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Our instructors are drawn from a wealth of talented teachers, including nationally known artists from across the country and across the street. They are innovative craftsmen and artists who enjoy trying new techniques and love sharing what they do with their students.

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Kelly and Michael Bird

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Michael and Kelly Bird are the married art team and the parents to four children and two grandchildren. Being in nature and exploring the outdoors has always been a favorite activity for the family to do together. From the Mississippi River to the drift-less areas of northern Iowa and Wisconsin, we discovered inspiring objects and landscapes that motivated us to create pieces of art that pay tribute to the many faces of nature we would see. We have dedicated years using the natural materials and combining them with elements we grow. The natural materials we use are sustainable, renewable, and can be acquired without destroying or negatively altering the environment where they are found.

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Face of Nature

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