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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








Jennifer Evans is an artist and owner of Periwinkle Art Studio. She loves to teach mixed media art and introduce people to new creative techniques. Over the past 8 years of teaching classes, both online and in person, she specializes in breaking down art techniques and helping students build confidence in their skills. She also designs stencils for StencilGirl Products.









Jackie Hefty

Jackie Hefty - As an artist and educator for over 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. 







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.









Denise Presnell

Denise Presnell 

Denise is a full-time artist living and working in Sheboygan, WI after retiring from a 31-year career as an art professor. Her work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally in well over 100 exhibitions. Denise earned her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MFA from the Pennsylvania State University.













Dana Renor

Dana Renor  is a visual artist and metal-smith who works in many different mediums, and is currently drawn to photography, assemblage, mosaic, and wire sculpture. She is interested in exploring art as a map of the personal journey, one that can help us integrate and reflect on where we've been, what we've learned, and where we're going. She loves the natural world, and most of her work is inspired by nature, or intended to get people to think about the way we relate to our planet and other life forms. Because of this, she tries to get as many of her materials and components from second-hand sources as possible. Her goals is to make art that invites people to step out of their mental activity for a few moments, and really look, and to make things that re-awaken the feelings of wonder and discovery that most of us left behind in childhood. Check out Dana's work on her Facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/danarenorart      








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. More recently in Ireland and Italy as well. 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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