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 a Retreat to Nature for
the Creative Mind


Local, regional & national instructors.

Experienced individuals in a variety of art forms.

All are talented within their chosen medium, ready to share their knowledge, expertise and 'tricks of the trade'.  





This listing is also a work in progress. 






Kay Brathol-Hostvet

Kay Brathol-Hostvet  is an upbeat, enthusiastic instructor bringing a wealth of experiences to the classroom. She has over 30 years of experience as an exhibiting artist, and has been teaching workshops in drawing, design, pastel painting and acrylic painting for many years. Kay is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, with concentrations in drawing and painting. Her works are in corporate and private collections around the Midwest. Her acrylic paintings are included in North Light Books, AcrylicWorks 2: Radical Breakthroughs, and her pastel paintings have been featured in the Dane Arts (Dane County, Wisconsin) annual poster and calendar and Pastel Journal. She works from her home studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and is represented by Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Fish Creek, Wisconsin and Artisan Gallery in Paoli, Wisconsin.


Jackie Hefty

Jackie Hefty - As an artist and educator for close to 40 years, Jackie has enjoyed being involved with teaching art at every age level; early childhood, school age, community based, senior residential facilities, MATC and UW-Madison.  Each group has their own unique appeal.  She has been a visiting artist to a variety of schools, community centers and residential settings.  Having run her own workshop space, which has included mentoring and training other artists, as well as providing leadership in working with individuals with disabilities through arts programming.  She received her Art Education Certification and later her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Areas of concentration include printmaking, paper-making, the book arts and collage, along with generally exploring new tools/techniques to produce art. Often fully immersed in the process. Recent interests have included fiber arts; eco-printing, dyeing and surface manipulation including texture and fiber alteration. Harvesting walnuts and preparing walnut ink has been an appropriate addition to these endeavors   In addition, Jackie truly enjoys the diversity of creativity among fellow artists, musicians, writers, actors and educators.  Whispering Woodlands is an opportunity to combine and utilize her abilities in the arts program development and implementation - in a natural, relaxed, educational setting. 




Mel Kolstad



Mel Kolstad is an artist, speaker, instructor and arts advocate who makes her home in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She is a printmaker, collagist, fiber artist, and papermaker. She is also delighted to be a Certified Papermaker for Arnold Grummer, Inc.; the membership chair of Wisconsin Visual Artists – Northeast Chapter; and curator for the Langdon Divers Gallery, located inside the Fond du Lac Public Library.   Mel has participated in many artist residencies throughout Wisconsin and also teaches various classes all over the state. You can view her artwork and find a listing of her upcoming classes on her website, melkolstad.com.



Edna `Kunkel

Edna M. Kunkel    I am most content capturing elements of flora and fauna, and thrive on the principles of complimentary colors and color harmony and use them to interpret the world in pastel, digital photography, or any variety of media. While my left brain continues to offer logical solutions to the management of my artistic projects, my right brain derails those plans by conjuring infinite permutations to interpret. This vacillation suits my photographic eye, my dexterous hands, and my thirst for unique. I picked up art and photography training in academic settings at Carnegie-Mellon University, Nashville State Technical Institute, and Illinois Institute of the Arts and through workshops and self-exploration.




Pamela Paulsrud

Pamela Paulsrud is a visual artist. In creating both intimate pieces and large-scale installations, her work as a papermaker, calligrapher, book artist and collaborator  has been recognized internationally. Her exploration in energy and vibration, letters and lines, her love of the land, the earth and it's resonance, inspires both her work and her life.





Bobbette Rose

Bobbette Rose (MFA, UW-Madison) is a practicing artist, teacher and designer, teaching classes and workshops through both university and community arts programs. She creates using encaustic, collage and mixed media techniques and is often inspired by the natural environment. Her classes are full of energy and exploration. She loves helping artists find their personal creative voice. Learn more at www.bobbetterose.com.






Jacqueline Sullivan

Jacqueline Sullivan - has been a mixed media artist since first introduced to collage in a high school art class. Jacqueline has a degree in graphic design and worked for many years as an advertising and publication designer. She also has studied Calligraphy and Lettering Arts with many world-reknowned instructors, including Sheila Waters, Jenny Groat and Reggie Exell.  Jacqueline's work has been shown in galleries and the top juried art fairs nationwide. She has been on the faculty of several International Calligraphy Conferences. In her classes, Jacqueline emphasizes experimentation.   Jacqueline loves teaching and inspiring creativity in others. She has taught at many Art Centers and Colleges in Michigan and teaches workshops for Art & Calligraphy Guilds and the top Art Retreats throughout the U.S. and Canada. In her mission to provide her students with lasting information, Jacqueline provides them with extensive documentation in the form of well-designed hand outs. Many of these handouts are coil bound into a book with either color photos or tipped in samples.






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