These wonderful instructors will be available to help you expand your creativity and learn new skills.
Becky Weidner has over 20 years of experience crafting with kids, mostly through Vacation Bible School, Sunday School programs and activities with her own four small children. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a BA degree in Organizational Communications. She enjoys cooking, sewing and helping people learn new things. Becky has lived in Columbus for 15 years and is very excited to be able to share The Workshop with the community.
Kara Ginther is owner of the Kara Ginther Leather Studio and currently lives in Columbus. She graduated UW - Madison with a degree in Textile Design and runs her leather business out of New World Creative Studio. Her teaching experience includes art programs for elementary students through Madison Schools and Community Recreation, teaching fashion design for high school students through the PEOPLE program and acting as associate professor for the UW, teaching Printing and Dyeing. She has also collaborated on several gallery shows, public art works and co-designed a display for the Madison Children's Museum. Kara is excited to share her skill and experience in leatherwork, textiles and the creative process in general. You can see her work at www.karaginther.com.
Kelsey Curkeet is a local artist who grew up in Fall River, Wisconsin. After high school, she attended the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire to pursue a BFA degree in Photography with a notational degree in Drawing. Upon leaving Eau Claire, she traveled to Chicago, Illinois to take an internship at Woman Made Gallery. Kelsey is currently renovating a building in Columbus and hopes to open an art gallery in the near future.
Amy Knipschield has a BFA degree specializing in printmaking from Illinois Wesleyan University. She was a member of 'The Inkling' print studio in Portland, OR from 1997-2000. Amy has previously taught classes in linoleum block and monoprinting. She enjoys gardening, yoga, cats, biking and meeting new people!
Rod Hill discovered his interest in painting from watching Bob Ross’ “The Joy of Painting” television shows. In 2007 he had the opportunity to learn Bob Ross’ well known ‘wet on wet’ style of oil painting from Bob Ross training instructors. Rod became a certified Bob Ross instructor in 2008 and has been sharing his paintings and teaching classes since then. Rod is certified in ‘landscapes’, ‘florals’, and ‘wildlife’
Upon his retirement from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Rod and his wife Denise relocated from their home in Minnesota to Beaver Dam WI. where they have a studio in their home.
Rod has taught classes in the following Minnesota communities: Waseca, Mankato, Albert Lea, and Owatonna,
and in the Wisconsin communities of Beaver Dam, West Bend, Columbus, and Johnson Creek.
Rod holds group classes and private classes.
He has shown paintings in exhibits at the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association and has been a part of several vendor venues.
Rod joined the Arts Association in 2010, he has Chaired and Co-chaired exhibits, and has helped in setting up and taking down exhibits.
Rod would love to share his joy of painting with you.
Terry Rife has been a woodworker/Carpenter & Silversmith for over 30 years. He is a door/window installer by trade and has found that he loves working with precious metals. Terry graduated from Wadena Tech for Telephone Service Repair and has studied upholstery for reconstructing of antique furniture.
Terry is a patient instructor and loves sharing his knowledge of what he has learned over the years. He can take broken sterling silver jewelry ect., melt it down, pour it into an ingot, then pound it down into something, like a ring or bracelet. Terry also makes copper leaves and seed pods for embellishments and Christmas ornaments and makes rings out of spoons and octopi out of forks.
Terry has a great eye for detail and loves designing his own pieces and trying new things. He works mostly with copper and sterling silver and is always looking to perfect his craft, always looking for like minded people to try new things.
It’s so fun to see what you can make! Silver is like butter with a sharp file. Love it!
Diane currently does freelance technical writing and teaching. Plus, she judges 4-H projects at county fairs in Wisconsin. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. She has extensive experience in various avenues within the sewing industry, but is most passionate about teaching.
Diane has designed and written many sewing related books, patterns, and articles for Nancy’s Notions and the Sewing With Nancy team. She was also a teacher, catalog fabric buyer, educational consultant, retail store manager, and technical writer/editor.
Sewing, cooking, crafting, kayaking, and spending time with her grandchildren are her favorite hobbies.