Teaching Artists

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…

Spencer Meagher

Spencer Meagher first discovered his love for art as a young child. He found he was able to express himself through drawing and painting. He refined his skills over many decades with practice and dedication. As an adult, he has attended many workshops to gain a better understanding of his craft. Spencer now paints full…

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…

Susan Stein

Susan started quilting in 1977 and doing surface design on fabric around 2003.  She has been president and show co-chairman for Minnesota Quilters; has written six books and contributed to numerous others; was Minnesota Quilter of the Year in 2003; has taught many classes locally and out of state; was awarded the Spun Gold Award…

Suzann Beck

Suzann Beck holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Moorhead State University (Moorhead MN) and studied portraiture with atelier-trained painter Judith Anthony (Plymouth, MN) and classical glazing technique portraiture with Jeffery Hurinenko (St. Paul, MN). Suzann serves as the Minnesota Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America, and teaches portrait painting and drawing classes…

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…