Summer Arts Camp Artist Roster
The ArtStart roster of artists for our summer programming includes both artists and arts
educators who represent diverse cultural backgrounds and art forms. All have a deep
commitment to the arts and nurturing each person’s creative artist within. ArtStart artists and staff cordially invite you to start your summer with the arts!
VISUAL ARTIST/ART EDUCATOR
Karen Anderson is an elementary art teacher for Hopkins Public Schools and lead art educator for the elementary art program. She especially enjoys teaching drawing and
painting to young children. Her personal artmaking interests range from drawing and painting, to photography, to pottery. She is an avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast having recently returned from an adventure in Patagonia, Argentina.
Cami Applequist is an artist and a writer who lives and works at the Lowertown Lofts Artist Cooperative in St. Paul. She likes to doodle and tear up paper and turn it into something new! Her favorite art shows are the ones in the hallways of preschools. She spent two years living in South America. She is especially excited to be teaching ArtStart’s Start with the Arts preschoolers.
Julie is an Anishinabe artist, storyteller, puppeteer and art educator. She has worked regionally and nationally for the past 18 years, both with Heart of the Beast Masque and Puppet Theatre and independently. She has worked with include the L.A. Music Center, The Minnesota History Center, and The Fergus Falls Center for the Arts. Recent work includes A Company of Angels, La Bafana, On the Day You Were Born, Coyote Stories, Retelling the World and May Day. Julie has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Jerome Foundation. Julie has a B.A. in Studio Arts and American Indian Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is passionate about work that fosters cultural pride and value.
Gustavo is a theater-based multidisciplinary artist with more than 20 years of working in professional theater in Peru, Chile, Puerto Rico, Philadelphia and Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is well known for his work with traditional dance and performance masks, as well as designing and building puppets, performance structures and set design. While living in Peru, Gustavo had the opportunity to be part of one of the most important Peruvian and Latin American theater groups of the last century, Yuyachkani. In 1997-1998 he was invited by Peter Schumman to work in Bread and Puppet Theater. In 2003 he founded the NAYLAMP Street and Puppet Theater in North Philadelphia. In 2007 he was invited by Heart of Beast Masque and Puppet Theater to be part of their May Day staff. He has settled in Minneapolis and is working as an artist in the community and schools.
Jeanette Dickinson has varied experience in the visual arts including sculpture, painting, illustrating, and printing. She has also been a member of the Minnesota Japan America Sumi-e Club since 2001. She received BA in art with a focus on sculpture, from the University of Minnesota. Jeanette has works in private collections, and recently illustrated the book, Nature Seeker Workbook. She has worked with children and adults of all ages making art. Her major focus in teaching has been combining art, nature and culture. “It is my belief that bringing art to a community is an expression of how we perceive, respond and record the world around us. We share in a moment of creation our thoughts, feelings and history as an individual and as a society.”
Armando Gutierrez G. is a versatile artist working in various mediums. Known primarily as a painter/muralist, he is also a performer and musician creating and playing pre-Columbian instruments of Mexico. He is founder and former executive director of CreArte Chicano Latino Arts Center and Museum. Gutierrez also was instrumental in the development of El Colegio, a charter high school serving Latino students in south Minneapolis. He is the recipient of the Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods (LIN) grant from The St. Paul Companies (Travelers), the U.S. Bank Sally Ordway Irvine Award for initiative in the arts, and the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study grant, and two Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Assistance grants and a Cultural Collaboration grant. Currently, Gutierrez is working with ArtStart on an ongoing basis in youth development and teacher staff development.
Tim has been a professional musician since the ‘70s. He teaches and performs on a number of instruments and specializes in music from around the world, including Brazilian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, Eastern European and more. He has performed with many top world musicians in the U.S. as well as composed and performed music for theater and dance and soundtracks. He is one of the founders of Batucada do Norte Brazilian Drum Ensemble.
Anne Sawyer-Aitch (pronounced like the letter “H”) has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Latin American Studies, with emphasis in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Graduating with Distinction. Anne is a Minnesota State Arts Board Roster Artist. She has worked as a puppeteer, arts educator, and stilt walker for many Twin Cities groups, including In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Open Eye Figure Theatre, the Ordway, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Chicks on Sticks, ArtStart, and the Minnesota Zoo. Recently, she wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, Nalah and the Pink Tiger, (Scarletta Press, 2012). She is touring the puppet show version the book around the state, performing in both English and Spanish. Her second book, Nalah Visits Mad Mouse City was published late in 2014. She has created many puppet shows with support from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Puppeteers of America, and the Jim Henson Foundation.
Larry has been a student of nature since 3rd grade. After 20 years of professional work as a naturalist and teacher in public schools, Larry recently completed Nature Seeker Workbook, a resource for teachers and kids. For the past 4 years, Larry has written a nature blog about local happenings in the Twin Cities (www.oldnaturalist.com). Previous to moving to Minnesota, Larry was a marine biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service. He has written two books on the subject: Whales in the Classroom, Oceanography and Getting to Know the Whales.
Christopher has played a variety of roles in dance and theater since his early school days. As an independent teaching artist, he works in schools and performs on stages across the globe including the Twin Cities, Budapest, Prague, Las Vegas, and Seoul.
He is an ACE dance specialist with the Perpich Center for Arts Education. The ACE Dance Program trains teachers to use dance as a distinct area of study, as well as integrate it with other subject areas. He is also the Director of Dance Hall Days Dance Company and is a featured artist on the Young Audiences and Minnesota State Arts Board rosters, as well as ArtStart.