks, after being diagnosed with cancer. She continues to receive “After Death Messages” and inspiration. These images have been said to elucidate, awaken, and activate souls. Her images have been featured at the IANS (International Association of Near Death Society), at the Memorial Service of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, the Minneapolis woman killed by a Minneapolis police officer, in the collection of a Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, and enjoyed by people globally. (Website)

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ALAN SHEFLAND — MACRO PHOTOGRAPHER

Moving from film editing to photography gave Alan his chance to be  “independent” and freed him to explore his visions and related thoughts. The “out of time” imagery that started during the MTV age made a connection with Alan that has brought most of his works today to what is now his happy place, Abstract Photography. His techniques may include movement, slow shutter, overexposing, off focus, finding hidden meaning in objects, and using various post production applications. Alan’s influences are from Aaron Siskind, Tony Sweet, Elliott Erwitt, Freeman Patterson, and Carl Beihl. Alan’s work has been in several gallery shows. He teaches photography at the Minnetoka Center for the Arts in Orono and lives happily in Minnetonka.

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ANGELA TAFFE WINGATE — JEWELER

Trained as an architectural designer, Angie has always had a knack for jewelry. When she was 18, Marshall Fields wanted to buy her wears but had no means to mass produce. Instead of pursuing jewelry at that time, she set out to become an architect. With BA in Art History from the University of St. Thomas and Masters in Architecture from University of Minnesota, Angie’s distinctive style brings together elements found or inspired by the built environment. Machined metals, natural stones, and raw textures fill her work. Angie currently practices residential architecture in South Minneapolis and teaches as an adjunct professor at the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. Native to the Twin Cities, Angie lives in the Longfellow neighborhood with her husband Chris.

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BUD BULLIVANT — WIRE SCULPTOR

Bud has been an avid outdoorsman and a storyteller, as an artist these two aspects of his character join together. He loves to create art that shares his observations on the simple beauty of nature and the stories that come from time spent in the outdoors. All of Bud’s art is inspired by nature and reflects his great love for the world around him. (Website)

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BRIAN GEIHL — PHOTOGRAPHER & SCREEN PRINTER

My name is Brian Geihl. I’m an artist born and raised in Minnesota. I love what I do. So much that I can’t get enough. It started with graphic design in college and working as a young professional. That moved into screen printing almost a decade ago. Now I’m unlocking a whole new interest in photography. Plus, I keep finding ways to intertwine all of these skills on super fun projects. All while being inspired by life around me. Isn’t that what being an artist is all about? But really, my true passion in life is being a dad. My wife and I have been blessed with two amazingly relentless boys, Charlie and Jack. They have opened our eyes into a new world of growth, excitement and exhaustion. And we love every minute of it. Mostly. Well, actually more sleep would be nice. (Website)

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BRIAN WOLFF — WOODWORKER

Wolff Woodworks uses colorful domestic and exotic woods to create one of a kind cutting boards, cribbage boards, and candleholders. Each piece is intentionally designed to highlight the unique grains and textures. Jewelry by Melinda Wolff is handcrafted using the reclaimed and recycled woods from Wolff Woodworks. The jewelry is brought to life with a lacquer or resin coating that magnifies and accentuates a natural spectrum of colors, which can range from deep blacks and browns, to warm reds and purples, to rich whites and yellows. Distinctive and rare, each piece by Wolff Woodworks and Melinda Wolff makes a statement that emphasizes nature’s beauty.

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CATHY COLLISON —  GLASS

Blowing glass fascinates me. Endless challenges, design possibilities, and vibrant color keeps me working and exploring.

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COCO CONNOLLY — WATERCOLOR PAINTER

Watercolor is like dancing with a partner. It has a mind of its own. You start with an idea, but once you put the brush to paper, Things happen and you respond. Either you’re satisfied with your work or you start the dance again. Inspiration comes from everywhere… my garden, ballet, the Minnesota seasons, travel, pets, life. From Berthe Morisot, JMW Turner, David Hockney. From connecting with other artists, my students, people around me. I’ve been drawing and painting my whole life. I love the process of art making. It gives me joy. I’ve taught workshops and classes for all ages because we all have ideas to express. (Website)

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DAWN ROSSBACH — PAINTER & PRINTMAKER

I work full time teaching art and am trying to cross the threshold to being an artist as well as teacher. The students I teach can only benefit from this additional career changer, as it brings in real life scenarios to further their education and place a realistic experience in front of them.

