Teaching Artists

Mary Jane LaVigne

Mary Jane LaVigne leads the monthly Writing Roundtable, which gives novelists, poets, essayists, and family storytellers a chance to meet, talk about process, and share their work. She also coordinates Am Now Writer, a showcase of these literary efforts.  Some of the stories that have been shared stick with her as strongly as scenes from…

Morris Anderson

Morris Anderson is a 30 year member of Mid-America Woodcarvers Association and has over 50 years of experience in carving and teaching in the areas  of low relief, intaglio, chip carving, canes and walking sticks, caricatures and realistic.   Having studied extensively with carvers from the Caricature Carvers of America, his specialty is carving caricature,…

Neil Johnston

Neil Johnston holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and a Master of Fine Arts Visual Studies in painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Neil has been commissioned by private collectors and corporations for many paintings and local…

Sue Swanson

Sue Swanson, MDiv, is a teacher and retreat leader who helps people find Sabbath time in their busy lives by teaching them how to practice spiritual patterns together. She calls her work Prayercraft, which is combining craftwork with different patterns of prayer. She is interested in how we can learn to use artistic creativity both individually…

Susan Frame

Susan Frame has been playing with ink for over forty years, creating Sumi-e (ink/water) paintings with free-style brushwork. Her work features expressive flowers, landscapes, and abstract interpretations created from ink, pigments, and rice paper. She is a pioneer of vertical calligraphic brushwriting in English, and integrates East Asian materials with her American experiences. She exhibits…

Susan Hartzell Vannelli

Susan Hartzell Vannelli is a professional artist who offers stimulating art classes and workshops at White Bear Center for the Arts. Sue’s colorful, mixed media art reflects her personal energy, joy, and enthusiasm for life! Oil, acrylic, and pastel are her favorite mediums to create with. Her art combines spirituality, compassion, and spontaneity. “Colorful Expressionist” best…

Sylvia Benson

Sylvia Benson lives in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, and has been working in watercolors for 35 years. She was an instructor at Concordia University and has been an artist-in-residence in North Metro Schools and schools in Wisconsin for 10 years. She has also taught classes at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. Her work…

Zac Spates

Zac Spates of Hudson, WI, is a potter/ceramicist.  He received his BA in Studio Arts (Summa Cum Laude) from Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN, in 2003.  Spates was an assistant to Richard Bresnahan at Saint John’s Pottery 2000-3, and then was an apprentice at Mark Hewitt Pottery, Pittsboro, NC, 2003-6.  Spates also volunteers with the…