Instructors

Rosie Peters

Rosie Peters

Rosetta “Rosie” Peters is a poet, author, public speaker, storyteller, and activist. She is of Yankton, Crow Creek, and Oglala descent and is excited to be a part of the revitalization of her ancestral language, Dakota. Rosie is the recipient of a 2020 Minnesota State Arts Board Creative Support for Individuals grant and a 2021…

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Ross Safford

Ross Safford is a master baker. He has worked largely with at-risk youth and families, getting food to those in need. He currently works with at-risk youth in schools. He is a huge Boston Red Sox fan and loves to sing.  At MMFS, you can often find him teaching with Bryce Johnson, another community-focused baker.

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Sarina Partridge

Sarina Partridge is a musician, song-leader and educator in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She feels most alive when learning, creating and sharing songs, and enjoys singing with a wide variety of music projects – Eastern European and Yiddish song, old-time music, community song-leading… and everything in between. Sarina has traveled around the world to study with master…

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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 fiber into yarn and…

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Somali Museum Artists

Minnesota is the home of many outstanding artists of the Somali diaspora. MMFS is pleased to be welcoming Ardho Ismail, Hawa Aden, Halwa Daud, and Amina Shire to teach Finger Weaving! The Somali Museum’s mission is to celebrate and promote Somali culture and art, and they accomplish this mission in part by supporting the new…

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Stephanie Thurow

Stephanie Thurow is a Certified Master Food Preservationist, with special interest in water bath canning and vegetable fermentation. She is a Minnesota native and the cookbook author of Can It & Ferment It (2017), WECK Small-Batch Preserving (2018) and WECK Home Preserving (fall 2020). Stephanie enjoys being in nature, organic gardening, spending time with family,…

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Steve Van Houten

Steve Van Houten

Steve is a semiretired engineer with a longtime involvement in folk and bluegrass music. He wasa longtime member and volunteer with the Minnesota Bluegrass Association as well asan enthusiastic jammer and sometime performer. He is not a published or recorded songwriterbut says his music has been well-received.

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Surelle Strike

Surelle Strike

Surelle Strike is a painter, printmaker, and art teacher. She loves nature, fairy tales, and making art with new people! She lives in Forest lake with her family, and is constantly looking for ways to get creative with new mediums.

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Susan Tracy

Twin Cities-based glass artist, Susan Tracy, uses the beauty of her natural surroundings and Scandinavian heritage as inspiration for her art. She uses color and design to represent nature and often embeds natural elements like real leaves and silver in her glass art. Her holiday art features a modern twist on traditional ornaments and decorations.

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Tasha Hock

Tasha Hock is passionate about textiles: their history, how they function in our contemporarylives, and how they connect us to one another. She teaches our Talismanic Embroidery class.

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The Hanji Crew

The Hanji Crew

When Libby Pomroy joined a folk-art class at her daughters’ Korean Saturday school, she was quickly hooked on hanji, Korea’s unique, strong-fibered paper that lends itself beautifully to intricate paper cutting. She shared the craft with friend Kat Wesley, who found it irresistible. Together, they created the Hanji Crew, a small business that teaches hanji…

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Tina Green

Tina Green Krause

“I started my woodcraft journey in 2017, fueled by a desire to learn and create handmade, functional, beautiful objects that I could make for my home. There are so many ways craft and creating has made my life richer. I am grateful to have the opportunity to share what I know, be connected and inspired…

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Torben Jarlstrom Clausen

Meet Danish Paper Cut Artist Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen. Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen has had several paper cut workshops in Denmark, Japan and in the US, where the participants, following his guidance, have the opportunity to put the scissors to paper and redeem their very own paper cut beings. Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen started out as a paper…

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Wayne Manthey

Wayne Manthey is a nationally known drum maker and teacher of drum making.  His approach is spiritual, honoring the animals who provided the hides and the trees who donated the wood. “As I started making drums, I was especially interested in the vibration of rawhide and the sound it makes.  Once I was able to…

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Wesley Hathaway

Wesley grew up in Indiana where being creative was always encouraged, whether it was playing an instrument, drawing, or just cutting up popsicle sticks. Wesley spent 6 years in the United States Air Force which is how he stumbled upon a folk school in Fairbanks, Alaska and got exposed to craft back in 2017. Wesley…

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Zach Jeffrey

Using the tenacity of a veteran and the grit of a martial artist to explore the craft of furniture design. Located in the St. Croix River valley of Wisconsin, obsessed with carving beautiful timber Zach Jeffrey can often be found following a curious passion. As a life long wood worker he has earned a wealth of knowledge from traveling to study directly alongside the country’s…

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