Currently, I print, paint, design, and work in mixed media. I have several projects in the works and seem to have too many irons in the fire on any given day. (Website)

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DAVE SANKO — MIXED-MEDIA

Dave is a multi-talented artist and craftsman. He is without doubt an expert in tools and equipment. As long time professional mechanic and builder he is a natural born craftsman. He stumbled into silverware sculpture as an accident. He purchased a set of old silverware to make his wife a bracelet and ring. From the first touch he knew there was a lot to explore creatively. He has been making metal formed jewelry, animal sculptures and garden art for several years.  He is very good at it.  Most of the finished pieces have been silver soldered together with a jewelers touch. The important aspect of his work is that it is not “primitive silverware art”. He has advanced far beyond that very old technique of bending handles into rings. Dave takes the metal apart and uses many of the elements to re-create new images. He does take the viewer by surprise. It takes a few minutes  to recognize the origin of the metal.

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GERIE THELEN — FUSED GLASS

Gerie believes everyone has a story to tell and each of our stories is important. Her stories don’t come out in words, rather, in glass. When Gerie works, she says her “heart sings and the glass talks to her.” Each piece of glass she creates is formed in her heart and is produced with great love. Gerie’s designs include two-dimensional pieces, sculptures, and installations. She tries to honor the significance of women’s hands in the history of art and design, through her work. (Website)

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JENNIFER JENSEN MOORE — GREETING CARD DESIGNER

I’m a full-time graphic designer, but I have always loved making cards and working with paper, ribbon and doo-dads. When my husband and triplets are asleep, I’m often up way too late enjoying quiet time in my office making cards! As technology takes over our day-to-day lives, I’m hopeful that people will continue to send cards for birthdays, Christmas, new babies, etc. Keep the tradition alive! (Website)

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JIM MUSIL — PAINTER

I studied two things in college — art and computer science. Which do you think paid better? After a career in technology, I’ve picked up my paintbrush again and found happiness and peace of mind.

I grew up in the house of artist. For my entire life I was surrounded by my mother’s paintings, drawings and art books. Needless to say, I picked up drawing at a young age. During art school I never had a lot of patience for painting. I found it too fussy and unforgiving. Nowadays, I have more wisdom and I’ve grown to love the craft of producing a finished painting.

I paint original paintings on archival quality hardboard panels using the best quality acrylic paints. My subjects usually involve the natural world, but often include a hint that humans are there, too. (Website)

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JONATHAN WIESE — AUTHOR

Since the second grade, when I had a book under my arm every day for the five-trains-and-a-bus ride home, books have been my ever-ready companion. I was born and raised in Japan where, while stretched in other ways, our family of seven never lacked for stories. We had stateside relatives who kept our bookshelves stocked, and my mom made up fantastic tales for often long commutes from the rural village where we lived. So perhaps it’s not surprising that my early years as a writer were promising. In the third grade I wrote my first three-act play, Beretta and the Diamond Thieves, one act per sheet of mimeograph paper. I went on that year to write my class-wide, blue-ribbon story—William the Wise Weasel—an honor that came with placing my hand-crafted book in the elementary library. I grew to be a fan of all things publishable, writing for an underground high school newspaper and editing the yearbook. My teachers, however, didn’t see a particular talent and one went so far as to say I wrote poorly. So even while I loved words and spent a lot of time with them, I placed my energies elsewhere; by the end of high school, I planned on majoring in physics or math. The muses, however, had other things in mind. During the first year at St. Olaf College, a professor of a required writing class rewired my passions. I’ve been writing ever since. And while he’s humble about it, he’s the lead writer and chief advisor for the MnArtTruck. (Website)

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JUSTIN BARRETT — MINER, JEWELER & LAPIDARY ARTIST

I grew up in Marin County, California just north of San Francisco. After graduating from California State University Chico I was hired by the National Park Service in Northern California. Six years later I left my job with the parks to work briefly as a guide taking travelers on tours through the Northern California Redwoods.

One day some new friends told me that they were going to the Colorado Rockies to mine aquamarine crystals and they needed my help. I had no mining experience but my friends thought that my time with the parks made me a good candidate. In May, 2014 I packed my camping gear and drove to Colorado in my pickup truck to check it out.

When I got there I met gem miner Brian Busse and his family who were being featured by The Weather Channel on a show called “Prospectors”. I watched season three of the show being filmed, helped mine behind the scenes and watched the mine at times when nobody was around. That’s how it all started for me.

By Spring, 2017 I had recruited my friend Mike McQuinn to help. Mike is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and all around awesome guy. Together we found a significant quantity of aquamarine.

By October, 2017 our dig site was covered in snow so I decided to focus on perfecting my gem cutting techniques. Brian Busse would watch and give me pointers as I used his lapidary wheel to practice cutting cabochons (gems cut with a convex form, polished but not faceted). As time went by I practiced more often until I was cutting almost every day. After about a year and half I could reliably cut a gemstone to a predetermined shape and size and then cut another to match it.

