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.
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 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.
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.