Alex Yerks

Alex Yerks is a self taught traditional wood carver focused on what he calls items of “kitchenalia” or “kitchen sloyd.” His wide range of expertise in making traditional craft objects includes hewn bowls, spoons & utensils, cups, shrink pots, wooden sculptures, forging his own carving tools, and helping other tool makers design long lost tools…

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JoAnne Sabin

JoAnne has been a beekeeper since 2005 and a beekeeping instructor and speaker for over a dozen years.  She is a member and librarian for the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association (MHBA) and a member and on the Board of Directors for the Honey Bee Club of Stillwater.  She is also an avid gardener and photographer and…

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Gigi Nauer

Gigi Nauer is a life-long Minnesotan.  She was raised in a family of musicians and has spent a lifetime playing, singing, and teaching.  When she was six, Gigi found a ukulele and a picture book of chords.  That was all she needed to figure out her first chord, and she was hooked. Decades later, she…

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Phil Moody

Phil discovered spoon carving about 5 years ago, just in time for a global pandemic.  While not forgetting about spoons his focus has shifted after seeing some pictures of Scandanavian knutkorg baskets.  Drawn to crafts that are challenging yet easily accessible (few tools and easily scavenged materials) the knutkorg basket fits these strict requirements.  Like many crafters, Phil…

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Charlie Prokop

Charlie has been making flutes for over 15 years. An avid woodturner, currently the President of the Minnesota Woodturners Association, he has demoed the making of flutes in multiple venues and taught many classes on how these beautiful instruments are constructed.

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Sharon Knutson

I have crafted most of my life.  I started embroidering fish on burlap at my grandma’s house when I was little.  I’ve dabbled in many things along the way, embroidery, crewel, needlepoint, cross stitch, and quilting among others.  Knitting and spinning have been my primary focus for many years now.  There is something about spinning…

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Alycen Brothen

Alycen Brothen is an embroidery and rug hooking artist from Minnesota.  She is a passionate learner of handcrafts who has been needleworking since childhood.  She believes in embracing the process, turning mistakes into happy accidents, and having fun. 

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Lynn Berens

Lynn Berens is an avid crafter and gardener.  She enjoy sewing, needle felting, counted cross stitch, and embroidery. Lynn loves to grow natives, annuals, perennials, and vegetables. She harvest seeds from most of my plants every fall. Lynn is a retired elementary school Librarian and teacher. Lynn’s work can be found on Etsy: Bloomandgrowmn

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Meg Brunston

rug tufting

Meg Brunston (they/them) is a fiber artist and tufting instructor in Minneapolis, MN. Their work is translated through multiple mediums, including tufting, weaving, apparel construction, and crochet. These mediums allow Meg the opportunity to cultivate a brighter, more powerful relationship to themselves, revealing a mixture of emotion through color, movement, space, and shape. Meg recognizes…

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Christine Shoemaker

forest bathing

Christine Shoemaker is a certified ANFT Forest Therapy guide from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT). She has been a resident of Oakdale for 5 years and grew up in the surrounding area. Christine is the founder of Sky Meets Water Forest Therapy LLC.

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Janice Hunton

West-African Drumming Ensemble Janice Hunton taught at the Perpich Center for Arts Education for 27 years and lead the African Drumming Ensemble there for 15 years. She studied West-African music at the University of St. Thomas, Hamline University, and has traveled two times to the Dagara Music Center in Ghana.

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Christen Pentek

Christen (they/them) is a fiber artist creating practical pieces from the earth for over 25 years. Their art includes found and natural elements, nature, and sustainable methods. They work predominantly with wools and fibers made in Minnesota’s fibershed, including wolf; as part of the wolf pack, they’ve had the privilege of working with fiber shed…

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Beth Mercer

Beth is largely self taught band weaver (using books and online videos) through she has benefited by taking classes from visiting instructors and participating in special interest groups at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota. She is a retired database administrator who has a passion for fiber arts including wool processing and spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing…pretty…

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