Now my friend Brian Busse and I are working to create a new line of jewelry.

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KATE BRENNAN HALL — ILLUSTRATION

Kate Brennan Hall is a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art + Design where she was an Honors Interdisciplinary Major focusing on Illustration + Printmaking. She has been an illustrator + print-maker for over thirty-five years and has had the opportunity to work with such clients as Target, Mastercard, Blue Cross Blue Shield, American Airlines, and Doubleday and she has exhibited her work in Switzerland, France and the Upper Midwest. Since 2012, Kate has been creating screen-printed home goods that she sells via Etsy, handmade fairs and shops across the United States. Kate also serves as a vice-president on a local art & culture board and several other non-profit boards dedicated to helping folks in her community. (Website)

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KEVIN KLUEVER — PAINTER

Kevin is a self taught landscape painter and muralist living in Minnetrista, Minnesota. His work is inspired by historic Tonalism and Regionalism. He paints the Midwest world around him, capturing light and shadow. Kevin has been featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s “State of the Arts” program.

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LEE CURTES — POTTER

Lee studied ceramics at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the 1960s with the late Dr. Paul Donhauser, a world renowned ceramic artist. Lee’s minor was in art and after spending time working with Paul, he was convinced that ceramics was the medium he wanted to explore. After graduating in 1967, Lee joined and spent 34-years at Auer Steel, the family business. During that time he raised three daughters with his wife Melodee. Lee continued making pottery when time permitted, but it was intermittent at best. As his retirement approached, he rekindled his love for pottery, and built a studio in his home.   Since his retirement in 2002 Lee has put more and more effort into his pottery and has enjoyed producing many functional pieces of ceramic artwork.  His ceramic pieces are fired to over 2000 degrees, and are microwave, dishwasher, as well as oven safe. His glaze materials are from glaze formulas that were developed by his mentor, Dr. Paul Donhauser. Each glaze is led-free and food safe. The clay lee uses is stoneware clay.   Creating functional, daily use art drives Lee’s ceramic work. His goal is achieved when people use his pottery and they enjoy the look, feel, and functionality of it.

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MARCIA PAUL — POTTER

Marcia’s interest in pottery comes from many directions and inspirations earlier in her life. She grew up interested in art and architecture — In painting, color, composition; in geometric relationships and construction.  Marcia also found creative satisfaction in fabric arts — In designing and constructing clothing. Now, later in life, Marcia finds her earlier interests continually resurfacing in her passion to create pottery. Clay has become the perfect medium for expressing her interest in form and construction, in color and abstract geometric designs, in creating functional objects with artistic presence. Marcia strives to create work that reflects the raw, organic nature of clay, but reveals the process of making, shaping, and often includes obvious constructional statements. She applies surface treatments that are both earthy but boldly geometric. She utilizes three different firing methods — High-fire reduction, soda fire and wood fire — To create three varied but compatible bodies of work, each touched by a different type of flame and atmosphere. Marcia’s focus as a potter is to create quality work — Useful, artistic, appealing — That expresses and reflects each of her interests and inspirations. (Website)

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MATT SWENSON — MIXED-MEDIA

Matt’s artistic style wasn’t developed in a traditional manner. He let his wide-ranging interests and keen observation lead him where it may—he has been drawn to study drafting, architecture, stained glass, photography, graphic design, drawing, and sculpture, but earned no formal degrees. Matt’s love of re-envisioning and connecting seemingly unconnected ideas led him to reimagine cast-off junk, American collectibles and oddities into robot forms that spark thought and smiles. He credits much of this unique vision to his StrengthsFinder talents of Strategic, Learner, Deliberative, and Individualization, as well as his father, an eternal saver of stuff and eclectic artist in his own right. Matt’s sculptures are currently featured in homes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin, California, North Carolina, Georgia, Finland, and Switzerland. He has commissioned works on exhibit at the Atlanta and Raleigh International Airports (in the International Delta Sky Clubs). Matt’s (and the Minnesota Art Truck) work has also been featured in articles in the Sun Sailor, Northfield, and Owatonna newspapers, as well as Lake Minnetonka Magazine. In addition to his sculptures, Matt’s mediums also include digital illustration, photography, and mixed-media. He is also the Founder of the Minnesota Art Truck. (Website)

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MELINDA WOLFF — JEWELER & PAINTER

Melinda is a St. Paul artist experienced in many fields of art and has become fascinated and inspired by working extensively in jewelry, stained glass, and watercolor paintings. She has a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from the College of St. Benedict and just recently embarked on a new life adventure by becoming a full time artist. Keep an eye out for her creations at local art and craft shows throughout the year and make sure to follow her journey on her website and facebook. She is also a lover of camping trips, nature hikes, craft beers, and spending time with her wonderful husband, Brian, owner of Wolff Woodworks. Melinda Wolff’s upcycled jewelry is created with reclaimed wood scraps from her husband’s wood shop. The jewelry is brought to life with resin coating that magnifies and accentuates a spectrum of colors, which can range from deep blacks and browns, to warm reds and purples, to rich whites and yellows. Melinda Wolff jewelry also includes necklaces, rings, and keychains made from found butterfly and moth wings and hand picked real 4-leaf clovers. Distinctive and rare, each piece makes a statement that emphasizes nature’s beauty.  Melinda’s watercolor paintings capture her perception of nature by focusing on color, lines, texture, whimsical elements, and symbols associated from her dreams. Each painting is finished with black ink to add vivacity and expression that enhances the images within each painting. (Website)

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SHELLY BOYUM-BREEN — AUTHOR

Children’s book author, Shelly Boyum-Breen is a native of Brainerd, MN, where she grew up with aspirations of playing professional sports. She spent countless hours on the basketball court, neighborhood hockey rinks and local golf courses. Boyum-Breen received her B.A. from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN in 1997 and her MS in Leadership from Capella University in 2016. She spent five years in the education field, coaching college and high school basketball and tennis. Boyum-Breen then worked with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx organization. Shelly served with the organization for four years and later moved into a sales consulting role serving the Lynx, the New York Liberty and the 10th Anniversary WNBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. Before writing the Shelly Bean series, Boyum-Breen was the Founder of Foundation IX and the Let Me Play grants supporting Minnesota girls’ participation in sports and fitness. “Sports helped pave my path in life, building my character as well as my leadership skills along the way. No young lady should be prevented from experiencing these things because of her family’s financial situation. It is my dream to eliminate cost as an obstacle and give girls and boys a strong female role model. With Shelly Bean books and Let Me Play grants, we can do just that! It is an honor to work for girls in sports; and to continue the work that many have done long before me.” And don’t forget to check out her new YouTube series “30 Days of Play” where she teaches kids new sports with the help of expert coaches and local children! (Website)

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SUE MOONEY — PAINTER & PHOTOGRAPHER

Sue Mooney loves to see people laugh. During the 13 years this self-taught artist managed group homes for clients with severe and profound developmentally disabilities, she was known to stand on chairs and dance to make clients smile.  Plus, she worked with patients who have HIV/AIDS for 18 years to get the medical care they needed.  A co-worker of Mooney’s saw a photo of her pup wearing goggles suggested they’d make great greeting cards. Not long after, Mooney and her Yorkies chose a life of art and adventure and Wild Barking Moon was born. Mooney built a whole new life selling her art at shows and online. She definitely loves to see shock give way to snorts of laughter. She still remembers the moment when a toddler kissed one of her dog portraits square on the lips. And she’s continued pursuing her dreams – letting them grow along the way, expanding from portraits that people say truly capture the depth of animals to creating equally vibrant pictures of cities, landscapes, and those animals’ humans. All of it includes Mooney’s signature take on the world: a POV that is at once witty, compassionate, and genuine. Glimpse Mooney’s latest work or connect with her at www.wildbarkingmoon.com — you are never too old to giggle at a dog in goggles.

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RICH STROMWALL — DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION

Rich has been illustrating and designing professionally since 1988. These days it all emanates from his global headquarters in Deephaven, Minnesota, where he lives with his wife, sons, as well as friendly dog. Rich has a bachelor’s degree in humanities, drives a minivan, and claims he drinks too much coffee. (Website)

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WESTY COPELAND — PAINTER

Westy has been creating art now for over thirty years, developing a personal style that is colorful, whimsical, and quirky. Her artwork will make you smile! Westy received a BA in art at Middlebury College, and a MFA in printmaking at RIT. However, life has been the biggest teacher of all, having brought along children and gardens, adventures and travel, struggles and ensuing wisdom. Painting is a daily, passionate, activity in Westy’s sunny Minneapolis studio, where the music is playing, the cat lolls about, and the paint is thrown everywhere. Life without art is unimaginable! Her artwork is full of layers: metaphorical layers as well as actual, physical layers. Paint, printing, collage, stamping, and more are often worked on top of old paintings and etchings. (Website)

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ADDITIONAL ARTISTS:

Charlie Gardner / Woodworker

Grechen Spottke / Mixed-Media

ReComputing / Jewelers

Shona Brooks / Painter

Sue Perse / Photography

Tracie Gross / Jeweler

AUTHORS:

Dan Hauser / Author

Linda Henry / Author

Virginia Weiss / Author

ART PARTNERS:

Chux / Screen Printing

Posters On Board / Custom Framing