WARM Board of Directors & Staff

WARM Board of Directors

Tara Tieso

Tara L Tieso is an abstract artist who calls Saint Paul home and lives in the original Lowertown Artist’s Lofts Cooperative, one of the oldest live/work artist communities in the US.  She works in encaustic, an ancient beeswax and resin medium fused to its substrate with a torch. Her work focuses on translating memory and depth of feeling into color and texture that can be experienced viscerally. Of her medium,Tieso says, “Wax mimics the ebb and flow of our lives, the warming and settling of our passions, the ever new dance of leaving our marks and then going back into the yielding surface of our evolving story again and again. The ability to use fire is not just an obviously primal experience, but a powerful and unpredictable tool to wield creatively.” A 2011 recipient of the McKnight Foundation-funded Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s Next Step Grant, and 2012 recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, her work hangs in collections in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and Philadelphia.

Layl McDill
Vice-President & Programming Committee Co-Coordinator

Layl McDill creates mixed media sculptures of animals, women, flying machines, and other worlds of wonderment. She is co-owner of Clay Squared to Infinity in the Northeast Arts District where she teaches her millefiore technique in polymer clay. Layl shows her work at art centers, galleries, and arts festivals around the country. Recent awards include “Best of Show” at the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts Member show and “Best in Sculpture” at the Oconomowoc Festival of Art (2014). Her connection to WARM began in 1994 when she first moved to Minneapolis and was looking to connect to the thriving artist community. She was a protégée working with Mimi Holmes. After years of building her art career, she became a Mentor herself in 2009 and co-chairperson for the WARM programming committee in 2011. She has a passion for bringing women together so their art and creativity can thrive and build from each other’s strengths and experience.

Patrice O’Hanlon
Board Member

I am a photographer creating images with traditional film photography. I adore the Holga camera, which is a primitive, simplistic tool that allows for chance to become incorporated into my work. I am able to focus my attention to composition, enabling myself to get lost in my environment, appealing to my wanderlust sensibilities.

I have a studio art degree from the University of Minnesota and have taught several youth photo projects; providing youth a voice through journaling and allowing them to make decisions in realizing their capabilities thus instilling a sense of esteem, value and accomplishment.

I became aware of WARM after moving to Lowertown in St Paul and meeting several of my artist neighbors. I am thrilled to be recently elected to the board and to become part of WARM’s legacy.

Holly Tappen
Board Member

Holly Tappen is an oil painter. On most days you can find her in Studio 504 at the California Building in NE Minneapolis, swearing at a new painting, or kicking back and eating Smarties. Her influences are Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci, so she will become the world’s first Abstract Realist as soon as she can visualize what that looks like.

Holly went to Emory University a million years ago, and since they had no studio art program, she got a useful degree in Philosophy. This has come in handy about two times. She has interests in all the arts, and works towards the goal of having art in all aspects of her life. The IRS does not appreciate this.

She became a Protegee in WARM’s wonderful program, with Rochelle Waldorsky as her talented and generous Mentor. Together they accomplished every written tactic in Holly’s 2-year strategy, in 4 months. This enabled Holly then to break free of some restrictive habits and delve into a more relaxed and expressive style in her art. She still paints dancers, but now they look better.

She labors over master copies at the Art Academy, Inc. in St Paul every Monday night of her life. David Feinberg of the University of Minnesota has been an instructive and helpful mentor to her for 15 years. And she has a cat.

Catherine (Katie) Palmer
Board Member

Katie Palmer is a busy body, she likes to keep herself busy with creative activities. She has tried to keep her life art centric. She received her BFA at the University of MN in 2001, she has had multiple studios throughout the Twin Cities over the last 14 years and just currently moved her studio to her South Minneapolis home. She worked retail for 14 years in art supply stores which help her gain a lot of practical knowledge about different painting supplies. She has worked with NEMAA for two years on their communications committee and she currently volunteers at The M (Minnesota Museum of American Art). She was part of the 2015-2016 protege cycle where she worked with Ellie Kingsbury to hone in on her business skills and grant writing techniques. She has enjoyed the work she has done in many community projects and the relationships that have grown from them.

Her philosophy is that arts should be available to everyone who is interested in it. She says “art is a conversation that I have with myself, It is a conversation I have with other artists and it is a conversation with the community I live and work in”. For Katie process is much more interesting than a message, it is an action and a reaction, it is a compositional puzzle exploring three main elements: color, texture and abstraction regardless of the subject matter.

Katie enjoyed her personal experience with The WARM Mentorship Program and since she is a community minded individual with a goal to live an art centered life, it was a natural choice to become a board member and to assist Tina Nemitz and Karen Searle with the mentorship program. Katie see the mentorship program is an integral component of WARM and hopes to ensure its continued success into the future.

WARM Staff

Heather Tinkham
Designer and Editor of the WARM Wednesday Newsletter & Website

I am a Mixed Media artist, primarily working in fiber and polymer,  based in the Northrup King Building at the Studios @ Chautauqua Lane (#155) and owner of Tiglio Arts. I am a late comer to full time art, having left my decades old IT consulting career for a wonderful new adventure. I have always balanced the arts and sciences in my life and love helping others to find workable bridges for themselves. I see art and the acts of making as a human need that speaks deeply to our unique and wonderful souls. At its best, art is a way to bring more beauty, joy, honesty, and authenticity in to a world that is increasingly busy and chaotic.

I am excited to be working with the WARM board and members to grow and support women throughout the MN art communities.

Tina Nemetz
Mentor Program Co-Coordinator

 Tina Nemetz is a mixed media cast iron sculptor, photographer and parade artist. Interpreting both the transitory and enduring emotional and spiritual experiences, Tina explores her life experience through form. She images the fragile, yet enduring, transformation of female energy by combining native materials with the FE-male energy of iron. She holds a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Tina works with Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, Ironhead Sculptural Services and Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota Mentor Program. Tina’s heart belongs to community arts projects and empowering people.

Karen Searle

Mentor Program Co-Coordinator

Karen Searle creates sculptures and objects in fiber and mixed media.  She has exhibited and taught internationally, curated art exhibitions, and served as a juror for international textile design competitions. She holds an MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has been a WARM mentor since 1991 and has served on the WARM Board and on the Mentor Program Committee.