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.
Sarah Ratermann Beahan
Sarah Ratermann Beahan is a writer, teacher, writing coach and rabble-rouser based in Minneapolis, MN. Sarah has a MFA from Goddard College and a MS in Rural Sociology/Community Facilitation from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has discovered her sweet spot melding these two passions. Sarah is grounded in the belief that writing is transformative, and she is dedicated to guiding people from all backgrounds with a specialization in minority groups, young people and creatives through the healing process of writing. She facilitates workshops all over the world, including most recently a Writing On Water retreat in Fez, Morocco. You can read her work in The Pitkin Review, SWAMP Magazine and Twin Cities media outlets. She is polishing her first novel and writing a collection of flash fiction pieces.
Cathy Durso is an artist living and working in Minneapolis, MN. She grew up in northwestern Connecticut and received her BFA from the Art Institute of Boston (now Lesley University College of Art and Design). Her paintings, drawings, and bookbinding work have been exhibited locally and nationally. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Uppercase Magazine, and can be found in the collection of the Boston Public Library.
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.
Ilse Siebenschuh taught at the University of Minnesota and has a MFA from the University of Minnesota. Ilse has been an instructor for 35 years teaching drawing and watercolor classes. Ilse also teaches at South West Community Education in Edina.
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.