Monica Villars – Western paper, collage, jewelry and felting
Artist Bio: COLOR, textures and contrast! I love to work with these concepts in a variety of materials & processes. The results end up as ART on canvas, sculpted paper, jewelry, felted scarves, artist’s books, contemporary quilts and sometimes pencil portraits.
I received my MFA at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, I am a co-founder of DEMO inc, a non-profit corporation focused on bringing authentic ARTS programs to teens & artists in Greater Minnesota; and an art teacher at the Willmar Area Learning Center.
Studio address: DEMO, inc. / South Hwy 71, Svea
Directions: From Willmar travel 5 miles South on Hwy 71. DEMO, inc. is in the former Svea School House located at the intersection of CR-3 and Hwy 71.
Studio phone: 320-995-6300
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George Christiansen – Handcarved walking/hiking sticks
Artist Bio: I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Stout with a BS in Industrial Arts Education. My studies included classes in cabinet making, drafting, surface finishing techniques and graphic arts.
Studio phone: 320-220-0462
Janet Olney – Fibre/baskets
Artist Bio: I was first introduced to basket weaving in 1984 and was immediately fascinated by this age-old art. I love working with my hands. I love the feel of the material as I shape it into something useful and beautiful. I love the sense of accomplishment I feel when I have created something wonderful out of a pile of reeds. The process is almost magical.
Currently I am experimenting with different forms for my weaving. My work is becoming more organic and eclectic in that I am incorporating a variety of materials to achieve the effects I want. I work intentionally, deliberately, yet I want my work to have a feel of freedom, randomness, and honesty, while always showing that I have control over the materials.
Studio address: 509 Third Street SE, Willmar
Directions: From 1st Street turn East on Trott Ave. Go two blocks to 3rd Street Southeast. 509 is the first house facing 3rd Street on the east side. No parking on east side of 3rd Street.
Studio phone: 320-231-0030
Tammi Joy Parsons – Encaustic and Mixed Media Paintings
Artist Bio: I am an emerging, self taught artist, who has long desired to translate and re-interpret the tactile and kinetic world we inhabit. As a visual artist, my work is most often abstract with no allegiance to a particular subject or medium; however, there is a strong emphasis on encaustic painting [a medium and method of painting originally developed by 5th century Greek artists, which literally translates to mean “burning in”.] I’m drawn to the alchemy of paint making and the encaustic process of manipulating both its molten and solid states, sometimes with the addition of photographic imagery and mixed media, to achieve my inner vision for each body of work. Across the entire spectrum, my impetus is to make a statement, evoke a feeling, or capture the nuance of a thing. Nature, conservation, color and texture are most often my muse. www.tammijoyparsons.com
Studio address: 6986 County Road 8 NE, Kandiyohi
Directions: Exactly 2.5 miles South of Spicer on CR-8 NE; driveway is on the West side of the road.
Studio phone: 320-894-8327
Jedd Peters – Carved stoneware and porcelain pots
Artist Bio: Hand carved pottery, visit www.millpondclayworks.com
Mill Pond Clay-Works pottery by Jedd Peters. Mill Pond Clay-Works specializes in Hand-carved pottery. Each piece is hand thrown and carved one at a time with care. All pots are signed and original, no two are the same. With over 20 years of experience in pottery Mill Pond Clay-Works provides you with highest quality handmade art. All my pots are Dishwasher and Microwave safe. All my glazes are Lead Free.
Studio address: Mill Pond Clay-Works /375 Harriet St W, Spicer
Directions: From CR-10 West, take 3rd Ave one block to Harriet St; follow the signs to the red house and garage.
Studio phone: 763-634-1541