Teaching Artists

Chiaki O’Brien

SAORI Weaving is a Japanese contemporary weaving style Chiaki brought from Japan. SAORI is not just a weaving style, but your life. It is a self-expression way of weaving, you can just weave how you feel. It allows you “being you.” This gave her a joy, so she’ve been sharing this wonderful weaving to all…

Christopher Copeland

Christopher Copeland first developed his interest in open and serene landscapes growing up in rural Washington County. A 1983 graduate of the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Christopher exhibits in Minneapolis, New York, Boston, Ohio, Seattle, Scottsdale and Santa Fe. Painting outdoors on location, Copeland’s main concern is to record nature’s transient moments…

Claire O’Connor

Claire’s introduction to pottery was while working with people living in a poor inner city neighborhood to create a community based school for their children. Pottery was the chosen art form. Though she continued on her chosen life’s trajectory, clay was now a constant. Through university, and career, through marriage, motherhood and all life’s lessons,…

Dan Mackerman

Dan Mackerman is a professional painter and sculptor of more than 27 years. His work can be seen in over 60 public collections throughout the country. His career highlights include projects with Disney, Animal Planet Television and Prince. Of particular note was his work as lead sculptor and character designer for the Daytons/Marshall Fields/Macy’s Holiday…

Dan Mondloch

Dan is an award winning third-generation painter. His first interest in painting was in the 9th grade; while driving with his dad he mentioned he’d like to try painting. The next morning he woke to the kitchen table covered with everything he could ever possibly need to paint a picture. He’s been featured in Plein…

Destiny Davison

Destiny A. Davison is a cartoonist, writer and multi-media artist from the Midwest. Her work has been featured in publications and exhibits throughout town, including Gamut Gallery, Err MPLS, and MN Billboard Project. Recent works include zines The Droll (2018), The Gist (2020), The Lot (2020), and McSpooky’s Holiday Horror Show (2021). For more of…

Elizabeth St. Hilaire

Meticulously torn bits of hand-painted papers, delicately put together, form the exceptionally vibrant collages created by Artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire. Richard Colvin, executive director of the Lake Eustis Museum of Art says,“Elizabeth St. Hilaire’s artworks have a fresh quality that belies the way they are constructed.” St. Hilaire published her book Painted Paper Art Workshop…

Eric Knoche

Eric Knoche grew up in White Bear Lake and had a very bad attitude towards pottery as a child and young adult. Towards the end of his time at the U of M, Morris, he touched clay for the first time and after that could no long imagine doing anything else with his life. He…

Erin Ward

Erin Ward is an award-winning mosaic artist specializing in pet and animal portraits, whimsical scenes from nature and outdoor sculptures. She incorporates found objects and a variety of textures alongside more traditional art glass and ceramic pieces. Erin is inspired by the beautiful landscapes in nature, the love of animals and the fanciful humor of…

Greg Kraft

Greg started his artistic journey with community education classes, folk school courses, and classes at WBCA. All of those wonderful experiences lead him to art school for sculpture. He teaches welding, woodworking, and stone carving at WBCA. He loves teaching and helping people create something unique and precious.