Terry is a mixed media artist living in Bemidji. He works primarily in collage and assemblage. Terry also does visual journaling and mixed media book construction. His artwork has been featured in four books and a variety of other publications, and he has had his work featured in many exhibitions. Terry recently retired from BSU where he taught Visual Foundations, Collage, Book Construction and Art Education courses. Prior to teaching at BSU, Terry taught art in several public schooldistricts in Iowa and Minnesota for 25 years.
Kathy Gustafson is a self-taught artist who lives in the rural Bemidji area. Her favorite subjects are animals and children, but she paints landscapes and still lifes as well. Most of her current works are acrylic/mixed media on canvas and welded metal scultpure, but she also enjoys and has experience in pastels and papercutting, scratchboard, pencil, pen & ink, charcoal, relief printing, and photography. All of her works have in common her desire to portray how each part of creation and each moment in life has beauty and value, and should be celebrated. Kathy is a member of The Artists of Studio 10, a board member on the Region 2 Arts Council, and has training as an Artists Career Counselor through Springboared for the Arts. She also keeps busy with teaching art classes for both children and adults.
Patty comes with 13 years of teaching Fashion Merchandising at ITT Educational Services, 8 years of Adult Education in Art and Crafts and 10 years of public speaking and coaching in personal presentation and more….:-)
Bonnie opened her quilt shop/design studio, Willow Wood Market, 16 years ago, and has been instilling a love of creating designs using various fibers in her customers ever since. She began playing around with dying wool several years ago, and it is now the majority of inventory in her shop. Bonnie teaches all around the upper midwest, and has lived south of Bemidji with her husband Tim for 30 years. They have three grown daughters and 4 adorable grandsons.
I did not become truly entangled in the strands of the fiber arts world until I was almost 50. When I was a child, my father taught me the basics of knitting, and I loved the textures and the many colors of the yarns, but I stuck to knitting scarves for a long time. (Now I knit sweaters from the fleece of sheep I’ve met!)
In 2002, I got involved with a group of spinners and became entranced with making yarn. Spinning led to dyeing, and then an article in Spin-Off magazine sold me on tapestry weaving which remains my favorite form of artistic expression today. I told myself at that time that I had enough fiber art projects for a life time, but then an opportunity to take a class in floor loom weaving turned up at a price I couldn’t turn down, and I found out I loved that as well. And last year I got introduced to inkle loom weaving and started making belts like the ones my father made for me back in the late 60’s.
I have a background in French, biology, and photography, all of which inform the weaving that I do today. I find that the world of fiber arts is a wonderful place for those of us with many interests, who were once upon a time called “Renaissance” people, and are now called, less kindly, “jacks of all trades”. Ah well, I do use a “jack” style loom”!
If you would like to know more about my educational and teaching experience in the fiber arts, you can read my Artist resume for the details.
I first learned how to make Jewelry in High school. I came to BSU from Colorado to study Jewelry making. Over the last decade I have been commissioned for many pieces, and in the last few years I have made significant steps to develop a jewelry business. My business is called BMoore Originals. Eventually I want to teach people how to make Jewelry as a career and I am excited for this opportunity that the BCAC has provided to me.
Virgene has been working with stained glass and mosaics for 12 years. She works mainly with tumbled pieces of stained glass in her mosaics. Her designs include inspiration from the nature around her as well as abstracts. She enjoys creating functional pieces, such as lazy susans, and especially likes to repurpose old furniture.