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Artist Residencies at CMEC

CMEC's Art Cafe is proud to host local artists, complete with a gallery of the artist's work and at least 15 hours of studio time on a collaborative project within the Museum. If you are an artist interested in a studio residency at the Children's Museum, please e-mail us!


Past Artists 

October 2016: 
Cyndee Kaiser


Cyndee has loved art since childhood (she chose art over dance!) and has a BFA in drawing/printmaking and a BA in Art Education K-12. She’s painted murals in homes, businesses and schools, and has also painted at least 10 of CMEC’s Hand Sculptures that you find around town. Cyndee will be working on a new, "elephant-themed" mural on the lower level of the Children's Museum. Her gallery is composed of a variety of canvas paintings and trays, all made using ordinary housepaint!

November 2016: Ann Wrzosek-Manor

Clay and Wheel

Ann Wrzosek Manor makes art because it makes her heart sing!  And her heart wants to sing all day long J Her favorite media are clay and photography, though she also enjoys painting, mosaic, earth art, and just about any other media.  Ann teaches K-5 art at Southview Elementary in Chippewa Falls during the school year.  She teaches clay, children’s art and various other evening classes in the summer at her home studio ( with her sidekick Koko the umbrella cockatoo. Ann is now working on some new pottery ideas for an art show in Minneapolis next summer.


January 2017: Lauren Marie Nelsen

Drawing/Painting (chalk pastel, oil paint and watercolor)

Lauren Nelsen (Grant) grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota, and was influenced at a young age by children's book illustrations. In high school she took photography and painting classes, both of which piqued her interest in an art career. She studied art at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art in December of 2012. Lauren is married and lives in Menomonie, Wisconsin where she works part-time with a college organization called Cru. She loves to draw, take photos and paint in both watercolors and oils. She can't wait to explore art process together with you! 

February 2017: Dale Luthy

Dale is a local freelance writer and photographer.  In 2006, he gave up the corporate rat race, moved back to Eau Claire and created DreamShot Images, LLC.  Today, Dale shoots a limited number of weddings, family and individual portraits, commercial and forensic assignments, as well as, prints, frames, and conducts photography workshops.  His passion remains shooting fine art, wildlife and landscape images. 


See more of Dale’s work on his website,


March 2017: Kristine Crowe

Kris Crowe has always loved art.  After retiring as an English teacher, she started taking painting classes and workshops, which have taken her to Italy, South Africa and this spring to Spain.  She has worked in watercolor, acrylics, mosaic, collage, alcohol inks, and carving gourds.  Making collage paper is a favorite pastime, but really enjoys painting on large canvases.  One of her favorite activities is creating art projects with any of her five grandchildren.  She is a member of the Chippewa Valley Watercolor Artists group, which meets at Beaver Creek monthly; president of the Valley Art Association; and a founding member of the Valley Art Gallery, a co-op of artists in Chippewa Falls. 


April-May 2017: Holli Jacobson

Holli Jacobson is an Eau Claire artist interested in drawing, painting and experimenting with new media.  She has two young sons whose art inspires her character drawings and color combinations.  Holli also enjoys adding artistic flair to her daily life including researching and planning her future native flower garden and cooking a composed plate.

June-July 2017: Amy Hahn

Amy Hahn, ATR is an Artist and Art Therapist with a private practice in Eau Claire. She holds professional membership with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) and is registered to practice in the state of Wisconsin. She is a collaborative artist and creates snow globe art and sequined animal portraits. Hahn is excited to be selling her custom made snow globes for the first time at the Local Store this coming winter. She has two young daughters whose love to make art inspire her every day.

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