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Our Mission: to provide art experiences for all ages, and to offer support and creative opportunities for local artists.

 

Our Vision: to cultivate an environment in which the Arts flourish, grow, and enrich our community.

Meet the Board Members

This refined group of folks keep the JCA running smoothly! If you see them around, be sure to thank them for keeping art alive in our town!

Cay Gjertson

Board President

Cay graduated from high school in Jackson. She spent time in England, the Caribbean, and South America, and teaching in Minneapolis prior to moving back to Jackson in 2018 to be near her parents. She became Interim Executive Director until locating a qualified person in Ferman Woodberry and continues to write grants to support JCA.

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Dave Schmidt

Treasurer

Dave has been a Jackson resident since 2005 and has been active in the community ever since. He was the News Director at KKOJ for 8 years, the Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Jackson, the MC of the Rhythm of the River Festival and was the 2020 Jackson Volunteer of the Year. In his spare time, Dave enjoys a wide variety of music, older movies and spending time with his wife Beth and kids.

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Liliana Becerra Castillo

Vice-President

Liliana Becerra Castillo – Member at Large – Lily is a Latina mother of 2 high school students whose husband works at a local manufacturing facility. She co-instructs the ESL class and helps us connect with the Spanish speaking community through art and cultural activities. She studies Business Administration, is a volunteer at the Food Shelf in Jackson & Heron Lake. Lily also volunteers at the Des Moines Valley Health & Human Services - Community Health Planner.

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Bill Brandt
Farmers Market

Farmer in Sioux Valley Township, retired vocal music educator, owner of Brandt Gardens & Greenhouse LLC.; Lover of a vast assortment of fresh produce, succulents, cacti, and annual flowers.

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Janette Simon

Secretary

Janette didn't stop censoring her artistic voice until she witnessed the healing powers of creativity in her clients. Now she's dipped deep into the well of her own creativity, appreciating art in all things; nature, architecture, fashion, cuisine, music, literature, and the rest. At Jackson Center for the Arts she's found her tribe.

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Aline Wilking

Aline Wilking has been a creative leader in our schools for over a decade, guiding young learners towards authentic expressions of their true selves. She thoroughly enjoyed JCC Elementary students, however is now at the High School, serving as 1 of 2 Visual Arts Teachers, doing the messy hands-on Art classes, such as; Ceramics, Screen Printing, Painting, Drawing, and basic Art 101. Since 2020, she has been bravely following her own Art heart and started Lady Aline Wilking Tattoo and currently works on the weekends at Emerald Isle Tattoo in Emmetsburg IA.

Meet our artists, makers, and instructors

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Ferman Woodberry

I was born and raised in Boston, MA. I grew up surrounded by great architecture and easy access to art museums. I dabbled with art growing up but it wasn’t until I moved to Minnesota in 1978 to attend Gustavus Adolphus College when I began to explore art as a legitimate field of study. I took every art class available except photography and weaving (instructor left before I could take the class). My goal was to experience as much as possible while at college because I figured that the resources would not be available to me after graduation.

Gayle More

Gypsy Artist/Instructor

Born and raised in Jackson, MN

I call myself the art Gypsy because I enjoy all types of art ...painting, sculpting, beads, wire, I try it all!!

 My arting classes have been anywhere from Bob Ross style, watercolor , acrylic, airbrushing, oils,cloth, yarn, floss...

As a child my parents kept me busy with anything using my hands. 

Many times we call out art our therapy!! Making a mess is very relaxing for me!!

I have been lucky enough to have been involved in a few art “hangings” in Worthington. Okiboji & Fairmont and Jackson !!!

My belief is that everyone has artistic ability... you just have different talents!!! And you maybe haven’t brought it out yet!!!

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Eunice Woodberry
Fiber Arts Instructor

I began sewing my own clothes when I was 9 years old.  As a teen, I was involved in 4-H and won serval awards for my sewing projects.  When I was a young adult my grandmother helped me make my first quilt.  It wasn't until years later that I caught the quilting 'bug' and have been expanding my skills for more years than I can count.  I also do counted cross-stitch, embroidery, and crochet and am willing to teach in any of these areas.  Personally I am exploring watercolor painting, collage quilting and photography.

Everyone is an artist, you just need to find your inner child and explore.

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Kathy Fransen

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Pam Pronk

SPOTS Coordinator

Linda Clarksean

Drawing, Children

Music Consultant

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Pippa

Therapy Dog

What Patrons SAY

"Always enjoyable; music and staff are great."

— Marilyn Rossow

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