Studio Visits: Noble Truths

Studio Visits: Noble Truths

Owen Brown – ACW  studio  visit coordinator

Are you curious about others’ practice?  Do you feel stuck in your own ways?  Perhaps you’re lonely after two years of the pandemic?  Then come with us and visit another artist’s studio.

Six ACW artist members have agreed to open their doors to the public for a valuable behind the scenes look into their studios and their art practice.

Each artist will approach their studio visit in their own unique way.  Some may demonstrate their art, others might ask for a critique of work in progress.   All will be open to answer your questions about what it is like to be a working artist in their own unique medium and style.


  1. Didactic: to answer questions on technique, or anything
  2. Receptive:  to receive a crit of works past or present, or future!
  3. Community:  to widen your circle of acquaintances and make new friends
  4. Something completely different, of your own invention!


The number of visitors will be limited so you will be able to sign up on Eventbrite before the event.  Watch this webpage and the ACW newsletter for a link to sign up for the studio visits of your choice.

Questions about this program?  Contract Owen Brown the Noble Truth’s Coordinator at

ACW provides a $100 stipend to each studio, to help furnish refreshments, or any other element considered by the studio owner.

Noble Truths Artists 2022 and 2023


Dyan Padgett  April 20, 2022   6 PM

I seek the remarkable in ordinary objects and everyday life – finding beauty in the quotidian. Nature is often at the forefront of my subject matter as it is all around us and deep within us. I am a classical realist.

My training focuses on skills learned and perfected through the age old Atelier method – artistic instruction passed from master painter to student, melding academic draftsmanship with the color influence of the Boston School.

Her studio is located at 1500 Jackson NE, Studio 200

Social Media 952 393 3467

Padgett Outcomes

Greg Volker June 23, 2022

 Greg Volker is a sculptor and potter born in Stuttgart, Germany. Volker grew up in St. Louis Park, Mn. BFA U of Minnesota. MFA  Art Institute  San Francisco. Studios in San Francisco, Oakland, Sonoma Ca.

Volker has been a studio assistant to John Roloff, Bruce Beasely, Don Rich, Curtis Hoard, Chuck Splady, and Andy Goldsworthy.

He has shown at a large number of venues, including: Minneapolis Institute of Art, California Craft Museum, Solomon/Dubnick Gallery Sacramento, and Virginia Breyer Gallery SF.

His studio is located at 2205 California Street #612

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Contact Greg at: or 707.331.6512

Susan Hensel  August 10, 2022

Susan Hensel works in textiles using digital  embroidery and mixed media. Susan uses digital   embroidery to join computer programming with

textiles and intuition to make unusual color-centric  sculptural objects  Susan has a history, to date, of well over 300  exhibitions. Her artwork is known and collected

nationwide, represented in collecting libraries and  museums as disparate as the MOMA and The Getty   Research Institute. Upcoming, Susan has 2-person

and group exhibitions scheduled with the Howard  County Art Council, Ellicot, MD, Artistry,   Bloomington, MN and the Garrett Museum of Art,  Garrett, IN.

Her studio is located at 3441 Cedar Ave S.

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Contact Susan at: or 612 202-9644

Mary S. Meuwissen   October 10, 2022

Mary S. Meuwissen is a visual artist influenced by strong color, loose marks and geometric shapes.

Her background is in Art Education, with emphasis in art history and watercolor.

Mary spent many years in the corporate world in sales. Her passion to paint returned full force in 2013 after being introduced to oil/cold wax medium. Mary

continues to learn and refine her process with this wonderful medium.

Mary currently resides in both Minneapolis, MN and Marana, AZ.

Her work has been shown in Chicago at the Bridgeport Art Center, Art2LifeJuried International Exhibition (Virtual), Bridgewater Lofts in Minneapolis, MNStone Arch Lofts in Minneapolis, MN, ‘Foot in the Door’ at Minneapolis Instituteof Art, a solo show at the Minneapolis Women’s Club and Petroglyphs in Tucson. Her art is also in private collections throughout the United States.

Her studio is located at 1500 Jackson NE, Studio 226

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Contact Mary at: or 612 747 2587

Layl McDill   December 6, 2022

Layl McDill grew up in Gillette, Wyoming where she began creating at a very young age. Layl received her BFA in Illustration from the Columbus College of Art Design but she found it more exciting to make sculptural work and sell it through galleries and art fairs.

Layl lives in Minneapolis and is co-owner of Clay Squared to Infinity, a tile and art studio and showroom in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. She has exhibited her work around the country at art centers, museums and art fairs. Her work is about wonderment and story primarily polymer clay using the millefiori technique.

Her studio is located at 2505 Howard St NE


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Contact Layl at, or 612-781-6409

Susan Wagner   February 21, 2023

Minneapolis based artist Susan Wagner has been re-interpreting the landscape with her paintings and mixed media works since 2005. Originally a feature film sound editor, Susan has blended her 25 years of visual and sound design storytelling experience with her skills in 2D compositions. Susan uses color, shapes, dynamic geometries, and various media to create works that are newly constructed worlds evoking relationship, connection and energy. Her latest work, Pink Sun, was at the Minneapolis/ St. Paul International Airport for the 2021 year.

Her studio is located at 681 17th Avenue NE, Studio 209

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