About Us

Jean Accola, President

Jean is a painter  in watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel. She has owned and operated the Accola Gallery in Durand WI for over twenty five years.  She is married to musician Yata.

I love to travel and experience other cultures, their art, music, food, textiles, and environment.  The hard part though, is being away from the grandbabies for an extended period!

Bill Hoeser, Vice President

Bill is known for a wide range of creative occupations, from fine art drawing & painting, murals, sign-painting, and more.  He is known for visionary thinking….the infinite possibilities!

Nursery rhyme books were my favorites, especially the series called “The Book House” beginning with the cover of soft pale green hue, where illustrated simple humorous stories and colorful pictures, called for my attention.

Julie Dierauer, Secretary

Art instructor since 1994, Julie holds WI state teacher licensure in preK-12 Art and has been K-8 Art instructor at Assumption Catholic School, Durand, WI since 2008. She earned BS and MA degrees in art education and art from UW-Stout and UW-Milwaukee. MFA from Clayton University, St. Louis.
Julie has carried a professional visual art exhibition record since 1980. Her specialties are traditional direct material sculpture in terra cotta(fired)clay, terra secca(polymer) clay, and stone carving. Julie completed ‘Dialogue With the Wind’ public art stone carving at the River View Park, Durand, WI in August 2014. ” community arts endeavors compel me to stay current.”

 Julie’s ” quiet” vocation is creative writing which she has practiced for 40 years. Beginning in 2015 she will offer creative writing workshops through Imagination Nation.

Sheila Castleberg, Treasurer

Sheila lives and works in rural Buffalo County.  She has worked in stained glass and mosaics, primarily, for the last few years.  But she has also dabbled in other mediums and has had a lot of fun doing it. She hopes to keep expanding her horizons!
Surrounding myself with wonderfully creative people, like the members of Imagination Nation, has been very uplifting to me and I encourage others to join!


Marianne Maron, Board Member



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