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…

Morgan Kavanagh

Morgan is a multimedia artist and musician living in Minneapolis. Since graduating from The Evergreen State College with a degree in Visual Arts and Art Education, she has taught art and craft in wilderness camps, early childhood classrooms, and middle schools. She loves helping others to access their innate creativity. Currently, Morgan’s art practice centers…

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 keeps an active studio in Shoreview, MN where he lives – and makes art. In addition to exploring ideas through painting, Johnston is a musical artist and keeps an active creative life in music – writing, performing, and recording. He has completed many successful painting and musical collaborations – working with other artists, musicians,…

Rajine Williams

Rajine Williams is a visual multimedia artist and filmmaker based in the Twin Cities. Her work centers around  femininity, body and identity of Black women. Her artwork is an amalgamation of what it means to be a proud Black woman. She calls her aesthetic ‘Afrocentric Eclectic’. She plays with different mediums and textures as she…

Sieng Lee

Sieng Lee is a visual artist. His work explores the intersection of his Hmong and American identity. He has a Masters of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Lee believes that art and all its many functions should not be limited to formal aesthetics, but serve as a conduit for engagement…

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…