Chloe Briggs

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.

Nicole Hoekstra

Nicole Hoekstra is a photographer and collagist in the Twin Cities. Nicole received her B.F.A. in Fine Arts from the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, she was employed as a research assistant to the chair of the UCLA Design Media Arts Department. On her return to her hometown of Minneapolis, she completed some graduate work in art therapy at Adler Graduate School. She continues to pursue her interests in fine art by combining photography and computer collage imagery into an array of work. She is now being mentored by a U of M professor Karl Bethke for the past six years. Recently, she has been part of The Minneapolis Art Lending Library. She will have a solo show at Hudson Hospital in April and in July she will exhibit at The Hennepin County Public Health Building.

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.

MaryLeah Marshall

MaryLeah is a professional watercolor artist that has been teaching for more than 10 years. She has taught at Kendall College of Art and Design, Forest Hills Fine Arts Center and The Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Her award winning work has been exhibited in statewide regional juried shows as well as in local galleries and exhibits in Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia.

Dan McAvey

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.

Linda Pacel

Linda is an Alumni of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, since graduation she has been an active artist both professionally and personally.

Linda’s professional background includes; Shoe Designer, Furniture Designer and Buyer for a National Furniture company. Personally, throughout her life she has continued to build on her art and business background by challenging herself to experiment with her work. She has worked in a
wide range of mediums including: Photography, Gauche-Watercolors, Acrylic Painting and Block Printing with Linoleum blocks. Her most passionate aspect is manipulating color to work both harmoniously and in contrast to one another. She is also known for her abstract work.


Her accomplishments include; 2015 Judge for 15th Annual Essential Art Show with Visual Arts Minnesota, 2012 Minnesota State Fair Fine Art show, participant in Barewalls, AIR art Auction benefits, and has been awarded multiple contracts with the Art Institute of Chicago Holiday Card Design that was featured in the Museum Catalog and website. She is also a member of MNartists.org and Buffalo Art Guild; Past Chair. Currently she serves on the Board as a Director for the Board of Buffalo Art Guild, participating in shows, events, fundraisers and lectures. She also teaches a variety of art classes through Buffalo Community Education, Opening Doors and Great River Library System. Not only does she teach but she also volunteers with local schools. Linda is also a founder and owner of LJP Creative Concepts, a company that specializes in original work of Art, Custom Designs and Interior Design work.

Nan Toskey

Nan Toskey is a Twin Cities video producer and editor of compelling media for health care leadership, care teams, staff, patients and families. Before that Nan created documentary style videos for nonprofit organizations also serving diverse communities, such as American Indian, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, low income, youth, and elders. Nan’s is also a media artist enthralled with digital storytelling from a first person point of view. Her latest endeavor empowers citizens as digital storytellers through My POV (point of view) crafting media workshops.

Lisa Vitkus

Lisa Vitkus is the Co-owner/Program Director of KidzArt and has been teaching art for over 12 years to creative minds of all ages. Lisa received a BA in Painting from Hamline University and a MA in Art Education from the University of Minnesota.  Marilyn Binkley and Lisa Vitkus, met while teaching middle school art together and when funding was reduced for the program, they formed Art Innovators/KidzArt, an art enrichment program that focuses on the creative process and believes that if you can dream you can draw! Art is all about feeling the freedom to take risks, to explore the unknown, to trust your own judgment.  Because when you are free to dream, you find the power to create.

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