studios 5-7

STUDIO 5 (five artists)
Barn Theatre


Donna Larkin – Oil, Acrylic, Drawing & Collage

Artist Bio:  Throughout my career as a visual artist, I have completed hundreds of paintings on commission.  The size of my work ranges from miniature to mural and one of my murals can be seen in the pediatric unit of Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.  My paintings have been shown in several national juried exhibitions and I have sold work through


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Janet Olney –
Embellished Gourds

Artist Bio: Janet Olney is an award-winning fibre artist who is taking a new direction with her work. She was a basket maker for over 30 years but has been working with gourds the last few years. She finds the work exciting and challenging. When she was making baskets, she started with a pile of reed and created a shape. When working with gourds, she starts with a shape and has to decide what to do with it.



Phil Scheevel – Woodcarving

Artist Bio: 
Phil does a wide variety of styles of carving from traditional to stylized to whimsical.  He also does woodburning and other mediums.



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Shalese Sands – Oil paints, pencil

Artist Bio: Ever since I could hold a pencil, I have had a love of drawing and animals. So it was only natural that I combine my two loves. My passion for art has only grown throughout the years and my love of animals has kept up with it.  I graduated in the spring of 2011 from Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN with a B.A. in Studio Art and hope to make wildlife/equine art my full time profession.

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John White – Photography

Artist Bio – Photographic artist John G. White has focused on remnants of the few patches the former prairie pothole biome in Western Minnesota, combining skilled camera techniques from more than 40 years of magazine and newspaper experience with minimal post processing computer technology.  He is deeply influenced by the Impressionist Masters, and in particular, Monet, in his use of subject matter, light and composition.

His goal is to capture the beauty of the last one percent of this native prairie life which before Euro-American settlement stretched from Canada to Texas, and from the Mississippi to the High Plains. Yes, 99 percent of the prairie, including the prairie pothole (wetland) region of Western Minnesota and Eastern South Dakota has been destroyed. White is one of the 45 regional artists on the annual Upper Minnesota River Art Meander, and exhibits his work year round at his home studio at Listening Stones Farm north of Ortonville. Several of his images have been showcased in juried art shows, including Artscape in New Ulm, the Horizontal Grandeur in Morris, theStudio address: Barn Theatre, 316 Becker Ave.SW

Directions:  Please enter at 316 Becker Ave.SW. Door will be propped open during Hop hours. Take steps or elevator to 3rd floor.  Follow signs to end of hall.

Studio phone: 320-235-8560
Restrooms available


Matthew Braun
— Oil on Canvas

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Artist Bio: I’m in the process of making what I hope to be an immersive artificial world. I’m very much inspired by accounts of nineteenth century mass entertainment trends such as panoramas, dioramas, and even some of the gargantuan stage sets found in both dramatic theater and stage magic. The pictures I’m working on are very wide, spanning multiple canvases, and are painted from the observation of theatric sets I’ve built.

Studio address: Barn Theatre, 316 Becker Ave.SW
Directions: Please enter at 316 Becker Ave.SW, door will be propped open during Studio Hop hours, take steps or elevator to 3rd floor. Studio is further down the hall from the Arts Council’s classrooms.

Studio phone: 320-298-5194


Sharon Schuetze Watercolor and Acrylic Paintings

PLEASE NOTE: Due to personal reasons, Sharon Schuetze will no longer be participating in this year’s Studio Hop.

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Studios 8-11