A word from Rachel Arntson - I have always LOVED arts and crafts of any kind, but there is something about mosaic art that totally feeds my soul. I typically combine mosaic with woodburning to create a unique style of my own. I am completely self-taught and love to teach others. In my retirement as a speech-language pathologist, I have gotten more serious about selling my art and entering my pieces in the State Fair Creative Activities Building where I have won Sweepstakes and Glass Endeavors awards. As an endurance athlete with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team in Training, I sponsor Mosaic Break Parties as a way to raise funds for LLS.
Chloe Briggs is a portrait artist based in Minnesota. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict and St. John's University in 2011 with a concentration in oil painting and received her Masters in Art and Humanities at the University of Dundee in Dundee, Scotland in 2017. Her current body of work is based on ideas of perception and reflection revolving around the feminine figure and the conceptualization of identity. She currently teaches painting and drawing at the College of Saint Benedict and has taught portraiture classes in the past.
John S. Maciejny
John S. Maciejny is a photographer and owner of Natural Images. The company markets handcrafted greeting cards and matted and framed images.
John has studied with Jim Brandenburg and John Shaw. He presently is on the Outreach Committee of the Arboretum Photographers Society and has taught plant and garden photography to many garden clubs.
Dan McAvey is a painter and educator who lives in Champlin, MN. He has a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota but has studied art at a variety of campuses, including at Carleton College, the College of Saint Benedict-Saint John’s University, and the Massachusetts College of Art. Teaching art combines his passion for painting with his experience in education.
Dianne Mehta is a Graphic Designer who began her career working in the corporate world. Eventually, she branched out on her own and started her own company focusing primarily on commercial art. It was during this time that she discovered polymer clay as an art medium and became one of the founding members of the Polymer Clay Guild of MN.
Combining her love for art with her love for children has allowed Dianne to follow her passion. She has taught art classes in both formal and informal settings. Her creative 9-year-old is her helpful assistant in the art studio and often gives her inspiration for new ideas. She currently lives in Plymouth with her husband, daughter, and her loyal German Shepherd.
To view some of Dianne’s art, you can nd her clay treasures in the boutique at the Maple Grove Arts Center and in her Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/DianneMehta. She also creates and sells her fabric designs on Spoonflower (www.spoonflower.com>designers>Dianne Mehta) which allows her to keep up with her illustration skills. Art always takes center-stage in her life.
Aurora Webster is an illustrator, comic artist, graphic designer, and painter who has filled dozens of sketchbooks with comics and doodles about her daily life. She recently earned a BA in Studio Art and a BA in Psychology at Hamline University. She is a lifelong resident of Minnesota, and currently resides in her favorite hometown of Duluth, spending her days illustrating work pants by the shores of Lake Superior.