Amy Klous completed her BA in Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and her MBA at UWRF. She has nearly 20 years of experience in marketing and runs a marketing consulting business, The Amylia Group, where she helps overwhelmed small businesses feel comfortable and understand how to market effectively.
Sean Kinney is an advocate for community and economic development. Currently he freelances as an Opportunity Development Author helping individuals and organizations simplify their vision, create better opportunities and connect with like‐minded collaborators. He brings nearly three decades of experience in business and education to the classroom.
Brian Hall is a general building contractor and timber framer. He makes furniture from reclaimed wood & timber ends from his construction projects. He also creates artworks in metal, wood & found objects. His artistic scope includes sculpture and jewelry making.
Marc Cutter has worked as a carpenter/contractor for more than 30 years, working mostly on residential building and some light commercial work retiring from building in 2008. He has built numerous timber frame structures and conducted several timber frame classes.
Frank Lundeen is co‐ founder and head bike technician of Cyclova XC in St Croix Falls. He has over 20 years of experience in bicycle service, fitting & sales with top industry companies & athletes‐ from Olympic champions to first timers.
Steve Clark began his adventures as a bike packer in high school, and put himself through college as a bike mechanic. He has taught dozens of bike maintenance classes and especially likes to help people feel 100% empowered when they take off on a bike adventure.
Peggy Ingles loves the color and sparkle that glass mosaic adds to the inside and outside of the home. She and her husband Chris have been sharing this art form for 11 years in Duluth, the Twin Cities and around Wisconsin. She also loves working with glass bottles and beads.
Tree Croyle Johnson came to teaching with a diverse foundation of skills in painting, drawing, mosaics and design. She has been creating and selling mosaic artwork and paintings since 1999 and became a painting instructor in 2015. She is a lively teacher with a relaxed, hands‐on approach to learning.
Teri Power taught art for the New Richmond School District for 15 years. Since retirement she has been heavily involved in Sustainable Art and creating art, in multiple mediums, that speaks to the importance of the environment and the beauty in nature.
Zoé Rochester is a middle school teacher, who after learning the art of making paper from Teri, brought this fascinating, ancient craft to her classroom, much to the enjoyment of her students!
Gregg Rochester began his painting career designing and creating designs for clothing with the likes of Coldwater Creek. His hand painted creations have been featured in specialty boutiques and art galleries. His work has evolved to contemporary landscapes and bicycle art.
Sandy Gimpl is a multi‐talented craftsperson who particularly enjoys teaching what many perceive as lost arts. She will be teaching soap making with all natural ingredients, birch bark basket making and Dutch oven cooking over a campfire. Sandy teaches many classes through Community Education in Chisago Lakes.
Mary Ann Rivard is a lifetime resident of the St. Croix River Valley and a watercolor and mixed media artist who finds her inspiration in nature and life experiences. She is passionate about incorporating art journaling with doodling and mixed media. She has taught art doodling for adults and children, and is now enjoying playing with gelli printing.
Bonnie Hagen has sketched all her life and began painting in 2005. She prefers watercolor and mixed media for her paintings. Her artwork is exhibited at artZ Gallery in Amery. Bonnie was a teacher in the Amery School District for 20 years and has taught several community education classes in painting.
Tanna Worrell has been a wild foods enthusiast for many years and has studied with several kind and patient mentors. She loves empowering others with this important and rewarding skill. If you take her class, you too will become a wild foods enthusiast.
Diane Keeler has been working with polymer clay since 1987. She is primarily a sculptor, making dolls and figures, but also loves to experiment with jewelry and play with all forms of polymer clay.
Diane has taught classes for years, in person and online. She lives in rural Frederic.
Patricia Duncan is a representational oil and pastel plein air painter. She has been drawing and painting since an early age and finds living in the St. Croix Valley a continual source of inspiration. She is rewarded by teaching and helping others to grow in their desire to become better painters and to experience the healing aspect of what art does for the soul.
Mark Buley is a woodworker and furniture maker with several years of experience including an intensive course at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine.