Arts Roseville Featured Artists

Each month, meet and learn from a different local artist. Featured artists (visual and performance) will share about their art, discuss creativity, and respond to questions in an informal setting. This program is a partnership of the Roseville Public Library and Arts Roseville. All sessions will be held in the library's community room. There is no cost to attend and all are welcome.  

Upcoming Featured Artists:

We will return with a new Featured Artist Program next year, 2020. Please join us for this monthly program which will run from April through October. Thank you for all of your continued support.


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October 2019:
Marlena Myles

Saturday, October 12 from 2-3 p.m.

Marlena Myles is a Native American artist located in St Paul, Minnesota. She has gained recognition as being one of few Dakota women creating digital art including fabric patterns, animations and illustrations to bring a modernity to indigenous history, languages and oral traditions. Growing up on her traditional Dakota homelands here in the Twin Cities, she enjoys using her artwork to teach Minnesotans of all backgrounds the indigenous history of this place we call home.

Her first illustrated children's book will be released September 2019, "Thanku: Poems About Gratitude" (poetry anthology, published by Lerner/Millbrook) and is finishing her second illustrated book, "Powwow Day" (written by Traci Sorell, published by Charlesbridge for Spring 2020). And she is currently creating her own coloring book that will focus on the Dakota language, plants/medicines, stories and people. Her work has shown at All My Relations Gallery, Two Rivers Gallery, the Minnesota Museum of American Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art among others.

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September 2019 Featured Artist:
Karen Weaving Circle

Saturday, September 14 from 2-3 p.m.

The Karen people are an indigenous ethnic minority from Burma and Thailand who have been persecuted by the Burmese military government for over 60 years. More than 17,000 Karen and other refugees from Burma now live in Minnesota, making it the largest Karen community in the United States. 

Karen people from Burma are known for their centuries-old tradition of weaving textiles using cotton thread and backstrap looms. The Karen Weaving Circle grew from a group of refugee women from Burma who wanted to continue their weaving traditions in Minnesota and pass their knowledge to first-generation youth. Weaving Circle members meet weekly at the East Side Freedom Library in Saint Paul to weave together. They also teach classes for Karen youth, and sell textiles and demonstrate their craft at local events.

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August 2019 Featured Artist: Kalpulli Tlaloctechutli

Wednesday, August 14 from 7-8 p.m.

Kalpulli Tlaloctechutli is a Roseville-based dance group made up of families that are dedicated to lifelong learning of the Mexica (Aztec) ancestral teachings. The group is committed to creating a safe and welcoming space for all. Tlaloctechutli means the great lord of the rain and thunder (storms).

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July Featured Artist: Nathan Beverage

Wednesday, July 17 from 7-8 p.m.

Nathan Beverage is a Roseville resident and a student at the internationally renowned College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Composition. He has the dream of one day changing the world with his music as a composer for film and media, Nathan has written multiple works for orchestra, chamber, and choral ensembles, as well as theater productions, and award-winning animations.

June 2019 Featured Artist: Stuart Lenz

Wednesday, June 12 from 7-8 p.m.

Stuart Lenz - Into the Woods

Stuart Lenz - Into the Woods

Stuart works in welded steel, often with brass and copper enhancements.  Using oxygen and acetylene welding and a process called Direct Metal Sculpting and some blacksmithing techniques to create his works.

His themes are nature related.  Trees in groups and single trees are his signature themes.  Stuart is a retired engineer who works full time at his art.  Prices range from $45 for small pieces to over $2000 for large, highly decorated pieces.

Stuart has been making metal sculptures since 1966 when his father took a course in welding, bought the equipment and together started sculpting.  He still has the original piece they made together.

May 2019 Featured Artist: Samuel Jacobs

Saturday, May 18 from 2-3 p.m.

Samuel Jacobs is an artist. He likes to draw a lot everyday because he wants to get better at what he does. He desires to be a great artist to put smiles on faces and inspire people. He's still learning but he's getting better everyday and gets inspiration from other arts. Samuel likes to play outside and talk to his friends at school. Now in the Boy Scouts, Samuel has won the Pinewood Derby car race in the first and second places as a Cub Scout. His Watercolor Landscape artwork received a ribbon for being selected as an artwork for display at the Banfill-Locke Art Gallery in Fridley, Minnesota

Coloring Book Cover

Coloring Book Cover

Sam Jacobs

Sam Jacobs

April 2019 Featured artist: Diana Eicher

Saturday, April 6 from 11:00 AM - NOON

Diana Eicher was born in Michigan. She has a BA in painting from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Hawaii. She studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice, Italy.  Diana is the Director of the Printmaking & Papermaking studios at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Diana works printmaking, papercutting, handmade paper, installation work and mixed media. September Featured artist: Bob Murphy

Saturday, September 22 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Diana Eicher - Insecurity, Mixed media collage printed on canvas with embroidery, 8 x 10 inches, 2018

Diana Eicher - Insecurity, Mixed media collage printed on canvas with embroidery, 8 x 10 inches, 2018

Bob Murphy is a contemporary multi-media artist who grew up in Roseville and began taking photographs in 1969. His interactive presentation will include contemporary photographs as well as images that he made in Roseville during the 60's and 70's. He will also share a few of the experiences that he had with friends during the days of Roadside, and The Rose Drive-in Theatre. Seen from a contemporary perspective the artwork reveals a time of change as the war in Vietnam went on, the British Invasion had occurred, Feminism was getting started and the Civil Rights movement was underway. Bob's presentation includes something for everybody. His work has been shown at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The New Museum of Contemporary Art New York and is included in many private and public collections.


August Featured artist: Lynnette Simpson

Wednesday, August 22 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Lynnette Simpson is a Twin Cities-based artist and musician who works to use art as a vessel for justice, love, and divine
inspiration. Lynnette currently performs with the Grammy-award winning “Sounds of Blackness” and teaches music throughout the metro-area.


July Featured artist: Yijia Li

Wednesday, July 18 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Yijia Li is a painter from Shanghai, China, who uses female figures as main subject matter. She admires sexuality and human desire by applying pigments and moving brushes.


June Featured artist: Rosetown Playhouse

Saturday, June 16 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Rosetown Playhouse's mission is to strengthen community through inclusive, playful theater experiences. It produces two shows each year with professional directors and staff of various ages. It seeks to provide family entertainment with opportunities for large casts, and uses the power of theater to build community and provide a means for learning and creative expression.


May Featured artist: Jancyn Bindman

Saturday, May 19 from 10:30-11:30

Jancyn is a make-up artist and photographer. She owns Blanc Sketch Artistry, specializing in beauty make-up and contemporary portraits. 

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April Featured artist: Thomas Willicombe

Saturday, April 21 from 2:00-3:00

 Thomas is an artist and art educator currently teaching at South High School in Minneapolis. He primarily paints realistic watercolors in a variety of subjects including portraits, still lifes, and landscapes.